Eye Candy: 10 Colorful Backyards Perfect For Entertaining

By: Faith-towers Jul 30, 2015
Eye Candy: 10 Colorful Backyards Perfect For Entertaining
Photo: Houzz

The backyard is a great place to experiment with color - outdoor pillows, tablecloths and chair cushions can all be switched out relatively inexpensively. So go for it... give color a try for your next BBQ or backyard party! Here are ten of our favorite colorful backyards to inspire you.   

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Tips For Throwing An Alfresco Dinner Party

By: Lexy.b.ward Jul 29, 2015
Tips For Throwing An Alfresco Dinner Party
photo: Lexy Ward

Growing up, it seemed as if my parents were always entertaining. A couple of times a month, they and their friends would gather around the table outside in our backyard for quality food and quality conversation. My sisters and I would always help with the prep, but then we never got to join in the fun. Those adults and their rules! Now that I'm older, I've tried to follow in my mom's footsteps when it comes to the Alfresco dining situation. Here are a few of my fave simple tips on how to pull off your own Alfresco dinner party!       

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Roundup: Cool Backyard Projects Using Cinder Blocks, Pavers, and Concrete

By: Diy maven Jul 28, 2015

In our on-going effort to help concrete and it's cousins pavers and cinder blocks maintain their incredible popularity, we've put together 10 projectsContinue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Beautiful DIY Backyard Shade Projects

By: Faith-towers Jul 27, 2015
Roundup: 10 DIY Backyard Shade Projects and Ideas
Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle

I don't have a lot of tree cover in my backyard, so I've been in hot pursuit of a way to create shade... and I thought I'd share my findings with you in case you're in the same boat! Keep reading to check out ten of my favorite DIY ways to create backyard shade.   

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11 Fun DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties

By: Lexy.b.ward Jul 24, 2015
11 Fun DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties

Whenever my husband and I are entertaining outside (which is a lot!), we like to have games to keep our guests having a good time. There are the classics like frisbee and football, but how fun are these game ideas? The giant Jenga? I'm sure that's a crowd-pleaser!      

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How To: Make Paper Lantern Jellyfish

By: Diy maven Jul 24, 2015
Photo: Make Life Lovely

The idea of paper lantern jellyfish might sound weird, but, seriously, they are beautifully ethereal. And they're also be super-easy to make thanks to Laura's ingenious way of creating their rufflyContinue Reading

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Eye Candy: 10 Droolworthy Porches And Patios

By: Faith-towers Jul 23, 2015
Eye Candy: 10 Droolworthy Porches And Patios
Photo: Via DigsDigs

I'm in the midst of outfitting my patio with furniture and accents, so I've been drooling over beautiful images of outdoor spaces. And although my budget won't allow for anything quite so fancy, there are some useful takeaways from these gorgeous porches and patios. And I thought I'd share my favorites with you so you can get inspired too!   

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Roundup: 8 DIY Outdoor Swings for Summer

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 23, 2015
Photo: The Merrythought

There's something about an outdoor swing that brings back all those warm, fuzzy feelings from childhood. Don't you think? Feeling the wind running through your hair, aimlessly swinging in place. It was all so simple back then. So, to bring back a small piece of that playful kid-like side in all of us, I've rounded up some of the coolest DIY outdoor swings for summer.

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Roundup: 12 Clever Ways to Serve Food and Drinks at Your Next Backyard Get-together

By: Diy maven Jul 22, 2015

Deciding what to serve at a backyard party can be easier than deciding how to serve it. Where do we put the drinks? Do we have enough serving dishes for all this stuff? How do we set up a buffet table if we don't have a buffet table??? Yeah, there are a lot ofContinue Reading

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Roundup: Easy DIY Outdoor Entertaining Lighting Ideas

By: Faith-towers Jul 21, 2015
Roundup: Easy DIY Outdoor Entertaining Lighting Ideas
Photo: Ruffled Blog

The dog days of summer are here, and it's the perfect time to relax with family and friends in the backyard. Don't forget to shed some light on your party! Here are ten super easy outdoor lighting ideas for your next outdoor party or barbecue.   

