Outdoors

Mosquito Killers

Mosquito Killers

These blood suckers are what we fear most at dusk when they are at their most potent. We’re spending a few days in Tucson with our Dad and the nice desert evenings are virtually clear of mosquitoes that can be such a nuisance in other parts of the country. Bob […]

Build-It-Yourself: Wood Patio Planter

Build-It-Yourself: Wood Patio Planter

Our planter box (above) didn’t come out quite as nice as we had hoped but next time we’ll be sure to follow these great instructions from Danny Lipford for building a patio planter. He recommends pressure treated pine and if you’ve got the right tools you could finish this project […]

10 Cheap Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal

10 Cheap Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal

So what does it take to make your place look great? Not big bucks or a lot of time. ShopSmart, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, shares 10 projects that can be done in a weekend for $150 or less: Punch up the numbers Cost $1 to $40 House numbers […]

Flower Planters from Paper Stands

Flower Planters from Paper Stands

These paper stand planters are one to make use of objects that are considered a blight in many urban areas. Street corners in the west village are littered with abandoned paper stands, some of which have content that’s questionable in a neighborhood with small children running around. Many times these […]

Handy Home Improvement iPhone Apps

Handy Home Improvement iPhone Apps

Helpful iPhone apps keeping rolling in and there are plenty to satisfy the DIY enthusiast on the go. We previously covered the iHandy Carpenter as well as the Benjamin Moore paint app. Here are a few more iPhone Apps starting with this handy paint selection tool from Sherwin-Williams, as well […]

Garden Toad Stool

Garden Toad Stool

Here’s an innovative piece of garden furniture that is beautiful in its simplicity. The Toad Stool is very portable and keeps you off the ground but with such a small footprint it doesn’t become the focal point of a garden or outdoor space.

Gorgeous Garden Sheds

Gorgeous Garden Sheds

Garden sheds become an afterthought in some backyards. A repository for random tools, pots, lawn furniture. These garden sheds from Apartment Therapy could standalone as the centerpiece of their respective yards.

Beautiful Open-Air Showers

Beautiful Open-Air Showers

This photo slideshow from Dwell shows some of the sharpest outdoor showers and baths we’ve ever seen. The settings certainly help (the mountain one) but they all are minimalist and tend to flow with the design of the home. Here is a simple outdoor shower you can build yourself.

It’s Pool Party Time

It’s Pool Party Time

It broke 100 degrees in downtown LA a couple days ago and fortunately we live near the coast which was toasty but definitely cooler especially with a breeze. We have the beach at our disposal now but long for a backyard pool of our own. Check out our swimming pool […]

10 Summer Backyard Projects

10 Summer Backyard Projects

A great goal this summer would be to finish your backyard projects this Spring so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor throughout the entire summer. But this means you have to get on your horse now and start cracking! Here are 10 backyard projects that take little […]

Keep Insects and Bugs Out this Summer

Keep Insects and Bugs Out this Summer

Lady bugs are one of the most welcome of summer insects because they are wrapped in pretty coloring and feed on aphids which are pests in gardens. But there are a plethora of other insects that aren’t so welcoming and when the summer months hit they seek refuge in cooler […]

10 Cheap Home Fixes

10 Cheap Home Fixes

We have pulled together a list of our top 10 cheap home fixes that mean you don’t have put put off your dreams of remodels and additions that take time and money. Many folks are shelving extravagant plans in favor of more short term home improvement goals that stretch the […]

Setup Your own Water Supply with a Rain Barrel

Setup Your own Water Supply with a Rain Barrel

One of our favorite new home blogs is This Young House and their recent rain barrel project shows step-by-step how to find the barrel, make the spout, and position it properly in your yard. If you don’t have the time or inclination to monitor a rain barrel then you could […]

Nothing Runs Like a John Deere Giveaway

Nothing Runs Like a John Deere Giveaway

This week we’re giving away TWO baseball caps from John Deere! Modeled above by Laura Dahl, these caps are mean and green and look great on a boy or girl in the country or city. To win just leave a comment below stating if you do your own landscaping and […]

This Deck is Tornado Proof

This Deck is Tornado Proof

One of the best testimonials you’ll ever here is how this outdoor deck survived a tornado. But more specifically the deck withstand the pounding of a large tree falling on it during this tornado. It lost a little railing but the deck survived.

Home Decor Trends for 2009

Home Decor Trends for 2009

We don’t often touch on the latest trends in decor but if you’ve got to be up on what’s hot for 2009 then check out the following lists from Home Accents Today. According to PointClickHome these designs will be tres chic. +Caravan The bold patterns of the former Soviet Union […]

What to Do with Rainwater Drainage and Runoff

What to Do with Rainwater Drainage and Runoff

The much needed rain continues today in Southern California and it’s been a pleasant surprise as we know its only temporary. But the issue of rainwater runoff is pertinent in areas near the ocean as almost all of the water is diverted straight to the ocean and with it unknown […]

Silvelox Garage Doors

Silvelox Garage Doors

Silvelox Garage Doors are proud of their craftsmanship and expertise in building garage doors for your home that can be showcased or made “invisible”. All of their garage doors are produced by woodworking craftsmen combined with high-tech machinery. Frames are pre-machined using computer-aided systems, but then each is sanded down, […]