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Living in Southern California means that we get to enjoy warmer weather more often than the rest of the US. Now that we’ve jumped into spring and the handful of rainy, cold days are behind us, we can start looking forward to more sunshine and beautiful blue skies once again. Spending time outdoors is a wonderful way to get fresh air and relax, which is why you should think of your backyard as an extension of your home and take full advantage of your own personal outdoor oasis. No matter how big or small your patio may be, you can easily transform it into an amazing retreat where you can enjoy a meal, read a book, catch some sun, take a nap or entertain friends and family. 

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Select Furniture

Comfortable seating and lounge furniture is an absolute must when decorating your backyard. You will want to incorporate an outdoor dining table, lounge chairs, chaise chairs and some patio heaters for those chillier nights. Some additional furniture to create the right environment also includes a porch swing or a hammock. Think about what you most want to achieve then start with bigger items and layer in the smaller pieces to add in function and design appeal. 

Create Comfort

There’s no better way to relax and unwind after a long day than to spend some time in your outdoor oasis with a glass of wine. You can make this space extra cozy with colorful throw pillows, cozy blankets, area rugs and soft cushions. Playing around with these accessories will also bring some variety and color to your backyard, which will be a pleasant contrast to the greenery and blue skies. 

Add Shade

When the sun shines over summer it can quickly get very hot and unbearable, especially in Southern California. Use patio umbrellas, trellises or strategically placed sun shades to create shady spots in your backyard where you can hide from the sun. 


The best part of decorating is accessorizing with fun accessories that add personality to your space. Look for pieces that are both functional and decorative – colorful vases to collect seasonal flowers, beautiful pitchers to serve up ice cold beverages, woven baskets, pretty trays to bring some treats outdoors, intricate candle holders, fabric placemats and more – the options are endless!

Light it Up

Adding some pleasant string lights to your backyard, or dimly lit sconces can create an incredible cozy atmosphere to your outdoor oasis at night. You can also look into solar lanterns to scatter throughout, which are environmentally friendly and will add a beautiful touch to your outdoor oasis. 

Keep it Green

Flowers and greenery will add some incredible color to your backyard and can also double up as privacy screens. Plant shrubbery along your fence that can grow nice and tall and keep out neighbors and curious passersby – then decorate with planters of varying heights and different colorful floral arrangements for added ambiance. Don’t hesitate to get creative with flowers, once they’re all in bloom you will be pleasantly amazed at the final result.

Add a Water Feature

Whether you have a sparkling pool or a trickling water fountain, the soothing sounds of running water contribute to feelings of relaxation. There are various ways you can incorporate the element of water into your outdoor oasis! It can be as simple as purchasing a small fountain that sits on the patio table, or you can install a waterfall to splash into your pool. No matter what you choose, the peaceful sound of running water will enhance your backyard retreat and you’ll never want to go back inside. 

Don’t Forget Entertainment

If you are the type of person who has a TV in every room, then why not bring one outdoors too? With an outdoor TV you can play music, watch your favorite shows and enjoy some fresh air, entertain friends and family without missing a big sporting event or just have background noise on while catching up on the latest news. If you do choose to install an outdoor TV, make sure to purchase a weather resistant cover and place the TV in an area that is protected from the outdoor elements. 

As the weather in Southern California quickly warms up, now is the perfect time to start planning out your outdoor oasis. No matter how big or small your backyard is you can easily transform it from a basic patio into a blissful retreat with elements of lighting, seating and ambiance. Visit our store to find unique accessories and browse through our blog for creative décor ideas!

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