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Don’t Let Bugs Ruin Another Outdoor Party

July 11, 2016

It happens time and time again: A whine echoes in your ear. You begin swatting at the air. Soon enough, you feel an itchy, swollen bump on your arm or ankle. Biting, stinging bugs are the ultimate summer buzzkill, enough to make you shift your outdoor dinner party inside. Don’t let the insects win! Here’s…

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Outdoor Furniture That’s Pretty Enough to Bring Inside

June 01, 2016

My parents bought furniture for our backyard exactly once: an ultra utilitarian metal table (white) and six wicker and metal chairs (blue). None of them looked or felt especially good, and all of them rusted or warped after one sweltering Louisiana summer. I barely blinked when, after collecting dust for two more years, the stuff…

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Bright Ideas: Outdoor Lighting for After Sunset

May 30, 2016

Everyone loves entertaining outdoors. Friends are funnier, drinks taste better, and life’s possibilities seem somehow more … possible when celebrating under the stars. But what transforms the great outdoors into a great place to party? Good lighting. “It’s key to a useable and beautiful outdoor space,” says celebrity designer Erinn Valencich. Here are some of…

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7 Items to Give Your Patio Great Summer Style

April 22, 2016 1

When gorgeous summer weather rolls around, the patio is the place to be. Invite your friends, crank up the grill, and pour a few drinks. Does it get any better? Actually, it does. By adding a few key items to your patio, you can celebrate the summer in a space full of flair. For inspiration,…

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Make It a Party: Movies Under the Stars

September 09, 2015

Cool summer evenings are the best time to entertain and the perfect opportunity to host a “Movies Under the Stars” party. Throwing an outdoor movie night sounds elaborate, but it actually can be pretty simple. Channel a laid-back, drive-in theater vibe with these easy tips: The Spot Get creative with your space and make use of…

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5 Fun Family Yard Projects for Labor Day

August 28, 2015

As a homeowner, a three-day weekend represents the opportunity to tackle outdoor home-improvement projects. But that doesn’t mean you and your family have to forego fun in favor of productivity. This Labor Day Weekend, why not try combining family time with work time by involving the whole family in a series of enjoyable jobs to…

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Keep Outdoor Parties Going This Fall

August 25, 2015

Are you sad that summer’s outdoor celebrations are coming to a cold, leaf-strewn end? Don’t let chilly temperatures push you indoors…yet. Los Angeles-based designer, Erinn Valencich, shows you how to hook up your outdoor entertaining space, so the party lasts long past Labor Day. Stock Up On Plush Pelts “I love the small fur throws…

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