Modern farmhouse boasts indoor-outdoor living in Sonoma Wine Country

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Taylor Ford Design is responsible for the interiors of this single level modern farmhouse located in the Eastside Estates, a neighborhood in Sonoma, California. Offering tranquil surroundings, this home has several access points to the outdoor living spaces — blurring indoor/outdoor boundaries. Inside, you will find 2,309 square feet of living space with three well-appointed bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Soaring ceilings and custom wide plank wire brushed oak hardwood floors helps to anchor the main living area. Also featured from the great room is unobstructed views out to the pool area. This outdoor space highlights an expansive deck with a covered trellis and a relaxed outdoor seating area. A Sonos music system, both indoors and out offers acoustic speakers. The estate also includes a detached barn for separate storage and equipment rooms. 

What We Love: This stunning modern farmhouse offers custom finishes with sleek urban elements throughout. As one enters through the bright yellow door, you are greeted by light-filled spaces, stylish furnishings and unique details. This home also offers a fantastic indoor-outdoor connection, surrounded by a beautiful landscape and plenty of space for family living and entertaining.

Tell Us: Are you a fan of the modern farmhouse style? What details in this home do you find most intriguing? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other notable projects in the Sonoma Wine Country region that we have featured here on One Kindesign: Delightful Sonoma wine country weekend retreat for relaxation and Breathtaking modern ranch house overlooking Sonoma wine country.


The 4.11-acre property features a large deck surrounded by a beautiful lawn with fruit trees and exterior lighting. Design elements include a 20×60 foot in-ground pool with spa, oak trees, concrete patios, flower boxes and meandering walkways and extensive plantings.

Above: A highly function kitchen features Carrera marble countertops and white painted cabinetry. Adding a pop of color to this space is a yellow Bertazzoni 48-inch range with double ovens, built for a family to cook together.

Above: Adding to the modern farmhouse vibe, bright yellow metal barstools and a yellow door.

Above: The master suite features a light, bright master bath with a large walk-in shower.

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Choosing our Hardwood Flooring – Beneath My Heart

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Welcome to Episode Two of our Notes from Home series!

(If you missed the tour of our new Tennessee home in the first episode, CLICK HERE to check it out!)

In today’s episode, Cy is going to start demo-ing the kitchen, while I begin to look at hardwood flooring options!

Picking out hardwood flooring for our home is a BIG decision, so I am so happy to be partnering with Twenty & Oak for this part of our renovation!

When we purchased our home, it had a very inexpensive laminate wood flooring in every single room that we knew we were going to have to replace.

We had a guy that wanted to come take up the flooring and buy it from us for a few hundred bucks, but the flooring was so cheap that it literally broke apart when taking it up.  Cy called the guy and told him not to come because the flooring was not worth trying to save.  Luke and Adam literally had the whole floor up in no time!

I was so excited that we were ripping up all the old laminate flooring and couldn’t wait to start looking for new hardwood flooring.  But before I did, I wanted to create a mood board that brought to life the look and feel that I wanted in our new home, specifically the kitchen and den.

As you can see, I want to incorporate a lot of black and white in our new home.  I love the clean, crisp feel that those colors create in a space.  But I also want to add warmth to our home with some wood tones in our kitchen cabinets, furniture, and definitely our hardwood flooring.

Since I knew that we would be needing new hardwood flooring throughout the home, I wanted something durable, kid friendly, and pet friendly.  BUT, I also wanted something beautiful and stylish.  

I found all of these things at Twenty & Oak. 

Twenty & Oak is an online resource for finding stylish, high quality flooring.  They are also connected to the best flooring retailers in the Southeast!  I was looking for engineered hardwood flooring for our home, but they also carry laminate, waterproof flooring, engineered stone, and luxury vinyl plank, tiles, and sheet.  They have something for every style and every budget!

When I went to the website, I browsed through all of the different brands that were available from Twenty & Oak.  This took some time, but boy was it fun!  I loved looking at all of the beautiful choices.  

As I was searching for my favorite stain colors, I noticed that I kept coming back to two different collections in the Palmetto Road brand… Tuscany and Chalmers.

