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Best Outdoor Toys - Spring Swings Twizzler II - Hot Outdoor Toys for Kids
What's more fun than swinging from tree branch-to-branch in your backyard like Tarzan, the Ape Man? Well, one thing that might squash that dream is the lack of trees or sturdy vines hanging in your backyard. Buzzkill! But wait -- it is possible. The Twizzler II can be easily attached to a tree limb, swing set or other support. Page 11.

Pictures of Blow Mold Christmas Decorations - Blow Mold Figures and Decorations
The soft glow illuminating from plastic blow mold Christmas decorations reminds many of us of our childhoods. Blow molds are those lighted holiday figures like Santas, snowmen, choir singers and reindeer. Displayed outdoors year after year, they had a tendency to become faded or scratched from the December weather -- snow, rain or sun. Because they were made by injection-molded plastic, they looked pretty, well...plastic. But when they were plugged in and lit-up the lawn at night, they were magical.

Pink Flamingo in the Snow - Blow Mold Plastic Pink Flamingo
This is a Chrismingo -- a pink plastic flamingo that makes an appearance at Christmas time, often festooned in Santa garb or something perfect for the season -- an ugly Christmas sweater, perhaps? Some of the plastic blow molds were made by Union Products, Inc., of Leominster, Massachusetts. Union Products was a plastics factory in business for 50 years that was famous for giving birth to the iconic plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament, which was designed by Don Featherstone -- a legend among movers and shakers of midcentury kitsch. Page 2.

Blow Mold Gingerbread Men - Blowmold Xmas Decorations
Blow mold figures decorate the lawn of a home North Carolina. Some of the plastic blow molds were made by Union Products, Inc., of Leominster, Massachusetts. Union Products was a plastics factory in business for 50 years that was famous for giving birth to the iconic plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament, which was designed by Don Featherstone -- a legend among movers and shakers of midcentury kitsch memorabilia. Page 3.

Blow Mold Snowman on Porch - Blow Mold Christmas Decorations
If you find that your blow mold decoration has faded or been scratched up through the years, it is possible to repair it. The Planet Christmas website is a sort of clearinghouse for do-it-yourself holiday decorators, including information on lighting, light and sound shows, and blow mold decorations, among other things. Page 4.

Blow Mold Reindeer - Vintage Outdoor Christmas Decorations
For several years, Eartha Kitsch scouted for plastic blow mold reindeer before hitting the jackpot one day at a local thrift store.

Blow Mold Christmas Sheep - Blow Mold Outdoor Christmas Decorations
A flock of illuminated plastic sheep lie patiently in the grass, probably somewhere near a blow mold nativity scene. Back when they were a staple in home and garden centers and seasonal decoration aisles of department stores, blow molds could be found in boxes labeled illuminated choir girl or lighted snowman yard decoration. Page 6.

Blow Mold Nativity Closeup - Outdoor Christmas Decorations
Photographer Marcus Bradbury, aka Lumberg the Loquacious Llama, got a low, closeup shot of a friend's blow mold nativity scene for a different perspective. Some decorators arrange their blow molds and other holiday decorations according to theme or character type, while others prefer a free-for-all, mixed-crowd party atmosphere. Page 7.

Blow Mold Penguins, Outdoor Christmas Decorations - Blow Molds
Blow mold penguins stand watch in the front yard of the Pierson family of Boise, Idaho. Mike Pierson decorated his vintage pick-up truck with light strands to emphasize its classic lines. Inside the cab of the truck are two more blow mold penguins, escaping the cold temps. Not surprisingly, the clever design won first place in the area's holiday yard display contest. Page 8.

Skinny Santa Blow Molds - Blow Mold Xmas Decorations
Twin skinny Santa Claus blow mold decorations stand by a backyard swimming pool in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Some of the skinny Santa blow molds were made by Empire Plastics, which is no longer in business. It's possible that the skinny Santas were designed to resemble tall taper candles, which were also popular illuminated blow mold decorations. Page 10.

Blow Molds in the Snow - Blow Molds at Christmas
Blow mold holiday figures take on a different appeal when they are lit-up on a lawn with a light covering of snow. This is the yard of the Freeman family in Cary, North Carolina, where they have more than 200 plastic blow mold figures, along with a few more contemporary decorations, like airblown inflatables. Page 9.

Patio Furniture - What's New in Garden Furniture for 2012 - Outdoor Furniture Trends
Patio furniture -- or casual furniture, as it's called in the industry -- does not change drastically from year to year. The materials are pretty standard, and a true trend takes at least a few years to develop rather than a short 12 months or less. But that doesn't mean that the consumer -- you or I -- won't see anything different in our favorite stores or online retailers.

Target Conservatory Patio Collection - 2012 Garden Furniture
Although Target's sophisticated Conservatory collection is inspired by ancient Asian patterns in wood, the garden furniture itself is actually made of cast aluminum. With the square spa-bleu Olefin cushions, the collection has a modern vibe. Page 2.

CB2 Outdoor Furniture 2012 - Butterfly Chair and Sawyer Adirondack Furniture
CB2s are located in urban areas -- the first retail stores were in Chicago and New York. While its appeal goes beyond metropolitan areas and consumers under age 35, CB2's furnishings are cleverly designed for indoor / outdoor use and easy storage, which means many pieces are stackable and collapsible. Page 3.

Crate and Barrel Outdoor Patio Furniture - 2012 Outdoor Furniture at Crate and Barrel
Upon first glance, the Dune collection looks like a sleek, modern indoor living room set. And it very well could be, but the materials are made to withstand the elements of an outdoor room. Stainless steel frames are outdoor grade, and taupe Batyline® synthetic mesh upholstery is UV-, fade-, mold-, tear- and stain-resistant. Page 4.

Grandin Road Outdoor Patio Furniture 2012 - Retro Outdoor Furniture for the Garden or Porch
Grandin Road's Retro Squares garden furniture has a wonderful, nostalgic look. I've seen rusted-out originals that inspired this collection, but the superior materials and colors give Grandin Road's Retro Squares collection a sharp, clean look. Page 5.

Pottery Barn Outdoor Furniture 2012 - Scroll Patio Furniture
Pottery Barn's Scroll bench and chair (sold separately) are a unique twist on metal garden furniture -- without trying too hard to be different than the rest. The lines are curvacious but still have a modern look. Add the tufted cushion for a comfortable porch-sitting. Page 6.

Pottery Barn Outdoor Furniture - Tavern Patio Collection 2012
There's a definite inspiration for Pottery Barn's Tavern outdoor furniture collection. The open-air outdoor beer gardens of Bavaria. The collection features rustic mahogany slats and sculptural metal bases in four different finishes: green, pewter, red and white. Page 7.

Philips Forecast - 2012 Best Outdoor Lighting Finalist - 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards
2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards' Best Outdoor Lighting finalist Philips Forecast began in Southern California in the early 1970s. In 1992, Lightolier acquired Forecast and relocated the company to its current headquarters in Elgin, Illinois. In 2010, the Forecast Lighting line became part of Philips Consumer Luminaires, a business unit of Philips North America. Page 5.

Kichler Lighting - Finalist for Best Outdoor Lighting - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012
Ready to vote for the company that designs and manufactures what you consider to be the Best Outdoor Lighting? The About.com Reader's Choice Awards 2012 Best Pool and Patio category honors the year's top pool and patio products, brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers. This is the second year that the Pool and Patio category has participated in the site-wide About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Page 4.

Best Outdoor Lighting Finalist - Hinkley Lighting - 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards - Home and Garden
One of the finalists for Best Outdoor Lighting in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards is Hinkley Lighting, which began in 1922 as a small family lighting company. Currently led by the family's fourth generation in northeast Ohio, Hinkley continues to design and manufacture top-quality lighting fixtures with a focus on energy-efficient lighting. Page 3.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Best Decking - Best Pool and Patio Products About.com Awards
Best Decking finalists have been determined in the 2012 About.com Reader's Choice Awards. Learn more about the finalists and cast your vote for Best Decking 2012. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 30, 2012.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards: Decking Finalists - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2011 - Best Pool and Patio Products About.com Awards
The About.com Reader's Choice Awards 2011 Best Pool and Patio category honors the year's top pool and patio products, brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers. This is the first year that the Pool and Patio category has joined the Readers' Choice Awards. This year's Best Pool and Patio category seeks to honor the Best Outdoor Patio Furniture, Best Pool Cleaner/Vacuum, Best Pool Test Kit, Best Hot Tub/Spa, and Best Decking. Voting is Feb. 22 to March 8, 2011. Page 2.

