Some people are just born entertainers and hosts. You know, those friends who are finding an excuse to throw a party any time of the year. But in order to throw the backyard bash of the century, you have to have the right setup, design and accessories to turn your yard into an outdoor oasis. Encourage mixing and mingling with oversized furniture, waterscapes (pools, fountains, etc.) and a central location to house food and drinks like a bar or outdoor kitchen. Here are a few jaw-dropping backyard products that break the mold and will make you the envy of everyone in the neighborhood.
The budget-conscious say vacation is a mindset. With a tent, gear like a portable fire pit and sightseeing spots right at our fingertips, why not stay at home? Have you thought about relaxing in your own yard, pitching a tent, building a campfire and taking in the night sky? Many parents, in fact, find the staycation more relaxing than going away, not having to deal with airports or crowds, especially if they have young children.
In the 21st century, outdoor patio furniture became sophisticated. Creating a visual flow from indoor to outdoor spaces extended living areas and draws you outdoors. Select pieces that suit your aesthetic in a variety of interesting materials other than wicker or wrought iron, more similar to what is used in high end interior design.
Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are all about ambiance. If you’re dreaming of what one could look like in your backyard, consider the following design issues: views from the yard and house, large structures, direction of wind, and existing hardscapes.
Decorating a fireplace mantel a week before Christmas Day may seem like a momentous task, but with the extra Christmas decorations hanging around your house and the holiday craft sales in abundance, decorating your fireplace mantel couldn’t get any easier.
As you gaze into the dancing flames of your fireplace this holiday season, you can’t help but wonder if your fireplace mantel is a little outdated compared to the rest of your home’s designs. From fireplace mantel surrounds to fireplace shelves and full fireplace mantels, here’s the skinny on what’s fact and fiction when it comes to installing your own — just in time for the holidays.
For a day full of all the best foods, it’s only fitting that you and your family should have the best place to lounge after the biggest meal of the whole year. Before you crowd around the television to watch the football games, take a break and relax around your fireplace mantel with a few technology-free activities.
As soon as Santa Claus rides through the streets of New York in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, your children will be itching to start working on some holiday crafts to adorn your holiday fireplace mantel. There are a number of different holiday crafts to choose from, and we’ve selected some of our top favorites for you.
While the rest of the country can barely fathom the idea of being outside in the frigid weather, those in the southern parts of the United States are enjoying cooler, milder weather. And that mild weather is perfect for outdoor patio heaters. Outdoor patio heaters can keep your outdoor entertainment going well into the evening with enough heat to keep everyone comfortable outdoors.
As 2013 winds down, exciting new trends have begun to emerge in fireplace mantel decorating. While the 2012 season showcased designs made to impress with intricate details, the 2013 season focused on bringing it back to the basics — and it doesn’t look like the trend will disappear in 2014.