15 Dreamy Backyards That Have Us Craving Summer
Just a classic pre-summer's night dream.
Growing up, it never really felt like summer until the first time my older brothers and I spent an entire day outside in the backyard. And while my taste in yard decor has progressed from the basketball hoop and swing set I loved back then, one thing remains the same: It's not really summer without some quality time spent outside — preferably in a well-appointed backyard.
As we creep ever closer to the first day of summer I've been craving nights spent perched by a fire pit and days sprawled out on a pool raft (with plenty of SPF, of course). Oh, and did I mention I live in New York City with no outdoor space to speak?A girl can dream. Dare to join me on my summer dream fest? These 15 yards are sure to do the trick.
1: Hello, Hot Tub
I mean, come on, there are so many standout aspects in this yard — from the hot tub to the flowers to the fire pit — who wouldn't want to spend a summer night out here?
2: Colorful + Cute
Patio Table with Seating for Six
The back patio in this home is a great place to entertain. With a patio table that seats six and space that extends along the length of the house, the homeowners have plenty of room for guests, while string lights and bright fabrics help to bring the space to life.
Wake and Loom
That tablecloth! Those string lights! All that greenery! Honestly, when can I move in?
3: Let's Lounge
Lower Lounge Area With Outdoor Daybed
The lower side patio area has a daybed for a relaxing spot beside the pool. The homeowner really wanted some separate areas to enjoy and relax in the backyard.
Nothing sounds better than curling up on that cozy lounge chair with an iced coffee and a good book.
4: Poolside Retreat
Harold Leidner Company Landscape Architects
This refined backyard looks like the perfect place to host a lovely poolside luncheon on a lazy Sunday.
5: Swing, Swing
Cozy Patio With Swing
A swinging bench invites guests to kick back and enjoy the sunset from the patio. A towering outdoor fireplace adds a backdrop of warmth and comfort on cooler nights.
Ana Rodriguez-Gonzalez and/or Lorenzo Gonzalez
Ugh, look at that cushion-heavy swing. It's just begging for someone to sprawl out and take in that gorgeous view.
6: Outdoor Oasis
Now that's one waterfall you should absolutely chase or at least enjoy from the decked-out seating area.
7: Party Perfect
Contemporary pendant lights hang under a covered patio in the dining area of this Mediterranean style backyard. An outdoor grill station with a patterned tile backsplash sits to the right of the pool.
Warwick P Hunt
A pool, grilling station and giant umbrella are all you really need in order to throw the best summer party possible.
8: The Happiest Hues
I have three words for this patio: That. Color. Palette. How can you go wrong with a statement ceiling paired with cool blue walls, lush green plants and crisp, white concrete?
9: Privacy Please
This backyard guarantees that you won't have to deal with nosey neighbors with the sky-high hedges and abundance of trees.
10: Take a Seat
Ample seating — plus a cute little swing — make this patio ideal for company.
11: Light Up the Night
Party-Ready Backyard With Pool
Crisp, clean lines and unique accent lighting make this entertainment-ready backyard a real show-stopper. Plenty of seating surrounds the pool, and carefully planned landscaping allows room for a tidy, rectangular lawn.
This in-ground pool looks like it was made for night swims thanks to plentiful string lights.
12: Outdoor Eclectic
Various patterns and colors mingle harmoniously in this cute, covered backyard from HGTV Magazine.
13: Built-In Bar
Southwestern-Style Patio With Cooking Station and Countertop
An outdoor cooking station includes extended counter space for friends and family to gather with the cook. The counter is trimmed in the same Spanish-style ceramic tile that adorns the nearby fireplace, creating visual continuity in the patio area.
Douglas Hill Photography
A turquoise tiled bar serves as the centerpiece for this chef-friendly yard. Did we mention it comes equipped with a grill and fire pit as well?
14: Multiple Spaces
Instantly make your outdoor living room feel larger by outfitting adjacent spaces with furnishings in the same style and color scheme. While the covered area is meant for lounging and grilling out, the narrow area beside it has been designated for conversations in full sun.
Flynnside Out Productions
This backyard makes it possible for multiple groups to find their own spot thanks to the two separate seating areas and the spacious pool.
15: Small But Mighty
Even though it's a little short on space, spending the day on this adorable porch would be a summer dream come true.