Outdoor-Living

Beautiful lighting on stair railing coming down from a deck

5 fresh ways to frame your outdoor space

When determining the look of your outdoor living space, decking is only half of the equation. In many cases, it’s the deck railings that are most visible and the design element that makes the first impression. “Railings serve a necessary safety function, but they also play an important aesthetic role,” explains designer Alison Victoria, star of HGTV’s "Windy City Rehab" and "Rock the Block." “They frame an outdoor space and define the setting’s style and personality.” Following are five fresh ways to... read more

Great grilling ideas for easy home-cooked meals

Any summer day is the perfect day to fire up the grill. Simple or elaborate, gas or charcoal — any type of grill can impart flavors and textures that make home-cooked meals extra special. No need to cook indoors and heat up the kitchen when the outdoor grill is ready to go. Enjoy outdoor recreation time when Steak with...

How to go green at home and save green in your wallet

Paid Content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. Taking steps to live a greener lifestyle at home not only can help protect the environment, but it can improve the comfort in your home and help save money, too. According to a study conducted by the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI), 41% of Americans want to buy green products...

From victory gardens to garage greatness: 5 big jobs to tackle for summer

Summer is here, and that means it’s time to tackle the big outdoor tasks. The importance of getting work done is especially true in this season of social isolation, when Americans are enjoying their homes’ outdoor spaces more than ever. Outdoor work may require some extra sweat and elbow grease, but these big jobs are a welcome break right...

Simple ways to beautify your outdoor space and enjoy time at home

Whether it's a quaint patio, a simple garden, a rolling expanse of land or the many possibilities in between, the backyard is the perfect place to unwind. As people spend more time at home, creating a personal outdoor sanctuary is more important than ever before. Fortunately you don't need a lot of time or space to create an outdoor...

4 tips: Zing up your menus with a tasty summer garnish garden

As people are spending more time at home, many are learning new activities and finding simple joy in doing the things they love, such as cultivating their own gardens. Now is the perfect time to start planning a summer garden that can add fresh flavors to your kitchen all year long. One growing trend is to create delicious and...
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