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Take Happy Hour Outdoors In These Backyard Bars

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Very few things compare to the simple pleasure of enjoying a nice glass of wine outside on a gorgeous summer evening. While you could head out to any bar with a nice outdoor space, you usually have to time your visits to avoid a throng of like-minded people. (For introverts, this possibility takes all the fun out of this activity.) If you’re lucky enough to have a nice backyard space at your disposal, having your own outdoor bar is a great luxury — especially if you entertain frequently.

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Posted on Jul 22, 2017

Take Another Look at Gravel: Chic Ways to Use It Outdoors — Take Another Look at…Gravel: Chic Ways to Use

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A manicured lawn is a beautiful sight to behold, but it’s a feature that isn’t without its own problems. There’s the cost and time investment for maintenance, plus the staggering amount of water needed to keep a lawn looking fresh in the summer. And really, does anyone truly love mowing the lawn? (Aside from my father, who likely enjoyed the peace of a weedwacker or lawnmower compared to the general chaos produced by me and my brother growing up.)

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Posted on Jul 22, 2017

From Über-Ambitious to Super-Simple: Privacy Fences & Screens You Can Make Yourself

Got some outdoor space — a teeny balcony, deluxe patio, humble patch of grass, or minimalist concrete pad? Congratulations! Now that you’re part of the landed gentry, you’ll want some privacy. Block prying eyes, wind, and sun with these DIYs, ranging from projects requiring power tools I’ve never heard of to tutorials that amount to basically, “zip a zip tie” and “dig a hole.” Regardless of complexity, each project is apartment-friendly and will enclose your space gorgeously!

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Posted on Jul 21, 2017

What To Do if You Have Just a Little Bit of Outdoor Space

If you live in a big city, or in a smaller house in a small one, chances are good that your outdoor space (if you have one at all) is pretty small. But just because you don’t have an expansive, suburban-style backyard doesn’t mean you can’t create a beautiful retreat, a place you’ll look forward to escaping to every day. Here’s a little inspiration from nine tiny outdoor spaces.

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Posted on Jul 9, 2017

Before & After: Plants and Privacy, What More Could a Backyard Need?

Robyn’s backyard was suffering from a lack of both greenery and privacy. She decided to spruce the space up with some plant boxes and a very charming lattice, perfect for dining al fresco!

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Posted on Jul 7, 2017

Before & After: A Budget and Renter Friendly Patio Makeover

It was love at first sight for Elizabeth and her patio. And like any good relationship, they’ve inspired each other, supported each other and brought a little color into each others’ lives.

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Posted on Jul 5, 2017

10 Easy DIY Ways To Power Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal

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Curb appeal is about your home’s first impression — the face it presents to the world (and to you, when you come home every day). And while you may think of your home’s exterior as something that’s difficult to change without investing a lot of money and time, there are actually quite a few (really simple, DIY) things you can do to enhance your home’s curb appeal — many of them without even picking up a hammer.

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Posted on Jul 2, 2017

Before & After: A “Dumping Ground” Patio Gets a DIY $80 Makeover

Julene’s backyard had become a bit of an afterthought, more of a storage space than outdoor gathering place. But enough is enough — she decided to apply some crafty know-how and turn the space into a colorful and inviting spot, all on a budget!

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Posted on Jul 2, 2017

Before & After: Replacing a Rotting Deck With a Budget-Friendly Alternative

Jennifer’s backyard was overgrown and her deck had seen better days. After clearing away a good portion of the growth, she knew her backyard had major potential but she wasn’t entirely sure what to do about the deck. Enter gravel! Friend to both budget and mother nature, this alternative choice helped Jennifer build a gorgeous outdoor space.

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Posted on Jul 1, 2017

Your Lazy Summer Needs a Hammock: 11 of Our Favorites — Annual Guide 2017

There’s pretty much nothing more summery than drifting off into slumber while swaying back and forth on a cozy hammock. Curl up with a good book or your favorite person, and whether you want to set one up in your backyard, by the pool, or on your patio, these hammocks will have you daydreaming in no time.

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Posted on Jun 27, 2017

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