Backyard Mood Board for Summer Entertaining (+ sneak peek of our backyard project)

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Our backyard is so small, but it’s going to be really fun to make it pretty. We already have a built-in gas firepit, and we’re adding a small deck outside the kitchen, right through French doors. I am picturing a spot to sit, some potted plants, and we just ordered climbing roses to grow on either side of the French doors, too! I can’t wait to put in as many flowers and plants as I can to make it feel like a little cottage garden.

In addition to the joy of gardening, our goal as we design our backyard is to make it feel welcoming to visiting family on a summer evening. To pull together the right design elements, we first need to visualize the experience we want people to have. As we imagine people gathering there, what do we need to make the space enjoyable? This is true for any size backyard, of course, but you definitely have to be intentional to make the most of every inch in a small one!

Backyard Mood Board for Summer Entertaining (+ sneak peek of our backyard project)

Get inspired for summer entertaining with this outdoor mood board!

I love mood boards because they not only can help you visualize how a space might look, but also how it might feel (all the senses!). When I look at this mood board I can picture the cheerful sounds of friends and family chatting over a BBQ meal, soft music playing in the background, pouring a refreshing glass of lemonade at the serving cart, getting a whiff of the delightful scent of roses on the trellis, gathering around to make s’mores around the firepit…I love summer evenings like that! I can’t wait! Stay tuned to see how our backyard comes together :).

Backyard Mood Board for Summer Entertaining (+ sneak peek of our backyard project)


2 Piece Outdoor Swivel Glider Chairs with Patio Cover (Great price for two, and I’ve read very positive reviews from people who have had them for years!)

We’re In the Garden Sign

White Trellis Lattice

Teal/Copper Patina Planter Pot

Acrylic Pitcher with Lid

Hammered Copper Garden Stool with Removable Lid for Storage

Patio Umbrella – Gray and White Striped (color options)

Outdoor Area Rug (color options, great reviews!)

Outdoor Wood Serving Cart Tea Trolley (portable with a drawer, glass holders, and serving tray)

Colorful Mini Lantern (color options)

Do you enjoy mood boards? You can find more HERE, and you can also follow our @theinspiredroomstyle Instagram for more mood boards and decor finds.

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My Backyard Tour: Pea Gravel Patios, Flagstone & Secret Garden

Charming Yard and Exterior Spaces

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