Creating a Relaxing Backyard Oasis

Creating a Relaxing Backyard Oasis

There’s nothing better than enjoying time with family and friends outdoors during the spring, summer, and fall. Residents of Gun Barrel City have it lucky — we are lucky enough to live right on the banks of Cedar Creek Reservoir, allowing us to take advantage of all that the lake life has to offer. However, there is something to be said for having a backyard oasis of your own to retreat to when you want a little bit of rest and relaxation and Mitchell Outdoor Living is here to help you create the outdoor space you’ve been dreaming of. From inexpensive patio furniture to awnings and covers, we have everything you need right in our showroom. Swing on by today! In the meantime, check out five must-have items for your backyard oasis.

Backyard Oasis Must-Haves

Plants for Privacy

When you are enjoying your back patio, you want to be able to relax without worrying about what your neighbors and passersby are up to. Incorporating native plants is one of the best ways to create an element of privacy in your backyard oasis and you get the added bonus of the natural beauty that they lend to a space. Looking for an ideal hanging plant that can add privacy? There are several varieties of ferns are native to our region, from holly and tassel fern to Japanese painted fern. Boston ivy, clematis, and coral honeysuckle are also native to our region and they work really well for creating privacy because they are crawling plants.

A Fire Bowl

There may be many times when you don’t feel like spending time in your backyard because of the sweltering heat that we have in the middle of the day here in East-Central Texas. Fear not, for your outdoor living space was not only meant for enjoying during the day. Incorporating a fire pit or bowl into your backyard design is one of the best ways to add an element of rustic charm to the space and you’ll enjoy having friends and family over to gather around the fire on those lazy summer evenings. Whether you choose to make smores over the open fire or sip a glass of wine while you watch the flames dance, you’ll love having this feature in your backyard.

Outdoor Lighting

While your fire pit may provide you with relaxing lighting after the sun has set, there may be occasions when you need a little bit more illumination to enjoy your backyard oasis. You and your family might like to enjoy ice cream out on the back patio together before bed, or you may enjoy a quiet night of reading out on the chaise lounge. In either case, outdoor lighting is essential not only for the enjoyment of your outdoor living space, but also for your safety. Whether you choose to install light fixtures on the exterior of your home, incorporate whimsical string lighting, or some combination thereof, doing so can help you enjoy the space more so than you would otherwise.

Comfortable Furniture

It might seem that this goes without saying, but a backyard oasis is not complete without some type of comfortable furniture that you can use to kick back and relax. The intense summer sun here in Gun Barrel City can be brutal, so you want to make sure that you pick a good set of inexpensive patio furniture that is made from a material that is durable, comfortable, and fade-resistant. All-weather cushions can take your patio furniture to the next level of comfort and choosing relaxing colors like cool blues and greens will further enhance the oasis appearance of your outdoor living space.


The last thing you want is to wind up with a terrible sunburn after sitting outside and enjoying your backyard space for a few hours. If you have some large trees in your yard, they may provide all the shade you need in the early and later parts of the day, but when the midday sun is high above, you want something to provide a nice, cool shady space for you to relax. Retractable awnings are always a wise choice for creating shade on your back patio because they extend when you need them and tuck neatly away when you don’t. Sail shades are also in demand right now and they lend the perfect nautical feel to complement your backyard oasis on the lake.

Looking for Inexpensive Patio Furniture?

Are you ready to start designing the backyard oasis of your dreams? If so, Mitchell Outdoor Living is here to help you outfit it with all of the must-have items you need to enjoy your outdoor living space to the fullest. We carry a wide variety of awnings and patio covers, as well as inexpensive patio furniture that’s as comfortable as it is durable. Visit our showroom in Gun Barrel City today or shop our online store now to find affordable solutions for your space.

Need some help deciding what features might work best to help you achieve your exterior decor goals? Contact our team today to request a consultation to discuss ideas for making your outdoor space incredible!