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While garden gnomes and whimsical bird baths certainly have their place in many backyards, finding modern garden elements can be a challenge. If clean lines and industrial materials appeal to outdoor decor sensibility, do-it-yourself projects offer an easy customized solution. Continue reading →
Happy first day of summer! June 21 marks the first official day of summer and the long days that stretch out before us. It’s the perfect time to get inspired and plan for summer craft projects to work on all summer long. Need ideas? We’ve got 21 projects to add to your list — from party decorations to crafts for kids. The only problem? How to fit it all in to just one summer. Continue reading →
Summer is one of our favorite times of the year. Not only because it’s sunny and warm, but also because of all the outdoor projects we can get done. And, while our backyards are a great place to work on projects they’re also a great place to relax. That’s why we’re excited that the DIY Network has shared 8 easy-to-build outdoor fire pit designs to help you create a cozy backyard perfect for cool summer evenings. Here are some of our favorites.
A concrete square constructed in place is capped off with sandstone tiles then filled with gravel, a large metal fire bowl and decorative river rocks.
Natural stone is stood on end to outline this sunken fire ring.
Concrete pavers normally used for retaining walls can easily be stacked and filled with sand to make a small fire ring.
This fireplace was made by stacking rectangle pavers in a staggered pattern one small section at a time, then each section was lined and mortared with two rows of fire bricks standing up on end.
For even more inspiration check out these amazing outdoor fireplaces and fire pits.
It’s the perfect time of year to start thinking about and planning your backyard summer parties and BBQs. You’ve still got a few weeks before summer is in full force, which is just enough time to get things in order.
In preparation, maybe you’d like to update your landscaping or create the perfect outdoor room/patio. Whatever your hoping to accomplish, HGTV has lots of great ideas for outdoor summer entertaining we’re sure you’ll just love! And, just for fun here are some fantastic recipes from Rachael Ray perfect for a summer party.
Outdoor rooms create the ideal spot for summer entertaining. Designer Chris Casson Madden shares tips for creating a sophisticated outdoor space perfect for summer entertaining.
Master gardener Paul James shares ideas for a great garden party.
You may not have a backyard pool or an outdoor fireplace, but these amazing outdoor rooms are great inspiration!
Visit HGTV’s Outdoor Entertaining page for more information, tips and ideas!
Sunlight and warm breezes signal the season for outdoor entertaining. For some, those words conjure up images of lounging on the beautiful backyard patio with friends and family. But, for many of us, outdoor entertaining sets off an internal alarm, reminding us of tears in the canvas cushions and umbrellas, cracks in mosaic tables, and chipped or broken patio pots, not to mention the statue that has lost a few fingers. It all adds up to a slightly shabby look to our
Outdoor living spaces can be your summertime getaway, but before you panic and spend too much money on design consultants and all new patio furniture, stand back and take a look around your backyard like you’re seeing it for the first time.
Decide what is too shabby to save and get rid of it, whether it’s that scraggly shrub that has never thrived or those faded and chipped lawn trolls that have gone from cute to tacky. Clean away all “trash”— that stack of empty plastic flower pots from the nursery, debris around the barbecue area or tools leaning against the house
Be merciless in getting rid of scraggly flowers and shrubs. Replace them with hardy colorful species that are proven winners for your climate. If you have a “black thumb,” don’t worry. Tucking some seasonal silk flowers or ferns in a few hanging pots can be very effective and, of course, care-free!
Now you are ready to transform your outdoor living space, armed only with your imagination and a tube of versatile one-part adhesive like Amazing GOOP Lawn & Garden.
Here are some ideas (with some inspiration from award winning landscapes, via HGTV… we can dream right? Click on each image for more information):
- Try re-creating your outdoor space as several intimate “rooms” by the way you group your furniture around the lawn or patio. Subtle lighting and colorful clusters of pots or curving beds with seasonal flowers or shrubs can make these areas irresistible
- Paint inexpensive chairs and tables in bright colors to add a touch of whimsy and fun. You can turn an old table into a beautiful mosaic with some broken china and a little Amazing GOOP Lawn & Garden. This adhesive also will easily repair tears in canvas umbrellas and chair upholstery; it won’t chip or flake off because it dries to a rubbery, flexible finish that moves with the material. In fact, a tube of Amazing GOOP Lawn & Garden that is formulated for withstanding temperature change and moisture is your best bet for repairing almost anything outdoors that is cracked, torn, worn or broken.
- Create a warm, inviting experience in your own backyard — whatever fits your taste. One woman created a whimsical touch for her children by “GOOP-ing” little ceramic fairies among the branches of a small Japanese maple tree.
With a little preparation and a tube of Amazing GOOP Lawn & Garden, you can have a backyard that will keep you entertaining all summer long.