Find sanctuary from summer heat in the backyard

Story highlights

  • Decorators treat outdoor areas the same way they do rooms inside a house
  • Throw pillows are an affordable and easy way to create a cohesive decor scheme
  • Citronella candles offer moderate bug control and beautiful evening ambiance
Summer afternoons in Dallas, Texas, can cook up 100-plus-degree weather and swarms of mosquitoes that seem as big as the state itself.
Luckily, that's not when Tania Griffis ventures out into her backyard.
When it comes to outdoor living, the decor blogger and her husband are looking for comfort. "I usually spend every evening and most mornings out