While you're dusting off those bikinis and stocking up on aloe vera, it may be high time to reconsider your outdoor seating options. This collection of chairs from the Conran Shop will help you to transform your patio into a stylish summer retreat.
Striped Deckchair with Arms
Can I get a drum roll, please? This chair deserves a category all its own. Seriously.
If you don’t have the luxury of lounging on a beach, then surely this chair will make you believe you are. Comfy, cute and perfect for any backyard space. ...read full post →
While the rest of America has yet to embrace the idea of taking a siesta in the middle of a workday, I'd like to think sporadic bouts of shut-eye only make me sharper. And what better way to take a nap than outside on a breezy summer day? Here's a round-up of summer’s best hammocks for your sleeping pleasure.
This could be you…
#1 - For the lounger that has come to expect a high level of comfort, check out the Pillowtop Hammock from Brookstone. It may look like bedding, but weather-resistant material makes it perfect for the outdoors. ...read full post →
D. Garden Collection offers unusual banners for outdoor spaces that call for a little extra something…
… or a lot of extra something.
Made from durable premium fabric and ink to withstand elements (and the washing machine), the outdoor tapestries are the creations of graphic artist Deborah Sommers. Her award-winning work is acclaimed in high-end decorating magazines for its very viable use as a design element with a punch. ...read full post →
Attractive contemporary furniture to spiff up your patio
#1 – From Allegro Classics collection, the Islands Sofa blends beautifully with swimming pools, hot tubs and refinished decks. Its contours are soft and natural, making room for different seating positions. And the backs are removable! Turn them into benches or sun beds. Built from tough aluminum and covered with an all-weather wicker, this patio furniture won’t need replacing anytime soon. Fabric colors come in wheat linen, sunflower, Asian sesame, mojito coffee bean, dupione papaya, dolce mango, cork, champagne linen, and 32 other colors. Yes, they’ve got more flavors than Baskin Robbin’s. Finding a color to match your patio won’t be an issue. ...read full post →
On the road to backyard paradise
It’s summertime, baby! And you know what that means: picnics, patio BBQs, family reunions, sprints through the sprinklers, and cool dips in the pool. In the winter, we install the storm windows, open the flue and set the fire a-blazing. But in summer, we flock in droves to the outdoors, we reunite with friends & family; in short, we gather.
So where do you like to go? Hopefully, you’ll make it to your favorite park, campground, lake or mountainside. Don't forget, though, that the best summer gathering spots can be found in our own backyards.
Photo credit: HGTV
Customizing your backyard sweet spot can be as simple as covering the patio, or as intricate as landscaped pathways leading to shaded gazebos on the banks of a bubbling koi pond. Here are some ideas to jumpstart your summer haven:
Deck and Patio
The first step is the one taken out your back door, and where your feet land can dictate the whole scene. That's why decks and patios are a staple of American life. We all need our stretching and breathing room.
Those of us with backyards should utilize our decks & patios to the fullest extent. As for the art of creating a gathering spot, a new wood deck, stone or concrete patio are fantastic options. Sometimes an existing deck or patio just needs a facelift, or perhaps some attractive adornments, such as planter boxes, container gardens or an outdoor bar.
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