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Roundup: Easy DIY Outdoor Entertaining Lighting Ideas

By: Faith-towers Jul 21, 2015
Roundup: Easy DIY Outdoor Entertaining Lighting Ideas
Photo: Ruffled Blog

The dog days of summer are here, and it's the perfect time to relax with family and friends in the backyard. Don't forget to shed some light on your party! Here are ten super easy outdoor lighting ideas for your next outdoor party or barbecue.   

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Make It: DIY Wall Planter

By: Diy maven Jul 21, 2015
Photo: Shanty 2 Chic

If you have an hour to spare, how about making this wooden wall planter? Whitney says it cost her less than $20 to fabricate, but I'm guessing a lot of us already have the materials on hand to make one. LeftoverContinue Reading

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How to: DIY Outdoor Citrus Side Table

By: Hellolidy Jul 20, 2015
DIY Outdoor Side Table | Hello Lidy for Curbly

Summer is the perfect excuse to make bright and fun patterned pieces for the home and outdoor living - don't you think? I love spending as much time outside on our patio as I can, but we are currently lacking in the furniture department right now. I decided to make a fun outdoor side table with a citrus top to add a splash of color and a whole lot of fun to our patio space! 

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Shopping Guide: 15 Fabulous Fabric Cushions, Pillows, & Accessories For Summer

By: Lexy.b.ward Jul 16, 2015
Shopping Guide: 15 Fabulous Fabric Cushions, Pillows, And Accessories For The Outdoors

I could shop for outdoor accessories all day. Adding a little punch of color is a fun way to decorate your outdoor seating area. Here are 15 fun options!      

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Make It: DIY Concrete Succulent Planter

By: Diy maven Jul 15, 2015
Photo: homedit

If you've never mixed up concrete, poured it into a mold, let it cure, and popped it out of said mold, you haven't lived. Well, you haven't lived life as a self-actualized DIY fanatic yet. Cuz working with concrete is fun, son. And it reallyContinue Reading

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16 Awesome Do-It-Yourself Outdoor Seating Projects

By: Lexy.b.ward Jul 15, 2015
16 Awesome Do-It-Yourself Outdoor Seating Projects

Your pals need somewhere to sit if you're going to be hanging out in the backyard every night this summer. Here are 16 of our favorite DIY seating projects from around the web!      

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How to: Easy Geometric Solar Lights for Your Porch or Patio

By: Faith-towers Jul 14, 2015
How-To: Easy Geometric Solar Lights For Your Porch or Patio
Photo: Faith Towers

Solar lights are functional and great for the environment, but not always attractive. I'm here to change that - today I have a super easy project that will transform generic solar pathway lights into lanterns pretty enough to be the centerpiece on your outdoor dining table. Keep reading to check out the full photo tutorial.   

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Clever DIY Ways To Keep Bugs Away From Your Outdoor Party

By: Faith-towers Jul 13, 2015
Clever DIY Ways To Keep Bugs Away From Your Outdoor Party
Photo: Gardenista

This is the season of outdoor parties, barbecues and get-togethers... but it's also bug season. Don't let them get you down though! Here are ten clever ways to DIY your way to bug-free entertaining.   

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How To: Make an Embroidery Hoop Plant Hanger

By: Diy maven Jul 08, 2015
Photo: Northstory

Alex has an admitted embroidery hoop addiction. But she doesn't embroider. What's a crafty maven to do? Use the hoops to make stuff. In this case, a hanging planter. Putting one together couldn'tContinue Reading

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Make It: Do-It-Yourself Colorful Concrete Stool

By: Lexy.b.ward Jul 08, 2015
Make It: Do-It-Yourself Colorful Concrete Stool
photo: The Casual Craftlete

Concrete furniture is here to stay. The trend is sticking around and the furniture itself can last a long, long time! These DIY stools look so easy to make and I'm envisioning an army of them in my backyard for extra seating!      

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