It might still be freezing where you are (it is here), but summer will come around eventually. Now's the time to get started on hanging lanterns, lawn games, grilling stations, and 22 other projects that will make summer sensational...
Think you need a large backyard or patio to have a little slice of outdoor living at your disposal? Not so. No matter what size of outdoor area you have to enjoy (from a small balcony, to a stoop to the only window in your apartment), all you really need are these five elements. Gather them and create your own cozy slice of outdoor life you can enjoy all spring and summer long.
Now that the weather is getting warmer, we're all getting the itch to be outdoors. Whether you're stuck inside and longing for some sunshine or just looking for inspiration for your own backyard, here are fifteen dreamy outdoor spaces to fire up your eyes and your imagination.
Springtime is here, and the garden is calling. Whether you're looking to plant a few flowers by the front door or grow enough food to feed the entire family, we've got plenty of tips and advice to get you started.
Spring is here! After all those months spent cooped up inside, the weather is finally nice enough to enjoy the outdoors. Because we know that a lavish roof garden (or even a backyard) isn't a reality for a lot of apartment dwellers, we've compiled this gallery of inspiring small outdoor spaces. Even if your balcony is one of those tiny ones with barely enough space to step outside, there's something here for you.
My new New York apartment has an 'outdoor space,' and by that I mean one of my windows opens onto a fire escape. While I'm perfectly happy with that — it's just the right size for watching the sun set and sipping a beer, or maybe even growing tomatoes (!) when the weather gets warm enough — I still get a twinge of jealousy when I see apartments with actual balconies, or even entire rooftops. There's something about being in the city yet still being surrounded by greenery that's so appealing.
During one of the epic snowstorms this winter, I saw a bar carved into the snow by a couple of neighbors on the nightly news. It was pretty impressive and I wanted one. Now, pub-sheds seem to be making their mark in backyards around the globe. Is this the new craze for yards with enough space to accommodate them? Will this take over the man cave basement bar?
This house might be perfectly nice on the inside but it was tough to get past the beige and boring outside, so these homeowners used some super-smart ideas to jazz up the exterior of their home and give it acres of appeal. You can copy these!
Gardening itself has its own trends and a new year always brings predictions of what's going to be hot. Everyone from gardening magazines to blogs to annual home and garden shows have their predictions about what is going to be guiding the green thumb market, but the trends themselves are gradual changes; shifts that have been gaining momentum over the years. So, let's get to it. Here are 9 trends that we'll be seeing a lot of in 2015.