Easy design tips help shape backyard spaces

4:56 PM, May 21, 2013   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Summer is the time to embrace beautiful weather and longer days and if you have a beautiful backyard space, you'll probably enjoy it even more.

Brooke Nelson of IKEA joined KARE 11 News at 4 to share her tips on how to make the best of the season at every occasion - from your morning cup of coffee to a gathering with friends.

Here are some of her suggestions-

START IN SERENITY: Instead of grabbing your usual coffee to go, sip your morning latte in an outdoor oasis. Create a space that inspires you to spend a few more minutes outside. To set the scene, choose outdoor furniture you can sink into and a throw to keep away the morning chill. 

UNGDOM Mug, $4.99/4 pk
BROMMÖ Chaise lounge, $59.99
EIVOR Throw, $19.99

GATHER AND GRILL: Take advantage of the warm weather by hosting a summer evening block party. Get your backyard barbeque-ready with seating for everyone and colorful outdoor accessories. Make it a potluck, and have friends and family bring side dishes and recipes to swap!

PLACERA Serving bowl, $6.99
LEGYM salad server set, $1.99
BOLLÖ Table, $49.00
BOLLÖ Folding chair, $19.00

DATE DIFFERENTLY: Turn date night into date day to make the most of the weather with your special someone. Pack a picnic blanket and wine glasses that can survive the outdoors and find a scenic spot. Pairing picnic essentials with people watching will make for a fun and inexpensive date.

SOLUR Freezer bag, $12.99 
SOMMARFINT Champagne flute, $3.99/4 pk
SPRINGKORN Rug, $14.99

SEIZE THE SUMMER: Keep a grab-and-go bag by the door for spontaneous summer moments. Fill a waterproof tote with outdoor essentials, like sunscreen, a beach towel and a sun hat and you'll always be ready for a last-minute beach outing or trip to the pool.

SOLUR Beach bag, $9.99 
HÅMÖ Beach chair, $12.99
SPRINGKORN Beach towel, $12.99

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