97 Homes With Major Curb Appeal

by Faith Towers
Photo: Houzz

Everybody knows that first impressions are everything, and that's true for our homes too. If the front of your house doesn't look great, people will assume the inside doesn't either. To get you inspired to spruce up your home's curb appeal, here's an epic roundup of gorgeous exteriors organized by style.   

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62 DIY Projects To Transform Your Backyard

by M.E. Russell

The ultimate roundup of outdoor DIY projects to transform your yard space

Blooming flowers and fresh rain can only mean one thing: spring has definitely sprung! That means summer will be here before you know it. If getting your backyard in order is on your to-do list but you're having trouble getting started - don't fret! You don't need a total landscaping overhaul for your yard to feel refreshed and inviting. Sometimes it's just a matter of hanging up some string lights or creating a simple fire...

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62 DIY Projects To Transform Your Backyard

by M.E. Russell

The ultimate roundup of outdoor DIY projects to transform your yard space

Blooming flowers and fresh rain can only mean one thing: spring has definitely sprung! That means summer will be here before you know it. If getting your backyard in order is on your to-do list but you're having trouble getting started - don't fret! You don't need a total landscaping overhaul for your yard to feel refreshed and inviting. Sometimes it's just a matter of hanging up some string lights or creating a simple fire...

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Five Ways To Make Your Patio Gorgeous For Under $1000

by Faith Towers
Five Ways To Make Your Patio Gorgeous For Under $1000
Photo: The Fresh Exchange

Creating a beautiful patio on a budget can be difficult, especially considering all the not-so-pretty options out there. The gorgeous outdoor space above from The Fresh Exchange inspired us to do some browsing... and then we assembled five different patio setups in a variety of styles that you're sure to love. Click through to check out the mood boards!   

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How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

by Holly Wade

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

As the warm weather continues to emerge, I'm looking forward to spending more time outdoors and enjoying our front porch. Last summer, we purchased inexpensive metal chairs, but since metal is not very comfortable to sit on, I finally got around to making a set of leave printed chair cushions. The best part is you can sew outdoor chair cushions in 30 minutes or less with a few specific materials and this envelope style pillow case. 

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You're Never Too Old to Make a Flower Press

by M.E. Russell

Make this DIY flower press from wood and bolts

I received my first flower press when I turned nine years old - maybe eight? The point is it was forever ago. I got it as a birthday gift from my best friend. The flower press came with a small instructional booklet on how to collect and preserve colorful wildflowers. On the front of the press was an illustration of Anne of Green Gables, happily picking florals and putting them into a giant basket. I still have that flower press, all these years later, with flowers wedged between the pages that are as old as the press itself. It was a fantastic gift that had me hunting for leaves and petals to collect and keep forever. Whether you're making one as a gift for a kid who loves getting outside, or you want to give yourself an excuse to explore the outdoors, a DIY flower press is a quick and easy project to make.        

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The Best Selection of Foolproof Outdoor Plants, Northeast Edition

by Faith Towers
Foolproof Outdoor Plants, Northeast Edition
Photo: Faith Towers

When I bought a house a couple years ago, it came with lots of garden space just waiting to be filled with beautiful plants. So I promptly went to the local nursery and spent way too much money, only to have half of the plants die within weeks or months. But I did lots of research and tried again, and each year I've learned more and more about what works here in the Northeast. And today I'm sharing my findings with you, so you don't have to go through the same struggles! Here are my favorite foolproof outdoor perennial plants, and some tips on how to care for them.   

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10 Gorgeous Front Doors To Pump Up Your Curb Appeal

by Faith Towers
Eye Candy: 10 Droolworthy Front Doors
Photo: My Domaine

Your front door is usually the first part of your house that visitors experience, so it only makes sense to give it some personality to go along with the rest of your home. But sometimes it's tough to figure out what color or style would work best. So today we're sharing ten of our favorite totally droolworthy front doors to get your creative wheels turning.   

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How To: Make a DIY Modern Birdhouse (No Woodworking Required)

by Chris Gardner

created at: 04/26/2011

A few years ago, I made a mid-century inspired birdhouse, modeled after the iconic Case Study houses. I created it using my growing collection of woodworking tools, like a table saw and router table, cutting complex angles, and using joints like rabbets and dadoes. It was fun and challenging, and nearly three years outside later, it's still very strong and holding up wonderfully.

But, of course I know that most folks, even other creative-types and DIYsters, don't have access to all these tools. So, I wondered: is it possible to come up with a modern, handmade birdhouse that doesn't required bunches of power tools and knowledge of complex joinery?

Of course it is. So, here's a DIY mod birdhouse that requires only an electric drill and a few toolbox staples. The whole thing can be made for around $10 in materials, and in just an hour or two.  

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23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

by Faith Towers

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: Lana Red Studio

Concrete is one of those materials that seems intimidating, but once you get the hang of it, it can be an amazingly versatile material for all aspects of your home. And since I'm desperate for spring to arrive up here in Boston, I'm sharing 23 concrete projects perfect for your backyard.   

 

23 Fantastic Concrete Projects For Your Backyard

Photo: Storefront Life

1. Give an old end table some industrial...

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Decorate with Green: Make a Wood Succulent Planter Centerpiece

by Holly Wade

DIY Wood Succulent Centerpiece

As someone with a brown thumb, the only plants I can keep alive are succulents and cacti. Luckily, there are so many beautiful succulents to choose from, and they range from small to large and are very easy to maintain, making them the perfect plants for DIY projects. This simple wood succulent centerpiece allows you to bring the plants indoors in a way that will beautifully display plants on your table.

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Make It: DIY Metallic Geometric Planters in 5 Minutes

by Brittni Mehlhoff

 

Save money on expensive pots and planters with this quick and easy project that will conceal any ugly plastic container in about five minutes, for less than $1 a piece.   

Using some leftover contact paper, you can whip up some faux metal containers to hide the ugly plastic ones your store-bought houseplants came in. 

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How To: Make a Found & Foraged Scandinavian Christmas Wreath on the Cheap

by Lidy Dipert

How To: Make a Found and Foraged Scandinavian  Christmas Wreath on the Cheap

One of the things we love to do year after year during the holiday season is wreath-making! It's a relaxing and fun way to get into the festive spirit the whole family can enjoy. This year, we leaned toward our usual Scandinavian-inspired look, but using found and foraged materials. Sometimes, there is so much beauty in our own backyards or neighborhoods, if we just take the time to explore! 

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