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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

Ultra Lounge Hammock - Dwell on Design 2010
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.

How to Build a Pool - Planning a Swimming Pool Project - Building a Swimming Pool
Follow along throughout the many stages it takes to build a new inground swimming pool. From digging the big pit to the final result, you'll witness the various steps and stages involved in a complete backyard swimming pool project. Not a do-it-yourself project, this pool includes a landscape architect, licensed pool contractor, subcontractors and crew.

How to Build a Pool - Planning a Swimminig Pool Project - Building a Swimming Pool
Follow along throughout the many stages it takes to build a new inground swimming pool. From digging the big pit to the final result, you'll witness the various steps and stages involved in a complete backyard swimming pool project. Not a do-it-yourself project, this pool includes a landscape architect, licensed pool contractor, subcontractors and crew. Page 2.

How to Build a Pool - Planning a Swimming Pool Project - Building a Swimming Pool
Follow along throughout the many stages it takes to build a new inground swimming pool. From digging the big pit to the final result, you'll witness the various steps and stages involved in a complete backyard swimming pool project. Not a do-it-yourself project, this pool includes a landscape architect, licensed pool contractor, subcontractors and crew. Page 3.

How to Build a Pool - Planning a Swimming Pool Project - Building a Swimming Pool
Follow along throughout the many stages it takes to build a new inground inground swimming pool. From digging the big pit to the final result, you'll witness the various steps and stages involved in a complete backyard swimming pool project. Not a do-it-yourself project, this pool includes a landscape architect, licensed pool contractor, subcontractors and crew. Page 4.

How to Build a Pool - Planning a Swimming Pool Project - Building a Swimming Pool
Follow along throughout the many stages it takes to build a new swimming pool. From digging the big pit to the final result, you'll witness the various steps and stages involved in a complete backyard swimming pool project. Not a do-it-yourself project, this pool includes a landscape architect, licensed pool contractor, subcontractors and crew. Page 5.

How to Build a Pool - Planning a Swimming Pool Project - Building a Swimming Pool
Follow along throughout the many stages it takes to build a new inground swimming pool. From digging the big pit to the final result, you'll witness the various steps and stages involved in a complete backyard swimming pool project. Not a do-it-yourself project, this pool includes a landscape architect, licensed pool contractor, subcontractors and crew. 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 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.

Balsam Hill Wreath and Garland Review | Balsam Hill Denali White Wreath and Garland with Lights
Balsam Hill's white Denali wreath is not a $5 wreath you pick up at the drug or hardware store and festoon with all of the ribbon, bows, ornaments and knicknacks it can hold. Balsam Hill is a company that's exclusively in business to make holiday trees, wreaths and garlands. And they do a superb job. The Denali and other Balsam Hill wreaths are among the best-quality artificial holiday foliage I've ever seen or inspected up close.

Patio Design Ideas and Pictures - Tuscan-Inspired Patio
Tuscan and Mediterranean-style gardens are popular themes, especially in warm climates. Find out the hallmarks of Mediterranean landscape design and enjoy this photo of a stunning courtyard patio. Page 6.

Patio Design Ideas and Photos - Flagstone-Paver Patio
Flagstone pavers on this patio floor get a framing effect with a mosaic border of Mexican river rock. This photo is part of a gallery of patio designs and ideas. Page 12.

Patio Design Ideas - Patio Pictures and Garden Design Ideas
Where do patio design ideas come from? You might see patio designs in a magazine or get garden design ideas from a local garden tour. Outdoor patios can be attached to a house, or detached. They are often designed and oriented with the landscape in mind. These patio design pictures are here to inspire you. Enjoy! Page 36.

Small Garden and Patio Design Ideas - Patio Pictures and Small Garden Design Ideas
Recipe for an instant small garden and patio: take two colorful folding metal chairs, a small outdoor rug, and a rolling cart / side table. If your deck or patio space is limited, don't try to force an oversized chair or table into the setting, even if you just love that deep-cushion wicker chair. It's only going to make your small space appear - and actually become - smaller. Page 17.

Great Deck Design Ideas and Pictures - Eco Deck Building Designs
Environmentally conscious decks by Eco Arbor, like this one featured at Dwell on Design, are made of exotic hardwoods such as ipe, Curupay, masarnduba and Red Gum. Page 4.

