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When you think ‘backyard shed’ you might imagine something dark and practical that smells like potting mix. But these homeowners have breathed new life into the notion of a backyard shed, making them light and airy places to sit and work or relax with a book and coffee. Instead of it being a place to store tools or garden equipment, a shed is transformed into a garden feature and a space to enjoy what you’ve cultivated. Get ready to be inspired!
Every pooch deserves a little house of their own! Choose a design that reflects their doggy personality and what they like to do best – whether that’s perching up high, hiding out in the shade or getting cozy with their favorite blanket. You could even have one that matches your own house, whether that’s ultra-contemporary, log cabin style or industrial. Find inspiration in this gallery for your new dog house, today.
A patio is such a versatile space, creating a sense of transition from the inside to the outdoors beyond. These days, the trend is to decorate a patio much like an indoor space, with plenty of seating and cushions and even rugs to create a sense of coziness. Timber painted white, and monochrome prints predominate with some natural fibers and a splash of color sneaking in too. Get motivated for a patio makeover with our selection of the best ideas right here.
A beautiful terrace design makes the most of natural light and airflow. Interesting ceilings – whether angled, with skylights or laced with branches, help to achieve this, while still providing a modicum of shade. A monochromatic or natural color scheme is best, highlighted by a few token plants. Check out this gallery to see how you can play with materials and texture to draw the eye.
Rock gardens are the ideal way to resolve backyard height differences while keeping things pretty. Nestle succulents among larger rocks and then top up with pebbles. Flowers with tiny heads look spectacular, particularly when you create patches of them in different colors. If you’re trying to disguise the rocks, you can allow thick mosses and taller bushes to grow over them. Check out this gallery for ideas on how to plan it out and keep it orderly or create a more unstructured look to suit your aesthetic.
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The entry to your home is where guests form their first impressions. Make sure it’s a good one by creating a front pathway that’s well-lit, easy to walk on and reflects your home’s style. Whether that’s stone with clean geometric lines, sweeping wet-look tiles, has a feature border or is rustic brick, there’s a front yard walkway idea here for you!
Aside from a Christmas tree, lighting is one of the staples of Christmas decorating and lets you share your festive spirit with the whole neighborhood! Adorn trees with hundreds of fairy lights, hang snowflake-shaped lights from branches or create unique features with string lights. There really are no limits to what you can create – see for yourself with this selection of incredible Christmas lighting inspiration.
Mosaic tile can add a splash of color and pattern to a garden in an instant. Large urns, low benches, pathways and walls can easily be brightened with mosaics and become a beautiful feature to draw the eye. For inspiration on how to achieve this in your garden, click through the gallery to browse mosaic ideas like you’ve never seen before!
It’s time to get spooky! Take a look at these Halloween inspired front yard ideas and you’ll see the key to creating a truly horrifying effect is all in the details. From dog skeletons to houses shrouded in spider webs and intricately-carved jack-o-lanterns atop menacing, skeletal bodies. This is a sure-fire way to keep intruders away! Inspiration awaits you in this scary gallery.
If traditional flower beds aren’t for you, get on trend by decorating with succulents. The sheer variety of succulents makes it easy to create an eye-catching feature that varies in height, color, shape and texture. Keep it soft with pale pinks and hues of muted green or channel desert vibes with scorching oranges, deep burgundies and deep greens. Click through for our favorite ideas.
It’s not just kids who love treehouses. As an adult, a treehouse can provide the perfect escape, just like a mini-vacation. Add hammocks, a pretty view and some mood lighting. For a royal touch, arched windows and a spiral staircase are a must. And if you are going to share with the kids, swings, slides and flying foxes will turn it into the ultimate playground. See the best ideas here!
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