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What to Do During a St. Louis Staycation: Build a Backyard Oasis for a Lifetime of Enjoyment

Trellis lighting for backyard staycation in St LouisIf life has been too busy to enjoy your backyard space up until now, chances are you may not have given it the attention or care it deserves. As spring approaches and you have more time at home, now is a perfect opportunity to create the backyard retreat of your dreams. With the right furniture, accessories, and lighting you can make time spent in your backyard feel like an escape to a far-off destination.

Check out these wonderful ideas to inspire your creativity:

Living Wall, Trellis or Pergola

St. Louis backyard retreatA common theme in outdoor areas at vacation resorts are the lush plants and flowers. To add that resort feel to your deck or patio add a living wall. Succulents are a common choice and there are many online tutorials for this DIY project. Another method for a lovely result is to add a trellis or pergola. Plant creeping vines such as morning glories, ivy, or wisteria to naturally climb the structure.


Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are wonderful places to gather with family in the evening. The warm flicking flame provides a cozy setting and a place for roasting marshmallows. Go easy with a portable fire pit purchased from any outdoor living retailer or contact your local outdoor builder to add a custom stone fire feature of your choice.

Tranquil Water Features

The sites and sounds of water are long known to be soothing and comforting. Part of making an at-home retreat is adding elements that will provide peace and serenity. We recommend adding a pond, fountain or other water feature for maximum Zen.

Dining in the yard

It is commonplace to have an outdoor dining area on your deck or patio, but have you considered dining in the yard? Choose the spot under your favorite tree or a peaceful corner, maybe even near your garden. Adding a dining area away from the home can make you feel as if you’re in secret garden, escaping the world.

St Louis staycation oasis Lush Planters

Don’t keep the greenery out in the yard and garden. Add gorgeous planters over-flowing with annuals and perennials on your deck and patio. You may even choose some plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies for increased enjoyment.

Cozy Lounge Furniture

Today’s top vacation spots feature amazing outdoor lounging areas. Big comfy outdoor couches and chairs, complete with coffee tables and end tables make enjoying the fresh air so much better. The right lounge furniture should be perfect for entertaining as much as curling up with a good book on a beautiful afternoon.

Ambient, Festive, and Functional Outdoor Lighting

No matter what you choose to add to your backyard to create your at-home retreat, one thing you for sure will need is the right lighting. We customize our backyard lighting systems to meet the needs of the homeowner. If you like to throw parties, consider overhead string lights, which are also perfect over that dining spot out in the yard. If you plan on tranquil evenings in solitude under the stars, you may want ambient lighting integrated into your water feature or silhouetting your vertical living wall.

Our professional outdoor lighting experts will create a design that is perfect for you and your unique backyard oasis. We are proud to provide St. Louis with excellent outdoor lighting design, installation, and service. Call today to request a FREE design consultation and at-home demonstration.