Paving Materials - Photo Gallery of Paving Materials for Patios and Walkways - Photos of Paving Materials for Patios, Walkways and Other Outdoor Areas
When building a patio or walkway, one of the more fun but challenging decisions you'll have to make is determining what type of paving material to use. The material should blend in with the architecture and landscaping, be easy to walk on, easy to maintain and weather-resistant.This photo gallery provides a look at the wide variety of paving and surfacing materials available. Of couse, there are numerous types out there -- this gallery only begins to cover it. Page 14.

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.

Pruning Ornamental Grasses for Better Blooms
Groomed and pruned carefully and not chopped down to obscurity, this fountain grass is starting to bloom, and beginning to sprout its showy and graceful feather-like flowers. Page 10.

How to Give Your Ornamental Grasses a Haircut
Grab a bunch of grass in one hand, pull it to the side, and cut with a pair of hand pruners. Repeat throughout. Gather dead or dry-looking canes in your hand and cut down toward the base. Page 7.

Dividing Clumps of Ornamental Grasses
After a few years, ornamental grasses will need to be divided at their bases. Find out when it's time to conquer and divide. Page 8.

Don't Chop Down Your Ornamental Grass - The Right Way to Prune
Chopping down your ornamental grass may look nice and tidy, but is an eyesore until it grows out, which can be a long time. Discover a better way. Page 9.

How to Prune Ornamental Grasses - Native Grass Care and Maintenance
Ornamental grasses are growing in popularity, but there's no standard way to prune or groom them. Follow these steps to cut ornamental grasses and get them to looking great.

Pruning Ornamental Grasses - How to Prune Pennisetum Setaceum - Grooming Fountain Grass
Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum', aka fountain grass, has been increasingly popular as both an accent plant and focal point in many landscape designs. Learn how to prune and groom it. Page 2.

Pruning Fountain Grass - Cleaning Up a Shaggy Mess
Think this particular fountain grass looks unkempt? Maybe it's a candidate for an upcoming 'Grasses Gone Wild' gallery. Learn how to gain control and groom this ornamental grass. Page 3.

One Ugly Mess of Ornamental Grasses - How to Prune Ornamental Grasses
Cutting and grooming ornamental grass makes it healthier. Discover how to take care of these showy native plants. Page 4.

Wear Garden Gloves to Prune Ornamental Grasses - How to Prune Ornamental Grasses
All types of grasses can make you itchy and some can scratch and cut, so it's smart to wear h long sleleves and jeans. Also wear gloves - you'll quickly learn why. Page 5.

Cutting and Grooming Ornamental Grass - Comb Through the Clumps
Tap into your inner hairstylist as you lean over the fountain grass and comb your gloved fingers through the

How to Make Outdoor Patio Cushion Covers - Easy Outdoor Patio Cushion Pillow Covers - No-Sew Outdoor Pillow Covers
Your outdoor pillows need an instant makeover. How do you make pillow covers for your outdoor pillows if you can't sew or don't have the time? Follow these easy instructions for quickly changing the look of your outdoor seating by making slip covers for pillows you already have. This particular pillow cover calls for two bandanas but no needle, thread, or sewing skills. It can also be made in less than 30 minutes. Amazing!

How to Make Outdoor Patio Cushion Covers - Easy Outdoor Patio Cushion Pillow Covers - No-Sew Outdoor Pillow Covers
Make sure the material is larger than the outdoor pillow you want to cover. The cloth must be able to cover the stuffed pillow and also have an extra 3-5 inches to easily slide the pillow in and out of its new slipcover. Page 2.

How to Make Outdoor Patio Cushion Covers - Easy Outdoor Patio Cushion Pillow Covers - No-Sew Outdoor Pillow Covers
Your outdoor pillows need an instant makeover. How do you make pillow covers for your outdoor pillows if you can't sew or don't have the time? Follow these easy instructions for quickly changing the look of your outdoor seating by making slip covers for pillows you already have. This particular pillow cover calls for two bandanas but no needle, thread, or sewing skills. It can also be made in less than 30 minutes. Amazing! Page 3.

How to Make Outdoor Patio Cushion Covers - Easy Outdoor Patio Cushion Pillow Covers - No-Sew Outdoor Pillow Covers
Your outdoor pillows need an instant makeover. How do you make pillow covers for your outdoor pillows if you can't sew or don't have the time? Follow these easy instructions for quickly changing the look of your outdoor seating by making slip covers for pillows you already have. This particular pillow cover calls for two bandanas but no needle, thread, or sewing skills. It can also be made in less than 30 minutes. Amazing! Page 4.

