Outdoors

Tune-Up Your Heater and other Fall Maintenance Tips

Tune-Up Your Heater and other Fall Maintenance Tips

We’re full of fall maintenance tips these days and hope to get everything accomplished this weekend which will be hard to do as we’re headed to Seattle to bring in the new season and enjoy a few days in the PNW. But if you’re home these are some simple tune-ups […]

Make Your Own Candles or go with Candle Sleeves

Make Your Own Candles or go with Candle Sleeves

Fall is always a great time to bring out the candles. The warm flicker softens any room or outdoor area. ShelterPop highlights some make your own candle projects and our favorite are these diy hanging lanterns from Craftynest.

Solar Tiles are Replacing Panels and Look Much Better

Solar Tiles are Replacing Panels and Look Much Better

The bulky solar panels used to be your only option when considering harnessing solar power. You either had to have the proper roof space or ground space to place these panels Two new companies are integrating photovoltaics into smaller and more aesthetically pleasing roofing materials such as terra cotta roofing […]

Considering Wind Energy? Read on for the Facts

Considering Wind Energy? Read on for the Facts

Exploring alternative energy sources is an important issue our society is facing but as a homeowner what can you do now to reduce your energy bill and possibly even get off the grid? Solar power is one of the more common sources of alternative energy but another natural source albeit […]

Top Chef Doesn’t Do BBQ

Top Chef Doesn’t Do BBQ

On a personal aside, the Bravo reality show Top Chef filmed an episode at our ranch this summer and it aired last night. Great to see friends and family as guest judges enjoying ceviche in the desert (not really). We were pining for primo steaks and tasty beans but that […]

Home Depot Welcomes Martha Stewart and her Patio Sets and Organizing Bins

Home Depot Welcomes Martha Stewart and her Patio Sets and Organizing Bins

Breaking from @HomeDepot and @MarthaStewart Twitter accounts, their is a partnership brewing that will have Martha Stewart Living sell branded home improvement products in all Home Depot stores. Products in the outdoor-living category will launch in January in the U.S. and February in Canada, followed by products in the home-organization […]

Top 21 Build-It-Yourself Projects

Top 21 Build-It-Yourself Projects

We’ve got a ton of build-it-yourself projects available in our archives and but we’ve gone ahead and pulled your favorite 21. Grab your hammer and get to work! 1. Build Your Own Outdoor Shower 2. Build or Demolish an Interior Door 3. Build Your Own Garden Box 4. Build a […]

Has Your Deck Become a Nightmare?

Has Your Deck Become a Nightmare?

Would you go with your same decking materials again? Synthetic or wood or something else? There is a great debate going on over at FineHomeBuilding where builders are letting their opinions be known and it isn’t as one sided as you might think. Synthetic deck materials aren’t without issues and […]

Redesigns Matter to ELLEDecor & Metropolitan Home

Redesigns Matter to ELLEDecor & Metropolitan Home

It’s only been 6 months since PointClickHome refreshed/redesigned their website and now they’re at it again. The latest redesign comes on the heels of HOME Magazine folding and with it the legacy of it’s online content. This iteration of PointClickHome singularly focuses on ELLEDecor and Metropolitan Home whose affluent taste […]

Pamper Yourself with these Outdoor Showers

Pamper Yourself with these Outdoor Showers

There is nothing more refreshing than taking a cool shower outdoors. Unfortunately the only chance we get to do this is at a public shower near a beach which is great but wouldn’t it be nice to just cool off quickly in your own backyard without investing in a pool. […]

Maintain a Green Lawn or the Grass Nazi Will Get You

We caught this week’s episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! in which they dive into the American fascination with lawns. We thought it appropriate to share this with you since we recently highlighted artificial lawns (which Penn & Teller show aren’t totally maintenance free). Beyond the ridiculous HOA restrictions that […]

The Time is Now for Artificial Lawn

The Time is Now for Artificial Lawn

We love the smell of fresh cut grass like the next person and taking pride in a well manicured lawn is an accomplishment, but in the current age of water conservation there are alternatives to natural lawns that outweigh the real stuff in every aspect (except being alive). Recently we […]

Gettin’ Dirty in the Yard

Gettin’ Dirty in the Yard

+ Sprinkler System Install + Laying Sod + Shear Willpower + Love the Golden Barrel Cactus + Water Saving Gadgets for Your Garden

Vertical Green Walls by Patrick Blanc

Vertical Green Walls by Patrick Blanc

Patrick Blanc is one of the most high-profile pioneers in the fantastic world of green walls. These vertical gardens are beginning to proliferate across Europe and it won’t be long before we see them across major US cities. Proponents argue that by infusing an exterior wall with a living organism […]

Prep Your Home for July 4th Festivities

Prep Your Home for July 4th Festivities

Summer is in full-swing and hopefully your backyard is ready for the first holiday event this weekend as we all celebrate our country’s independence on the 4th of July. We’ve gathered some helpful articles to help you prep your home and yard for friends, family, guests, and cooking for all […]

Roof Gardens Galore

Roof Gardens Galore

Chris from Apartment Therapy turned us onto a great new blog Our Brooklyn Roof Garden. The images found here make us long for New York again but we are still enjoying our outdoor space much more here in LA. Our downstairs neighbors kept a nice courtyard full of fresh flowers […]

More Cool Pools

More Cool Pools

Dwell shares their favorite pools and we like the above private lap pool but it’s definitely cut out for business not pleasure. Check out more of our favorite pool photo galleries and articles.

Modest Summer Backyard Makeover

Modest Summer Backyard Makeover

Sometimes simple projects are the most satisfying. This homeowner has blogged about refreshing her recent market finds that include outdoor chairs and a table and the easiest DIY firepit made of brick.