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A Welcoming, Rustic Christmas

Almost any style of decor can incorporate a few down-home, rustic elements for the holidays.  Adding a bit of rustic elements to your holidays will charm guests and lend a touch of warmth to your decor. Farmhouse decor gives us that cozy feeling we love for the holidays. Concentrating on three key spaces will help

Get outdoors during Daylight Savings Time

Here are some ideas on adjusting to the change. A little look back This weekend, we jump the clocks forward for Spring. Daylight Savings time (DST). The tradition of turning clocks ahead for the spring and summer months is often thought to be an agricultural push, but the roots of the practice took hold for

Under the deck: A little magic transforms a forgotten space

Under-porch patios are making a splash as homeowners look to enhance their existing homes by gaining more living space. A little paver planning can transform that weedy, moldy area under an elevated deck into a room of many uses. When a raised deck is more than 8 feet off the ground, the space underneath may

Paver porches: For the forever season

Wiling away the wistful summer evenings on the porch is one of the best relaxation methods around. But that peace and quiet can be disturbed when old wood porches have seen too many seasons. Instead of replacing worn and warped wood again, think about using pavers. Pavers come in a variety of styles and colors,

Throwing shade: Patio options for summer sun

Sitting outside in the summer is one of life’s simple pleasures. A few clever and well-placed shade providers can make your patio an even cooler place to hang out. While some people still love to bask for hours in the sun’s hot rays, many of us prefer to enjoy the outdoors in a cooler, shady

Portico: A stately entrance or a small place to pause

A portico is an area with a roof by the front door of a home. Either columned or roof-only, porticos are places to prepare for going out or coming in from the elements. The roof allows one to open an umbrella before stepping into the rain. It gives a guest a place to brush off

Light it up! How to choose outdoor lighting

All the world’s a stage Hollywood and Broadway people know the secret of a scene-stealer is all in the lighting. The impact lies in how everything is illuminated. In his 2002 book Stage Lighting Revealed, lighting designer Glen Cunningham tell us, “An effective lighting design is like a beautiful painting.” He goes on to explain

Update Your Front Porch to Create an All Weather Lounge Space

If you’re reminiscing about long summer nights spent on the front porch and are struggling to cope with the shorter days and long, cold winter nights, we have some design inspiration to get you thinking of spring. Check out these top tips for updating your porch to create a perfect, all-weather lounge space. If you’re

Do you Trick-or-Treat? Two Different Halloween Patio Décor Styles

Depending on the weather on Halloween night, some people like to greet trick-or-treaters from their porch or patio, where they can sit in comfort and watch the kids make their way up and down the street as they enjoy the evening. Since most of the little ghouls are bound to come to the front door

4 Must-Do Tips for End of Summer Landscape Maintenance

As fall inches closer, and the days shorten, our focus on our yard or garden may wane, but now is not the time to ignore your yard. The end of summer and early autumn bring the need of yard prep, to ready your outdoor spaces for the coming harsh weather of winter. Take some time