Outdoors

Can You Live in 220 Square Feet?

Can You Live in 220 Square Feet?

A lot of design in green homes often raises the question – how much space do we really need? Architect Michael Katz and designer Janet Corne offer the L41 (“all for one”) that squeezes everything you need into 220 square feet of awesomeness. According to Treehugger, Katz didn’t intend to […]

Dwell on Design 2010: Contemporary and Sustainable

Dwell on Design 2010: Contemporary and Sustainable

This was our first time visiting Dwell on Design which was held at the Los Angeles convention center. It’s billed as the largest design show on the West coast. There were over 200 exhibitors and a ton of discussion panels that focused on design and sustainability. HP also sponsored a […]

Xorin Balbes Maui Masterpiece: Ke-Ao Lanihuli

Xorin Balbes Maui Masterpiece: Ke-Ao Lanihuli

While in Maui we had the pleasure of visiting designer Xorin Balbes latest project he’s named, Ke-Ao Lanihuli which translates to “The light from the heavens to overturn old conditions bringing enlightenment.” The name is certainly fitting for this place which we will touch on later. You may know Xorin […]

Dwell on Design 2010 Starts Today

Dwell on Design 2010 Starts Today

Starting today we’ll be attending the 2010 Dwell on Design event. This is the West coast’s largest design event and it is held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There are numerous exhibitors we plan on visiting that cover kitchen and bath design, green materials, industrial design and innovative outdoor […]

Rider Lawn Mowers Go Upscale

Rider Lawn Mowers Go Upscale

If you’ve got a big enough lawn that requires a riding mower then the time is now to shop for some great new offerings. Manufacturers are now realizing the strength of the market and have developed some lawn mowers that have features once reserved only for autos. You can pay […]

Build a Wooden Trellis for Cheap and Save That Vine

Build a Wooden Trellis for Cheap and Save That Vine

It was a dark and stormy night… Oh wait, no it wasn’t. It was darkish. And overcast. And really stormy. But it was the middle of the day. And it was the last day to enjoy my mature honeysuckle vine standing strong on a faithful fan trellis. After almost a […]

Troubleshooting Tree Limbs

Troubleshooting Tree Limbs

A great weekend project is making sure your home is clear of overgrown tree limbs. It may not be a pressing issue but cutting back these limbs can prevent issues down the road such as the branches and limbs breaking through a window during a storm or even crashing down […]

4 Ways to Inspire Neighbor Envy

4 Ways to Inspire Neighbor Envy

You know you want it. That top spot on the block, to be the object of your neighbor’s envy, to have cars drive slowly by and admire your pad. OK, maybe that drive by thing would be a little freaky, but you can’t deny it’s nice to get admiring glances. […]

Chelsea Flower Show: Gardens Galore

Chelsea Flower Show: Gardens Galore

The grandest garden and flower show in the world happens each year in London and has been since 1862. The Chelsea Flower Show organized by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is held for five days in May on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, UK. It’s not […]

Design Spotlight: Built-In Bleacher Seating

Design Spotlight: Built-In Bleacher Seating

On a recent trip down the California coast, we stopped at Nepenthe Restaurant, a Big Sur family-run institution since 1949. In addition to the incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and the tasty Ambrosia Burger, I love the architecture. Rowan Maiden, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed the unique […]

Build It Better With DIY Shed Plans

Build It Better With DIY Shed Plans

Warm weather has this funny habit of creating a lot of clutter in the backyard. Gardening supplies get piled beside baseball bats and grass trimmers. You wonder if your garage is actually going to split at the seams. Looks like it’s about time you started that backyard shed project. Building […]

Garden Hose Pots Solve Outdoor Clutter

Garden Hose Pots Solve Outdoor Clutter

While flipping through the pages of Real Simple magazine, I noticed an ingenious solution for wrangling unruly garden hoses, thereby eliminating a major source of outdoor clutter. Instead of a hose reel or cart, consider a hose pot, which discreetly hides a coiled garden hose in a decorative container. Not […]

Three Super Fancy Patios that Stand Out

Three Super Fancy Patios that Stand Out

Make your cookie cutter suburban house stand out from the crowd with a unique patio surface. Don’t worry if the neighbor goes with paving stone or even flagstone. You can one up the guy with one of these fancy finishes. 1) Exposed Aggregate What’s better than concrete and completely one […]

Full Frontal: Making the Most out of Your Front Yard

Full Frontal: Making the Most out of Your Front Yard

The American front yard is often regarded as useless space. It serves as a formal entry for guests and, when perfectly manicured, it presents an idyllic image of family life to the public at large. Aside from visual impressions, the front yard tends to remain static, undisturbed by the activities […]

Are Paving Stones As Good As the Real Thing?

Are Paving Stones As Good As the Real Thing?

So your patio or driveway needs a face lift and you have no patience (or cash) for some of the more extensive patio surfaces. Concrete is pricey, flagstone and slate are fussy and interlock is not your style. What can you do that’s fast and easy, not to mention won’t […]

Go Big on Your Patio

Go Big on Your Patio

Patios are personal things. You’ll probably spend time out there in your robe and PJ’s. You might have romantic meetings on the patio or entertain important people. There’s bound to be tons of memories played out on the surface of your patio. So you need that patio surface to reflect […]

Chicken Cribs: The Next Design Frontier

Chicken Cribs: The Next Design Frontier

I’ve been hearing a lot about chickens lately. This post over at Design*Sponge got me thinking about the rising popularity in tending to our own gardens, growing our own food and now raising our own flock. I don’t have a yard but I would love to be able to raise […]

E-Z Brace: Fix Sagging Wooden Gates

E-Z Brace: Fix Sagging Wooden Gates

No matter how strong your wooden gate is, its inevitable that gravity will win out and it will start to sag and drag along the ground. We met the inventor of the E-Z Brace, Mark Dwaileebe, at the National Hardware Show and he shared with us how he decided to […]

Raised Garden Boxes Made Easy

Raised Garden Boxes Made Easy

Garden Boxes create a nice area to grow vegetables in your own backyard. But building the boxes can be troublesome if you’re not inclined to shop for the right materials and don’t have the proper tools. One of the few products that stood out in the lawn and garden area […]

Keep Your Lawnmower on the Lawn to Avoid Being Tased

Keep Your Lawnmower on the Lawn to Avoid Being Tased

We enjoy providing helpful tips and this video demonstrates simple lawnmower etiquette, just follow the opposite of what this guy does. + Don’t drive a sit-down lawnmower on the street + Don’t drink alcohol while operating a lawnmower + Don’t resist arrest Follow those tips and you’ll probably avoid getting […]

Are Interlocking Brick Patios Outdated and Unfashionable?

Are Interlocking Brick Patios Outdated and Unfashionable?

It is the age of calm, clutter-free spaces inside and outside our homes. Contemporary decor is full of simple, clean lines and a roomy feel. Think IKEA furniture and the tidy up job you do when your mom is coming over. This trend totally translates into the backyard as well, […]