DIY Outdoor Dining Tables

I don't know about you, but given the choice, I would rather eat outside in my garden. It doesn't matter if it's a quiet breakfast with just me and the songbirds, or a big family get together, outside is better. But, I kinda hate my table. It's glass, it's not my style, and it doesn't mesh with the outdoors well at all. So we found these DIY outdoor dining tables so that we can all find a way to … [Read more...]

9 Brilliant DIY Outdoor Furniture Projects

We love living outdoors as much as possible, but in order to live outdoors, you need to have a spot to do that living! That pretty much requires furniture, which can be pricey, cheap looking, or just plain not work for your needs. These brilliant DIY outdoor furniture projects will make sure you always have a place to sit, cook, serve, and even just set down your glass of wine or lemonade! Give … [Read more...]

DIY Outdoor Storage Benches

There is never enough storage outside on the deck, porch or patio. I'm always having to run to the garage to look for a yard game, candles, small garden tools or a couple of outdoor pillows for that afternoon book. While we're busy complaining, there are also never enough  places to read that book! So whether you have a small garden space, or just want to maximize your organization, we found some … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Use Cinder Blocks in the Garden

Concrete, or cinder block, is an inexpensive and organic building material for the garden. Easily picked up at your local home improvement store, with a little creativity you can use it to create garden hardscaping that will last. It combines well with other elements such as wood, and is easy for even the beginning DIY'er to work with. What are five ways to use it in the garden? Planters … [Read more...]

DIY Hammocks

At least three seasons of the year, a hammock can be your best friend in the garden. All the planning and work and planting you do in your garden space means nothing if you don't spend time enjoying it. And isn't the garden all about a peaceful retreat? Well, retreat to your DIY hammock that you made, (here are lots of tutorials!) and spend time pondering life, reading a good book, or taking a … [Read more...]

11 Super Cool DIY Backyard Furniture Projects

Backyard furniture can be just as important as the furniture in your living room these days... after all, we have finally embraced the outdoors as another room on it's own! Make sure your backyard space has furniture with a personality that tells a story about you and your family... Are you creative, adventurous, ingenious, or perhaps a little 'uptown girl'? We have a great selection of super cool … [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...]

13 Awesome Outdoor Bench Projects

I love to linger in the garden, to actually spend time there. It's not enough for me to just have the neighbors compliment my yard, or to know I increased the salability of my home. I live for, and in, the garden when I can. To do that, you have to eventually sit down. :) I love a garden bench because they can be easily moved, accommodate a thoughtful spot without blocking the garden itself, and … [Read more...]

Plant Your Furniture!

Plant your furniture...literally! We have run across these really neat ways to integrate plantings into your garden rooms, by planting your furniture itself! Really unique containers, and I love the idea of having plants as part of the outdoor room, not just next to it. Some of these have some easy DIY instructions, and others are just inspirational to get your creative ideas flowing... but they … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Garden Furniture

Garden furniture can be one of the most expensive (and boring) parts of a backyard design. It's not an easy task to find interesting garden pieces that fit into your budget. It is easy however, to build these great DIY garden furniture pieces to add a unique element to your yard. Did we also mention you will be up-cycling, on a budget? Win win!   Cinder Block & Wood - One Hour … [Read more...]