What I LOVE about the Palmetto Road brand is that the hardwood flooring is crafted by hand!  Like REAL people with REAL hands, no machines.  They individually apply surface treatments like “wire brushed” or “hand scraped” by hand, which gives you a unique, authentic flooring.  It’s a custom look without the custom price!  LOVE THAT! 

In the Tuscany and Chalmers collections, I loved these hardwood flooring samples the most…

Since flooring can look differently online than in person, I couldn’t wait to order some samples of my favorite colors.  The cool thing is that at Twenty & Oak, you can always order three samples for FREE!  YAY!

But guess what?!!!!  

Since I am partnering with Twenty & Oak for this part of our renovation, that have created a special offer


How cool is that?!

You guys will be able to CLICK HERE and check out all of the beautiful flooring options at Twenty & Oak, and they will ship you SIX FLOORING SAMPLES for free!

That’s awesome!

I am SO GLAD I ordered free samples of my favorite hardwood flooring because some of them looked different that I expected.  Seeing and touching the flooring in person made a huge difference in my decision.

Here are two of my favorites…

BISCUIT (left) &  NOLA (right)

To help me make my decision though, I wanted to see a larger sample of my hardwood flooring choices.  I knew I could do that by visiting one of Twenty & Oak’s retailers.  I put my zip code in the store locator box on their site and found three retailers in my area. 

You can do the same thing too!  Just CLICK HERE to find a Twenty & Oak retailer near you. 

I will be visiting the retailer I chose and sharing all of the details in a future episode of Notes from Home, so stay tuned!!!

Now are you ready for this week’s episode?!

I have to give major props to my son, Luke, for helping me create this video series!  I COULD NOT do it without him!

I hope you enjoy watching this episode, and be sure to head over to Twenty & Oak when you are finished watching and order some FREE flooring samples for your next project!

*This post is sponsored by Twenty and Oak.  All opinions and ideas are 100% mine!

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Impressive Build Wood Door with indoor-outdoor Living and Garden Roomin Shed Contemporary interesting Ideas

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Colors can hold tons of hidden meaning from a decorating perspective. Red, by way of example, is frequently utilised to stimulate hunger, blue is seen as a calming color, and yellow will make us feel more happy. Our tastes of those colours can show a lot about our own personalities, especially if we use them to adorn the walls of our personal refuge: our bedrooms. What color you paint your bedroom can show a lot about who you are, and so can the colour, saturation, and brightness of every hue. |} What exactly does your bedroom colour reveal about you?

We’ve enlisted Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and author of publication Colors for Your Every Mood, to break down things for us, color by color.|}

Yellow is luminous and warm and so are the men and women who prefer it,” says Eiseman. |} They love innovation and originality.

Shades of the purple household are usually preferred by those that have a highly creative series, and Lilac lovers aspire for uniqueness but lean into the more sentimental, softer side of purple.

“Blue lovers are entirely devoted to the colour. If deeper blues are the favorites, you would like the shades that feel like the descending twilight hours–silent , peaceful and thoughtful.”

“Lighter blues are constantly connected with the sky and water–clean, clean, open and expansive would describe how you like to feel in your surroundings.” |}

“Teal blues possess a bit more elegance because of their thickness. The person who prefers this colour likes the elegance [it], as it shows character elements that unite both blue and green traits”

“Red demands attention, and thus will the lover of crimson. It’s dynamic, impossible to ignore, impulsive and extroverted–traits that could very well describe the individual who’s attracted to this extreme and enthusiastic shade.”

“Although pink is descended in the’mother shade’ of crimson, it is less ardent and demanding attention and more likely to love and tenderness–the perfect description of a pink lover’s proclivities.”

“Green folks love nature’s most omnipresent and versatile colour. It’s the perfect equalizer between cool and warm tones, and in the existence of green, they locate the balance they constantly strive for.”

“The person who prefers grey seeks security and protection by picking this most impartial of all colors. Gray doesn’t demand or always require the promise of excitement, but does crave contentmentand equilibrium .”

