20
May 20

Before and After: A $150 Paint Project Punches up This Dreary Gray Patio


Weekend project, anyone?
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16
Sep 19

How to Make the Most Out of Your Outdoor Space in Fall


People often think of patio season as starting and ending with summer, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
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11
Jul 19

8 Bright Ways to Use String Lights in Your Home


Let your home shine bright with these smart design tips.
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14
Aug 18

How To Fit a Pool into a Small Backyard

You don’t have to have a big backyard to fit in a pool—and if you do have a big backyard, the pool doesn’t have to take up the entire thing. We’ve got plenty of examples of less-than-enormous backyards where homeowners have squeezed in a pool—and lots of other things, too.

Above: The owners of this Austin home didn’t want a full-sized pool: instead, they had the designers at Clayton & Little Architects create a 8′ by 8′ concrete ‘dipping pool’, just big enough to provide a respite from the Texas summer heat.

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05
Jul 18

This Company Will Build a Beach In Your Backyard

If the closest you’ve managed to come to dipping your toe in some salty ocean water this summer is Googling affordable beach resorts or longingly scrolling through photos of celebrities hanging out at their dreamy beach homes, consider kicking those nagging symptoms of beach withdrawal to the curb by investing in your very own backyard swimming pond.

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26
Jun 18

7 Ways to Throw a Summer Party Without an Actual Backyard

‘Tis the season for partying outdoors. But what to do when you don’t have a proper backyard in which to throw an al fresco bash? Fret not, my patio-deprived friends. There are still plenty of ways to host a stellar summer soiree without an actual backyard. It just takes a little planning and creativity. From picnics at the park to old-school pub-crawls, here are seven ways to throw a stellar summer fete—no backyard necessary.

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22
Jun 18

The Best Outdoor String Lights — The Guide 2018

Outdoor living season is very much here, so it’s time to prep your patio/balcony/backyard for summertime entertaining. Whether you’re planning large parties or casual get togethers (or just want to decorate for you), utilizing proper lighting is an essential part of creating the right vibe for your space. String lights are an easy solution that have a big impact, so we rounded up our favorites at all price points and styles that will make your outdoor space shine.

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19
Jun 18

How to Create an Outdoor Oasis in a Small Space

If you think having a small outdoor space (read: balcony or fire escape) means you can’t outfit it with cute and creative decor, think again. Just because you don’t have a large amount of square footage to work with doesn’t mean you have to be relegated to staring at barren railings and sullen-looking plants wilting away in the corner. Check out these small spaces below for the ultimate inspiration guide.

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13
Jun 18

10 Stylish Pergola Ideas for Your Backyard

It’s summertime, and all you want to do is be outside. But, particularly if you live in the southern part of the country, it’s hot out there. The sun is lovely, but it’s also relentless. Perhaps your backyard could use some kind of shade structure. Maybe a pergola, covered with climbing vines? If you’re searching for stylish, modern ways to shade your outdoor space, look no further than this collection of 11 creative ideas.

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09
Jun 18

9 Summer Outdoor Lighting Solutions

Summer is almost here, and it’s officially time to get your backyard prepped and ready to party. That’s why it’s important to remember that any well-outfitted outdoor area should include a summer-friendly lighting scheme. From solar-powered lanterns to bug-repellent string lights, read ahead for nine outdoor lighting solutions that will keep you (and your yard) lit all summer long.

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