Honeybee collecting pollen from California Golden Poppy

Each January, Pantone releases their “color of the year”, sparking a year of inspiration for enthusiasts of both fashion and interior design. The selection process involves careful consideration of trends, both current and emerging, and reflects all areas of design, entertainment, technology, and even current events. For 2021, Pantone actually decided to release a pairing…

All Dressed Up Grandiflora Rose

We don’t tend to think of winter as peak gardening time. But there are actually plenty of tasks you should be performing at this time, in order to ensure a healthy and thriving garden this summer. The following six tips will help you rejuvenate your rose garden now, so that you’ll enjoy plenty of beautiful…

Front courtyard, walkway and plantings

For a long time, we viewed front yards as something boring and uniform to maintain, while all the fun happened in backyards. But these days most of us prefer to beautify the front lawn, too. Plus, we can take advantage of the additional space, turning the front lawn into yet another place to enjoy outdoor…

Tree trunks and branches without leaves

If you purchased a home this year, you are probably still learning about the yard. Each season, your gardens, lawn, and trees will change, and bring up new questions. In fact, it can take about a year or so before most new homeowners feel comfortable with lawn and garden maintenance. In particular, you might be…

A closeup of green grass fading into the distance

As we transition into winter, lawns composed of Bermuda grass will become dormant. Here’s what that means for you, and what you need to know about lawn care from now until spring. No, you don’t need to mow. Once your grass goes dormant, it shouldn’t grow and you won’t need to mow the lawn. However,…

Outdoor Fire pit with string lights

Spending time outdoors is good for all of us. Yes, even in winter! As you soak up sunshine, you can support your immune system as your body responds by generating vitamin D. Plus, fresh air and natural light boosts your mood. But for those reluctant to spend time outside when the weather turns cooler, creating…

Colored red and green LED lights in a backyard garden.

If you’re considering outdoor lighting for your home, you might be excited to learn about color-changing Bluetooth LED lights. For that matter, those of you with plain white lights might start to feel a bit envious after reading this blog! These lights boast all the same features as regular LED lights, but with the added…

Residential putting green with garden plants

Quite a few of us work from home now… Why not “vacation” from home, too? At the very least, you can enjoy one of your favorite outdoor activities in the privacy of your own backyard, and skip the hassle of driving to the club. Install your own putting green, and you can golf whenever you…

Outdoor kitchen BBQ island with quartz stone facing and concrete countertop

Who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned barbecue? But if your family is getting tired of burgers and hot dogs, you can still enjoy outdoor meals and fun together. Check out these creative meal ideas – all of which can be prepared outdoors on your grill! Grilled pizza. Grilling pizza is a bit of an art…

Trampoline in a residential back yard with artificial turf.

So, you’ve decided to go with artificial turf. It’s attractive, it’s uniform in appearance, and it’s lower maintenance… But wait. It’s not completely maintenance free! That’s right. While artificial turf carries many benefits, including the fact that it’s easier to maintain than a grass lawn, you actually can’t just install it and forget it. Artificial…

Family making barbecue in dinner party camping at night with bokeh light bulb and tent

For many of us, the cancellation of summer vacations came as a disappointment this year. But quickly, many caught on to a brand new trend. The rise of the yardcation, and even backyard camping, has brought many of us back to our roots. We’re discovering that family fun can be simple and inexpensive, and you…

Lanterns and basket between rattan sofa and hammock with pillows in the garden.

When you think of spending time outdoors, you might envision hiking, swimming, and outdoor sports. Maybe you picture the kids playing on a swing set, or yourself digging in your vegetable garden. All of these activities focus on action and exercise. While these are important (and healthy) concepts, without a doubt, there are other ways…

We can all remember a time in which front yards were strictly dedicated to curb appeal, with all the action happening in backyards. Driving through most urban and suburban neighborhoods, you almost wouldn’t guess that actual people lived in many of those homes! Rows of houses appeared like movie sets, with the entire family gone…

Vegetables from an organic garden

During both World Wars, homeowners across the US and other countries planted “victory gardens”. The idea was to grow more food close to home, in order to free up food supplies for the war effort. For many, that habit stuck.  Millennials grew up hearing their grandparents talk about gardening, and for a long time, it…

During times of rapid societal changes, we tend to see those effects spill over into design as well. In 2020 we’ve noticed quite a few exciting new trends, including the practice of “rewilding” our yards. Rewilding is pretty much what it sounds like, but perhaps more organized than you might imagine. In the past, urban…

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