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Hamptons Inspired Small Backyard Reveal

Hamptons Backyard Reveal

Hi there friends! I have partnered with Lowe’s to bring you a backyard makeover inspired by the Hamptons. This reveal has been 5 years in the making, so I am beyond thrilled to be sharing it with you today! And what better time than the spring to share it, well almost:). When we first walked into our backyard, even though we were warned by our realtor we were a little shocked. It was small, really small, and to be honest it made me nervous. But…that quickly subsided as we walked through and saw the beautiful bay view and the rather large privet hedge. Sold, that was it and I have been plotting and planning this space ever since. Living on the East End of Long Island there is a certain style the Hamptons have and I wanted to capture a small bit of that in my backyard. If you drive through any of these towns you will find a plenitude of pea gravel driveways, beautiful architecture with cedar shake, gorgeous landscaping and lots of privet! If you were to peek into a well manicured backyard you would also most likely see lots of white, rattan and/or wicker, teak woods, classic prints, beautiful gardens, maybe a pool and a pool house too. Well…some of that is just not possible for a few obvious reasons but I did create a functional, private and pretty space within a modest budget. Come check it out….

City Farmhouse Backyard GIF 900 x 600

This is a before shot of what our small backyard looked like when we first moved in.

Backyard Before 1

This is a slightly updated before shot, with my overgrown garden and shed that went through 2 hurricanes in the last 5 years since we have been here.

backyard before

Last but not least the after shot of my Hamptons Inspired Small Backyard Reveal…..

Hamptons Inspired Full View Reveal

I designed the space to use the most length we could out of our yard for this patio without it seeming off balance. I knew if we were going to do this then we needed it to be functional, so I broke the area into 3 parts. I created a sitting area for chit chat, relaxing by the fire and just lounging, I also added a purposeful dining area with a bench for the little ones and a DIY outdoor kitchen.

Outdoor Sectional

Outdoor Table + Chairs

Backyard View

DIY Pea Gravel Patio-Hamptons Inspired Small Backyard

We decided to go with pea gravel for a few reasons. First we thought we could do it & not mess it up and second, we loved the look. I will be posting the tutorial soon, stay tuned.

Hamptons Inspired Backyard Reveal- Gray Wicker Sectional

You can find this beautiful Nantucket gray wicker sectional HERE.

Hamptons Inspired Backyard Reveal-White Painted Shed + Reclaimed Wood Sign  Hamptons Inspired Small Backyard With DIY Pea Gravel Patio

The lights are a favorite, they are Allen & Roth Edison string lights, you can find them HERE. You can also find my tutorial for the DIY Light Poles HERE.

Hamptons Inspired Backyard Reveal-Creating a Functional Space for Outdoor Entertaining

Hamptons Inspired Backyard Reveal-DIY Outdoor Kitchen

This is actually a potting bench I painted in HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black, I added this DIY towel holder on the side using simple eye hooks and jute rope. By combining it with THIS grill I was able to create a DIY outdoor kitchen.

Hamptons Inspired Backyard Reveal-Mix of Modern Outdoor Pillows

Herb Garden + Outdoor Dining=Hamptons Outdoor Styling

All of my vegetables and herbs were purchased at my local Lowe’s store.

Hamptons Inspired Backyard Reveal-DIY Outdoor Bar

Outdoor Dining al Fresco-Hamptons Inspired Small Backyard

By adding these 4 vintage wicker chairs and giving them a fresh coat of white paint it fits right in with the Hamptons look. The outdoor bench is the perfect addition and is so convenient with kids.

Hamptons Inspired Backyard Reveal-DIY Outdoor Beverage Station

I love styling bars, it is my thing, you can find my all time favorite styled bar HERE.

