5 things to know about the Jacksonville Home & Outdoor Living Expo – News – The Free Press – Kinston, NC

Home project season is underway and a weekend expo can help you get those projects started.

The Jacksonville Home & Outdoor Living Expo is a two-day event at Jacksonville Commons, sponsored by ENC Live.

“Our goal is to bring local businesses and the community together. These small local businesses offer a variety of knowledge and experience. If you are thinking about upgrading your kitchen or bath or maybe incorporate a hot tub into your backyard, the show offers you the chance to speak directly with the local owner to answer your questions and build confidence in your decision,” show manager Julie Alley told The Daily News.

Here’s what Alley says you should know about the event:

1. The show is Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jacksonville Commons, 100 Recreation Circle. Admission is free.

2. There will be nearly 55 exhibitors. “We have a wide variety of exhibitors including lots of home remodeling and decorating inside and out, gardening and nurseries, plus anyone who likes to play outdoors, we have tons of RVs, waverunners, trucks, motorcycles and more,” she said.

3. There are prizes. “When guests arrive they can stop by the main entrance to receive a key. They can take this key to the Riverside Camping Center booth and try their key in the Treasure Chest for a chance to win $100 – $1,000. Plus, we also have a Scavenger Hunt where guests can enter to win one of 3 – $500 Gift Cards. Our guests at the New Bern Show this past weekend had a blast playing,” according to Alley. Vendors are also offering prizes ranging from a kitchen remodel to an ATV giveaway.

4. Bring your wallet just in case. “From tomato plants and trees to candles and wine – there are so many cash and carry items this year,” she said.

5. Whether you’re working on storm repairs or just pondering a remodel, the show is for you. “The show will allow you to research contractors and ask them questions directly. Some of the home improvement categories joining us this year include roofing contractors, foundation repair, windows, HVAC, gutters, flooring, air quality, and much more,” she said.

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2020 Outdoor Living Trends: Bring the Comforts of Indoors to Your Backyard | Better Homes & Gardens

Outdoor living in 2020 reflects the same expectations you have for your home’s interior. But until now, design details were mostly saved for inside. To bridge the divide between indoors and out, your backyard, porch, or patio should support everyday life, not just supplement it. So how can you bring the decor ideas you love outside? We talked to designers and style experts to uncover the latest trends in outdoor living, including natural elements, warm colors, and fetching finishes that provide interior-like comfort and style.

Ann VanderWiel Wilde

1. Warm Outdoor Accents

Get ready for the return of softer shades of yellow, orange, green, and pink in outdoor living. “In Miami, modern styles and bright colors are de rigueur, but after being stuck inside for long periods of time, all consumers will likely gravitate towards brighter colors,” says Courtney Cachet, Miami-based designer and style expert.

Many retailers are using warm tones in their 2020 outdoor accessories, giving pops of color to decorative lighting, outdoor rugs, furniture, and more. “This summer product collection is inspired by the colors, architecture, and vibrant street life of cities like Havana, Cuba,” says Abbey Stark, senior interior design leader at IKEA. “It is all about broadening the mind, about being relaxed and open to the energy of outside influences.”

And outdoor decor isn’t the only place we’re seeing these pastel hues: There’s also a new peach-lemonade rose that brings the sweet shades to your garden.

Courtesy of Deckorators

2. Biophilic Design

A trendy concept in commercial design (think: living walls and communal green areas), biophilic design is now finding its way home. In outdoor spaces, this approach translates to a purposeful inclusion of nature, not simply relying on being outside. “Natural elements or elements that remind us of nature are increasingly being integrated into design,” says Joe Raboine, director of residential hardscapes at Belgard. Part of what drives this trend is the physical and mental health benefits of being in nature.

Decks and trellis fences or screens made from natural wood and wood-look finishes can help integrate outdoor spaces with their surroundings. What really defines this look right now, however, is contrasting textures. Consider pairing “smooth porcelain intertwined with the lawn or permeable pavers broken up by the rough finish of gravel,” recommends Raboine.

Courtesy of Deckorators/Premier Outdoor Living

3. Aluminum Railings

Deck railings aren’t typically the first thing homeowners think about when designing an outdoor space, but they are certainly one of the first things you see. “Railings are becoming a much bigger part of the design experience,” says Sean Collinsgru, a Deckorators certified professional and owner of Premier Outdoor Living LLC in Palmyra, New Jersey. “They’re a vertical element that really catches your eye.”

Welded aluminum railings in a black finish are a popular choice lately, Collinsgru says. Style-wise, a simple look is timeless and complements many aesthetics, including farmhouse and modern. Plus, aluminum is durable, low-maintenance, and wears well, so it’s a smart investment in an outdoor living space.

Cachet agrees that when it comes to surfaces and touchable elements, choosing the right finish is a big factor this outdoor season. “With everyone obsessed with cleanliness, we will definitely see a trend towards finishes that are easy to clean and maintain,” she says.

Aniko Levai

4. Experienced-Based Spaces

Outdoor living involves a lot more than just conversational patio furniture arrangements. This year, exterior areas are being designed with a bigger focus on how we live in and utilize the space we have. “People realize that living space is not just confined to the walls around them,” says Chris Camfferman, outdoor living expert and managing director of marketing for Deckorators.

Homeowners are approaching outdoor living spaces with an image in their heads of the experiences they want to have, rather than ideas of how it looks. This includes dreams of unwinding at an outdoor bar or cooking for the family at a pizza oven. “Outdoor cooking and entertaining have been prevalent over the years, but we’re seeing that expand to more specific uses like outdoor yoga studios, meditation spaces, reading nooks, all the way to putting greens and full-on family rooms,” Camfferman says.

Many homeowners are also gravitating toward features they might have taken for granted in their daily lives. Expect 2020 outdoor designs to reflect “things I would want to have if I ever get stuck at home again,” says Cachet.

Ed Gohlich

5. Designer Deck Floors

Decks and patios are a staple of outdoor design, but they’re usually something you walk over without much notice. But today’s new products offer more flexibility to create stylish flooring. “We’re blending complementary colors from inside the home (or from outside based on siding, trim, or windows) on the deck’s surface,” says Camfferman.

Modern inlays on decks outline the entire structure or highlight one area, such as around a dining space. Varied-width planks can also create subtle patterns that are so prevalent in indoor wood, vinyl, and tile flooring.

