How To Transform Your Life
And Your Yard
Let's face it -- outdoor rooms are the reason we're
doing more living outdoors.
Being outdoors is simply more
embrace the good life -- chitchat, cook, wine, dine,
unwind, and spend time in your room in the view!
Here you'll get a
sampling of creature comforts, practical amenities, and simple
After hours of
working in the yard, wouldn't an outdoor shower be an
exotically, decadent treat before retiring to your
fabulous outdoor room?
Furniture alone does not a outdoor living
room make. True transformation happens when your
furniture enhances the aesthetic and adds to the
room's purpose and functionality.
an outdoor room where you'll yearn to be, to sit,
to eat, sleep, work, play, interact, and find
Is there an outdoor
kitchen in your future? Fabulous! Because outdoor
kitchens are hot! Think
of the Guide as big 'ol outdoor
kitchen ideas buffet!
I'm sure you remember when the only outdoor seat cushions you could
buy were covered in plastic and stuck to your backside.
Well, times have
If it seems
that the solution to your outdoor decor dilemmas is to
run out and buy expensive stuff, you're right. Here's
Outdoor seat cushions are an
affordable and easy way to make understated outdoor
furniture pop!But before you spend your hard
earned money, consider these tips to a whole new
7 Tips for Easy
Don't expect everything to be perfect
Easy outdoor decor is an ever-evolving process -- a
flawlessly by sticking to one style. When in doubt, be consistent
You only go
around once -- so find your ideal outdoor sofa
everything has to be new
Use neutrals --
colors and natural fibers. They always feel clean and
they ooze calm
11 Tips For
A Green Outdoor Space
Want a Glam outdoor living room that's also Green?
Just partner with nature by using these 11 Green,
- Use recycled metals and
plastics to furnish your outdoor rooms green.
Organic fabrics like
natural-hued cottons have warm inviting tones. Use them on
tablecloths and pillows.
Olefin is a synthetic
fabric that begins life as post-industrial waste. It takes
on the rain, sun and stains like magic.
Use reusable utensils.
Bamboo and terra cotta pieces set an elegant tone with less
waste than paper and plastic.
Display your unique style
with garden art from trash, old bricks, old fencing, and such that
you rescue from salvage stores and estate sales.
Re-purpose broken pots.
Use large pieces to decorate garden beds. And use
smaller pieces to line the bottom of other pots to help with
Transform old wine and
water bottles into vases and candleholders.
Re-assign tired, old
furniture for extra seating and table space in your outdoor
CowPots are biodegradable
plant pots that are odor free, made from nutrient-rich
cow manure, and transplant directly in to the soil.
freundsfarmmarket.com and CowPots.com are two
Low maintenance plants
make outdoor living rooms low maintenance. Use
native species and succulents because they use less
9 Things I Know
9 design facts
guaranteed to slip your outdoor room into something more
rooms can have high end design on a low end design
Form never trumps
only part of the work -- let accents do the rest
accents convey richness without costing a lot
Sisal makes a
fabulous outdoor room floor
How you arrange
your outdoor living room furniture changes
Good design is
available to everyone whatever your budget
9 Steps To
Outdoor Rooms In Under An
an outdoor room in an instant with these 9 simple and
a secluded corner of the backyard with level ground.
4 people can
assemble a portable gazebo in 30 minutes.
Upgrade the ground
with an all-weather rug. Why not try something in
water-resistant seating for chairs and sofas. And use canvas
for overhead cover, throw pillows, and floor cushions
for extra guests and little ones.
metal tables for drinks.
Hang lots of small
birdcages from the posts. Light them with battery-powered
posh finishing touches like side tables and art painted
on all-weather canvas.
Dress the entrance
with spiral juniper topiaries on both sides.
Shake, stir, and
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