Some landscape design dilemmas can't be solved by adding more plants. Towering trees can cast dense shade, creating an inhospitable environment where even weeds can't grow. Narrow gardens are often cursed with poor soil as... more »
With advance planning and perhaps a few friends to help (bribe them with dinner out), you can make a big difference in your patio in a single weekend. Arranged from fast and easy (hang lanterns, make a repurposed table) to more time- and labor-intensive... more »
As an antidote to the gray skies outside my window, I find myself envisioning outdoor rooms enlivened with bold pops of saturated color. From colorful planters and bright outdoor rugs to furniture and pillows in the splashiest of hues, there is no way... more »
You can tell by looking at this groovy planter that it came from California in the 1950s. However, that's about all we know about its roots. No single designer ever officially licensed the design of this piece, a bullet-shaped fiberglass planter nested... more »
As summer winds down, back-to-school sales hit the stores, and there's never a better time to reevaluate your deck or patio for a little upgrade. Two fabulous reasons to start planning right now:
*Your outdoor spaces are fresh in your mind.
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Outdoor furniture is an integral part of a garden, providing a comfortable place for relaxing and communing with nature, enjoying the company of others or taking in the view. Beyond the practical, however, furniture can bring life and imagination... more »
Gazing balls, or garden spheres, have gotten a bad rap in the past few years — and I'll admit that I was one of the many that initially thought they were ugly and marred the face of a beautiful garden.
But lately I've started to appreciate... more »
When midsummer heat waves hit, even some sun worshippers begin begging for shade. Instead of forcing family dinners and lazy afternoons indoors, outfit your garden, deck or patio with an umbrella. This everyday item can make all the difference when it... more »
Outdoor ceiling fans have been a practical way to cool outdoor spaces since the 1900s — particularly in the South, where they've been as obligatory as sweet tea when it comes to beating summer heat. Today, porch ceiling fans are a wonderful way to create... more »
Vacations to warm escapes often include long, lazy days relaxing in lush, oversize outdoor beds. Bring that same faraway feel of tranquility to your home and provide plenty of guest seating to boot with an outdoor bed. Whether they're over the top or... more »
In any room, indoors or out, lighting is a subtle but crucial way to set the mood and style. Hanging lanterns are a wonderful choice for outdoor entertaining areas that can feel both classic and contemporary. Just as a chandelier welcomes you to a home,... more »
Style and comfort go hand in hand when I'm designing a space. Whether it's a bedroom or the outdoors, a bit of texture can transform an austere space into an inviting retreat. Pillows in bright colors and beautiful patterns are one of the easiest ways... more »
If you're anything like me, you don't bat an eye at adorning your interior walls with colorful accessories. So why does your fence remain a blank slate? Take advantage of the vertical space your fence provides by enhancing it with potted... more »