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...]

DIY Backyard Fancy Fence Ideas

Putting up a backyard fence isn't a small project, but it's one that can improve your time in your yard, make it safe for kids and pets, and increase your home's value. So don't just put up a plain old fence! Take it up a notch and make your home look more custom with our DIY backyard fancy fence ideas! Some of these are DIY projects to get you right on your way, some are just ideas you can adapt … [Read more...]

9 Clever DIY Ways for a Shady Backyard Oasis

It's pretty tough to enjoy summer activities in a backyard that bakes in the afternoon heat. We all need a way to get out of the sun, but still be able to spend  time outdoors. We found these 9 clever DIY ways to a shady backyard oasis for you to help turn your space into a retreat! We didn't want to just share the same ol' wood pergolas (though if thats what you are looking for, check out our … [Read more...]

How to Build a Fabulous Floating Deck

Decks don't always have to be attached to the house to give you an effective place to gather and entertain. In fact, floating decks, or decks that are set away from a structure, are a great design feature to break up a boxy or boring yard. They are also a great idea for larger yards that have room for an additional seating space. For instance, a small deck set away from the house might be a good … [Read more...]

Built-In Planter Ideas

I would love to have my patio encircled with built in planters. Hardscape is central to any good garden design, and frankly, I can't think of a better project than a garden element that is a constantly changing landscape! Built in planters would make it easy to change your container plants with the season, experiment with new types of plants, and  even grow edibles close enough to the house to … [Read more...]

DIY Dry Creek Beds

If you want to make a dramatic statement in your garden, without a lot of maintenence, a DIY dry creek bed is the way to go. It gives your yard a natural feel, without having to manage a real water feature. And they are surprisingly easy to DIY, but still have a professional look to the finished project.  They are great options for an area that doesn't drain well, has poor soil, or perhaps has an … [Read more...]

7 Classic DIY Garden Walkway Projects

One of the most important design elements in a garden is structure. It's easy (ok, it is a little bit of work!) to add structure by adding paths and walkways. They give the eye a place to rest, follow, and let you lead visitors throughout the garden. Classic DIY garden walkway projects can be done in a weekend, and can seriously up the anty on any garden design. Even adding a simple pathway from … [Read more...]

DIY Up-Cycled Garden Gates

The garden gate is the quintessential "first impression" of any garden, and making it special sets the tone for your outdoor space. Why not use up-cycled materials to create a garden gate with charm, cleverness, creativity...and is a good thing for nature. (Recycling!) We scoured Pinterest and the web for bloggers that have some great ideas for up-cycled garden gates, and anyone who is handy … [Read more...]