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This post is sponsored by World Market.

Last month I shared a modern tropical moodboard to help guide and inspire me with my indoor-outdoor planning, and since I’ve made major progress. I’m happy to say that for the most part all of the work is done! Today I’ve partnered with World Market to help make my vision come to life and to share some of the major progress we’ve made in our side yard, as well as some tips I’ve learned along the way. Do you remember what the yard looked like before? Hint: see above photos.

Renting a home is so tricky sometimes, and while our landlord is very laid-back and loves to see us take charge with projects and be creative, we have very much crossed most people’s line of investing in a rental property v.s. owning your own home. We live in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is one of the highest priced real estate markets in the United States right now, perhaps even the world. Buying a simple starter home here would mean a sale price of well over a million dollars, which sadly isn’t in our budget unless we’d like to give up the quality of life we enjoy. We’ve looked at other rentals but haven’t been happy with the value v.s. cost ratio. Simply put, we’re not ready to be house-poor before we’re actually house-poor so we’ve vowed to make improvements to be happy where we are.

The side yard has been a big work-in-progress for us since we moved in over 7 years ago, and while it has never been officially completed, it has been what we needed when we needed it. It has housed stock tank swimming pools, sandboxes, gardens, and judging by what we dug up in the dirt when we had to level it so many other projects long before we lived here. Now that we’re ready to settle down, we’ve put in hours and hours of work to finish the job and aside from a few finishing touches, it’s ready for us to sit back and enjoy.

The plan I had in mind has so far gone off with only a few issues, mainly that we had no experience in actually installing pavers like I wanted. Maybe I’ll share a behind-the-pavers post later, but I still don’t feel like we are knowledgeable enough to do a how-to by far. Since we are only renting, we try to stick to a lower budget with any improvements we make to the house or yards, while still maintaining the type of aesthetic and quality that we would want for a home that we actually own. We did our best to level the soil and double-lined under the pavers with a natural weed blocker fabric.

Although the sedum seeds have not yet sprouted to grow in between the pavers, we’re happy that the bulk of the work is done and are excited to share our progress.

My takeaways and tips:

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What are some of your favorite ways to bring the indoors out?

This post was sponsored by World Market, a place I’ve loved and shopped at for years. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for helping to support the sponsors that make life here a little sweeter.

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Turn your tailgate into an outdoor living room with CARSULE, now $300 (Orig. $379) – 9to5Toys

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Most tents are designed to provide shelter while you are sleeping. But what happens when the sun rises? The CARSULE Pop-Up Cabin extends your campsite, with a covered space for standing and sitting. You can get this innovative camping accessory now for $299.99 (Orig. $379) at 9to5Toys Specials.

As the name suggests, CARSULE is designed to work with your vehicle. You simply open your tailgate, open up the tent, and connect the two. Within seconds, you have a space that is both waterproof and UV resistant.

CARSULE is compatible with any car that has a tailgate that swings up. The tent is cube-shaped, measuring 6.5ft in all directions. This means you have plenty of space for chairs and tables, and the roof is high enough for most people to stand.

The pop-up design of this tent makes it easy to erect and put away. Diagonal lines on the ceiling provide strength in the wind, while the waterproof floor has a soft felt upper surface.

CARSULE also has see-through windows that you can roll down on hot days, and a built-in mosquito net to keep the bugs at bay. It’s easy to see how this accessory raised $17,700 on Kickstarter.

Usually priced at $379, the CARSULE Pop-Up Cabin is now only $299.99 with a carry bag included.

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Redeemer Lutheran Church Outdoor Living Nativity 2018 – QNS.com

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Local Lodging with Outdoor Living in Covington – Country Roads Magazine

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Local Lodging with Outdoor Living in Covington

When you’re out and about in Covington, there’s plenty to keep you busy: critically-acclaimed dining, vibrant cultural festivals, and miles of outdoor recreation abound. But there’s a time and a place to slow down the pace a little as well, and the gracious porches and courtyards of the city’s many locally-owned accommodations invite you to sit back, take a load off, and enjoy the beautiful Louisiana fall. Skip the chain hotels and discover the rejuvenating experience of true Southern hospitality.

That’s exactly what you’ll find at the Camellia House Bed and Breakfast. Besides the top-notch service and amenities, some of the biggest draws of Camellia House are the built-in opportunities for guests to enjoy a little (or a lot of) time outside. The B&B features expansive porches for some classic Southern outdoor relaxation, with each suite sporting private access and its own outdoor seating areas. Beyond that, there’s also the pool area compete with hot tub, beautifully landscaped gardens, swings and hammocks, fire pits…you could spend your whole stay just luxuriating on the grounds!

“You could sit on the poolside and not even know the town exists,” says Camellia House owner Linda Chambless. “But if you wanted, you can walk off the porch and straight into downtown.” It’s as easy as stepping out of the gate and into your next Northshore adventure!

The Southern Hotel is another boutique Covington gem that draws on both its historic roots and contemporary local art vibes to create a space that is elegant yet welcoming—much like the city itself. That atmosphere extends to the hotel’s classic courtyard and lush gardens, perfect as a retreat from the work-a-day hustle or as a venue for a memorable event.

No matter what your trip entails, there are plenty more places to make your Northshore getaway a scenic retreat. Snuggle into a cozy suite at the Blue Willow B&B, or sprawl in Southern luxury at Annadele’s Plantation. Book your stay in Covington today, and look forward to cool autumn breezes and a warm Southern reception!

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Decks And Outdoor Living Spaces

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With Summer soon approaching it is the perfect time to renovate your decks and get the most out of your outdoor living spaces. By updating your living space, you can ensure that everyone in your family is able to enjoy these summer days while we have them. After all, before we know it winter will soon return.

With the modern world being focused on phones, tablets and gaming consoles, the outdoor time we spend with our friends and family has become more important than ever before and with modern innovations, you can make your decking as comfortable as your living room. Here are some of the most recent trends available on ways you can enhance the aesthetics of your property whilst making your outdoor time more enjoyable.

Invest In Your Furniture

Unlike the furniture that is found around your home, your garden furniture will undergo significant wear and tear throughout the year. From rain and wind to snow and sun, it is very easy for cheap furniture to become damaged and require replacing every year. Rather than buying cheap replacements, we suggest finding high-quality furniture you can invest in. There are many ways in which you can find such furniture. When looking at the materials, make sure they are heavy and durable as this will help them to withstand the pressures of various weather conditions. On top of this, we also recommend purchasing fitting furniture covers that can be used when it is not in use. This is perfect for the rainy seasons as you can simply cover your rather than finding storage.

Enhance The Size Of Your Patio

While grass may look great in the garden, it is not always the most practical. If you are adding stone pavers, wooden decking or poured concrete, we suggest that you make this area as large as possible. This will significantly enhance your outdoor space to function as an outdoor dining area, kitchen, or any purpose you may have. For the best results, we always suggest that you look for a professional to complete the job. One company with experience within this niche can be found at https://www.rebornrenovations.com/renovation-services/decks-pergola/. By having a professional complete the job, you can ensure it is completed to the highest standard and will provide maximum efficiency.

Create Shady Spots

Have you ever been outside on a warm sunny day and realized that the sun is just a little too hot? By creating shady spots throughout your outdoor living space, you can create something for everyone. Even those who love the sun will appreciate a little shade and relief. The easiest way to create this is by using an umbrella, which can be an attachment with many outdoor tables. Additionally, you can also plant trees in the garden, providing areas that will fluctuate with sunlight throughout the day. If you don’t know which option you would prefer, why not have both? This way your family and guests will have a choice as to which shady area to use if they have had enough of the sun.

Install Outdoor Lighting

By installing outdoor lighting, you can enjoy your garden after the sun has set. Outdoor lighting can be anything from simple porch lights to mood lighting across your decks. For dining areas, you can make use of candlelight and lamps which help to create an atmosphere and add character to your garden. In order to preserve energy, there are many solar-powered or low-voltage options available on the market that can highlight your paths throughout the night. For the best results, combine a range of lighting options to create the perfect balance.

