Breathe New Life Into Your Backyard With These 5 Oh-So-Hot Outdoor Trends From Instagram

You don’t need to have acres of land or a perfectly cultivated garden to make the most out of your outdoor space this season. In fact, sometimes all your backyard really needs is one little perfectly placed addition.

To find your holy grail of outdoor accessories, we turned to Instagram (as we always do) to see what the internet hive mind is loving right now. What we found are some pretty rad design trends that, frankly, we want to implement immediately.

Luckily for you—and us—we’ve curated most popular outdoor designs of the week, along with products you can buy to steal the look. Ready to breathe some new life into your backyard? Keep reading.

1. Painted tank pool

Summer heat beating you down? Then it might just be time to cool off with a customized painted tank pool, like this one from @thegivingcollection.

“Not only have renters figured out how to work a pool onto their patio, homeowners have also discovered clever ways to get poolside vibes without committing to an in-ground pool,” says Devin Shaffer, lead designer at Decorilla. “Painting a free-standing pool helps mask the unsightliness, and also transforms it into a statement piece that connects with surrounding design elements.”

Get the look

Find your perfect stock tank, then head on over to your local Home Depot to have someone mix up the perfect color (be sure it’s exterior paint) for your pool.

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2. Portable fire pit

For those experiencing cooler summers filled with outdoor dinners and cocktail hours, then this portable fire pit featured by @royalstencils might be just the thing.

“When it comes to our living spaces, we all love to have options—otherwise we quickly lose interest and seek out new things,” says Shaffer. “Buyers are always looking for smart home solutions that adapt to them and their lifestyle, and portable fire pits are one of very few design options that allow for mobility and adaptability, leading to absolute comfort.”

Get the look

Steal the look with this Anush concrete outdoor fire column.

3. Daybed oasis

An outdoor space can never have too many lounging spots, which is one reason we love this daybed oasis by @skovbon.

“A sofa works as a seating area when entertaining guests, but a daybed is perfect for lounging with your family and closest friends,” says Andra DelMonico, lead designer for Trendey. “These large, cushioned beds create a resort feel in your backyard. Look for one with sides for increased privacy and a ceiling to some degree for shade, and be sure to choose one that isn’t completely closed in, otherwise it will lack airflow and get too hot.”

Get the look

Pair this Cadeo wicker daybed with your favorite umbrella or canopy for the perfect backyard lounge spot.

4. DIY ivy wall

If you like the look of a garden (but weeding and watering not so much) then this low-maintenance DIY ivy wall from @rebeccaandgenevieve is the perfect solution.

“Adding plants to your outdoor space creates a visual barrier, dampens sound, and keeps the space cooler,” says DelMonico. “Vine plants are a perfect choice, because they’re easy to grow and can quickly cover an area.”

But make sure to have a plan for your ivy wall before you put your plant in the ground, or arrange your planters.

“It helps to have a frame that you can weave the vine around as it grows,” DelMonico adds. “This helps to contain and support the plant while creating the design you want.”

Get the look

Before heading over to your local nursery to shop for vines, be sure to check out this DIY.

5. Clustered porch pendants

Lacking a bit of light and ambiance on your porch? Look no further than these clustered porch pendants from @adriinteriors.

“As more homeowners look to turn their outdoor areas into living spaces, outdoor light fixtures have come under greater scrutiny,” says DelMonico. “Say goodbye to the builder-grade flush-mount light and replace it with a cluster of pendants, to give your outdoor dining area a restaurant vibe. Or hang a cluster of pendant lights over a coffee table for an intimate living room feel, as you sit on your outdoor sofa. For visual interest, choose pendants that are different sizes or shapes and hang them at different heights.”

Get the look

Shop this sculptural three-light chandelier in Silver Ombre to steal the look.

Socialite Blaine Trump Relists 107-Acre New York Estate at a Steep Discount

Another Trump family connection, another real estate deal.

The socialite Blaine Trump, the ex-wife of Donald Trump‘s younger brother, Robert, has once again put her Millbrook, NY, estate on the market. It’s now available for $9,950,000.

Old-school opulence abounds in this 107-acre estate, which was just relisted by Trump. The current price represents a steep reduction on what she had originally been hoping for.