Jessica Sample

6. Bridging Indoor and Outdoors

“Your outdoor space should feel like an extension of your home,” says Stark. To bring the feeling of an interior outside, she suggests using string lights and pendant lights to give the illusion of a ceiling (one that still lets you see the stars!).

Another way to open your home to the outdoors is through folding glass doors and windows, which help create a seamless integration of house to yard, says Collinsgru. “We’re really just doing everything we can to model the outdoor rooms that we create kind of like the interior of a house,” he says. Getting that same feeling of intimacy is a big part of this outdoor trend. Elements such as privacy walls, awnings, and landscaping help provide solitude.

Dustin Peck

7. Eye-Catching Outdoor Lighting

Essential for enjoying outdoor spaces in the evenings, good landscape lighting boosts nighttime safety and provides illumination for tasks like grilling. Now that outdoor living is incorporating more indoor design elements, Collinsgru says outdoor lighting is also adapting. “We like to strategically place up-lighting and different kinds of landscape lighting so that it illuminates it and highlights all those cool elements you put into it,” he says. Consider adding solar landscape lighting to showcase a pathway, string lights for seating areas, or motion-sensor lights for security.

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The Style Showcase 27 | Barcarts | Garden Pots & Outdoor Living – shabbyfufu.com

Welcome to the Style Showcase, a weekly post that is your destination for home decor inspiration!

From bar carts to plants, today we are doing some outdoor style living on The Style Showcase. I’ve definitely been drawing from real life and in being home most of the time it is involving the great outdoors of my garden, pool and patio area. I’m so grateful that we have that and perhaps now more than ever. One of the biggest draws for purchasing our home way back when was the pool. It’s summer-like year round here and we wanted the kids to have that pool to burn off their energy when they were growing up. And they did…and one went on to become a synchronized swimmer! That’s a tale for another day perhaps…but let’s see what everyone has to share today to inspire you below. Be sure to click on each article to read! xo…Janet

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Homecrest Outdoor Living | #1 Double Layer Sling Technology

At Homecrest Outdoor Living, we want you to experience the most comfortable and functional designs that outdoor furniture can offer. We fulfill this goal with our innovative double layer slings.

Homecrest Outdoor Living’s double layer sling design is the ultimate in low-maintenance comfort. It features excellent shape retention and overall durability. We believe in our double layer slings so much that we offer them with a comprehensive warranty.

SLING CONSTRUCTION
The Homecrest double layer sling uses internal support rails to shape and stretch the sling. This allows for the sling to ergonomically conform to the body and eliminates a rigid surface. Homecrest’s double layer sling creates an individual comfort experience.

SERGING
After the first sew line is in place, slings go through a five-thread serging process that doubles the strength of the seam.

WELTING
Sling construction is finished with a sewn-on welt. Welting is attached with a third sew line to combine the multiple layers of fabric. Welting color will default to the frame finish color unless an alternate welt color is selected.

SLING TESTING
Homecrest slings are static-load tested to ensure durability of seam strength by dropping a 125 lb weight on a sling chair for 50,000 cycles.

To see our double layer slings in action, start with our AllureElements and Revive air collections or flip through our 2020 catalog here!

Visit our website to learn more about our current collections or to find a dealer near you!

Don’t forget to share this post with your family and friends, and stay tuned for more blog posts!

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Homecrest Outdoor Living | April 2020

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Typical design dictates that when you focus on functionality, aesthetic appearance suffers. But, Homecrest Outdoor Living does not make typical designs. When it comes to outdoor furniture, we believe that functionality, comfort and beauty are all equally important. We bring all three to our products.

Nothing exemplifies this philosophy better than our DreamCore™ cushions. These cushions are made to look good, feel good and last through years of outdoor use. DreamCore cushions use a High Resilient foam to ensure longevity and appearance. Unlike conventional foam, our sumptuous DreamCore cushions have a high level of elasticity, which makes for a comfortable seating experience and consistent cushion shape.

BACK CUSHION
The back cushion is constructed with moisture-resistant ticking and is engineered to match the silhouette of the cushion, creating a tailored look. Individual channels hold the fill in place and create both comfort and support.

SEAT CUSHION
The seat cushion is constructed with High Resilient furniture-grade foam wrapped with a polyester fiber layer and moisture-resistant ticking that is glued, not sewn, to prevent moisture penetration.

SEAT DECK & GROMMET VENTING
The seat deck is constructed of 100% virgin vinyl strapping for enhanced comfort. Virgin vinyl straps do not contain clay fillers, which reduce strap memory. The underside of the seat cushion cover features grommet openings for breathability.

BACK ATTACHMENT
Homecrest Liberty and Havenhill seat and back cushions feature a Velcro back flap for security. Elements and Revive seat and back cushions feature a sewn seam to attach the cushions together, which eliminates the use of ties or tabs.

Many of our most elegant seating collections feature DreamCore cushions. Elements, Havenhill, Liberty and even our new Revive Collection make use of this cushion design.

Visit our website to learn more about our current collections or to find a dealer near you!

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10 Outdoor Living Essentials to Get Ready for Summer

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2. Outdoor Table

Nothing beats enjoying a meal at an outdoor dining table on a warm evening. As with choosing any outdoor furniture, getting the scale right is key. As a general rule, allow at least 2½ feet (0.8 meters) from the edge of a table to the end of a patio or any other obstacle to allow space for a chair and circulation.

Bistro tables (which range from 2 to 3 feet wide) are often best for the smallest outdoor spaces and can provide a private seat for two.

If you have room to accommodate a more generous table to seat four to six people, choose among various table shapes and sizes to best suit your space and allow for clearance.

As with selecting any other piece of outdoor furniture, choose durable materials for your dining table and chairs so they will hold up to the elements.

Browse outdoor dining furniture

3. Source of Shade

If you have a sunny outdoor space and enjoy spending extended periods of time outside, you’ll appreciate some shade protection. Shade sources can take all forms, including shade trees, pergolas draped in vines, shade sails mounted on wires, retractable awnings and more.

Freestanding umbrellas can be the most effective option (and the most budget-friendly) if you want the flexibility of being able to move a spot of shade where you need it.

Find outdoor umbrellas

5. Grill

If you don’t have a grill, or if you’d like to upgrade your setup, it’s helpful to know that grills generally fall into categories based on fuel type and overall style. While gas-powered covered grills and freestanding charcoal grills may be the most common types out there, don’t let that limit your imagination.

