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Backyard Shade Solutions to Maximize Your Outdoor Space

Whether you want to use your backyard for entertaining friends or relaxing with family, having an adequate amount of shade is a must. This is especially true during the hot summer months or if you live in a climate where it’s warm year-round.  If your outdoor space is lacking shade, don’t worry. From affordable options ...

8 Wrap Around Porch Ideas for Your Home

When it comes to outdoor living, a wrap around porch is the dream of many homeowners. Covered outdoor spaces extend your livable square footage even when the weather isn’t great. They’re a wonderful place to enjoy watching a storm roll in or to bundle up when it’s cool. Porches are social, connecting you to your ...

9 Side Porch Designs We Love

We love a good side porch. Side porches can be small places for family members to kick off their shoes and access the home via a mudroom. Or they can be expansive outdoor spaces, complete with multiple areas for lounging and dining. Either way, we enjoy helping our clients fix up their existing side porches ...

Our Favorite Year Round Front Door Wreaths

Front doors are statement-makers. One fun and easy way to dress up your front door is with a wreath. However, switching out wreaths seasonally is not for everyone. That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite year round front door wreaths that you can set and forget. It includes both faux and real options. There’s a ...

Designer Picks: Outdoor Pillows

Most of us are in the thick of the glory days of outdoor living. Beautiful weather, more hours of sun, and (hopefully) some time off of work. This also means that many of us are assessing our outdoor decor. And we’re here to tell you about one of the simplest and most cost effective ways ...

18 Pool Furniture Ideas: Designer Picks

Turn your backyard pool and its surroundings into the oasis of your dreams with these designer-selected pool furniture ideas. We’ve rounded up chaises, chairs, side tables, and umbrellas so that you can lounge in style. From traditional to ultra contemporary, boho to nautical, this list has a piece for every pool setting imaginable. Enjoy! Our ...

Embracing Your Circular Driveway

Circular driveways offer a ton of functional benefits: plentiful parking for hosting, easy in-and-out access for homes off of busier roads, extra space for your high schooler to park their car, and more. However, from a curb appeal standpoint, they can prove challenging. After all, it’s quite a bit of visual real estate that’s dedicated ...

Our Review of Sherwin Williams’ Naval

As far as blue exterior house colors go, there are plenty of options to choose from, but Sherwin Williams’ Naval is one of our absolute favorites. We love it so much that we named it to our list of the 16 best Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors for 2023, and now we’re dedicating a full ...

8 Rooftop Deck Ideas for Outdoor Living

Creating comfortable places to gather outside has been a trend that has held strong since the start of the pandemic. Rooftop decks are one creative way to get outdoors when yard space is at a premium. Or when you want to maximize your view! In fact, we forecasted that roof decks would be a top ...