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winter staycation ideas

Winter Staycation Ideas

When you think of a winter outdoor retreat or winter staycation ideas, what comes to mind? A great way to take a break from the last minute holiday shopping and excitement if you can’t venture too far from home is to find a nearby trail or park, take a neighborhood stroll or bike ride, or relax and enjoy the backyard retreat you spent all that time creating this summer. If you’re planning to take a First Day Hike when 2018 [...]

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backyard holiday party

Tips for a Festive Backyard Holiday Party

While you may be dreaming of a white Christmas, if you live in a spot on the map where real snowflakes won’t be a reality, at least you can have a backyard holiday party to share the highlights of the year without getting frostbite! Or if you do live where the forecast calls for chilly temps and you don’t mind the cold, make a plan to have your party outdoors and stock up on firewood. Just be sure to [...]

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gardening gift ideas

Popular Gardening Gift Ideas

Looking for unique gardening gift ideas for the yard and garden lover on your list? If you’re scouring gift giving guides for the perfect present for someone that enjoys spending most of their waking hours in their backyard, consider these popular gardening gifts. Gardening tools and materials your resident green thumb can use to keep their garden growing or protected are always welcome to the garden enthusiast, and never go out of style. If they’re in the garden or greenhouse [...]

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outdoor patio decorations
outdoor patio decorations

Easy Outdoor Patio Decorations

Looking for some simple outdoor patio decorations for the upcoming holidays? Dust off that old toboggan and skates! Use what you have or find something new this year, but keep in mind that decorations can be flashy – or subtle. Lean that antique sled you have tucked away in your garage against a wall in your entryway or on your front porch, and tie on a sparkly bow. Add a pair of ice skates and a colorful scarf to [...]

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Most Inviting Colors for Front Door and Patio Decorations

One surefire (and easy!) way to liven up your entryway is to welcome visitors with a new splash of color on your front door! If you’re getting ready to change your seasonal wreath, now might be the perfect time to pick your paint before you finalize your front patio decoration theme. Borrowing some great visuals on paint jobs for your front porch from DIY Network’s 28 inviting colors to paint a front door pictures, you’re sure to find a color [...]

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Easy and Elegant Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

If you’ve already made that last trip to the grocery store for tomorrow’s feast and you’re working on the finishing touches, try some of these easy and elegant decorating tips from Good Housekeeping for your Thanksgiving decor ideas, or create your own design! Ranging from simple to elaborate, many of these materials you could probably find around the house for those last minute details. If not, think outside the box and incorporate the existing colors and features of your [...]

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wall mounted pergola

Hosting an outdoor dinner on your patio?

Dreaming of an outdoor Thanksgiving feast? Dining out for that special event is one that you and your guests will remember for years to come, and your patio cover can make all the difference in creating the perfect atmosphere. A fixed patio cover like a gazebo or pergola, offers a stable structure that will quickly become the centerpiece of your back yard, not only for your holiday gathering, but for any day of the year. A quick way to [...]

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outdoor kitchen
outdoor kitchen
outdoor kitchen

How to Use your Outdoor Kitchen for Easy Fall Entertaining

Outdoor cooking areas create a space for easy fall entertaining in one of your favorite spaces, your outdoor kitchen! Whether you’re gathering for a football game or relaxing under a starlit night, your open-air kitchen can be created as simply as moving your grill out under your pergola, or building a workspace and countertop with built-ins for cooking, refrigeration, or dining. Check out your local contractors’ offerings to partner with you in creating the outdoor kitchen you’ve been dreaming of, complete with built-in grill, [...]

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12x16 pergola

Fabulous Fall Fireplaces

The arrival of fall brings images of sitting around an outdoor fireplace on a cool evening. A fire ring or fire pit can also offer a similar glow and warmth to your backyard patio.Contact your local landscape designer to create a warm feature to add to one of your favorite places to relax, or build one yourself! Browse around on Pinterest for build a fire pit ideas.

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pool shade structures

Pool Shade Structures that Stand Out

If you’re gearing up for those fall and early winter poolside parties, maybe this is the year to add another spot to cool off on deck. Pool shade structures can be anything from a portable umbrella over a sturdy picnic table to a cedar or pine pergola with stylish seating. If you have an expansive area to fill, a larger 6 post pergola could provide the extra coverage you’re looking for. To make the most of your backyard oasis, add some landscaping for a more [...]

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