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The Decked Out Backyards Thriving During the Pandemic

Inside the exclusive women’s group that trades ideas on tricking out yards and patios

A Black couple take a selfie in their backyard, where they’ve set up a projector screen to watch a movie with hanging lights.
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Home is a sanctuary. So when I recently bought and moved into my new one — a small Georgian-style house on Chicago’s South Side, the most immediate question was: What can I do with my backyard?

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Arionne Nettles

Arionne Nettles

Arionne Nettles is a lecturer at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, a Chicago-based journalist, and a special needs mama.

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