Being a homeowner is a big responsibility, and while there’s plenty to take care of inside you home, don’t forget about the outside, either. If you’ve ever looked into the cost of hiring a professional landscaper, you know they’re not cheap. Fortunately, there are a slew of inexpensive and affordable DIY landscaping ideas at your disposal, so long as you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty. From the front yard to the back, barbeque pits to bistro lights, here are 59 ways you can affordably improve your outdoor space. Continue Reading
Maybe it's my childhood spent catching garter snakes, but I've never been afraid of snakes. I know I'm in the minority in thinking that some of them are even downright cute, so I won't be surprised to hear that this snake wreath might evoke slithery nightmares for many. If plastic snakes don't creep you out too much, you can whip up this DIY Halloween wreath in no time.
- Grapevine wreath (we used one similar to this one from Amazon)
- Plastic snakes (available at Amazon)
- Hot glue gun
- 1 can of black spray paint (we used this paint in flat black)
How to make your DIY Halloween Wreath
Lay your plastic snakes out on the wreath, then glue them in place with hot glue. Continue Reading
We are in the season of outdoor lounging. Here in the upper Midwest, summer is at a premium and we live outside as much as possible. There's no better way to indulge in this time of year than to sit on the patio and soak it all in.
My parents have a stunning backyard with gorgeous gardens, fruit trees, and fountains. They live outside in the summertime and spend hours on their patio. Continue Reading
Who loves a good deal?! Yep, me too! Whether you're setting up your patio for the first time this summer, or just giving it a little zhuzh for the season, it's always more fun when you find affordable goodies and killer seasonal sales – more summer for your buck, so to speak. For this shopping guide, I've put together a soft, summer-y version of Mid-Century Modern. Not too edgy, but with the right amount of clean lines and angles – and at an affordable price. Continue Reading
Have you ever struggled to find the perfect pattern for something? Then you see it…but it's the wrong product? That happened to me when I was searching for an outdoor rug, so actually decided I used an IKEA shower curtain to recover an outdoor rug, making a simple statement rug that was exactly what I wanted! Because shower curtains are already waterproof, you can makeover any rug with the pattern from a simple shower curtain.
Shower curtains made with a plastic-like material are perfect for this project, but keep in mind the size of your rug compared to the size of a shower curtain. Continue Reading
I've always loved the look of bistro lights in outdoor spaces, but our patio didn't have anywhere to attach the string lights. But now it does! Click through to find out how to hang outdoor lights without attaching them to your house or surrounding trees.
I was thrilled with the final result… they cast such a pretty glow over the patio once the sun has gone down.
Here's what you'll need:
- (2) buckets of Quikrete cement
- Wood stain and a rag
- Rubber gloves
- Nails (1 inch long)
- Measuring tape
- Wood glue
- Thompson's WaterSeal
- 6 cup hooks (1 inch)
- Large bag of smooth stones
- Bistro lights
- (3) 8' x 1″ x 2″ (or similar)
- (3) 9.25″ x 9.25″ x .75″
- (6) 9.25″ x 10″ x .75″
- (6) 7.75″ x 10″ x .75″
Begin by cutting and staining all of your wood. Continue Reading
It’s that time of year again! The season to start thinking about our outdoor gardens and spaces! When we first moved into our home three years ago, the outdoor living space was…decent. But it wasn’t quite our taste, and that made it a bit challenging to get over what we inherited and visualize an outdoor space that was meaningful to us.
But this year, we decided to take our first baby steps towards a more modern and clean outdoor space. Continue Reading
Blooming flowers and fresh rain can only mean one thing: spring has definitely sprung! That means summer will be here before you know it. If getting your backyard in order is on your to-do list but you're having trouble getting started – don't fret! You don't need a total landscaping overhaul for your yard to feel refreshed and inviting. Sometimes it's just a matter of hanging up some string lights or creating a simple fire pit. Continue Reading
Summer is just around the corner, which means it's the perfect time to update your backyard for barbecues and outdoor get togethers! If you need a little inspiration or just want to gawk at gorgeous backyards, these 30 outdoor fire pits and fireplaces will make you incredibly jealous.
1. This ultra cozy outdoor fireplace with layered textiles looks like a comfortable setting. [Photo: Mikkel Vang via Domino]
As the warm weather continues to emerge, I’m looking forward to spending more time outdoors and enjoying our front porch. Last summer, we purchased inexpensive metal chairs, but since metal is not very comfortable to sit on, I finally got around to making a set of leave printed chair cushions. The best part is you can sew outdoor chair cushions in 30 minutes or less with a few specific materials and this envelope style pillow case. Continue Reading