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The 5 Elements You Need To Create Your Very Own “Backyard Beach”

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I love summertime and look forward to it every year. I believe this is in part because I am a Gemini so summer is synonymous with my birthday and part has to do with fond childhood memories of going to the beach, camping trips, and sleepover parties. The nostalgia of summer forever has my heart (and yes – it beats Christmas by a thousand miles). So in the spirit of salvaging what is left of summer 2020, I’ve made a goal to make the most of what I have. Namely: my health, my home, and my backyard.

Having a backyard is something I took for granted growing up and the more I age into adulthood the more that fact becomes a tragic loss. Having an outdoor space, in sunny California no less, is a coveted privilege. In fact, a huge reason behind my boyfriend and my recent move was the opportunity to have a backyard. The option to simply be outside in my own private space has become essential to my mental health and I don’t think I would have appreciated this fact had I not been forced to spend so much time here these path few months.

So long as beaches are closed and vacation plans are foiled for the foreseeable future, envisioning my own backyard oasis has become a beloved past time of mine. It’s even halted some of my living room plans (for now) because spending any time outdoors is all I want to do nowadays. So, after searching for all the elements to create my dream “backyard beach oasis” I think I’ve come up with a pretty decent formula. But I’ll let you be the judge. Let’s get to it.

Step 1: Get a comfy chair

No vacation can begin without some comfort so let’s start with some great lounge chairs:

1. Wisby Reclining Chaise Lounge with Cushion | 2. Antonetta Chaise with Cushion | 3. Reni Brushed Taupe Lounger | 4. Grid Adjustable Chaise | 5. Sling Stackable Adjustable Chaise Lounge | 6. Terassi Chaise | 7. Astola Teak Single Chaise Lounge Frame | 8. Outdoor Beanbag Chaise Lounge | 9. Alvah Reclining Chaise with Cushion | 10. Cam Sun Lounger | 11. 2 Pack Acacia Wood Chaise Lounge | 12. Metal Lounge Chair | 13. Äpplarö Chaise | 14. Crescent Chaise | 15. 2 Pack Acacia Wood Foldable Chaise Lounge

I love #2. It is affordable and it folds up so it’s easy to stow away when the weather is less desirable. But if you like a chair that could double as a nap spot #7 looks comfy as hell. I am personally debating between either #1 or #2. Which do you like better?

I know not everyone has space for a lounge chair so for a smaller backyard or balcony, a nice outdoor chair can still bring the vacation vibes to you.

1. Paradise Outdoor Lounge Chair & Ottoman Set | 2. Jaxx Ponce Outdoor Bean Bag Patio Chair | 3. Numa Outdoor Chair | 4. Ellipse Rope Chair |5. Abstract Minimal Chair | 6. Bamboo Rattan Chair with Circle Sides | 7. Cabana Chair  | 8. Vernon Outdoor Rocker | 9. Molly Outdoor Wicker Standing Patio Chair with Cushion

Remember when bean bags were the coolest thing ever? My dreams of having one may finally come true as I was showing Rocky these options and he was drawn to #2. I love the striped pattern that is very reminiscent of a 60s beach cabana and I would definitely feel as if I was on vacation sitting on it whilst sipping a margarita.

As previously discussed here, we love a hanging chair. Nothing says “vacation” like it and if you have the space it definitely adds a pinch of whimsy. Here are some that I love:

1. Capistrano Outdoor Hanging Chair & Stand | 2. Boho Hanging Chair Hammock | 3. Boho Hanging Chair with Tassel | 4. Large Hammock Chair with Crocheted Edge | 5. Outdoor Hanging Chair | 6. Cotton Padded Hammock Chair Swing | 7. Black Nylon Hammock Swing Chair | 8. San Blas Hanging Chair | 9. Luna Hanging Chair | 10. Eliott Swing Chair with Stand | 11. 100% Cotton Hammock Chair | 12. Britanna Patio Hanging Egg Chair |

I would like to a have a quick afternoon nap in #2 thank you very much and EHD has on good authority that #12 is really cute and provides the perfect relaxing touch to an outdoor space. We love an egg chair like this and it’s also great because you don’t need to find a place to hang it up.

