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    Keep the cooler months entertaining. All around the country, the autumn months are prime time for outdoor entertaining. Shorter days mean more opportunities for twilight dinner parties and happier happy hours. Cooler temps mean more comfortable conversations near cozy fire pits. Ready to plan the perfect outdoor party? We’ll show Read More

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    While it’s certainly true that in some regions sitting on the patio in midwinter is not realistic, for those who live in mild climates there’s no reason outdoor rooms must sit unused for several months. To tempt yourself onto the porch or patio, even when there’s a nip in the Read More

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    For many, winter is a period to slog through and a necessary evil — snow interferes with our travel plans, while windy days send chills deep into our bones. And yet, winter is a miracle. Without it, a lot of our plants and wildlife simply wouldn’t thrive. Here are four Read More

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    Clean your pruners and get out your gardening gloves. Spring is here, bringing longer days, fresh blooms and annual garden chores. In the Pacific Northwest and Southwest, it’s time to prune trees. Early bulbs and wildflowers are peeking their heads above the soil around the Northeast and Great Lakes regions. Read More

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  • 04/27/17--06:30: Designing an Outdoor Kitchen
  • Outdoor kitchens have become increasingly popular over the years and we don’t see that changing any time soon. Whether you’re installing a new outdoor kitchen or giving it an update, consider these trends and tips to best enhance the design and functionality of your space. Trends to Watch This year’s Read More

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    Let’s face it: Even though we love our neighbors, we all occasionally want to step outside without having to strike up a conversation. Although fences and brick walls can do the trick, adding an extra divider, screen or plant barrier can block your neighbor’s two-story view for good. To create Read More

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    Make your exterior pop with color and curb appeal. Flower boxes bursting with colorful potted perennials and small flower-producing shrubs are a great addition to your exterior space. Sure, you could spend up to $100 for a ready-made flower box. Or you could experience the priceless satisfaction of building your Read More

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    Maximize your outdoor time this summer by incorporating shade into your garden. Not only does shade make an outdoor space more comfortable, it also protects from the sun’s harsh rays. Designing for shade also incorporates an often overlooked element of landscape design: the ceiling plane. No matter how solid, transparent, Read More

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    Outdoor spaces have become extremely popular design projects, but if the sun is blazing a shade structure or pergola can make the space more usable. The following trends and tips cover everything you need to know about pergola design. Design Tips Design for longevity Worry-free and low maintenance are key Read More

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    You don’t need much space or fancy patio furniture to turn an outdoor area into an inviting spot for enjoying a meal outside. A few chairs drawn up around a cafe table under a shade tree, or benches and a folding table on a roof terrace, are all it takes Read More

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    When it comes to absorbing the punishing effects of summer sun, wind, rain storms and pool parties, your outdoor furniture bears as much of the brunt as your home’s other exterior elements. Even furniture touted as “weatherproof” needs its share of care. Follow these on a regular basis, and you’ll Read More

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    When your house gives you square-footage-challenged lemons, you make square-footage lemonade … or in my case, lemon-wheel-garnished sangria. Each spring, as the weather changes from dreadful to dreamy, I come to realize how my dining room only accommodates two to three people max. Knowing that three is a crowd and Read More

    The post How to Transform Your Unused Carport Into an Outdoor Dining Room appeared first on LiveAbode.