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Outdoor Living

Creative ideas and cool products to help you turn your yard into an inviting oasis for family fun and festive gatherings.

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An outdoor rug can cover a worn or unremarkable surface while also adding warmth, color, and an indoor touch. This rug echoes the vibrant hues of the annual blooms nearby. Similar to shown: Koko Company Melange 6-by-8-foot Indoor/Outdoor Floor Mat in Tutti Frutti Red Mix, about $100;

13 Ideas for Creating Garden Retreats

There's no reason you can't relive the kiddie pool parties of your youth! Set up a bounce house, some large kiddie pools, a ball pit, and an ice cream station, and get ready for fun.

5 Fantastic Backyard Party Ideas to Take You Through Summer

Strands of bulbs powered by the sun are an easy way to light up a far-flung garden room. A solar panel staked in the ground harvests enough energy for 6 to 8 hours of illumination. Add a candle chandelier to enhance the mood. Solar String Lights with 200 bulbs, about $40; Plow and Hearth. Wrought Iron 6 Arm Candle Chandelier with Bird Cage, about $40;

13 Ideas for Creating Garden Retreats

A 12-foot-long outdoor kitchen handcrafted of construction-grade Douglas Fir is just one of many fabulous features in this fabulous garden retreat. Take the tour at and you won't be disappointed!

Our Garden | Dirt, design and culture.

How to turn your yard into a firefly haven and recapture your childhood excitement of seeing these treasured insects light up the night sky.

Turn Your Yard Into a Firefly Haven

An ornate metal structure evokes a Victorian-era English country garden and offers a romantic prefab option for a backyard room. Similar to shown: Lattice Pavilion made of powder-coated steel in a hammered-bronze finish, about $1,800;

13 Ideas for Creating Garden Retreats

Re-create the magic of an old drive-in movie theater in your own backyard without spending major bucks on fancy equipment. Here's how to set one up

DIY Movie Night

How to make a non-toxic bug repellent luminary in a mason jar via The Snug

Keep Bugs Away With a Non-Toxic Mason Jar Repellent
  • Lucy Uvalle
    Lucy Uvalle


Create your own--very cool-looking--bug-repelling tiki torches with wine bottles, tiki fuel, 3/8" washers and tiki wicks.

Lawn & Garden

Many people keep chickens as pets in their backyards, but there are considerations to keep in mind—for the health of the birds and your landscaping—when outfitting a chicken coop. Here's the science behind what needs to go in your backyard chicken coop

Chicken Coop Must-Haves for a Healthy, Happy Roost

Enjoy the great outdoors—and your outdoor festivities—without blood-thirsty mosquitoes crashing the party.

3 Nontoxic Ways to Keep Mosquitoes Out of Your Backyard BBQ

Fabulous outdoor shower of stone and wood by Osborne Architects, Los Angeles.

PHOTOS: 15 Outdoor Showers That Will Help You Let Loose

Set a magical scene with potted, fast-growing Wisteria. Add some twinkling overhead lights, and even a small urban backyard will feel like a remote getaway.

6 Creative Ways to Add Shade Outdoors

A one-third-acre suburban lot is carved into a series of outdoor rooms and seating areas, with plenty of trees and a privacy fence to screen out views of the neighbors.

Green Building Expert's 1931 Colonial Revival Redo

Flea markets and antiques shops offer thrifty vintage patio furniture, and often it needs just a light sanding and a couple of coats of paint. Refinished metal gliders like this 1940s two-seater go for $100 to $500 on

An outdoor umbrella is a time-tested deck and patio go-to that helps keeps diners cooler for longer spurts of entertaining. Click here for some of favorite patio umbrella picks.

Turn a slatted ceiling or a pergola into a sun-proof space with a moisture-resistant cotton-canvas tarp. | Photo: Mark Lohman

6 Creative Ways to Add Shade Outdoors

This is just one of 23 smart small-backyard ideas--each of which offers inspiration for how to maximize space and enjoyment.

23 Small Backyard Ideas How to Make Them Look Spacious and Cozy

7 Smart Makeover Ideas for a Small Backyard: Easy ways to squeeze more style into your tight outdoor space

7 Smart Makeover Ideas for a Small Backyard

4 Outdoor Lighting Upgrades for Summer Entertaining: Brighten your outdoor space with lights and laughter

4 Outdoor Lighting Upgrades for Summer Entertaining

Super fun outdoor space complete with surround seating, fireplace and over-size TV.

50 Stunning Outdoor Living Spaces - Style Estate -
  • Lisa SBeharry
    Lisa SBeharry

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Looking for a rocking chair or a dining table for your deck or patio? Save money by shopping your attic or basement and giving pieces you already own a weather-resistant finish. Here's how to prep different materials for a new life outdoors.

How to Weatherproof Furniture

How to add a touch of Zen to your patio or garden that's as pleasing and compact as it is easy to care for.

How to Make a Lily Pond

Use folding wood panels to build a privacy screen that will dress up your landscape and block out its less appealing aspects

How to Build an Outdoor Privacy Screen

Outdoor planters coated with glow-in-the-dark paint create instant night lighting in this backyard escape.

Coat planters with glow-in-the-dark paint for instant night lighting