Now that we are spending more time at home, it is the perfect opportunity to give your outdoor space a little love. Whether you have a balcony, patio or yard you can create a refreshing oasis and make the most of summertime’s warmer weather.

Take a look at these simple ideas for any sized space.

Build a Garden.

People around the world are cultivating gardens as a relaxing, family-friendly activity with more staying power than early stay-at-home trends. Growing your own food can be fun and it will save you a little cash at the grocery store.

If you have a yard, it’s simple to identify a dedicated space and fence it off or install garden boxes. If you’re limited in space, check out these creative ideas for vertical gardens that can be built with things you may already have on hand.

Create Shade.

When the heat is on, shade is an easy way to cool off and stay comfortable outside. There are several options to meet any budget. You can start as simple as a sun umbrella to shield you from UV rays. Or work with a landscape design company on a master plan that may include permanent structures like a gazebo.

The good news with a master plan is that you don’t have to build it all at once. It’s common to phase each project based on your budget and needs.

Dine Alfresco.

You don’t need a ton of space to dine outdoors when you invest in a folding bistro set. If you have a large backyard, consider refreshing your favorite picnic table in case you want to invite a few friends and need to keep your social distance.

It’s easy to create a fun (or romantic) restaurant vibe with outdoor lighting. String lights are very popular and are simple to hang with a few nails. You can also line your pathways with torch lights and make any evening a special occasion.

Revive Your Movie Night.

Step up your at-home movie night when you take it outside. If you have the space to project your film on to a screen or outdoor wall, you can use patio furniture with plenty pillows and blankets to make it cozy.

If you’re gathering around a laptop or TV screen bring out the air mattress for the ultimate lounge experience. For snack ideas and more, check out our full guide to revive your movie night.

No matter what your budget or space, there are creative ways that you can enjoy a much-needed escape to the outdoors.

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