Eye Candy: 10 Unique & Inspiring Backyards Using Concrete, Tile, and Common Building Materials

by Lexy Ward

10 Unique & Inspiring Backyards
photo: via The Guardian

It's safe to assume that concrete can never go out of style. The stuff is so versatile and you can make it as modern or as traditional as you like! And we love when you bring concrete in the garden! Here are 10 unique and inspiring outdoor spaces that were created with concrete, tile, or another medium specific to construction!      

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How to: Tips For Building a Garden While Renting

by Lexy Ward
tips forbuildling a garden while renting
photo: The Vintage Wren

It seems like I am going to rent for the rest of my life. I know that isn't really true, but we have rented for almost 8 years of marriage (moving almost every year!). I've always wanted to create the garden of my dreams, but know that it isn't 100% possible as the yard and property are not my own. I'm sure a lot of you are in the same pickle as I am! So here are a few tips for creating a garden that's close to the one in your dreams when you're a renter!      

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Mega Roundup: 20 Modern Gardens to Delight and Inspire!

by Capree K

Mega Roundup: 20 Modern Gardens to Delight and Inspire!

It's 95 degrees today and all I can think about is retreating to a lush garden with a cold drink and a good book.  If that garden happens to have a pool, all the better.  Instead, the reality of my yard is a rectangle of semi-alive grass surrounded by vinyl fencing.  It's boring and drab, but after drooling over these modern gardens, I'm starting to see some serious potential.  If your yard is in a similar state, it's time to hop on board the inspiration train!  Here are over 20 modern gardens that are sure to delight the eye and get those creative juices flowing.  

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Curb Appeal Makeovers

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Curb Appeal Makeovers

Your house should put forth a tasteful first impression, both for your enjoyment, as well as what a prospective buyer sees. Whether it's the front door, the front step, the front yard or the overall front of the house, we can become blind to its' faults, and that may necessitate an objective opinion. As much as it may hurt, a little curb appeal consultation may be worth more than making a good first impression, it may make the difference between a drive-by, or a look-see. If you don't believe me, take a look at the difference in these five first impression makeovers.

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How To: Plan and Grow Your Own Maze

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To: Plan and Grow Your Own Maze

The Ashcombe Maze in Austraila

Wasn't anyone else mesmerized by the garden maze from Alice in Wonderland (A Big Golden Book)? After staring for hours at the queen's chase in the maze illustration, I vowed I'd have one of my own some day. Probably not, but I sure love to look at photos of them. Surprisingly, many garden mazes and labyrinths have survived in Europe from as far back as the Middle Ages to present day.  To see photos of Europe's most marvelous mazes and a quick How-To on planning and growing your own maze

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Determining Your Garden Style

by DIY Maven

Determining Your Garden Style

Contemporary, Mid-Century Modern, Traditional, Modern Country, Victorian....most of us Curbliers can distinguish one from the other and have most likely picked our favorite as our interior decor style. However, when it comes to gardens...well that can be a bit tricker. Maybe you're like me and you've seen gardens you adore but are unsure as to what style they are. You describe it to others--maybe even your future landscape designer--trying to recreate the image in your head. Wouldn't it be so much easier just to have a word that defines it? Give me Tuscan! Give me Xeriscape! See? Sooo much easier.

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