“Orange lovers play and work hard, are adventuresome and enthusiastic. Regardless of the inherent energy in orange, the men and women who love this amiable colour are more agreeable than aggressive.”

“The lightest version of brown, beige is imbued with a particular feeling of substance and equilibrium .
Beige lovers appreciate the subtlety of this colour, enjoying the warmth. .

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Laminate Flooring for Your Bathrooms: Pros and Cons

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The bathroom is the most important room in the house, and not just for the obvious reasons. Did you know that the average person spends at least a year and a half of their life in that bathroom?  I know some of us spend at least double that time though. Bathrooms are considered to be the safe space most of us usually start and end the day in, for so many reasons- taking the time to think about the decoration of the bathroom is not a bad idea.

Start remodeling your bathroom aesthetics by having bathroom laminate flooring on your bathroom floor, as many will argue that the most underrated piece that can make or break your bathroom design is the floor. A lot of bathroom flooring options have announced themselves nowadays due to modern engineering and technologies.

Weigh Your Options

Having a highly-durable bathroom floor is almost essential and not just for the warm, stylish sense it adds to your bathroom. Laminate flooring was presented when people resorted to an alternative from the usual options such as hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring is a nightmare to install, expensive, and outdated. Still, laminate flooring has its own pros and cons.

Let’s take a detailed look on them before taking any decision.



What’s so special about water-resistant laminate flooring?

Choose The Perfect Option for You

Following the trends in patterns, textures, and designs in bathroom flooring can add a modern stylish look to your bathroom; taking into consideration your budget, your needs and choosing what’s best for you and your family is considered even better. Adding your personal touch, your time, and effort before making your decision can do wonders into turning your house into your favorite oasis. Laminate bathroom flooring is considered by a lot of people not more than decoration, yet, it adds value to your bathroom and house.

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dark hardwood flooring – Benefits of dark hardwood flooring for the house interior – Madison House LTD ~ Home Design Magazine and Decor

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Barry Bros. Landscape Creates Complete Outdoor Living Space with Beacon Hill Flagstone, Rivercrest Wall and Brussels Block in St. James, NY

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This gorgeous backyard in St. James, NY, is the creation of Unilock Authorized Contractor, Barry Bros. Landscape Design LLC. The completely redesigned backyard features a beautiful patio with an outdoor kitchen, dining area and cozy living room. The patio uses Beacon Hill Flagstone pavers in Tuscany with a dark border that provides contrast and continuity. The …

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ULR August Newsletter- HTX Happenings, Real Estate & More – Our Blog | ULR Properties

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Stay cool with the latest in ULR events, hot properties on the market and other Houston happenings here:


4 story home with soaring 10 foot ceilings, chef’s kitchen with quartz counters, and a rooftop deck perfect for grilling and entertaining! Hardwood flooring, spacious closets and exposed beams. Close to the Medical Center, Downtown, as well as the brand new museums in Museum District and Midtown. Walk to the Light Rail for easy access to NRG or Downtown.

For more information click here!


In celebration of this 50th Houston Jazz Month Season, the Houston International Jazz Festival (an electrifying weekend affair now in its 29th year) will commemorate the legacy of August Jazz Month. The Saturday concert, “A Night of Jazz, Keys, and Song” at the University of Houston Cullen Performance Hall, shines the spotlight on featured artists, Pianist Alex Bugnon and Songstress Oleta Adams.


There’s no party like a bubbly party! Enjoy your favorite champagne or prosecco while relaxing at the Houston Zoo’s beautiful Reflection Pool. Activities include a live ice carving show, photo booth fun and the opportunity to see animals up-close! You and your friends can also enjoy giant lawn games including Jenga, Connect Four, Ring Toss, and Cornhole.


The AIA SandCastle Competition is a fund-raising event for AIA Houston and ArCH Foundation as well as one of the top five revenue generating events for the City of Galveston. This year over 60 teams have their eyes and shovels set on winning the prestigious Golden Bucket Award. The judging of the sculptures is rated on originality of concept, artistic execution, technical difficulty, carving technique, and utilization of the site. In addition to the Golden Bucket, awards are given in several categories including Best Traditional Sandcastle, Best Houston-centric, Tallest Standing Structure as well as best team t-shirt design, best team signage, best costume, public favorite and new categories to be announced.


