Category Archives: Outdoor Living

Deck-orate with Eco-Friendly Luminaries

With a little creativity, tin cans can become surprisingly elegant luminaries instead of trash. Save money on expensive candle decor with this fun project.   Materials: Empty Tin Cans Candles Thin Nails Hammer Tape Measure Pencil Paper (or Tracing paper) … Continue reading

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What’s Next?

First an earthquake, then a hurricane! From the sound of our phones this week, we know that many of our friends out there suffered some type of property damage during Hurricane Irene. No matter how well you prepare for a … Continue reading

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Surviving the Dog Days

During the dog days of summer, be sure to keep an extra eye on your four-legged friend. Dogs can suffer from heat stroke, often faster than a human. Your dog is at a greater risk of heat stroke if he … Continue reading

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Say You’re Welcome!

Your front porch is like a handshake, welcoming visitors, serving as a connection point with the neighborhood, and role-playing as the first (and sometimes only) impression for passers-by and neighbors. Whether your front porch is large or small, or even … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July!

Nothing says summer more than Fourth of July fireworks, hot dogs and watermelon. Living in the Washington DC area, we are fortunate to have any number of major fireworks displays practically in our backyards, including the National Mall. Our beautiful … Continue reading

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Best Father’s Day Gift Ever

Forget about the tie or wallet, new golf clubs or latest cell phone. What Dad wants is a new deck or patio. Specifically, a new deck or patio for his new hammock. You’ll be remembered for giving the best Father’s … Continue reading

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Get Your Game On this Memorial Day Weekend!

The forecast for the Washington Metro area this Memorial Day weekend is near perfect. After being inundated with rain for most of the spring, sunny, dry weather is predicted for our three day weekend. What a great time to get … Continue reading

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Playing with Fire

May means it’s time to plant annuals, clean the porch, and dust off the charcoal grill. Yes, I said charcoal. Gas grills are great, but I still love the flavor of a burger cooked on my kettle grill. What I … Continue reading

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Add Holiday Cheer to Your Yard

Your home is often center stage when it comes to outdoor holiday decorating, but all elements of your landscape including your fence, deck and patio can become props. Here are some ways to add holiday magic to the outdoors this … Continue reading

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Winter Prep for Your Outdoor Living Space

The time has come to leave outdoor living spaces and ride out winter’s cold indoors. But before you batten down the barbecue and stow the patio cushions, don’t forget to take care of wooden structures – like decks, and pergolas … Continue reading

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