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4 Landscaping Ideas for a Small Backyard

Sometimes, good things really do come in small packages. Having a compact yard means less maintenance and lower plant costs, and it doesn’t necessarily require you to sacrifice your vision of the perfect yard. In fact, Cassy Aoyagi, president of Los Angeles-based firm FormLA Landscaping, urges homeowners...

Is a heated driveway snow melt system is right for you?

In the North, snow is an accepted aspect of winter, but it doesn’t mean that homeowners relish in the chores it implies. Shoveling off a driveway is often a dreaded task and a particularly dangerous one if your clients are older. If you have a homeowner who...

FromGroundUp: Get cooking on your outdoor kitchen design

If your idea of enjoying the great outdoors is relaxing on your deck with a tasty beverage while the grill heats up, you’re in good company. “The al fresco movement is transforming back yards across the country as homeowners create outdoor kitchens that finally live...

Great Gift Ideas for Grillers: Our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Here it is, our popular annual gift guide—a timely compilation of cool fuels, tools, and seasonings for the favorite barbecuer or griller in your life. Naughty or nice, permission granted to print it out and distribute it to people who might need gift ideas for you. Happy...

How people around the world decorate their Christmas trees

Whether you like it or not, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. As the countdown begins, you’re probably thinking about (or dreading) digging out the ancient box of decorations and dragging the tree home. But if you’re bored of the usual baubles and tinsel,...

Trends in Outdoor Kitchens

Snyder Diamond has been selling outdoor kitchen products for more years than many readers have been breathing, much less designing. The Santa Monica-based high-end appliance and plumbing retailer got into outdoor kitchens more than 40 years ago, says company President Russ Diamond. Of course the...

21+ STUNNING PICTURE COLLECTION FOR PAVING IDEAS & DRIVEWAY IDEAS

Driveways have been always played a crucial role in every house because they are what the guests will see for the first time. And thus, you need to avail yourself with the conspicuous feature of your driveway by designing it as attractive as possible. If...

HOW AN EXTERIOR MAKEOVER CAN ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOUSE

Home exterior is one of the most important aspects to consider when evaluating your home. It is the way your house and yard look that enables the potential buyers to have a positive or negative first impression, and it is what makes them fall in...

Don’t Make Turkey Frying a Disastrous Situation This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is full of family get-togethers, giving thanks, lots of food and some turkey deep frying horror stories. From homes burning down to turkeys skyrocketing into the air, safely preparing and frying a turkey doesn’t have to be dangerous. To avoid becoming one of...

How to Winterize Your Lawn Mower Before You Stow It Away

The key to having a lawn mower that starts right up in the spring is properly winterizing it before you put it away. This prepares your mower for the long winter months it will remain idle and makes it ready for you when you need...

9 outrageous fire pits you need in your backyard

In prehistoric times, home life revolved around fire pits. Today, roaring fires aren’t so much a tool for survival as they are a luxury for socializing. They extend your living area outdoors and, unlike pools, can be used year round. Plus, they’re relatively low maintenance....

Garden rocks give landscapes a luxe look

Gardeners know that a landscape is much more than plants. The lushest foliage and flowers have limited appeal without other elements to act as a foil. Rocks and stones play a vital role, setting unpolished grainy textures against delicate plants, playing earthy tones against vivid...

Fall Landscaping: Seven Tips and Several Trends

As the weather turns and stays cool, and the leaves turn, the fall offers a gentle invitation to look back and think ahead, while we attend to seasonal landscaping needs. Landscape philosophies and practices that were just ideas a short time ago are showing up...

How to Winterize Your Outdoor Space

The cool, crisp days of fall are officially upon us, and with winter just around the corner, it’s time to put the memories of pool parties, backyard barbecues, and late-night summer soirées in the rearview mirror. But that doesn’t mean we have to swear off...

