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Preparing the Backyard for Sunny Days!

by | Apr 26, 2018 | Decorating Inspiration

Preparing the Backyard for Sunny Days!

Who is looking forward to nice weather? Me! Me! (jumping up and down). I’ve seen SNOW in some yards around the country lately, so I really have nothing to complain about. We’ve already had some sun, but don’t be jealous, just live vicariously :).

Preparing the Backyard for Sunny Days!
This post is in partnership with T.J.Maxx 

When the sun emerges, I LOVE having special spots where I can head out the yard to enjoy coffee, a picnic lunch, or even just to relax.

A couple of weeks ago I found a hammock, pillows and the most adorable little bistro set with a table and two chairs at and they were PERFECT for the areas I envisioned.

Preparing the Backyard for Sunny Days!

My favorite thing about having a nice sized backyard is there is plenty of room to create several different zones for activities. Yet the cool thing is that you can create a charming destination even on a little patch of grass. You don’t need a fancy patio or big yard for this! And you don’t need a ton of money, thanks to!

Preparing the Backyard for Sunny Days!

When the sun came out last week, I was practically skipping through the yard I was so happy! I found a SUPER adorable picnic basket at T.J.Maxx that had inspired me for summer picnics. Seattle is full of amazing parks and we even have two beaches within just a few minutes of our home, so it’s safe to say this basket will be put to good use this spring and summer!

How could you not be giddy with a basket this sweet?

Preparing the Backyard for Sunny Days!

Besides its cute watermelon fabric interior, it came with all the fun plates, cutlery, a tablecloth and napkins, goblets and a bottle opener.

Preparing the Backyard for Sunny Days!

The planter is one of my favorite finds, isn’t it the coolest with that trendy wood stand? I’ve been on the hunt for one like this for awhile. You know what is even better? It was only $12.99!

Preparing the Backyard for Sunny Days!

Just as I would for a room in the house, of course I wanted to add a little mood lighting in this space. This wood lantern is perfect and I love the rope handle on it. (Plus, I added a battery operated candle to make this a romantic little spot at dusk).

Preparing the Backyard for Sunny Days!

I have to say I’ve dreamed about a hammock for our backyard for years. Who wouldn’t want to head to a relaxing destination like this for a lazy spring afternoon? Now, I haven’t quite mastered the art of hammock balancing, but once I get the hang of it I think I could get used to this quaint napping spot by our camellia.

Preparing the Backyard for Sunny Days!

I also got a few pillows for maximum comfort and a little extra style, too.

Preparing the Backyard for Sunny Days!

All in all, I’d say my online spring shopping for my backyard was a big success! has hundreds of new items each week, so it pays off to check in regularly. It’s open 24/7/365 and with free returns in the store, it’s really easy to shop at your own leisure from the comforts of home.

If you’re getting antsy and stir crazy waiting for the sun, maybe do a little shopping for your yard, so when it does arrive, you’ll be ready! There is FREE SHIPPING sitewide today on!

Preparing the Backyard for Sunny Days!

Even if you have to wait a little longer for spring weather, maybe you’ll find a little sunshine in a basket like I did!

Happy day!


  1. Mary

    Thanks! I bought the mermaid fin pillows and 2 other patterns for my dining area and two sitting areas. I just washed all my patio furniture and cushions on Monday and realized I couldn’t salvage two pillows, so your post came at the perfect time!

  2. Sharon

    Spring has been slow to come in the Midwest! So ready for sunshine and warmer days. I enjoy the seasons and look forward to each one for their own reasons. We’ve just had a lot of stops and starts coming into spring! Your backyard looks great!

  3. Sand Between My Piggies

    I LOVE summer, I can’t wait for the 90 degree days and loads of sunshine. Your backyard looks wonderful and so ready for summer!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Getting SO excited for warmer sun (although my ideal is about 74 degrees, haha!)!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. Lynn Marie

    I LOVE your new items but was instantly drawn to how you hung the lantern in the tree–so cute! I live in the Midwest and spring has been late but am now deciding how to update our outdoor area and which ideas that are floating around in my head will be the winner ☺. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Murry

    Looks stemendious !! Quick question what type of tree is that? Looks fantastic bethind all your inviting back yard hang out place.

  6. Anna Makridi

    Your backyard looks fantastic, and it is absolutely ready for summer!Good job!

  7. Laura Salter

    Love your backyard! This is my favorite time of year & that picnic basket is serious cute!!

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