Backyard camping: enjoy the great outdoors without leaving home

Backyard camping: enjoy the great outdoors without leaving home

Camping is one of my favorite summer activities, but sometimes it's hard to set aside a week or even just a weekend to get away. That's why I love the idea of backyard camping. It gives families the opportunity to spend time outdoors and bond. Plus, staying close to home is often recommended for young children who are not ready for the full camping experience. Backyard camping seems like a simple concept, but there are some strategies you can use to create an experience that is similar to an actual camping trip. For example, you can: Set up a tent...

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Furniture and rugs: The key elements to making outdoor spaces as comfortable as indoors

Furniture and rugs: The key elements to making outdoor spaces as comfortable as indoors

Whether your style is restrained and modern or classic and ornate, furniture and rugs often provide the central inspiration for the rest of your room – and the same can be said of outdoor spaces. In fact, those two décor elements can help make your outdoor “rooms” as comfortable, welcoming and livable as your indoor spaces. If the idea of a carpet outdoors gives you pause, think again. This décor-defining accessory is available in weather-resistant materials, woven into inspiring patterns, from botanical to geometric and even intricate textile motifs like paisley. Just as they do indoors, outdoor rugs provide a...

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Throw pillows: How one simple accessory can make your patio perfect

Throw pillows: How one simple accessory can make your patio perfect

Everyone has a vision of the perfect outdoor party: Your yard is flawlessly landscaped, your food looks as good as it tastes, and your outdoor décor could be a snapshot from a magazine. That dream doesn’t always fit the reality, but luckily, it doesn’t take much to make it happen. The key is to start with a quick refreshing of your patio scenery – and one of the quickest ways to do that is by updating your outdoor pillows and cushions. These key accessories are like the finishing touch on a great outfit: they add style and interest, but are...

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