As much as you love your children and your pets, they can be hard on your lovely decorator items. There are two ways you can avoid having beloved (and expensive) pieces ruined by crayon squiggles or cat claws: Don’t have those things in your home or buy items that are tough enough to withstand a lot . . . → Read More: Indoor/Outdoor Pillows: A Kid And Pet-Proof Option
You use decorative throw pillows to decorate the inside of your home, why not use them on the outside? Decorative outdoor pillows are a quick, easy and relatively inexpensive way to spruce up your outdoor space. Here’s why:
They Add Color And TextureIf you think of your outdoor space as an extension of your home, you’ll want . . . → Read More: Three Reasons You Should Use Pillows On Your Patio
As summer approaches, your thoughts might wander to warm nights at the beach, family vacations, picnics and other outdoor activities. Many of these events will include barbeques, some of them in your backyard, others away from home. For the latter, you’ll need a good portable BBQ. Knowing what’s available can help you when it comes time . . . → Read More: Portable BBQ Grills: What You Need To Know
If you’re in the market for a new picnic basket, you may have noticed that your choices are numerous, and that each setup offers something different. There are a few questions you should ask yourself before you settle on the right picnic basket for you.
How Many People Am I Serving?Who usually picnics with you? If it’s . . . → Read More: Choosing A Picnic Basket
The picnic basket has changed a lot over the years. Today there many choices, each offering its own set of features. Choosing the one that will best fit your needs requires learning about the different types available.
Wicker BasketsTraditional wicker picnic baskets are what spring to mind most often when the word “picnic” comes into discussion, but . . . → Read More: Picnic Baskets: A Primer
A fire pit can be a wonderful addition to your outdoor space, but it’s important that you know how to use one safely. There are some basic rules you should be familiar with in order to protect your home and family from accidents.
Proper Installation/Set-upRead your instruction manual and set up your fire pit as it recommends. . . . → Read More: How To Use Your Fire Pit Safely
No matter how good your outdoor fire pit is, your fire could flare out of control. You should always be prepared in case you need to put the fire out quickly. Here is a list of outdoor fire pit accessories you shouldn’t be without:
Spark ScreenMost commercially made fire pits come with a spark screen, which will . . . → Read More: Fire Pit Safety Must-Haves
Fire pits have become a popular choice for homeowners wanting to add a little extra something to their backyard spaces. Fire pits can be used for warmth, for light or to cook on. There are several outdoor fire pit designs, along with a couple of available fuel sources. Some pits are portable while others are built . . . → Read More: Fire Pits: A Primer
Country style is eclectic, warm and homey. If that’s something you’d love to add to your backyard, here are some simple ideas for putting together a lovely country patio.
PaintPainted wood furniture lends a great country look to any space, indoors or out. Try white and pale shades of blue and yellow for soft, down-home look. Wicker . . . → Read More: Create A Country-Style Patio
If you’d like to do something different with your patio this season, consider transforming it into a cozy retreat. Here are a few tips to help get you started:
Choose A ThemeCreate your patio in a style that echoes that of your house. If you have a Spanish Revival, think Mediterranean; a Tudor, try an English garden. . . . → Read More: Tips To A Cozy Outdoor Room