Best Decking Finalist - DuraLife - About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Awards - Pool and Patio
Vote now for Best Decking in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. One of the decking finalists is DuraLife, which includes hardwood blends and composites. DuraLife is part of the GAF company. Page 3.

Vote for Best Decking - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - About.com Readers' Choice Awards Best Decking Finalists - Best Pool and Patio Products About.com Awards
It's time to vote for Best Decking in the 2012 About.com Reader's Choice Awards. Best Decking five finalists include Fiberon, a manufacturer of wood-plastic composite decking that's been around since 1997. Page 4.

Best Decking: About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Voting for Best Decking
Vote for Best Decking. GeoDeck is one of the finalists in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards, with voting ending March 21, 2012. Page 5.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards: Best Decking Finalists - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Best Pool and Patio Products About.com Awards
The About.com Reader's Choice Awards 2012 Best Pool and Patio category honors the year's top pool and patio products, brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers. This is the first year that the Pool and Patio category has joined the Readers' Choice Awards. This year's Best Pool and Patio category seeks to honor the Best Outdoor Patio Furniture, Best Pool Cleaner/Vacuum, Best Pool Test Kit, Best Hot Tub/Spa, and Best Decking. Voting is Feb. 22 to March 8, 2011. Page 6.

Sea Gull Lighting - 2012 Best Outdoor Lighting Finalist - About.com Readers' Choice Awards
About.com Best Outdoor Lighting finalist Sea Gull Lighting began as a small lighting specialty shop in Philadelphia in 1919 -- right after World War I. Owner Henry Siegel designed and hard-wired portable lighting fixtures, patenting them with an eye to the future. The Hirsch and Solomon families continue the philosophy of Siegel's family-run business -- design and build quality and fashionable products. Sea Gull Lighting's plant is now based in Riverside, New Jersey. The company also maintains operations in Philadelphia; Houston and Las Vegas. Page 6.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Best Book Landscape Design - Best Book Outdoor Living
The Best Book, Landscape Design & Outdoor Living category is new to the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. The five finalists include books about succulent container gardening, designing for privacy, outdoor structures, outdoor DIY projects and all-things related to backyard living.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Best Book Landscape Design - Best Book Outdoor Living
Since the late 1940s, the authors/editors of Sunset Books have been providing homeowners and do-it-yourselfers with how-to books on every topic inside and outside of the home. Backyard Cottages & Gazebos offers contemporary design solutions for backyard-based home offices and studios, pool houses, playhouses and other outdoor structures. This Outdoor Sunset Design Guide is a Best Book finalist in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Page 2.

Handmade Garden Projects Best Book Finalist - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Best Book Landscape Design
In her book, 'Handmade Garden Projects,' artistic, crafty horticulturist/author Lorene Edwards Forkner shows readers how to decorate the garden going the DIY route. It's a Best Book, Landscape Design and Outdoor Living, in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Page 3.

'Landscaping for Privacy' Book - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Best Book Landscape Design - Best Book Outdoor Living
Vote now for Best Book, Landscape Design and Outdoor Living, in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. One of the finalists, 'Landscaping for Privacy' provides numerous creative ideas for dealing with the areas in your outdoor living space that you want to gain some privacy, cover up, or that intrude on your personal outdoor space. Author Marty Wingate shows several real-world examples that demonstrate how to keep the outside world at bay. Page 4.

New Backyard Idea Book - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Best Book Landscape Design
The 'New Backyard Idea Book' by Natalie Ermann Russell is a finalist for Best Book, Landscape Design and Outdoor Living, in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Based on the concept that homeowners and dwellers are using their backyards as living spaces now more than ever, the book offers lots of ideas and designs for porches, patios, outdoor rooms, pools and many other aspects of the backyard lifestyle. Page 5.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Best Book Landscape Design - Best Book Outdoor Living
In Debra Lee Baldwin's follow-up to her best-selling 'Designing with Succulents', the author shows gardeners how to create beautiful container designs of succulents and other water-wise plants. 'Succulent Container Designs' is a Best Book finalist in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Page 6.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Favorite Outdoor Toy - Best Outdoor Toy 2012 - About.com Awards Best Toy
The finalists have been chosen in the Favorite Outdoor Toy category for the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. To help you make an informed choice, About.com Pool and Patio has researched each nominee so our readers / voters can become better acquainted with each product and finalist.

Favorite Outdoor Toy Finalist Incred-a-Ball - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Favorite Outdoor Toy - Best Outdoor Toy 2012
Incred-a-Ball is one of the Favorite Outdoor Toy finalists in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Made by Hearth Song, this 65-inch outdoor ball is translucent orange and yellow and the largest of Hearth Song's collection of GBOPs (Great Big Outdoor Playballs). Page 2.

Kids Crooked House - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Favorite Outdoor Toy - Best Outdoor Toy 2012
One of the finalists for Favorite Outdoor Toy in the About.com Readers' Choice Awards is Kids' Crooked House. The company got its start in a Maine barn when cousins Glen and Jeff started building unconventional, crooked and whimsical playhouses -- and a great idea caught on. Page 3.

Schylling Speedster Race Car Ride-on - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Favorite Outdoor Toy - Best Outdoor Toy 2012
Schylling's Speedster Race Car is vintage-style ride-on toy that is a finalist for Favorite Outdoor Toy in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Voting end March 21, 2012 and the winner will be announced March 30. Page 4.

Swimways Turtle Best Toy Finalist - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Favorite Outdoor Toy - Best Outdoor Toy 2012
The Rainbow Reef Turtle by Swimways is a finalist for Favorite Outdoor Toy in the About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012. The newest line of Rainbow Reef Turtles features bright colors and shell designs. Page 5.

Vortex Ring Swing - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Favorite Outdoor Toy - Best Outdoor Toy 2012
The About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012 has a new category, Favorite Outdoor Toy. One of the finalists is the Vortex Ring Swing, an updated version of the classic tire swing. Made by Swing N slide, the Vortex helps kids increase strength and coordination. Page 6.

Best Outdoor Lighting 2012 - Foscarini - Finalists - 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards
There are five finalists in the Best Outdoor Lighting category of the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Finalist Foscarini got its start in the early 1980s as a Murano blown glass lamp studio/company. Now located on a Venetian island, Foscarini has expanded its materials to include glass, polyethylene, wood, aluminum, an exclusive textured glass and Kevlar or carbon fiber composite. Each light or lamp is like a work of art. Page 2.

Best Outdoor Lighting Brands - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012 - Best Outdoor Lighting
Ready to vote for the company that designs and manufactures what you consider to be the Best Outdoor Lighting? The About.com Reader's Choice Awards 2012 Best Pool and Patio category honors the year's top pool and patio products, brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers. This is the second year that the Pool and Patio category has participated in the site-wide About.com Readers' Choice Awards.

The World's Biggest Swimming Pool - Where is the World's Largest Pool? - Guiness World Record for Largest Pool
Your boastful neighbor who never fails to remind everyone he owns a really big swimming pool has been upstaged. The world's largest swimming pool is the San Alfonso del Mar seawater pool in Algarrobo, Chile. It is 3,324 feet long (1,013 meters) and spans 19.77 acres. The resort swimming pool was completed in December 2006.

The World's Biggest Swimming Pool - San Alfonso del Mar Resort
Guests usually don't choose the San Alfonso just as a place to

Beach Club at the San Alfonso del Mar
The San Alfonso del Mar is not just home to the world's largest pool. The resort's Beach Club features a spa, a tempered beach under a crystal pyramid, open-air Jacuzzis, a sauna, a beauty parlor and gym, an open-air amphitheater and a restaurant with its own dock and a large terrace along the lagoon's coastline. Page 3.

