Outdoor Living

Do It Yourself! Refresh Your Back Deck

There is something so gratifying about freshening up your outdoor spaces, especially for the warm weather months.  And with a few hours, some elbow grease, and about $100, you can have a fresh, inviting deck or patio for your outdoor enjoyment. I spent about 5 hours total over the course of a couple of days …

Maximize Your Small Garden Space

Garden season is in full swing at last!  I always admire a large lush garden, but the reality is that time and space often don’t allow for that.   In fact, compact gardens can be just as enjoyable as sprawling beds of flowers, shrubs, and vegetables, while having the benefit of being easier to maintain.  All …

Weekend Project: Make Your Garden Pop

Spring is in the air, which means sun, a blooming garden and a lot of outside time (hello, vitamin D)! But if you’re a busy family like us, you only have a day – maybe two- to execute an outdoor project. This week’s project is all about the garden and how to make it pop …

Brew your own Beer – Cream Ale!

Working for a huge company like Mohawk has many perks, but I must say my favorite is getting to work with different departments on big projects. I’ve had the pleasure of working with my colleague Kevin on many projects (Pssstttt…one was developing this blog and our websites). And through long meetings I learned he’s a …

Five Easy Ways to Add Curb Appeal to your Entry

I don’t know about you, but I am over winter.  Enough with the gray skies and snow! As I daydream about spring, I’m starting to think about how to spruce up my front entry to welcome the warm and sunny weather. Today, I’m going to give you five easy ways to add curb appeal to …

Lovely Outdoor Lighting for Longer Nights

It’s official, we’ve lost an entire hour of daylight. The trade off, however, is that we now get one more hour of cool, winter evenings to enjoy. My favorite! Why? Because this time of year for me brings a renewed love of my outdoor spaces… for family time, garden parties or simply lounging by the fire. …

Drab to Fab Patio Makeover!

Who wants to see a one-step patio makeover? This patio in Los Angeles was in dire need of a makeover. The patio furniture was looking good but the painted flooring and existing rug had seen its better days. All it took was this new Outdoor rug- Herringbone-Ginko to spruce up the space! I think it’s …

DIY Herb Container Garden

I’ve been longing for a garden for quite some time now.  There’s nothing like eating fresh from the garden, especially in the summer time!  Alas, our yard isn’t conducive to creating a vegetable or herb garden.  But we do have a sunny back deck just off our kitchen, so I decided a container garden was …

Extending Our Living Space Outdoors

I’m outdoorsy…in the fact that I like to sit outside and eat, read, watch my kids play, or drink wine. When the weather is nice, I almost can’t bear to stay inside. I wanted a nice bug free area to eat meals and visit with friends. So the first thing we did when we moved …

Four Things to Remember for Celebrating the Fourth

It’s almost upon us!  That mid-summer holiday we love to celebrate with family and friends — the Fourth of July.  To keep your entertaining simple and enjoyable, here are four things to think about as you plan your celebration. 1.  Festive decorations.  These are simple ways to up the festive factor for your gathering. Notice …

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