Let There be Light!

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Make it a priority to include lighting in your outdoor room when planning your deck, patio, porch, or pool area. In addition to being able to see in the dark, you will want to illuminate and highlight your new outdoor living room. Extending the hours in which your outdoor room can be used increases your enjoyment and provides additional value to your home.

Angeli

Desert Pearl Flowers

Consider adding lighting that is hard-wired, such as wall fixtures, ceiling-attached chandeliers, and ground lighting. In addition, make sure you plan for portable lighting such as table and floor lamps, . . . → Read More: Let There be Light!

Tents= Summertime Fun

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Traditional Home

We are at the midpoint of summer, with half of the season behind us and half of it ahead of us. Ugh—really? It’s August. Shouldn’t summer be nearly over? Don’t get me wrong, I really do like summer. Or, perhaps, what I like better is summertime. I look forward to summertime: outdoor living, vacations, long evenings of daylight, fireflies (or lightening bugs, depending on where you grew up), ceiling fans on porches, sleeping porches, afternoon showers, cold fruity drinks full of ice cubes, citrus anything, fresh fruit, ice cream, lakes, and the beach. But, I do not . . . → Read More: Tents= Summertime Fun

Summer Decorating with Rope

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Summer Classics

Summer decorating style is often associated with waterside retreats: the lake, the river, or the beach. And one thing that seems to be found in each of those places is rope. Rope from which to hang a swing or hammock; rope by which to pull a boat; rope in which to catch a fish. Rope is handy to have and ready to be called into use—or maybe, simply to be used as a decorative accessory.

 

Teak Warehouse

Kingsley-Bate

Teak Warehouse

So connected is rope to a casual and waterside lifestyle, that some manufacturers . . . → Read More: Summer Decorating with Rope

Island Style

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Ralph Lauren

For many, the idea of a vacation conjures images of palm trees, sand, and plenty of sunshine. An island in the middle of a deep blue sea is the dream destination for many landlocked and reality-bound people who spend most of the year waiting for their two weeks of idyllic bliss.

What can you do to enjoy that resort-like environment more frequently? The answer is easy. Plan your outdoor living room to reflect your favorite dream destination. Call in professional help if necessary, but stop denying yourself the opportunity to relax, rejuvenate, and have fun on a . . . → Read More: Island Style

Citrus Shades of Green

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Home Design

Green is the color most closely associated with nature: grass, leaves, plants, and moss. In fact, the word green has its roots in the Middle English and Anglo-Saxon word grene, and has the same Germanic root as the words grass and grow. While we do use the term green with envy, and some have noted a correlation between green and evil in Disney movies, for the most part, this color is most associated with life, growth, health, hope, nature, and youthfulness.

BHG

Lime green is a particular shade of green that is currently popular in decorating. . . . → Read More: Citrus Shades of Green