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...]

The Most Fragrant Flowers

Whether it’s a blooming bouquet or a single stalk artfully posed in a glass vase, nothing brightens up a room like fresh cut flowers. It’s also a sure way to make any woman smile, as I like to remind my husband and children. And because there are so many venues to get them—wholesale and retail florists, farmers markets, roadside stands, pick-your-own operations, grocery stores, and even the internet—even last minute remembrances and impulse buys will yield beautiful blooms.Attractive flowers don’t necessarily have a pleasing smell or any scent at all. So if you are looking for a touch of aromatherapy with your flowers, then you will need to have some working knowledge of the more popular fresh cut flowers. Sunflowers, for instance, while remarkable for their color and size, do not give … [Read more...]

Outdoor Living: Build a Trellis!

Looking Forward to Spring? We're getting closer and closer to that wonderful day, the first day of Spring! That means it's time to start thinking about this year's outdoor projects!These pictures show you a couple versions of a neat little project that can be done in a weekend. I would tell you what it is, but I don't know!Pergola or Trellis?I'm just about ready to give up on figuring out exactly what constitutes a pergola and what would be more aptly named a trellis! If you want to start down that dark path, you can start here. I'll just call it a trellis and be done with it!Here is another one:By whatever name, these structures are really great to have. They: are quick and easy projects don't have to cost a fortune (but can spend a fortune if you really go … [Read more...]