How To Turn Your Backyard into an Outdoor Room
What if you stopped thinking of your backyard as a tiny bit of lawn, trapped by a fence, and instead began thinking of it as an outdoor room, with dirt for a floor and the sky for a ceiling? This is an approach that works particularly well for townhouse backyards, and it can work for you, too. Here’s a little inspiration.
Jun 26, 2019
Make Over Your Outdoor Space for Fall: Completely Cozy it Up for Less than $225
If you’re lucky enough to own an outdoor space—even the tiniest of balconies will do—you should be able to enjoy it throughout the fall, even as the nights start to get chillier. To help you savor every last drop of summer and transition into autumn, we’ve collected everything you’ll need to get your outdoor space cool-weather ready, such as a soft blanket, a warm rug, and glowing string lights. Here’s to a never-ending season of fun. 1.
Jun 26, 2019
This New Orleans Backyard Has an Airstream, a Music Stage & Clawfoot Tubs
Tim Sheehan knew he was in for many years of hard work when he bought an abandoned New Orleans property six years ago. The grounds included a two-story 5,500 square-foot Greek Revival home and a ramshackle guest house, both in need of major renovations. The outdoor space started taking shape to become what it is today, a communal quad where Tim gathers regularly with friends, when he started using the yard as a staging ground for his many projects in 2012.
Jun 26, 2019
Rachel’s Mid-Century Backyard Patio is About to Get a Whole Lot Better
Name: Rachel Andersen Type of Project: Backyard Patio Renovation Location: Tulsa, OK Type of building: Single-family Ranch The Renovation Diaries are a collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here. Rachel worked 3+ jobs all throughout high school and college, because she had a big dream: to buy a little place and make it into a home.
Jun 26, 2019
Rachel’s Inspiration for a Bohemian Dream Backyard on a Budget
Name: Rachel Andersen Type of Project: Backyard Patio Renovation Location: Tulsa, OK Type of building: Single-Family Ranch The Renovation Diaries are a collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here. Rachel bought her first house at the young age of 21, and works hard to make it a welcoming place for family and friends.
Jun 26, 2019
Rachel’s Backyard Patio: Now 100X Better Than Before
Name: Rachel Andersen Type of Project: Backyard Patio Renovation Location: Tulsa, OK Type of building: Single-family Ranch The Renovation Diaries are a collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here. Rachel and friends have worked for weeks to pull this backyard space together, not cutting any corners, and doing it all DIY-style.
Jun 26, 2019
Rachel Spills: What I Actually Spent on My Backyard Makeover
Name: Rachel Andersen Type of Project: Backyard Patio Renovation Location: Tulsa, OK Type of building: Single-Family Ranch The Renovation Diaries are a collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here. All projects come with lots of good intentions — filled with budgets, plans, and timelines.
Jun 26, 2019
Unusual Exterior Paint Color Combos That Actually Look Really Great
When I was growing up in Lafayette, Louisiana, my family took a lot of trips to Mississippi to see my grandparents, and on the way back, I remember, there was this one lavender house, right by the interstate, that always caught my eye. This one pale, pale purple home, in a sea of beiges, seemed almost magical.
Jun 26, 2019
7 Super Chic Backyard Ideas to Elevate Your Outdoor Space
You're just a few ideas away from a better backyard.
Jun 26, 2019
Your New Dream Kitchen Might Straddle the Line Between Indoors & Out
We'd love an invite.
Jun 26, 2019
Spruce Up Your Patio to Spend Your Entire Summer Outdoors (For Under $300)
I don’t know about you, but my balcony is pretty pathetic. As a renter of a second-floor condo with a little screened-in outdoor area, it’s been hard to get motivated enough to think about that space and what I can do with it.
