So you want to create a little outdoor oasis but you're a little strapped for cash. Don't worry — it doesn't always take a lot of money to look like a million bucks. Here are seven sources for budget outdoor furniture to help you get started.
Those of you who followed along with my liveblogging of the January Cure may be surprised to learn I have a three-season porch. Nowhere in any of my posts was it mentioned, because it's sadder than even my corner kitchen cabinet. It's always been a clutter magnet, and now I'm ready to reclaim it as a functional and pretty space for growing herbs and entertaining.
Whether you have an entire back yard or just a small balcony, an outdoor storage chest is great for both storage and extra seating. Use the chest to store gardening tools, seat cushions or pool toys and then, when the party's hopping, invite guests to plop down on top of it.
When asked what my favorite garden tool is, I enthusiastically effuse over my half-moon edger, like the one here from Blue Stone Garden. Many people don't use them, or even know what they are for, but they are — in my opinion — the one tool that can most easily help you transform a garden.
Patios are so ugly first thing in spring. Wet winter leaves are still caked in the corners, and everything is totally devoid of color until the plants turn green. So it feels really good to finally get your deck or patio to where it's usable and enjoyable.
Farmstead Mercantile is a nod to the past with a firm grasp on the present. Billed as a new kind of country store, you'll find an eclectic mix of new, vintage and antiques wares, many of which are made in the USA. Shop co-owner, Jonathan Stone, sat down with us to give us a little history of the store.
I long for the days when we can eat outside on a deck, a patio or simply just in the yard. Sadly, apartment living (no balcony) limits my dream. Nothing tastes better than a glass of crisp white wine on a sunny day outside. Some day! In the meantime, I'll just add to my dream with perfect outdoor seating in all natural wood — perfect for sun bathing. Check out a few of my favorites, below.
Last week I rounded up a selection of porch swings perfect for lazy summer days. Porch swings aren't always practical - you need a very secure spot to suspend one. That's where outdoor gliders come in!
Earlier this week I looked at online sources for gardening supplies which, if you don't have a car or you're pressed for time, are great for getting your garden gear. But if your idea of a relaxing Spring Sunday is strolling through a garden center, breathing in the scent of wet soil and planning your own little outdoor space, this list is for you.
Whether your garden consists of one fern on a windowsill or an entire wall filled with a vertical garden, you're going to need to water your greens. And, of course, being the stylish sort, you'll want a nice looking watering can to do the job. We understand. We like stylish things too.