Monthly Archives: December 2012

Intimate Outdoor Party

Intimate Outdoor Party

Transform a wood patio table set into an intimate party place for your friends by encompassing your patio set with small, white candles and adding a pop of color with some paper lanterns. Change out the lanterns with some color-changing solar lights for when evening approaches. It might also be a good idea to use unbreakable drinkware that looks like crystals but won’t shatter if the party starts to get out of hand. (more…)

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Go to Your Happy Space

Go to Your Happy Space

If you’re feeling down or you just want to create a happy place for you and your friends to relax and chat, set up a couple of seating areas with bright, floral outdoor throw pillows & outdoor cushions, some patio topiaries and tropical plants and your negative thoughts are sure to diminish. Add some throw pillows to your bench, hearth or just lay them around on the ground to create your own comfortable seating area. A classic wood chaise lounge can adjust to sit up if you need to chat or just lay it back, close your eyes and relax. (more…)

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Front Porch Fan

Front Porch Fan

Who doesn’t love to relax on the front porch with a nice, cool drink and watch the goings-on in the neighborhood? Set up your viewing area with a couple of patio chairs made of resin wicker that will hold up if you get excited and spill your drink. These swivel rocker patio chairs allow you to see all around you using very little body movement so you won’t look like a fan at a tennis match moving your head back and forth to watch the game. Add a little patio table to hold your drink, phone and a magazine or two in case the excitement wears down. (more…)

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Comfort in Motion

Comfort in Motion

Patio gliders have come a long way from those clunky metal ones we enjoyed at grandma’s house. Crafted of all-weather wicker that won’t warp or chip, these patio gliders offer classic charm with modern practicality. Create a room-like feel by adding a coordinating patio table, an outdoor rug, and a few artificial palm trees. (more…)

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Patio Sitting Area

Patio Sitting Area

Make your outdoor living space as inviting as your living room by adding a few well-placed accessories and your favorite patio chair. Colorful outdoor cushions and outdoor curtains are designed to provide style and comfort without a worry. Outdoor patio curtains also have the added benefits of screening sunlight and offering a bit of privacy. For a fun touch, use a small pile of stones to keep the outdoor curtains open. (more…)

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Small Patio Ideas

Small Patio Ideas

Even a quaint patio area can be made welcoming with small patio furniture. Here, a folding wood table and matching chairs provide a convenient spot to enjoy coffee or cocktails on your porch, patio or balcony. When guests arrive, simply fold and store the small patio table and chairs out of the way. (more…)

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How to Measure Replacement Cushions

Simple Measuring Techniques for Replacing Patio Furniture Cushions

Replacing patio cushions is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to update the look of your patio furniture. Whether you have existing patio furniture cushions or if you are purchasing patio cushions for your new patio furniture, use this guide to ensure your patio furniture cushions will have an accurate fit. It’s also a good idea to make sure the patio cushions that you are looking at have weather-resistant fabric and are intended for outdoor use. (more…)

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18 Dec '12

BBQ Party Ideas

BBQ Party Ideas

6 Steps to Take the Stress out of Planning the Perfect BBQ Party

Planning the perfect BBQ party can be both time-consuming and stressful. So to help streamline the process of planning a BBQ, we’ve put together a step-by-step list of how to plan a BBQ party, some helpful BBQ party ideas to make the day run smoothly as well as some of our favorite BBQ party recipes. (more…)

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18 Dec '12

Tailgating Ideas

Tailgating Ideas

Step-by-Step Checklist on How to Throw the Ultimate Tailgating Party

Are you ready for some football? It’s that time of year again when the pigskins come out of hiding, the team flags are dusted off and placed in flagpoles and on garage doors and America is getting ready to start celebrating its favorite pastime…tailgating. (more…)

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18 Dec '12

BBQ Cleaning Tips

BBQ Cleaning Tips

Have a Clean BBQ Ready to Go When You’re Ready to Grill

Twice a year it’s a good idea to do a deep cleaning of your BBQ – once before you put it away for the winter and then when you first pull it out in spring. Of course, if you live in California, chances are your BBQ stays out all year long, so you can just add BBQ cleaning to your spring cleaning and end of summer checklists. (more…)

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