Jun 26, 2019
Before & After: A Courtyard Gets a Low-Maintenance Makeover
For a less intrepid DIY-er the assortment pictured above would be one intimidating pile of rocks. Not so for April. She transformed her courtyard into a relaxing spot, perfect for entertaining. Best of all, it’s super low maintenance so she can spend more time planning parties and less time watering grass! From April: I am in love with the new look of my courtyard area, which was almost all do-it-yourself projects.
Jun 26, 2019
Outdoor Look We Love: Herringbone Brick
Like tiles, bricks are subject to the whims and fancies of eras. Think of the white-painted brick of Shabby Chic-obsessed homes in the ’90s and minimalists today, or even the dark red brick ranches of the midcentury. But when bricks are used for paths and patios, it’s easy to stick to predictable, straightforward patterns. That might be why the herringbone layout feels so fresh right now, even though it’s a style that’s been around for hundreds of years.
Jun 26, 2019
An Enviable Patio Makeover
Have you ever looked at an image of a room and just couldn’t help but smile? That’s exactly the reaction I had when I saw this happy-go-lucky patio makeover. It’s part of the home of Bri Emery from design blog Design Love Fest and every spot my eyed landed on was better than the next. Don’t make me pick my favorite part: the geometric concrete tile floors, all those amazing little seating nooks, the fringe-y umbrella (a DIY!!)…who could choose?
Jun 26, 2019
Before & After: Replacing a Rotting Deck With a Budget-Friendly Alternative
Jennifer’s backyard was overgrown and her deck had seen better days. After clearing away a good portion of the growth, she knew her backyard had major potential but she wasn’t entirely sure what to do about the deck. Enter gravel! Friend to both budget and mother nature, this alternative choice helped Jennifer build a gorgeous outdoor space. From Jennifer: Before I purchased my house in late 2007, it had lived a maintenance-free life. The yard was completely overgrown.
Jun 26, 2019
Before & After: A Budget- and Renter-Friendly Patio Makeover
It was love at first sight for Elizabeth and her patio. And like any good relationship, they’ve inspired each other, supported each other and brought a little color into each others’ lives. From Elizabeth: When we took the tour of our apartment I didn’t even need to step through the front door before I realized that we we’re going to take it. Simply based on the patio.
Jun 26, 2019
Take Another Look at Gravel: Chic Ways to Use It Outdoors
A manicured lawn is a beautiful sight to behold, but it’s a feature that isn’t without its own problems. There’s the cost and time investment for maintenance, plus the staggering amount of water needed to keep a lawn looking fresh in the summer. And really, does anyone truly love mowing the lawn? (Aside from my father, who likely enjoyed the peace of a weedwacker or lawnmower compared to the general chaos produced by me and my brother growing up.
Jun 26, 2019
Take Happy Hour Outdoors In These Backyard Bars
Very few things compare to the simple pleasure of enjoying a nice glass of wine outside on a gorgeous summer evening. While you could head out to any bar with a nice outdoor space, you usually have to time your visits to avoid a throng of like-minded people. (For introverts, this possibility takes all the fun out of this activity.
Jun 26, 2019
Dabney’s Bare Backyard Goes From Lifeless to Next Level
Previously I wrote about my bare backyard when it was a wasteland of dog poop, weeds and sorrow. Today I’m showing you my new and improved outdoor space, which is now a low maintenance dream. Two thirds of the new backyard is covered with an expansive composite deck. The other section is a rectangular area of gravel with a firepit: Composite Deck: Probably the most ground-breaking — yet largely unsung — feature of the new and improved backyard is the new platform deck.
Jun 26, 2019
Perfectly Pocket-Sized Pools for Small Outdoor Spaces
Bigger isn't alway better.
Jun 26, 2019
6 Big Garden Trends We’re So Excited to See This Year
Here's a little inspiration to transform your outdoor space (or even just get started gardening).
