Category: yards

Outdoor Rug Magic

March 31, 2016

Looking for a way to make your outdoor area more comfortable and inviting? If I had to suggest one item that can transform your front porch as well as your backyard deck, my suggestion would be an outdoor rug:

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There is no other accessory that is as inexpensive and easy-to-find for the perfect way to dress up your outdoor area:Read More

A Few Random Thoughts and Good Advice

March 8, 2016

* It is that time of year again when our thoughts and projects are beginning to include outdoors. If you are planning on using wood mulch this year, take notice:  Please do not use red-dyed wood chips in your yard! You are trying to make your garden look beautiful and your landscape natural. The wood chips that are dyed red are not natural looking. A better color choice to use outdoors with your plantings is brown- like the color of Earth. Mother Nature  will thank you, (and so will your neighbors)!

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Signs Of Autumn

September 13, 2015

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Hard to believe, but the calendar says Fall is coming. The leaves are starting to turn and my local farm stand has decorated their huts:

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I am not quite ready to let go of the Summer yet, but I do love looking at inspirational photos to get myself ready:

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Look how easy and cute this idea is for flowerboxes:

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Isn’t this basket beautiful?:

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This was my Fall decorated porch last year:

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I better start planning for this year. I have found that is the key for the best arrangements- planning it out first.

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This has been my number one pin this Autumn so far:

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If you would like to look at more Fall photos, visit my Pinterest board here. You do have to admit that Autumn is the prettiest Season of all:

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Happy Autumn My Decorating Friends!

Flower Tip I Learned Today

September 5, 2015

Are you still enjoying your outdoor summer garden? If you are looking to replace your tired-looking planters, like mine,  you can  find a few annuals and planters, (amongst the mums), that are still full and gorgeous by taking a trip to your local garden store: new petunias Each of these planters above, there are two, were originally priced at $35.00 each. The store sold them to me for only $10.00 each! They are practically giving them away if you are looking for a little late summer sunshine on your porch. Petunias are still going strong here in NH: petunias While I was at the garden store, the owner asked if I knew the correct way to deadhead petunias. Now I am not a master gardener, but I thought I knew the correct way to break off the dead flower: dead flower I always pinched it like this at the base of flower: base of flower Well, that answer is wrong. I learned the correct place to snap off the spent flower is at the base of the stem it is on. Like this: base of stem That way you do not end up with seed pods growing. Like this: seed pods I am sure some of you already knew this. But I received so many letters after I wrote about not throwing away those dead orchids here: orchid2 I was not the only one who did not know that flower fact! The orchids are again re-blooming and are beautiful! Hopefully I taught you a new trick with your petunias also. I hope you all had a chance to read my interview this week on Maria Killam’s blog, Color Me Happy here. It was so exciting for me to be featured. She is like a color superstar! 🙂 Have a great Holiday weekend everyone! Kelly

Beautiful Backyard Retreats

July 19, 2015

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Are you spending as much time as possible outdoors this Summer? Soaking up that heat and sunshine?

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Do you have a special place in your backyard to rest and relax? I have been saving a few of my favorite backyard retreat photos:

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Just like indoors, it’s all in the details:

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I would love to retreat to any of these spaces! Which is your favorite? I hope you are enjoying your Summer!

Summer Outdoor Table Settings

June 27, 2015

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So gorgeous! And like I have said before, you too can make beautiful place settings if you PLAN.

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It’s all in the details:

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How can you not be inspired by this beautiful and simple table?:

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Love, love, love! I hope you have enjoyed looking at these photos as much I as I did collecting them. Does this inspire you to set yourself a beautiful table?