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Enjoy a Weekend Away in the Backyard

Houzz | Posted 08.20.2014 | HuffPost Home

Backyard camping is a great compromise. The kids get s'mores over a firepit at night, and I get my latte in the morning. It's a win/win, and a winning way to bring families together.

10 Ways to Deck Out Your Patio

Houzz | Posted 08.07.2014 | HuffPost Home

Been gazing out at your patio, wishing you could spruce up your hangout space? You don't need to spend a lot to make a big difference in the way your outdoor rooms look and feel.

10 Ideas for Easygoing Summer Parties

Houzz | Posted 07.31.2014 | HuffPost Home

Short on outdoor dining space? Hunt down a few sawhorses and top them with a length of board as big as you want your table to be. You can paint the board, cover it with a cloth or butcher paper, or leave it as is.

Deck vs. Patio: What Is Best for You?

Carson Arthur | Posted 07.27.2014 | HuffPost Home
Carson Arthur

When it comes to creating outdoor useable space, there are so many different options out there, but for a majority of homeowners, it always comes down deciding between either a deck or a patio.

It's National Hammock Day! Here Are 8 Ways To Celebrate

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 07.22.2014 | HuffPost Home

We've always had a thing for hammocks -- even before Anthropologie made it a hashtag and someone else created a national holiday. What other piece of ...

Easy, Breezy Tips for Decorating a Coastal Style Home

Manja Swanson | Posted 07.10.2014 | HuffPost Home
Manja Swanson

Whether you live by the beach or inland, the coastal look provides the perfect environment for a relaxing summer. Here are a few tips for decorating a coastal style home, both inside and out.

14 Reasons Patio Parties Are The Best Parties

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 07.10.2014 | HuffPost Home

There are so many reasons summer is our favorite time of the year, with its long days and balmy nights and subliminal promptings to have another drink...

16 Ways to Get More from Your Small Backyard

Houzz | Posted 06.27.2014 | HuffPost Home

Big cities have a lot going for them, but spacious backyards aren't one of them. Designers in high-density places like San Francisco and New York have long dealt with getting homeowners the most bang for their buck.

10 Ways To Fix Up Your Backyard For Under $50

The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 06.27.2014 | HuffPost Home

While you might have ignored your outdoor area (be it backyard, patio or roof deck), the summer "entertaining season" is enough to spur even the most ...

Set the Mood for Summer Outdoor Entertaining

Manja Swanson | Posted 07.12.2014 | HuffPost Home
Manja Swanson

Aren't you just longing for relaxed evenings on the deck with good friends, good food, and good drinks? Here's how to set the mood for summer outdoor entertaining and host a smashing soiree.

Outdoor Lighting Tips: How to Layer Lighting

Manja Swanson | Posted 06.30.2014 | HuffPost Home
Manja Swanson

As a piece of statement jewelry is to an outfit, using accent lighting outside is the finishing touch on your outdoor light layering.

Three Cool Garden Projects

Kathleen Brenzel | Posted 08.14.2013 | HuffPost Home
Kathleen Brenzel

Even mighty oak trees start their lives as tiny acorns. If you have the room, the climate and the patience to grow an oak from an acorn, here's how to do it.

22 Gorgeous Outdoor Decorating Ideas

Real Simple | Posted 07.20.2013 | HuffPost Home

From porches to patios, transform your outdoor space with smart decorating tricks. ...

12 Hammocks That Are Better Than Your Bed

The Huffington Post | Michelle Manetti | Posted 05.09.2013 | HuffPost Home

They certainly rock, don't they?

The Best Part Of The Home For Relaxation?

Posted 05.08.2013 | HuffPost Home

When the warm days of May roll around (soon we hope!), dining al fresco, gardening and reading in the backyard or on on the patio can be some of the b...

5 Outdoor Living Ideas for Spring and Summer

Manja Swanson | Posted 05.27.2013 | HuffPost Home
Manja Swanson

Forget those inexpensive lawn chairs of the past with scratchy nylon seat cushions -- today's outdoor living is just as comfortable and livable as what's happening indoors.

Extend Your Living Room Outdoors With These Rugs

The Huffington Post | Shana Ecker | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home

You splurged on a new outdoor dining set and comfortable lounge chairs to entertain on the patio this summer, but something's lacking from your sittin...

A Festive Summer Pizza Party

Lisa Holt | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Lisa Holt

It isn't always easy to please everyone's palate (and possible dietary requirements) when creating a menu for a party, but I recently found the perfect solution: Make your own pizza!

Take In the Scenery With These 10 Beautiful Balconies

The Huffington Post | Shana Ecker | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home

There is nothing better than taking in the scenery from a beautiful balcony. Some are shady and overgrown with greenery and others are small and sunny...

Take Outdoor Relaxation To New Heights With These Ideas

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home

A hammock can be an unexpected alternative to deck chairs and adirondacks. It can serve as a quiet spot for reading a book or a relaxing afternoon nap...

15 Ideas For Making Your Backyard Even Better

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Kattalia | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home

When it comes to relaxing outside, we like to think of a gazebo as the perfect backyard getaway. Whether you're looking for a sunny spot to entertain ...

Make The Outdoors Even Better With These 13 Relaxing Porch Ideas

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Kattalia | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home

With spring weather finally upon us, there are few better places to sit and relax than the front porch. Whether it's a sweeping, wrap around balcony o...

Getting Your Outdoor Area Ready for Spring

Manja Swanson | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Manja Swanson

The flowers are blooming and the weather is warmer -- let's spring into action! Here are a few of my tried and true designer tips for getting your outdoor area ready for spring.

Carter Oosterhouse: How To Decorate A Picket Fence (VIDEO)

Carter Oosterhouse | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Carter Oosterhouse

If you have a fence around your yard, why not decorate it? Try adding a pop of color to a white fence to make it more fun and inviting. Flowers potted...