Jun 26, 2019
Before and After: A Front Yard Makeover With Massive Curb Appeal
This Bay Area front yard had seen better days, but now it is an urban oasis worthy of major admiration—and envy, especially of their lucky friends who get invitations for sunset cocktails but didn’t have to do any of the actual work. If you happen to have a similar project to tackle, this reader submission has the most thorough process description ever seen in a Before & After post. Everything looks so lush and luxurious!
Jun 26, 2019
Small Outdoor Space? Consider “Square Foot Gardening”
There’s nothing quite so satisfying as growing your own food—and nothing quite so frustrating as being a would-be gardener with a too-small outdoor space. I have known this pain myself, so I was particularly intrigued when Dabney, our Projects Editor, told me about Square Foot Gardening, a very efficient technique for growing things you can eat. Could this be the perfect way to grow a lot of veggies in just a little bit of space?
Jun 26, 2019
Make Your Space Feel Bigger With This Mindful Cleaning Mission
This year, we’re on a mission to help you tackle spring cleaning on your time. Each weekday until April 13, we’ll guide you through a plan to clean and organize different areas of your home, but you’ll have the flexibility to choose exactly what to work on and how long you have to dedicate to the job. Each year, the breezy spring weather is a great reminder that home doesn’t have to end at your entryway.
Jun 26, 2019
Ornamental Grass Is a Low-Maintenance, Drought-Resistant Plant Wonder
There are plenty of reasons to get excited.
Jun 26, 2019
This 200-Square-Foot Apartment Has An Equally Super Tiny Balcony
You might remember Jessica’s petite apartment, which was featured in a House Tour (and video) a couple of years ago. Off the bedroom, through that French door, is a teeny tiny balcony, which she just got around to sprucing up, and it’s so worth a look. This tiny balcony seems like it’s only large enough to hold a bistro table and chairs—or even just one chair perhaps?—but a clever makeover makes room for so much more. Absolutely amazing!
Jun 26, 2019
6 Reasons I’m Kinda Embracing The Whole ‘She Shed’ Thing
Let's unpack the tiny backyard shed phenomenon, shall we?
Jun 26, 2019
The 10 Commandments of Decorating a Tiny Outdoor Space
Straight from the experts.
Jun 26, 2019
The Best Portable Grills
Find the grill of your dreams and start entertaining this summer—no backyard necessary.
Jun 26, 2019
7 Ways to Throw a Summer Party Without an Actual Backyard
‘Tis the season for partying outdoors. But what to do when you don’t have a proper backyard in which to throw an al fresco bash? Fret not, my patio-deprived friends. There are still plenty of ways to host a stellar summer soiree without an actual backyard. It just takes a little planning and creativity. From picnics at the park to old-school pub-crawls, here are seven ways to throw a stellar summer fete—no backyard necessary.
Jun 26, 2019
These 10 Patios Will Make You Want to Paint Your Floors
Patios are a tricky thing to upkeep, what with them being outside in the elements all year long. If you took the time to thoughtfully decorate your outdoor space, then you’ve probably noticed a few of the most common pet peeves that homeowners face. Rugs get sun bleached and crack from the intense summer heat, concrete gets dingy and grimy from alternating rains, and a bare floor slab has a tendency to make the space feel unfinished or in-progress. But what’s a person to do?
Jun 26, 2019
7 Quick Weekend Ways to Cozy Up Your Space for Fall
Here is something every small-space dweller learns in the course of living pint-sized: Your home does not have to end at your four walls. In fact, the best way to expand your mind and your living space is to spend as much time as you can in the “in-between” space just outside your door, amongst neighbors and nature and all that good stuff out in the world.
Jun 26, 2019
Before and After: This Backyard Shed Is Now a Real Money Maker
It went "from shabby storage shed to chic guest suite."
Jun 26, 2019
This Weekend Project Will Plant the Seed for a Flavorful (and Money Saving) Year Ahead
Apartment Therapy Weekend Projects is a guided program designed to help you get the happy, healthy home you’ve always wanted, one weekend at a time. Sign up now for email updates so you never miss a lesson. I have a not-insignificant number of friends who, in the last decade or so, have tried their hand at raising chickens to enjoy the eggs.