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Outdoor Living and Furnishings You’ll Love Inside or Out!

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Hi Guys,

*Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

I have some very good news that I just realized. The summer of 2020 is the “longest” possible summer. That’s because the beginning of summer on June 21 and ending on September 21 is false.

No, summer begins with Memorial Day weekend and ends on Labor Day, the first Monday in September. And, this year, Memorial Day is the earliest day in May it can be, and Labor Day is the latest day it can be. Hence, the summer of 2020 is over 15 weeks long! But, I’m fine if you want to begin summer now and end it on the 21st of September.

Folks in the south, please stop your eye-rolling and snickering.

It’s so unbecoming. Us Yankees know full-well, that summer for you, begins on December 22nd and ends on December 21. haha

But, whether your summer is 366 days this year, or 108+/- days, there’s one thing I can pretty safely predict. And, that’s that we’re going to be spending more time outside than ever before.

Of course, we all know why.

By the way, if you have not seen this documentary, (below), I highly recommend it.

I have the attention span of a fly. However, I was riveted the entire time. That’s just how good this documentary about the flu of 1918 is.


And, the antidote. Well, at least for me.

That is watching darling 19-yr-old Maria Khoreva (ballerina with the Mariinsky Theatre) discuss what’s inside her dance bag. In addition, to being one of the top ballerinas in the world, her English is perfect.


Okay, just a little extra for you, if you’re interested. If not, I have plenty of eye-candy coming your way.

However, yes, because of the virus, I am thinking that we’ll be spending more time outside.

One) because we’re going bonkers being cooped up.

two) it’s somewhat safer being outside (provided you’re still heading proper six feet social distancing and/or wearing your mask, if not able to do so.)

Of course, with this thing, anything can change from moment to moment. The fact remains that millions have caught the virus, even AFTER stringent measures were put into place. We don’t need to belabor the reasons for that. But, some of it, I’m surmising, are folks not heeding the requirements.

Of course, there’s no better opportunity than Memorial Day Weekend; which, just happens to be one of the most prolific weekends for fabulous sales in all industries.

For example. Serena & Lily.

Anyone who’s read my blog for a while knows just how much I love this company. And, have for the last 15 years! But, raise your hand if you know anyone who actually lives like this gorgeous outdoor living room suggests. If you do, then I’m demanding an invitation. Well, at least, when it’s safe to do so. ;]

However, the furnishings above blow my mind.

The truth is, most of our outdoor spaces are after-thoughts, at best. I know that because I’ve been in a lot of homes.

This is more like it. Right? Just so you know, what you’re seeing is my little yard where I’m staying in Northampton, MA. I haven’t touched anything out here. And, there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s your standard Home Depot outdoor furniture. But, of course, you don’t need me to see the likes of the same old.

My son, Cale, and I have gone for a lovely walk, three days in a row, and I’ve been snapping pics along the way.

Northampton is such a lovely town. It’s full of charming homes, bike trails, and the Hungry Ghost.

Oh my. You haven’t had bread until you’ve had THIS bread. I’m just not kidding. Lucky me. I’m only four blocks away. I understand that the folks across the street now only get their bread delivered.

That’s because they can no longer fit through their door. haha

This is another shot I took on our walk. Granted, these apartment dwellers don’t have much space.

And yes, the lilacs are in full bloom, here in Northampton.

Northampton, MA lilacs - May 2020 - bee flying - photo - LBernYesterday, I got this shot, complete with buzzing bee! These lilacs stopped me in my tracks because of their deep shade of purple. I heard the bee buzzing around. And, for once, an insect cooperated.

outdoor living Northampton, MA - outdoor wicker chairsHere is one more outdoor living shot in Northampton on a street with lots of HUGE old trees like this one. And, a pair of indoor/outdoor wicker chairs.

World Market sells these for about $100 for a pair. Of course, they’re out of stock right now. You can find them in the new outdoor furnishings widget. Hopefully, they’ll be getting more in soon.

The outdoor furnishings widget is part of the HOT SALES pages. Please check out the Hot Sales, because this is a fabulous weekend to get stuff super cheap.

Okay, enough cheesy jokes on the best bread ever and super cheap chairs you can’t have right now. It’s time to go back to our fantasy, outdoor living and furnishings world.

Serena & Lily Riviera chairsThis is how Serena & Lily does seating with a big tree. We know this is fantasy because nobody is going to be having any gatherings like this. That is unless they’ve all been quarantined together. That could work.

Otherwise, they’ll need to remove at least half of those chairs.  As you probably know, I adore the Riviera Collection of chairs and stools. You can see the Riviera armchair and stools in this kitchen I had a hand in.

olivia-indoor-outdoor-star-pendant-Pottery Barn porch - outdoor livingI’m including this image from Pottery Barn because I think that most of us would find this porch quite approachable. And, also, I’ve always loved PB’s Star pendant indoor/outdoor light.  Plus, it’s on sale for only $139! That can’t be beaten. I’ve seen Moravian star pendants that are 20 times that amount. No exaggeration!

The only thing is it’s only 13″ wide. That’s on the small side. So, it would be terrific for a smaller front door area. Or, you could do two or three down a longer overhanging porch.

I know that many of you would like me to do a post about outdoor lighting. Keep thinking positive thoughts. :]

Gray Malin - benches - planters front porchAbove you can see the benches from Serena & Lily better. Those benches were discontinued fairly recently.

Here’s a side view. As you can see, this porch is quite shallow

Above is a closed-in Porch or patio with another bench, from Serena & Lily, that could work. Of course, it all is. Love that. And the dining table too. Also, their collection of indoor/outdoor rugs is sublime.

There’s a wonderful and inexpensive Chinese Chippendale style bench here. That could also work beautifully on a porch.

Serena & Lily Sundial Outdoor Side Chair in Performance Navy Surf Stripe. You can find the equally beautiful Sun Dial armchair, here. I would definitely use these chairs inside, too. Why not?

I included this chair because I think it’s awfully good looking. And, it’s a stacking chair. So, one idea is when it’s not summer (for some of us), and you need extra seating, you can go and grab your outdoor chairs. Of course, these would work in a more casual dining situation. I wouldn’t put them with Mahogany Chippendale style chairs. haha

I know that a lot of you hate the thought of nice furniture, even with sunbrella-type fabric outside. And, I don’t disagree with you. It depends where you are. If you’re in a more arid part of the country where it doesn’t rain in the summer, then it’s probably fine. That is unless it gets super dusty.

However, a covered porch or patio, or a screened-in porch offers more protection from the elements. Serena & Lily also has a wonderful collection of outdoor pillow covers.

As I’ve mentioned before, on this post about sophisticated twin bedroom decorating ideas, Serena and Lily is a terrific source for decorating inspiration. And, not just the furnishings, but the architecture of the homes they choose is absolutely wonderful, IMO.

Hint: Sometimes you’ll find the best images if you look up the accessories, like pillows and throws, or lighting.

Another wonderful outdoor living room by Serena & Lily.

How fabulous is this tropical outdoor living area with the most delicious pool, ever!

I think my blood pressure just dropped 10 points. haha

So, I guess I’m wrong. People DO live like this. Actually, what am I saying? It was almost a year ago when I went on that sublime garden tour in Greenwich, CT.

However, I’ve saved my favorite find of the day, for last.

I found an Instagram feed by a woman in Denmark who is definitely living the fantasy. But, not only that, she’s stepped it up a few notches with the most exquisite gardens and styling.

Frankly, I wanted to help myself to every shot on her stunning Instagram account. I think I need to update this post about some of my favorite Instagram pages.

Laurel? Who is she already?

Oh, sorry. Yes.

Of course, I’m going to tell you, but for now, only that her name is Gina. I want you to see the photos I’ve selected, first. (and no fair peeking ahead) ;]

I’ll take you in gently before I hit you between the eyes with the most incredible outdoor living spaces and gardens. The house ain’t too shabby either.

I love this charming outdoor living area!

@gncgarden on instagram - gorgeous - garden - outdoor living - diningYou’ll notice that Gina loves to move things around.

