With five young kids, another on the way and her own interior design firm, Lisa Canning is one of the busiest moms we know. Earlier this summer, the Toronto-based designer transformed her overgrown backyard into a multi-functional outdoor retreat. Did we mention she did it all in just three weeks?

“I really pushed my team over at Heartscapes Landscaping to get this done in a short amount of time,” said Canning. “I planned every detail down to the square inch — there were no surprises, we had all of the materials ready to go, and because of that we were able to expedite the project.” Tour this inspiring backyard to see how Lisa established sitting, dining and play areas for the whole family to enjoy.

Video and photography: James Bombales

Producer and editor: Kelsey Pudloski

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