How to Make Outdoor Patio Cushion Covers - Easy Outdoor Patio Cushion Pillow Covers - No-Sew Outdoor Pillow Covers
Your outdoor pillows need an instant makeover. How do you make pillow covers for your outdoor pillows if you can't sew or don't have the time? Follow these easy instructions for quickly changing the look of your outdoor seating by making slip covers for pillows you already have. This particular pillow cover calls for two bandanas but no needle, thread, or sewing skills. It can also be made in less than 30 minutes. Amazing! Page 5.

How to Make Outdoor Patio Cushion Covers - Easy Outdoor Patio Cushion Pillow Covers - No-Sew Outdoor Pillow Covers
Your outdoor pillows need an instant makeover. How do you make pillow covers for your outdoor pillows if you can't sew or don't have the time? Follow these easy instructions for quickly changing the look of your outdoor seating by making slip covers for pillows you already have. This particular pillow cover calls for two bandanas but no needle, thread, or sewing skills. It can also be made in less than 30 minutes. Amazing! Page 6.

How to Make Outdoor Patio Cushion Covers - Easy Outdoor Patio Cushion Pillow Covers - No-Sew Outdoor Pillow Covers
Your outdoor pillows need an instant makeover. How do you make pillow covers for your outdoor pillows if you can't sew or don't have the time? Follow these easy instructions for quickly changing the look of your outdoor seating by making slip covers for pillows you already have. This particular pillow cover calls for two bandanas but no needle, thread, or sewing skills. It can also be made in less than 30 minutes. Amazing! Page 7.

Patio Design Ideas - Outdoor Patio Design Pictures - Patio Pictures and Garden Design Ideas
Where do patio design ideas come from? You might see patio designs in a magazine or get garden design ideas from a local garden tour. Outdoor patios can be attached to a house, or detached. They are often designed and oriented with the landscape in mind. Patios are versatile: they can take on any shape and be built with a variety of materials, including concrete, pavers, stone, tile, brick, pebbles, rock or pea gravel. These patio design pictures are here to inspire you. Enjoy!

Elizabeth Taylor Mexican Patio - Liz Taylor and Richard Burton's Patio in Puerto Vallarta
Long ago, in another century, Casa Kimberly was purchased by actor Richard Burton for his then-lover Elizabeth Taylor, for the violet-eyed beauty to stay in while he was filming

Patio Design Ideas | Outdoor Patio Design Pictures | Patio Pictures and Garden Design Ideas
Where do patio design ideas come from? You might see patio designs in a magazine or get garden design ideas from a local garden tour. Outdoor patios can be attached to a house, or detached. They are often designed and oriented with the landscape in mind. Patios are versatile: they can take on any shape and be built with a variety of materials, including concrete, pavers, stone, tile, brick, pebbles, rock or pea gravel. These patio design pictures are here to inspire you. Enjoy! Page 26.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Haunted Butler
An animatronic

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Halloween Outside Decorations - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
ld dolls from thrift stores or flea markets can be spray-painted white and their clothing dyed black for a gothic / haunted-house-child look. Add some vintage baby accessories, like a carriage, rocking horse or cradle. These can be displayed at your home haunt, on a porch, patio or in a courtyard. You can also find finely crafted spooky dolls online. Page 15.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Halloween Outside Decorations - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
Whether it's a Halloween porch, Halloween yard, Halloween patio or Halloween balcony, you're going to have to show your (evil?) spirit with a creative outdoor Halloween display. Giant inflatables are fun, but how about combining black foliage and other unusual plants with pumpkins, gourds, fall flowers and spooky props? One of the masters in plant-and-decor Halloween displays is the famous Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach, California. Enter the gallery at your own risk and walk away inspired! Page 6.

Where to Find Vintage Garden Furniture | Cheap Patio Furniture at the Antique Store | One-of-a-Kind and Cheap Vintage Patio Furniture
If you like the look of garden furniture that looks like it's been left out in the garden -- for decades, perhaps -- then you just might find it at an antique store. While antique stores used to be the first go-to place for all things vintage, flea markets, online auction sites and sources like craigslist.com have put many antique stores out of business. But nothing beats seeing the real thing in person. Come along on a visit to a couple of antique stores in Southern California. Page 6.

