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...]

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...]

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...]

Stamped Clay & Jute-Wrapped Wire Plant Markers

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I've been trying to come up with a cute idea for marking the plants in my elevated gardens, and last night, a bit of creativity struck.  I came up with this idea for stamped clay and jute-wrapped wire plant markers. I started by rolling out some oven-bake clay, and then stamping it with the name of the plant.  These clay stamp kits can be … [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...]

Decorative Ladder Made From Tree Branches

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If you have a corner on your porch, deck, or patio that needs a decorative touch, then this diy ladder made from tree branches from Ashbee Design might be just what you need! Marji used the ladder to hang small containers of colorful flowers. It's the perfect touch for her front porch! To get the details on this project, head over to … [Read more...]

Creative DIY Herb Garden Ideas

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One of the things I want to include in my patio makeover is an herb garden, but I'm having a bit of difficulty deciding what kind of herb garden I want to make.  Right now, all of my herbs are planted in my raised garden beds, but I want to eventually transplant them to an area dedicated to herbs. There are so many creative ideas out there for … [Read more...]