Look! We Made Pretty Country Backgrounds for Your Zoom Calls

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From Country Living

A few months ago, in that blissful time before face masks, you likely hadn't even heard of this whole "Zoom" thing, and now the video conferencing tool is one of the main ways we're managing to stay in touch with friends, family, teachers, and co-workers far and wide. And you're not alone: The company recently announced it went from 10 million daily users in December to a whopping 200 million daily users in March. But here's the thing: Your at-home video conferencing backdrop may be, well, um, how do we say this, less than desirable. Read: unmade beds, piles of laundry, or the ubiquitous beige blank wall with the hint of a houseplant in the background. (We plead guilty!)

But we're here to help you redecorate! Sort of. Thanks to Country Living's enterprising art department, you can now show up to your next work meeting or virtual happy hour in country style, whether it's sitting in a party barn outfitted with paper lanterns, at a fire pit by your very own lake, or by your pretty front porch, complete with "your" own dog (who, btw, doesn't bark at all!).

Before you think to yourself: "But I'm kind of at my figure-out-new-tech-thingamijigs threshold," take heart that if you're already on Zoom, adding a country backdrop is easy-peasy. First, download the beauties below. Then, in the bottom left corner of your Zoom window (while you’re Zooming), you’ll see an icon that says “Stop video.” Click the little arrow right next to it, and select “Choose a virtual background.” Then upload one or all of these and kick back in your nice new country digs. Don't see what you need? You can also put yourself on the cover of Cosmo, camp out in the extravagant gardens of Versailles, or pretend you're a member of the Reagan family on Blue Bloods. Because we may be stuck inside, but we can still enjoy a little change of scenery.

“Why, yes, this is my horse stable. So glad you asked.”

Photo credit: Rikki Snyder

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“Pay no attention to the wheelbarrow of wine, boss...”

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“Oh, this old thing? It's just my backyard party barn.”

Photo credit: David Tsay

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“Y'all didn't know I had a lake house with a fire pit?”

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“I've been curating this collection for years now.”

Photo credit: BECKY LUIGART-STAYNER

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“Can you hear me now? Yay or neigh?”

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