Step 2: Give yourself some shade

Once you’ve procured the perfect chair for you, you’re going to need some shade.

1. Classic Wood 9 Ft. Round Stripe Umbrella | 2. Eastport Striped Umbrella | 3. 9 Ft. Round Lighted Patio Umbrella | 4. 6 Ft. Round Umbrella with Eucalyptus Pole | 5. 9 Ft. Round Cabana Stripe Patio Umbrella | 6. Artrip 9′ Market Umbrella | 7. Beach Umbrella | 8. 9 Ft. Replacement Umbrella Canopy with Fringe | 9. Maypex 9 Ft. Patio Umbrella

This lighted patio umbrella would be great in any backyard all year round. My boyfriend and I enjoy eating dinner outside when the weather is nice so an umbrella AND lights would be a great addition for us. But, I also love #7 and #8 for a more beachy ambiance. Which one is your favorite?

Step 3: Don’t Forget A Towel

Even though the sun isn’t my BFF (hello white Irish skin) I do like to “tan” from time to time with the help of a solid SPF 30. This has become a more recent hobby so I’ve been searching for some good beach towels to use instead of using my bath towels.

1. Marina Beach Towel in Blue | 2. Insomnia Beach Towel | 3. Seacliff Towel | 4. Mallorca Beach Towel | 5. Indigo Blue Tie Dye Delight Beach Towel | 6. Mediterranean Organic Towels | 7. Omo Bath Sheet | 8. Duo Striped Warm Beach Towel | 9. Linen Spa Towel | 10. Printed Terry-Cloth Beach Towel | 11. Vintage Linen Towels, Set of 2 | 12. Malibu Organic Beach Towels

Who doesn’t love a classic watermelon towel for summer?? It just feels right. I also think this the dye option is fun and basically screams “summer”.

Step 4: Grab a drink

Of course, a beach day is not complete without ice-cold beverages…

1. Cool Bag in White | 2. 77-Quart Beverage Cooler | 3. Ice Bucket | 4. Igloo Cooler | 5. White Picnic Cooler | 6. 80 Qt. Patio Rolling Cooler | 7. Grapefruit Cooler Tote | 8. Basket Print Insulated Cooler | 9. Royal Blue Retro Drink Cooler

Yes, you are technically at home at your very own backyard beach, so a refrigerator is likely close by. But because this is your beach now, why not have your drinks by your side for the ultimate relaxation experience? Many of these are also portable, so once the world opens up you can once again take your beverages to go.

Now that you have your beverage, the only thing missing is some water activities. Yep, we are talking about kiddie pools again 🙂

Step 5: Cool down and relax

1.Minnidip Pool: That’s Banana Leaves | 2. Luxe Inflatable Pool | 3. Modern Inflatable Swimming Pool | 4. Round Inflatable Outdoor Kids Swimming and Wading Watermelon Pool  | 5.  Splash of Citrus Luxe Inflatable Pool | 6. Inflatable Pool with Bench

Never have I ever contemplated purchasing an inflatable pool and yet here we are. I was pretty much convinced I need one from this post and they’ve been on my mind ever since. The problem is my boyfriend Rocky thinks it won’t get a ton of use so are there any frequent users out there that can convince him?? People must love them because I found out in my research that many are currently sold out. Or is it just kids using them?? Please advise.

Now if your space is a bit too small to fit an inflatable pool might I suggest an outdoor mister?

1. Hydrobreeze HB11345 72 ft. Slip Lok Fittings Misting System | 2. Ultrasonic Dry Misting Fan with Bluetooth Technology | 3. WindChaser Outdoor Misting Fan | 4. Hurricane 29 in. Reservoir Misting Fan in Gray | 5. Elite Handheld Misting Fan | 6. 7″ Personal Fan

Again, if you have a small patio or balcony a mister can be a great alternative. #1 would be a good permanent investment if you are really into the idea and #5 and #6 are affordable handheld options. These are also great investments if you are suffering through LA summers with no AC because no one should have to endure that torture.