February Pool and Patio Roundup: What You Need to Know
Planning a DIY outdoor project, hopefully with free designs?  Thinking about switching over to a saltwater chlorinator for your pool?  As February comes to an

A Crop Every Three Years - Yes, We Have Bananas
I have a banana tree growing right beside my swimming pool that's been there for about six years. Actually, the original one I planted produced bananas about

Maintaining Your Pool and Spa
A private pool or hot tub is a luxury, and keeping it well-maintained and free of algae, scale, and debris is just part of the job for those who want it beautiful and sparkling. If you plan to do it yourself, there's lots to learn, like checking water quality with pH test kits, maintenance during swim season and winterizing. Also hot tub installation, filters, algaecides, and chlorinating systems.

Anatomy of a Pool: Types of Pool Construction
More than just a big pit in your yard, a pool goes through many building phases before it looks like a swimming pool. Discover the various materials and degrees of labor involved in pool construction. Learn what's involved for both in-ground and above-ground pools.

The Flower Show: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
While the snow may be piling up on the sidewalks outside The Philadelphia Convention Center, it hasn't stopped the show from going on. That's the Philadelphia

What is Coping? - Reasons for Pool Coping and Edging
What is pool coping? Besides being a structural part of the pool, find out how it is integral to the design and function of a swimming pool.

Hardscaping, Structures & Designs for Outdoor Rooms
Learn all about hardscaping, and how you can maximize the potential of each square inch that might be peacefully waiting outside your door. Discover what you or your contractor can build -- like porches, terraces, ponds, planting beds, seating -- in materials with which you may or may not be familiar.

Forum Buzz: Saltwater Systems for Above-Ground Pools
As an alternative to chlorine, saltwater systems have become a smart choice in recent years to keep swimming pools sanitized. Take a dip in a saltwater pool and

Wordless Wednesday: DIY Mosaic Patio Table
OK -- I'll try to be as wordless as possible. This is the mosaic patio table my daughter and I started working on last summer. Next mosaic project: the side

Bin Laden's Privacy Walls: The Extreme in Hideout Landscape Architecture
Take a look at the compound and privacy walls of Osama bin Laden's mansion in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Home and Garden Shows: Hurry, Spring
Enough with winter already. I don't know about you, but I say it's time to bring on the home and garden shows. I want to see giant koi in ponds that I'd like to

What is a Patio?
Patio Definition - From the Spanish word patio, meaning backyard or back garden. An outdoor living space often adjoining a residence, used for dining, entertaining or relaxation. A patio may or may not have a cover or roof and is usually a paved area connecting the house and garden. Patios can be made of concrete, brick, stone, gravel, pavers, flagstone or numerous other materials.

Getting Presidential: A Historical Tour of the White House Yard
No doubt you celebrated the birthdays of George and Abe this past holiday weekend with cherry pie and sleeping in an extra day. But it might be a good time to reflect on the White House itself. Specifically, outside the White House -- where presidents and their families have played, entertained, relaxed and celebrated milestones.

Readers' Views Clash on VGB Act, But Read Rick's Post
The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act continues to heat up as more and more public pools and spas throughout the United States have had to shut down

Where There's Heat, There's Always a Hot Tub
The Jersey Shore mob. Any number of pro-football and basketball players. Philandering golfers. The cast of Hot Tub Time Machine (pictured).  Whenever there's

What to do in Your Yard for February
January has been a busy month at About.com Pool & Patio. While we're not exactly in the midst of pool, patio, bbq and get-me-out-of-the-house season, we're definitely gearing up for it in the next few months.

Illuminating Cactus and Succulents: Ethel M Chocolate Factory Cactus Garden
Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Desert Botanical Garden in Henderson, Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas. It was right before Thanksgiving, and the fabulously scented attraction in an industrial area was a bright moment during the holidays.

What is a Pergola? - Patio Glossary -- Pergola
Definition: A frame structure -- usually made of wood or powder-coated metal -- that consists of posts with a lattice roof, designed to support vines.

How to Find a Pool or Spa Leak - How to Fix a Leak in Your Swimming Pool or Spa |
Signs that a swimming pool or spa is leaking may or may not be obvious. If you suspect a leak, there are proven ways to inspect and detect. We tell you how.