Jun 26, 2019
3 Ways Spring Cleaning Can Connect Your Home With Nature
Your outdoor space is whatever area of your home base that you go to when you want to comfortably connect with nature.
Jun 26, 2019
This Home’s DIY Backyard Pergola Is One of the Coolest Outdoor Chill Zones We’ve Seen
This awesome DIY pergola hangout space in a backyard has serious hangout vibes.
Jun 26, 2019
See How Gardening Newbies and Their Neighbors Transformed a Brooklyn Rooftop into an Outdoor Oasis
Even if you don't have a rooftop to use, you'll find garden inspiration from all the ways this couple and their neighbors made use of their shared outdoor space.
Jun 26, 2019
What Each Birth Month Flower Means—And How To Arrange Them
You might be surprised to learn that flowers are much more than a beautiful part of nature and a lovely home accent.
Jun 26, 2019
Last Chance! Target's Epic Prime Day Sale Ends Today
Grab these deals before they're gone!
Jun 26, 2019
The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Make Money on Airbnb
By offering travelers easy access to desirable destinations at a more affordable price, homeowners in these areas stand to make a great return on their investment.
Jun 26, 2019
Pottery Barn’s One-Day Sale Is Exactly What You Need to Upgrade Your Whole Space
If you love traditional decor, this is the sale you've been waiting for.
Jun 26, 2019
How Gardening Completely Changed The Way I Think About ‘Home’
Each time a tiny seed transforms into a rainbow of flowers, I feel renewed with hope not just for my garden, but for the world. It’s a reminder that there is a possibility of beauty everywhere.
Jun 26, 2019
6 Ways to Make Your Bed Look & Feel Larger Than It Is
Blessed with only enough room for a twin bed? Trying to make a double work for two while you save up for that California king? Buying a bed that’s properly in proportion to your space (or your budget) means you’re usually left wishing there was a little more room to spread out at night. Not all of these strategies will work for your life, and some of them only give you extra space visually.
Jun 26, 2019
This $49 Etsy Find Is My New Favorite Go-To Present
Unique and affordable? A truly perfect gift.
Jun 26, 2019
Top 10 Affordable Wall Treatments
We love wallpaper and interior paints…but applying them can be lots of hard work, not to mention a pricey endevour with all of the supplies and labour. So we’ve put together 10 of our favourite alternative and affordable wall treatment solutions that will give you stylish results on a budget, all below the jump…Masking tape “painted stripes”: Hakarl and Jili decked their dining room in stylish stripes with common masking tape.
Jun 26, 2019
Beth & Jeff’s Whimsical Vintage-Inspired Home
Name: Beth, Jeff, Ruby, and Fiona Location: Bixby Knolls, Long Beach, California Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 6 years; OwnedSet back off of a quiet street in Bixby Knolls is Beth and Jeff’s lovingly crafted one-story 1920s home, shared with daughters Ruby, 4, and Fiona, 9 months. But it wasn’t always so quaint. When they purchased the home six years ago, it was dilapidated and in desperate need of TLC.
Jun 26, 2019
5 Ways to Speed Up Your Slow Wi-Fi Connection
There’s a good chance you’re not experiencing the full internet speeds you’re paying for. A weak wireless connection is often the bottleneck between advertised maximum speeds and the reality of waiting for pages to load and files to download. So what’s the point of paying for all this speed if you can’t take full advantage of it?
Jun 26, 2019
Skipping the Hassle Of Hiding Home Theater Wiring
We’ve always preached the pros of going wireless here at Apartment Therapy (check out Joel’s wireless audio setup), and there have always been pros and cons. This is the year to finally take your video and audio wireless and stop stressing about running unsightly wiring all over your home.Wireless VideoWireless video has been around for quite some time now, but many of us have struggled with the drawbacks that it brings.
Jun 26, 2019