Caribbean Blue Waters - World's Largest Swimming Pool
The lagoon's waters at the San Alfonso del Mar have the transparency and intense turquoise color of tropical seas. The technology behind the waters was created by Crystal Lagoons, a company that collects ocean water and maintains the large pool. Page 4.

A Jacuzzi Room With a View - San Alfonso Del Mar - Biggest Pool in the World
If you're fortunate enough to afford a duplex penthouse at Chile's San Alfonso del Mar resort, you'll be staying atop a pyramid-shaped building that features a large balcony and an open-air Jacuzzi. Page 5.

Private Beaches at the San Alfonso del Mar - World's Biggest Swimming Pool
Each building at the San Alfonso del Mar in Algarrobo, Chile, has its own dock and private beach, complete with white sand and tropical landscaping with palm trees. Page 6.

Vertical Gardens - The Best Plants for Growing on Walls - The Best Plants for Vertical Garden Landscaping
Bare exterior stucco walls without windows or architectural details can be made more interesting with the addition of a vertical wall planter. Make sure the planter is sturdy enough to hang on a wall and has a flat back. Use the container rule of thrillers, spillers and fillers for a wall vase. Take a look at a few plants for inspiration. Page 5.

Halloween Decorating Ideas and Props - Haunted House Chandelier - Rogers Garden Halloween
Rings of fire: a metal chandelier that is nearly floor-to-ceiling has a cage- or prison-like presence. Not exactly something you'd find at Tiffany's, but perfect for an edgy home haunt or haunted house, like this creative themed display at Roger's Gardens in Southern California. The world-famous home and garden center goes all-out for Halloween each year with its creative and one-of-a-kind props and decorations. Page 5.

Why are Old Theaters Haunted? - Roger's Gardens Halloween Decorations 2011
While The Blackstone Back Alley has been staged at Roger's Gardens to display the garden center's fascinating and eclectic mix of Halloween decorations, the idea was not selected radomly. Besides graveyards and former sanitariums or what used to be referred to as

Rogers Garden Halloween 2011 - Rogers Gardens Halloween Decorations - Pictures of Halloween Decorations From Roger's Gardens
ans and visitors of Roger's Gardens in Corona del Mar, California, look forward to the upscale garden center's annual Halloween display. No, it's not a bunch of pumpkins and bales of hay. The talented designers and buyers at the internationally known home and garden destination in Southern California's Orange County create a production that wows the crowds each year. In 2011, the theme is

Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Rogers Garden Halloween 2011 - Rogers Gardens Halloween Decorations
Ever wonder what to do with all those old masks you've acquired over the years -- from Halloween, Mardi Gras, or the ones your kids made in middle school art class? Attach them to the ceiling -- on the porch, inside your home haunt, wherever. The older and stranger, the better. It's an eerie feeling having all those odd faces staring down at you. Page 4.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Rogers Garden Halloween 2011 - Pictures of Halloween Decorations From Roger's Gardens
Mirrors in spook houses and at home haunts always add an element of surprise -- you never know what will stare back at you when you look at your image. Have one of your

Vertical Garden History - Plants for Walls - A Brief History of Vertical Gardens
The concept of walled gardens has been around for centuries. Records show that Egyptian gardens in 3000 B.C. established the tradition of compartments separated by plant-covered walls and arbors. Walls add permanence and establish boundaries within a yard or landscape design. They also offer privacy and block undesirable views, like your neighbor's side-yard junk pile. Plants that adapt best to walls are those that are climbers or that spill or trail over the walls.

Patrick Blanc - The Vertical Garden - Vertical Gardens
While the climate and plants that grow so well in Machu Picchu aren't easily adaptable to most environments, the idea of green, living walls certainly is achievable. One of the biggest proponents of living, vertical walls is Patrick Blanc, a botanist, artist and author of

Ideas for Vertical Gardens - The Best Plants for Growing on Walls - The Best Plants for Vertical Garden Landscaping
Walls add permanence and establish boundaries within a yard or landscape design. They also offer privacy and block undesirable views, like your neighbor's side-yard junk pile. Plants that adapt best to walls are those that are climbers or that spill or trail over the walls. Other types of wall gardens are living walls in which plants are fitted in crevices or planted in containers that allow them to grow vertically and cover all or part of the wall. Take a look at a few plants for inspiration. Page 3.

A Wall of Lettuce - Vertical Gardening Ideas - Growing Lettuce on a Fence or Wall
Not only does this living wall provide privacy, a touch of nature and color, it also is a smart solution for growing varieties of lettuce when space is limited. Vertically positioned pots or pockets work well for this type of crop. Page 4.

Tall, Vertical Containers - Vertical Garden Ideas
Tall and narrow wooden containers bring plants up to almost -eye level and are easy to access for maintenance. They also dress-up an otherwise-plain space, bringing greenery and plant life to an area that may have extremely limited room otherwise. The plants in these wood containers are ponytail palms. Page 6.

Mexican Courtyard Wall - Patio Courtyard Vertical Garden - Vertical Garden Ideas
A small courtyard patio in Ajijic, Mexico -- near Guadalajara -- wisely uses is walls to hang wall pockets. Creeping fig climbs up the walls to add even more greenery and vegetation. With living green walls, this courtyard patio provides a nice, colorful retreat. Page 7.

Fytowalls Vertical Container Gardens - Vertical Garden Ideas
Fytowalls are a series of modular panels that contain a lightweight, non-soil growing medium for a variety of plant species. A fully integrated hydroponic watering system supports the planted panels, which can be attached to a wall, fence or balcony. Page 8.

Decorating for Fall - Wreaths for Every Door
An easy way to transition from summer to fall is to hang a wreath on your front door or porch. Autumn wreaths can reflect the natural landscape, design and architecture of a house or personal decorating style. Take a look at wreaths that make decorating for fall fast and fun.

Deco Mesh Wreaths - Deco Poly Mesh Wreath
On doors across America and sites like Etsy, deco mesh wreaths have become increasingly popular. DIYers love to work with inexpensive and forgiving poly mesh -- the fabric that tutus are made of. Mesh wreaths are fluffy, fun and fairly easy to make -- your DIY skills can be at a beginner's level. Page 10.

DIY Autumn Wreaths - How to Make a Fall Wreath
This colorful DIY wreath will take your door from the first days of September to Halloween and through Thanksgiving, with a few changes along the way. Follow our step-by-step instructions for making a fall wreath in less than two hours. Page 2.

Wreath-Making Tools and Materials
So you have decided to make your own fall wreath. Like any project, you'll need to devise a plan, considering cost, materials and tools you already have or will need to buy. Page 3.

Williams Sonoma Pumpkin Patch Wreath - Top Fall Wreaths to Buy
In case you haven't looked lately, there are some beautiful wreaths out there. For the time-deprived, non-crafters, we've rounded up 10 fall wreaths to buy, from places like Sur la Table and . Or, consider this stunning Pumpkin Patch wreath from Williams-Sonoma. Page 4.

Grapes of Wreath - A Fall Wreath for Every Door
Grapes and grape vines celebrate our love affair with wine, along with annual fall harvests that are as much a tradition in some regions as hay rides and pumpkin carving. Page 5.

Wreaths for Autumn - Fall Wreath on a Brick House
An autumn wreath hangs on a wood door, attached to a brick cottage. This study in hardscaping materials and textures also includes a random-patterned brick facade, a brick walkway and a distressed wood fence and gate. Page 6.

Bright Orange Wreath - Decorating for Fall
Love it or hate it, orange is definitely a color for fall. Think Halloween. This bright orange wreath is eye-catching not only for its color, but for its use of faux berries and autumn leaves that accentuate the wreath's orange beauty. Page 7.

Fall Wreath - Double Orange Delight
Speaking of orange wreaths, if one orange wreath placed on a door at eye level is an eye-catching addition, just think what two wreaths might do for an entry. The pair here, photographed at Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach, California, are made of dried pale orange flowers. Page 8.

Gourd Wreath - Fall Wreath Ideas
Gourds go glam on this fall wreath from Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach, California. Since they can't be eaten, you might as well use gourds in your fall decorating projects. The gourds on this wreath are gilded for a. Page 9.

