outdoor living inspiration

outdoor living inspiration
If you follow me on Pinterest, you might have noticed that I’ve gone on a bit of an outdoor living binge. We moved at the end of last summer and didn’t have much time to get our backyard set up in a way that functions for us before the weather turned (brutally) cold. Now that we’ve had some warm days and the girls have finally been spending more time outside, I’m itching to work on our yard and set up a space that will allow us to comfortably enjoy fresh air all summer long.

Last summer, we (and by we I mean my husband, father-in-law, and brother) took down the old, broken above ground pool that was in the yard. We’re left with a big, sandy open space. I have visions of turning this space into a little patio where we can have a bunch of seating and—eventually—a fire pit.

I’m loving the idea of bright, cheery pops of color surrounded by tons of plants and some fun spots for the kids. I want affordable (possibly DIY) seating that will let us to hang out with friends while the kids do their thing.

So let’s dig into to some of the inspiration I’ve rounded up…

outdoor living inspiration: tons of colorgorgeous bohemian patio makeover / Justina Blakeney

outdoor living inspiration: kids hideawayDIY kids hideaway / The Handmade Home

outdoor living inspiration: pillows and rugspretty rugs on a round rock patio / Jeffrey Gardens

outdoor living inspiration: pallet tablebright colors and a DIY pallet table / BHG

outdoor living inspiration: diy rock tableDIY rustic rock table / BHG

outdoor living inspiration: mud pie stationmud pie station for the kids / My Small Potatoes

outdoor living inspiration: diy canopyDIY canopy / Karin Lidbeck-Brent

outdoor living inspiration: lattice panelslattice panels for privacy / Listotic

outdoor living inspiration: floor seatingfloor seating inspiration / Honestly WTF

outdoor living inspiration: cinder block benchcement block bench / The Garden Glove

The more I look through photos of outdoor spaces, the more excited I get to get serious. My biggest hurdle? Budget. You know this momma is cheap. I want to do things as cost effective as possible, while keeping things low maintenance and functional.

Do you have any tips for thrifty outdoor living?

outdoor living inspiration

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.