Linger longer after the sun goes down

We ran across a few tips for designing your outdoor space from Kerrie Kelley, Zillow Digs design expert, that we couldn’t pass up sharing with you.

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“Simplicity and elements of nature are the key to a beautiful outdoor space this season,” says Kerrie Kelly. “Fill your patio with pops of citrus, low-maintenance greenery and soft romantic lighting, but stay far away from trendy patterned fabrics, blah beiges and intricate shabby chic furniture, which are now trends of the past.”

Check out these 6 simple solutions for your backyard that you can do this weekend with a few basic design edits.

Sources: Zillow Team
Photos: Zillow Digs  |  Urban West Kerrie Kelly Design Lab  |  Hayneedle

 

Linger longer after the sun goes down

Road Trip!!!

One of the best things about Summer is the last minute decision to ditch the house and hit the road!

Summer Road trips are the best with long days that give way to warm winds at night. Even if you’ve planned each route, or just grabbed your keys and cooler and said “I’m outta here!”  We’d like to share 7 unique ideas from Jennifer Miller at BootnAll for your next trip down the road:

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Linked from: http://www.bootsnall.com

Road Trip!!!

Fresh Ideas to Kick Patio Season Off Right

We’re officially in patio season, why not mix it up this year? Below are some fresh ideas from some of our favorite bloggers.

1. Sarah Le from I am Food Blog has a delightful take on a summer picnic salad. This Vietnamese and foodie inspired the salad uses fresh ingredients like: mint, cilantro and lime, and features quinoa, veggies and a little sriracha for spice. Check it out!

2. Kristin Jackson of the Hunted Interior, created a beautiful backyard oasis as part of a HomeDepot.com style challenge. We noticed her work last year when she stenciled her stained deck with a large graphic pattern making it a unique and bold space: here. Take some inspiration from her latest outdoor creation with a simple palette that pops, a creative wall of plates, and a fun bocce court.

Kristin-Jackson-Patio-Style-Challenge-83. Apartment Therapy has a great post to help you get started creating your outdoor dream space. Sounds pretty practical and fun! Once you go through the steps, you’ll have a clearer idea of what needs fixing, what you would like to incorporate, what supplies you have on hand, and what supplies you might need. Browse Apartment Therapy’s site if you’re looking for DIY inspiration, they have a ton of great ideas.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Fresh Ideas to Kick Patio Season Off Right

Make your patio your own – starting with the furniture

It’s that time of year when the days are longer and your inner entertainer is eager to get the patio ready for the first get-together. If it’s your first home or maybe you need to garage sale the set your in-laws passed down to you, picking the right furniture to entertain can be a little daunting. What kind is right for my space, the weather, the comfort? We’ve been trolling some sites and living vicariously through Pinterest, blogs and photos for inspiration and found a great video on Good Housekeeping to start off your season of outdoor entertaining. Check it out!

Create a cozy outdoor room with the right patio furniture

 http://www.bhg.com/videos/m/33743595/patio-furniture-the-ultimate-guide.htm

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Make your patio your own – starting with the furniture

Weekly Round Up – DIY a Fire Pit

Weekly Roundup: DIY Fire Pit

1. DIY Burning Bowl – EvansvilleLiving.com
Skill level: Beginner
This is a great addition for a smaller yard, patio or balcony. You’ll use a plastic bowl as the a mold, so you can pick the size and depth of your new fire pit. The shopping list is short, and you probably have a few items on hand already – like Pam cooking spray (so the concrete doesn’t stick), and a plastic tub for mixing concrete. Depending on the size you go with, this firepit is easy to move around and enjoy wherever you like in your outdoor space.

2. Build Your Own Ring of Fire  – ThisOldHouse.com
Skill level: Advanced
This is a detailed tutorial for a pretty cool built-in pit. More complicated than some DIYs – but they do a great job with visuals and detailed explanations. All of the steps are accompanied with photos and clear explanations. We think it’s worth it.

3. Fire Pit from a Washing Machine Drum – curbly.com
Skill level: Advanced + Thrifty
This fire pit looks modern and sleek – yet the main part is a drum gutted from an old washing machine. If you don’t happen to have an old automatic front-loading machine lying around you’ll need to scout out a junk yard, garage sale or thrift store to score the drum.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve made a fire pit before or plan to try one this year.

Weekly Round Up – DIY a Fire Pit

It’s here!

The long wait is over …  it’s here, it’s finally here.

Happy Summer Solstice everyone! How are you celebrating the first weekend of Summer?

Whether it has you finding fish, water, the perfect camping spot or celebrating a recent grad at a BBQ,  we’re so thrilled we’re celebrating on our Facebook page today!

Here’s to a happy Friday and spreadin’ that summer lovin’

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It’s here!