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salvage doors hinged together for a patio privacy screen - Emily Johnston Anderson via Atticmag

Door Jamboree

No instructions needed to create this useful hinged salvage-door screen for the patio. It’s that time of the year when we start to move outside and revive our outdoor spaces. And having a substantial folding screen on a patio or in the yard can be an excellent way to create privacy. Hinging old doors like […]

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Rustic outdoor fountain – Oz Architects via Atticmag

Four Gorgeous Outdoor Add Ons

Splurging on a fire or water feature for the yard makes outdoor living more enjoyable and romantic. The long, snowy Northeastern winter is finally drawing to a close and cabin fever makes me long to be outside. But a recent scene on the TV drama “Parenthood” – where a long-married couple snuggled up in front […]

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architectural outdoor fireplace with cor-ten steel back guard - houzz via Atticmag

Outdoor Fireplaces

On chilly Fall nights, what’s more appealing than sipping a warm drink in front of a fireplace in the backyard? If I were to take on a single project that would add a dimension to our exterior living space, that would be an outdoor fireplace. Because our area has a legacy of stone houses, many […]

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Jane at Chenonceau

Trees Against the Walls

Another aspect of formal gardens to admire. My first glimpse of espalier – fruit trees or vines trained to grow flat against a wall or trellis – was during a trip to the great Château at Chenonceau, in the Loire Valley. Our hotel had a walled vegetable garden used to supply its restaurant and, evidently, […]

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formal gardens at Holker Hall - H&G via Atticmag

Living Wall Summer Garden

A century of changes blend old and new outside at Holker Hall, a stately English home. One day I hope to find a tour that will permit me to more fully explore my passion for topiary gardens. The idea of imposing geometric forms on and hedges and trees is at both fascinating and mysterious though […]

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