Outdoor Décor To Match Your Indoor Style

Outdoor furniture has evolved from picnic tables and folding chairs to sofas, sectionals and dining sets that beautifully mirror their indoor counterparts. That means you can effortlessly design a patio or deck space that reflects your great taste and sense of style. From casual to traditional and everything in between, here are five outdoor styles that will transform your backyard setting.

Casual

If your style is casual, then today’s comfortable wicker sofa and chairs would create the perfect atmosphere on your patio. This grouping features a cocktail table and ottomans that double as seating.

Contemporary

If your home is contemporary you will love this dining collection, which features sleek metal frames and striking white cushions. Straight lines and a contrasting palette are the hallmark of contemporary style.

Modern

If you love modern style, then you’ll love this stunning sectional. Its midcentury-inspired lines are simple yet sleek, while the light gray cushions are very up to date.

Rustic

Wooden furnishings can bring a wonderful rustic feel to your backyard, and this sitting area features a modern take. The cocktail table is made from teak boards that have a sense of energy from the wonderful grain, and the aluminum straps and casters add an industrial twist.

Traditional

If your style is traditional, you’ll set a beautiful table outdoors with a dining set that exudes charm. This grouping was inspired by the glorious French architecture of New Orleans, with beautiful detail work on the chairs and table.

Caring For Your Deck

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Summer is in full swing, and your deck is probably getting a workout. Keep the good times rolling with some maintenance. Here are three things to do this month to keep your deck in great shape:

1. Check the structure. Inspect your deck for cracks or rot, paying extra attention to areas that are close to the ground or sources of water, such as downspouts and planters.

2. If you see areas that look wet check for rot with a flat-end screwdriver. If you can push it into the wood a quarter inch or more, you probably have rot. Small areas can be removed with a chisel and treated with a wood filler and preservative. Larger areas may need to be replaced.

3. Check the railings. If any area feels loose, tighten the connections. You may need to use wider bolts if the wood has weakened and the current hardware isn’t catching into the grain.

 

Caring For a Fountain

leaffountainThere’s nothing as soothing as a backyard fountain. Not only is it beautiful to watch; the trickling sound creates a relaxing environment. Since it’s outside, this beloved accessory can also get its share of dirt and debris. Maintain its beauty by taking a few easy steps:

  1. Use a small net to remove debris, such as leaves or insects. This will help prevent clogging the pump. You can also attach a nylon stocking to the hose, to make sure debris doesn’t get inside the inner workings.
  2. Monitor the water level. On hot days, your fountain can experience evaporation. Since the pump can overheat if the water level is too low, make sure it’s full.
  3. Once a month, unplug the pump and drain the water. Remove buildup with a solution of vinegar and water and a stiff bristled scrub brush. Wipe clean and refill. Using distilled water in your fountain can help reduce mineral buildup.

 

Look Alike Market Umbrella

Look Alike Striped Umbrella

Either of these nine-foot striped market umbrellas will liven up your patio and protect you from the elements, but only one will save you some money in the process. Both have an easy crank handle and tilt mechanism, and both feature a double wind vent for stability.

One of these market umbrellas is from Ethan Allen and costs $719, and the other is a market umbrella from Art’s Backyard … and it costs just $219. Can you tell which one costs $500 less?

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How to Host an Outdoor Movie Night

There is something nostalgic and even magical about watching a movie outdoors. Those who grew up in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, will likely remember the old drive-in movie theaters with crackly speakers that hung on car windows and preview reels that featured a dancing concession stand snacks.

It’s easy enough to bring back some of that fun by holding your own drive-in movie night … parked right in your backyard.

 

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First, the technology: you’ll need a DVD projector. If you don’t own one, you can often borrow one from your school or workplace. If that’s not possible, contact companies that rent AV equipment for conferences. You’ll also need a screen, but you can fashion one yourself. Simply hang a white sheet from second story windows or project the movie onto a light flat surface such as a garage door.

Next, choose the movie. Consider campy classics, such as Creature from the Black Lagoon, Beach Blanket Bingo or anything starring Elvis. Or select a fun summer movie, such as Stand By Me, NationalLampoon’s Vacation, The Parent Trap, I Know What You Did Last Summer or Jaws.

Now it’s time to make the popcorn. You can set up a popcorn, by filling a big tub with plain popcorn and offering your guests a selection of gourmet toppings, such as dry ranch dressing mix, parmesan cheese and Italian spices, truffle salt, lemon zest and pepper, or mini M & Ms and crushed toffee. Round out the snacks with bottles of Faygo and boxes of Good ‘n Plenty, Raisinettes and Dots.outdoor chairsFinally, pull up some comfortable outdoor chairs. Midwest evenings can bring a chill to the air, so be sure to have some blankets for snuggling, too.

Then, it’s time to enjoy. Pass the popcorn, please.