Plant Lovers’ Almanac: Get garden tools ready for winter storage

 Fall is a great time of year to inventory and prepare garden and landscape tools for winter storage. As we approach the end of the backyard garden and home landscape season, caring for seasonal tools is an essential step in preparing them for use during...

Winter Landscaping Tips

Gardeners in snowy regions have plenty of reasons to get cold feet about winter: Plants are at rest and their bright colors dissipate, leaving a palette of white and gray. And with nothing to plant, they might think there are few winter landscaping tips —...

You Need to Replicate This Perfectly Imperfect Garden in New York City

This The Secret Garden–esque outdoor space in the middle of New York City is rare and jealousy-inducing, there’s no denying that, but it’s actually also a boon to those of us with tiny backyards (and even those of us who treat our fire escapes as patios). We asked...

Technology slowly coming to your garden

We live in an era where technology is our friend and foe.Our phones are linked to every facet of our lives. From banking to home security, from shopping to social engagement — it seems impossible to fathom going through the day without using modern technological...

10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Landscape Designer

If you’re considering working with a landscape designer, finding the right fit — and avoiding surprises midway through the project — is largely about knowing which questions to ask upfront and being familiar with the range of services these professionals provide. We reached out to four...

4 landscape design strategies that save you money

The creativity and experience you invest in when hiring a landscape designer can pay big dividends. Sometimes, however, you may want to take a more hands-on approach, whether it’s for monetary reasons or because you enjoy getting in the dirt. Paying for a design consultation...

Design tips: How to get the untamed, naturalistic garden

While clipped hedges and manicured lawns are pleasing, there’s something carefree and inviting about a garden that’s left more natural. Vines ramble over structures, pathways nearly disappear among billowing grasses and flowers grow freely among garden beds. Butterflies, birds and other wild creatures feel most...

​Hardscape to Frame a Landscape Featured

Hardscape designs with rock. Ideas for rocks in the yard. How to landscape with boulders. Right rocks increase property value. A lot of time and care are put into the plants of your landscape but don’t forget the non-living features of the yard. While your...

10 outdoor ideas for boosting the value of your home

Spring is the season to get head outdoors and enjoy the smell of freshly cut lawns and blooming flowers. As many homeowners get ready to spend their time and hard-earned cash on improving their landscaping for a fresh start, it’s also a great time to...

Patio ideas sure to fit your customer’s preference

Depending on your customer’s location, budget and plans, the possibilities are numerous when it comes to creating the perfect fall patio, but it’s very important to know exactly what size patio your customer needs before getting started. If your customers don’t plan on hosting many...

Celebrate Autumn With Fall’s Best Porches and Patios

Have Fall at Your Doorstep Create a welcoming entry for guests with a display of fall-themed items around your front door. Traditional favorites like pumpkins and bales of hay, layered with mums in rustic wooden baskets, create a color theme of orange and tan, with...

27 Hottest Fire Pit Ideas and Designs

  27 Hottest Fire Pit Ideas And Designs To Make For Your Backyard My family just loves to spend time outside. Whether it be watching the stars at night, having a weekend barbecue or simply hanging out, we’ll always find an excuse to stay out. I...

Design ideas for outdoor fire pits

Adding a fire pit as part of your landscaping will extend the enjoyment of your backyard for you and your guests. They provide warmth, light, a cooking source, and ambiance, making them a natural gathering spot for socializing, entertaining, and relaxation. People are drawn to...

5 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking over an Open Fire

There’s such a thrill and joy in cooking over a campfire, beach bonfire, or even your backyard fire bowl. Foods roast and blister, developing a rich, smoky flavor unlike anything else. But unless cooking over an open flame is a regular ritual for you, mastering...

59 Fall Lanterns For Outdoor And Indoor Décor

Fall is so cozy and sweet! I think it’s the only season when we use so many natural things like fruits or vegetables for décor. Lanterns add coziness, no matter, if you use them for light or only for décor, and, of course, they bring a rustic...