Taylor Swift House in Beverly Hills - Vine-Covered Arbor at Taylor Swift's New House in LA
Taylor Swift need look no further than this romantic vine-covered arbor covering a patio for inspiration when writing a new song. If it's a scented vine -- all the better. Can't you picture her using the arbor as a setting for a music video? Depending on the type of vine, it can bloom for up to three seasons and stay green for all four, growing in Southern California. A brick patio gives the property a certain old-fashioned charm, and may have added to its appeal. Page 6.

How to Make Floating Ghosts for Your Outdoor Halloween Display
Anyone can throw a white sheet over a pole in their yard and call it a

Flower Box With Foot - Leg and Foot Halloween Decoration
Subtle touches go far when it comes to decorating, like these witches legs and feet dangling from a second-story window box. A little Halloween humor helps take the edge off. Page 6.

Creative Halloween Ideas and Outdoor Decorations - Halloween Decorating Ideas for Yards and Porches - A Picture Gallery of Halloween Decorating Ideas
A tall and skinny pumpkin makes a suitable head for a long and lean scarecrow. This happy Jack hung out at the kid-friendly Woody's Round-up at Disneyland. Yes, it's Disney, but it's devoid of anything high-tech and animatronic. The same type of scarecrow could be achieved at home for a yard display at Halloween. Page 7.

Creative Halloween Ideas for Outdoor Spaces - Halloween Decorating Ideas for Yards and Porches - A Picture Gallery of Halloween Outside Decorations
Three ghosts -- one sporting the mask popularized in the movie Scream -- greet visitors and neighbors. The

Winner Announced for Favorite Outdoor Toy 2012 - About.com Readers Choice Awards - Pool and Patio Awards 2012
A winner has been chosen for Favorite Outdoor Toy 2012 in the About.com Readers' Choice Awards. The Swimways Rainbow Reef Turtle, a toy for pools, ponds or spas, is the winner. Favorite Outdoor Toy was one of three category in the Pool and Patio site's contest this year, and it's a natural. Backyards -- outdoor living spaces -- are where children develop their muscles, coordination and a life-long interest in exercising -- both physically and mentally.

Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights: Avoiding Disaster - Christmas Light Safety Tips
You don't need to be a certified electrician or hire one to light up your home and yard for the holidays. Simply follow the rules, educate yourself on lighting and electrical basics, and don't try to

Winner for Best Hot Tub / Spa 2012 - About.com Readers Choice Awards - Pool and Patio Awards 2012
It was a tight contest, but Bullfrog Spas has earned the most votes from the readers of About.com's Pool and Patio site. To make it official, the winner for 2012 Best Hot Tub / Spa is Bullfrog Spas. Learn more about the contest, winner and finalists.

Planning a Sandbox or Sand Table - Children's Outdoor Playgrounds
A sandbox is one of the oldest and simplest of all outdoor activities in which a child can engage. That's what makes it enduring in its appeal, setting the stage for imagination and creative play -- truly the best kind. While many sandboxes are available, requiring you to just add sand, buying one is not the only option. Let's explore other choices before making a quick decision.

Who is Most at Risk of Drowning? - CPSC 'Pool Safely' Campaign 2012
The summer swimming season and third year of the Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives campaign kicked off before Memorial Day weekend this year with a focus on the populations most at risk of drowning. New data reveals that children under 5 years old represent nearly 75% of child drowning fatalities.

Drowning Prevention During Holidays - 4th of July Drownings on the Rise
The U.S. CPSC reports that child drowning incidents increase over the 4th of July holidays. Previous years' sobering statistics reveal a rise in drownings that could be prevented if more people practiced the water safety program known as 'Pool Safely.'

Winner for Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum 2012 - About.com Readers' Choice Awards
The votes have been counted and a winner has been announced! Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum honors the year's top pool and spa cleaner and vacuum brands and manufacturers. We asked our voters to go beyond looks or familiar brand names when making a decision. Our list of hot tub and spa brands and manufacturers includes company websites to learn more about the brands and products out there.

What is a Chimenea - Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits
Chimeneas are those hand-decorated clay outdoor fireplaces you see for sale at marketplaces and tourist sites in California, Arizona and other western states. While many use their chimeneas as accent pieces or as garden art on the patio for a rustic or Southwestern look, chimeneas can be functional fire features in your outdoor living rooms.

Choosing a Gas Pool Heater - How to Heat a Pool With Gas
For years, gas heaters have been the most popular type of swimming pool heater. Compared to other types of fuel, gas has been one of the more inexpensive ways to keep a pool warm and comfortable. A gas pool heater is convenient because a gas line is usually available. But not all gas heaters are made alike. Discover the different types, along with pros and cons of heating your pool with natural gas or propane.

Winner for Best Outdoor Lighting 2012 - About.com Readers Choice Awards - Pool and Patio
A winner for Best Outdoor Lighting has been chosen in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Appropriately, Best Outdoor Lighting honors the year's top outdoor lighting brands and manufacturers. Solar and LED lighting is a way for consumers to save energy and be more environmentally minded, and each of the finalists offer products that are eco-friendly.

What are Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers? - Plant Types for Patio Garden Containers
While there is no hard and fast rule for container gardens, the popular concept of thrillers, fillers and spillers has made it easier to approach the design task of which plants to put in a pot. The idea is based on the theory that an odd number of plants -- three is a good number for an average-sized container -- looks natural, well-balanced and interesting.

What is the Difference Between a Landscape Architect and Landscape Designer?
What's the difference between landscape architects and landscape or garden designers? Apparently, more than you may realize. Learn who does what before hiring a professional or deciding to further your education.

What is a Sauna - All About Home Saunas - Building an Outdoor Sauna
Saunas are sometimes confused with spas or hot tubs, possibly because people refer to them in the context of taking a sauna bath. They also are used for many of the same reasons: to relax sore muscles, stimulate circulation and to get warm -- sometimes extremely warm. While a hot tub spa bathes you in hot water, a sauna bathes you in heat. In other words, the only water you will experience in a sauna will be your own perspiration. But that's the whole idea.

Winner Announced for Best Book 2012 - Pool and Patio - About.com Readers Choice Awards 2012
The Best Book, Landscape Design and Outdoor Living was a new category for the Pool and Patio awards in 2012. Votes have been counted and a winner has been announced. Congratulations to author Marty Wingate and her publisher, Timber Press, for winning Best Book for 'Landscaping for Privacy.

Grills - Gas or Charcoal
Grill lovers can be opinionated when it comes to which type of barbecue they prefer, hands down, to the other. The choice: gas -- either natural or propane -- or charcoal, usually briquets. A lot has to do with actual taste and flavor of the cuisine.

What is Badminton? - How to Play Badminton in the Backyard
It's a racquet sport that you can play in your own yard, with a simple stringed net, some racquets, and shuttlecocks. While badminton became an official Olympic sport in 1992, it's still an easy, inexpensive game to play at home parties, barbecues and when friends and family gather.

What is Bocce Ball? - Outdoor Games to Play in Your Yard
Bocce, also known as Italian lawn bowling, is one of the most widely played games in the world, and is one of the oldest lawn or yard games. Best known in Italy, where you may picture a group of retired Sicilians gathering in a town square for a daily afternoon game, bocce has been gaining popularity in North America and other locations. Its pros: the game is simple, can be played by people of all ages, and you can use just about anything as a bocce court.

What is Croquet? - A Brief History of the Lawn Game and How to Play it
If you didn't grow up with a croquet set, perhaps your grandparents had one. Better yet, if you read Lewis Carroll's

What is Horseshoes? - How to Play the Yard Game of Horseshoes
While Roman soldiers may have tossed a shoe or two back in ancient civilization, credit our colonial forefathers with making horseshoes an American tradition. Like bocce ball, badminton and croquet, it's a perfect activity for backyard gatherings, barbecues, or parties. You don't even need real horseshoes to play the game.

What is an Oxidant | Definition of Oxidant | Pool Glossary - Oxidant
An oxidant is a substance that “burns up” organic matter.