Maybe you’d like to try out cooking low and slow over a smoker, searing skewered meats on an uncovered Southeast Asian-style grill or half-grilling, half-roasting meats in a rotisserie grill. Many grill fanatics swear by kamado-style cookers, like the Komodo Kamado and Big Green Egg, which benefit from the radiant heat of their ceramic side walls.

Browse outdoor grills, ovens and cookers

6. Cushions

Scattering a few colorful throw cushions on a neutral outdoor sofa or adding cushy seat cushions to wood chairs can make an instant difference in boosting the style and comfort of an outdoor living space.

When choosing cushions, opt for those made for outdoor use with fabrics that have been treated to be water repellent and to prevent fading with sun exposure. To keep cushions clean, come up with a plan for storing them at the end of the season, on rainy days or generally when not in use.

Find outdoor cushions

7. Throw Blankets

Throw blankets are practical for chilly evenings and can help round out the look of your outdoor lounge.

Given that throw blankets aren’t left outdoors for long periods, choose among any blanket style you like (no special outdoor fabric required) or pull out ones you already have in the house to use as needed.

Those made of fabrics you can throw in the wash, like cotton, linen and acrylic blends, may be more practical for everyday use than special-care fabrics.

Shop for throw blankets on Houzz

8. Serving Tray

To reduce trips made back and forth to the kitchen, choose a serving tray that’s large enough to accommodate a couple of plates, glasses and a dish or two of nibbles. Those with a deep lip around the edge can help prevent anything from sliding off the tray while you move from house to patio.

Find a serving tray

9. Outdoor Tableware

Having a casual outdoor tableware set made from durable materials can help prevent stress over accidentally dropping a glass on the patio or having cutlery from your primary indoor set go missing.

While it’s easy to automatically think of plastic as a largely shatterproof material, particularly as a safe option for glassware around pools, consider wood or enamelware as long-lasting alternatives for plates and platters.

10. Heat Source

If you like to linger outdoors in the evening, having some type of heat source is just as important as having outdoor lighting. Throw blankets draped over shoulders can work for an individual, but investing in outdoor heaters can make an entire space feel much more cozy and inviting.

Electric wall- or ceiling-mounted models cover about a 9-foot-square “heat blanket” and can be plugged into standard electrical outlets. Two ceiling-mounted units are enough to cover a six-person dining table in this New England garden.

Bonus outdoor feature: An outdoor fire pit can be a great way to add heat, light and some nice atmosphere to an outdoor space in the evening.

Shop for patio heaters and outdoor fire pits on Houzz

Awesome decks and patios, just it”s beautiful! Now I know we have a lot of sun lovers, I need shade loved the pergolas and awesome gardens!

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10 Outdoor Living Essentials to Get Your Yard Ready for Summer

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2. Outdoor Table

Nothing beats enjoying a meal at an outdoor dining table on a warm evening. As with choosing any outdoor furniture, getting the scale right is key. As a general rule, allow at least 2½ feet (0.8 meters) from the edge of a table to the end of a patio or any other obstacle to allow space for a chair and circulation.

Bistro tables (which range from 2 to 3 feet wide) are often best for the smallest outdoor spaces and can provide a private seat for two.

If you have room to accommodate a more generous table to seat four to six people, choose among various table shapes and sizes to best suit your space and allow for clearance.

As with selecting any other piece of outdoor furniture, choose durable materials for your dining table and chairs so they will hold up to the elements.

Browse outdoor dining furniture

3. Source of Shade

If you have a sunny outdoor space and enjoy spending extended periods of time outside, you’ll appreciate some shade protection. Shade sources can take all forms, including shade trees, pergolas draped in vines, shade sails mounted on wires, retractable awnings and more.

Freestanding umbrellas can be the most effective option (and the most budget-friendly) if you want the flexibility of being able to move a spot of shade where you need it.

Find outdoor umbrellas

5. Grill

If you don’t have a grill, or if you’d like to upgrade your setup, it’s helpful to know that grills generally fall into categories based on fuel type and overall style. While gas-powered covered grills and freestanding charcoal grills may be the most common types out there, don’t let that limit your imagination.

Maybe you’d like to try out cooking low and slow over a smoker, searing skewered meats on an uncovered Southeast Asian-style grill or half-grilling, half-roasting meats in a rotisserie grill. Many grill fanatics swear by kamado-style cookers, like the Komodo Kamado and Big Green Egg, which benefit from the radiant heat of their ceramic side walls.

Browse outdoor grills, ovens and cookers

6. Cushions

Scattering a few colorful throw cushions on a neutral outdoor sofa or adding cushy seat cushions to wood chairs can make an instant difference in boosting the style and comfort of an outdoor living space.

When choosing cushions, opt for those made for outdoor use with fabrics that have been treated to be water repellent and to prevent fading with sun exposure. To keep cushions clean, come up with a plan for storing them at the end of the season, on rainy days or generally when not in use.

Find outdoor cushions

7. Throw Blankets

Throw blankets are practical for chilly evenings and can help round out the look of your outdoor lounge.

Given that throw blankets aren’t left outdoors for long periods, choose among any blanket style you like (no special outdoor fabric required) or pull out ones you already have in the house to use as needed.

Those made of fabrics you can throw in the wash, like cotton, linen and acrylic blends, may be more practical for everyday use than special-care fabrics.

Shop for throw blankets on Houzz

8. Serving Tray

To reduce trips made back and forth to the kitchen, choose a serving tray that’s large enough to accommodate a couple of plates, glasses and a dish or two of nibbles. Those with a deep lip around the edge can help prevent anything from sliding off the tray while you move from house to patio.

Find a serving tray

9. Outdoor Tableware

Having a casual outdoor tableware set made from durable materials can help prevent stress over accidentally dropping a glass on the patio or having cutlery from your primary indoor set go missing.

While it’s easy to automatically think of plastic as a largely shatterproof material, particularly as a safe option for glassware around pools, consider wood or enamelware as long-lasting alternatives for plates and platters.

10. Heat Source

If you like to linger outdoors in the evening, having some type of heat source is just as important as having outdoor lighting. Throw blankets draped over shoulders can work for an individual, but investing in outdoor heaters can make an entire space feel much more cozy and inviting.

Electric wall- or ceiling-mounted models cover about a 9-foot-square “heat blanket” and can be plugged into standard electrical outlets. Two ceiling-mounted units are enough to cover a six-person dining table in this New England garden.

