How to create a welcoming ambiance that turns your backyard into a garden oasis!

Engage all of the senses to create a backyard oasis!


Is your garden… yawn… a bit ho hum? Adding creature comforts will take it to the next level, turning your yard into an outdoor room that everyone will enjoy.

Comfortable seating and adequate lighting are just the beginning.  Candlelight and potted flowers add ambiance to any size space (even a tiny apartment patio). A fire pit creates a wonderful conversation area, warmth and a reason to gather. The melodious sounds of a water feature provide a restful atmosphere. And, don’t forget those small details — a charming welcome sign, a convenient place to rest a glass of iced tea, or maybe a cozy hammock to complete the list of must-haves!

Above are some of my favorite garden details. Now, if I could just finish all of that weeding…

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, Cover Girl Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait.

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