Relax in temporary ‘room' with tent gazebo on your lawn
If you're stuck with a flat, bland expanse of lawn but yearn for a cozy outdoor room, take a cue from the July issue of Better Homes and Gardens.
The magazine shows how to create a gathering spot beneath a $200 tent gazebo. An indoor/outdoor rug helps define the space. Rattan furniture topped with cushions and pillows made from weather-resistant fabric is a comfy spot to relax and chitchat.
A chandelier hangs from the middle of the tent. No need to buy a new one just for this project; instead, retrofit a thrift-store fixture with candles or a strand of battery-powered twinkly lights woven among the arms. Large pots of flowers around the edges of the tent are a reminder that this is a garden room.
Striped curtains made from outdoor fabric hang from the horizontal supports of the tent. They help hide the tent legs and give the “room” a finished look.
A caution: This room should be considered temporary. If left in place all the time, the weather will take a toll on some of the furnishings and the grass will die under the rug.
Blog offers tips, advice
The employees at your local home-improvement store would love to answer your every question about paint, if there weren't 10 other people waiting to be helped. So why not blog about your paint issues on Color Buzz, Beehive Studio's Color Blog, colorbuzz.valspar blog.com.
Through this blog, you can get advice on making color choices and tips on the painting process, while learning from others in similar situations.
The designers of Beehive Studios, color consultants for Valspar, lead the blog and take questions, comments and pictures about the color troubles and happy moments you experience.
Categories include bathroom finishes, bedrooms, color trends and designs, among others. Oh, and don't worry about missing posts. The blog has an archive.
What every DIY wants to know
“Deconstruction” has the answers to life's most perplexing questions. You know, the ones that keep your head spinning throughout the night, such as:
How does pressurized wood get pressure-treated?
How strong is tempered glass, and how is it made?
Is home insulation really fire retardant?
The show will air at 9 p.m. Wednesdays on the DIY Network.
Viewers can join host Matt Blashaw, contractor, handyman and Stud Finder finalist, on his field trips to research labs and testing facilities and for his personal experiments. The premise behind the show is to turn ordinary do-it-yourselfers into experts by helping them learn the science behind home improvement.
Window treatments by the book
You're not finished decorating your home until you've found the perfect window treatments. And you won't find the perfect window treatments unless you consider all your options.
Beautiful Windows: The Ultimate Window Treatment Design Book (Filipacchi Publishing; $17.99; paperback) is a guide for creating window treatments that blend with your decor.
The book, from the editors of Woman's Day magazine, covers a range of treatments including: blinds and shades such as roll-ups and Roman styles; curtain and drapery styles such as panels, sheers, tab-tops and valances; and alternative coverings such as decorative folding screens, trends in tiebacks and tassels.
All styles are paired with tips on choosing print and color fabrics, step-by-step instructions, solutions to common problems, photos and illustrations.
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