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Colorful Outdoor Seating

Written on April 8, 2013 at 6:00 pm , by

The blooming plants are beginning to show their color now that spring is in full swing. Once the fair weather is here for good, extend your living area outdoors by arranging seating on your deck or patio for lounging and entertaining into the evening hours.

Take a cue from nature’s colorful show and welcome it to your outdoor areas with brightly painted seating. A gathered grouping of colorful chairs provides a focal point and also a welcoming place to gather with friends and family.

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Outdoor spaces filled with color communicate “good times happen here”. Resist the temptation to be hum drum or play it safe with neutrals and welcome vivid hues for a vacation in your own backyard.

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Scatter colorful chairs all around your outdoor space to make the message clear, nothing formal happening here!

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In these modern times, colorful outdoor chairs are available in many styles, from casual European bistro chairs, to retro inspired shapes that evoke nostalgic memories from the 1960s, they also include American favorites like the classic Adirondack.

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Even rustic outdoor tables can benefit from a color injection and a mixed rather than matched set is aesthetically pleasing – find painted metal seating in various places from flea markets to retail stores.

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To add an dose of color to your backyard, here are twelve chairs guaranteed to bring instant flair to your alfresco space. 

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From top left: Kruger, $179, Crate + Barrel; Acapulco Chair, $250, Modern Lighting; Allweather, $229, Brookstone; Red Adirondack, $249, Pottery Barn; Metal Bistro, $198, The Garden Gate; Retro Tulip, $59, Amazon; Beulah Rocking Chair, $169; CB2; Bend Chair, $249, West Elm; NIcolett Stripe, $25, Target; Zuo Juju Set of 4, $605, Hayneedle; Ixtapa, $229, CB2; Cadiz, Set of Two, $99, World Market

 

How do you add color to your backyard spaces? With accessories? Spray paint? Colorful chairs like the ones above?

 

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10 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal

Written on April 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm , by

With spring’s arrival and fair weather on the way, now is the time to think about sprucing up your home’s exterior and increasing its curb appeal. Whether you’re staying put or planning on selling, there are several ways to beautify your home with weekend DIY projects and investments that add value. Here are ten ways to spruce up your casa so that it shines bright in the neighborhood.     

1. Paint Your Front Door.  In a sea of standard white front doors, make yours stand out by painting it a hue that complements your home, an easy weekend  DIY project if you follow these simple steps.  

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2.  Create a Welcoming Path.  If cement is underfoot on the path to your door, consider upgrading to a wide stone, brick, or curved cobblestone, or adding a hardscape in a tiled design to welcome visitors to your door.    stone walkway bhg

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DIY Project: Terrariums

Written on February 21, 2013 at 10:00 am , by

The middle of February is about the time when I’m absolutely craving those weeks of spring when everything outdoors begins to bloom again. One of the ways I soothe that anxiousness for greenery is with indoor gardening and miniature terrariums.

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Assembling a terrarium isn’t complicated and with low maintenance succulents, even those who profess to lack green thumbs can have an indoor garden with this technique that dates back to the Victorian age.

Last year, I started mine on a small scale with a glass vessel and some river rocks. To that I added a few varieties of succulents nestled carefully among the stones. This setup takes very little watering, just a few sprinkles or drops once a week. One year later, the terrarium is still thriving!

 

 

One of the best ways to make a space come alive is with the presence of something green and growing. Posing a terrarium on an endtable, a bookshelf, or in front of a main window in your living room is way of capturing that feeling with a unique combination of miniature plants.

 

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There are simple techniques to create a layered indoor garden with terrariums formed out of several shapes of glass containers.

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For instructions on how to assemble your own terrarium at home, follow these helpful step by step instructions.

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In addition to succulents, here is a list of plants that will thrive in your terrarium.

Happy indoor gardening!

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