85 Pretty Autumn Porch Décor Ideas

 There are two weeks left before autumn, and it’s high time to change the summer decorations of your beautiful porch onto fall ones. And here are some cool tips: first of all, pumpkins! Use them for décor as you like – put them on the steps, on...

Garden Smart: Create ‘garden rooms’ in your landscape

Go beyond shrubs to design outdoor living space in your yard. New gardeners tend to be a bit obsessive about their lawns and landscapes. Like the French and the English who copied their style, evergreen shrubs must be controlled into boxes and balls. If we...

Hot trend: Outdoor fireplaces, fire pits rise in popularity

As Southern California recovers from scorching heat, some of us may find it hard to believe that fall is only a week away. Others, however, already have their sights set on building or sprucing up outdoor fireplaces/fire pits in anticipation of entertaining and cooler days...

55 Cozy Fall Patio Decorating Ideas

The fall is close, and we can already feel its breath. It’s time to think over some autumn decorations for your home. Use the tasty fall gifts for décor – pretty pumpkins, squashes and other vegetables, you can also use their faux versions. Cute vases,...

NALP lists five landscape design trends for fall and winter

  People sometimes mistakenly associate only the spring and summer with outdoor activities, but fall is also a prime season for landscape projects. With autumn only weeks away, the National Association of Landscape Professionals developed a list of the top landscape trends anticipated to receive...

5 Fire Pit Accessories for Unforgettable Fall Evenings

Is there anything more enjoyable than a cool fall evening around your backyard firepit with family and friends? These five accessories will help you get even more out of your fire pit. 1) Waterproof Log Storage You’ll never be rained out of an evening around...

These 5 Landscape Design Trends for Fall Are Catching Fire

Sorry, sun worshippers. It’s that time of year again, when the flames of those barbecues and bonfires start to die down for good, the shorts go back into deep storage, and the summer vacations come grinding to an end. But just because the days are shorter...

Fire pit accessories and alternative fuel options to consider this fall

  With the promise of cooler weather just around the corner, it’s time to talk to your customers about a good way of enjoying the outdoors even if the temperature has dropped: fire pits. Photo: ACM Design Architects/Flickr Whether your customers will be brushing the dust...

Is Fall the Best Time to Install a Patio Fire Pit?

  The transition from Fall to Summer can infer many changes in your personal plans as well as the critical decisions you make as a consumer. Most would agree that purchasing an out of season item may be counterintuitive because your new purchase would largely...

30 Fall Decorating Ideas and Tips Creating Cozy Outdoor Living Spaces

Cozy fall decorating ideas help to keep your outdoor living spaces open, warm and inviting in fall and winter. Making patio  designs more comfortable for cold months, adding a heater and creating welcoming outdoor home decor are great fall decorating ideas that will allow you...

Bulbs, bulbs, bulbs…..it is time to plant your bulbs!

Spring-blooming bulbs are one of the easiest flowers to plant and grow. You just dig a hole in fall, stick in a bulb, wait 5 or 6 months and enjoy the show in spring. Most bulbs need cold rather than cool days and nights in...

Planting a fall vegetable garden

Fall vegetable gardening can offer fresh cool-season vegetables through the fall season with some season extension measures. Fall vegetable gardening can be just as rewarding as spring and summer gardening. Any cool-season vegetable suitable for spring can also be grown in the fall. The spring...

10 New Ideas For A Secret Garden Nook Designed Just For You

In turbulent times, what could be more soothing than to carve out a secluded spot in your garden in which to relax alone or with a loved one, or to entertain friends? These clever screening ideas ensure that it won’t feel as if the neighbors...

FIVE WAYS TO UPGRADE YOUR BACKYARD

Warm temps and ample sunshine have us dreaming of spending summer days—and nights—in the open air. Here are five of the most luxurious ways to do it. Gloster Cradle Daybed The inspiration: “I wanted to make a small hideaway,” says Henrik Pedersen of the Cradle daybed,...

