Is an out-of-town getaway a “once a year only” dream for you? Well, then, plan on treating yourself to some R&R much closer to home and every weekend, if you wish! We’re back with another post on how to create a backyard getaway for yourselves (see our previous ones here and here). And this time it’s all about bringing the look of a Southwestern Desert Garden to your patio, porch or poolside! (*this post contains affiliate links)
5 Fab Examples for Styling a Desert-style Backyard Getaway
To get you inspired, here are 5 amazing approaches to desert-style outdoor decorating. See which one will suit your garden space – then start envisioning your dream getaway coming to life.
Patio play area
Here, you have no less than the Hyatt Piñon Pointe, a timeshare resort in Sedona, Arizona, to give you a cool idea for a semi-covered recreation area. If you have a patio opening out into your backyard, arrange outdoor lounge seating and snack tables, along with a ping-pong or billiard table, a mini bar, and perhaps your home fitness equipment.
Image credit: Vacatia
Poolside lounge area
The desert sun can get pretty scorching, so a dip in your home pool is always welcome! Especially when it’s complemented with a lazing-around section of your backyard, with casual armchairs and comfy cushions protected by shade-sails.
Image credit: Sunset.com
Outdoor grill deck
For chilly evenings, imagine the luxury of sinking into comfy outdoor seating arranged around a blazing fire pit – and chatting over cocktails and snacks. A chic entertainment area for grownup gatherings, while being perfect for family time, too!
Image credit: The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Dove Mountain, Arizona
If you have a patio or a partially-roofed stretch of backyard, transform it into a showcase of Southwest style that you’d love to relax in. Set out metal outdoor sets cushioned in warm desert colors, lay rough stone paving, cover posts with rugged flagstone – and add an outdoor fireplace and small dipping pool for good measure!
Inviting relaxation nook
Have only a tiny garden space? Pretty it up with your favorite plants (giant cactus not required!) and arrange a pair of lounge or rocking chairs with a table between them. Such a charming spot to put your feet up and relax, read a book and enjoy a cup of tea or a tall glass of juice.
Image credit: Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona
Editor’s Picks for Desert-inspired Outdoor Decorating
Now, we help you create a similar themed getaway area with furniture pieces, plants and pottery, and fabric and woven accessories – all with that stylishly relaxed and rugged flair of the Southwest.
Outdoor Furniture Pieces
With just a few key choices like these, you’ll have the basics to build upon for your backyard retreat.
1 – All-weather Wicker Andalusia Outdoor Chair – Crafted with a grey-painted iron frame and a durable woven seat of resin wicker. (via World Market)
2 – Wood-slat Trapani Deep Bench with Cushion – Ideal for outdoor relaxation with a deep wood-slat surface with side extensions for perching drinks and snacks, plus a comfy reversible cushion. (via World Market)
3 – Handcrafted Cotton Solid Rope Hammock – The ultimate lazy day must-have, this hammock is hand-woven from unbleached cotton by Maya artists of the Yucatan. (via Novica)
Desert-style Plants and Pottery
Think Southwest and you immediately imagine its distinct landscape – stretches of desert, rugged mountains and rock formations, hardy plant life. Capture that atmosphere, even in miniature form, with clay pottery, wood, stones, and lots of cacti and succulents.
1 – Macrame terrarium hanger – DIY a whole bunch of plant hangers like this one from a tutorial on World Market’s Discover blog, give them a modern spin with geo-style terraria, then fill them with assorted air plants and succulents.
2 – Corten steel planter – With that “weathered by the desert air” look, this unique planter made of heavy-gauge steel will be a sure stand out piece in your backyard getaway. (via Wayfair)
3 – Crassula “Moonglow” rare white cactus succulents – Here’s a unique addition to the desert-style greenery for your getaway. Order with ease via Amazon.
4 – DIY succulent planters – These brown paper bag planters we found via Wayfair’s Ideas & Advice have got to be the easiest way to make succulents even more adorable. Imagine them gracing your outdoor retreat!
Fabric and Woven Accessories
Hand-woven rugs, throws, pillow covers, blankets, wall hangings and the like are another distinct component of Southwestern style. What fun to choose some for your special spot!
1 – Southwestern Area Rug – This vibrant area rug features stylized geometric patterns in desert-inspired colors. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
2 – Bohemian Woven Wall Hanging – This pair of boho-style mini tapestries are made with cotton yarn and wool on wooden dowels – a crafty touch for your garden nook. (via Amazon)
3 – Boho Fringe Throw Pillow – A hip, rug-inspired accessory with boho flair thanks to that fringe! (via World Market)
4 – Bella Floral 9-foot Umbrella Canopy – Bring instant shade and a splash of color to your getaway with this floral-patterned outdoor umbrella. (via World Market)
We’ll have more posts on backyard getaway inspiration coming up. So keep stopping by!
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