If your neighbors have a tall house or it's higher on a hill than yours is, shielding your deck or patio from view can be tricky. But one easy way to do it is to install a canopy of outdoor-friendly fabric as homeowners Brian Caldwell and Robert Shore have done here. Bonus: The canopy also casts a soft, filtered light on the patio, keeping it cooler on hot summer days.
Garden party! Light up your summer nights for a backyard soiree or a family dinner. Blogger Robin of All Things Heart And Home set up a DIY outdoor lighting system--you can, too. Just click through for details.