If you’re planning a bang-up Labor Day bash this weekend, you’ve probably decked out your outdoor space by manicuring the lawn, arranging comfy patio furniture and giving the grill a good cleaning. But if your patio or deck looks a little bare, you might consider dressing up your exterior walls.
There’s no reason not to treat that blank outside wall as you would an interior wall — keeping in mind the weather, naturally.
To perk up this dull stucco, I took a wire window box planter that I found at HomeGoods, removed the fiber basket, turned it upside down and screwed the flat side against the house. I needed a fairly wide surface to hold the large iron lantern (on sale at Hobby Lobby), which is why I had to turn the wire basket upside down. I cut a piece of plywood slightly larger than the opening and painted it black to match the iron. The plywood is just sitting in place.
See? It makes the perfect outdoor shelf and fills up some drab space, giving the area a open-air
I hate to say it, but 2013 is sliding downhill. Fast. The autumnal equinox hits on September 22 and, let’s face it, once you enter the “er” months, before you know it, you’re wearing a funny hat, hoisting a glass of bubbly and kissing this year bubye. What I want to know is did you let 2013 slip away without embracing this year’s “it” color according to Pantone, the Big Kahuna of color trend forecasters?
It’s Emerald. From fashion runways to living room walls, the bold green is still in for a few more months. Last year was Tangerine Tango. Next year’s is still a mystery. There are rumblings about a blue, but also a coppery tint and maybe a yellow.
Oh, and if you’re loving the Pantone Emerald shade and want it for your walls, it’s available exclusively at Lowe’s via Valspar Paint.
Are you glad Emerald is on its way out? Did you use it in your home? And what color are you rooting for in 2014? Send your photographs to email@example.com or post them on Instagram with the
You know the rock I’m talking about. It’s a lump in the yard that’s disguised as a rock but it’s really a speaker. And while it was clever enough back then, today’s outdoor speakers work via Bluetooth, and they’re discreet enough to stay out of the way, yet portable enough to follow the party, no matter where it ends up. That rock? Well, it’s pretty much relegated to the yard. If you’re looking for music that can move to the deck, the front, side or back yards, check out this trio of powerful Bluetooth indoor/outdoor speakers.
Outdoor Tech’s Turtle Shell Boombox is designed to be the life of the party anywhere you go. Dust proof, shock proof and water resistant, this tough shell is completely wireless and connects with your computer, smartphone, tablet or any other Bluetooth-enabled device. It streams clear sound from a 30-foot range, and a charge lasts up to 9 hours. And when the dust clears and the guests have gone home, Turtle Shell is ready to get to work on that
Get inspired and lose the color with this dramatic French bedroom. I’m so doing this to my dull guest room. You could replicate the crisp look with trips to IKEA and HomeGoods. And don’t forget cans of black and white paint. Plus some good painter’s tape for those stripes. Here’s a video tutorial on painting perfect stripes on a wall.
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For centuries, floor coverings such as carpets and rugs have always been associated with royalty and the privileged. Western culture adopted this idea as a symbol of status and today, floor coverings such as low-pile carpets are virtually a must-have based on their practicality and low cost for installation!
Same Floor…New Concept:
Looking for a budget-friendly, creative, and colorful way to spruce up those old hardwoods? Check out FLOR, an innovative carpet system composed of carpet squares which allow you to design your own masterpiece of custom rugs, runners… any color and any size!
Oh, the Possibilities:
Whether you are looking for whimsical design characteristics to liven up your kitchen or muffle noise from a teenager’s room (PlayStation, television, speakers just to name a few)…you are sure to find what you are looking for here!
Did I mention easy to clean?
If your taste in design leans to modern with a good dose of luxury and artistic flair, then take a look at what Ligne Roset has waiting for you in its showroom this fall. All of the pieces come from France, and note that many of the upholstered selections are available in nearly 30 different fabrics and two leathers.
Ligne Roset is located at 805 Peachtree Street at 5th, Atlanta, 404-541-1212.
Modern or contemporary furniture — love it or hate it? Show us your favorite
Waking in the middle of the night because it’s too hot to sleep is a big pain. And while you can go out and spend thousands of dollars on a fancy schmancy mattress with remote controlled cooling (and heating), I’ve got a few ideas that won’t break the bank. Oh, and there’s even a little something to keep the family pet from overheating.
Offers thermostat control in a pad that’s removable and portable.
Available in single zone with one control for the entire surface, or dual zone with a control for each side of the bed. Comes with wireless remote.
Cools and heats with water, not air.
Available sizes range from single and extra-long twin to California king and standard king.
Price starts at $399.
A gel pillow pad, surrounded by medical grade material, slides into your pillow case, over your pillow, to keep you cool.
You add water to the Chillow, which circulates within