Okay, get ready

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This is so beautiful, it hurts.

I love those baskets. I think it’s so interesting that much of her garden is in containers. That might give some of you who can’t have a flower bed some inspiration.

@gncgarden on instagram - gorgeous - garden - outdoor living - adirondack chairs - wisteriaI’m presuming that Gina is a landscape architect? And yet, her profile has no link or information.

@gncgarden on instagram - gorgeous - garden - outdoor living - table - chair hydrangeasReally?

And, here is the garden in the fall. I imagine that it’s gorgeous year-round.

Okay, now I’ll tell you. Gina’s insta handle is @gncgarden. And, she has 164,000 followers, so I bet that some of you are already following her. Every photo is fabulous, so please go check out her fantastic feed.

Antique white Adirondack Collection World Market - super cheapI found a similar Adirondak chair and stool like Gina has at World Market. These pieces are also sold separately and come in four other finishes.

I hope you enjoyed these homes, outdoor furnishings, and gardens. And, I hope your Memorial Day is full of love and peace.

* This is from the first sentence in the post.

Every year, I say “Happy Memorial Day Weekend,” And, unfortunately, at least one person feels it necessary to remind me that it is not a HAPPY day.

First of all, I never said it was. I said, Happy Memorial Day WEEKEND.

Second, what should I say instead?

Hey Guys,

Hope you’re having a miserable Memorial Day Weekend!

Is that better?

Third, my best is to wake up from not having slept the night before to find someone shaming me for expressing a loving sentiment.

However, I feel that the best way to honor those that gave their lives for our freedom is to BE happy.

Isn’t that why they were fighting in the first place? I mean, when my time comes, I hope y’all have a big party.

And, please make a BIG chocolate cake with extra frosting.

Of course, I realize that some of you may have lost loved ones. I’m sorry for your loss and understand that it might be difficult to feel happy at this time.


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Sponsored: A $500,000 remodel creates beautiful indoor-outdoor living in Almaden Valley – The Mercury News

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Turn the key, open the door and start living in style at this recently remodeled Almaden Valley home.

This more than 2,000-square-foot, single-story home at 1093 Cloverbrook Drive comes with four bedrooms, including two master suites, and three-and-a-half bathrooms. 

A $500,000 remodel turned an ordinary home into a spectacular single-story dream home at 1093 Cloverbrook Drive. The remodel also included beautifully designed and professionally landscaped front and back yards, which are now filled with low maintenance drought-resistant plants, slate tile walkways and patios, and inviting entertaining spaces. Stylish lighting and an inviting front walkway to the porch create instant curb appeal.

Gorgeous solid wide-plank walnut flooring flows throughout the more than 2,000-square-foot home. There are four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, including two master suites.

The formal living and dining rooms are full of light. 

A solid mahogany front door with beveled glass panels opens onto the spacious formal living and dining rooms that are drenched in natural light. The living room has a large front-facing picture window and slider to a private outdoor deck. The formal dining room has a tray ceiling with up lighting and also front-facing window. A wall of custom cabinetry provides lots of additional storage space.

The home’s open living plan brings together the casual dining area, chef’s kitchen and family room. 

The masterfully designed chef’s kitchen showcases beautiful finishes including Caesarstone counters and large island/ breakfast bar, a stacked stone backsplash, stainless farmhouse sink, and custom cabinetry with upper frosted display glass cabinets. Top appliances include a Bertazzoni five-burner cooktop with Gaggenau stainless hood, dual Bosch ovens, Bosch dishwasher with custom panel and refrigerator with custom paneled facade. There are skylights in the kitchen for additional natural light. The kitchen is open to the family room that has a fireplace with the same stacked stone surround, built-in cabinetry and oversize sliding glass door to the backyard space.

Two of the four bedrooms feature en suite full bathrooms, also beautifully redesigned. One bathroom has a single vessel sink vanity, shower with mosaic marble tile floor and decorative tile surround. The other master bedroom has a bay window with backyard views and a bathroom with dual floating vanities, undermounted sinks, stylish wall-mounted faucets, and wall of custom cabinetry and wardrobe. A walk-in closet with custom shoe racks and organizers is behind a pocket door. The walk-in shower has dual showerheads.

Two additional bedrooms are spacious with large closets. A full hall bathroom features a large soaking tub/shower combination with ceramic tile surround and single-sink vanity.

Entertain and relax in the professionally landscaped backyard that features slate pavers with grass, an outdoor kitchen, garden beds and a bocce ball court. 

Entertain and relax in the redesigned and landscaped backyard that features slate pavers offset with grass, a built-in outdoor kitchen with cement counter, 60-inch double Jenn-Air grill, Dacor stainless sink and counter seating. A raised covered dining pavilion has a view of the bocce ball court and an intimate seating area that wraps around a gas fire pit. There are also raised garden beds.

Additional features include a large laundry room with cabinetry, utility sink, room for stacked washer and dryer and counter space, top-down window shades, Trane HVAC, copper pipes, a two-car garage with floating storage cabinetry, heating and air conditioning, and laminate wood flooring and floor-to-ceiling mirrors ideal for home gym or dance studio or two cars. Extra attic storage. All bedrooms have built-in closet organizers. The powder room features a chisel-edged, leathered granite counter with vessel sink, floating vanity and mirror with stylish lighting.

The home is in a fabulous Almaden Valley neighborhood and located close to shopping centers, restaurants, and freeway access to other parts of Silicon Valley, San Francisco and south to Monterey County; multiple parks and recreation areas including the Almaden QuickSilver County Park and its miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails; the Almaden Country Club, and top-rated schools including Leland High School.

Price: $1,599,000
Where: 1093 Cloverbrook Drive, San Jose
Open house: Wednesday, Oct. 10, and Friday, Oct. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Listing agent: Therese Swan, 408-656-8240, tswan@apr.com, Alain Pinel Realtors

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Shade Cloth to Have for Yard, Garden, and Outdoor Living

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Do you know how important a shade cloth is in your yard, garden and outside your home? If you do, it’s either, you already have one protecting your plants, flowers and all the things around you, or, you are already planning to put some shade outdoors using a cloth. There are different factors you can consider in order to make your garden and everything around your place shaded. It is a common knowledge already to most people that to grow flowers and plants of different kinds, have to be right. Therefore, control in climate, as well as ventilation is essential. In this article, you’ll be given great ideas on how to make a yard, garden, and outdoor living properly shaded with a cloth.


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What do we usually see in the yard? Veggies, seedlings and other greens typically add life to the backyard or front yard. Because of this, woven shade cloth is an ideal backyard shade cloth to have. Yes, this material is a great choice to protect from excessive sunlight the seedlings and other plants outdoors. Woven cloths usually come in various density strengths, not to mention the colors in order for you to choose the perfect match for your yard. What makes this kind of a cloth for shade aa must-pick is that it features strands that are UV-stabilized polypropylene monofilament, woven together for more strength and durability. The woven cloth is also easy to cut so you can shape it any way you want.


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If you are a garden enthusiast and you consistently have new and young plants in your favorite part of the house outdoors, the knitted cloth is perfect to achieve a shaded garden. Say, the sun shines so bright and the heat goes directly to your plants, then, knitted shade cloth is the best to have. If you have seedlings and leafy veggies in your garden, this is an ideal choice, too. The knitted cloth comes in different brands. It also comes in various densities and colors in order for you to ensure suitability in a garden whatever type it is. Knitted shade cloth indeed, provides an adequate amount of shade that you need for your garden.

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If you love to spend a long time outdoors, have some shade cloths all over the place. If you can’t find the style and design that suits your preference and needs, try the ‘DIY’ or do-it-yourself cloth outdoors. You can do the shade by carpentry, sewn works, or knitted ones. One of the things you can do is the rectangular sail which you can put above your deck. Then, put on a smaller triangular-shaped sail atop your dining or living patio. Sail design is much more elegant and it creates a fresher ambiance outdoors.

These are just three of the many shade cloth ideas you can have outdoors. Whether you are opting for the DIY way or the bought cloth, it doesn’t matter. What’s important is, you know how important it is to make your yard, garden, and outdoor living shaded.

