How To Create An Outdoor Oasis

(NAPS)—Wow your friends and families at gatherings, pool parties or barbecues in your backyard by creat-ing your own outdoor oasis. Build.com and Donny Osmond have teamed up to share 10 surprisingly easy and affordable ways to turn your backyard into a great space for both relaxing and entertaining.

 

• Stay Cool: Umbrellas are a great source of shade, whether in a backyard or front yard. They’re easy to move to a favorite spot, come in different sizes, and let you create an enjoyable space to spend time in.
• A Colorful Approach To Plants: Planting in containers is an easy way to add variety and splashes of color to your outdoor space.
• Light Up The Night: Brighten up those dark, hard-to-navigate areas of your deck or patio with solar ac-cent lighting. It’s generally affordable, easy to install, and the end result looks terrific. It may also be a bright idea to put lights and lanterns up around exterior doorways.
• Good Clean Fun: If you live near a beach, river or lake, don’t worry about tracking sand indoors. Simply install an outdoor shower.
• Beauty Is In The Details: Small accents, such as hurricane lanterns, lightweight throws and ceramic gar-den seats, show guests you know how to live the good life…outdoors.
• Cool It: If you have a covered porch or deck, a fan or fan-and-light combination can make staying com-fortable during warm days easier. Just be sure to get an outdoor one with a DC motor or one that’s Energy Star rated. They’re 60 percent more efficient than conventional fanlight units. An online how-to guide at Build.com can make installation a breeze.
• Water-Saving Fountains: Build.com’s popular fountains all recycle water so you can keep your fountain going even during dry seasons or droughts.
• Make Sure You Have Enough Seating: Whether wicker or wood, canvas or chrome, grouping comfort-able, easy-to-clean chairs and benches such as those in the Donny Osmond collection around a garden table is key for parties, brunches and barbecue fun.
• This May Floor You: An outdoor rug is a terrific way to define a space and give your lounge area a little warmth when the night air cools. Build.com offers a vibrant selection of rugs.
• Look Online For Inspiration: To start decorating your outdoor area, check out the entire Donny Osmond Home accessories line at www.build.com.