World’s 7 Most Spectacular Dream Pools

Summertime, and the livin's easy. Right? Well, it most certainly is if you're kicking back at one of the seven most spectacular pools the world has to offer. From Chile to Australia, if you're lucky enough to be in one of these pools, you're doing something right. PS- send an invitation! Yup. That is a pool. Oh, not just the part under the glass pyramid. The part with the sailboat as well.  This is San Alfonso del Mar's pool in Chile; it holds 250 million liters of water and is over a kilometer in length. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is the world’s largest crystalline water pool. Image source. You'll be on cloud nine swimming in this pool at what's known as the Melbourne Cloud House. Heavenly. Image source. This lovely indoor-outdoor pool reminds me of a … [Read more...]

Saving Money on Backyard Swing Sets and Play Equipment

Play equipment takes a beating, and saving money on a good swingset can be a challenge. You should definitely not skimp or buy very old equipment, but you also do not need to pay thousands or even several hundreds for an awesome swing set. There are a few sure fire ways to stretch your dollars and buy years of fun for your little one. Search for Used Toddler Play Equipment Search on Craigslist first for moving sales or in the Kids section. It is kind of hard to get a good play place on Craigslist - they go fast - but if you are faster you can score an awesome Little Tikes or Step 2 type of play place. These chunky plastic sets are durable and can really take a beating. My kids had one for 3 years and it lasted through Washington storms and snow just fine. We gave it away when we … [Read more...]

Simple Outdoor Gatherings

Throwing an outdoor party doesn't have to be stressful or expensive. Using simple everyday items from the home to spruce up an outdoor space can provide a serene spot to have a beautiful party... In a garden, on a deck, under a tree - doesn't matter where you have it or why, it can be done very easily. Every outdoor party must have lights! It adds a touch of magic and ambiance that can turn any "plain ole space" into something grand. This table setting is simple - white everyday dishes, linen tablecloth, and greenery for a punch of color. A bold pattern of red stands out on these "dishtowel" placemats. Inexpensive towels or table napkins can make a pretty backdrop for complimenting dishes. Red is a great choice for summer! I LOVE this space. Something like this can be … [Read more...]

Getting Creative with a Small Backyard

I am a big fan of small yards. While I love the idea of vast amounts of open space, the maintenance scares me. So how do you fit a lot of function into a small space? This outdoor room is a inspiring example of what can be done with a small yard. You may think you have limited space, but with a little planning, you can really pack a lot into a small area. This particular yard creates spaces for children, an outdoor kitchen and serving bar, room for socializing and the ever important ambience through the use of a small fountain -- all carefully tucked into a small backyard. The secret to effective space planning is creating zones. By designating even small corners for important elements, you can enjoy your yard without missing out on any function. Inspiration images: HGTV article … [Read more...]