Create a Staycation: My 2019 Resolution

  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Nature Conservancy for IZEA Worldwide. All opinions are 100% mine. Almost every year my New Year's resolution is to lose weight. Unfortunately, I don't always stick to it. So this year I chose a more creative 2019 resolution inspired by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). I'm going to help the planet and create a staycation in my very own yard!   After downloading and … [Read more...]

Easy Outdoor Fall Decorations: Think Mums!

Although I hate to let go of summer, I do love the fall season with its crisp evenings and riotous color. Today I'm sharing easy outdoor fall decorations to spruce up our new deck and pond!   We just installed and stained our new deck a few weekends ago. I haven't had time to consider furniture options so for now I'm using what we have on hand - along with plenty of mums!   The Adirondack chairs match some of the trim color … [Read more...]

Create Fall Curb Appeal with Pumpkins and Mums

Are you ready for crisp, golden days with a wonderful palette of color everywhere you turn? I'm ready to create some fall curb appeal using my favorite mums and pumpkins! I've gathered together a collection of inspirational photos to get the creative juices flowing! Photo by Rikki Snyder   Filling my flower boxes with colorful gourds would be fun to do, but I hate the thought of pulling out the impatiens since they're still blooming. This … [Read more...]

8 Patio Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining

We recently installed a new deck next to the pond and will soon add a pea gravel patio. While getting the work done, I've been looking for inspirational ideas by cruising some of my blogging friends' outdoor living areas!   Annie at Zevy Joy creates a cozy spot on her pretty patio with comfy furniture and an outdoor rug. A sectional like this would be great for pondside viewing. Beth at Home Stories A to Z defines a seating area … [Read more...]

9 Pergola Ideas for Outdoor Dining

This weekend the guys are finishing the backyard deck and then we start work on the patio. We plan to install a beautiful pergola for outdoor dining over a pea gravel patio. Photo by Lights4fun   Hubby and I have looked at both metal and wooden pergolas. I love the organic appeal of real wood, but metal seems to be less expensive. This pretty pergola features romantic curtains - but how do you keep them clean? Photo by Tongue in Cheek … [Read more...]

Backyard Landscape Design Plan with Pond

My backyard has been a nuisance since the day we moved into our house. It's small, has a shed, a skinny sidewalk, and a mishmash of plants. Before we had to cut down a couple of large dying trees back there, it was impossible to grow grass. Weeds on the other hand, had no trouble thriving back there. But now, I have a new landscape design plan for my backyard and I can't wait for it to be transformed!! The 11'x17' pond will take center stage in … [Read more...]

Outdoor Dining Ideas and Inspiration

This summer my backyard is getting a complete makeover! I can't wait to share the design plan here on my blog this Saturday. An outdoor dining area is part of the plan so I've started looking for ideas for that section of the yard. I think you might find some inspiration from these photos for your own al fresco dining space. A simple farmhouse table with colorful chairs like these would be perfect for my humble farmhouse. Photo by Kilim … [Read more...]

Summer on the Front Porch

My heart was singing today because warmer temperatures have finally arrived here in Illinois! The trees are finally leafing out, birds are singing, and tulips and daffodils are dancing in the breeze. I'm anxious to usher in summer and enjoy time on the front porch. I rounded up several examples of pretty porches to provide inspiration for sprucing up your porch this season. An easy way to give your porch a new look is by swapping out your … [Read more...]

Summer Patio Decorating Ideas

We have a spot at the end of our very long driveway that I'd like to transform into a patio. I've got some ideas whirling around in my head to make the space livable and pretty. If you're also looking for summer patio decorating ideas, consider these inspirational photos. Add color and comfort. This beautiful patio from Maison de Pax includes a great mix of comfy textiles like throws and pillows, which also lend a touch of … [Read more...]

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