Born and raised in Houston, he has a 10 year extensive background in real estate, with specializing in leasing throughout the Inner Loop, Galleria and West Houston. Whether you need help leasing a loft, condo, apartment, or townhome, Kevin’s got you covered!

For more information on Kevin or to request his services, click here!


Is the summer heat getting to you? Here’s a sweet treat to help you cool off!


  1. Puree the strawberries until very smooth. Push the puree through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds and set aside. Place 6 4-ounce ramekins on a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. Add the milk to a medium saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the surface and let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the salt, sugar, and pureed strawberries to the gelatin mixture. Heat over high heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 135°F. This should take about 2 minutes.
  4. While stirring constantly, add in the vanilla and heavy cream. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl set over ice. Stir frequently until the mixture cools to 50°F, about 10 minutes.
  5. Strain the mixture into a large measuring cup or pitcher and distribute evenly among the ramekins. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap, making sure not to disturb the surface of the cream. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  6. Unmold from ramekins and serve immediately.

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Fact or Fake: The Truth About Today’s Modular Construction – Express Modular

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The home construction industry is changing. The way we have built homes in the past won’t continue to be the way we build homes in the future. With the shrinking construction labor force, the constant improvements in construction technology, and the constant march towards zero energy homes that are healthy to live in – something has to give. For most, everything you purchase is built in a factory today… except for one thing, your home. Modular is a method of construction, not a type of home. Over the years modular construction has become the superior way to build a new home. The internet has proven to be a great resource to help home buyers learn why building their home indoors is better. Let’s summarize some of the key facts about today’s modular construction. 

#1 FACT or FAKE: A Modular Home is a Manufactured/Mobile Home  

FAKE: A mobile home is a home that hasn’t existed since before 1976. It was eliminated by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and a new Federal Building Code was created to offer an affordable class of homes to the masses called Manufactured Homes. These home are built to a performance standard which can be built at a lower cost and be easily manufactured. These homes are targeted to be built as an affordable housing alternative. The manufactured home industry has tried hard to actually blur the line between a manufactured home and one built using modular construction by creating homes that technically meet site built code but leaving them on that tell-tale frame. These types of homes are actually prohibited in many states.  

FACT:  The confusion around this one issue has plagued the modular construction industry. The industry hasn’t done itself any favors by having each of these terms start with the same “M” letter and sound the same! The term “modular home” is somewhat of a misnomer. It is a home that is stick built, it is just built offsite in modules. Modular is technically a type of construction, not a type of home. A modular home follows the International Residential Code for construction of Single Family Homes. This is the same building code that site built homes are required to meet. The difference being that modular homes are built in a factory, delivered to a home site, and placed on a foundation. The home must be built with additional strength to be able to withstand the rigors of the transportation and set process. 

#2 FACT or FAKE: You Can Buy a Modular Home for Half the Price of a Site Built Home 

FAKE: This probably has more to do with the confusion between a manufactured home, which is built to a building code that allows it to be cheaper, and a modular home which is built to the same building code as a site built home.  

FACT: A modular home does take advantage of some economies that can make it somewhat more cost effective. Factories can take advantage of items such as higher buying volumes, concentrated labor forces, and assembly-line construction. Geographic area can also play a role in some of the cost savings. For example, central Pennsylvania is home to many modular home factories. They build and ship homes to higher cost of living areas such as Long Island, NY and the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The labor costs much less in central Pennsylvania thereby creating a significant labor cost savings in the home while at the same time delivering g a better quality product. Overall savings for a modular home are typically 5-10%. While this makes modular homes a great value, it’s not 50% savings 

#3 FACT or FAKE: Modular Homes aren’t Built as well as a Site Built Home 

FAKE: A home built onsite is engineered for the area in which it will be built. It takes advantage of factory built roof trusses, factory built floor trusses, and many other manufactured items. In jurisdictions that have building departments and enforce building codes, a site built home and a home built using modular construction are built to the same building code. 