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Homecrest Outdoor Living | Protecting Your Health with Antimicrobial Features

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One of the great things about Homecrest Outdoor Living furniture is that it’s designed to last for years and perform in any environment. Our products owe this in part to being antimicrobial and easily cleanable. While these are great features in any scenario, it makes our stylish furniture an excellent option for handling the COVID-19 pandemic responsibly.

Homecrest’s antimicrobial design starts with our fabric. All of our fabric types are bleachable with the use of a safe bleach cleaning solution, but antimicrobial features go further than that for our most popular fabric types.

For one, our double-layer sling seating—which is known for its high level of comfort—is constructed of antimicrobial-rated, Microban-infused material. And of course, these slings can also be safely bleached without harming their appearance or integrity. This means that, not only does our sling seating naturally prevent the lingering and transmission of dirt and germs, they can also easily be cleaned between uses for added protection.

Our Ultraleather fabrics are also antimicrobial rated (using EPA-registered measurement systems) and bleachable. One of the biggest appeals of this type of fabric is that it is non-porous, and therefore straightforward to clean with standard, alcohol-based disinfectants. These qualities have made Ultraleather a favorite of healthcare industries.

Beyond fabrics, we also have added protections for all of our cushioned seating. With our DreamCore™ and UltraCore™ cushions, we include a ticking fabric underlayment beneath the product’s exterior. This underlayment prevents transmission of any foreign materials or fluids into the cushion foam. This ensures that cleaning the outer layer of fabric is all the maintenance needed in order to keep our cushioned products hygienic.

Finally, we finish our aluminum frames with a special powder-coating paint. Besides creating an even layer of color, this process makes our frames completely non-porous. In contrast to other materials used in the outdoor furniture industry, such as wood or natural fibers, our powder-coated aluminum frames can be effectively wiped and bleached clean.

Click here to learn how to most effectively care for and clean our Homecrest products, as well as how to safely sanitize them with a bleach solution.

All of these different strategies combine to make Homecrest Outdoor Living products the smart choice for hygiene and safety, during COVID-19 and beyond.

This content was originally published here.

Plan for a Successful Outdoor Living Shade Shelter

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A practical and well planned outdoor living space often accommodates multiple functions. Whether you have an expansive area, large enough to entertain several guests or a narrow side yard that can host 2 to 3 people comfortably — implementing a plan for applicability, traffic flow, and covering is needful for enduring usage.


Your Pergola Plan Layout

If your plan is to complete your shade shelter with all the furnishings you would find indoors, such as lounge chairs, couches, a dining table, or what not — layout just as you would for an indoor room will help in determining the best size for your yard. Larger in size areas may include an outdoor fireplace, fire pit or Chimenea for nighttime ambience or cool evenings. They may also incorporate seat walls, water features and outdoor lighting.

We do have a Design Service

A Design Consultant will give you a Backyard Living Design Consultation™. This consultation analyzes your issues, desires, and dreams for your project and assists you in crafting and designing a kit for your specific needs and budget. Below are some items of interest for a successful outdoor living area, with the right shelter for you and your family.

Your Design Consultant will make sure that your project is a Success
  • We help you measure and choose the correct size of kit for your yard.
  • You will see what you’re getting, with free 3D Renderings & Design.
  • Get easy HOA and engineering approval, when our experts help you.
  • We work with your subcontractors, to get your project done on time.

Article at a Glance:

  • Shade Quality
  • Placement of Your Shade Shelter
  • Arbor, Cabana, Gazebo, Pavilion or Pergola Foundation
  • Can My Concrete Pad Hold My ShadeScape® Kit?
  • ShadeScape® Kit Sizes
  • Visual Illustration of Post Size
  • Can I Have a Custom Size?
  • What if your don’t want to wait for concrete?
  • Installing a ShadeScape® is Fast & Easy
  • Pre-Notched Shade Plank Guide Slots
  • The Dovetail Difference®
  • Attention to the Details
  • Hidden Structural Hardware
  • Shade Planks Placed Closer Together
  • 1/4″ Rounded Edge on All Timbers
  • Pre-Drilled Holes for Lags/Bolts
  • Pre-Stained
  • True to Size Timbers
  • Integrated Outdoor Power

Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States in a letter he noted Europe’s sunless climate in contrast to the hot summers of America —a country dependent on shade to escape the heat.

“Under the beaming, constant and almost vertical sun of Virginia, shade is our Elysium, our abode, our state of ideal happiness, our paradise. In the absence of shade no beauty of the eye can be enjoyed.”

Thomas Jefferson

pavilions on jeffersons lawn

America’s Architect Thomas Jefferson built a U-shaped connection of pavilions for the University of Virginia.

As sparing as the shade is against the heat of the day, not all shade is the same. Shade has atmospheric thermodynamics that greatly varies in its degree of relief from the sun. The type of material used to intercept the UV penetration is the key component to quality shade.

Timber, the Best Material for Comfort

Timber produces the highest quality of shade. Stepping into the shade under a massive solid wood timber framed pergola is a very pleasing experience. Wood is a natural and extremely effective insulator. It retains heat during the daytime and releases heat at night and is four hundred times warmer than steel. The earth’s primary source of energy is derived directly or indirectly from the sun. The sunlight warms the earth at an optimal temperature that can sustain life. Touch heavy duty timbers and you will become aware of being re-energized by the timber itself.

Magnificently, timber can balance temperatures for us, feeling cool on one side and warm on the other. No other shade is more healing the human body than shade produced from trees. And on this wonderful earth, genuine wood products are still of the finest, most dependable materials known to man with its long lasting benefits and positive influences upon our environment over man made synthetic alternatives.

timber trees tall

Wood rejuvenates and stimulates our senses with its warmth, smell, texture and variations of colors. One of the remarkable characteristics of timber is that bacteria will not reproduce itself on wood; it is earth friendly and given the right conditions it contains immortal-like properties that can last indefinitely.

Placement of Your Shade Shelter

attached pergola kit

How you intend to use your outdoor space should be a consideration in where you choose to place your arbor, gazebo, pavilion or pergola.

  • For example:
    • If you are creating a backyard kitchen area, being relatively close to the indoor kitchen will be more convenient in the preparation and transportation of food.
    • For a barbecue area, place it away from active child play areas, or a sport court. You would not want to have a ball bounce over into a hot grill.

The largest determining factor as to where to erect your shade shelter is the landscape and established structures. The direction it faces can also play into the type of shelter — a pergola, pavilion, trellis, or arbor — which is best suited for your dream backyard getaway. Here are some illustrations, along with four families —where and why— they chose their particular structure for outside an abode.

  • Sunshine gives us energy and is wonderful, yet too much sun can get uncomfortable and also drain us of energy. Timber shelters are a must have for a swimming pool to really enjoy the water especially during heat of summer.  The Sanders family wanted shade and with this design they doubled their space and quadrupled its function by having a deck, diving platform, and waterfall installed on top of their ShadeScape® pavilion kit.
deck diving pergola
table pergola attached

  • Because of the direction it faced, the Sonja family’s small sized deck was blasted with sun through most of the day. An attached pergola allowed for more space with cooling shade —becoming their favorite place to eat out.

pooliside pergola trellises

Trellises and privacy panels are a great way to add give additional shade, borders, dividers, and privacy in targeted areas of the landscape.

  • ShadeScape® kits are popular for outdoor weddings. Camber’s family wanted a ShadeScape® arbor kit to serve as an indoor winter wedding cake display.

A ShadeScape® timber frame wedding arbor, Chuppah or Mandap are impressive architectural masterpieces enjoyed long after the ceremonies are over.


Arbor, Cabana, Gazebo, Pavilion or Pergola Foundation

Cedar pergola kit

Pergola posts attached to concrete in the ground.

Pavilion posts here are attached to a concrete pad.

There can be many types of foundations for posts such as attaching to an established or new deck, a building, a concrete post base or concrete pad.  One of the concerns people have is when they hear how much our timber kits actually weigh. The question they ask is:

Can My Concrete Pad Hold My ShadeScape® Kit?