Wood and Composite Decking: Pros and Cons - Types of Decking Materials
Wood or composite decking -- or something else? Like any major home purchase, decking materials vary in looks, durability and cost. Start your reseach here, becoming familiar with types of authentic and synthetic decking. Also, you might want to use certain types of lumber of decking for structural parts of your deck project, and other decking timber for surfaces and railings -- the parts that you will see and walk on. What follows are the most-used materials to construct a residential deck.

What is Ipe Wood? - Definition of Ipe Wood - What is Brazilian Ipe Wood?
What is ipe wood, and where does it come from? Is it a good choice for decking materials or outdoor garden furniture? Find out what ipe wood is and is not.

How to Choose Paving Materials - Things to Consider When Choosing Paving for Patios and Paths
When choosing paving materials for a patio, walkway or pool surround, it's important to approach the project with open-mindedness and flexibility. The materials you want may not be available in your area, or may be too expensive. That slate you have your eye on may not be a practical or safe choice next to the in-ground spa. Pea gravel might be affordable and durable, but might not be the most comfortable or wisest way to go for a patio upon which you plan to do lots of entertaining.

Non-Chlorine Shock | What is Non-Chlorine Shock? | Definition of Non-Chlorine Shock - Pool Glossary Shock
An oxygen-based

Patio Glossary A -- L
Definitions of patio terms and words starting with the letters A through G. Terms include arbor, balcony, entry garden, fence, and more.

Patio Glossary M -- Z
Unfamiliar with a word or term related to patios, decks, landscaping and outdoor structures? Find your answers to words and terms from M to Z.

Pool & Spa Glossary: A-L
Pool and spa-related terms A through L, including words pertaining to construction, materials, maintenance, chemicals, and accessories, etc.

Pool Glossary M-Z - Pool Terms M-Z - Pool Definitions M-Z
Pool Glossary - M-Z. Pool, spa and hot tub terminology M through Z. Learn about types of swimming pools and spas, shapes, sizes, parts, features, pool test equipment, chemicals, cleaning equipment, maintenance tools and more.

Pool & Patio Glossary
What exactly is an algaecide? How can I tell the difference between a patio and a deck or terrace? Learn pool-, hot tub-, and spa-related terms, along with everything related to patios, verandas, gazebos and more. Two separate glossaries help you locate that word or term relating to pools, patios and outdoor living.

Pool Chemicals - How to Use Pool Chemicals Safely
While pool chemicals are necessary to destroy pathogens and maintain a clean swimming environment, mishandled chlorine and other pool chemicals are the cause of thousands of injuries and emergency room visits each year. Learn how to avoid toxic disasters and keep your swimming pool and spa area clean, safe and the refreshing source of fitness and relaxation it's supposed to be.

Hidden Dangers - Pool Parasites, Diseases and Waterborne Illnesses
Your pool area may be safe, but the water inside the pool is not resistant to parasites and other disease-carrying germs, even in chlorine. Learn how to make your pool water safe and clean and guard against recreational water illnesses (RWI's).

Safety Alert: Pool and Spa Education
From pool safety and the Virginia Graeme Pool and Spa Safety Act to outdoor grill recalls, it's important to keep updated on the news you need to maintain your outdoor space as a safe haven. Many accidents occur while inattentive adults are present. You'll learn about safety products like fencing, locks, alarms, along with training your children to follow rules that can help them stay safe while having fun.

Safety Recalls: Pools, Spas, BBQs & Outdoor Living Products
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issues daily reports of product recalls. Is something your own -- in your own backyard -- on the list? Look here for all pool and patio-related recalls and what your should do next.

Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act
Learn about the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act, anti-entrapment drain covers, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines and more issues surrounding this controversial pool safety act.

Hot Tub Hub: Hot Topics in the World of Hot Tubs
The function of hot tubs and spas may be the same: to provide warmth, relaxation, health benefits and to entertain. But a hot tub has its own issues -- among them maintaining the wood, keeping it clean and equipped with the right cover. Check back frequently to find out what you need to know about hot tubs.

Spa & Hot Tub Hub: Materials, Costs, Benefits & More
By joining the ranks of hot tub or spa owners, you're in good company with thousands of others who have found warmth, relaxation, entertainment, socialization, and health benefits. Learn how to maintain your spa so that you can enjoy it throughout the year.

Designing & Planning Pools
Ready to take the plunge into a pool project? Before you get to the fun stuff, like shapes and styles, you need to focus on zoning laws; building, health, and safety codes; and local permits. Other issues - like energy regulations and drought conditions - also need to be addressed prior to digging that big hole in your yard. Hire a pool contractor to guide you through the process.