FACT: Most homebuyers today have done the research and discovered on their own why a modular home is built just as well, if not even better than a site built home. A site built home is just that, built on site. It is exposed to the weather, availability of materials, and inconsistencies in workforce. It gets wet and most all materials are cut outdoors one piece at a time which makes the whole process inconsistent. Modular construction takes place indoors. In addition to building code inspections, quality inspections take place throughout the process. Finally, a modular home is built to structurally handle the additional transportation and installation process that a site built home never has to endure. A modular home has to be built to a higher standard. 

#4 FACT or FAKE: Modular Homes are Limited to Rectangular and Boxy Designs 

FAKE:  Homes built using modular construction are, by definition, built in modules. These modules are designed by taking any home plan and dividing it up into modules that can be built, delivered, and assembled on site. Once assembled, the collection of modules can form just about any style or any size of home.  

FACT: Today’s modern modular factories have the ability to build and deliver homes in virtually any style. Modern construction materials such as Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL), floor trusses, roof trusses, and even the sophistication of Computer-aided Design (CAD) systems are propelling modular design to the forefront of the building world. You can see the wide variety of homes that can build using modular construction by checking out the Modular Home Collection at This site offers over 6,000 home plans that have been reviewed and can built taking advantage of the modern modular construction method. 

#5 FACT or FAKE: Modular Homes are Constructed with Low-Quality Products 

FAKE: Much of this goes back to the confusion between manufactured homes and modular homes. A manufactured home is designed to structurally cost less to manufacture to make it available to more people as affordable housing. Another way to do that is to complete a manufactured home with lower quality items such as thinner carpet, cheaper cabinets, and thinner walls. Products and fixtures such as faucets and lighting are all designed to be cheaper to make the home more affordable. 

FACT: Modular homes are built using the exact same items as you would find in a home built onsite. Structurally, the home is even built to a higher standard than is built onsite. However, the exterior and interior products used are the same. Hardwood flooring, tile, and high quality cabinets are installed in modular homes the same as site built homes. Lighting and plumbing fixtures are the same name brands you would find at local lighting or kitchen and bath showroom. You can choose the options you want when it comes to meeting the budget for your new home. 

#6 FACT or FAKE: Modular Homes aren’t as Safe as a Site Built Home 

FAKE: The news take the opportunity; after every hurricane, tornado, or other natural disasters, to barrage us with footage of the damage and devastation that was just unleashed on a nearby mobile home park. Again, this isn’t modular construction. These are manufactured, or even older mobile homes, that are being displayed on the evening news.  

FACT: The U.S. government completed a study after Hurricane Andrew in Florida and noted the superior construction of modular homes that held up better than site built homes in that same disaster. Following Superstorm Sandy that hit New Jersey and New York, pictures came back showing that homes that withstood the storm the best were modular homes. After that storm, a large part of the homes replaced were replaced with a modular home. Modular homes, being built in modules, are assembled into a more sound structure that is just better able to withstand Mother Nature’s forces.  

Do Your Own Research on Modular Construction  

There is more information than ever before on the Internet about modular construction. Do your own research. Do searches for topics such as: 

Find out for yourself how better quality, higher energy performance, and design flexibility are now the hallmarks of modular homes. The technology of modern modular construction is propelling modularly constructed homes to the forefront of home design.  

With labor constraints that are only growing in the construction industry, modular homes are finding their way into the mainstream of construction. The Internet and savvy home buyers are putting the helping put the fake information about modular construction to rest. The facts are coming out and modern modular construction is positioned to the new way home are built in the United States!  

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12 Of The Best Pool Accessories To Upgrade Your Summer Outdoor Living Space

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The best pool accessories help turn your summer outdoor living space into a place where you can sit back and relax while everyone else fights for space at the beach.

All you have to do to enjoy your time lounging by the pool is grab some of these pool accessories and let them help you have the best summer of your life.

Aootek New Upgraded Solar Lights
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Night swimming can’t happen without the help of these lights. The motion sensor detector will light the way for you when you want to get in some late night pool time, and you can set them to automatically turn off at sunrise. It’s a great way to let the summer nights and days roll into one long chill session by the pool.