Bonus outdoor feature: An outdoor fire pit can be a great way to add heat, light and some nice atmosphere to an outdoor space in the evening.

Shop for patio heaters and outdoor fire pits on Houzz

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Homecrest Outdoor Living | March 2020

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At Homecrest Outdoor Living, we want you to experience the most comfortable and functional designs that outdoor furniture can offer. We fulfill this goal with our innovative double layer slings.

Homecrest Outdoor Living’s double layer sling design is the ultimate in low-maintenance comfort. It features excellent shape retention and overall durability. We believe in our double layer slings so much that we offer them with a comprehensive warranty.

SLING CONSTRUCTION
The Homecrest double layer sling uses internal support rails to shape and stretch the sling. This allows for the sling to ergonomically conform to the body and eliminates a rigid surface. Homecrest’s double layer sling creates an individual comfort experience.

SERGING
After the first sew line is in place, slings go through a five-thread serging process that doubles the strength of the seam.

WELTING
Sling construction is finished with a sewn-on welt. Welting is attached with a third sew line to combine the multiple layers of fabric. Welting color will default to the frame finish color unless an alternate welt color is selected.

SLING TESTING
Homecrest slings are static-load tested to ensure durability of seam strength by dropping a 125 lb weight on a sling chair for 50,000 cycles.

To see our double layer slings in action, start with our AllureElements and Revive air collections or flip through our 2020 catalog here!

Visit our website to learn more about our current collections or to find a dealer near you!

Don’t forget to share this post with your family and friends, and stay tuned for more blog posts!

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Ideas for Outdoor Living Rooms

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I was walking through my neighborhood as I try to do everyday, spring is in full bloom here in California. I noticed so many of my neighbors either relaxing on their porches or doing yard work. One was moving dirt to his rear yard in a wheelbarrow, the next neighbor was planting flowers in pots, and another neighbor was watering her garden and pruning her roses. It occurred to me that just about everyone is taking the time to improve their yards not just because we’re home now but with the knowledge we will be spending a lot of time in them in the next few months. It seems this summer’s mood will be more about backyard barbeques and small gatherings and not about traveling anywhere exotic.

With that in mind, creating an outdoor room at home becomes more important than ever. When the weather is nice, we will want to be outdoors and the nicer the environment we create, the more enjoyable it will be. I haven’t spruced up my courtyard since I did in 2016 so the time had come! I ordered new outdoor cushions in slate blue and I’m making my own pillows to accent my own outdoor room.

Below are some outdoor room ideas to inspire relaxing with families and in small social gatherings this summer.

twin sofas + round coffee table

cement bench with cushions + stone firepit

sunset magazine 

outdoor porch swing

built-in benches + firepit

covered porch + sectional + TV

molly wood garden design

stenciled patio + sectional + swing chair

old brand new

outdoor curtains + beanock

tipi + angled deep seat cushion sofa

privacy fence + cement block bench

source unknown

privacy fence + deep seat sofa & chairs

bench + bistro table + globe lights

adirondacks + in ground firepit

butterfly chairs around firepit

domino

collected cozy mix

What plans are you making to create a cozy outdoor living space in your yard, patio, balcony, or porch?

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Hot homes: 10 houses for sale in Charlotte made for outdoor living

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This real estate roundup is proudly presented by the Redbud Group, creating better experiences. Here’s their favorite listing this week:

  • 4504 Brandie Glen Road:$228,900
  • Neighborhood: Scotsborough
  • Realtor: Nick Owens at The Redbud Group
  • Features: Spacious front porch, open floor plan, great master suite, wood deck, lush yard
  • Specs: 4 bed, 2.5 bath, 1,848 square feet

While being sheltered in place, I’ve been daydreaming of a fenced-in yard for my dog and a patio for al fresco dining and cocktails by the fire pit.

Here are 10 homes on the market right now with great yards, patios, and porches — the MVPs of quarantine.


4324 Maypole Court– $349,000

Why we love it: This three-bed ranch has an updated interior with stylish, neutral finishes. I love the covered back porch and flat fenced-in yard — great spots for outdoor lounging. 

  • Neighborhood: Windsor Park
  • Realtor: Farrah Biggerstaff at Southern Homes of the Carolinas
  • Specs: 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,693 square feet
  • Notable features: Large flat yard, tiled baths, new finishes, beautiful flooring, covered porch

6939 Knightswood Drive – $429,900

Why we love it: From the yellow door and brick exterior, to built-ins, to a beautifully updated kitchen, this house is packed with charm. But the fenced-in yard — with a paver patio and built-in fire pit — is the best spot in the house.

  • Neighborhood: Olde Providence South
  • Realtor: Listed by owner Jackie Rogers, 417.529.2588.
  • Specs: 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,722 square feet
  • Notable features: Modern kitchen, curb appeal, gorgeous yard, paver patio with built-in fire pit

434 Lorna St.– $449,900

Why we love it: This cottage is adorable, from the bright blue door to the craftsman-inspired architectural details throughout. The backyard has a wood deck, gravel fire pit area, lush greenery, and flower beds if you want to plant a garden.

  • Neighborhood: Chantilly
  • Realtor: Margaret Wood at HM Properties
  • Specs: 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,306 square feet
  • Notable features: Craftsman kitchen, shiplap accents, dreamy backyard, exposed wood beams

406 Mcalway Road– $450,000

Why we love it: If you love the gray-toned farmhouse-inspired look, this one’s for you. The lush, flat, fenced-in yard with a wood deck makes for the perfect respite. 

  • Neighborhood: Cotswold
  • Realtor: Kimberly Young with HM Properties
  • Specs: 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,272 square feet
  • Notable features: Gorgeous yard, wainscoting, modern fireplace, wood flooring, gray color palette 

8525 Fairview Road– $475,000

Why we love it: This move-in ready brick beauty has a fantastic outdoor living setup with a screened-in porch (necessary during mosquito season), uncovered patio, and a fenced-in yard. Plus, the neighborhood is beautiful to walk through.

  • Neighborhood: Foxcroft
  • Realtor: Mike Sposato at Carolina Realty Advisors
  • Specs: 3 bed, 4 bath, 1,956 square feet
  • Notable features: Foxcroft location, screened-in porch, bright interior, fresh paint

6000 Sharon Road – $512,900

Why we love it:Highlights of this Beverly Woods ranch include its curb appeal, cozy living room with fireplace, crown molding throughout, and a great backyard and porch for entertaining. P.S. The asking price has decreased by $12,000 since February.

