Carefree Poly Furniture Review: Quality Long Lasting Outdoor Furniture

Colorful Adirondack Chairs from Carefree Poly Furniture

It’s not often that you get to buy a great product and do something that’s truly beneficial for the planet, too. But that’s what we found at Carefree Poly Furniture – a ’net-based company that sells Amish-made poly lawn furniture. If you’re not familiar with poly lawn furniture, which many consider to be the “next…

Beautiful and Natural River Pebble Fountain

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This fountain is another find at the Great Big Home & Garden Show in Cleveland this year. I saw it and fell in love with it immediately. Of course I do like natural, rustic design, but the gurgle of the water and shimmer of the stones is almost mesmerizing. This wasn’t the only water feature…

Things to Consider When Decorating Outdoor Spaces

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You might not think about it, but your outdoor “rooms” deserve the same time and attention you give to your indoor rooms if you want to enjoy them in the same way.  Decorating an outdoor “room” is very similar to decorating any other area of your home. You need to first determine the function of…

Make These Spindle Angels for Your Garden

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Have fun designing your very own spindle garden angels and then put them together and display them with pride. I have to say, I’m always amazed of the brain power of my pal Shari!  When we were preparing for season two of “Around the House with Matt and Shari” she came up with the idea…

How to Make Your Exterior Entry Pretty and Welcoming

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Even if you think you have a lovely foyer in your home, your entry also extends to the outside of your home.  It all depends on which direction you are going! So it pays to take a look at the front of your home, or at least at the entrance that most people use when…

Use Paints to Dress Up Your Clay Pots

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You can use both spray paints and paint pens to dress up your clay pots to match or coordinate with your outdoor furnishings. One of the fastest ways to do any type of painting that I know of is spray painting, especially for craft projects.  For this project we are using Design Masters Color Tool Sprays. …

Create This Outdoor Trellis to Beautify Your Exterior

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An outdoor trellis will add dimension and beauty to the exterior of your home – build one and see! Do you have fond memories of your first home? Well I certainly do.  My first home was a wonderful little cottage that I spent many hours working on, and I enjoyed every minute of it.  The garden…

All the Steps to Use Your Grill Safely

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I just finished doing what I like to do most on a warm evening. You have to understand that I do not like to cook, at all! If it can’t fit in a microwave, I ordered it over the phone. Not that I don’t like a home cooked meal, its just finding the time to…

Use the Principles of Design on Your Outdoor Deck

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Don’t just put your furniture out for the summer and walk away, spend a little time making your deck an outdoor room that you will wnat to spend time in and invite friends over to enjoy!  I  have to admit that it didn’t take long for me to convince Matt that actually decorating an outdoor…

Move Indoor Rooms Outside for Seasonal Events

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To some this is a crazy idea but to the adventurous, it’s brilliant.  Give it a try for a special event, I guarantee you’ll do it again! There are several ways to “charge up” your exterior spaces for the season and this year you should try it at least once!  Instead of cleaning off the…

Painting a Mural Outside is an Awesome Project!

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Now don’t just paint a mural anywhere outside, choose your spot judiciously so that it looks like it was meant to be there! My favorite painting partner, Matt, and I have painted nearly everything you could possibly paint in our 20 years of working together.  Everything from furniture to fabrics, walls, floors, window coverings, and…

Rough Hewn Wood Winter Garden Angel

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Try using rough hewn wood to make certain pieces of your winter garden angel to add texture and interest.  The beginning of winter is time of year is my favorite time to get back in the shop.  I feel like Santa’s helper putting together great projects that could soon be underneath someone’s Christmas tree. A project like…

How Do I Determine My Exterior Style?

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We’ve talked about interior style many times, but what about the style of the exterior of your home?  Well, I’m going to walk you through a brief history of home styles and while I’m explaining the different looks and details, see if you can figure out what style home you live in! Well, between the…

Frame Up a Cheery Outdoor Welcome

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This is a great project to dress up the exterior of your home and let the neighbors know they are welcome at your home. It can be modified to say any type of greeting you wish and can certainly be customized for the season. It takes hardly any time since the letters can be purchased at a craft…

How and Where to Hang a Bat House to Eliminate Bugs

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Don’t listen to those scary movies about bats getting caught in your hair and remeber that having these creatures around is actually good for you – put up a bat house and prove it!  Did you know that insect-eating bats eat billions of tons of insects each summer? They protect our crops and keep our costs…

Make a Whimsical Angel to Watch Over Your Garden

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This angel is adorable and goes together fast with a piece of four by four a couple of cuts and some paint.  This whimsical angel is the perfect accessory for decorating a flower or vegetable garden. Her wings provide a resting place for small birds, and her cheery face watches over plants in bloom. Exterior paint…

Best Ways to Clean and Maintain Your Gas Grill

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Ahhhhh!  The coming of summer, boating, swimming hiking, cleaning your grill, yes you heard me cleaning your gas grill.  I know it doesn’t sound like fun, but if you are anything like me you love to cook out.  Well at least you like the results, brats, steaks and burgers, now I’m talking your language.  But…

Build This Versatile and Attractive Potting Bench

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A potting bench is surprisingly easy to build. After you’re finished, you’ll wonder how you ever did get through gardening chores without one! This is one of Shari’s and my favorite projects.  It’s great looking, functional and can be more than just a potting bench.  It dresss up a patio, it would be a great…

Install a Post for Feeding the Birds

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Put in a sturdy post and add bird feeders so you’ll have hours of enjoyment watching your feathered friends. Traditionally, spring isn’t the time of year to be thinking about adding a new bird feeding station in your yard, but I think it is the perfect time.  Especially after reviewing the damage in my yard from…

Easy Steps to Clean, Stain and Preserve Your Deck

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The steps are easy, but they do take some time, so be prepared to spend a couple weekends protecting a very important part of your home’s exterior. One of the first things that I want to do this weekend is to clean and seal my deck. Doesn’t sound like that much fun does it. Well,…

Selecting the Perfect Outdoor Fireplace

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One of the most enjoyable things about cool summer evenings for me is to sit outside and enjoy an outdoor fire with my family and friends. I have spent many an evening with Shari and her family, sitting around a cozy little fire.  As with any type of fire, be it an outdoor grill or…