At its peak, the Hudson Valley home was listed in 2012 for $17.5 million. In 2019, the picturesque property came back to the market with a price chop to $9,995,000. This week, an additional $45,000 was sliced from the price.

The society figure is the daughter of IBM executive Joseph Beard and has spent her life running in rarefied social circles, including a nearly three-decade marriage to Robert Trump.  After purchasing the home together in 1992 for $2.5 million, the pair later split in 2008, in an acrimonious divorce played out in the tabloids. Robert Trump died in 2020.

According to a 2014 article in Architectural Digest on her Manhattan pied-à-terre, Blaine, who raises money for charitable causes, has moved her home base to Miami with her current partner, the businessman Steve Simon.

The Georgian Colonial residence is notable for its history, in addition to its size.

Built during the Civil War era, the original structure was moved in the 1908s, piece by piece, from its Hudson, NY, site to its current location. In 1989, the home was meticulously expanded to keep the Colonial feel and take advantage of surrounding views of the Catskill Mountains.

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Offering eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms, and more than 8,200 square feet, its generous layout boasts period details mixed with contemporary pieces and updates.

The living room has two fireplaces, and the large dining room can entertain a crowd. Six large pocket doors open out to the oversized veranda and gardens outdoors. A large, country-style kitchen with an island includes a casual dining nook, and there’s an adjoining glassed-in breakfast room.

The primary bedroom with a fireplace offers two walk-in closets, as well as two en suite bathrooms. The second floor also comes with four more bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a private sitting area for guests.

In addition, the third floor boasts two more guest rooms with en suite bathrooms.

The grounds boast plenty of recreational options, with a tennis court, basketball court, heated pool, party barn, movie theater, fitness room, and swimming pond.

While the getaway on over 100 acres offers an expansive retreat, if you feel that’s not enough space, there’s additional land available, the listing notes.

Now that Trump has moved on from this magnificent home, she’s ready to cut a deal. What she leaves behind is a historic home on a prominent piece of property with views of the Catskills in the distance. Just 90 miles from New York City, this rural retreat offers a quick escape from the hubbub of city life.

Mike Tyson’s Former Estate in Bethesda, MD, Sells for $4.58M

A Bethesda, MD, home that once belonged to Mike Tyson has sold, according to the Baltimore Business Journal. The deal closed for $4,575,000 on July 20.

The retired professional boxer, who has been married three times, bought the home with Monica Turner in 1995 for just over $2 million. The couple married in 1997, and when they split in 2003, Turner held on the property, according to the Baltimore Business Journal, which also notes that the sale price was a record for the neighborhood.

This is also the place where Tyson’s infamous pet white tiger cub escaped, and was found at a neighboring property, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The gated compound initially listed for the aspirational price of $8,588,000 last May. Shortly thereafter, the price was sliced to just under $6 million, and was then dropped again in October 2020 to $5,788,000. 

It returned to market in March for $5.25 million, and that price seemed to be in the right range to coax a buyer to make an offer for the massive estate.

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Located just outside of Washington, DC, the 2.41-acre property on a private cul-de-sac offers seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and three half-bathrooms on 19,000 square feet.

Beyond the gates sit a circular arrival court and three-car garage parking. Inside, a center greeting hall opens with a soaring ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the grounds and Congressional Country Club, with views of grassy, rolling hills.

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Built in 1988, the newly updated interior comes with a gourmet kitchen, living room, dining room, and butler’s pantry. Other highlights include a wood-paneled library with a wet bar and fireplace, a billiard-room, media room, and taproom and bar, all ideal spots for entertaining. An elevator connects all three floors.

Outdoors, the resort-level expanse boasts terraces and verandas, along with a heated pool, spa, sports court, and changing room. The rare, secluded expanse offers verdant, rolling views from every room. 

Tyson left the area long ago, and now resides in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, NV. A recent documentary series about the boxer aired on ABC, titled “Mike Tyson: The Knockout.” Jamie Foxx is reportedly set to star in a limited scripted series called “Tyson.” The heavyweight champion has also appeared in “The Hangover” movie series.

Daniel Heider with TRR Sotheby’s International Realty represented both the buyer and the seller in the transaction.

We Can’t Contain Our Excitement! Peek Inside a $280K Shipping Container Home in Minneapolis

To snap up an architecturally unique home—including one that is made out of shipping containers—typically requires a buyer to go over and above a region’s median home price. After all, there’s a premium to pay for any design that deviates from the norm.