  • Neighborhood: Beverly Woods
  • Realtor: Ashley Pizzo at HM Properties (704.756.8654)
  • Specs: 3 bed, 2 bath, 2,487 square feet
  • Notable features:Curb appeal, cozy living room, entertainers’ backyard

5301 Addison Drive– $515,000

Why we love it: The interior is the perfect combination of fresh and traditional, and the sun room opens to huge patio with a fireplace and built-in gas grill and a private fenced-in yard with a storage shed.

  • Neighborhood: Sherwood Forest
  • Realtor: Bridget Graves at HM Properties
  • Specs: 3 bed, 2 bath, 2,187 square feet
  • Notable features: Huge patio, fresh, bright interior, traditional ranch layout, gorgeous widows, great yard

1238 Lynbrook Drive– $535,000

Why we love it: Featured on the 2016 Mad About Modern Home Tour, this house is filled with sleek fixtures and finishes. The modern chicness carries through to the white back deck, overlooking a flat, lush backyard.

  • Neighborhood: Sherwood Forest
  • Realtor: Rachael Dunnavant at Keller Williams
  • Specs: 3 bed, 2 bath, 2,055 square feet
  • Notable features: Modern fixtures, large windows, curb appeal, great deck and yard

17501 Captain Ardrey Road– $558,000

Why we love it: This Charleston-style beauty doesn’t have much of yard (a good thing if you’re looking for low maintenance landscaping) but the front porch makes for the comfiest outdoor lounging, from reading books to sipping cocktails. Plus this neighborhood is one of my favorites to walk around.

  • Neighborhood: Ardrey, Ballantyne
  • Realtor: Lina Nixon at Dockery & Associates Realty Group LLC
  • Specs: 4 bed, 4 bath, 3,222 square feet
  • Notable features: Charleston-style charm, huge front porch, open kitchen, sunny interior, gorgeous Ardrey neighborhood

1120 Guilford Road– $575,000

Why we love it: This adorable three-bed features a charming bright white interior, and the paver patio is a dreamy spot for dining al fresco — and entertaining once it’s possible again.

  • Neighborhood: Sedgefield
  • Realtor: Brandon Lawn at Cottingham Chalk
  • Specs: 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,216 square feet
  • Notable features: Bright white interior, charm, entertainers backyard setup

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Warm Spring Days are Here. We’re at Home. What Does This Mean for the Outdoor Living and Home Improvement Forecast?

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With stay-at-home orders still in place across the country due to coronavirus, many Americans are turning their focus to the great outdoors of their own backyard.

But, who are these weed-whacking warriors and, if you’re a brand focused on home or outdoor goods, where will you find them?

We looked at two groups and studied their behavior for the past 30 days –– these are the real-time topics they’re searching for since the first mass stay-at-home orders went into place at the middle of March. The first group is made up of people interested in outdoor living, including furniture, grilling and dining. We didn’t want to assume that this group overlapped entirely with those interested in outdoor home improvement and DIY projects –– many of us can speak from experience that there’s a difference between ordering a new outdoor pillow and whipping out a bandsaw. The second group includes those who are interested in taking on outdoor home improvement, including decks, pools, porches, etc. or who are interested in landscaping projects, tips and ideas.

Let’s Sit On the Patio and Scroll Through Pinterest

When it comes to consumers who are interested in outdoor living, including furniture, grilling and dining, the audience skews towards retired or homemaker women, between 55-64, with a household income of $100-150K. 74% are married and 58% do not have children under 18.

These women over index for an optimistic outlook and creativity –– they are making the best of a situation that isn’t ideal by coming up with creative ways to make the space they’re confined to more enjoyable. Not surprisingly, they over index for home improvement, reading HGTV Magazine and Martha Stewart Living, as well as using Pinterest (we’d like to see that outdoor living board right about now!).

If you’re a retailer who carries home products, garden products or any items that would make outdoor living more enjoyable, this should be a target persona for you. Consider placement where you know you’ll find them –– home and garden publications and channels. Exercise empathy while focusing on the bright side in a situation and how they can create a space where one can feel safe and happy with their own family.

You may also want to consider convenience and sales when sending out marketing messages. They over index for shopping via home retail networks and discount stores. The shopping experience should be easy, affordable, and relatable.

When it comes to product development, focus on sourcing and creating products that enhance the outdoor living experience. Bring that café patio to them. Consider products that make their space more beautiful and more comfortable, while also enabling them to recreate an al fresco evening at home. And, make these products easy-to-assemble (no handyman needed!) and available via contactless delivery.

Grab Your Gardening Gloves and Let’s Get to Work

While the previously discussed group and this next audience do overlap in many key demographics (gender, age, household income, media consumption), there are a few key differences that explain the divergence in outdoor living v. those who are eager to take on DIY home improvement and landscaping projects.

This group over indexes in caring for nature as a value and gardening as a hobby. In fact, they over index by 159% for gardening! Similar to the outdoor living group, they have an optimistic outlook and are driven by creativity, but their creativity over index is by 101% –– they’re an inspired group who is ready to take on a new project.

They also have a significantly higher percentage of retirees and a slightly higher number without children under the age of 18 at home. They may have more spare time for hobbies and losing themselves in the act of taking on a DIY project outdoors. Lastly, a few of the retailers they prefer stand out as geared towards those who enjoy taking on home improvement: Cabela’s, Ace and True Value.

If you’re marketing to this group, you want to focus on their values of being reliable, caring for nature, and proving competence. Emphasize their can-do attitude and the impact they’re making on their own home and family.

To capture their attention with new products, consider beefing up your offerings with garden kits that can be sent via mail or are available for contactless pickup. Smaller projects may be the easiest to take on in order to avoid multiple trips to home improvement stores and consider how those can be packaged for easy delivery.

Outdoor Living and Home Improvement Should Be a Focus in Spring/Summer 2020

So, you have your two target groups in mind now as you market your home and garden goods. This could be a big year for the home vertical and you should be focused on those audiences who are ready to make improvements while self-isolating at home.

Remember, empathy is the key to all messaging during this time, but people are eager to make the best of a not-so-ideal situation and creating a backyard oasis may be the closest we get to the great outdoors in the coming weeks and months.