How much load-bearing capacity a concrete block has is determined by a number of factors such as how compact the soil is, the concrete mix, the age, (the hydration and hardening process of concrete causes it to become stronger over time), the size, shape and structural content all have to be taken into consideration.

Pergola with tables

solar panel pavilion

For example, the weight that is brought to bear upon a concentrated point or when it is distributed over a wider area. A block that is used to support an individual column will bear less weight than a load distributed across a network of support from other load bearing units or columns. When weight is uniformly distributed it requires twice as much weight to break it as it would be the weight concentrated at the center.

Concrete is measured for strength in PSI meaning pounds per square inch of pressure that it can bear. A typical residential patio is 4″ thick with an average of 3000 pounds per square inch ratio. It is designed to carry more than the weight of two automobiles. The average compact car is about 3,000 to 3,500 lbs. A mid-size car, van or light truck is about 5,000 to 7,000 lbs. A full-size truck is 7,000 to 12,000 lbs.

Two automobiles covering the same amount of space far outweigh an oversized heavy duty timber frame pergola. The overall total weight of an oversized pergola is nearly 4,000 lbs. which would compute to be around 1,000 lbs. of undistributed weight for each beam. Simulating this would be like placing 4 extra large sized men standing on one corner. After the weight is uniformly distributed between three other beams the PSI is considerably less.

What if your don’t want to wait for concrete?

What if you do not have concrete yet – or maybe you would like to pour concrete later? Some prefer no concrete at all.

That is NO PROBLEM. You can have your dream deck or shade shelter with NO major construction undertaking — No BIG holes in the yard — No Waiting or Dry Time.  Part of the beauty of a ShadeScape® DIY deck or pergola plan for an outdoor living area is that it can be the space can be completed, expanded in steps, and budgeted out over time. Under conventional foundation and footing methods, digging and waiting for concrete to dry is required.

Western Timber Frame™ offers exclusive anchoring solutions from GoliathTech™ for pavilions, pergolas & gazebos where you can opt for a simple and rapid installation, without excavating —and NO delays between the end of the installation and the beginning of work.

• No damage to landscape or structures
• Perfectly leveled structure
• Ideal for restricted spaces
• Possible no matter the season
• Removable and reusable system

Top of footing anchor

Learn more about the harnessing of two great ideas, Western Timber Frame™ with GoliathTech’s HELICAL STYLE SUPPORT SYSTEM for pavilions, pergolas & gazebos.

A dimension of the posts is the size of the ShadeScape® structure. If it is a 12,000 ShadeScape® series it will have 12″ wide posts. Every kit is unique. They are not a cookie-cutter kit you like can be found in a big box store. To give you an idea of size, here are the standard ShadeScape® Series in rough-sawn timber stacks, representing a 14′ x 22′ ShadeScape® Series Pergola Kit.

  • 2,925 Pounds
  • 886 Board Feet
  • 6″ x 6″ Posts
  • 3″ x 10″ Beams
  • 2″ x 8″ Rafters
  • 2″ x 4″ Shade Planks
  • 2″ x 8″ Knee Braces

  • 4,561 Pounds
  • 1,382 Board Feet
  • 8″ x 8″ Posts
  • 4″ x 12″ Beams
  • 3″ x 10″ Rafters
  • 2″ x 6″ Shade Planks
  • 3″ x 8″ Knee Braces

  • 6,556 Pounds
  • 1,988 Board Feet
  • 10″ x 10″ Posts
  • 6″ x 12″ Beams
  • 4″ x 10″ Rafters
  • 3″ x 6″ Shade Planks
  • 4″ x 8″ Knee Braces

12000 series kit

  • 9,035 Pounds
  • 2,738 Board Feet
  • 12″ x 12″ Posts
  • 8″ x 12″ Beams
  • 6″ x 8″ Rafters
  • 4″ x 6″ Shade Planks
  • 6″ x 8″ Knee Braces

Again, Note: Each ShadeScape® Series rough-sawn timber stack, represents a 14′ x 22′ ShadeScape® Series Pergola Kit.

Visual Illustration of Post Size

6000 Series pergola kit

8000 sereis shadescape pergola

Can I Have a Custom Size?

cantilever arch top pergola

Western Timber Frame™ does not have “kits” in the traditional sense of the word. Not one timber kit is actually pre-stocked at our 20,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility. Instead, each kit is custom designed and crafted for each client’s individual needs and desires. We do not fit clients with pre-made kits. We tailor each timber kit to the customer. Therefore no two kits are the same.

Installing a ShadeScape® is Fast & Easy

dovetail timber frame kit

Whether you do it yourself or have it installed for you, erecting a ShadeScape® arbor, cabana, gazebo, pavilion or pergola is fast and easy. And here are just a few details and the reasons why…

Fast & Easy Installation

We test fit every single piece before we ship to ensure that your installation will be easy and fun.

Timber frame pavilion in shop assemble

First, we help you design your kit, then we ship your kit right to your door. Each kit is pre-marked and includes easy step-by-step instructions. With easy interlocking joints, your kit will be ready to just drop into place like Lincoln logs. We do the hard work for you so that you can have your kit installed in as little as one afternoon.

Pre-Notched Shade Plank Guide Slots

rafter notched

There are two main benefits of the drop-in rafter layout. The first is the ease of installation. Because the timber beam that supports the rafters is already marked and slotted, you don’t have to measure anything or try to figure the proper spacing of your rafters. The primary benefit of the drop-in rafter layout is that it helps prevent warping and twisting of the rafters year after year. The hard work is done for you by our experienced craftsman.

The Dovetail Difference®, patented design of Western Timber Frame™, exceeds the status quo of conventional timber framing constructions. Architectural frameworks and immobile structures are considered to be solid and immobile, yet we live on earth, in an environment of recurrent and perpetual motion with seismic waves of micro-motion moving up and down, as well as side-to-side. Western Timber Frame’s patented design The Dovetail Difference® creates an architecturally more responsible structure, allowing the wood to perform as nature intended, expanding and contracting while keeping a tight, joint and the integral portion of the timber intact as illustrated below. 

Similar to a three dimensional puzzle, Lincoln Log style. The tenon, a reverse image of the mortise, slides in, creating a tight, fit that also allows the wood to naturally expand and contract, virtually eliminating gaps!

Attention to the Details

pavilion roof with outdoor lights

The Dovetail Difference® virtually eliminates any visible hardware, bolts, screws, hangers or other mechanical fasteners unless they are decorative in nature.

Shade Planks Placed Closer Together

Our top “shade planks” are spaced closer together as compared to other pergolas giving not only a unique look but offering additional shade as well.

The Western Timber Frame™ standard shade plank layout ensures that your pergola has at least an 85% shade coefficient; the perfect sunlight to shade ratio for human comfort; the equivalence of a good shade tree.

1/4″ Rounded Edge on All Timbers

We take great pleasure in our attention to the smallest of details. All exposed edges on our heavy timbers are smoothed with a ¼” round. This allows the timbers to retain their rough appearance, with a touch of refinement.


Pre-Drilled Holes for Lags/Bolts

All lags, screws and hardware are included in each kit. All of our Kits are delivered with pre-drilled holes for lags and bolts and all lags, screws and hardware are included in each kit.

All ShadeScape® arbor, cabana, gazebo, pavilions, and pergola kits are delivered pre-stained with two coats of premium grade UV-rated exterior semi-transparent stain, which makes installation even faster, more convenient and ensures high quality!

Alpine timber frame shadescape

True to Size Timbers

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You may have noticed that a two-by-four piece of lumber isn’t in reality 2″ x 4″ but actually measures 1.5″ x 3.5″. So the size may seem misleading. Processing the lumbers starts with rough-cut green wood and shrinks somewhat smaller during the drying process. It does not really shrink that. Mills began cutting 2×4’s” slightly smaller to begin with to get more from a given tree.