How to Find, Deal With, & Be Happy With Your Pool Builder
Your pool project is a major undertaking, and you want to find the right pool builder and contractor. Once you select the top candidate, how do you deal and communicate with the builder/contractor and crew? What about licensing and credentials? Get the lowdown on pool builders and contractors.

Small-Space Solutions
For the rest of us who don't live on sprawling estates, it's a challenge to find an outdoors area of our apartments, condominiums, lofts, or other attached multi-unit dwellings. Learn space-efficient ideas to make the most of your outside space. Discover the range of possibilities that could transform your areas outdoors into private retreats, places to entertain, or spaces to garden.

Small Space Step-By-Steps: DIY Projects Big on Ideas & Appeal
Your space may be limited, but not your ideas. Follow these step-by-steps and how-to's to get what you want, make it fit and feel good about your efforts. Your outdoor living space can be a place to retreat or entertain friends and family. Here's how.

Patios: Outer Spaces
Step outside into the world of patios. Learn about brick, concrete, adobe, pea gravel, bark, flagstone, asphalt, tile, mosaic, wood, stone, and recycled materials -- all patio possibilities. Discover the pros and cons, do-it-yourself instructions, design ideas and trends.

Diving Safety Rules - Safe Diving Tips for Private Swimming Pools
Diving in residential pools is not smart, and many areas have banned diving boards for private pools. Learn 10 diving rules for private pools.

Water Conservation at Home - Water Saving Ideas for Outside the House
Water conservation, water-saving, xeriscape, water-wise, dry gardening, drought-tolerant, drought-resistant, native landscaping. Call it what you like, it still has the same goal: to use less water, save and conserve one of the earth's most vital resources. From California to Georgia and Australia to South Africa, regions throughout the world are affected by drought at one time or another.

Water Conservation at Home - Water Saving Ideas for Outside the House
Water conservation, water-saving, xeriscape, water-wise, dry gardening, drought-tolerant, drought-resistant, native landscaping. Call it what you like, it still has the same goal: to use less water, save and conserve one of the earth's most vital resources. From California to Georgia and Australia to South Africa, regions throughout the world are affected by drought at one time or another.

Water Conservation at Home - Water Saving Ideas for Outside the House
Water conservation, water-saving, xeriscape, water-wise, dry gardening, drought-tolerant, drought-resistant, native landscaping. Call it what you like, it still has the same goal: to use less water, save and conserve one of the earth's most vital resources. From California to Georgia and Australia to South Africa, regions throughout the world are affected by drought at one time or another.

Water Conservation at Home - Water Saving Ideas for Outside the House
Water conservation, water-saving, xeriscape, water-wise, dry gardening, drought-tolerant, drought-resistant, native landscaping. Call it what you like, it still has the same goal: to use less water, save and conserve one of the earth's most vital resources. From California to Georgia and Australia to South Africa, regions throughout the world are affected by drought at one time or another.

Water Conservation at Home - Water Saving Ideas for Outside the House
Water conservation, water-saving, xeriscape, water-wise, dry gardening, drought-tolerant, drought-resistant, native landscaping. Call it what you like, it still has the same goal: to use less water, save and conserve one of the earth's most vital resources. From California to Georgia and Australia to South Africa, regions throughout the world are affected by drought at one time or another.

Pool Makeovers: Remodeling & Repair
It may be an eyesore now, but that swimming pool in your yard still has potential - the vast pit already exists, right? Learn how to repair and remodel your pool, deck and other outdoor areas to make the most out of your backyard world. Whether it's a restoration or transformation, here are real projects and photos on painting, tiling, replacing, retrofitting and much more.

Decorating Ideas for Outdoors - Decorating Outdoor Living Spaces - Decorating for Holidays
Outdoor decorations are every home or apartment dweller's way of joining in on seasonal celebrations. It's how you establish a theme for occasions like family get-togethers or the Fourth of July. Some people are so into holiday yard decorating that they work on their props all year. Others celebrate in more subtle ways, with a container on the porch filled with seasonal flowers. Find out how to decorate your outdoor space.

Children's Outdoor Play Spaces
Who spends more time in your yard - you or your children? Kids love to sit, dine and lounge (if they can stay still) in pint-sized versions of patio furniture. And, of course, they need a place outdoors to play and call their own. Regardless of the size of their space, there is play equipment and design ideas and activities that will occupy their busy bodies and minds.

