Ideas to elevate any backyard or balcony

A summer at home is the best way to spend the holidays – especially when the backyard is decorated as well as inside!

Inspire yourself, your family and friends to transform their backyard or balcony into a summer sanctuary with these great ideas.

Decorative ideas for backyards and gardens

Spend more time outdoors with thoughtfully chosen outdoor decor.

Outdoor bulbs, string lights and lanterns

One of the easiest ways to elevate any outdoor space is to brighten it up – literally! Festoon string bulbs are stylish and will elevate any backyard into a magical haven. 

Solar-powered lights are a practical way to decorate garden beds or accent pathways, and they come in a range of styles to suit any taste.

Brighten up your outside area with ease!

Plants, sculptures and fountains

Art belongs in the garden, too! Outdoor sculptures, archways, water fountains or even these bird baths from a Nelson-based artisan will bring joy to bird-watchers and anyone with an eye for design. 

Collecting plants is an excellent way to instantly improve the aesthetic (and ecosystem!) of your veranda or patio.

Outdoor seating and furniture

When buying outdoor furniture, it needs to be practical so keep the size of your space and the weather conditions in mind. An egg chairhammock or swing seat will make any space playful and relaxing. 

Or, find a second-hand bench seat, refurbish it and add a special message on a plaque for a personal, sentimental gesture.

Ideas for people who love to entertain

Ideas for those who love hosting get-togethers. Discover inspiration to put on another Sunday BBQ with these stylish and functional gifts.

BBQs also benefit the giver!

Backyard activities

They can keep the atmosphere light and appeal to people of all ages with Kubbgiant Jenga, or Cornhole  – guests will find it easy to connect with each other through a friendly (or competitive!) outdoor game.

A spa or swimming pool keeps cool nights warm, and hot days cool – in style. Or, make the most of balmy evenings with a brazier or outdoor fire pit – a flame instantly captivates and will make the night last longer!

Covering up from the sun or rain

Custom-made to suit any home!

To ensure get-togethers go ahead no matter the weather, cover might make all the difference. 

A gazebo can quickly be set up, as can sun shelters and cantilever umbrellas.

Or, go all out with an iconic glamping tent. Most of them are sturdy enough to stay up all summer long and will give any backyard a trendy, chic vibe.

Ideas for going alfresco

If you're missing an outdoor table, make the most of backyard dining with pretty picnic baskets, blankets and coolers. 

An outdoor rug, beanbag and one of these portable picnic tables could combine to create a one-of-a-kind alfresco kit.

Ideas for townhouses and apartments

No matter how tiny the terrace or balcony you've got to work with, there are plenty of creative gifts to help to create a mini-backyard in the city.

Beautiful and functional space savers!

Portable BBQ’s

A portable BBQ means smokey, summer meals can be a thing whether you’re blessed with a backyard or not. You will probably find yourself sizzling steaks and skewers all year round!

Multi-functional ideas

When outdoor space is at a premium, you’ll want to double down on functionality. A few low-maintenance herbs in a wall-mounted planter is sustainable, looks great and encourages apartment-dwellers to pop outside more often to pick those fresh greens.

Somewhere to relax

Create a fresh-air dining spot for morning coffees or home-made cocktails by choosing foldable chairs that easily store away. Or, hang a hammock to maximise the available floor space and sway the afternoons away in style.

Nothing beats the late starts and long days of a holiday – unless it’s from the comfort of your own backyard! So whether it’s for your deck or conservatory, choose a look that inspires you to spend more time in nature!

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