50 Backyard Essentials That’ll Help You Create a Dreamy Oasis

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Reading Nook

A light and airy throw is a smart piece to have on-hand to give your skin a break from the sun and stay warm post-sunset.

  • Ivory + Charcoal Textured Throw with Tassels: $ 35, HomeSense

Give your outdoor space a healthy dose of texture with a woven area rug. This option is water-resistant and easy to brush clean, making it a fuss-free pick.

Add extra blooms to your garden with this floral rug, perfect to brush off feet by an entryway or for pairing with a bistro set.

Bring a little zen outdoors with this dreamy chair that’s begging to become the hero of your reading nook.

  • Wicker Teardrop Chair with Water Resistant Cushions: $ 380, HomeSense

Liven up your deck with a printed rug that’ll add interest to a dining or lounge area.

  • Black Diamond Indoor/Outdoor Rug (5×7): $ 80, HomeSense

Mix geometric prints into your space with these army green cushions, which will complement your backyard’s greenery.

  • Rox Creative Green Dream Cushion Collection, cushion cover set, $ 140 (feather inserts not included), also sold separately, $ 55 each.

On brisk mornings spent outside with a cup of coffee and a good book, have a warm blanket nearby to keep you cozy until the sun’s rays warm.

Add a statement piece to your plant line-up with a vase that boasts ample character.

  • White Minimalist Face Vase: $ 17, HomeSense

Create a cohesive—not matchy-matchy—look with your outdoor plants by mixing and matching herb and plant pots. Choose various sizes and play with colours—like white, black, and clay.

For nights spent entertaining under the stars, place lanterns around the deck to add a whimsical glow.

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Dining Alfresco

Keep the colour game going strong with a mix of saturated hues and fun prints. Start with a brilliant throw that can act as both a bold backdrop to al fresco dining and a cozy topper for nights under the stars.

Reduce your screen time while embracing nostalgia by reaching for an instant camera instead of your iPhone to document your reunion with your friends and fam.

  • Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera, $ 90, amazon.ca

Brighten up your tablescape with confection-coloured polypropylene plates and bowls that are poolside-safe and kid-friendly.

Handcrafted by Colombian artisans and woven with Jipijapa palm fibres, these plaid place mats are an easy way to spice up a table setting.

Napkin rings will make sure your napkins aren’t carried away by a breeze; these wooden ones were hand-crafted in Kenya.

Go the sustainable route with reusable cotton napkins, like these printed picks with scalloped trim.

Speaking of sustainable options, these doodle-covered plates are made from certified organic bamboo fibre and cornstarch, making them an eco-friendly alterative to disposable ones. They’re also shatterproof and dishwasher-safe.

With a bold hue and an ombré fade, these patio-safe glasses are pretty picks for serving fruit-filled sangria, smoothies, and anything else you need to beat the heat.

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