Pop-up gardens burst with ideas for backyard vacation

It’s time for a little summer getaway to a beautiful, relaxing spot. There’s no need to pack a bag: Just step out the back door into your own garden. Going on vacation in your own backyard may not sound very adventurous, but it’s actually a...

10 Outdoor Seating Ideas To Sit Back And Relax On This Summer

However big or small your outside space and whatever your taste and budget, there is an alfresco seating option perfect for you. But with so much choice, where to start? Perhaps you’re looking for a spot for an evening drink à deux, a place to lounge...

How to keep hardscapes looking their best even years later

The popularity in outdoor living spaces often means an increase in hardscaped areas in a landscape, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that these sections are now maintenance free. Just as you’ve had to iterate to clients that low-maintenance plants do not mean no maintenance, hardscapes still need care to...

Planning a garden party? Seven quick fixes to make it look fabulous

Balmy late summer evenings sipping cocktails in the garden, lazy lunches dining al fresco – sounds idyllic doesn’t it? But while August may be the time of year when many of us like to use our garden as an “outdoor room”, it’s also the very...

Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas and Designs for Your Beach House

Warm summer days belong to the beach – to playing in the sand, soaking up the sun, and splashing in the surf – but breezy summer nights? Well, those belong to chasing sunsets, dining al fresco, and cozying up under the stars with a cocktail … or two....

Get This Look: Pump Up Your Patio for Summer With These 7 Design Trends

 The inside of your home might look a-maz-ing, but your flair for decor shouldn’t stop at the door—especially if outdoor entertaining is on the menu this summer.Bland patio decor with mismatched, threadbare furniture isn’t going to take your parties to the next level—and it certainly isn’t on...

Top Landscape Trends for 2017

Perfectly manicured lawns and spaced flower beds are giving way to native grasses and earthy, simple looks. Natural beauty is where it’s at for landscaping design this year. Not only are natural landscapes easier on the pocket book, they require less time and are easier...

Trends in Outdoor Kitchens

Interest in outdoor kitchens continues to grow at a robust pace, with designs often continuing the theme of the indoor space and incorporating grills, pizza ovens, refrigeration and cabinetry. AUTHORS Jamie Gold Snyder Diamond has been selling outdoor kitchen products for more years than many readers...

Style your patio to match your interior

For some folks, a few white plastic chairs around a fire ring are all it takes to spruce up the patio for maximum use and enjoyment. Others, including Anne LoCascio of Elgin, want the aesthetic they created indoors to carry through to the outdoors. LoCascio...

91 Outstanding Outdoor Decor Ideas

Sometimes there’s nothing better than kicking back in your living room with the air conditioning blasting and nary a mosquito in sight. But you can’t spend the entire summer indoors. If you create a space outside that’s perfect for relaxing, soaking up a few rays,...

Try These 5 Upgrades for the Perfect Shaded Getaway

 It’s time to throw open your doors and enjoy life alfresco. We’ve got 42 upgrade ideas for turning even the simplest patio, porch, or deck into an inviting open-air retreat 1. Choose Patio Pavers PHOTO BY ED GOHLICH Paver, pebble, concrete—the patio material matters. Here, landscape...

4 Landscaping Ideas for a Small Backyard

Sometimes, good things really do come in small packages. Having a compact yard means less maintenance and lower plant costs, and it doesn’t necessarily require you to sacrifice your vision of the perfect yard. In fact, Cassy Aoyagi, president of Los Angeles-based firm FormLA Landscaping, urges homeowners...

Front-yard patios spark socializing on this block

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. — Want to make your neighborhood friendlier? Consider adding a front-yard patio … some pavers, a few plants, a couple of comfy chairs — and, voilà! — instant summer socializing. That’s the way it seems to be working in one St....

It’s already time to plan your fall vegetable garden

Believe it or not, it’s time to start planning your fall vegetable garden. Really. Time waits for no gardener, especially when it comes to the fast-flying days of summer. If you want to keep harvesting fresh vegetables long after other gardeners are relaxing on the...

