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Designing The Perfect Winter Pot

Creating winter planters can seem like a daunting task to those of us who are not design gifted by nature. Luckily, there are some basic principles that can help the most non-creative of us put together a spectacular outdoor display that ushers in the holidays and with just a few minor adjustments now and then can bring cheer to the long winter months.

Beyond The Pond: Water Features For Today's Lifestyle

  By Sandra Nelson   It used to be that your choice in water features was limited to a fountain or a pond. While both  could be stunning, they didn’t always fit with the existing landscape or mesh with the environment. Today, there are all sorts of alternatives available, offering the perfect choice for any …

Add Some Blue To Your Landscape With A Water Feature

By Sandra Nelson  

So you’ve been considering adding a water feature to your backyard, but haven’t quite decided if it’s the right decision for you. Having enjoyed ponds and streams, waterfalls and fountains in my yards for decades, I can give you lots of reasons why adding water to the landscape is a great …

Sitting Pretty — Part 3: Controlling the Climate

  By Sandra Nelson   One of the joys of a truly functional outdoor living space is the fact that inclement weather  —  days that are too hot or too cold  —  don’t force you back inside. Instead, these carefully designed spaces let you decide where to spend your days and nights.    CLIMATE CONTROL …

Sitting Pretty -- Part 2 Patio Accessories

  By Sandra Nelson   Have you ever noticed that every season we have new marketing buzzwords directed toward us? Most of the time they seem so contrived to me  ( I must be entering the curmudgeon stage of life ) but this year one did catch my eye. Almost every design article I’ve read …

Sitting Pretty -- On The Perfect Paver Patio

  By Sandra Nelson  

July 1959 was an exciting time for my family; It was the year that my father made his mark on our neighborhood. He became a local celebrity by turning our backyard into what was then considered a lavish outdoor living space. Fired up by pictures he saw in magazines, my …

Trends in Outdoor Kitchens 2020

  By Sandra Nelson   While outdoor kitchens have been at the top of homeowners’ wish lists for the last few years, ideas about what those kitchens should look like are beginning to change. No longer just a spot to grill, outdoor kitchens today are fast becoming the heart of outdoor living. They include options …

Poolscaping -- Transforming Average to Outstanding

By Sandra Nelson   My daughter recently lamented that swimming pools are the new toilet paper this summer  —  not to be found anywhere. She moaned that she missed being outdoors, enjoying her surroundings and dangling her feet in the water while the kids splashed and played. Granted, she was talking about a kiddie pool …