Which is what makes this shipping container home in the Jordan neighborhood of Minneapolis so different. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is listed for $280,000 and features two stories of container life, with a total of 1,302 square feet of living space. The current median list price in Minneapolis is $330,000, which means that this one-of-a-kind residence is also affordable.

It’s being marketed as the city’s first shipping-container home.

The listing agent, Amber Steiner of eXp Realty, says, “This is a true single-family home, right in the heart of Minneapolis.”

Those who buy in this neighborhood are typically first-time home buyers, although many never leave.

“This house, a half-hour away, would be out of the price range” for many people, she says.

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The seller—who commissioned the design over a three-year period—worked with Twin Cities’ Paragon Designs on the architectural concept and is hoping to replicate this success.

One reason why shipping-container homes haven’t sprung up in this part of the country is a function of the climate: the concern that a container would need to have sufficient insulation to survive the brutal winters in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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This home’s final design addresses those seasonal concerns and incorporated feedback from city meetings.

“He proved those naysayers wrong,” says Steiner.

Custom features include a staircase as well as counters crafted from wood, as well as decks on the second floor for outdoor access.

Large picture windows in the living room and kitchen look out on the property and coax in natural light, proving the property’s sustainable design. The open-concept layout on the first floor lets in even more natural light.

Steiner has thus far entertained interest from a variety of sellers, including millennials and single parents. A ribbon-cutting event last week drew plenty of local attention as well.

One of the home’s key amenities is a detached two-car garage, which is rare in a neighborhood of older homes with much smaller garages.

That the property is up on a hill provides some privacy, as well as views of the treetops. Now it will simply take some buyers with a sense of adventure, who know a bargain when they see it.

Exclusive: Breegan Jane Reveals the No. 1 Mistake Couples Make Buying a House

The designer Breegan Jane helps couples achieve two challenging feats at the same time: pay for a wedding, and buy a house.

Jane, who starred in HGTV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” is hosting a new Discovery+ show that premiered in June, “The House My Wedding Bought,” where she teaches couples that it’s entirely possible to budget for both at once.

But it’s definitely not easy—which is why we sat down and had a candid talk with Jane about the biggest mistakes couples make, and her best advice for anyone hoping to buy a house, whether they’re flying solo or partnered up.

Did you have a memorable experience budgeting for a home and wedding?

Yes. When I got married, I also decided to purchase a home. I also had a remodeled home, under construction, that I had planned to be my first home flip. And at the same time, my son was born—three months after my wedding day!

I learned so much about balancing it all and making choices about things I wanted. Looking back, I’m very happy with how I budgeted, although there are some things I might have done differently to save, here and there.

But I have no regrets, because the lessons were invaluable. I use them to help guide new couples each week on the show. Plus, I got amazing hands-on experience with real estate and enjoyed the intimate beach wedding I wanted. All wins!

Why is it so important for a couple to make a home investment together?

When you choose to live and make a life together, you’re ultimately trying to create “home” in all aspects of your union. Buying and choosing your first home as a couple, whether it’s a small apartment or million-dollar mansion, is the first step to creating that new life. Your togetherness will exist in whatever four walls you pick, so it’s important to decide together what space and elements will best facilitate nurturing the life you want to have as a family.

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Host Breegan Jane poses for a picture in Austin, TX.

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Houses are expensive these days. What are the best ways to cut your home budget?

Stop trying to achieve perfection!

A home is something you can grow into slowly, over time. Most people feel like they have to move into the perfect home. But one of the best parts about being a new couple is creating that perfection together—not necessarily paying for it upfront.

That could mean replacing a countertop that you don’t prefer or tile that isn’t to your liking. Handles, paint colors, flooring, you can easily change those things yourself. Consider the things you won’t be able to change, like the neighborhood you want to raise kids in, or the functionality of the space layout in a home. Those things matter more. I’ve seen too many couples settle for undesired neighborhoods or longer commutes to work because they loved small accents in a home. That’s not the wisest way to think.

Do you have any tips for setting your home-shopping budget?

Couples should be extremely honest with themselves about their budget, and realistic about financial preparation for life’s circumstances. Most people plan for what they’re willing to spend without preparing for the “what ifs” in life. People lose jobs. Medical emergencies happen. Those potential circumstances should be considered, especially in budgeting for home purchases. Don’t fall into a bad decision because you want “more” in a home.