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Outdoor Living Decorating Essentials for 2020 – Flower Magazine

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From stylish lounge furniture and textiles that will withstand the elements to lighting and alfresco kitchens, Flower magazine editors round up their favorite decorating essentials for outdoor living spaces in 2020.

1 | EAST LONDON PARASOL COMPANY

The Whitney 2M Parasol
Let this parasol throw some shade at your next picnic.
$675
eastlondonparasols.com

Savannah Chaise Lounge by Barclay Butera
We love the rhythmic and detailed base.
$3,202
castellefurniture.com

3 | BEVOLO GAS & ELECTRIC LIGHTS

Governor Flush Mount Lanterns and Square Hanging Light
Personal favorites, always casting the perfect glow.
bevolo.com

“I go to nature  every day for  inspiration in the  day’s work.” — Frank Lloyd Wright

4 | BARLOW TYRIE

Layout Stacking Armchair
Handsome and highly functional.
$1,120
teak.com

5 | KINGSLEY BATE

Catherine Club Chair
Pull it up to a dinner table or a fire side.
$450
kingsleybate.com

6 | BROWN JORDAN OUTDOOR KITCHENS

Elements by Tecno
Minimalist in its form, but a true maximalist in color.
brownjordanoutdoorkitchens.com

7 | PERENNIALS FABRICS & RUGS

Perennials by Timothy Corrigan
Lush fabrics add depth and personality to any outdoor space.
perennialsfabrics.com

Ambient Mesh Small Lantern
Possibilities abound with this rechargeable, portable light.
gloster.com

9 | SUMMER CLASSICS HOME

Santa Barbara Teak Lounge Chair
We adore the smooth curves and clean lines.
$2,128 with cushion
summerclassicshome.com

Sail Side Table by Allison Paladino
A simple, purposeful complement to most any seat.
$1,347
centuryfurniture.com

Mid-19th-Century English Sundial
An original calibrated brass plate and scrolled gnomon sit atop an octagonal, carved-limestone base.
$12,750
architecturalaccents.com

12 | LLOYD FLANDERS

Milan Lounge Chair
With its classic shape, it’s the first chair everyone gravitates to.
lloydflanders.com

13 | KALAMAZOO OUTDOOR GOURMET

Countertop Artisan Fire Pizza Oven
You’re never too old for a pizza party.
$8,995
kalamazoogourmet.com

Sail Out Sofa by Rodolfo Dordoni
Ideal for both perching and napping.
cassina.com

Orion Armless Love Seat  and Lounge Chair
$2,050–$2,500 (love seat) and $1,150–$1,450 (lounge chair); pricing depends on finish and fabric selections.
woodard-furniture.com

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Creating Outdoor Living Spaces with Summer ClassicsBECKI OWENS

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In our Family Ties Custom Build, we wanted to create outdoor living spaces that felt as warm and inviting as the indoor family rooms. To create natural flow between indoors and out, we partnered with Summer Classics for outdoor furniture that blends seamlessly with the interior aesthetic. Their beautiful furniture pieces have the clean lines we love with a look that still feels timeless. Take a peek at how Summer Classics helped us create an indoor/outdoor lifestyle in this home.

Design: Becki Owens
Build: Split Rock Custom Homes
Photography: Rebekah Westover Photography

In this cozy balcony, we paired a sofa and chairs from the Avondale Teak Collection with the Harris Coffee Table. The warm wood balances the simple lines to create a crisp welcoming space. We finished the balcony styling with Summer Classics beautiful Tribal Stripe and Kubu pillows. The patterns and textures add depth to the neutral design.

To create a cohesive look throughout the balconies, we again chose Avondale Teak. In this smaller space, the pretty woven Echo End Table creates a useful spot for drinks, books, or a decorative plant without taking up much space. The Kubu Pillow in a softer colorway complements the other balcony while still feeling unique.

Pool Area

The beautiful pool side seating is visible from the interior living room and kitchen. We created flow by matched the organic modern feel of the interior furniture and finishes. We used the Avondale Lounge Chair in Aluminum and the Club Teak Chaise. The mix of materials helps to keep the design interesting.

Dining Space

The outdoor dining area provides additional pool-side seating and a perfect spot to feed a crowd. The Harris Dining Table in Black with a Travertine Top easily sits eight paired with the Santa Barbara Side Chair in Oyster Teak. Lucite Claro Barstools provide additional seating and are bullet-proof for feeding kids straight out of the pool.

Fire Pit

Comfortable seating around the beautiful modern fire pit makes the outdoor spaces usable year round. The Sierra Collection sofa and lounge chairs pair midcentury aesthetic with traditional wicker. They are so pretty. Plush cushions make the space so welcoming.

In our Family Ties Custom build, Summer Classics furniture complements the modern casual vibe of the project while creating an indoor/outdoor lifestyle our clients love. See more of their beautiful furniture pieces here. To see more of this home, browse our Family Ties Custom Build posts, and check back soon for more space reveals.

Xxo
Becki

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Create an Outdoor Living Space

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I don’t know about you, but every week that goes by during this COVID-19 pandemic seems like a month. Last week (feels like last month), I was thinking about what folks might do to enhance their lives if they felt like taking on a kitchen remodel was just too much at this time. What could be done to your home so you could enjoy life more while you’re stuck with the people that you already have to live with 24/7? Why not invest in an OUTDOOR kitchen?

Folks, it’s spring, and it’s beautiful, and we live in South Carolina, and most of us are blessed enough to have our basic needs met. Why not splurge a little and go for extending your living space into the great outdoors? You’ll enjoy it even when the coronavirus news subsides. More than that, you can keep your interior kitchen tidier just by moving some of the mess outside. Today’s outdoor kitchens have their own family of products rated for outdoor use, such as under-counter refrigerators, cabinets made of durable materials that will not rust or fade when exposed to the elements, and sinks that make food prep and cleanup simple. The scale of your outdoor kitchen can be large or small, and can vary widely in style.

Can you imagine making the moments count on a pleasant evening? Light some lanterns. Pour some wine. Enjoy the experience with your loved ones in your new outdoor kitchen.

Joel R. Linn, Principal Designer

Forest Kitchen Design Studio

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Create The Outdoor Living Space of Your Dreams in The Woodlands, TX | Paradise Grills

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Now that many of us are spending more time at home than ever, we may have started projects that we have wanted to start or said that we would do once we had the time. And, now that we do (have the time), one project you can get started on before summer hits is creating an entertaining outdoor space complete with patio furniture, a fire pit, an entertainment system, and an outdoor kitchen in The Woodlands, TX. No matter what your decorating style, the following tips, and tricks will help you get started creating a paradise in your backyard.

