Life in the big city is booming. However, while cities offer plenty of recreational opportunities like dining, museums and live music, living quarters are becoming more expensive and more compact as the population continues to swell. So what do you do if you want to stay home and relax but your apartment is too cramped? Well, in many cities, people are taking to the rooftops.
At the start of every summer, we’re reminded that outdoor patio furniture is an investment. But when those pieces have to go up against pounding rain, howling wind or beating sun, you’ll want to make sure they can withstand the elements every season. That’s the crucial characteristic of all outdoor furniture—its material makeup.
Not all backyards are made equal. While having a spacious and flat outdoor space is ideal, having a small and hilly backyard isn’t the end of the world. It’s all about perspective and working with what you’ve got. Terracing the uneven terrain is a great opportunity to re-landscape your outdoor space and update it with modern flare.
One of the greatest joys of summer is the ability to go outside whenever you want, to lounge with a drink or enjoy a good read. Children enjoy doing the same things, but in somewhat more imaginative settings. We’ve come up with a few modern and innovative ways for you to incorporate an outdoor space where your child can read or play in style.
In the past, when you heard the term “backyard studio,” you’d immediately think of a tiny and rather uncomfortable converted garden shed. But these days, the backyard studio is being seen more as an opportunity to get really creative design-wise.
Q: I’d love to have an indoor or outdoor fireplace, but I don’t want to contribute to air pollution. How can I responsibly create the mood, look and atmosphere I want?
It’s springtime. The weather’s warmer. The flowers are blooming. And with this comes barbecues, pool parties and lounging around outside in the evenings to watch the sun go down. As it’s now the heart of spring, it’s a good time to remodel your outdoor living space to make it the perfect place to spend the rest of your spring and summer months.
The weather is getting warmer, and as we head further into the spring and summer seasons, it’s a great time to start thinking about upping your curb appeal game. These eye-catching and unusual front yard landscapes differ from the more “traditional” concepts, which is a good thing when you want your house to stand out.
The impact color has on a landscape cannot be understated. It literally sets the tone for any and all outdoor activities. Fortunately, injecting color into your outdoor living spaces doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Even with minimally designed furniture, lighting and modern textiles, you can bring your outdoor space to life with colors and textures that complement the natural backdrop of the great outdoors.
With the wide selection of options in today’s outdoor furniture market, you’d think the search for distinctive wood tables, chairs, and benches would be easy. But weather and wood don’t have a reputation for being forever friends, and there are often some hidden downfalls to many wood finishes being used outdoors.
Spring is officially in full swing. Instead of focusing your energy on drab spring cleaning indoors, enjoy the newfound sunshine with a facelift to your garden. No matter the space—whether a tiny rooftop garden in New York City or rolling hills in the Napa Valley—this is a must-have list for any modern gardener to get excited for the season ahead.
The six extra weeks of winter confirmed by our little groundhog friend Punxsutawney Phil gave us a little more time to get ready for spring, but the season is still coming in quickly. Getting ready for the season ahead usually means getting our outdoor spaces ready so we can maximize our time outside when the weather is (finally!) on our side.
With summer coming to a close and fall quickly approaching, don’t miss out on your opportunities to be outside. Whether you’re picnicking with friends, soaking up the sun at the beach, or spending a warm evening at an outdoor event, get in one last hurrah for enjoying the outdoors. Enjoy these last warm days of summer with last minute outdoor furniture and accessories that can take you well into fall.