Fiberglass Pool - What is a Fiberglass Pool?
Basically, a fiberglass pool is made of a fiberglass or acrylic shell that is placed in a hole in the ground. There can be above-ground and in-ground fiberglass pools. Find out more about this type of swimming pool and why you might want one.

What is a Rope Swing? - Types of Swings for the Yard
Every yard needs a swing. They invite opportunities for quiet reflection or to engage in play -- some of the simplest, purest desires that exist. Unlike the traditional plank swings that take you back and forth, rope swings twist, spin, whirl, twirl, and all of those dizzying motions that can be exhilarating and give you a mild case of motion sickness. Ready to hang one?

What Does Centrifugal Force Have to do With a Centrifugal Pump?
A pump is a pool or spa's circulation system. Pool and spa pumps are known as centrifugal pumps. Why? These important pieces of equipment cause water to move, due to the principle of centrifugal force. Learn why it's an important part of keeping your pool clean.

2012 Best Decking Winner - About.com Readers Choice Awards - Best Decking Winner GeoDeck
As with the Best Decking awards contest for 2011, many readers were quite vocal about their reasons for voting for certain decking finalists. In fact, the conversation will continue. Congratulations to our winner for 2012 -- GeoDeck! And a shout-out to the finalists these decking companies and products have vocal many fans out there!

What is a Lanai? - Patio Types and Styles
True, Lanai shares a name with the smallest of the Hawaiian islands. But the one we're talking about is the type of patio, not the body of land owned by billionaire Larry Ellison. Find out what distinguishes a lanai from other types of patios.

What is an Atrium? - Patio Types and Styles
Traditionally, an atrium is located in the center of a house, is open to the sky, but enclosed on four sides by the house walls. Atriums have been in use in one form or another since ancient civilization. Find out more about atriums and what sets them apart from other types of patios.

What is a Loggia? - Outdoor Rooms and Patios
Do you have a loggia in your house? Find out what it is and if you should get one.

How Do I Become a Landscape Architect? - Landscape Architects
Are you interested in becoming a landscape architect? As a professional landscape architect, you will have the skill set to design public and private landscaping, hardscaping and water features. Learn the educational requirements for becoming a landscape architect.

What is Shorea? What is Shorea Wood - What is Shorea Hardwood
Shorea is a tropical hardwood that is used for many of the same purposes as teak, including garden furniture. Like teak and other hardwoods, shorea is resistant to damage from insects, fungus and moisture decay. Learn more about this increasingly popular and desirable wood.

What is an Awning? - Reasons to Use Outdoor Awnings
What are awnings, and why would you want one or more for the exterior of your house? If you want to control the amount of light and sun that on your patio and keep it from fading your interior furnishings, you might want to consider installing awnings. Find out more.

What is Balau? - A Guide to Balau as an Outdoor Wood
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What is a Sunroom - A Guide to Sun Rooms
Sunrooms are especially popular in cold-climate regions to take advantage of sunny days, like England and the eastern United States. Like a porch, a sunroom can be attached to a house or detached. What distinguishes them from other types of structures are their many windows. Interested? Learn more about this outdoor structure.

Before You Buy a Play Set - Planning Your Outdoor Space
Before you give in to your child's sincere desire for a swing set, do a little homework. Don't let the store or your child pressure you into an impulsive purchase before taking a few things into consideration.

What is a Belvedere? - Porches and Belvederes
The word belvedere is rarely used in modern architecture or landscape architecture, probably because few designers include them in their designs. Or, they simply go by a more familiar word, like gazebo.

The Three Pathways Used in Japanese Gardens - Designing a Japanese Garden
Strolling is an integral part of a Japanese garden, allowing the homeowner or visitor to explore and contemplate details in the landscape. A path in a Japanese garden is intended to an enjoyable experience as well as a practical way to connect different areas of the landscape. Discover the three types of pathways in Japanese garden design and how to use them in your landscape.

Types of Outdoor Lighting - Net Lights - What are Net Lights?
When they were introduced, net lights seemed like a lifesaver. And they can be. Learn the proper way to handle them, along with where and when you want to decorate your landscape with net lights.

Outdoor Lights - What are Rope Lights?
The clear, white or colored tubes of light that twist or wrap their way around porches, deck railings, columns and are parts of a landscape have their advantages and disadvantages. Find out if rope lights are something in which you might want to invest.

What is Rattan? - A Brief History of Rattan Furniture - How to Identify Rattan Patio Furniture
Is there a rattan plant? Yes, but it's not readily available. Rattan is an exotic vinelike palm that hails from the tropical jungles of Asia. Since the early 1800s, it's been a popular material for making outdoor patio furniture. Find out why.

Marissa Mayer and the Vogue Cover Shoot - Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and That Lounge Chair
By now, you've heard plenty about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's controversial photo in the September 2013 issue of Vogue. Mayer was photographed in a form-fitting blue dress and stilettos on an outdoor lounge chair. Reactions have been mixed but mostly unfavorable. But what about that lounge chair? We reveal the truth behind that sensuous outdoor upon which Mayer poses alluringly.

Patio Glossary -- Deck
Definition: an open area of wood flooring that can abut a house or be detached and tucked into a remote section of a property. Decks can link homes with gardens on the same or different levels. A deck on a steep slope allows a quiet retreat and makes good use of otherwise inaccessible land on a property. Decks can be made of various woods – like redwood or cedar – or composite decking material.

Patio Glossary -- Gate
Definition: A “door” that swings and allows access, frames a view or makes a design statement. The minimum width for a gate is usually 3 feet.

What is Hardscape or Hardscaping Patio Glossary -- Hardscape or Hardscaping
Definition: In landscape or garden design, hardscape refers to the hard or solid areas in the outdoor space. These “hard” areas may be made of materials like concrete, wood, flagstone, pea gravel, rocks, pebbles, etc.

What are Icicle Lights? - The Best Uses for Outdoor Icicle Lights
Icicle lights have been around since the 1990s. So what's the big deal? Discover the advantages and disadvantages of festooning your house during the holidays with icicle light strands.

Play Area or Play Yard | What is a Play Area or Play Yard?
A play area is a designated outdoor space for children’s activities.

What is a Trellis? - Definition of Trellis
So, what, exactly, is a trellis? You know it's a structure of some kind that can be found in a landscape or yard. Do you use it to train vines, or is it that thing you walk through or under? Find out.

What is Ashlar? - Types of Stone
For construction projects like walls or patios, stone is available in three basic types: rubble, flagstone and ashlar.

What is Terracotta? Definition of Terra Cotta
Terra Cotta is used for many outdoor purposes and products, including bricks, architectural features, roof tiles and garden containers.

What is an Olympic-Size Pool? - How Big are Olympic-Style Swimming Pools?
For obvious reasons, Olympic-size swimming pools are built big. The first Olympic swimming competitions of the

What is a Family Pool? - Types of Swimming Pools
A family or recreational pool can have all the bells, whistles, slides, waterfalls, caves and rainbow lighting you desire. While some pools reflect a home's architecture, many family pools are designed to appear more naturalistic, like a giant body of water with boulders and elaborate water features.

What is a Swim Spa - Pool Types and Designs
You've seen them advertised on TV, but aren't really sure what they are. Swim spas are increasing in popularity as a more compact version of a lap pool, with built-in jets that provide resistance for exercise or training.

What is an Indoor Pool
Since we all know what an indoor pool is and where it is located, let's take a look at some of the reasons why you might choose an indoor swimming pool over an outdoor pool.

How to Survive a Hurricane - An Engineer Shares Tipes on Keeping Home and Family Safe During Storm
Juan Rodriguez, a civil engineer based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, shares tips on how to survive a major weather event like a hurricane or tropical storm. Married and the father of three daughters, Rodriguez experiences each storm with a personal and professional perspective: concerned for his family's comfort and safety, and knowing what types of buildings and infrastructure are most likely to survive in the path of a storm, while learning from each event. Here, he shares his suggestions for preparing before a storm, riding it out, and dealing with its aftermath.

What is a Green Screen - Privacy Screens for the Yard
Mention the term green screen, and images of special effects for films comes to mind. But what do they have to do with privacy and outdoor living spaces?

