Summer is looking good! Fireflies flash morse code in the gloaming, and all’s right with the world. However, if your yard looks more like an unkempt grassy bed than a welcoming oasis, fear not! It’s possible to create an award-winning yard fit for royalty without spending a king’s ransom or all your free time on its maintenance.Read More
Something truly magical happens the day Spring arrives. Bloomington feels different. It's like breathing is fuller and my eyebrows feel lighter. It's finally time to get outside and become a real person again. Unfortunately, the winter has turned your house into the setting of the Walking Dead. It's time to get to work.Read More
Our past few posts featured some lovely outdoor spaces. But the recent cooler days (not to mention fallen leaves on the porch) may have you wondering how to make the most of your “fifth room” before winter sets in. Below you'll find a few easy tips to add warmth and coziness to your deck, porch, or patio. Better yet, these ideas work just as well in any living area.
Fall in Bloomington is particularly beautiful. If you've ever spent a sunny afternoon out at Lake Monroe or Lake Griffy, you're familiar with the rich and colorful trees. You can easily borrow from the feeling of the landscape itself with textured pillows, throws, and rugs. Consider layering different textures to mimic the variation found in one of fall's best features: foliage in transition.
Let's be honest: Some people just resist being outside as the days and evenings turn chilly. In addition to offering a favorite autumn sweater, adding visual warmth through lighting accents, such as string lights and votives (and maybe even a flame-free DIY fire pit, too) creates an enticing — and cozy — environment.
See more outdoor lighting inspiration here.
These DIY votive holders work well in outdoor both and indoor spaces. Apartment Therapy has even more ideas here.
Perhaps the easiest way to get your outdoor space feeling Fall is through autumnal patterns and, of course, our favorite —color! Buffalo checks and other plaids make an even bolder impression in rich, warm palettes. And — dare we say it — usher us into the holiday season ahead.
Adaptable to any home, these ideas are also well-suited for personal interpretation. They work in just about any decorating style. What's your favorite aesthetic for fall? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook!
Summer is a great time for backyard renovations. You can create a beautiful backyard that can be enjoyed through fall (and sometimes even winter). Below are some ideas for your perfect backyard, no matter your style or space.
These backyards are perfect for the garden lover. It's so nice to be able to grow your own food, right in your backyard!
These backyards prove that you don't need a huge yard to make a functional space that everyone will love to spend time in.
These last backyards are just dream yards; gorgeous pools, mature trees, plenty of space to run. Sounds like heaven to me!
What are some things you would like to see in your dream backyard? Let us know on here, or check out our Facebook page and leave a comment there!
The first day of Summer was this week, and Fourth of July is coming up soon, which means the beginning of Summer party season! Summer is the greatest time for outdoor parties, get-togethers, and barbecues. Below you will find some ideas to really make your Summer parties spectacular!
DIY Paper Cup Lights
Paper cup lights are an easy way to add some cute decoration to any party, while still being functional. All you need for this project is a strand of Christmas lights, 3oz paper cups, and an X-acto knife (colored/patterned paper and glue optional). If the color or pattern on your cups doesn't appeal to you, use the paper and glue to cover the outside of the cups. Then, use the X-acto knife to cut a small x on the bottom of the cup. This is where the bulb from the Christmas lights will go. Attach a cup to each bulb along the entire strand of lights, and voila! You have a beautiful decoration and light source for your party.
Keep the Bugs Away
The worst part about summer parties are all the bugs, especially mosquitoes. There are many different tips and methods for keeping the pests away, but the easiest and most effective way to keep your party as insect-free as possible is to set up at least two electric fans (more for bigger areas). Many small insects, including mosquitoes and gnats, don't have to strength to fly in the breeze. You can create your own breeze using the fans and the bugs will stay away. Plus your guests will be kept cooler and more comfortable.
Make a Clean and Inviting Space
No one wants to attend a party or barbecue with too little seating, an overgrown yard, and a dirty space. Make sure to have enough clean, comfortable seating for all guests (or invite guests to bring their own). Yard work can be a pain, but it is important to get it done before a party (or at least get the lawn mowed). Finally, clean the outside areas of your home. Siding can become dingy and covered in mildew over time. Same with your driveway, fence, and deck. Before you have a party, have all these surfaces power washed. If you don't want to worry about taking on all that work yourself, call us. We will come to your home (you don't even have to be there), connect to your water source, power wash anything that needs to be, including windows and gutters, and clean up everything before we go. Then you will be all ready for your perfect Summer party!
Tomorrow we celebrate all the men in our lives, our fathers, brothers, grandfathers, spouses, friends, and loved ones. For this special day, we want to bring you some of the ultimate outdoor kitchen spaces for that special grill-master (or sous-chef) in your life!Read More