Taking the Bed Outside


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Take your bed outside! A comfortable place to nap outside is high on the list of things we want in our outdoor living  space. As our awake time is subjected to increasing demands and stimulation from electronic gadgetry, Americans are becoming a nation of sleep deprived people. Napping is a good way to rejuvenate, clear our heads, and energize. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic recommend an afternoon nap be between thirty and sixty minutes in length so as not to interfere with the more important, and longer, night time sleep. All you need to do is create a quiet and cozy spot and hope that no one dares disturb you.

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Imagine a soft, comfortable bed with pillows and quilts, placed out in the open with the sounds of nature all around. With a gentle breeze blowing and the smell of newly mowed grass or flowering plants to intrude on your dreams (note: dreaming while napping requires more than the allotted sixty minutes by the Mayo Clinic. Proceed at your own risk.), you can’t help but be relaxed and calmed.

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Adding sheers or draperies around your bed provides privacy and a sense of protection.

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Lots of pillows are inviting and allow you to prop and position to achieve maximum comfort.

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Whether you choose to use an actual bed for your outdoor slumber time, create a spot using existing outdoor furniture, or construct your own, the end result will be the same—OUTDOORLICIOUSLY relaxing.

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For more inspiration for outdoor beds, visit our Sleeping Outside board on Pinterest.

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Pigskins and Patios

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Enjoying a college football game on one’s patio is one of the joys of autumn outdoor living. Attending the game in person is one of the great joys of college football. So, how do we do both? If you’re a Perdue fan, they’ve got you covered.

Renovation plans are in the works to revamp the Boilermakers’ south end zone but it will be some time before they are completed. In the meantime, the decision was made to remove the existing bleachers and install a temporary patio. 6100 bleachers were bulldozed and the space has been equipped with . . . → Read More: Pigskins and Patios

The Picnic Table Revisited

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Coastal Living

Outdoor furniture is stepping up its game with a new take on the old picnic table set. What used to be a plank-styled redwood or pine picnic table that came with two (often attached) benches, has become a fashion statement and never, ever called a picnic table any more.

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Picnic tables lost their appeal several decades ago as outdoor furniture styles increased in selection and styling. Not content to sit at a table with uncomfortable backless benches—not to mention on something that more than likely would give you splinters—homeowners . . . → Read More: The Picnic Table Revisited

Storage in the Outdoor Room

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Storage in the outdoor room can be a problem. It’s easy to find the furniture, accessories, and equipment to make your outdoor room your perfect get-away spot but where do you keep all of those things that you don’t want to leave out all of the time?

Baker’s racks offer shelving for display and for serving but they do not provide the closed storage that many of us are looking for.


Cushion storage chests are available in various materials (wood, man-made wicker, and recycled plastic) and, while they offer closed storage, they are large pieces that . . . → Read More: Storage in the Outdoor Room

The Sky’s the Limit: Vertical Gardening

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You don’t have to have a large yard to have a big garden. Rather than going out, have you ever considered going up? Even in the tiniest of spaces, vertical gardening allows you to surround yourself with plants. And, one of the best things about vertical gardening is that the plants do double duty as a privacy screen from neighbors or unsightly views.

Home Talk

Your vertical garden can be a simple trellis with the plants firmly rooted in ground soil or a pot but options are available where the soil is actually contained within a vertical . . . → Read More: The Sky’s the Limit: Vertical Gardening