Photographed by Tessa Neustadt for Style by Emily Henderson.
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If you're lucky enough to have a backyard or patio, you need to take full advantage of the situation. While it's easy to let the space become overgrown or go undecorated, actually taking the time to design your outdoor retreat is always a good idea.

To show you how a backyard can go from meh to wow, we rounded up a number of incredible before and afters that will totally inspire your design goals. Click ahead to see the amazing transformations.