Beyond Outdoor Living: From Indoors-Out to Outside-In

Beyond Outdoor Living: From Indoors-Out to Outside-In

When it comes to your living environment, both indoors and outdoors, there’s no doubt that the notions of style and comfort factor into your design-making decisions. However, there’s another aspect that you should consider factoring in: fluidity. That is to say, you should enjoy all of the benefits that come with creating a seamless transition between your interior and exterior spaces. To do this, it helps to understand the art and craft of bringing indoor design elements outdoors and outdoor design elements indoors. Let’s take a closer look at how you can accomplish this look.

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Summer Mailbox Makeover Ideas

Summer Mailbox Makeover Ideas

Until 1916, American households got their mail from mail carriers. With a knock on the door, they would hand-deliver each parcel - losing close to 2 hours each day while waiting for people to open their doors! To improve efficiency, the Post Office Department made it mandatory in 1923 for every house and establishment to put up a mailbox. This is how our quaint mailbox became an everyday necessity. The modern residential mailbox has come a long way from there. It is no longer regarded as an instrument to just collect mail, but instead carries an additional responsibility of serving as...

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11 Scintillating Outdoor Post Light Trends for 2018

11 Scintillating Outdoor Post Light Trends for 2018

Few things make a great first impression quite like stylish lighting. Outdoor fixtures are a vital component of your home’s overall design, and post lighting is case in point. These essential styles give your guests a warm welcome while boosting curb appeal and shining a light on architectural details. But more than that, they offer safety, security, and comfort right where you need it most. We’re taking a look at the most eye-catching outdoor post light trends for 2018 and sharing tips on how to incorporate these designs into your outdoor space.

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5 Outdoor Lighting Tricks to Help Sell a House Quick

5 Outdoor Lighting Tricks to Help Sell a House Quick

Now that you have finally decided to put your house on the market, you have worked extra hard on improving its selling appeal. That’s brilliant! You have replaced and repaired, deep cleaned and decluttered. But what is it that you have overlooked and could potentially sabotage your hard efforts? How about your outdoor lighting? Oh yes! No matter how well-planned your landscape design is, it will be lackluster without the proper outdoor lighting. We have some basic tricks up our sleeve to help you close a deal faster than you expected.

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4 Outdoor Lighting Tricks to Make Small Yards Look Bigger

4 Outdoor Lighting Tricks to Make Small Yards Look Bigger

With some trends leaning toward smaller homes, today's families are expanding their living areas outside. Now, savvy homeowners enjoy outdoor 'rooms' filled with the same style and comfort in furniture, fabrics, and lighting as they have indoors. While 2018 outdoor lighting trends can easily be incorporated in any size yard, smaller yards ultimately present more challenges when creating landscapes and outdoor living areas with truly captivating lighting. By carefully choosing landscape and outdoor lighting, you can make a small yard look more expansive. Read on for four clever outdoor lighting tricks to make your small yard look bigger! 1. Curved...

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Light Layering Tips for Texturing Outdoor Lighting

Light Layering Tips for Texturing Outdoor Lighting

If you want your house to look great at night, texture and light-layering techniques are the best place to begin. Landscape professionals know that brick, wood, concrete, stone, glass, stucco, and iron are art canvases full of potential. Outdoor lighting is also a good investment — what you pay for in fixtures and their installation is returned with a higher level of safety for your property, a better-looking house, and a landscape that inspires your neighbors and guests. The creative possibilities and rewarding results of layering and texturing are one of the few home improvement projects that can cost as...

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7 Ways to Feng Shui Your Outdoor Spaces

7 Ways to Feng Shui Your Outdoor Spaces

If you’ve experimented with interior design in your home, you’ve probably run across the principles of feng shui. By understanding the elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water you can attract positive energy to your home while repelling the bad. We talked about the basics in our post, Harmonize Your Home with the Principles of Feng Shui. But you may not know that the exterior of your home can be just as important as the interior. Bad energy in your outdoor living spaces can completely cancel out the good interior vibes you've worked toward. Generally, the exterior needs to...

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2018 Outdoor Lighting Trends for the Early Bird

2018 Outdoor Lighting Trends for the Early Bird

Maybe there’s still a chill in the air, but a season of patio parties, barbecues, car washes, and gardening lies ahead. If you’re excited and want to start early, think about upgrading your home’s exterior lights. To make the most of warm weather, you’ll need a well-lit yard, driveway, porch and sidewalks. Proper outdoor light fixtures also keep suspicious activity away from your house and prevent trips and falls as you’re bringing in the groceries and party supplies. 2018 Outdoor Lighting Trends Many homeowners neglect to explore today’s lighting options, allowing their exterior fixtures from decades past to rust and...

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Outdoor Lighting Tips for Reducing Light Pollution

Outdoor Lighting Tips for Reducing Light Pollution

Does your city government impose a lighting ordinance? Lighting ordinances, sometimes called dark sky ordinances, regulate when and how property owners can light their yard, landscape, structures, and property. Large U.S. cities that enforce lighting ordinances include San Diego; Flagstaff, Arizona; Dripping Springs, Texas; Boulder, Colorado, and Laguna Beach, California. Why are lighting ordinances created? City governments, citizens, and homeowners have become increasingly aware of the negative impacts that poorly placed or unshielded outdoor lighting can have on wildlife, our health, and enjoyment of the nighttime sky. A lighting ordinance is intended to minimize these impacts and to provide a...

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The Ultimate Glamping Guide

The Ultimate Glamping Guide

Glamping. The word that has been around for a while but what is it and where did it come from? Simply put, glamping means glamorous camping or luxurious camping. It is a melding where luxury and artisan cuisine blend with your time in exotic outdoor spaces. Although a recent phenomenon in this century, glamping has ancient roots. It has history dating as far back as the Persian Kings who took all the comforts of home to camp and battlefront, complete with Persian rugs, comfortable bedding, servants, complete with a royal menu to the present. For instance, President Roosevelt was known for...

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