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Inspiring Outdoor Spaces to Start Your Summer Right

A luxurious backyard retreat with something for everyone
Summer is just around the corner and the focus moves toward the outdoors – backyard barbecues, parties and simple relaxation.  Here are luxurious and creative outdoor living areas for the backyard and rooftop to inspire you to create your own outdoor oasis. When it comes to outdoor spaces, the best way to make your inspirations come true is to envision...

Decorating With Candles

A group of candles gives a warm glow at the table
Candles have long been a favored accent in homes and in the backyard.  They conjure images of romantic dinners, festive occasions or sitting in their soft glow on a stormy night when the lights go out.  Decorating with candles is an easy way to enhance your home and outdoor spaces. When decorating with candles, unless you are planning an intimate...

How Curtains Perk Up Your Outdoor Space

Curtains define this outdoor space
There are many advantages to using curtains outdoors to perk up your patio, deck, front porch or garden.  They can provide a finishing touch to outdoor structures, add color, soften hard lines, provide privacy and shelter from the sun.  Learn how curtains perk up your outdoor space and see how they can transform your yard. Outdoor curtains can be used...

Garden Benches to Enhance Your Outdoor Space

Garden bench of natural wood blends into the landscape
If you enjoy gardening and spending time outdoors to take advantage of your hard work, a garden bench is the perfect addition for you.  Understated or grand, do-it-yourself or purchased, garden benches are a simple way to add charm and functionality to your garden space. Depending on your garden style, choose a bench that accents the space just as you...

Making the Most of Your Backyard Deck

Curved benches and planters add interest to this deck
A deck not only adds value to your home but it opens up a whole new world for your backyard living.  A deck provides the space for you to enjoy outdoor relaxation, play and entertaining.  Let these decks inspire you and learn how to make your deck fabulous and ready for outdoor living. A backyard deck is an extension of...

Experience the real Middle-Earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set

On the most picturesque private farmland you can visit is the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. Matamata, home of the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, is a small agricultural town in the heart of the Waikato region, nestled at the base of the beautiful Kaimai ranges. The set has been completely rebuilt for The Hobbit and will...

Raised Beds for Easy, Low-Maintenance Backyard Gardens

Raised beds enhance a back yard
If you are new to gardening, have limited space or if your soil is poor, raised beds are an easy, low-maintenance option for your backyard garden.  You can easily make wood raised beds yourself or purchase them at garden stores.  You can also use stone and other border types to create this garden style. Raised beds along the fence make...

Backyard Structures for Entertaining

Pergola enhances this poolside space
As warm weather approaches, we begin to move our entertaining outdoors.  You can enhance your outdoor space with backyard structures for entertaining, such as a pergola or gazebo.  These structures not only look great but they offer shelter from various outdoor elements, making entertaining outdoors that much more enjoyable. A pergola can offer partial shade and can be installed on the...

Creating a Cozy Nook Indoors or Out

A corner of the room is all that is needed for a cozy nook
Creating a cozy nook indoors or out is an excellent way to get away and relax.  A small space dedicated to reading or just cuddling up for a nap or quiet time is something we all need from time to time.  Whether you would rather spend that time indoors or outdoors is up to you, but here are a...

Upgrade Your Backyard with an Outdoor Kitchen

If you like to grill and entertain often, or just enjoy the ease of meals outdoors, designing an outdoor kitchen could be a project for you.  They can be simple or on a more grand scale, depending on your needs. Outdoor kitchens are a definite plus when entertaining and can be the centerpiece of your backyard or patio. Outdoor kitchens can...

Ideas for Backyard Dining

Enjoy dining outdoors at home with these inspiring ideas for backyard dining.  If dining under the stars or in the privacy of your backyard on a spring or summer day appeals to you, then create a space that makes this happen. When the weather begins to warm, we all feel the itch to get outside.  Making a special dinner or luncheon...

The Front Porch – An Extension of Your Home

The front porch is an extension of your home so why not treat it as you would other rooms?  You can relax, dine or entertain on your front porch.  Here are a few inspiring ideas for turning your front porch into an inviting and comfortable area to enjoy all year. Decorate your front porch just as you would any other...

Unique Ways to Enhance Your Backyard Living Space

This is the time of year when our thoughts begin turning to visions of springtime.  Now is the right time to start planning unique ways to enhance your backyard living space.  Here are some creative ways to turn your backyard into a haven for entertainment and relaxation. If the outdoors brings thoughts of sand between your toes, turn your backyard...

Terrariums in Interior Design

A terrarium is effectively a miniature reproduction of an ecosystem, neatly encased in a glass or transparent container. Usually these containers can be opened so that you can maintain your plants, but some terrariums are sealed (this will require different kind of plants, positioning, moisture and exposure). Terrariums then are a fantastic decorative element in any modern home. Just how aquariums...

Decorating with Vintage Bird Cages

Add instant charm to your home by decorating with vintage bird cages.  There are numerous ways in which to repurpose antique or decorate with new reproduction bird cages.  From holding mementoes, candles and flowers to using them as planters and table decorations, decorating with vintage bird cages is an easy way to add character. Vintage bird cages make excellent candleholders. ...

Perk Up Your Rooms with Flower Arrangements

One way to add instant freshness, color and texture to any room in your home is to add flower arrangements.  Not only can you use fresh flowers, but incorporating other items from nature such as branches, pine cones, leaves and grasses can make for an attractive display. There’s nothing quite like fresh flowers to bring brightness and finesse to a...

The Repurposed Garden

If you want to spruce up your garden, add character and style to your plantings, repurposed items can do the job.  Old chairs, doors, windows, bathtubs, furniture and various other household items can serve a purpose in your garden. Before you throw out that old broken chair or your child’s bicycle that’s rusting away, think about other uses.  Not only...

Relax with a Backyard Water Feature

There is something so soothing about the sound of trickling or flowing water.  Including a backyard water feature in your landscape is one way to enjoy this natural element in your own environment.  From the most simple of fountains to grand landscaping plans with waterfalls, incorporating a backyard water feature can transform your outdoor space into an oasis. Whether you decide...
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