Kim Daneault
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Posted by Kim Daneault on 10/4/2020

Your outdoor lighting is perhaps one neglected area of your home. For both safety and beauty, the outdoors deserve a certain amount of attention when it comes to lighting. There are plenty of ways that you can make your outdoor lighting both welcoming and practical.


Layer It


Just as you would inside your home, you should try to layer your lighting. To do this, you should include many different kinds of lighting especially lighting that brightens the outside walls of the home, highlights landscaping elements, and even some overhead lighting.


Use Decorative Lighting


Decorative lanterns and lamps are an easy way to add lighting to your outdoor spaces. You can let them stand on their own, spread them out, or you can group them and line them up in certain areas like a wall or a table. Candles are also a great way to multi-purpose practical lighting with decorative lighting. 


Light Your Steps


Itís important to provide adequate lighting on stairs and decks. Anywhere that people can trip is a place that needs adequate lighting. Solar powered lights are perfect for these uses.


Use String Lights


String lighting hung overhead can be perfect for courtyards, decks, roofs, or even trees and shrubbery. If you donít have anything to hang string lights from, you can always get creative using posts and planters. This is a great non-permanent solution for you to have some pretty lighting available.


Donít Draw Too Much Attention To Your Property


While you want adequate lighting on the outside of your property, you also donít want to draw attention to an area of your yard. The whole neighborhood doesnít need to know that youíre out on your deck, hanging out. Choose lighting that provides an inviting glow without an overpowering brightness.            


Use Table Lamps


You may have thought that table lamps are only for the indoors, but think again. Your outdoor setup can be the same as your indoor setup. Put table lamps down on your outdoor tables for adequate illumination. Be sure that the lamps youíre using are rated for the outdoors. 


If you use the right techniques and always be sure that youíre following safety protocols,  you can find success with your outdoor lighting scheme. When your home is properly lit, the best part is that youíll be able to enjoy the outdoors of your home much more thoroughly during seasonable times. Youíll also have an increased sense of security and comfort in and around your home. Itís well known that burglars are deterred from intruding on well-lit properties. Set up your outdoor lighting right and get the outdoor season off on the right foot.




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Posted by Kim Daneault on 7/29/2018

If youíre looking to take your outdoor space to the next level this summer season there are some simple changes that you can do to bring your yard to a ďwowĒ level. 


Use Lighting In Unique Ways


You can really bring visual interest to your backyard by using lighting in unique ways. Think of adding accent lights to walls near the outdoor space (depending upon how itís enclosed). You can also add hanging lights using a fixture like a pergola or umbrella over a table. This is not only a great way to get outdoor night lighting, but a way to define your space as well. 


Use Defining Features


As mentioned above, a pergola or even an umbrella is a great way to define the outdoor space that you have. It will also be a welcome feature to have overhead shade covering for hot summer days. The lighting that you add to these spaces will allow you to use your outdoor area the whole day through with comfort and style. 


Think Of Building Up


If the outdoor space that you have is limited, you might want to consider building up. You can make levels of sorts with your yard. This would include adding something like a cement fixture or a wooden deck. While these types of improvements arenít exactly cheap, they can add to your backyard and give the sense that your outdoor space is bigger than it really is.


Make A Focal Point


If you have a great feature in your yard that provides a great point of vision, you want to make use of it. Be it a fireplace, a fish pond, or something else that your eyes are drawn to, you should place your tables and chairs around this point in order to create an impression. 


Make Privacy A Priority


In your yard, you want to make privacy a priority. Whether you add bushes, build a physical wall, or put up some fencing, you donít want your neighbors to be able to see whatís happening on your property at all times. These features will also help to define the space even more.        


Use The Indoors For Inspiration


Your outdoor oasis can be a reflection of the style that you have on the inside of your home. Just because youíre outside, doesnít mean that everything has to be different. Create a living area complete with tables, chairs, and even an outdoor kitchen if you have the resources. Convenience is key outside, since you donít want to be running in and out of the house while entertaining and enjoying the outdoors. Be sure to complete your patio with accents like throw pillows and even outdoor table lamps to finish the look.




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Posted by Kim Daneault on 7/17/2016

It feels like a miracle when the warm weather rolls around and you can finally spend some time outdoors. Whether you're taking a break from yard work or working on your tan, you're going to want a comfortable place to relax. Unfortunately, a lot of outdoor seating is the equivalent of sitting on a hard rock--sure it can withstand the weather, but it doesn't offer much comfort. In this article, we'll talk about some of the best outdoor seating available that will get you outside†without sacrificing the comfort of your recliner.

Hammocks

We don't know exactly when the hammock was invented, but the first written account of their use†comes from Spanish colonists in the 1400s who noticed Native South Americans using them for sleeping. They were originally made from the bark of a hamack tree--hence the name--but since then†have been made of a number of different materials. In the United States, the hammock market has been dominated by, well, the worst type of hammock there is. When you think of a hammock you probably think of white rope hung between two trees with wooden separator bars to keep the netted rope open. Originally, hammocks didn't have those separator bars--and for good reason. Separator bars make for the unsteady, dizzying experience that many people have when they get in a hammock for the first time. Without the bars, you have a much steadier, more comfortable experience that is closer to what Native South Americans have experiences for hundreds of years.

Hanging rope chair

Like the hammock, hanging rope chairs also utilize gravity to add to their comfort level. The difference here is that you are in a seated or semi-reclined position. Rope chairs often have weather-proof seat and back cushions that make them all the more comfortable. You can buy a free-standing chair, or one that hangs from a tree branch.

Floating lounge chairs

If you want to bring your comfort on-the-go, a lounge chair is one of your best options. Lounge chairs have undergone several innovations over the years--some for better, some for worse. Quality lounge chairs make sure your back and seat cushion aren't touching any parts of the metal frame. One good example is the Cabela's zero-gravity lounge chair. They fold up easily and are very comfortable, but they are significantly heavier than cheaper, aluminum framed lounge chairs.

Cushioned furniture set

If you plan on entertaining guests on the patio, there are several outdoor furniture sets that have thick, durable cushions to keep everyone comfortable. You can spend anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to thousands of dollars on a patio set. And, more than anything else on this list, you get what you pay for. Maintaining a patio set is more complicated than the other items we've mentioned. Some have removable cushions that you should bring inside at night or when it rains. Others come with furniture covers that will keep the chairs in prime conditions but are--admittedly--an eyesore.   Whichever options you choose, be sure to try before you buy. When you're shopping for comfort, no one can tell you better than your own back.







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