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Jasonwell Inflatable Rainbow Cloud Drink Holder
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Five built in cup holders and one built in serving chest make this floatable pool accessory a must have. Don’t worry about having to run back and forth from the pool to the house and let yourself enjoy some drinks and a snack while you swim the summer away.

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ProTuff Pool Net Leaf Skimmer Rake
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Keep your pool free of debris with this pool net, which has a 19” mouth that can hold up to 50 pounds. That’s a lot of leaves and acorns and frogs that couldn’t handle letting you have a stress-free pool life. Don’t let your in-laws catch you slippin’ and keep your pool clean all summer long.

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Ludtum Inflatable Lounger Air Sofa Hammock
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Lounge by the pool with the help of this inflatable air sofa hammock, which can support up to 440 pounds. It even has a couple of large pockets where you can stash your phone or magazines or whatever you want to play with when you’re not in the pool. You won’t ever want to go back inside the house again.

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Watermelon Ball
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Fill this ball with water and have fun in the pool because this ball will stay underwater when you need it to thanks to its near neutral buoyancy. Combining components of football, basketball and rugby, you get yourselves into teams and score goals on each other by putting the watermelon ball on the opposing team’s deck. Dribble the ball underwater, pass it to a teammate through the air, or just go to the house on your own without worrying about the ball floating away on you. This is the only ball that you can play true water ball sports with.

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Cowin Swimmer IPX7 Floating Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers
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Listen to all the music you want at the pool with the help of these floating Bluetooth speakers. Don’t ever have to worry again about running cords outside or risking electrocution and enjoy some good music or even a nice podcast while you float your summer away.

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Fill-O-Matic Premium Automatic Pool Water Leveler
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Keep your swimming pool water filled to whatever level you want with this leveler. Don’t worry about having to run out every morning to make sure the water level is too high or too low and rest easy knowing you’ll get the same pool experience day after summer day.

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Camp Chef Outdoor Big Screen 144
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You get 144 inches of high definition big screen projection with this bad boy. Just set it up by the pool, get a projector going and have fun watching movies while you swim or lounge your summer away. It’s a great way to feel like a kid again and a great way to make your neighborhood a true community.

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Suncast 33 Gallon Outdoor Trash Can
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Keeping your pool area clean can be a challenge, especially if you have a bunch of kids who need their snacks throughout the day. Don’t let your backyard get infested or your deck overrun by ants when you can simply buy this and keep your pool area as fresh as when summer first started.

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Keter Westwood Plastic Deck Storage Container
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This is just a great pool accessory for storing towels or whatever else you want to have with you at the pool, and the best thing about it is that you can use it for a table or a place to sit while the fun and games go down in the pool. You don’t need to be running in and out of the house all day. Just store what you need in here and let the day play out worry free.

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Confer Above Ground Swimming Pool Curve Step System
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These steps are great for attaching to your deck so you can get in and out of the pool without any problems. They are super strong, capable of holding up to 400 pounds, and will help your pool days feel just a little bit safer than before. Dive in all you want, but at the end of the day it’s nice to have a way to climb back out. Great for older folks or for anyone who just wants a little bit of help returning to civilization after a day spent underwater.

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Confer Plastics Above Ground Swimming InPool Step and Ladder
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If you don’t have a deck, these are the steps and ladder that will help make getting into and out of the pool easier for everyone. You might be able to get by without them, but sometimes the old folks or the little ones need a little help, and with this step and ladder combo, you won’t have to worry about them being able to hoist themselves up. It’s a great way to keep your summer flowing easy and worry free, and that’s what the best pool accessories are all about.

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What’s Hot in Outdoor Living

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It’s summer but there’s still plenty of time to prepare your backyard for a season of fun. Once the overlooked space that kept faded patio furniture, outdoor spaces have become an extension of our homes. If it’s time to upgrade your backyard, check out some of this year’s outdoor living space trends to get your creative juices flowing.