Hamptons Inspired Backyard Reveal-Making teh Most of your Small Space

Summer Entertaining With Family

There are no words to describe how happy I am to have this space done. It is such a functional area to entertain our family & friends and cuddling up by the fire at night is an added bonus. We debated about whether to do gas or the “real thing” and I have to say, do GAS!!! It is so nice at night once we decide it’s time to go in my husband just turns it off, no waiting and no mess. I highly recommend it.

Hamptons Inspired Backyard-Black DIY Bar + Gray Sectional With Bold Outdoor Pillows

At first when this large umbrella arrived I was second guessing myself but guess what, is it the best! It gets hot here on Long Island and this umbrella makes it possible to be outside during the day.

Hamptons Inspired Small Backyard-Outdoor Dining

DIY Outdoor Kitchen-Bar + Grill From Lowe's

As the sun went down I thought it would be nice to show you how it looks when the lights are on.

Outdoor String Lights Tutorial

The lights create such a serene & peaceful mood out here & makes it fun to dine under the stars.

Outdoor String Lights + Dining Reveal

Outdoor String Lights + Well Lit Bar

Outdoor String Lights + Summer Entertaining

Outdoor String Lights + Entertaining Summer Nights

I hope you enjoyed my backyard reveal and can see the potential in even the smallest of backyard spaces.

I will be back to share my FULL source list with you, so if you have any questions please leave them in the comments so I don’t miss anything. In the meantime you can shop Lowe’s Outdoor Living section, you will see the fire pit we used right at the top.


Have a beautiful week,

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    1. That is exactly what I wanted you to feel, that makes me happy Laura! Thank you so much! Jen

  1. Your backyard looks great. We have a small backyard with an empty patio since I sold the traditional patio table set. I’m hoping to achieve a similar look this year with new and found pieces. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. WOW, WOW, WOW, etc. This is so awesome, am terribly envious. We had something fairly similar in mind to do at bottom of our back yard. Our house is at top of 1/2 acre lot) and shed, more yard, at bottom of small hill. We have fantastic view of valley around us. CO river is little over 2 miles south of us, can see traffic on I-70 where it runs along river from our deck..
    Your new patio/entertainment area is spot on girl. Is that your hubs slaving away laying it all out? If so you both sure did fantastic job.
    This is my 1st. time on email in about a month. Decided to put windows 7 away and get new awesome laptop with windows 10.Then had to figure out how to use it, finally got email tonight, so happy, felt like cut off from my other world, blogland.
    Your new yard is such an inspiration for all of us. Enjoy rest of week

  3. Love what you have done – we will be needing something like you have done for our small backyard area as well – you have given me the inspiration – I only hope that I can accomplish something similar – thank you!

    1. Thank you Olivia. I know pretty soon it will be that time again, to get the outside pretty again, I cant wait! It feels like summer today, enjoy it:). Jen

  4. Jen, it is so gorgeous. You have me dreaming of lovely and long and restful beach days. Thanks so much for all this beautiful inspiration. x

  5. Jen, Your back yard is gorgeous! It looks so peaceful and functional. I’m heading to Lowes today to look for that gas firepit!! Julie

    1. Hey Julie! I had no idea you get my posts, yay! Thank you, cant wait to enjoy it this summer! Yeah, we love it, they have a rectangular one as well:). Miss you! Jen

  6. Hello Jen your transformation was awesome I live in Tennessee where it too can get very warm in the summer. My question for you is did you all create a subfloor before pouring the gravel. Or was it all just gravel?

  7. Hi! I love your blog and Instagram accounts! What pieces did you purchase in the outdoor sectional? Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Anna, thank you! The sectional is 5 pieces in total, great ? btw, 2 pairs of the chairs plus the corner. It is very comfortable and looks amazing! Jen

  8. I love the comfy look you created but please tell me what you do about the dew and the rain on your fabric pieces.

    1. Hi Karen, I have outside storage bins that I put the cushions in, but I have to be honest occasionally I forget. The cushions are waterproof and held up great! Everything else was fine outside. Hope this helps, Jen

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