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Home Exterior, North Carolina
Home Backyard Renovation | Images by: Mindy Gayer Designs
Insider Tips for Crafting Your Personal Paradise
By Janet Campbell | Assoc. Broker & Interior Designer

Hey there, fellow Raleigh residents! As the sun starts shining brighter and the days stretch longer, it's time to shift our focus to the great outdoors. I'm Janet Campbell, your go-to interior designer and real estate guide here at RJ COLLECTIVE, and I'm thrilled to share some insider tips on transforming your backyard into a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation, all with that signature Southern charm.


Let's start by embracing the laid-back vibe that defines the South. Whether you've got acres of land or a cozy cottage garden, there's plenty of room to infuse your outdoor space with that quintessential Raleigh charm.

Vintage style outdoor barstool

Outdoor dining area garden

Images and designs by MGD


Here in Raleigh, we're all about sustainability and supporting our local community. That's why I'm a big advocate for using locally sourced materials, native plants, and water-saving landscaping techniques in your backyard oasis. Not only does it reduce your carbon footprint, but it also adds a unique touch of Southern authenticity to your space.


Outdoor family cooking
Image and design by MGD

Southern Hospitality Meets Outdoor Dining Delights

Who says your culinary adventures should be confined indoors? Let's take the kitchen outside! Picture this: a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, complete with a state-of-the-art grill and maybe even an artisanal pizza oven. The possibilities are endless, and trust me, your taste buds will thank you.


But it's not just about the food; it's about the experience. Imagine gathering around a rustic dining table, with soft string lights overhead and the laughter of friends and family filling the air. That's what outdoor dining in Raleigh is all about—celebrating the bounty of our local harvest and creating memories that last a lifetime.


Cozy Corners and Carolina Comfort

In Raleigh, we take our hospitality seriously, and that means creating inviting spaces where loved ones can come together and unwind. That's where durable outdoor furniture comes into play. I've been loving pieces crafted from resilient resin materials—they're not only stylish but also designed to withstand our local weather conditions.


Once you've got your furniture sorted, it's time to add those personal touches. Think pillows, throws, and blankets—anything that adds a touch of coziness and reflects your unique style. Whether you're curling up with a good book or simply soaking in the beauty of your surroundings, these cozy corners are the perfect retreat for relaxation and rejuvenation.


Backyard image with BBQ and fireplace
Image and Design by MGD

Water Wonders: Raleigh Style

One of the things I love most about Raleigh is its natural beauty, and there's something truly magical about incorporating water features into your backyard oasis. Not only do they add a sense of tranquility, but they also attract all sorts of delightful wildlife, creating a harmonious ecosystem right in your own backyard.

Illuminate Your Raleigh Nights: Creating Ambiance with Outdoor Fire Features

As the sun sets over the Raleigh skyline, it's time to cozy up by the fire. Whether you prefer a classic fire pit or a sleek outdoor fireplace, adding a fire feature to your backyard oasis instantly transforms it into a cozy haven. Just imagine gathering around the crackling flames with friends and family, sharing stories and toasting marshmallows—it's what Southern nights are made of.


Backyard with fireplace
Image and Design by Mindy Gayer Designs

Effortless Elegance: Raleigh Style

In Raleigh, we like to keep things simple, and that includes our outdoor spaces. That's why I'm all about low-maintenance landscaping solutions. Think native plants, drought-tolerant varieties, and hardscaping that adds a touch of natural charm without requiring hours of upkeep. After all, life is too short to spend all your time tending to your garden!


Radiant Raleigh Nights: Elevating Your Backyard Oasis with Outdoor Lighting

Last but certainly not least, let's talk about lighting. With carefully placed outdoor lighting, you can transform your backyard into a magical retreat, perfect for those unforgettable Raleigh nights. Whether you prefer the timeless charm of classic lanterns or the modern allure of energy-efficient LED fixtures, lighting plays a pivotal role in setting the mood and creating memories under the stars.


Making Your Raleigh Backyard Dreams a Reality

So, there you have it—my insider tips for creating your dream backyard oasis, Raleigh style. But remember, the most important ingredient is your own personal touch. Whether it's a Carolina blue color palette or a cozy porch swing, infuse your space with elements that speak to your unique style.

Yard Plans Drawing


Janet Campbell with RJ Collective

About The Author

Janet began her career in real estate more than 20 years. Having sold over $150M in real estate and facilitating hundreds of successful transactions, she has added interior design services to her already exceptional services by opening LINEN + ORCHID design studio with her real estate broker husband Rob, bringing their unique full service real estate centric brand to life with their Sell.Buy.Design.™ focus.

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