Western Timber Frame™ uses true-to-size rough-sawn timber for all components rather than standard smaller ‘dimensional’ lumber. This means the post of a 12,000 Series ShadeScape® pergola is actually 12″ x 12″, true to it’s size.

Two more innovative designs of Western Timber Frame™ is the Drill for Power and TimberVolt™ Series. Arbors, gazebos, pavilions and pergolas can be pre-drilled for power with a hole down the center of one post to accommodate any and all of your electrical and lighting needs. The TimberVolt™ series is prewired and ready-to-go.

timbervolt post

Features and Benefits of the TimberVolt® Series

• Aesthetically pleasing
• Eliminates conduit, and/or nails
• Eliminates unsightly and unsafe exposed wire
• Eliminates the need to trench over power
• Reduces the cost of, or even eliminates the need to hire an electrician
• Eliminates the chance of damaging a post trying to add electrical wiring to a post after it’s installed.
• Your structure is ready to use the moment it installed no need to wait for someone to wire it up.
• You can add as many TimberVolt® posts as needed in various configurations.
• The Dragon and the Inferno are protected with GFI plugs for your safety and you equipment
• Easy grid-free power. The Dragon and Inferno models are a completely self contained unit. Simply plug the male plug into a generator and you’re ready to go. For a silent application, we recommend a GOALZERO generator with a GOALZERO solar panel installed on top of your outdoor living structure and your ready to go.

• The Inferno model features integrated USB outlets; charge your smartphones, tablets, and other USB devices, while you watch movies on your outdoor TV that is plugged into one of the main electrical receptacles up top.

outdoor TV pergola christmas

pavilion gazebo lights

Our Design Consultants will guide you step by step from your initial ideas, to a completed custom kit. They are committed to making your kit fit your yard, your style, and your budget.

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Coastal-Inspired Outdoor Living Space | Dawn Nicole

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Coastal-Inspired Outdoor Living Space. Coastal blues and homey elements create a relaxing, comfortable outdoor living space for our family to enjoy.

Coastal-Inspired Outdoor Living Space

Welcome to our cozy little screened-in back porch!

I opted for coastal blues and homey elements to create a relaxing, comfortable outdoor living space for our family to enjoy.

Living in Charleston means we can use this space year-round for the most part, so we really wanted to create a functional outdoor living room.

And with being under the COVID-19 Stay at Home orders right now, we’re spending a lot of extra time here just to be outside of the house and get some fresh air!


The full “Shop This Post” list appears at the bottom of the blog post with links to all available décor items.

One of the first things we purchased to decorate this space was the light fixture. I’m a huge fan of how a pretty light can instantly make a room look more finished.

We had the couch made by a local store called Palm Casual, and it just might be the comfiest couch in the house. With three kids and two big dogs, we upgraded the fabric to Sunbrella, so it’s easy to clean. You can even wipe it down with bleach!

The little trinkets are things we’ve picked up locally and on our travels. I couldn’t pass up this cute crab at a local gift shop, and the conch shell is from our most recent trip to the Bahamas. Every time I look at them, it brings up memories of our travels!

Curtains, the shutter-cabinet, and a washable blanket help space feel homier. The TV doesn’t hurt either! We love to do family movies out here or even at-home date nights.

While it’s getting a little warm for the fire pit in the corner, we used it almost nightly in the colder months. When it’s the season to use it, we move it to the center of the porch, so we don’t catch the curtains on fire. 😜

Side note: I bought the colorful shutter cabinet from a Pier 1 clearance section over a decade ago. It has a crack in it, but it adds to the character. Having it outdoors has made the top buckle a little from the humidity, but the rain can’t reach it, so it’s fared quite well for being outside for almost two years now!

Flickering flameless candles are one of my favorite ways to add a little ambiance! We got this set from Costco. The wicker tray they are in is from Target, but it is from last season. I linked the newest version down in the “Shop This Post” section at the end of this post.

The bowl is full of seashells the kids have collected both from trips and the local beaches. 

This time of year we get swarmed with no-see-ums at night. They’re tiny biting gnat-like bugs that will leave you super itchy, so I have a Young Living diffuser out here. Diffusing lemongrass oil not only smells amazing, but it also keeps the biting bugs at bay.

The sea glass lanterns were a Home Goods score. I love that store!

The canvas wall art is from Lowe’s (which is the last place I’d think of to shop for wall art, but we happened upon it while buying the curtain rods). It’s been a while, but I think we only paid like $35 or $40 for it, and it’s been outdoors for nearly two years without warping at all!

Last but not least, that gorgeous Aqua Starfish rug we just added today. Our old palm tree rug didn’t survive two puppies. We just couldn’t get the pee smell out, so into the trash it went. It worked out, though, because this colorful rug makes space look so much homier than the old one did.

Here’s a pic of the old rug. Isn’t it amazing how adding some color and a little furniture re-arranging can transform a space?!


Click any photo in the widget below to shop our Coastal-Inspired Outdoor Living Space décor!

The Wood Bead Chandelier isn’t linked above, but it is by Kichler Coltyn 6-Light Anvil Iron Transitional Chandelier, and you can find it at Lowe’s.


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Homecrest Outdoor Living | May 2020

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One of the great things about Homecrest Outdoor Living furniture is that it’s designed to last for years and perform in any environment. Our products owe this in part to being antimicrobial and easily cleanable. While these are great features in any scenario, it makes our stylish furniture an excellent option for handling the COVID-19 pandemic responsibly.

Homecrest’s antimicrobial design starts with our fabric. All of our fabric types are bleachable with the use of a safe bleach cleaning solution, but antimicrobial features go further than that for our most popular fabric types.

For one, our double-layer sling seating—which is known for its high level of comfort—is constructed of antimicrobial-rated, Microban-infused material. And of course, these slings can also be safely bleached without harming their appearance or integrity. This means that, not only does our sling seating naturally prevent the lingering and transmission of dirt and germs, they can also easily be cleaned between uses for added protection.

Our Ultraleather fabrics are also antimicrobial rated (using EPA-registered measurement systems) and bleachable. One of the biggest appeals of this type of fabric is that it is non-porous, and therefore straightforward to clean with standard, alcohol-based disinfectants. These qualities have made Ultraleather a favorite of healthcare industries.

Beyond fabrics, we also have added protections for all of our cushioned seating. With our DreamCore™ and UltraCore™ cushions, we include a ticking fabric underlayment beneath the product’s exterior. This underlayment prevents transmission of any foreign materials or fluids into the cushion foam. This ensures that cleaning the outer layer of fabric is all the maintenance needed in order to keep our cushioned products hygienic.

Finally, we finish our aluminum frames with a special powder-coating paint. Besides creating an even layer of color, this process makes our frames completely non-porous. In contrast to other materials used in the outdoor furniture industry, such as wood or natural fibers, our powder-coated aluminum frames can be effectively wiped and bleached clean.

Click here to learn how to most effectively care for and clean our Homecrest products, as well as how to safely sanitize them with a bleach solution.

All of these different strategies combine to make Homecrest Outdoor Living products the smart choice for hygiene and safety, during COVID-19 and beyond.

This content was originally published here.

Socialize Outdoors: Extend Your Social Distancing With This Outdoor Living Furniture

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CONGRATULATIONS! Did you know your house just got a whole lot bigger? With warm weather in most of the country, your living space has grown by an entire backyard. Never before has the outdoor part of your home held quite so much allure. Perhaps, for the first time in years, you are living in a full house again and you want an hour of alone time? Your backyard is beckoning. If you are lucky enough to have a front porch, now you can sit and chat at a safe distance with neighbors as they pass by.

Why not place a few extra stools at a sociable distance for longer chats with neighbors? Available in eight weather-proof fabrics, here are some beautiful teak stools we love from Serena and Lily. You can tuck them into a closet when not in use, but we think they are too pretty to hide. Use the code ATHOME to save 20% on the $248 price.

Teak Camp Stool

Teak Camp Stool

Now is a good time to take a look at your patio furniture and take stock in what needs to be refreshed. If your outdoor furniture is looking dingy, there are lots of products available to clean and refresh it. Our favorite for spring cleaning is CLR Pro for $10.63 on Amazon. We love that despite its strength, CLR Pro is biodegradable, so it won’t harm nearby grass or shrubs.

