Make the Most of Summer

The summer months are all too short especially if you live in a cold state. Before you know it, you’ll be breaking out the snow shovel and winter gear. The sooner you get your yard into to shape the sooner you can participate in summer parties. With some simple changes, you can create a place to host backyard barbecues with family and friends, making treasured memories.


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Make Your Patio a Paradise

Fire up the grill, set up the fire pit, and set out lawn lights designing the perfect ambiance for outdoor entertaining. Creating socially inviting seating arrangements are great for outdoor entertaining spots. Outdoor wicker furniture from Wicker Paradise will hold up to the test when you want to leave items out during the warm days ahead. You’ll love the comfort of cushions and style that comes with an attractive patio set. Now it’s time to entertain friends in your outdoor space.

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Cool Down

Set up an area in the shade. Don’t forget the wonder of sprinklers and wading pools. If you’re fortunate enough to have a pool, make full use of it. If not, stock a cooler with refreshing drinks, bring out a spray bottle filled with water, and get ready to chill. You can beat the heat and relax at the same time.

Host a Neighborhood Block Party

There is nothing like being the life of the neighborhood. Host a block party and invite your closest family, friends, and neighbors. Make it a potluck to keep it simple. Everyone can bring a dish and something to drink. You can be in charge of cooking. Make sure everyone grabs a chair, put on some great music, and enjoy. Don’t waste a minute. Get the party going with Backyard Fire Pits, check out the post for a collection of firepit inspiration and what to consider when installing one.

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Give Your Landscaping a Face-lift

Bring in new flowers and mulch to liven up your lawn. Mulch is especially important around the summer months to retain water in the soil. Trim bushes and trees to make your yard look tidy. Be careful not to mow your grass to close or it will burn. Pace your mowing and wait for later in the day to avoid blasting heat. You’ll have the backyard paradise you’ve always wanted.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.