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30 Outdoor Kitchen Ideas & Inspirations

As the weather gets warmer, cooking alfresco is so much better than staying cooped up inside your kitchen. Dinner parties get moved to the deck, the barbecue grill gets fired up more and more, and guests naturally gravitate towards balcony doors or backyard chairs to take in the warm, summer air. Upgrade your open-air entertaining with these outdoor kitchen ideas, and turn your backyard, rooftop or balcony into the hottest spot to be this season!

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Before and After: A Dreamy Solution for a Massive Dirt Pile

If you find yourself in possession of a dirt pile, what are your options? Plant grass, do some xeriscaping, create a bee- and butterfly-friendly garden, buy a lounge chair? That’s pretty much all I can think of, so I was blown away when I saw what this California homeowner ended up with…

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Posted on Feb 11, 2018

This Country “Brings the Outside In” Better Than Any Other

“Bring the outdoors in” has always been a line that makes me chuckle. In design school, many of us students would often cite “I wanted to bring the outdoors in” as a concept for an interior design project. But though it’s a common saying in the design world, it’s not a meaningless cliche. Finding a way to connect to the outside when you’re stuck inside might be one of the most important things you can do for your home.

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Posted on Dec 21, 2017

Beautiful Outdoor Decorating Ideas That Aren’t the Least Bit Tacky

Your neighbor’s yard is home to a community of inflatable snowmen, but you’d like to celebrate the season in a slightly more understated way. If you’d prefer for your exterior decorations to be as minimal and tasteful as your interior ones, look no further than these ideas that will have your home looking festive and holiday-ready, with nary a snowman (or even a reindeer) in sight.

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Posted on Dec 8, 2017

Spend a Little to Make More: Inexpensive Curb Appeal Upgrades That Will Improve Your Home’s Value

Planning on selling soon? I’m sure you know that kitchens and bathrooms are a great target for your makeover dollars, but they also are the most expensive places to renovate. If you have just a little cash but want to make a major impact, step outside and check out the view from the curb.

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Posted on Nov 3, 2017

Out of the Ordinary Door Decor: Remarkable DIY Wreaths for Fall

What’s the next-best fall activity, after apple picking and sipping pumpkin spice lattes? Crafting a pretty autumn wreath for your front door. No, but really. If the thought of a wreath makes you think of outdated arrangements and fake-looking florals, think again. These nine modern designs feel as fresh as the season, and use unexpected botanicals, such as orchids and air plants. Grab some supplies, invite your friends, and deck out your door in fall’s finest.

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Posted on Oct 15, 2017

Before & After: Creating an Outdoor “Boss Bar” on a Budget

Regine’s backyard presented a bit of a conundrum. She wanted to create a space for lounging and hosting, but a large part of her backyard was taken up with the driveway to the garage. Not to be deterred, she got creative and over the course of three summers, created a backyard oasis on a budget.

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Posted on Oct 12, 2017

Before & After: A Dark, Drab Backyard Gets a Bright Overhaul

Frances wanted a backyard that she could use for entertaining and her segmented, fenced off space was not quite up to the task. Sacrificing her weekends to the DIY gods, she was able to create a space that is much more welcoming and way less gray.

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Posted on Oct 5, 2017

Before & After: From Scraggly Old Yard to Beautiful Oasis

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The previous owners of Karin’s home had used the backyard as something of a doggy dumping ground. After some much needed clean up, Karin called in the professionals to help lay pavers and stone, before attacking the planting herself. Add in a shed and a re-done deck and you have a totally transformed backyard oasis.

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Posted on Sep 28, 2017

Before & After: A Big, Blank Backyard Gets Decked Out With a Deck (and Much More)

Bethany lived through one of the in-the-middle-of-a-huge-project-fears that keeps renovators up at night, one of her contractors ghosted on her! Ever the intrepid and resilient DIYer she spent the time scouring for deals on patio furniture, planning even more DIY projects and finding folks who could actually come through on the project. The result is a backyard that makes the most of a generous amount of space, creating a very chill and welcoming vibe.

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Posted on Sep 11, 2017

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