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Outdoor Living Spaces on the Rise August 5, 2011

It used to be that out-door living spaces were only conducive to sunny California, and weather permitting homes.  However, a recent trend is on the rise, and back yards are being used more as “bonus room” than a place to play catch or have the dog run around.

Perfectly landscaped back yards, and expensive furniture  can be a lot of work.  Whether you are maintaining the lawns yourself or paying to have it done, it is quite an undertaking.  You also have to worry about the weather, when it rains you have to run home and bring all the cushions, and tables inside before they are destroyed by the rain.

There are however, plenty of benefits to having a space like this.  When you are having a backyard BBQ, or simply a quiet night with a glass of wine, they can be quite the relaxation room that you may be looking for.  If you can afford it space wise, there are ways of getting around the pricey costs of weather permitting furniture and creating a little oasis for those hot summer nights.

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Outdoor living space, Photo provided by Jeff Sandquist

Even if you don’t have the biggest yard to work with, you can still create a space for a little “me” time.  Try using bricks to separate a space and start out with a chair and some comfy but bright colored pillows.  Over time you can build up the spaces adding a table, and a couch, etc.  The trick is to make it look as comfortable as can be.

Another benefit to a back yard living space is having a cool place to go after a hot day.  If you don’t have air conditioning then you must enjoy being outside, because on those extremely hot days you won’t want to be stuck in a stuffy house.  Use your space as a place to cool off and enjoy the nice weather (hopefully) the summer has to offer.


Picking The Right Hammock Isn’t Always A Relaxing Experience August 23, 2010

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Ah, summertime it’s hard to not think of rest, relaxation, long days, warm nights, and lots of time to lie around to do nothing (if you’re so lucky to do so). The season also means taking out the dusty old hammock and letting the summer wind rock you to sleep while you lie in arguably one of the most comfortable pieces of furniture ever created. Plus, nothing says summertime (and all the rest of those things) more than a comfortable hammock. However, if you don’t already have a hammock, finding the right one can be anything but a relaxing experience.

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When shopping or looking for a new hammock it’s best to consider some questions before making the purchase, such as who is going to use the hammock? If you have a big family then it’s best to purchase a reliable and sturdy one that is bound to be able to support everyone just in case of a full get together one sunny summer afternoon. It’s also important to consider you’re climate. If you live in an area that has a harsh winter it may be best to purchase a hammock that can easily be put away. Finally, figure out how much space you have and purchase accordingly.

Now, this all can sound like a hassle for something that’s as simple as a hammock, but it’s important to remember that the right hammock makes all the difference when it comes to relaxing and taking it easy over the warm and lazy summer.