What's Romantic? A Spa for 2 or 7?
While hot tubs packed full of friends consuming chips, bean dip and beer is definitely a Super Bowl thing, you definitely don't want that same crowd hanging in

Vote for Best Decking: About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012
Vote for Best Decking in the About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012, which runs through March 21.

Patio Furniture: Cleaning It, Caring For It, and Repairing It
February is a good time to start thinking about your outdoor patio furniture. Like, is that old rump-sprung vinyl-strap chair beyond repair? Maybe it's time to consider a new piece, or a whole set, for that matter. In the patio world -- casual furniture market -- who's who and who makes what?

Kids Playhouse Plans - Project Playhouse: Ideas and Designs for Planning the Perfect Playhouse - Plan the Perfect Backyard Playhouse
The perfect playhouse is really left up to the imagination of the kid-sized home's builder and the child him or herself. Skill, the ability to follow directions, and patience help too. The elaborate and amazing playhouses built for Project Playhouse's 19th annual exhibit at the Irvine Spectrum Center in Orange County, California, aren't typical. They're built as a fundraiser for HomeAid, a homeless and home-assistance nonprofit. Check out the playhouse pictures and get inspired.

Diary of a Pool Project: First, Dig a Big Hole
Ever wonder what it looks like to build an inground pool in someone's backyard? Now's your opportunity, as you follow along through the different phases of

U.S. CPSC Releases New List of Safety Vacuum Release System Manufacturers
Owners and operators of public swimming pools had a deadline of Dec. 19, 2008, to be equipped with anti-entrapment drain covers and fittings conforming to

Patio Furniture: Know Your Materials - Quiz To Come
Patio Furniture: Know Your Materials - Quiz To Come

Nominate Best Pool Cleaner/Vacuum: 2013 Readers' Choice Awards
Do you clean your own swimming pool? Are you happy with your pool cleaner / vacuum? If so, nominate your favorite model, brand or manufacturer in the Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum category of About.com's 2012 Readers' Choice Awards.

Poll: Did You Build or Repair a Deck During the 2000s?
Decks -- if you treat them well and keep them tuned-up and splinter-free -- can create a warm, rich surface that can last for at least a couple of decades.

Decorating Outside With Pantone's Emerald, 2013 'Color of the Year'
Last year was all about the vibrant Tangerine Tango. This year's Pantone Color of the Year is Emerald, associated with growth, renewal and prosperity. As things start to warm up outdoors (well, in the next few months), designers and consumers may find themselves gravitating toward this vivid, verdant green, which enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony, as Pantone so eloquently describes 2013's it hue.

CPSC Recalls Sunset, Lowe's DIY Books
It isn't often that a book is deemed a safety hazard. But nine home-improvement titles, to be exact, are on a list of voluntary recalls just announced by the

Skeleton Bought at Florida Yard Sale is the Real Thing
The skeleton a Tampa couple bought along with other Halloween decorations at an estate sale a few weeks ago was a really good replica. Bone-chillingly good.

Cabin Happy? Plan or Even Build a Playhouse
Cold days make you want to bundle-up indoors and read a book. Check out this list of books I've compiled about DIY playhouse, treehouse, shed and backyard

Pool Design Books & Software Offers Many Choices
If you're planning a swimming pool or spa project, you need more inspiration than just peeking over the fence at your neighbor's pool. Check out the numerous books on pool design, as well as software programs for the do-it-yourselfer or design enthusiast.

Pool & Patio Property of the Week: Celebrity Real Estate
Who doesn't like to peek inside the

Swimming Pool Shapes
You have a pool or are thinking about building a pool. What shape is or will it be? Oval? Rectilinear? Freeform? Novelty? Discover the various shapes and styles of pools and spas through picture galleries and descriptions.

Keeping it Clean: Pool, Spa & Hot Tub Vacuums & Cleaners
That robotic vacuum has all the bells and whistles, but do you really need it for a spa? Discover the various types of vacuums and cleaners available for residential swimming pools, spas and hot tubs. This is the right spot for reviews, comparisons, instructions and trends in swimming pool vacuums and cleaners for spas and hot tubs.

