My Backyard {The Secret to Creating an Inviting Outdoor Space}

Outdoor Space - The Inspired Room - Tiki TorchesThis post created in partnership with TIKI Brand

When we moved to Seattle last fall, our biggest priority was to have more family time. Even though we knew there would be a need for some remodeling, we were certain that the location and many of the features of this house would make family togetherness an enjoyable and frequent experience.

The Inspired Room Outdoor Space - Teak Bar Cart

One of our favorite things about this house is the backyard. It is like a park, with plenty of open space for the dogs to run and play and room for family to get together! We are so looking forward to summer time when we can gather in our new backyard for family time.

We are pretty excited about creating special destinations to relax, so we can leave all of our electronic gadgets inside on summer evenings and spend face to face time together.

The Inspired Room Backyard Design - Conversation Area

While we had made good progress in setting up our old backyard to be a great destination for family times, (and as much as I miss my special secret garden and our gravel patio with the fire pit) I just know this yard is going to be even more wonderful for our family. Not only is it closer to our family, but it already had such a great head start with privacy and mature plants. We’ll have plenty of places to garden and add our own touches, too.

The Inspired Room Outdoor Space - Tabletop Tiki Torches

Our dream is to find a cool looking croquet set, maybe get a big hammock or two and then set up all of our patio furniture for a summer full of festive parties and meaningful family get togethers. As soon as we had a bit of sunshine this spring, we pulled together one small area with our old bench, Adirondack chairs and the secondhand teak cart we love to use for entertaining. We already love it!

Tiki Torch - Outdoor Space

Do you know the number one thing you need in your backyard or any area to make it an inviting destination you’ll be excited to use? You need ambience. You’ve got to set the mood! The most important way to create ambience in any room, big or small, is through lighting.

The Inspired Room Outdoor Area - Tiki Torches

We love how easy it is to light our TIKI Brand torches and tabletop firepieces for a warm glow so we can invite the family outside and pull the chairs around close for enjoy an evening of togetherness.

The Inspired Room Outdoor Space - Tabletop Tiki Torch

The Inspired Room Outdoor Space - Teak Bar Cart with Tabletop Tiki Torches

I love the new TIKI Brand products because they really do make any area of the yard an inviting place day or night. TIKI Brand Clean Burn tabletop firepieces feature a bright flame that provides light and ambience for your gatherings. When paired with Clean Burn Torch Fuel, they emit dramatically less soot and smoke than regular torches.

We put two small silver firepieces on our cart and I think they look great and set just the right mood. Also, the reusable Roundwick burner-system provides up to three hours of burn time with every fill (4oz). The firepieces are available in a variety of colors, textures and sizes to fit any tabletop or backyard style (outdoor use only). We also put a large TIKI Brand Clean Burn firepiece on our teal side table next an Island King Large Flame Torch. We think it really completes the space!

Tabletop Tiki Torches - The Inspired Room Backyard

The Inspired Room Outdoor Conversation Area

Backyard - The Inspired Room

Adirondack Chair - The Inspired Room

The Inspired Room Backyard View

Make the most of whatever space you have and create a memorable place for family to gather this summer! And speaking of gathering with friends and family, we’re joining TIKI Brand for The Night of the Power Down on June 26. We hope you will be, as well! Pledge to power down here:

We are so excited to be able to make wonderful new memories together as a family in our own backyard! 

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  1. Would you happen to know the type of trees against the fence? Also, what type of sun do yours receive?

  2. Oh yeah … let there be light!!

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  3. Where are the pillows from?

  4. Kathleen says:

    Do you happen to know what kind of trees those are behind your bench & cart? What a nice way to add extra privacy!

  5. Those are great! I’ll check these products out!

    We love to use ambient lighting outside in the evenings!
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  6. Very nice outdoor gathering space! Inspiring, as always! Thanks for the Tiki torch and fire piece product information! I’m going to look into those items! Beautifully lit area! I know you’re going to be enjoying this space this summer! ❤️

  7. Mary Lou says:

    So enjoy your blog. Love that u allow your weathered furniture to stay “as is”. Me too.

  8. Cindy Phipps says:

    Your yard is very inviting and looks like a good place to relax. I live in Missouri and struggle with rain on my pillows, out door area rug, etc. What do you do with yours? Anyway, you have done a fabulous job!

  9. annette says:

    What a comfy place to relax! I do admit that I am envious of the peonies that I spotted immediately. I live in Northern Ca. and do have an abundance of flowers,but the peonies and lilacs always pull at my heartstrings,having grown up in Wisconsin. It is so much fun to see your progress.Thanks for taking us along.

  10. What a beautiful backyard set up. So cozy!
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  11. Looks beautiful! I hadn’t thought much about the lighting in my backyard living space yet. The ideas are churning now! Thanks!

  12. It’s a great thing that your backyard already has some lovely mature trees.They are perfect. Love the lamps and decor!
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  13. Sheryl M says:

    I love the round torch lights.I would like to order a few but when I went to Tiki website and signed up, it looked like only available in stores (Walmart). Is there a way to order them online?
    Your yard is beautiful!

  14. And maybe a little bocce ball too, thrown in the mix??
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  15. I live on 5 acres near Woodinville. I struggle because my property is so large I don’t know how to make a cozy space like yours. I am inspired from reading your post to make a small portion of my acreage like a tiny oasis so I can enjoy it. We have three wooden picnic tables we got from a German restaurant in Seattle that we use in one of our pastures.

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