Wonderful Windows and Doors in the Garden

If you are looking for a way to add some whimsy or character to your garden, you have a pretty safe bet if you use windows and doors to amp up the pretty. Windows and doors both add a sense of mystery to a garden, a wonder of what surprises lie just beyond where the eye can see. Add some vintage age, and you have a recipe for a delightful space that lures in even the most cynical garden visitor. … [Read more...]

Rusty Metal Garden Decor

I'm a big fan of certain things in the garden... stone, concrete, metal and wood. I think it's because even while some of these things are not organic in their mentioned forms, (though some are), they all do represent natural entities... earth, fire, water - and come from the earth in some way. And they are all subject to the rigors of Mother Nature, no matter how strong or hard they once were. … [Read more...]

DIY Garden Projects with Rocks

I love projects with rocks. I don't know if it's because they are such a natural element, or because they are all so different, or just because it's like playing with adult legos... But I love them! So when I run across a great DIY project with rocks, all I want to do is start digging around in the garden for some great basalt and quartz! We ran across all these creative garden projects with rocks … [Read more...]

DIY Garden Trinkets

We all have those little trinkets around our home, to personalize our space, remind us of memories, or simply to showcase our creativity. But did you ever think of having garden trinkets? You know, cute decorative things that just make you smile? After all, the garden is an extension of the home. (At least it always should be!) So we searched the blogosphere and found you some great ideas for DIY … [Read more...]

DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorating!

It's never too late to add a little Christmas cheer to your garden and yard, and it is one of the favorite spaces for families to share their creative sides. Let's face it, we all love to wander our neighborhoods checking out our communities holiday decorations and lights, don't we? So put a little effort into decorating your garden for the holidays this year, and share that Christmas cheer with … [Read more...]

Creative Garden Sign Ideas and Projects

I love a little charm and whimsy in the garden, don't you? And the garden is also the perfect place for a homemade DIY project as well. What better way to accomplish both things than with a garden sign you make yourself? Using one of these ideas, or a cute or inspirational quote of your own, make a garden sign for your special space that matches your personality. And consider using repurposed … [Read more...]

Outdoor Room Ambience: Globe String Lights!

Last weekend Steve had the idea that it was time to add globe lights to the back patio. Especially since we were starting to see them on clearance in the garden section of just about everywhere. And, according to Rachel, my teenager least likely to be found in the garden... it was the coolest thing we have done outside yet. The globe lights just keep making me feel like we're sitting outside an … [Read more...]

13 Crafty DIY Wind Chimes

I love wind chimes. They are a peaceful way to remind us of all the forces in nature that we can't see. Wind and water are the two most calming elements in the garden. Make your own DIY wind chime crafts, and use them on your porch or patio, in a tree, or from a fence to add that little tinkle of happy sounds all through your garden space! Our feature project, above, is from 'Inner Child … [Read more...]

Outdoor 4th of July Decor

Come Fourth of July, most of us spend that day outdoors. It's a great time to show your patriotic pride by making some outdoor 4th of July decor for your yard and garden. We've found some cool projects for you that are fun, easy and great for the kids to help on as well. So fly your flag and get out the red, white and blue! It's Fourth of July! Our featured project, above - 'A Diamond in the … [Read more...]

Cocktails Anyone? – DIY Outdoor Bars!

With summer festivities and holidays rushing toward us, there is no better time to stop and think about how you want to enjoy your outdoor space this season. Me? I love Steve's margaritas... and a glass of wine. A good craft beer in the heat of the summer works too! With outdoor spaces being extensions of the indoors in todays homes, making a DIY bar just seems like a dang good idea. And if you … [Read more...]

Make Your Patio Pop with Color!

So this is going to be one of those, let's get inspired together type of posts. I love color in the garden. I feel like my garden and patio should be kind of like art... because what you are doing in a garden is honoring the art and beauty in nature. And nature is colorful! I really love garden designers that are willing to step out of the typical design zone, and use art and color in the garden. … [Read more...]

