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.

Salt and your pavers - what you need to know

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Winter is here. Snow and sleet are coming. Before you scatter the de-icing salt on your Hardscape, read up on how to best care for your pavers during these cold months. The most important thing to do for Hardscape throughout the winter is to quickly clear it of as much snow as possible using gentle tools. We asked our resident expert Mark Antunes to explain: “Pavers can be plowed and shoveled just like asphalt or concrete pavements. A plow with a UHMW Polyethylene blade edge on the bottom of the plow is recommended to avoid marring the paver surface. If you are plowing or using a snowblower, do not use chains on the tires. Chains can gouge or scuff the surface of the pavers.” Avoid chopping ice using metal shovels as their sharp edges can damage your pavers.

Unconventional Holiday Lights

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You’ve got your lights up and everything looks great from the street. Here are a few simple additions to the patio for just you and your family and friends to enjoy.

Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Family and Friends

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Thanksgiving dinner can be a quiet, elegant affair with only a few polite friends and genteel family, followed by a nice stroll in the park before dessert. But that’s only if you live in a greeting card. Here are some unique indoor and outdoor activities to entertain everyone from the littlest kids to teens to some adventurous adults.

A Fun Fireplace: 3 traditional accessories and their new twists

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The apple spice and pine scented days are upon us. Along with your fuzzy blanket and mug of hot cider, add some unique accessories to your hearth to welcome the winter season. In days gone by, the fireplace, whether indoor or outdoor, was a central feature in any room. Being the primary and sometimes only source of heat meant the fires had to keep burning. Many of the fire tools of yore have faded from most homes. Here are some old accessories and their new counterparts to help you recreate that traditional -or modern- winter scene by the fire.

Covering up: blankets for your outdoor room

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Fall usually means the onset of chilly nights. Fight off the frost with some warm, cozy blankets. Don’t let the cold keep you inside. Outdoor rooms are meant to be used all year round. A crackling fire pit and some other heat sources can help make things comfortable, but a little extra may be needed to get that contented, relaxed feeling.

Patio planning: Hear from an expert

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Planning an outdoor space begins with an idea. A fun picnic on a friend’s Hardscape or a relaxing time at a poolside bar on vacation inspires us to recreate those feelings in our own backyards. So you want an outdoor space. What’s the next step in the planning process?

Pastries on the patio - a new Thanksgiving tradition

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Sometimes traditions start spontaneously, by the mere repetition of them. Other traditions are formed instantly, when a great event leaves guests wanting more. This year, make your Thanksgiving or any holiday dinner stand out by starting a “Pastries on the Patio” party that no-one will forget.