Indoors Mixing with Outdoors

One of the lasting trends has been bringing the indoors out. Current outdoor living spaces are now following the same design trends as indoor areas, especially now that outdoor living spaces are seen as extensions of indoor living areas instead of an entirely separate thing. Gone are the flimsy plastic patio furniture and in its place are comfy furniture pieces that you would normally find inside, like plush seating arrangements, coffee tables, and more.

Outdoor kitchen and bars are another way of blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors. Installing an outdoor kitchen or bar makes entertaining a breeze since you don’t have to make multiple trips to the kitchen. It’s especially helpful on those days when it feels too hot to cook dinner inside.

Smart Technology

Continuing the idea of bringing the indoors out, installing smart technology, like programmable lighting or Bluetooth sound systems, outdoors offers homeowners new ways to entertain and enjoy their outdoor areas long past sunset.

Mixed Materials

Outdoor furniture has embraced mixed materials. You’ll now see natural elements (like natural-colored wood, wicker or rattan) combined with metallic accents like frames or accessories. Mixing materials will allow you to create a unique outdoor space that speaks to your unique design sense.

Fire Pits

Fire pits or tables pull double duty: not only are they a great way to relax with and entertain your guests, but they also provide a heat and light source once the sun sets, allowing you to extend the fun a bit longer outside. Fire pits act as a focal point and become a natural gathering point for your guests. Not only that, but they’re also functional any time of year!

Bold Colors

Outdoor living spaces are the epitome of fun. Play off that idea by embracing bold, bright colors! Bright colors and patterns are popping up everywhere from outdoor rugs, pillows, and umbrellas to name a few items. These accent pieces are the perfect way to invigorate your design without breaking the budget.

Hayden Homes’ Dream Backyard Giveaway

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What to Know About Lighting Up Your Hardscape – Outdoor Living by Belgard

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Your patio looks great. Your furniture is spiffy and your outdoor cushions compliment each other. Your garden has grown into a green goddess of gardening perfection.

The only thing missing? The lights!

What good is your outdoor paradise if you can’t enjoy it on a beautiful summer night? With so many big features to focus on—brick layout, grill options, fireplace structure—many outdoor enthusiasts forget that lighting is a key feature in creating the ultimate backyard living experience.

Why are lights so important? Well, besides making sure you don’t trip on your way to your Belgard Brick Oven, lighting can enhance your hardscape. It’s all about what you’re in the mood to do. Do you want to show off your perfectly pruned garden? Are you having an evening soiree with friends and family?

Don’t worry. Whatever your desire, we’ve got all you need to know about setting the mood in your hardscape.

If you’re in the mood to… Highlight Your Garden

Just because it’s dark outside, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t show off your garden! Canopy lights are a perfect way to illuminate your plants and flowers once the sun goes down. These lights sit on an 18-24 inch post and can add a decorative element to your garden. Use low voltage lights, which are easy to install. You can even bury the cable beneath the dirt! Don’t want to deal with cables? Use solar lights!

If you’re in the mood to… Highlight Your Hardscape

Your garden isn’t the only thing that needs showing off! What about that great patio? For general landscape and hardscape lighting, spotlights can be very useful. Spotlights are used for a number of lighting techniques, including highlighting and uplighting. Highlighting is often used to illuminate trees by placing a spotlight near the base. Uplighting involves placing spotlights close to the base of a fixture (like a home or special hardscape feature) and creates a dramatic yet welcoming effect.

If you’re in the mood to… Light the Way

Lighting up your pathway is both a practical and aesthetic way to enhance your hardscape. The good news about path lighting? There are so many options. The bad news about path lighting? There are so many options! Perhaps you’d like to create a backyard beach paradise with tiki torches. Or maybe you’re more into the rustic, medieval look with lanterns. Or you love the traditional, tried and true canopy path lights. Whatever your style is, think about the mood you’re trying to create and use variety. For example, if your pathway is lined primarily with green, try using a bamboo path light to add some contrast. Avoid placing lights in a straight line or too close together. You wouldn’t want your path to look like a runway!