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Host Breegan Jane shows a couple kitchen storage on “The House my Wedding Bought.”

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Do you have tips for new couples who are home shopping together?

Be willing to compromise, but don’t compromise on everything. Think about the two or three nonnegotiable line items you want for the home and for the wedding. Then, honor the few absolute nonnegotiables your spouse wants. Allow each other those things, and let everything else go.

How do you know you’ve found the right house?

Couples should see and feel themselves in the space. Finding a new home is like finding your perfect mate: When you know, you know. You feel it. You can easily see a future in it. Be open to that feeling if a home checks off the two or three nonnegotiables.

What’s the most common mistake couples make when buying their first house together?

Couples tend to pick homes with their eyes, and that can be deceiving sometimes. They love the bathroom, the backsplash, or some shiny feature. But those things can blind them to bigger considerations they shouldn’t look past, such as the home layout or use of functional space.

I’m a huge proponent of owning land if it’s in the budget. I’ve worked with couples who have had money in their budget to buy a nice fixer-upper home with a beautiful yard that could potentially have a greater property value in the future. I encourage couples to think beyond the moment, because most do not.

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Jane shows a couple an unfinished storage space they could use for hanging with friends.

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Can you share your favorite episode?

I loved the episodes where we got to see their weddings. Our shooting schedule didn’t allow us to see all of the couples get married, unfortunately. But it was always fun for me to see the culmination of love and visit the homes the couples picked. Those were the most rewarding parts of the show for me.

The housing market has been crazy since the pandemic, making it a difficult time to buy a house. Do you have any tips for couples looking to buy this year?

Don’t be overly stressed about the market’s lows and highs. The market will change and flow forever. If you’re making good financial decisions within your budget and moving into home ownership, that will be rewarding regardless of where the market is. You’ll never regret buying a house.

Rapper Kid Cudi Grabs Grown-Up Mansion in Calabasas for $7.7M

The rapper Kid Cudi is now mixing it up in a new crib in Calabasas, CA, Dirt reported. The musician picked up the massive mansion in the celebrity enclave for $7.7 million.

The property came onto the market in March for the higher price of $8.3 million, so Cudi came away with a discount.

The two-time Grammy winner, whose given name is Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, will have neighbors like Drake, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett, and his frequent collaborator Kanye West. It is possible that after West’s split from Kim Kardashian, Kanye may be spending more time in Wyoming, of course.

Whether West remains his neighbor or not, Cudi is set to move into a lot of house.

Built in 2001, the newly remodeled estate sits atop a hill, behind double gates. With six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and 9,000 square feet, the spacious spread on 11.5 acres includes a home theater, gym with bathroom, and temperature-controlled wine room.

The two-story entrance opens with a double staircase, a living room with bar, a separate dining room, and an updated chef’s kitchen with dual islands, breakfast nook, and Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. Just adjacent, a family room also includes access outside.

Upstairs, you’ll find five en suite bedrooms, all with newly remodeled bathrooms, plus a loft space for a work station or game room. A master suite comes with a private balcony, sitting room, dual walk-in closets, and a bathroom with separate shower and soaking tub, plus dual vanities.

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The grounds feature a pool that seems designed for parties, with a spa, grotto, slide, dolphin fountains, and waterfalls. If sports are your thing, find a putting green and sport court. The listing also notes that there’s a live turtle pond.

The expansive acreage also includes a vineyard. Perhaps the multitalented Kid Cudi will also become a winemaker, with a Kid Vino label.

Other outdoor entertainments options include two covered patios with an outdoor fireplace and a Tiki-style grass hut with a built-in grill center and seating.Then there’s a fire pit with bench seating, to take in views of city lights and mountaintops.

The singer of “Day ‘n’ Nite” has sold 22 million albums to date. In 2020, his song “The Scotts,” with the rapper Travis Scott, topped the Billboard Hot 100. In addition to his music, the star has ventured into acting in such movies as “Crisis,” and “Bill and Ted Face the Music.” He can also be seen in the HBO series “We Are Who We Are.”

Julianne Moffet with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices held the listing.

