Easy & Inexpensive DIY — Pieced Wood Hanging Flower Basket

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After another week of working in a still-very-ugly kitchen and breakfast room, I needed a break from the long-term project stuff, and I needed to work on something fun, quick, and easy that I could start and finish in a day.  Plus, I also wanted to spend the day outside yesterday so that I could enjoy the gorgeous weather.  So I decided to make a … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Wood and Concrete Planter

Easy DIY Wood and Concrete Planter

I've been thinking about how to add some curb appeal (sidewalk appeal?) to my little condo.  When you have limited space to work with, it can be a bit of a challenge, but I thought I could at least add a nice planter on each side of my front door.  I looked at Home Depot, and their planters were all at least $20 or more each (the ones I really … [Read more...]

15 Outdoor Projects For Your Back Yard

15 Outdoor Projects For Your Back Yard

I love interior decorating, but I have to admit that lately, my mind wanders towards outdoor projects more than indoor projects. Of course, the reason is because if everything goes as planned, I'll soon have my very own back yard for the first time in almost eight years. Oh, I dream about that back yard, and I can't wait to get there and start … [Read more...]

Come Tour The 2013 HGTV Smart Home With Me!

HGTV Smart Home 2013 - home exterior

Yesterday, I just happened upon the HGTV website, and I saw all of these mentions about a 2013 HGTV Smart Home.  I was like "whaaaaat?"  How long have they been doing this?  I knew about the annual Dream Home, and the annual Green Home (which I completely missed this year!!), but I don't think I've ever heard of the Smart Home.  How long have they … [Read more...]

Patio Furniture Chaise Lounge Makeover

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Is your patio furniture looking a little tired and worn? Is the fabric torn? There may not be a need to replace the furniture! Laura at Top This Top That had a couple of chaise lounges that had definitely seen better days, but rather than replace the chairs, she simply replaced the fabric on the chaise lounges. Now they look like new! Don't … [Read more...]

A Beautifully Decorated Screened In Porch

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Linda at It All Started With Paint has done an amazing job at transforming her screened in porch into a beautiful and relaxing area, perfect for outdoor dining and gathering with family and friends. Before she worked her magic, the space looked like this... What a beautiful transformation! Can't you just imagine spending a lazy … [Read more...]

Enclosed Balcony Turned Zen Garden

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If you live in an apartment or condo, and only have a tiny outdoor space to call your own (or a tiny enclosed porch), you can still have a beautiful garden! This enclosed balcony turned into a beautiful garden from Meeha Meeha is the perfect example of maximizing a small space to create a relaxing outdoor area (or an area that feels like … [Read more...]

Painted Outdoor Rug Tragedy

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Lesson learned...before painting an outdoor rug and leaving it outside overnight to dry, check the weather forecast!! I finished painting my outdoor rug Monday night.  The last stripes I painted were the small red and white stripes.  Because they were thin stripes, I didn't have much room for "massaging" the paint into the fibers with the … [Read more...]

Outdoor Rug With Painted Stripes

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I've got more patio progress to show you today, and this time it's my painted outdoor rug! I'm absolutely thrilled with how it turned out!  Yes, I did stripes...again. I really like stripes, in case you haven't noticed. :)  But mostly I just like the fact that stripes are easy, while also being a high-impact design. This project wasn't … [Read more...]

How To Make A Weather-Resistant Outdoor Pillow

Step-by-step instructions for making a weather-resistant outdoor pillow with zipper enclosure

Good morning, all!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend!  I spent some time working on my little patio area, and my first weekend project was making weather-resistant outdoor pillows for my Adirondack chairs.  I love the color they add to the dark stained chairs!  And now my little green side table makes a whole lot more sense.  It's almost like I … [Read more...]