Summer living

by Merlyn Minty
Merlyn Minty

Well-designed outdoor spaces serve as an extension of your home. They provide your family with a functional and beautiful place to relax, enjoy and entertain. This issue is sure to give you the ideas and inspiration you need to make the most of your outdoor area.

Sara Duck provides expert tips and hot new products that can help you create different zones for backyard dining, lounging and food preparation. The emphasis is on striking a balance between attractive furnishings and décor with making the space functional.

The good news is that you don’t necessarily need a lot of space to make your backyard amazing. This can be seen in the small backyard Jaclyn Genovese revamped, which is both generous in seating and very luxurious. Jaclyn provides helpful advice on selecting colour palettes and how to create a peaceful, low maintenance oasis.

The staycation is most definitely enhanced when you can wake up in the morning, grab a coffee and walk out into a backyard that has a certain je ne sais quoi. You will spend your day with a smile on your face because you are surrounded by beauty and nature. No crowds, no driving. Just relax and enjoy! When it comes to décor, check out “Summer 2022 outdoor living trends,” on page 44. Staycationing never looked so good with items that can make your backyard feel like a luxury resort.

Need some good-looking backyard privacy? Mark and Ben Cullen provide expert advice on how to grow and maintain a lovely cedar hedge that will give your family a feeling of peaceful seclusion.

Absorb the advice and inspiration, then take the time to develop your space in a way that works for you and your family. After you’re done, simply kick back and enjoy your new outdoor living space!