How to Makeover Your Backyard--And Win $5,000 to Do it! - Rachael Ray Every Day

How to Makeover Your Backyard--And Win $5,000 to Do it!

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Wish you could take your outdoor space from plain to Pinterest-perfect? You can—and we’re here to help! In the July/August issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray (pick up your copy on June 9th!), we teamed with with the pros at Porch to share four drool-worthy backyard upgrades and tell you how to get each look. This cozy, built-in fire pit with lush landscaping cost the homeowners $40,000, but for those who don’t have that kind of cash to spend (read: most of us!), we explain what’s involved in getting an expert to do a less involved project and how to create an inviting yard in a weekend—on a budget. All you need to pull it off? A few stylish-yet-inexpensive pieces:

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photo via Alderwood Landscaping

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This Wood-Burning Fire Pit measures almost 30 inches in diameter, so there's plenty of room for a crowd to gather around. $99, Garden Treasures, lowes.com

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Use this Outdoor Rectangular Pouf Footstool to sit by your pit; it's surprisingly lightweight and comfy. $50, Threshold, target.com

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Load up the Hartman Adjustable Firewood Storage Rack. It allows air to circulate around your wood to help prevent rot and mold. $60, Crosley, bedbathandbeyond.com


We’ve got three other transformative upgrades in the issue, and the deal of the summer: Our friends at Porch and Cost Plus World Markethave teamed up to give one lucky winner $3,000 worth of expert work and $2,000 to decorate their space.

The collaboration between these two companies seems like a match made in heaven. Porch is a site that helps consumers get connected with home improvement professionals that they can trust. Simply browse by job type (from home cleaning to kitchen remodeling), leave a note about your budget and time frame and hit submit! You’ll be contacted by a reliable professional to get your project going. Once your space is clean and remodeled, head over to World Market, where you can find original and handmade decor, kitchenware, furniture and more from around the world.

To enter the sweepstakes, click here. And hurry! Contest ends June 30 (and summer ends September 23).