It's summer. It's hot. You wish you were floating down a river in an inner tube, but you aren't. Even if the season's got you stuck working your normal city routine, you can still come home to a little riverfront R & R with the help of a water feature. Imagine enjoying all the cooling and relaxing properties you love about a river, without those pesky mosquitoes.
Water brings tranquility, balance and movement to an outdoor space, qualities nearly impossible to replicate with other materials. How do you get the look with water conservation in mind? There are a few strategies: ○Decrease evaporation by minimizing the surface area ○Surround with permeable materials
According to advance reports, the new Sunflower shade from ShadeCraft is way more than just another patio umbrella.
Photo by Ciro Coelho When it comes to luxury living, certain things cannot be compromised—you want to enjoy every sunrise and sunset, the sweeping panorama, and that expanse of horizon where your infinity pool meets the sky. To make this a reality, walls of glass and fold-back doors are now key elements of a contemporary home.
Want to cool off in your pool while relaxing in the comfort of a lounge chair? Check out the stylish, in-water Chaise lounges by Ledge Lounger. These innovative pool chairs are designed for placement on your pool’s tanning ledge or Baja shelf so you can kick back and enjoy the beauty of your pool and the refreshing feeling of the water.
I may live in sunny California, but I haven’t forgotten what it was like to grow up in New Jersey, where winter often dragged on well into March … and sometimes into April. Oh, how I longed for summer and its hot days filled with the lazy rattle of cicadas and balmy nights spent sipping cocktails under a canopy of stars.
When you first buy your garden furniture and set it all up in the garden, it will look resplendent. Keeping it like that, however, is another story entirely. As the seasons turn, the weather will play a big part in how your favourite garden pieces look - even a year from now; there could be signs of damage.
Imagine what a difference it would make in your garden to switch out earth-toned pots that blend in with the background with containers that visually pop in shades of blue, red, orange or even purple. Colorful containers can be used in many ways to stand out and grab our attention in outdoor spaces — often where it’s more challenging to add color.
There are few things more inviting than the warmth, crackling and glow of a fire outdoors. As the evenings grow cooler, fire pits can extend the time you can enjoy your backyard. Create a welcoming gathering place with a handful of chairs drawn around the fire and plenty of hot cider and nibbles, and your guests may be tempted to linger well after sundown.
Providing shield and shade from the sweltering rays of the sun, patio umbrellas are essential to any backyard space. With so many designs and styles available, selecting the right umbrella can be daunting. If you’re hoping to give your pool area a new look, and some additional sun protection, here are a few tips for selecting the perfect parasol.
When working with clients, many designers begin the conversation by asking, “How would you like your home to feel?” Well, if you’d like your home to feel like a poolside retreat inside and out, look no further than these 12 splashy spaces that channel lazy summer days all year round.
Photo courtesy of New River Casual Furniture; Photography by Wayne Donelsen, Deanne & Wayne Co.
The backyard is your largest living area, and just as you decorate the rooms inside your home, you can create a stylish exterior room by adding furniture outdoors. Selecting a Style
Photo courtesy of Whitecraft, Inc.; Photography by CKM Photographics, Inc.; Designed by William Herren