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An Oasis for Entertaining in Long Island

Discover how Tara transformed her big backyard into a space for outdoor entertaining.


Before Tilly


After Tilly

The Brief

Tara had a beautiful home with a big backyard that had served as a playground for her kids for years. Now that they’re getting older, she wanted their yard to grow with them into a space for outdoor entertaining. The family knew they wanted to get more out of their outdoor space with multiple areas for eating, playing, and lounging. What they needed was an expert’s eye for design to make their backyard remodel ideas a reality. Here’s what they told us about their project:


  • Their neat, well-maintained yard needed a revamp to feel fresh and contemporary

  • They had a large backyard pool and small patio space

  • Several mature trees were dotted around the landscape

What They Asked For

  • A simple, classic garden style with splashes of color

  • A bigger patio space around the pool with an updated look

  • Plenty of spaces for outdoor living and entertaining for teens and grown-ups alike

Making it reality

Our Plan

After reviewing the information we received from the client, a space assessment, and a hosting a video chat with Tara, expert landscape designer Brett presented a complete plan for a landscape design remodel that would add refined style and encourage them to open their doors and spend more time enjoying their backyard.

The Plan

Design Elements

  • An expanded bluestone patio around the pool to add space for an outdoor kitchen and dining area

  • Cozy entertaining areas throughout the landscape including a hammock, cabanas and a fire pit

  • Vegetable garden beds that make the most of the empty space at the side of the house

  • Refreshed classic and colorful plantings framing the pool patio and the entrance to the home including:

    • Panicled hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata)

    • Incrediball® Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Abetwo’ Incrediball)

    • Autumn Joy stonecrop (Hylotelephium telephium ‘Herbstfreude’ [‘Autumn Joy’])

Finished Project

Finished landscape design

Beautiful Backyard Refresh

  • Their backyard patio is more functional than ever for both play and practical tasks

  • Their curb appeal went from good to great with a timeless design combining modern elements and classic influence

  • There’s still room to grow as they continue to phase in more plants each season

  • The family loves spending time outside and inside more with beautiful new views out their windows



Tara's Feedback



The Full project


I loved Tilly’s simple process. Working with them was way more affordable than other options I explored and I’m thrilled with the final results.

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