From Livabl: Check out my tips on maximizing the potential of your outdoor living space.
This is such a dangerous time of year for your bank account. Spring is when we come out from our caves and start trying to shake off the cabin fever.
Sadly, this is the time of year when we gravitate to bright, bold colours in clothing, indoor paints and outdoor decor, mostly because everything has been so drab for so many months and we are all starving for a little colour.
Take a look at the store windows at this time of year and you’ll start seeing bright botanical prints, electric neon, and tons of bold primary patterns and solids. We all want colour and we start to buy things that fill the need. Unfortunately, our desire for colour can lead us into some unfortunate purchases.
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I am one hundred percent committed to the belief that an amazing backyard is built around the useable space. For all of the gardeners out there, I will concede that plants are an important ingredient to a harmonized yard but if you don’t have a spot to sit outside with family and friends and enjoy them, then those blooms are a wasted opportunity.
When it comes to creating useable space, I tell homeowners that while there are so many options out there, it ultimately comes down to one of two choices: Deck vs. Patio.
One of my many pet peeves around the holidays is the use of hanging baskets filled with branches and boughs. Now don’t get me wrong … I’m all for adding a little green to the front of the house, and using the existing hooks on the porch or on each side of the door is a great way to do it. Just make sure you do it right.
The reason hanging baskets look so good in the summer months is partially due to the trailing ivies and sweet potato vines that dangle down the sides. This hanging element creates a vertical line and fills the space (and hides the bottom) of the planter. I think the holiday baskets also need a hanging element instead of just a bunch of branches sticking out the top.
So here are two simple ideas for you to try at the front of your own home this year.