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4 Amazing Ideas for Decorating a Small Outdoor Space

Decorating a Small Outdoor Space


Summer temperatures, brilliant blue skies and afternoon sunsets are tempting you to get outdoors. Makeover your cramped space into a cozy place to have breakfast, read a good book or relax with an evening cocktail. A miniature urban space, a tiny condo patio, or a small balcony all have a great potential for being a space that you will love. Here are 4 amazing ideas that will inspire you to decorate your small outdoor space.


Defining your space for a particular purpose is the first step. Will you be using the area for small intimate meals, possibly an herbal garden, our a place to lounge and read a great novel? Aspire to one, or at the most two, uses for the space in order to maximize decorating potential. When selecting furniture and accessories for your small outdoor space, why not use a pop of color to add interest. Even the smallest of tables will accommodate a cup of tea or even a small plate of appetizers, a bottle of wine and glasses too. 


So you like to entertain, well than you will need a few more seats. A small bench at one end of the balcony can become an intimate love seat. If you are handy with a sewing machine (or know someone that is), making a pair of seat and back cushions will add a punch of color and make everyone comfortable at the same time. 


Get vertical! Do you love to cook with fresh herbs? Be creative with how you and where you grow your favorite herbs. Maybe you just enjoy color and fragrant flowers to brighten up your day. Terra-cotta pots are relatively inexpensive and you can add even more color with a bit of acrylic paint. This is a fun way to give your children a green thumb too. Let them help you paint, label, and plant containers to place in your small outdoor space.


Nothing better than lounging in the fresh air and curling up to a good read. If you are one of these sorts, than you may want to turn your small outdoor space into a tranquil place where you can escape the stress of the day. This cozy outdoor couch is an easy DIY project using recycled pallets, caster wheels and outdoor fabric. 

These 4 amazing ideas for decorating a small outdoor space will hopefully help you visualize what to do with your place. You may have a small outdoor space, but with a little inspiration mixed with perspiration you can turn that space into a place for entertaining or just relaxing. If you have a great small outdoor space or turn yours into one, share your photos with us, we would love to see your ideas!

Welcome Home Tuesday | A Family Reunited!

Welcome Home Tuesday 

This weeks Welcome Home Tuesday video is a tribute to all the military families. The sacrifices made are massive, and the reward of being back in the arms of loved ones is equally huge. This touching video brings you right into the heart of this families love and joy of being reunited after a long time apart.

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4 DIY Apps That Will Make You a Handyman


Planning Projects With Simple to Use DIY Apps

Ignite your inner handyman! DYI projects have been growing in popularity over the last decade due in part to the economic climate. People are taking on home improvement projects themselves instead of hiring professionals. Planning projects around the house is less intimidating or complicated when you have the right DIY apps. Check these 4 DIY apps that will make you a handyman or handywoman!

logo-carpenter_01iHandy – $1.99 available on either Apple or Android. Put a way the bulky tape measure and leveler. This app can measure, level or find degree angles, there are five built in tools in all. Rating ?????


snapguide_iconSnapguide – This is a free app and available for Apple. This incredible app allows you to generate, share and explore DYI projects from a variety of topics. You can find projects, tips, tricks and advice on not only home and gardening, but also lifestyle, beauty, fashion, sport & fitness, arts & crafts and so much more. Rating ?????


Magicplan_iconMagicPlan – A free app available on both Apple and Android. Take pictures of different rooms and this app will measure your rooms and draw your floor plans. In addition, you can add objects, annotations, and attributes to create an interior diagram of your home. Rating ?????


penultimate_icon_01Penultimate – From the makers of Evernote, this is a free app available on Apple but there are some Android apps that are similar, try the free app JustDraw. Penultimate is a touch screen-drawing app that allows you to sketch or take notes. Add a picture of a room and then add notes about the changes you want to make or the measurements of certain architectural elements. Take a picture of a room design you like from a magazine and add notes about what inspires you about the shot and then save it. Rating ?????


These 4 DIY apps can help you feel confident to tackle those home projects you’ve been wanting to do. Send us a comment and let us see what handyman projects you complete. We would love to here from you!

Misconceptions about Homeowners Insurance Coverage

Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

There are a lot of things that aren’t covered on a standard homeowners insurance policy, and it can be easy to overlook these coverage gaps or assume they’re included in your policy. Before shopping around for homeowners insurance, or even right before you’re about to sign the policy agreement, make sure you know exactly what’s included in your policy and what separate coverage you may need in your particular area of residence. These are some of the most commons gaps in coverage with a homeowner insurance policy:

Natural Disasters

Most natural disaster—floods, earthquakes and hurricanes to name a few—are not included in your standard homeowners insurance policy. If you live in an area prone to any of these “Acts of God, ” you can look into adding a separate policy to cover potential damages.


Damages accrued from acts of war, whether from a nuclear, biological or civil war, are generally not covered. Terrorist attacks are included in some states, but they are not necessarily guaranteed to be included in your policy. But, if you were interested, there is such a thing as War Risk Insurance, but it’s more commonly used for companies and industries with equipment that could be damaged by acts of war.


If you have any expensive jewelry or rare collectible items that were damaged or stolen, don’t assume you’ll get the total value of the items reimbursed. Most policies have a price cap on items such as these, sometimes only covering $1,000-1,500. Even if a certain amount of cash is damaged or stolen, there is no guarantee the full amount will be covered.


Termites are incredibly destructive. They eat wood and damage the structural integrity of your home and cause thousands of dollars in damage. And a majority of the time this damage is not covered by a homeowners insurance policy at all, as it’s considered neglect on behalf of the owner for not conducting proper maintenance and inspections of the property to prevent the damage. The same goes for mold.