Inspire an outdoor transformation

Consider your deck or patio: the epicenter of outdoor entertaining, relaxation, and leisure. It’s where we host family and friends for cookouts, escape with a book under the shade of a sprawling patio umbrella, and bask in wonder of a starry summer sky. As a...

Outdoor Patio Ideas from Stunning Hamptons Homes

It’s not just New York City’s movers and shakers who are drawn to the Hamptons. Many of the most revered artists—Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Willem and Elaine de Kooning—have studios in the summer locale, and “almost every American architect has worked here, making the East...

Big ideas for small gardens

Small gardens are places of great opportunity, where design and smart plant choices can have a big impact. Even in a limited space, there’s plenty of room to grow. Think of a small garden as a chance to make a grand design in miniature, says...

Rosie on House: Laying out your backyard hardscape

Thinking about remodeling your backyard? Realtors and remodelers say improving the “outdoor rooms” at your house can make your home sell more quickly. After all, Americans are spending more and more time outside in the warmer months of the year and are creating both “great...

6 Outdoor Spaces to Inspire Your Next Patio Makeover

A patio is a wonderful feature to have, giving you space to create an outdoor dining area or just a spot for lounge chairs. If you are looking to upgrade your current patio furniture set (or want a few new accessories) just in time for...

New ideas for outdoor spaces

  This is the time of year we all look forward to: Daylight lasts long after our workdays have ended, the weather is balmy, and family and friends are visiting from Arizona and those other hotter climes! It’s a good bet that you’ve got the...

7 PATIO DECORATING IDEAS TRENDING ON PINTEREST

June 21 has come and gone, summer is finally here, and it’s time to unveil your patio after ignoring it for six months. Before you pull your all-weather wicker out of storage, take a look around. Do you want to redo the floors? Plant a new garden? Spruce...

Building with Secondhand Stuff: Make a Wood Pallet Planter

It seems like there are a million creative ideas for making things out of pallets these days, so naturally I sought out one specifically for the garden. This planter has a rustic look that is enhanced by greenery cascading down it, and it creates a...

Smart Watering Plant Sitters: How to Not Kill Your Garden While on Vacation

Have you ever come home from a holiday to find that your plants are suffering from extreme thirst? Or even worse, have you come home to find the plants dead? It’s not always easy to get a plant sitter and it’s also not reasonable to...

Grow the Best Tomatoes in Town with Advice from a Pro

There is nothing better than sinking your teeth into a sun-warmed, juicy tomato straight from your own garden. Garden tomatoes are unlike anything that you can buy in the grocery store, and that’s why they are so popular as a home garden crop. Growing tomatoes, however,...

Guided Instagram Tour of the Global Urban Garden

Paris, Stockholm, Barcelona, Brooklyn, Winston-Salem, Los Angeles…In my visits across the country and abroad, I’ve experienced some compelling imagery and special moments that have captured my soul with their intriguing visual details. The New Nordic Cuisine The luscious beet, perched atop a water-filled glass, above, was the lone perfect centerpiece on...

Cool Sustainable and Stylish DIY Ideas For Outdoor Solar Lighting

  Solar power is everywhere–solar-powered clothing and backpacks that charge your gadgets on the go, solar-powered camping tents, Tesla’s solar roof shingles and even keyless solar bike locks that alert you if someone tries to nab your wheels.  Solar has gone mainstream. Renewable energy sources for the home powered by...

How to Incorporate Indoor-Outdoor Living into Your Home

Indoor-outdoor living incorporates the best of both worlds into one space. According to House Beautiful, the epitome of indoor-outdoor rooms means that, “If you moved them inside, you wouldn’t have to change a thing.” From living areas to backyard kitchens, these indoor-outdoor trends can give...

