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.


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!

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.


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

The Coffee Table in the Outdoor Room

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House of Turquoise

Let’s talk coffee—or, at least, coffee tables. Outdoor coffee table, to be specific. Yes or no? While most people wouldn’t think of placing a sofa inside their home without adding a coffee table in front of it, many people opt not to include one in the outside patio furniture grouping. It something I find quite interesting since our goal is to create an outdoor room that feels like an indoor room and a coffee table not only helps to anchor the seating group but its functionality is self-evident.

Most outdoor furniture sets offer a . . . → Read More: The Coffee Table in the Outdoor Room

A Folly in the Garden

Longwood Gardens

The definition of a folly (as used in terms of architecture) is a costly ornamental building with no practical purpose. Once, only royalty and the very wealthy could afford such frivolous structures.

Huntington Museum

DIY Magazine

Those structures that resemble an ancient ruin, far-away castle, Asian pagoda, or perhaps, even a fantasy structure without a point of architectural reference certainly qualify as follies in today’s garden.

DIY Magazine

Garden sheds, guest and pool houses, and other utilitarian structures are not really included in this definition but I like to think of the more . . . → Read More: A Folly in the Garden