What is a Patio Tree - Trees for Containers
It's somewhat obvious what a patio tree is. But what characteristics qualify a tree to

What is a Cactus? - Cacti in Landscaping
In desert climates, homeowners spend much of their time outside year 'round. Cooking, dining, entertaining, relaxing and exercising often take place outdoors, and yards and outdoor living spaces are designed to accommodate and enhance the outdoor lifestyle. Plants suited for arid landscapes include succulents, some of which may be cactus.

Succulents - What is a Succulent? - What Are Succulent Plants?
Cactus plants are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. And succulents do not belong to one plant family. Instead, they are represented in more than 30 different plant species. Succulents can be found in different plant families, including lily, amaryllis, crassula, daisy, milkweed and even geraniums.

Landscape Contractors - What is a Landscape Contractor?
What is a landscape contractor and when should you hire one? Learn more about this type of professional and the difference between contractors, landscape architects and landscape designers.

Before the Party: Cleaning and Backyard Pool and Deck Safety - Getting Your Yard Ready for a Party
Outdoor entertaining should be easy, provided all the cleaning, preparations, safety and cosmetic repairs are done beforehand. Find out ways to get organized before the big event.

Readers' Choice Awards 2013: Best Patio Furniture
Vote for your favorite brand of outdoor patio furniture in this year's About.com Readers' Choice Awards.

Readers' Choice Awards 2013 - Best Pool Cleaner/Vacuum
Vote for your favorite brand of outdoor patio furniture in this year's About.com Readers' Choice Awards.

Readers' Choice Awards 2013: Best Decking
Vote for your favorite brand of decking in this year's About.com Readers' Choice Awards.

Readers' Choice Awards 2013 - Best Hot Tub/Spa
Vote for your favorite brand of hot tub/spa in this year's About.com Readers' Choice Awards.

Red and Orange Fall Front Porch Decor | Fall Porch Decorating Ideas | Outside Decor Ideas for Fall: Doors, Entries, Porches and Yards
Besides fall foliage, nothing announces the change of season more than your home's front door, entryway or porch. People are anxious to celebrate autumn by decorating the outside of their houses. Take a walk in your neighborhood to see what others are up to on their front porches. Or take a drive with a friend and cruise your favorite areas, looking for other people's interpretations of fall. It's one of the best ways to enjoy the season and get inspired. Kind of the perfect fall afternoon.. Page 2.

DIY Halloween Decorations: Haunted House | Pumpkin Scarecrow | DIY Halloween Jack o' Lantern Scarecrow | Halloween Ideas and Decorations
DIY Halloween haunted houses and yard haunts have replaced full-sized candy bars as the big draw in neighborhoods across the United States, Canada and other countries that celebrate Halloween. Nobody knows this better than Dave Gugel, an extreme DIYer who started transforming his home about seven years ago into something more macabre for an annual Halloween party. Step inside Gugel's Gore 'n' More for a magical mystery tour of the ultimate yard haunt makeover. Page 3.

Outdoor Living Spaces - Outdoor Living Rooms - About.com Outdoor Spaces - Patios, Decks, Porches, and Outdoor Rooms
The boundaries of our homes have extended up and out, as in outside. As our homes become smaller, we've seen living spaces pushed outdoors, often to the point where inside and out blend seamlessly. Outdoor spaces are where we gather with family and friends, barbecue, eat, play, exercise, work on projects, garden, read, and retreat.

What is Acid Demand? - Pools and Acid Demand Tests
The proper amount of acid is required to reach correct levels in your swiming pool. The amount of acid needed is determined by conducting an acid demand test.

What is a Lap Pool? - Pools for Swimming Laps
What, exactly, is a lap pool? Hint: it's for people who are serious about swimming, or at least want a pool in which to exercise.

What are Screen Plantings? - Definition of Screen Planting
Screen plantings are used to screen an area for privacy, to block an objectionable view, or to serve as a natural boundary or border.

What is a Shed? Outdoor Structures and Backyard Sheds
A small building, usually situated in a backyard or side yard of a home. Sheds can be simple or elaborate, small or large, store-bought or a project for the do-it-yourselfer. Sheds are used for various purposes, including: Potting shed, lawn mower and yard equipment shed.

Menorah Madness Party - : Show Us Your Outdoor Holiday Decorations
Flo Weinstein shares ideas for decorating your home both inside and outside for Hanukkah. Her annual Menorah Madness party sounds like a winner!

Umbrella LED Icicle Lights on the Patio - : Show Us Your Outdoor Holiday Decorations
Are you the first one in your neighborhood to decorate your house for the holidays? Maybe it's a festive door, entryway, patio, porch or yard. Do you go crazy for inflatables, lights, elegant swags and wreaths or DIY Christmas of Hanukkah decorations? Perhaps the entire neighborhood decorates with a theme. Share a picture of your house from this year or a previous holiday season and it will be part of our gallery of festively decorated holiday homes.

Haunted Mansion Facade: Santee, CA - : Show Us Your Outdoor Halloween Decorations
I built a haunted mansion facade which rests on the roof of the house. It is supported by pillars that tie into the roof overhang for people to walk through. Once this was up and secure, I added in all the other decorations which consist of both store-bought and homemade items. Some of the props are costumes I wore and won prizes for from previous years of Halloween. The theme is simply Halloween, creepy, gorey etc.

Terrified in Texas - : Show Us Your Outdoor Halloween Decorations
Are you one of the many who get a chill or thrill out of decorating your house for Halloween? Maybe it's a festive door, entryway, patio, porch or yard. Maybe the whole neighborhood decorates with pumpkins, ghosts and haunted houses. Share a photo of your house from this year or a previous Halloween and it will be part of our gallery of Halloween homes.

Wicked West Ghost Town - : Show Us Your Outdoor Halloween Decorations
This year, Jose Ramon Avenue will take Halloween and Sonoma County by storm with our new Wicked West Ghost Town design. No more black plastic: we are going big with a life-size Ghost Town facade that will transform our home into a replica of an old section of Santa Rosa from the early 1800s. We designed the entire display around the legend of the Rosa Witch.

Terror at Tee Lake - : Show Us Your Outdoor Halloween Decorations
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Spontaneous Fun w/ Friends - : What Makes a Great 4th of July Party?
Do you throw a great 4th of July party? Or do you attend an annual bash at a friend's house that keeps you coming back year after year? We want to know what the ingredients are for a successful 4th of July party. Is it a pool party with fountains and floating lights? A patio or yard all decked out in red, white and blue? A barbecue menu and desserts that are unforgettable? A party playlist that puts everyone in a good mood? Fruity cocktails? Spectacular fireworks?

Family & Friends, No Fighting & Great Food - : What Makes a Great 4th of July Party?
Do you throw a great 4th of July party? Or do you attend an annual bash at a friend's house that keeps you coming back year after year? We want to know what the ingredients are for a successful 4th of July party. Is it a pool party with fountains and floating lights? A patio or yard all decked out in red, white and blue? A barbecue menu and desserts that are unforgettable? A party playlist that puts everyone in a good mood? Fruity cocktails? Spectacular fireworks?

Trish's Old-Fashioned Fourth - : What Makes a Great 4th of July Party?
Do you throw a great 4th of July party? Or do you attend an annual bash at a friend's house that keeps you coming back year after year? We want to know what the ingredients are for a successful 4th of July party. Is it a pool party with fountains and floating lights? A patio or yard all decked out in red, white and blue? A barbecue menu and desserts that are unforgettable? A party playlist that puts everyone in a good mood? Fruity cocktails? Spectacular fireworks?

Not Happy With MX8 - Pool Vacuum Reviews: Tell Us About Your Pool Cleaner
An About.com reader shares his opinion of Zodiac's MX8 robotic pool cleaner.

Pool Cleaner Review - Zodiac MX8 - Pool Vacuum Reviews: Tell Us About Your Pool Cleaner
Before you buy a pool cleaner or vacuum, see what readers have to say on About.com about their experiences with their robotic cleaners and vacuums.