CLR PRO Heavy Duty Cleaner

CLR PRO Heavy Duty Cleaner

Do you crave some modern updates to your backyard furniture? Consider the Huron chair, on sale until Monday, May 11th for $519 from West Elm. We think its all-weather cords are a good-looking new trend in outdoor furniture and the gray color won’t show dirt. A matching ottoman is sold separately.

Huron Outdoor Lounge Chair & Cushion

Huron Outdoor Lounge Chair & Cushion

This Williams Sonoma side table is modern and sleek and coordinates well with the Huron chairs above. It is also currently on sale for $156 through this Monday.

Pass Through Accent Table

Pass Through Accent Table

While we love the look of the Huron West Elm chairs, we also wanted to give you a similar less expensive option. This 5-piece Sunmor set, currently on sale for $360 at Target is a great value and is on trend.

Sunmor 5pc Patio Chat Set

Fisher 3pc Patio Chat Set – Navy/Gold – Project 62

We also think this updated twist on the classic Adirondack chair and ottoman set is a lot of fun. It’s from Room and Board and available in 9 colors at $429. Made of HDPE- a high density plastic, it is easy to clean and virtually indestructible.

Emmet Lounge Chair & Ottoman

If you are looking for chaise lounges that are light and easy to move and quick-drying, try these Christopher Knight mesh chaise lounges at $486 for the pair on Amazon. They are available in gray, white or black and sold individually, or in sets. These chaise lounges are also sold at Target, Walmart, Overstock and many more retailers, so you can shop around for the best price.

Christopher Knight Home 296862 Outdoor Aluminum Chaise Lounge

A more transitional style option, if you don’t love modern furniture, is the Isola weathered finish loveseat from Frontgate for $999. This is an incredibly versatile choice because Frontgate also has matching chairs, a full-sized sofa, dining sets and chaise lounges in the Isola style. All are available in two colors. While Frontgate is expensive, their furniture comes with a 10-year structural warrantee.

Isola Loveseat in Weathered Finish

We were charmed by this 2-person Opalhouse dining set currently on sale for $405 at Target and we think you will be too. It’s a more traditional look, and thanks to the practical all-weather wicker material, it is convenient and easy to own. It is also available in a larger set, consisting of a bigger table and 4 chairs for $900.

Britanna 3pc Patio Bistro Set Natural/Linen – Opalhouse

Don’t forget to stay safe from the sun. This 9-foot round umbrella with a driftwood finish wood is made from sustainably sourced eucalyptus and comes in a natural color Sunbrella fabric. Regularly priced at $237-check online for sale prices. (Other color options are more expensive.) The base is sold separately and is currently priced at $124, but also check for sale prices.

9′ Round Umbrella with Eucalyptus Pole in Driftwood Finish

Sometimes a small update is all that is needed to make everything feel new again. We suggest you shop Pier1.com for great looking outdoor accessories. Pier 1 has many lanterns to choose from, but we love this line of lanterns for its sleek lines and rope handles that bring the beach to your yard. They’re made of galvanized metal to prevent rust and start at $24.99. Be sure to look for coupon codes and cash back savings on Rakuten.com.

Galvanized Lanterns with Rope Handle

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On the Market: An Indoor-Outdoor Living Resort in Rhode Island

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Photo via Lila Delman Real Estate

79 Shore Road, Bristol, RI
Price: $5,750,000
Size: 5,735 square feet
Bedrooms: 6
Baths: 9

What if you could take a tropical vacation without boarding a plane or even leaving New England? This Bristol estate does exactly that. Lessen the sting of your cancelled travel plans by watching the sun set over Narragansett Bay from the warmth of its heated infinity-edge swimming pool. The 1.4-acre oasis comprises three structures: A sprawling, single-story main home, a guest house, and a Bali-inspired tea house. All of the abodes are enveloped by a rolling lawn, raised garden beds with organic plantings, and a resort-like pool area serviced by a cabana with a sauna.

Whitewashed walls and floor-to-ceiling windows in the main home capitalize on the west-facing views of the gardens and water just outside. The great room, a cathedral ceilinged sitting area, makes those views even more alluring by sporting walls painted with an Italian plaster technique. Gorgeous wooden beams sourced from a barn in New Hampshire and a reclaimed fireplace carry the rustic look throughout the room.

When the current owners first purchased the land, the main home was actually the only building there. In honor of the years they spent living in different parts of Asia, they created an estate that exudes balance and peace, and prioritizes indoor-outdoor living. Take this perfect architectural symmetry, for example: The two-level guest house mimics the simple gabled silhouette of the greenhouse, and in the middle of both, the three-peaked roof of the tea house imitates the horizon that the whole line of buildings forms.

Inside the tea house, a massive jellyfish-esque fixture hangs from the middle of the ceiling, which is one of four sculptures made of Balinese petrified wood. Directly below, a tabletop also made from petrified wood offers a surface to set down your cup of tea or glass of wine, while perching on the teak floor and dangling your legs into the sunken sitting area. Large pebbles furnish two of the tea house walls, while the other, longer lengths are open to the elements, interrupted only by the pecky cypress beams—unless you pull the sliding doors shut to enclose the space. The lush, magical gardens are the backdrop to the east, while the beach and bay offer another kind of spectacle to the west. Whichever side of the table you sit on, you’ll have an otherworldly outlook.

For information, contact Kristin Parella, Lila Delman Real Estate, .

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2020 Trends for Outdoor Living Spaces

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With summer and warm weather fast approaching, and most Americans spending time at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it seems that homeowners may want to start investing in the outdoor living areas of their homes. Projected growth in some outdoor recreational equipment is trending upward with projected sales for outdoor furniture and grills in particular gaining momentum right now. With this projection, it makes sense that we may also see an uptick in other outdoor living space projects brought on by homeowners wanting to find a way to relax at home this summer.

That’s why we’ve captured the latest trends in outdoor living spaces for you here; so that homeowners and home buyers can learn more about what choices may be available to them, and so that contractors and builders can make better suggestions to their clients. Outdoor living areas have become increasingly popular for the last few years. Combined with more people planning to spend their summers at home, these outdoor living trends could be poised to kick into high gear.

Fixr reached out to some of the top experts in the construction industry for their Single Family Homes Trends Report for 2020, and there was a lot of information surrounding the trend of outdoor living within the answers, particularly where it’s likely to head in 2020 and beyond. Any of the following can help you not only make the most of your outdoor space this summer, they can also help you increase the value of your home.

Building Outdoor Kitchens is a Top Investment

When it comes to the areas of the outdoor living space that most people will be investing in, it’s the outdoor kitchen that gets the highest percentage of votes. Outdoor kitchens are not new, but with more people wanting to spend time outdoors, it makes sense that this type of feature would be added.

The indoor kitchen is often considered the hub or heart of the home. It’s where people gather and entertain as well as cook and eat. By adding an outdoor kitchen, it opens up a lot of possibilities for outdoor recreation. Outdoor kitchens frequently contain some type of cooking method, including grills, as well as seating areas and usually some form of refrigeration as well. This means that you can spend longer outside, without needing to return indoors for food or meals. The popularity of outdoor kitchens extends to all areas as well, not just warm climates, which makes sense given the growing focus on outdoor living as a whole.

Experts were asked whether they felt that a fireplace would be the hottest new addition to the outdoors. While answers were mixed, many agreed that a fireplace could be a great way to anchor a space. Fire pits have long been popular, as well, but it could be that a fireplace is seen as a more permanent addition to the area, as well as a natural focus and gathering place that could help cement the outdoor living room as a part of the home.

Fire Pits and Entertainment Areas Top Amenities

When asked exactly what amenities homeowners wanted to see in their outdoor living spaces, experts felt that fire pits and entertainment areas would be the most popular, followed closely by cooking areas. This makes sense, given the popularity of the outdoor kitchen; entertainment and cooking are definitely part of this design by extension.