The Grillbot Is A Robot That Cleans Your Grill

Lazy grillers, rejoice. Thanks to the Grillbot, you may never have to clean your grill again. Today at CES we discovered the Grillbot, and it’s exactly what it sounds like – a robot that you plop down to automatically clean your dirty grill. Selling for $129, the...

10 gadgets that will do gardening and yard work for you

It’s tough to keep your yard and gardens looking their best year round, especially when you have limited time for yardwork. However, you don’t have to tackle lawn care on your own. Your chores will be a whole lot easier when you have a team...

10 barbecue winning gadgets for under $40

Whether you’re much of a cook, or not, come summer everyone wants to be king of the grill. After all, there is nothing worse than serving up a plate of burn sausages to your closest friends. Want to avoid taking that plate of overcooked meat...

Take it outside: 8 hot trends in outdoor home furnishing

et out and stay out. Southern California’s typically glorious weather inspires a passion for luxurious outdoor living spaces — and there’s no shortage of new fabrics and furnishings to make that a reality. “The customer is starting to think of their outdoor space like another...

11 Easy Ways to Revamp Your Garden

Sometimes in life it’s good to mix things up. As we all like a project we can sink our teeth into, what could be better than revamping your garden? The same old lawn and shrubs can start to look tired after so many years, so that might be a good...

DIY Floating Planter for Water Gardens and Ponds

A floating garden is a brilliant way to bring color to your pond or backyard water feature. The best part is that you don’t have to go hunting for a pond planter because it is a simple DIY you can make at home. Once you...

Fun Ideas for Outdoor Kitchen Plans

Outdoor kitchen plans are designed around having fun. Take the cooking outdoors! Enjoy the great weather and enjoy some of the best tasting fire-grilled foods. But remember, your outdoor kitchen success depends much on having smartly designed outdoor kitchen plans.  Start by placing your outdoor...

Patio Personality: Enjoy the great outdoors with your own great style

Punching up your patio with some personality might be one of the most fun projects for your home. Since your goal is to make your patio reflect your own unique tastes, you really can’t go wrong. Creating an outdoor living space is a win-win situation....

10 New Ideas For A Secret Garden Nook Designed Just For You

In turbulent times, what could be more soothing than to carve out a secluded spot in your garden in which to relax alone or with a loved one, or to entertain friends? These clever screening ideas ensure that it won’t feel as if the neighbors...

Modern Petunia Varieties: No Longer Just the Pinkest Pink Flower

Wait! Before you skip over this post because it’s about petunias and “petunias are boring, old-fashioned, plants for boring, old-fashioned people,” I want to share some of what I learned from touring the California Spring Trials, also known as Fashion Week for Plants. Petunias are...

5 Details You Don’t Want to Forget When Hosting an Outdoor Party

Outdoor parties can be magical events perfect for celebrating the warmer weather and enjoying all that nature offers. Hosting a party outdoors can also give guests more room to roam than they might otherwise have indoors. Al fresco entertaining often includes a special brand of whimsy, and gives you an...

10 Hardy Shrubs You Can’t Kill

A lot of people would like to garden but are scared off by what they see as a “black thumb”—the inability to keep plants alive. Of course, there is no such thing as a black thumb gardener. All you need to gain confidence in gardening...

5 Fun, Eco-Friendly Ways to Light Up Your Backyard

Spring has sprung, and it’s time for lazy Sunday lunches eaten al fresco with your family and big backyard barbeque parties with your friends. You’ve got your patio furniture in place, a grill ready to fire up, a nice big table for eating, but what’s...

Take it outside: Backyards are for fun and games

Volleyball courts. Sand pits. Splash pools. Giant movie screens. You don’t have to be a kid to design and enjoy an outdoor play space. Al fresco kitchens, all-weather lighting, and improvements in the comfort and durability of patio furniture mean we’re enjoying our outdoor spaces...

7 Outdoor Speakers for Your Next Backyard Project

Homeowners are getting outside more lately, and they’re taking their home technology with them. In CE Pro’s first ever Outdoor Technology Study, loudspeakers came in No. 2 as the most popular outdoor technology in the last year. Specifically, under-eave audio speakers came in second right...