Draw It Outwoman next to a question sign

Before beginning building or purchasing anything for your outdoor entertaining area, you need to measure your space and then draw up a couple of “mock layouts” of how you would like to set up your outdoor space. Once you have measured out the width and length of your yard, estimate how much room each outdoor entertaining accessory/appliance/furniture will take up. This is quite easy to do as most products, including The Woodlands outdoor kitchens and fire pits, have the measurements of the product conveniently located in the product description. For example, if you’re outfitting your backyard with an outdoor kitchen from Paradise Grills, check to see what size of bar and grill system makes the most sense for your square footage. Our outdoor kitchens run up to ten feet in length! This is the perfect size for large backyards and people who love throwing large get-togethers. However, if your yard is on the smaller size, you may want to choose a smaller outdoor kitchen in The Woodlands, such as Paradise Grills’ GX6 or GX4 models

Choose Your Colors & Style

Next, it’s decision-making time! This is probably one of the more enjoyable parts of creating an outdoor oasis. But before you start anything, know that you can always change your mind later on, so no matter what you choose, you don’t have to have it that way forever. Although, there are some things you’ll want to have pretty set in stone. One of those is deciding on the shape, size and style of your Woodlands,TX outdoor kitchen. People who lean more towards contemporary modern styles will love the clean lines and elegant simplicity of the St. Thomas outdoor kitchen. For folks who really want to feel like they’ve just stepped off the boat and onto paradise, The Tahiti bar and grill system complete with our exclusive welded Tiki Hut is just what the doctor ordered. 

Popular color combinations as seen here and styles to help you decide could include:

Styles include :

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Apart from choosing a Woodlands, TX outdoor kitchen, and selecting a color scheme and style that fits your style and budget, one other way that you can create a truly unique outdoor entertaining area is by…drumroll please…getting creative! Even if you aren’t super artsy, putting your own personal touches or spin on your outdoor space, will give you and your guests an unforgettable experience each time you pull out a chair. Here are some smart ways that you can get creative with your entertaining area from Buzzfeed

Transform a drop cloth and some dowels into this cozy hanging lounge chair or sew a hammock chair.

For more ideas on how to create a unique and one of a kind outdoor kitchen in The Woodlands, TX stop by a Paradise Grills showroom today! Our experienced staff will assist you in designing the outdoor living space of your dreams. 

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Safavieh Bradbury 4-Piece Outdoor Living Set, Multiple Colors Just $343.85 (Reg. $662.49)

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Walmart.com currently has this Safavieh Bradbury 4-Piece Outdoor Living Set, Multiple Colors for just $343.85! (Reg. $662.49 )

Features of the Safavieh Bradbury 4-Piece Outdoor Living Set, Multiple Colors:

Prepare yourself for your next gathering with patio furniture that is trendy as well as functional. Put up your feet and relax with your guests in style and comfort with the Safavieh Bradbury Four-Piece Outdoor Living Set.Safavieh Bradbury 4-Piece Outdoor Living Set, Multiple Colors:Contemporary design adds a chic look to your homeDurable frame for long lasting longevityMinor assembly neededSafavieh outdoor living set is easy to clean and maintainDimensions: 27.2″W x 50.2″D x 31.9″HSeat dimension: Front: 48.43; Back: 44.5″W x 21.3″D x 13″HTable dimension: 39.4″ x 23.6″ x 14.2″Bench dimension: 27.2″ x 50.2″ x 31.9″Chair dimension: 27.2″ x 27.2″ x 31.9″

Shipping is free when you spend $35+, or you can opt to purchase online and choose free site to store pick up where available.

Don’t miss a SINGLE Deal!

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Creating Your Perfect Outdoor Living Space – NiteLites

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Being stuck at home during this pandemic doesn’t have to be such a bad thing. You’ve invested a lot into your home that is now the haven for you and your family.

While dodging cabin fever, NiteLites recommends you turn your thoughts elsewhere to curb any quarantine blues you might be experiencing. Thinking of brighter (and safer) days could be just what you need to stay in a positive mindset. Think of summer, spending your time in your outdoor living space with family and friends, long gone are the worries of the coronavirus.

Now is the best time to start planning your perfect outdoor living space. The best thing to do in a crisis is to hunker down and prepare for better days. One of the hottest trends for homeowners these days is extending the indoor luxuries of their home to their backyards. Patios, relaxing garden spaces, outdoor kitchens, bars, and tv lounges are all highlights you could bring to your outdoor areas. Surrounding these spaces with proper décor, foliage, and outdoor lighting is crucial in pulling them together.

When getting started, you must first devise a plan for what it is you want to achieve. What is the purpose of the space? Are you looking to entertain guests with this area? Are you just looking to add your very own relaxing getaway oasis? Once nail down the purpose, you should decide a time frame and budget for the project. You can split it up into stages or phases, so don’t worry about getting it all done at once. What features are a must-have? Which elements are critical, and which can wait to be added on at a later date? The first things that typically need to be completed are things like hardscape structures, trees, and plant beds. Also, take into consideration what utilities your outdoor living area will need. Things like gas and electric hookup, plumbing, and running conduit are vital inclusions that need to be thought out in advance. 

Design plans are seeds that will blossom into your outdoor living dreams coming true. Sketching up your ideas is helpful, but having a landscape architect draw your ideas into life is even better. NiteLites partners with builders and landscape architects to incorporate your outdoor lighting to create a seamless, worry-free plan of action. Landscape architects know the current trends, have fantastic design ideas, and have connections to all the other contractors you will need to complete your new backyard resort. 

Much like the inside of your home, you want your space to feel cozy and inviting. Things like décor, the fabric on your cushions, coffee tables, and lighting are the finishing touches that create a magnificent ambiance. Adding your personal touch and style will solidify that goal.

Contact NiteLites today (1-866-NITELITES) or connect them with your landscape architect/builder for custom-designed outdoor lighting that lasts a lifetime. Our outdoor lighting contractors take the utmost precaution during this pandemic. Our business will continue to deliver the lighting systems for your home as you dream of better days and extended time outdoors with your friends and family.  

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$1400 / 1br – 884ft2 – Dual bathroom sinks, 10 ft ceilings, Energy efficient windows | Negocialo Ya!