Repurposing Ideas for Outdoor Room Decor

Your outdoor rooms are just as important as your indoor rooms when it comes to decor. The nice thing about decorating outdoors is that repurposed materials are an even more perfect fit there. Anything that holds beauty for you can be repurposed into something functional, decorative or useful for that deck, porch or patio. And what outdoor space doesn't need a little old fashioned charm? So we … [Read more...]

Outdoor Room Ideas

The garden is an extension of your home, so there is no reason you can't give just as much attention to your outdoor rooms as you do your indoor ones! Just remember to look at your outdoor room in the same way...floor, walls, ceiling, furniture and accessories. Your accessories might just be flowers and plants is all! Along the way, use these DIY outdoor room ideas and tutorials to style a fresh … [Read more...]

DIY Concrete Garden Globes

We all love those garden ornaments, but they can be pretty expensive anywhere you look. Here at TGG we decided to make our own DIY concrete garden globes, and it turned out to be a fun and pretty rewarding project that cost less than $15 for three balls. We also tried out a couple different recipes, including a hypertufa... we've included a shot of our sample balls and the recipes below! For our … [Read more...]

DIY Rain Chains

Rain chains are perfect instruments for harnessing the elements of nature in the garden, so that they can be appreciated. Using a rain chain anywhere in the garden adds a decorative element, and who doesn't love the sight and sound of water in the garden? However, they can be expensive and hard to find. We decided to go out and find some DIY rain chain projects and tutorials for you just in time … [Read more...]

DIY Concrete Garden Projects

I love concrete in the garden. It's such an organic material that blends well with nature, yet it holds up over time, and only improves it's looks with age. It's inexpensive, and can be bought in ready made forms, or created by mixing with water and other organic elements. Grow a little moss on it, and you will have me swooning...  So given a choice, if I can't have a natural element such as stone … [Read more...]

Creative Ways to Decorate your Front Porch for the Holiday

The holidays are finally here, and what better way to greet your holiday guests than with a creative holiday front porch display? Even if you don’t have much time to decorate for the holidays indoors, you can use these quick and inexpensive ideas to add a personal touch to the front porch in a flash! Door Candy I love to hang a holiday wreath each year, but since its the first point visitors … [Read more...]

DIY Outdoor Halloween Decorating

Halloween is just around the corner, and I've found that most of us DIY'ers are a creative bunch... Not decorating our porches and gardens for Halloween just seems wrong somehow... Few other times are we allowed to publicly let our imaginations go a little wild, and maybe even a little creepy... and yes, I'll say it... a little sick.  I sincerely believe Halloween is one of those times we can … [Read more...]

DIY Pumpkin Carving With A Drill

  If you are looking for a pumpkin carving project that's easy, a little different, and can double for great fall decor as well, pumpkin drilling is for you.  You can place these all around the garden and light them with candles (careful!) glow sticks, or even those dollar store led stick up lights. While I think this is safer than using knives to carve, still be very careful using … [Read more...]

Fall Porch and Yard Decorating Ideas

There is something about decorating your garden and porch for fall. It's a welcoming feeling, and it's full of warmth of the season to come. I love sharing that slower season with all my friends and family, and enjoying those cooler days outdoors. Decorating for fall is a natural for most gardeners. We just feel it... the need to connect with the garden as the coming winter draws a little closer, … [Read more...]

Quick Tip: Framed Garden Decor

Quick tip today! Framed hanging plants! What a great garden decor idea from our friends at Organized Clutter! Have you tried something like this? … [Read more...]

How to Make Mirrored Gazing Balls for the Garden

We all love the look of the mirrored gazing balls in the garden. They add light in a shady corner, a fanciful flair in a garden bed, or a little fantasy next to a pond or birdbath. There are two problems with them though...they can be expensive, and they can break easily. If you live where its windy or stormy like I do, its a no can do. And they average around $40 a piece! That’s not an amount of … [Read more...]

Decorate Your Outdoor Room on a Budget!

Many times when the weather becomes sultry, the only place we want to be is in our favorite chair on the porch, sipping ice-cold lemonade! So, if we are to spend our summer months languishing with Mother Nature, why not treat our "outdoor room" to a little freshening up, and make our time outdoors more enjoyable! Here are some great, easy ideas you can use to add your own personal style to a much … [Read more...]