If you’re in the mood to… Have a Party

Who isn’t in the mood to have a party when the weather is warm? Don’t fret about complicated decorations – use lights instead! Lighting is an easy way to give your hardscape a festive atmosphere. Once again, it’s all about your mood. Use paper lanterns for a pop of color and a fun loving, youthful vibe. Or, have a southern soiree by placing candles or twinkling lights in mason jars for your backyard barbeque. Use your tiki torch path lights for a Luau! Want to take the romantic route? Candles are the way to go. Also, string lights can spruce up your hardscape, too. They come in several designs—butterflies, twinkling, standard Christmas style—and can be used for a variety of occasions.

If you’re in the mood to… Feel the Fire

We can’t talk about lighting without talking about fireplaces! What better way to light up the night than basking in the warm, natural glow of your fireplace? Fireplaces go with every occasion – pool parties, romantic dinners, family barbeques, or just relaxing and enjoying the outdoors! Cuddle up with your honey, tell ghost stories with the kids, and indulge in some s’mores, all the while taking in your landscape in the firelight. Don’t have a fireplace? See what we have to offer!

As you can see, lighting is all about your mood. What’s the occasion? The theme? The energy? Whatever you’re trying to accomplish with lighting decor, have fun when using this versatile method to set the mood in your landscape!

Have more hardscape lighting questions or suggestions? Share them in the comments! We’d love to chat about it with you.

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Outdoor Living That Feels Like A Vacation

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Backyards, pools, and patios that are styled after resorts are becoming a popular choice for custom home clients. According to U.S. Real Estate News editor, Devon Thorsby, “Homebuilders, residential architects, and landscape construction specialists are seeing more and more homeowners looking to include outdoor living – or better yet, a design that allows for flowing indoor-outdoor living space – in their home design.”

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For many homeowners, being able to enjoy the exterior of the home is equally as important as the interior. In the custom-home industry, our clients desire luxury and ease of living. Their outdoor living spaces pull in aspects from resorts they have visited, or beautiful vacations they have taken. With resort-style pools, luxury outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and water features, these backyards become a vacation right at home.

Let’s Talk Food

The key to designing any space is personalization, and this especially rings true with outdoor kitchens. Plan with your tastes and preferences in mind, as well as how many people you would entertain and what kind of food you like to serve your guests. If you like to grill, make that a priority in the kitchen space. Maybe smoking meats is a priority for the man of the house, that is a possibility too! Or maybe you are a pizza chef extraordinaire, think about installing an outdoor pizza oven like those that Alfresco grills offer.

Storage also ranks high in importance for the outdoor kitchen. From pull-out meat cutting boards to barbecue spice racks, to storage pantries, knowing what you will cook outside will help you determine what storage options you need.

It’s Pool Time

Several new trends in the backyard pool industry are popping up for builders and architects. There are spa-sized pools, resort-style pools, or simple backyard pools graced with fire features and waterfalls. The size and design of your pool need to fit the house it accompanies. Maybe you want a resort style pool but it doesn’t seem to fit with the exterior of your home. Talking with an architectural designer will help you get the most out of what you want while still fitting into the style of your home.

It is also important to keep in mind the value-added from building a pool in your yard. Chances are, if several of your neighbors have pools, building a nice one in your yard will increase the value of your home. If the pool is graced with beautiful landscaping and the other outdoor living features mentioned in this blog, your home’s resale value is sure to increase.

Pool fits the home

Somewhere Over the Waterfall

Water in motion engages a multitude of human senses; we hear it, we see it, we feel it, and all of these experiences make us feel different types of emotions. The sound brings a sense of relaxation and peace to our minds and bodies. The look of it lures us into the depths of its environment…

In order to receive all of these restorative, tranquil feelings, your water feature needs to fit into the design and style of the home, outdoor living area, and pool. Talk with an architectural and landscape designer when deciding the size, style, and location of your pool’s water feature.

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Your Outdoor Living Area

Outdoor living areas are one of the topics we discuss with clients when doing a lifestyle analysis. The outside of the home is equally as important as the inside of the home. Both should offer peace, safety, tranquility, and relaxation for the homeowner. To ensure this, they should still fit into the overall design of your residence. Finding the balance between inside and outside could turn your home into a beautiful vacation away from the everyday stress of life.

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