Modern Outdoor Patio Furniture: Dwell on Design 2010 | Outdoor Patio Furniture From Dwell on Design L.A.
Modern outdoor patio furniture and accessory fans got their fill at the Dwell on Design 2010 event, held at the L.A. Convention Center. The three-day modern design fest sponsored by

Modern Outdoor Patio Furniture: Dwell on Design 2010 | Outdoor Patio Furniture From Dwell on Design L.A.
Modern outdoor patio furniture and accessory fans got their fill at the Dwell on Design 2010 event, held at the L.A. Convention Center. The three-day modern design fest sponsored by

Modern Outdoor Patio Furniture: Dwell on Design 2010 | Outdoor Patio Furniture From Dwell on Design L.A.
Modern outdoor patio furniture and accessory fans got their fill at the Dwell on Design 2010 event, held at the L.A. Convention Center. The three-day modern design fest sponsored by

Modern Outdoor Patio Furniture: Dwell on Design 2010 | Outdoor Patio Furniture From Dwell on Design L.A.
Modern outdoor patio furniture and accessory fans got their fill at the Dwell on Design 2010 event, held at the L.A. Convention Center. The three-day modern design fest sponsored by

Modern Outdoor Patio Furniture: Dwell on Design 2010 | Outdoor Patio Furniture From Dwell on Design L.A.
Modern outdoor patio furniture and accessory fans got their fill at the Dwell on Design 2010 event, held at the L.A. Convention Center. The three-day modern design fest sponsored by

Modern Outdoor Patio Furniture: Dwell on Design 2010 | Outdoor Patio Furniture From Dwell on Design L.A.
Modern outdoor patio furniture and accessory fans got their fill at the Dwell on Design 2010 event, held at the L.A. Convention Center. The three-day modern design fest sponsored by

Modern Outdoor Patio Furniture: Dwell on Design 2010 | Outdoor Patio Furniture From Dwell on Design L.A.
Modern outdoor patio furniture and accessory fans got their fill at the Dwell on Design 2010 event, held at the L.A. Convention Center. The three-day modern design fest sponsored by

Dwell on Design 2010 - Outdoor Patio Furniture From the LA Show
Modern outdoor patio furniture and accessory fans got their fill at the Dwell on Design 2010 event, held at the L.A. Convention Center. The three-day modern design fest sponsored by

Modern Outdoor Patio Furniture: Dwell on Design 2010 | Outdoor Patio Furniture From Dwell on Design L.A.
Modern outdoor patio furniture and accessory fans got their fill at the Dwell on Design 2010 event, held at the L.A. Convention Center. The three-day modern design fest sponsored by

Modern Outdoor Patio Furniture: Dwell on Design 2010 | Outdoor Patio Furniture From Dwell on Design L.A.
Modern outdoor patio furniture and accessory fans got their fill at the Dwell on Design 2010 event, held at the L.A. Convention Center. The three-day modern design fest sponsored by

Modern Outdoor Patio Furniture: Dwell on Design 2010 | Outdoor Patio Furniture From Dwell on Design L.A.
Modern outdoor patio furniture and accessory fans got their fill at the Dwell on Design 2010 event, held at the L.A. Convention Center. The three-day modern design fest sponsored by

Modern Outdoor Patio Furniture: Dwell on Design 2010 | Outdoor Patio Furniture From Dwell on Design L.A.
Modern outdoor patio furniture and accessory fans got their fill at the Dwell on Design 2010 event, held at the L.A. Convention Center. The three-day modern design fest sponsored by

Outdoor Fall Decor | Fall Decorating Ideas for Your Door, Porch and Yard | Autumn Decor for Porch and Yard
Besides fall foliage, nothing announces the change of season more than your home's front door, entryway or porch. People are anxious to celebrate autumn by decorating the outside of their houses. Take a walk in your neighborhood to see what others are up to on their front porches. Or take a drive with a friend and cruise your favorite areas, looking for other people's interpretations of fall. It's one of the best ways to enjoy the season and get inspired. Kind of the perfect fall afternoon.. Page 4.

Fall Front Door Decor | Fall Porch Decorating Ideas | Outside Decor Ideas for Fall: Doors, Entries, Porches and Yards
Besides fall foliage, nothing announces the change of season more than your home's front door, entryway or porch. People are anxious to celebrate autumn by decorating the outside of their houses. Take a walk in your neighborhood to see what others are up to on their front porches. Or take a drive with a friend and cruise your favorite areas, looking for other people's interpretations of fall. It's one of the best ways to enjoy the season and get inspired. Kind of the perfect fall afternoon.

Modern Outdoor Patio Furniture: Dwell on Design 2010 | Outdoor Patio Furniture From Dwell on Design L.A.
Modern outdoor patio furniture and accessory fans got their fill at the Dwell on Design 2010 event, held at the L.A. Convention Center. The three-day modern design fest sponsored by

Fall Colors and Textures - Decorating Outdoors for Fall
Add interest to your fall porch decor by focusing on the differences in texture that happen when you group upright and fountain-like ornamental grasses with pumpkins and squash that are both smooth and bumpy. Also adding visual punch -- especially when viewed from the sidewalk or street -- are the contrasting colors of this display.

Elegant Halloween Ideas for Your Porch and Yard - Beware Sign for Halloween Party
Need Halloween decorating ideas? Not everyone gets a thrill from the gruesome and grisley aspect of Halloween. For those who prefer a more elegant and eerie style of Halloween decor, take a look at what the designers and buyers at Roger's Gardens in Southern California have created for their popular Halloween display. The upscale home and garden center staged another chapter in the macabre tale at 13 Blackbird Lane. Enjoy this picture gallery of elegant and eerie Halloween decorating ideas. Page 3.

Fall Wreath Ideas - Fall Front Porch Decorating Ideas - Pictures of Fall Yard Decor - Fall and Halloween Yard and Porch Decorating Ideas
A bright orange wreath hanging on your front door can be stunning when viewed from a distance or up close. Of course, that orange color can be repeated on other parts of the porch or entryway with pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, marigolds and fall leaves. Page 20.

Creative Halloween Ideas for Outdoor Spaces - Halloween Decorating Ideas for Yards and Porches - A Picture Gallery of Halloween Outside Decorations
Get your Halloween spirit on! Big or small, your outdoor space needs to be transformed into something festive for Halloween. Spooky, terrifying or family-friendly Halloween decorations adorn people's front and backyards, porches, entryways, doors, windows, patios, balconies and wherever else they can find to decorate. Halloween is second only to Christmas in consumer dollars spent on outdoor decorations. Find out how to unleash those creative spirits for the perfect Halloween display or party.. Page 16.

Creative Halloween Ideas for Outdoor Spaces - Halloween Decorating Ideas for Yards and Porches - A Picture Gallery of Halloween Outside Decorations
Get your Halloween spirit on! Big or small, your outdoor space needs to be transformed into something festive for Halloween. Spooky, terrifying or family-friendly Halloween decorations adorn people's front and backyards, porches, entryways, doors, windows, patios, balconies and wherever else they can find to decorate. Halloween is second only to Christmas in consumer dollars spent on outdoor decorations. Find out how to unleash those creative spirits for the perfect Halloween display or party.. Page 11.

Creative Halloween Ideas for Outdoor Spaces - Halloween Decorating Ideas for Yards and Porches - A Picture Gallery of Halloween Outside Decorations
Get your Halloween spirit on! Big or small, your outdoor space needs to be transformed into something festive for Halloween. Spooky, terrifying or family-friendly Halloween decorations adorn people's front and backyards, porches, entryways, doors, windows, patios, balconies and wherever else they can find to decorate. Halloween is second only to Christmas in consumer dollars spent on outdoor decorations. Find out how to unleash those creative spirits for the perfect Halloween display or party.. Page 10.

Homeless Housing: HomeAid | HomeAid Provides Help and Housing for Homeless | HomeAid Homeless Organization Profile
HomeAid is a national nonprofit organization with the mission to build dignified housing where homeless people and families can rebuild their lives. It acts as the liasion between service providers, volunteers, builders and contractors to build or renovate housing for the homeless. To date, HomeAid has 25 service provider partners and has built dozens of developments for the abused and abandoned, and for homeless people and families.

What is a Spa Surround?
What is a spa surround, and why would you want one? Find out as we attempt to define and explain the term.