You’ll Never Guess What Property Brother Drew Scott Has Hiding Around His House

In a city like Los Angeles, where square footage is incredibly valuable, Drew and Jonathan Scott of “Property Brothers” know that plenty of people are transforming their garages into living spaces. So, it’s no surprise when their latest “Celebrity IOU” client wants to turn a dumpy garage into an office/guest space.

In the episode “Darren Criss Garage Makeover,” Darren Criss (best known for his role on “Glee”) wants to give back to his friend-turned-manager, Ricky.

The Scott brothers have just three weeks to upgrade Ricky’s detached garage, and also turn his ho-hum backyard into an L.A. oasis. Here’s how they pull it off, with plenty of take-home lessons you might be inspired to try around your own place.

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Before: Ricky was storing all kinds of things in his detached garage.

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Drew, Jonathan, and Criss are planning to surprise Ricky by giving his ugly garage a full face-lift.

That way, Ricky will no longer be forced to use his daughter’s room as a part-time office. Instead, he’ll have a comfortable office space that can double as a guest space.

However, there’s just one problem: Where will all the stuff in the garage go?

Ricky keeps everything from his drums to his surfboards in the garage. This poses a problem, because the Property Brothers need to make sure there’s enough storage not only for his garage stuff, but for Ricky’s home office items and guest room must-haves, too.

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After: The brothers knew Ricky would still need the storage space, so they added lots of cabinets.

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“When you think of how important storage is in a house, well, it’s even more important in a space like this, because we don’t have a lot of room to work with,” Jonathan says.

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Drew and Jonathan install custom cabinets throughout, including cabinetry that doubles as a kitchenette. A sink built into one cabinet and a microwave and fridge hidden in others help to streamline the whole place and make it more efficient.

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This flex space even stores the microwave and fridge in these cabinets!

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An extra bathroom adds convenience

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The brothers give the shower a whole new look.

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To make the garage guest space/office more functional, the brothers add a small restroom. For decor, they play it safe, with a white artisanal tile.

As they work on installing the tile, Jonathan admires the look, saying, “These are all handmade—and you can tell, too. I love that imperfect finish.”

Criss agrees, and even admits, “It’s nicer than any bathroom in the house!”

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This shower is simple but elegant.

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Synthetic turf can look as good as real grass

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This backyard was roomy but underutilized.

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When Jonathan and Criss are planning the backyard design, Jonathan suggests using synthetic grass and light-colored pavers.

“I wanted to go grand with all of our pavers throughout the yard, so I was thinking this scale,” Jonathan says, pointing to a large rectangular sample.

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Jonathan Scott and Darren Criss discuss finishes.

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Next, Jonathan chooses a durable turf that looks just like real grass, which Drew says happens to be the exact turf he has in his yard.

“We want to get just the right artificial turf for this yard, because we want zero maintenance,” Jonathan says. “But we want something that’s going to be beautiful.”

In the end, the turf brightens up the yard and makes the whole space feel much more welcoming.

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With turf and pavers, this yard is now perfect for entertaining.

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Turn an awkward corner of the yard into a hot tub paradise

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The brothers knew this empty space was full of potential.

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Before renovation begins, Criss points out that there’s an unused strip of yard behind the garage. As is, this narrow area isn’t exactly welcoming, but Criss loves the idea of putting in either a fire pit or a hot tub.

Jonathan suggests a hot tub, saying, “This is such a cool, private, intimate area. How cool would it be for there to be a hot tub?”

When the brothers finally install a hot tub, it turns the space into a small oasis. With greenery behind the spa and seating in front, it’s an ideal spot to hang out.

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Jonathan Scott puts the finishing touches on this spa oasis.

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A horizontal fence adds beauty as well as privacy

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This new fence adds privacy (and style) to the backyard.

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The brothers finish off the renovation by tearing out the mismatched fencing and replacing it with decking timber.

“The fence line in this yard before was terrible,” Jonathan says. “They had chain link, they had a pink fence, they had purple, they had gray, they had everything you can imagine. And none of it looked good. Now this beautiful, horizontal, clean-line fence going all the way around is going to give them privacy and style.”

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This fence is Drew and Jonathan Scott approved!

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The fence is an elegant addition to the yard, with the added bonus that it won’t require any maintenance. Decking timber is a synthetic material that has the look of real wood, but doesn’t require staining or sanding, and will last a long time.