Outdoor Entertaining – Fun Ideas to Up Your Hosting EQ

Up your EQ, Entertainment Quotient by entertaining your guests this season outside of the typical “backyard” box Warmer temperatures makes everyone antsy to get outdoors. From picnics to barbecues, there are numerous ways to take advantage of the outdoors during this season. Instead of doing...

Six ideas for remodeling your backyard for summer

Little by little, the thermometer is creeping up and up. We all know that it’s only a matter of weeks before we’re really starting to feel the heat. With that in mind, we put together a list of six backyard remodel ideas to help you...

Ten design tips from the father of American landscape architecture

Frederick Law Olmsted is considered the father of American landscape architecture and some of his best-known works remain iconic to this day. Central Park and Prospect Park in New York, the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and Biltmore Estate in North Carolina are just a...

80 Ways to Make Your Patio or Outdoor Space Look Incredible

  Whether you have a porch, pool or patio, our guide to creating a luxurious outside space will help you take full advantage of warm weather.     Read More >

Now is the time to start planting

Thank goodness it’s finally time to start planting! You can start your vegetable garden now with cool-loving crops such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, and others can be safely planted now. Hold off on planting tomatoes, peppers, squash and other warm-loving...

Spruce up outdoor spaces ahead of warmer seasons

Once spring arrives it’s time to spiff up outdoor gathering areas, whether patio, terrace or veranda. Warm weather draws family and friends, and you want that patio area to look its best. Start by just cleaning it up to get rid of the winter dirt...

Patio fever: Prepare your outdoor living space for warmer months ahead

The weather might be indecisive lately — tornadoes and a snowstorm in the same week — but spring is right around the corner, and once it warms up, you’ll probably want to be out on the patio. Before it arrives, local experts recommend a few...

6 Brilliant and Inexpensive Patio Ideas for Small Yards

If your yard feels cramped, dull or otherwise in need of of a pick-me-up, don’t worry! You don’t have to dig up the backyard and start from scratch to make it feel homey and new. Just make some small investments. Your focus should be the...

The 5 Biggest Garden Trends of 2017

Those lucky enough to call an outdoor terrace, patio, or yard of their own know that, like the plants and flowers contained within them, gardens flourish in direct proportion to the care and consideration exercised on them. But in recent years, the push to turn...

25 Summer-Ready Outdoor Dining Areas

One of the joys of summer is having meals in the great outdoors, whether it’s a cup of coffee in the morning sun or an elaborate dinner under the stars. Now that the days are growing warmer, it’s the perfect time to prep your patio...

5 Outdoor Features That Will Add Value to Your Home

As any experienced real-estate agent will tell you, most home buyers have made up their minds about a house before they actually step inside. No matter how much time, money, and effort you’ve spent on designing and styling the interior, your house will be much...

Better design the key for great outdoor spaces on any budget

There is nothing wrong with a backyard grill and a couple of Adirondack chairs. However, if you are at a point in your life where you want your outdoor spaces to feel more like your indoor spaces, consider our tips for better design regardless of...

Turn Up the Heat With a Stylish Fire Pit

A fire pit is an ultimate compromise between a bonfire and a fireplace. It doesn’t just bring warmth to the place but also makes for a mesmerizing focal point. A stylish pit design will take any outdoor lounge area to the next level. Available in a variety of...

10 Best Landscaping Ideas

Need landscape ideas to add variety to your garden or add color year-round? We’ve got you covered. Try some or all of these landscaping ideas to spruce up your yard. Your home may be your castle, but rather than surround it with a moat, use...

30 Small Space Gardening Tips for Apartment Dwellers and Urbanites

Don’t let limited outdoor space prevent you from trying out your green thumb. From tasty fruits and veggies to flowering plants, trees and shrubs, container gardening is the trick to growing it all in less space than you may think. Check out the gallery >