DIY Halloween Decorations: Haunted House | Halloween Ideas: Halloween Yard Haunt | Halloween Ideas and Decorations for Your Party or Yard Haunt
DIY Halloween haunted houses and yard haunts have replaced full-sized candy bars as the big draw in neighborhoods across the United States, Canada and other countries that celebrate Halloween. Nobody knows this better than Dave Gugel, an extreme DIYer who started transforming his home about seven years ago into something more macabre for an annual Halloween party. Step inside Gugel's Gore 'n' More for a magical mystery tour of the ultimate yard haunt makeover. Page 2.

DIY Halloween Decorations: Haunted House | Halloween Ideas: Halloween Yard Haunt | Halloween Ideas and Decorations for Your Party or Yard Haunt
DIY Halloween haunted houses and yard haunts have replaced full-sized candy bars as the big draw in neighborhoods across the United States, Canada and other countries that celebrate Halloween. Nobody knows this better than Dave Gugel, an extreme DIYer who started transforming his home about seven years ago into something more macabre for an annual Halloween party. Step inside Gugel's Gore 'n' More for a magical mystery tour of the ultimate yard haunt makeover.

DIY Halloween Decorations: Haunted House | Halloween Ideas: Halloween Yard Haunt | Halloween Ideas and Decorations for Your Party or Yard Haunt
DIY Halloween haunted houses and yard haunts have replaced full-sized candy bars as the big draw in neighborhoods across the United States, Canada and other countries that celebrate Halloween. Nobody knows this better than Dave Gugel, an extreme DIYer who started transforming his home about seven years ago into something more macabre for an annual Halloween party. Step inside Gugel's Gore 'n' More for a magical mystery tour of the ultimate yard haunt makeover. Page 6.

DIY Halloween Decorations: Haunted House | Halloween Ideas: Halloween Yard Haunt | Halloween Ideas and Decorations for Your Party or Yard Haunt
DIY Halloween haunted houses and yard haunts have replaced full-sized candy bars as the big draw in neighborhoods across the United States, Canada and other countries that celebrate Halloween. Nobody knows this better than Dave Gugel, an extreme DIYer who started transforming his home about seven years ago into something more macabre for an annual Halloween party. Step inside Gugel's Gore 'n' More for a magical mystery tour of the ultimate yard haunt makeover. Page 9.

Halloween Ghosts for Your Yard - Flying Ghosts Outdoor Yard Decorations - Ghostly Trio Halloween Yard Decorations
If you had just one nice Halloween decoration to buy this year for your porch, patio, balcony or yard, what would it be? Scary flamingos? A screaming ghoul sure to knock the orange-and-black socks right off of you? An attractive Halloween-themed door mat? Before making a spooky choice, consult our reviews of some of the outdoor Halloween decorations available this year from places like Pier 1, Pottery Barn, Target, and online retailers.

Small Garden Designs - Outdoor Rooms and Garden Hideaways | Small Space Landscape Designs and Garden Retreats
Enjoy these outdoor spaces, however small they may be. Believe it or not, hard work in your yard may go unnoticed if it's too far away for visitors to easily access. A few steps outside your door can instantly send you to a different world, where details can be viewed and enjoyed up close. When designing a small garden space or outdoor room, focus on colors and textures that complement one another, forming a pleasing arrangement that can be viewed as a vignette or small, well-composed picture. Page 12.

Christmas Wreaths - Pictures of Christmas Wreaths - Christmas Wreath Ideas and Designs
Hanging a holiday wreath on your door is a quick and simple way to decorate your house and neighborhood, while sending out a warm welcome to visitors. Wreaths come in many styles to suit your preferences, along with the architecture, interior and landscape design of your home. You can choose a wreath that's living or artificial; realistic or stylized; and decorated or unadorned (as in, nothing on it). Personalize a wreath by adding your own decor. Enjoy this gallery of holiday wreath ideas. Page 11.

Christmas Wreaths - Photos of Christmas Wreaths - Ideas for Decorating Your Outdoor Holiday Wreaths
Hanging a holiday wreath on your door is a quick and simple way to decorate your house and neighborhood, while sending out a warm welcome to visitors. Wreaths come in many styles to suit your preferences, along with the architecture, interior and landscape design of your home. You can choose a wreath that's living or artificial; realistic or stylized; and decorated or unadorned (as in, nothing on it). Personalize a wreath by adding your own decor. Enjoy this gallery of holiday wreath ideas. Page 27.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 4.

Christmas Poinsettia Pictures - Poinsettia Plants and Flowers From the Ecke Ranch - Paul Ecke Poinsettia Pictures
Encinitas, California, is where many of the world's top flower growers produce the most breathtaking blooms, including the poinsettias at the Paul Ecke Ranch.[p]From 1929-1966, the Ecke Ranch produced poinsettia mother plants. Since then - for more than 40 years - the 25-acre ranch's key focus has been growing poinsettia cultivars and shipping them to poinsettia growers throughout the world. Come inside the ranch, where more than 75% of U.S. and 50% of worldwide poinsettias get their start. Page 19.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas | Decorate for Halloween
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. If your style is more elegant, eerie, retro, whimsical or even cute, there's no reason to allow spewing monsters and worm-infested ghouls to scare you back into your house until after Halloween. Whether you buy Halloween decor or go the route of the homemade Halloween DIYer, there are many styles and themes from which to choose. Step into this picture gallery of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decorating ideas. Page 20.

Christmas Wreaths - Pictures of Christmas Wreaths - Decorating Ideas for Christmas
Rustic or country-style Christmas wreaths are perennial favorites. In this case, the door is a charmingly rustic, peeling-paint door and the wreath is fresh, simple and green. Sort of an anti-glitz look, a plain wreath like this works well in a country or casual setting. Don't overlook doors, gates, fences and windows that aren't the focal point of your yard. Placing a wreath on a side gate adds an unexpected festive accent to an otherwise plain or neglected part of your yard or house. Page 7.

DIY Halloween Decorations: Haunted House | Pumpkin Scarecrow | DIY Halloween Jack o' Lantern Scarecrow | Halloween Ideas and Decorations
DIY Halloween haunted houses and yard haunts have replaced full-sized candy bars as the big draw in neighborhoods across the United States, Canada and other countries that celebrate Halloween. Nobody knows this better than Dave Gugel, an extreme DIYer who started transforming his home about seven years ago into something more macabre for an annual Halloween party. Step inside Gugel's Gore 'n' More for a magical mystery tour of the ultimate yard haunt makeover. Page 3.

DIY Halloween Decorations: Haunted House | Halloween Ideas: Halloween Yard Haunt | Halloween Ideas and Decorations for Your Party or Yard Haunt
DIY Halloween haunted houses and yard haunts have replaced full-sized candy bars as the big draw in neighborhoods across the United States, Canada and other countries that celebrate Halloween. Nobody knows this better than Dave Gugel, an extreme DIYer who started transforming his home about seven years ago into something more macabre for an annual Halloween party. Step inside Gugel's Gore 'n' More for a magical mystery tour of the ultimate yard haunt makeover. Page 3.

DIY Halloween Decorations: Haunted House | Pumpkin Scarecrow | DIY Halloween Jack o' Lantern Scarecrow | Halloween Ideas and Decorations
DIY Halloween haunted houses and yard haunts have replaced full-sized candy bars as the big draw in neighborhoods across the United States, Canada and other countries that celebrate Halloween. Nobody knows this better than Dave Gugel, an extreme DIYer who started transforming his home about seven years ago into something more macabre for an annual Halloween party. Step inside Gugel's Gore 'n' More for a magical mystery tour of the ultimate yard haunt makeover. Page 3.

Red and Orange Fall Front Porch Decor | Fall Porch Decorating Ideas | Outside Decor Ideas for Fall: Doors, Entries, Porches and Yards
Besides fall foliage, nothing announces the change of season more than your home's front door, entryway or porch. People are anxious to celebrate autumn by decorating the outside of their houses. Take a walk in your neighborhood to see what others are up to on their front porches. Or take a drive with a friend and cruise your favorite areas, looking for other people's interpretations of fall. It's one of the best ways to enjoy the season and get inspired. Kind of the perfect fall afternoon.. Page 2.