Live Brilliantly at the Preserve at Gateway!

This is a 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, approximately 884 Sq. Ft.

The Preserve at Gateway offers one bedroom and two-bedroom apartment homes for rent in St. Petersburg, Florida. Located at the foot of the Howard Frankland Bridge, we’re only 10 minutes from downtown Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Our one- and two-bedroom apartments feature upscale finishes like wood plank flooring, granite countertops, in-home washers and dryers, and picturesque views. For a modern-day lifestyle in a natural setting, come to The Preserve at Gateway.

Features
– Dual bathroom sinks
– Granite countertops
– Wine rack
– Wood plank flooring
– 10 ft ceilings

Community Amenities
– Yoga/spin room
– Dog park
– Dual bathroom sinks
– Screened-in balcony
– Up to 3 pets per home allowed
– Grilling stations
– Pet-friendly
– Granite countertops
– Valet trash removal
– Air conditioner
– Short term leases available
– Dishwasher
– Corner apartment
– Nature preserve
– 10 ft ceilings
– Tile backsplash
– Wag! Preferred Partner
– Refrigerator
– Additional balcony storage
– Smart home package
– Wood plank flooring
– Tiled shower
– 24-hour Fitness center
– Undermount sinks
– Energy efficient windows
– Glass top stove
– Ceiling fans throughout
– Wine rack
– Upgraded hardware & finishes
– 24-hour package lockers
– Washer & dryer
– Microwave
– Kitchen island
– Garbage disposal
– Oversized soaking tub
– Premium cabinetry
– Business center
– Reserved parking
– Built-in bookshelves
– Two swimming pools
– Walk-in shower
– Walk-in closet
– On-site maintenance

Office Hours
Monday-Friday:9:00AM-6:00PM
Saturday:10:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday:1:00PM-5:00PM

Pet Policy
Pet-friendly

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Spring Clean Your Outdoor Living Spaces – Flower Magazine

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Follow these spring cleaning tips to get your home and garden ready for the season

With a tidy exterior and garden containers united by a cohesive style, this home is primed for spring. Landscape and hardscape by Father Nature Landscapes

Spring is almost here and we want to take a moment to share some spring cleaning tips that are tailored to the outside of your home. We all know after the winter weather takes its toll on our gardens, homes, outdoor furniture, and containers that there is plenty to do to get ready for spring.

1 | Clean, clean, clean. This is your first order of business. Remove cobwebs, clean windows, and sweep and blow debris from around the house. A fresh coat of paint or sanding and re-staining can give new life to an old worn-out front door. Replace cracked containers and statuaries as needed. Less is more—too many pots or containers without a theme in mind often clutters up a space. Try to achieve a uniform look.

2 | Redefine garden bed lines, clean the crowns of plants, and fertilize flowering trees and shrubs. Putting out fresh mulch makes all the difference. Remove weak sod and replace with plants that can handle the shade. Make sure to add annual color to containers and beds. Add herbs to your garden so you can use when cooking dinner.

Fertilize flowering trees and shrubs now for peak performance. Landscape and hardscape by Father Nature Landscapes

3 | Update outdoor furniture. If you are ready to invest in new outdoor furniture, go for it! It will be well worth it. Buying furniture covers will help you keep your cushions clean. For existing furniture, replace worn cushions or add new spring pillows to give it a fresh look. Find inspiration in these dreamy outdoor living spaces.

4 | Don’t forget your outdoor lighting. Make sure all the bulbs are working and that you have adequate light. Another amenity to consider is a quality sound system that you can hook up to your phone and play whenever you are outside—it’s a game changer for outdoor entertaining.

5 | Lastly, find a great spot to enjoy a picnic with your family!

A defined hedge border, blooming containers, and stylish outdoor furniture make this poolside patio an inviting spot for gatherings. Landscape and hardscape by Father Nature Landscapes

Photography courtesy of Father Nature Landscapes, a landscape design, construction, and consulting firm with locations in Mobile Bay and Birmingham, Alabama, and Tacoma, Washington. Learn more at fathernaturelandscapes.com

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Amazing gable cabin retreat boasts indoor-outdoor living in New Zealand

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CAAHT Studio Architects created this vacation retreat consisting of two simple gable cabin forms, located in Matarangi, a small modern tourist town on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand. The cabin is nestled within an existing clearing amongst the pine trees, near the beach to provide various degrees of shelter. Two gabled structures are connected by a central deck that is partially covered to provide shelter. This enables it to be used comfortably through the hot summers as well as during the colder winter months.

Two additional decks flank either side of the cabins, extending the structures out into the property. Expansive openings are provided around the sides and north ends of both cabins, opening the interiors out to the surrounding trees, offering a relaxed flow around the building of interwoven interior/exterior spaces, covered and open to the sky above. Having no formal “front door” further reinforces the informal holiday use of the structures.

Step inside the eastern cabin to find the main living quarters, the kitchen, dining, and living zones along with the main bedroom. In the western cabin, you will find a cozy guest bedroom and bunk room. When guests are not visiting, a couple can enjoy their stay in a single cabin.

When overnight guests come to visit, both cabins are in use — this includes lawn camping! At the heart of the cabins, the covered outdoor deck features sliding screens to shelter it from the southwesterly winds. Additionally, there is a large fireplace for warmth and ambiance during cooler evenings.

Additional functions are housed in a nearby utility block on the property. This structure conceals a clothesline, firewood storage, heat pump compressor, and a refreshing outdoor shower to rinse off after being at the beach and for campers’ use during the summer months.

The cabins have clarity in form and structure, clipped geometry, dark cedar cladding, and roofing, allowing them to sit quietly but firmly against their lush surroundings.

What We Love: This gable cabin retreat offers its inhabitants a wonderful getaway surrounded by a lush paradise and close proximity to the beach. A fantastic design concept enables this home to be used by just a couple or to accommodate large gatherings with plenty of space to roam. We are loving the indoor-outdoor connectivity of this cabin, expanding the living quarters and keeping everything feeling open and airy.

Tell Us: What do you think of this vacation house, would this be your ideal place to spend a weekend or the whole summer? Let us know why or why not in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a few of our most favorite home tours that we have featured in the New Zealand region here on One Kindesign: Modern stone and glass mountain retreat in New Zealand / Affordable hillside dwelling in New Zealand: DOGBOX / Waiheke Island beach house showcases magnificent coastal vistas

Photos: Dave Olsen Photography

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