Outdoor Living Ideas – Pictures, Design Ideas and Decor

Green roof in mountains Green Roofs: Examples of Unique Eco-Friendly Roofs
Covering roofs with small plants is becoming increasingly popular, for energy, environmental and aesthetic reasons alike. Here’s an overview of the many benefits creating a green roof confers, along with some suggestions on how to make your own roof greener and more eco-friendly. Benefits of a Green Roof: Extend the life of your roof Conventional shingle roofs generally last only between Continue Reading
garden sprayer How to Lower Your Water Footprint in Your Garden
Gardening is a time-honored tradition, but luckily, we live in an era where water flows freely from the tap (can you imagine hauling all the water you needed for your garden by hand?). Modern environmental concerns mean today’s gardeners need to consider their water footprint in the backyard. Water-wise gardening isn’t about simply reducing the amount of water you use—it’s a whole Continue Reading
Monarch butterfly How to Plant a Garden Butterflies Will Love
When you see butterflies, isn’t it like a little magic has decided to float by? They’re exotic and beautiful, quiet but quick, and often gone just when you realize they were there. That’s why planting a butterfly garden is so satisfying. It can attract and keep an abundance of butterflies around so you can enjoy them in all their stages Continue Reading
sustainable porch furniture How to Buy “Green” Porch and Patio Furniture
“Green,” of course, doesn’t refer to either the color of the porch furniture, or the unseasoned condition of the wood it’s made from. We’re talking about furniture that brings with it a minimal environmental impact as well as utility, comfort, and maybe even a little design pizzazz. While you’ll have to be the judge of how comfortable a chair is or Continue Reading
Sprouts and watering can Summer Gardening for Black Thumbs and Busy People
It may be summer, but gardening is no vacation for you—you’ve got so many dead plants on your rap sheet that you’ve pretty much consigned yourself to a garden-free yard for the foreseeable future. However, while you may not have had much luck in your past horticultural forays, you don’t need to run in the other direction every time you Continue Reading
Rainwater barrel storage How Rain Catch Systems Work
With the western half of the US experiencing historical drought levels, it’s time to get serious about reducing our water footprint, and one very practical way to do so is through a rain catchment system. These setups can easily provide water that would be otherwise lost to landscaping, holding collected rainwater until it’s needed. Your average homeowner can have one Continue Reading
IMG_6334 Dress Up Your Deck With A DIY Gas Fire Pit
Gas fire pits are a newer trend that marry the cozy warmth of a backyard fire with ease and convenience. As much fun as it is to roast marshmallows during a camp-out, let’s face it. It’s also a lot of work. So instead of spending your time chopping wood, obtaining a fire permit, and struggling to light a fire the Continue Reading
Potted Plants How to Boost Your Curb Appeal with a Container Garden
It’s no secret that homes with beautiful landscaping are more eye-catching than homes with empty yards. Lush foliage and vibrant plants create a welcoming environment before you even enter a home. Of course, not every house comes with a spacious front yard, and not every homeowner has the budget for professional landscaping. But if you live in an apartment, condo, Continue Reading
gardening Prepping For Your Spring Garden in One Weekend
The weather is finally turning warm again, and that means a mad dash to get gardens going. Like most homeowners, you’re probably feeling the itch to plant right about now, but also wondering how you’ll ever fit weekend after weekend of yard work into your already cramped schedule. Don’t worry, though, because a garden doesn’t have to be a whole-month Continue Reading
Mosquito How to Protect Your Home from Mosquitos and the Zika Virus
Mosquitos are always annoying—they buzz and bite, and they’re pros at ruining a backyard barbecue. But with their recent and rapid spread of the Zika virus, keeping these insects at bay is a priority for your comfort at home and your health as we enter the warmer months. For the most part, the mosquito that carries Zika virus, lives in Continue Reading

Outdoor Living Ideas

That sad area behind your house with all the patchy grass and weeds? Yeah, that could look way better. We know you know. So that’s why we’ve compiled a ton of inspiration to get you on track to take your backyard to the next level where you’ll be able to enjoy outdoor living at its finest. From fire pits to stone patios to decorating decks on the cheap, get the best outdoor living ideas for your home.

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