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Outdoor Living 496 Ideabooks

If you’re bored of the typical lawn-and-patio backyard, then maybe it’s time to add some fun to your outdoor living space. From surfboard showers to freestanding bathtubs, here’s how you can put some character back into your backyard.
Spring Party Primer: 20 Ideas for Fabulous Fetes
When it comes to planning a springtime fete, fickle weather can make things tricky. If you would like to have the party at least partially outdoors, there are basically three ways to go: host an outdoor party but have an indoor backup plan;...
Find the Right Glass Door for Your Patio
The large glass patio door hasn't been around for very long. It took modern manufacturing techniques to make it affordable. But what was once the province of the wealthy and aristocratic is now available in a wide variety of styles for every home. From...
Get a Jump on a Cool-Season Vegetable Garden
The vegetable garden is in full glory during summer, filled with ripe tomatoes, rapidly growing squashes, hot and mild peppers, melons, cucumbers, corn and a host of other summer vegetables that can threaten to take over your yard and your kitchen. Most...
How to Get a Pizza Oven for the Patio
We are all familiar with the big masonry oven at the neighborhood Italian restaurant that yields the tastiest, piping-hot pizza we could wish for. We may even have a friend who built a pizza oven right into a new kitchen. But did you know that you can...
10 Relaxing (Restrained) Themes for Outdoor Rooms
Outdoor rooms are built for relaxing, which makes them great spots to have more of a theme than you might have indoors. Yet the thought of a themed outdoor room can bring to mind cheap tiki torches and pink plastic flamingos (not used ironically). Well,...
How to Get an Outdoor Kitchen of Your Own
Entertaining your family and friends always feels more relaxed and fun when you can do it outside. And if you entertain more than six people at one time and have sufficient space, an outdoor kitchen might be just the ticket.
Breezy and Bug-Free Modern Porches
The brutal winter of 2014 has finally given way to spring and warmer temperatures. So now it’s time to start thinking about what comes with those higher temperatures: bugs. As great as it is to be outside in the spring, summer and fall, it’s even...
Garden Color: Lighten and Brighten With Yellow
During the flower-power days of the 1960s, Donovan sang about “being mad about saffron” in his hit song Mellow Yellow. Are we still mad about yellow in our gardens, and can it be mellow? Nature commonly uses yellow, with spring flowers like...
Set a Gorgeous Seasonal Party Table Outdoors
I love to entertain, but when it comes to dining outdoors, I’ve been a bit uninspired. Year after year I drag out the same trio of hurricane lanterns, changing only the candles that glow inside them. And as for place settings, I simply repurpose our...
How to Babyproof Your Yard
Parents often focus their babyproofing efforts on the interior of their homes, but experts advise not to overlook outdoor spaces. Backyards present quite a few hazards for babies and small children — and some hazards are less obvious than others. For...
How to Keep Your Outdoor Furniture Looking New
Few pieces take more punishment than outdoor furniture. Whether it’s getting soaked at a pool party or braving a blizzard, it’s bound to take some abuse. That’s why it’s good to give your outdoor furnishings some occasional TLC. While today’s...
10 Great Outdoor Chill Zones
In the warm months, there’s nothing better than coming home and immediately kicking off your shoes, grabbing an ice-cold drink and heading right outside. Sitting outdoors in the fresh air is a great way to loosen up, unwind and let go. Summer...
Simple Pleasures: Savor the First Spring Day in the Garden
Is there anything better than that first spring day when the weather finally feels warm enough to really spend time outdoors? Celebrate spring with a full day spent puttering in the garden, tending to chores, sprucing things up and pampering...
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