Fire pits are also an integral part of many entertainment areas. They give people a place to gather and relax, and unlike fireplaces, they can either be portable and movable, or they can accommodate people sitting on all sides. This opens up the idea of entertaining more people, rather than simply relaxing as a family.

When asked what their personal choices would be for outdoor living areas, many experts also agreed that amenities and things like outdoor kitchens topped their own personal lists. They also stressed that this area would have many of the comforts of the indoors, which also includes things like fireplaces, cooking, and recreation areas.

Married Couples with Kids the Most Likely to Invest

Experts overwhelmingly agreed that the most likely homeowners to invest in these types of projects would be married couples with kids, followed distantly by married couples without kids. Given that families may be more likely to need more space to spread out, it could be that having kids means needing to expand into the yard. Or, it could be that these types of homeowners may want to invest in things that can bring others to them; having an outdoor kitchen and entertainment area means that family and friends can gather at your place, rather than you needing to go to them.

Complete Your Ideal Outdoor Living Space This Summer

With most people planning to spend the summer at home, rather than traveling or gathering in groups, it makes sense that they may also want to indulge in some amenities to help make the time spent there more pleasant. If that’s the case, then taking a look at what the top trends are for outdoor living can help you determine where to invest in your own property. With a focus on cooking, entertainment, and amenities like fireplaces or fire pits, there are numerous projects to tackle. Get your ideal outdoor living space up and running this summer, and find more enjoyment out of staying safe at home.

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Contemporary Renovation Brings Coastal Views and Indoor-Outdoor Living

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A “prime location and a spectacular view” was what initially attracted this California family to the Plum Street house—a midcentury property located near San Diego’s scenic Point Loma with stunning views of the San Diego skyline. Originally built in the 1960s, the property had potential, but the family realized that it needed considerable updates in order to meet the needs of their active, modern lifestyle. Luckily, they were introduced to Will & Fotsch Architects, Inc., an experienced firm that only accepts new clients via referrals. The family and the firm quickly hit it off, granting the architect a creative license to renovate their 3,700-square-foot home.

To achieve the desired functionality, aesthetic, and value, the firm faced two primary challenges according to design firm principal Andy Fotsch:

“Challenge one was to determine the best floor plan to create a comfortable series of spaces for living and entertaining. We wanted to keep as much of the existing structure as possible, while making the greatest positive impact.”

“The second challenge was to determine a style that would update the house, yet work with the overall massing and structure. In San Diego, there’s no consistent architectural style. The look of each home depends on when it was built and who built it. If someone from the East Coast was building a house in California, they may have built a Cape Cod style home. Someone from the Southwest may have built a ranch style home. Someone building more recently may choose a more contemporary look.”

“The remodel was done as surgically as possible to frame views and provide a comfortable home for a life of casual entertaining,” explained Fotsch. “We really focused on opening it up and making it feel more connected.”

Several examples of the design precision employed in this major renovation include:

  • Relocating & opening up the kitchen – Originally, the kitchen was in the center of the house and disrupted the connection between the dining and living room. By flipping the location, as well as adding floor-to-ceiling multi-slide doors from Kolbe®, there is now a seamless transition to the deck and an uninterrupted view.
  • Converting the dining room – The wall between the previous living and dining room was removed for a more open floor plan. The former dining room was made into a blue-hued sitting nook, affectionally referred to as the “parlor.” Also, new French doors were added to strengthen the connection to the front courtyard and improve the overall flow.
  • Enlarging the great room— The original living room had a screened-in porch, which was removed and converted to one large deck. This now connects the kitchen and dining room to the great room, extending the living space into the outdoors and providing a vista that spans from city skyline to harbor shoreline. Also, by adding 14” to the overall height of the room, it accommodated the eight-foot-tall Kolbe multi-slide doors — highlighting the home’s most spectacular view. In addition, this allowed for transom windows on both the front and back of the house to admit dramatically more daylight. 
  • Adding a lower level & engaging the pool area – Due to the slope of the site, there was a very large crawl space that was excavated further and transformed into a new lower level for a game room, pool bath and exercise room. Through the lower level’s multi-slide doors, the back steps lead into a series of small flights with landing areas to better connect the house to the pool.

Describing the Plum Street home’s large, open, uninterrupted panorama from its position in Point Loma, Fotsch said, “It overlooks an international airport, the downtown San Diego city skyline, an active military base complete with fighter jets and aircraft carriers, the Coronado Bay bridge, the ocean and the marina – all set against a backdrop of the hills of Mexico.”

“This project was all about the views – and framing the views beautifully was super critical,” said Fotsch.

To accomplish that, Fotsch looked to Kolbe Windows & Doors and selected products exclusively from the VistaLuxe® Collection for their “simple square profile” with minimal frames. The collection’s black extruded aluminum exterior elegantly outlines each opening to match the home’s contemporary style, while accentuating the views. A dark ebony stain was chosen for the wood interior frames to give a “warmth and dimension that relates to the home’s casual coastal feel”. 

Along with optimizing daylight, views, ease of operation and natural ventilation, Kolbe’s high-performing windows and doors also contributed to meeting California’s stringent Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. The VistaLuxe Collection offers a range of glass choices and thermal spacers to manage solar heat gain in coastal climates. Demonstrating their energy-efficient performance, many products in the VistaLuxe Collection meet ENERGY STAR® qualifications.

For more details about the VistaLuxe Collection, please visit the kolbewindows.com.

Before photos courtesy of Will & Fotsch Architects, Inc.
After photos © Zack Benson.

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40 Best Patio Designs with Pergola and Fireplace – Covered Outdoor Living Space Ideas

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Many patio ideas fall out of style, but pergolas are here to stay and have been for a very long time. Whether you opt for a gable, pitch, or sail pergola, it not only adds structure to the yard but also provides shade and seclusion. With one of these patio designs with pergola and fireplace, you can create a beautiful outdoor living space that can be the envy of all.

Sale, gable, and pitch pergolas are covered and provide protection from the weather. With such designs, you can enjoy a fireplace under the roof while it’s raining outside. However, pergolas are essentially open structures with support beams. They can be open-topped or feature a decorative lattice roof that provides only partial covering. Still, having a pergola built around a fireplace is some if the best ideas for a patio. It makes your outdoor living space look inviting and stylish.

Best pergolas are truly versatile and can add that little bit of oomph to the patio. You can opt for a freestanding pergola or have it be an extension of the house. The latter can create a wonderful indoor-outdoor living space in the form of a semi-covered or covered patio. Attach a fan with the structure’s lattice, add a fireplace in the middle, and you can enjoy the patio all year round.

If you don’t want a fireplace obstructing the space in the middle, you can instead opt for a stone-surround wall fireplace on one side of the structure. It creates a more free-flowing space that is ideal for parties. Add a coffee table in the middle, and you have a dreamy outdoor dining area.

A freestanding lattice works just as beautifully, and perhaps away from any solid structure is where it truly shines. You can add drapes to the sides for functionality. Decorate the structure’s lattice with decorative wines and flowers to add beauty and charm. Include a fireplace with the structure, and you have the perfect outdoor living space regardless of the temperature.

Many might shy away from pergolas because of their avant-garde appearance. However, you can instead opt for smaller structures as decorative elements. You can use them to provide shade over your outdoor kitchen. Have the latticework extend from the yard wall to save space and yet add the decorative element in your backyard. You can even use the beams to install additional yard lights.

Opt for sail pergolas if you want to create a more modern look as they don’t have extravagant lattice roofs. A plain piece of cloth extending over the structure protects the environment while simultaneously adding a charming structure to the patio.

The best part about these structures is that you can buy DIY vinyl or wooden kit and erect one up yourself. Upgrading your patio has never been easier. Have a pergola extend over your outdoor fireplace, and space will end up looking like a million bucks. It immediately increases the value of the house.

You can even opt for a custom-built pergola to fulfill any specific design requirement you may have. Whether you opt for a small structure, a large one, or for something in between, it is bound to look amazing. Paint it white and it will look nothing short of magical.

Here are a few pergola with fireplace patio ideas to help you with your yard design process.

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