Outdoor Living

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Home Tour: Luxury Outdoor Living in St. Petersburg, FL

With a majestic view of the skyway connecting the island it calls home to the city of St. Petersburg, this outdoor retreat offers sophisticated simplicity by day and modern drama by night. Entitled “Skyway,” the award-winning exterior design project packs generous amenities and experiences into an economy of waterfront space.

What’s Trending: Starry Night Decks

Having an outdoor space that you enjoy is important. The goal shouldn’t be to have a backyard you tolerate, but to create an extension of your home that feels warm and comfortable. Whether you are building a new deck or looking to update an existing one, outdoor lighting is going to play a key role in creating the atmosphere you are looking for. Keep reading for inspiration to incorporate 2020’s biggest outdoor lighting trend into your backyard: starry night decks.

How to Style Your Back Deck

There’s a lot you can do to take your deck to the next level, whether you’re using it for entertaining or just relaxing outdoors. From selecting the right colors to grounding your space to adding balance and dimension, there’s a lot more that goes into overall design than the furniture you select.

We turned to interior designers Alexis and Danielle at Simplicity Home Staging and Design for some expert insights into achieving the much sought-after look of a professionally styled deck.

How to Have the Best Deck this Spring

There’s no time like the present to get your deck ready for spring. Your deck (and your guests) will thank you, all season long.

Add a Pop of Red to Your Winter Garden With One of These Beauties

With a little planning, it’s possible to have bold, beautiful red in the garden year-round. What a difference color makes during the colder months, when there’s little to catch the eye. If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to bring more pizzazz to your outdoor spaces or want to design now for a winter garden next year, here’s my list of top plants with colorful berries or branches for cold climates, along with recommendations for how to use them.

Why Fall Is the Best Time for Planting

Garden centers have us tricked, and we help them trick us. After a long winter of reading magazines full of tantalizing plants and flowers, we itch for the first warm day. Nurseries make most of their annual income in the spring, which almost everyone considers to be the best time to plant a garden.

5 Ways to Make Your Outdoor Space Cozy this Fall

Just because the weather is turning cooler doesn’t mean your outdoor space needs to close up for the winter. With a few simple touches, you can transform your outside into a warm and inviting space to enjoy those crisp nights. Here’s how:

Let the home style tips come to you.