Posts filed under ‘Outdoor Decorating’

Go Greenery

arbor bench

This shady arbor bench is the perfect for a wooded area to match its surroundings.

Natural garden tipi
Climbing Plant Support

For a quick, inexpensive support for climbing plants, build a simple tipi of natural materials you may already have.

An elegant wall-attached trellis panel
Trellis Panel

This tall, wall-attached trellis panel offers an elegantly simple way to add height and interest to your garden plantings. You may want to build several and space them one panel’s width apart.

Salad Box

A small salad box is perfect for growing your own garden in a small space. Deck Planters

These rustic planters add charm to any deck or patio.

Plant a Deck Garden
Deck Garden

Enhance any outdoor setting with a container garden. To make any garden portable, use a lightweight fiberglass pot. Show your favorite colors by dry-brushing layers of acrylic paints in similar hues onto terra-cotta pots.


August 20, 2009 at 12:19 am Leave a comment

Outdoor Flooring

Soften your outdoor space with curving lines in the flooring. 

Curving Outdoor Flooring

Lush slate patio
slate patio

Surround a small slate patio with lush plantings for a versatile backyard retreat. This one is eight feet in diameter.

Stained Concrete
stained concrete

If your dreams of a garden room include a spacious floor, concrete combines affordability with durability.

Tile the Patio
tiled patio

Give your patio a facelift with hearty outdoor tile.

Fun Floorcloth
fun floor cloth

On a sheltered patio, a painted, sealed floorcloth should last for years.

Faux-Stone Patio
faux-stone patio

Put this beautiful, lasting patio in your backyard.

July 7, 2009 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

Adding Privacy to your Outdoor Space



This backyard lounge serves as both a casual spot for year-round entertaining and a private refuge with resort style.

Give your outdoor room an edge

outdoor room

Form a living wall with a trio of head-high planters. Start with classy pots (ours are lightweight resin) and add a lush arborvitae to each. Stand the matching plants side by side along an edge of your deck.


Frame your deck with a trellis.

Glass blocks

Glass blocks also add privacy.

June 30, 2009 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

Outdoor lighting

wire lighting basket

A wire basket, a few jars, and some tea lights an adornment add a little handmade glow to your garden.

outdoor lighting

Be sure to choose a UL-rated chandelier approved for outdoor use. Even in a protected area such as this, the fixture will be exposed to wind, dust, and moisture.

Bring Indoor Style Outside

stylish outdoor lighting 

Now you can brighten your outdoor rooms with all-weather lighting that’s as stylish as anything you’d have indoors. This weatherproof table lamp plugs into an external outlet for cozy illumination.

outdoor candles

Go low maintenance with candles.

Tap-light luminaries

tap-light luminaries

Add your own embellishment by wrapping a piece of translucent rice paper around the base and taping the ends of the paper together with double-sided tape to form a cylinder.

June 30, 2009 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

Outdoor Fabrics

Fabrics add softness and coziness to an outdoor space.

Outdoor fabrics

They also can reflect your personality.

colorful outdoor fabrics

  Boost your comfort level with generous floor cushions and airy toss pillows.

outdoor pillows

June 30, 2009 at 2:33 pm Leave a comment

Creating Outdoor Pathways

outdoor pathway

Shape: Unless your path is in a formal garden, a curve will look more inviting.

Destination: Enlarge the path’s end to accommodate a chair and a small tea table, a bench, or even a birdbath.

Fringe: For a natural look, make the path 40 inches wide.

Fragrance: Plant aromatic herbs or perfumed flowers along the path to sweeten the journey.

personalized outdoor path

Personalize with tiny surprises to add interest.

June 29, 2009 at 8:34 pm Leave a comment

Tips for a Great Outdoor Kitchen

outdoor kitchen

Give your outdoor kitchen a certain style that complements your home’s architecture and reflects your individuality.

outdoor oven

Our backyard adobe oven is modeled after mud-brick ovens used around the world, from the Southwest to Mexico, Italy, and France.

June 29, 2009 at 8:06 pm Leave a comment

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