How to clean pollen off patio furniture

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Welcome Spring! The third week of March marks the equinox of the new season. Snow may still be on the ground but the trees are getting ready to spread a blanket of yellow pollen all over the land. Unfortunately, this includes your patio furniture.

Making and maintaining an outdoor kitchen is easier than you think

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Looking to bring your patio to the next level but you wonder what’s involved? Don’t worry. We got you covered. Outdoor cafe culture started in Europe and eventually took over even the smallest American towns. Now homeowners are picking up on the trend. Additions like outdoor rooms, patios, kitchens and sports bars are topping homeowners’ wish lists. Who doesn’t love to dine al fresco with family and friends, in the warm sun or under a starry summer night? Fire pits and heaters extend the time spent outside all the way through the winter months, too.

3 ways to spring forward your patio prep!

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Daylight Savings Time tells us to move our clocks ahead one hour this Sunday morning at 2:00AM, but it’s also a good reminder to get our patio geared up and ready for the warmer days to come. You’ll want to take advantage of any grilling weather that pops up. Here are 3 areas that will need your attention now.

Turn your patio into an outdoor living room with a patio conversation set

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Sitting in a quiet outdoor space is a great stress reliever. Visiting with friends on the patio can be even more relaxing. Having the right outdoor furniture helps in creating the right environment for serene experiences. A table and chairs is the typical choice for seating, but the latest trend is to create an outdoor living room with furniture groupings called patio conversation sets.

Fat Tuesday Fun - quick solutions for a last minute celebration

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Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler - Let the good times roll! - Everyone in New Orleans Midweek dinners can be a rush for many families. Adding a celebration to a school night is a tall order. But you can let those good times roll tonight with just a few simple additions. First, if the weather is good, move outside. A patio, an outdoor kitchen, a hardscape is meant to be used. Breaking up the routine alone is enough to bring on some fun. Second, know you don’t have to do it all from scratch. Here are some ways to add some Fat Tuesday fun.

Happy National Margarita Day!

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According the the nationaldaycalendar.com, National Margarita Day in the US is celebrated on February 22 of each year. Tequila forms the alcoholic base of a margarita drink. Back in the old days, manually manufactured tequila tended to taste bad. It’s easy to imagine the arduous and by-hand process of harvesting, pit-roasting, stone-crushing, fermenting and collecting of agave may have poorly influenced the finished product along the way. The practice of sucking on a lime wedge then licking salt off one’s hand came about to mitigate the aftertaste of a lightning-fast shot of unsavory tequila. The standards have gone up in agave processing, but the custom of drinking tequila with lime and the salt have become integrated into the tradition

Patio Décor for the Not So Timid

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When it comes to patio design you’re going to see a lot inspiration out there. You’ll see everything from Beachy Paradise to Rambling Rustic. But what if that’s not your style? What if you want a patio with graphic prints in bold and bright colors?

Break out your own backyard beer garden

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It was once thought to be a solely European thing to dine al fresco, but more and more American cities are picking up on the pleasures of wiling away a relaxing meal out in the fresh air. The latest trend is pop-up beer gardens. Pioneering chefs or establishments take over a side lot for a short amount of time and turn it into a German-inspired beer garden, a place with long simple tables and benches, string lights, grilled foods and steins of beer from all over the world.

Slopes and steps: Landscaping your hill

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In the breathtaking catalog spreads on home and garden sites, page after page display perfectly level yards with expertly installed plantings. If you’re lucky enough to have a magazine-ready, flat area as our outdoor space, you have a great start. But if you are facing the seemingly Sisyphean task of beautifying a hill, it can feel like there aren’t many options. Fear not. The climb to a magnificent landscape isn’t as steep as you may think.

Greenery: Energize your patio with the color of 2017

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A bright young leaf in Spring reminds us of nature’s promise: that everything old will be new again. Pantone’s Color of 2017 gives a whole new meaning to “green development.” The color is called Greenery, and it reflects that hopeful feeling one gets from making a fresh start. Pretty up your patio with its energetic-yet-cool spirit for a perfectly positive Spring season.

You in stone: Personalize your patio design

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A new patio is a fantastic home improvement. It will likely increase the value of your property. A new Hardscape is an entirely new living space and most importantly, contributes to your overall enjoyment of being outside. Installing a Hardscape is like adding another room to your house. We don’t call them “outdoor rooms” for nothing!

Host an outdoor party to ring in the new year

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A warm and friendly outdoor event is just the thing to ring in a happy and healthy new year. There’s still time to welcome the New Year with style. An outdoor winter party will bring family and friends together, and spending time outside on the patio is always a good idea. Here are a few considerations to help you whip up a seasonal celebration that everyone will love.