Annnnd we made it. Thanks for hanging out with me and indulging my dream of creating my own backyard beach and if I am missing anything please let me know in the comments. Happy Friday sweet friends. xx

Opener Image Credit: Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: How To Style Out Your Outdoor Space So You’ll Actually Use It (No Matter How Big Or Small It Is)

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Kathleen

I bought a kiddie pool and a beach chair this year as an impulse quarantine decision and it was the BEST purchase. I inflate and deflate it every weekend, takes 15 minutes to fill up, and I’m in it all weekend long. Super cheesy but SO fun!

Total heaven!

Patricia

We bought a $25 6×10 inflatable pool form the Dollar General three years ago and it s still going strong. It’s baby blue and white and long enough to lounge in and deep enough to fully submerge yourself if you feel the need. When summer is over, we just let it fully dry out before we deflate it and fold it back up for next summer. Highly recommend!

Sounds perfect

If you like umbrella #6, it’s also available at Wayfair and Overstock for less expensive than World Market.

Thanks for the tip! Switched it out:)

Margaret

The misters crack me up. Who would want to add MORE humidity to the air?
Rhetorical question–I know the answer is “anyone who doesn’t live in the soggy Midwest (or south).

haha yes in LA we need moisture!

Mary

100% on the inflatable pool! Granted, we do have two small kids as well, but we are in that thing every weekend all weekend long. For a family of 4 we opted for a 10’x6’ pool, but before that one arrived you better believe we were all squeezing in to our 5’ round pool!

Christina

Before I had a swimming pool, I used to chill outside with a spritz bottle full of ice water. Every ten minutes or so, cool off with spritz and I was golden! haha

One thing I was thinking about the other day, is instead of someone putting in a pool, it would be cool to put a splash pad in your backyard that isn’t ‘kiddie’. Great for kids too, but likely way more cost effective to install without the drowning risks etc that people worry about when they do have kids. I need to see if there is any inspiration on Pinterest for something like this.

I think a splash pad would be so awesome! Especially for young kids

Anon

Adirondack chairs! I have a small patio with my rental and I love how comfy my chairs are and so do my guests. The shape is so conducive to leaning back and relaxing with a book. The seats/backs are woven material so no cusions needed. I also have 3 nesting tables which can double as seats and the smallest one works as a foot rest too.

For me and beach towels, the most important thing other than the size is to be colorful and fun, maybe even whimsical.

I thought the post was going to be about how to get the beachy vibe with decor. I’d love to infuse that into my space but am afraid I’d run foul against the “outdoor decoration rules” for my complex. 🙁

We love a heavy dose of whimsy! And if you love color then you should absolutely use it everywhere:)

Trixie

First — thank you for the resources. Nice to have one place with everything pulled together.

Second — this is a nit for sure — but please please please have someone copy edit these posts before they go up. This sentence was almost painful to read: In fact, a huge reason behind my boyfriend and I’s recent move was the opportunity to have a backyard.

I’s, really? That is not a word!!! It should be “my” and it’s easy to figure out, just take the other person out of the sentence: ..a huge reason behind my recent move…see, simple?

Sorry to be the grammar nazi but it is absolutely grating for those of us who care about such things and it makes the blog look unprofessional. /endrant

Fixed! Thank you, Trixie, have a wonderful weekend!

janet majors

I totally love the circular coffee table in your picture! May I ask where you got this? Thanks so much,

It’s all Target! Here is the link to the original post:

https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/how-to-style-out-your-outdoor-space

SARAH

Highly recommend a Sand Cloud towel. I’m so on board with Turkish towels now. It’s light and thin but feels like sleeping on a blanket that keeps grass (imaginary sand) off your face. I didn’t get the whole cool trendy towel thing but I got a Sand Cloud towel in my bridesmaids box AND I LOVE IT. Instead of napping at the beach I’m napping on my burgundy tye dyed blanket towel in the backyard.

Instead of an inflatable pool we got a foldable “dog” pool. Our daughter loves it, but it’s also been so nice to sit around with our feet in.

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