Opening & Closing Your Pool for the Season
When warm weather approaches, it's time to think about opening your swimming pool for the season. Learn about removing covers, debris, pumping-off standing water, draining the pool and more before you can splash around to your heart's content. And...at the end of pool season, you'll need to know how to carefully close your pool.

Cleaning: Pool & Spa Chemicals & Test Kits
With so many chemicals and pool test kits out there, how do you know which ones you should use? And how much? What about checking levels? Learn what's what and the right way to test and handle pool and spa chemicals.

Holiday Decorating Ideas & Pictures for Outdoor Living Spaces
Get into the festive spirit of any season when you decorate your patio, porch, yard, deck and even your pool! Idea galleries for Halloween, Fall, Winter, Christmas, Summer and Fourth of July.

Themes and Styles for Outdoor Decor & Furnishings
What's your idea of paradise? Maybe a tropical island setting or a charming English cottage? With some research and resourcefulness, you can turn your outdoor living space into the retreat of your dreams. Imagine: a Hawaiian hideaway with tikis and palms, a peaceful Tuscan setting or a formal European-style knot garden. All in your own yard.

Outdoor Furniture: Garden and Patio Furnishings
Outdoor furniture - often called casual furniture, patio furniture, garden furniture or lawn furniture - is what makes your outdoor living space liveable. A deck may be built of the finest cedar, but if there's no place to sit or dine, what's the point? Learn the different styles and materials, along with budget-friendly ideas and maintenance tips.

The Drought: How to Conserve Water Outside the House
California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency last Friday after intensifying pressure to take action.

It's BBQ Season: Read This Before You Go Grill Shopping
Mary asked a question in the Pool and Patio Forum last week: I am looking for a new gas grill. Does anyone have any recommendations? Do you think natural gas

Vote Now: Best Hot Tub / Spa 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Vote for Best Hot Tub / Spa in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards

'A Swimming Pool for Every Yard'
Remember that kid running for student body president who promised to put Coke (cola) in the water fountains and abolish salisbury steak with gravy from the

Vote Now: Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Vote now for the Best Pool Cleaner in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards.

The 12th Day of Christmas: Santas
On the twelfth day of Christmas My design muse gave to me Twelve outdoor Santas Six Santas by Lisa Hallett Taylor Merry Christmas to all! 12

What is a Pool Weir - What is a Weir - Definition of Weir
What is a weir? Find out in About.com's Pool and Patio glossary, where you will learn pool terms that help you figure out the various components of your in-ground or above-ground swimming pool.

Brick Patios & Paving
Brick is a traditional hardscaping material, especially for patio floors. While the basic shape and composition has been around for more than 5,000 years, there are literally thousands of combinations, colors, shapes, and designs possible. Learn DIY techniques, designs and patterns, along with a photo gallery for inspiration

Concrete Patios 101
Concrete is a popular and long-lasting choice for a patio floor. Discover the versatility of concrete along with basic and detailed information to complete your outdoor project.

Building Patios -- How to Plan, Design and Build a Patio
When planning a patio-building project, you'll want to assess the size, style, materials, budget, DIY difficulty, usage, and the number of people you expect to entertain within the space.

Children's Play Yards - Children's Play Areas - Backyard Play Spaces
Children spend lots of their time outdoors. Whether your outdoor space is large or small, you need to designate a special area just for kids. Include your children in planning and creating your project. What will you build? For starters, how about a playhouse, jungle gym, fort, sandbox or lemonade stand?

Outdoor Privacy Screens & Fences
As our outdoor spaces become smaller, the need and desire to maintain a certain amount of privacy becomes stronger. You love thy neighbor, but don't want them watching you swim laps in your pool or entertaining guests at a backyard barbecue. That's why privacy screens and fences are becoming more important. As you'll soon discover, not all are made of the standard wood or brick.

Building a Deck
Decks are a beautiful and profitable addition to a home. Are you prepared to do it yourself or do you think you'll hire a contractor? Either way, you'll need to do some research to determine location, size, design, pattern, and the type of wood or composite decking you favor. Railing and stairs? Built-in seating or planters? What will you use your deck for?

Deck Repair, Maintenance, Additions & More for the Do-It-Yourselfer
Cleaning and maintaining your deck and making minor repairs are easy tasks for the beginning do-it-yourselfer. Find out how to pick the right products and equipment, along with finding and following the clearest instructions for repairs and additions. You'll be a pro in no time.

Fragrant Plants for Garden Hubs of Activity - Scented Plants for Landscaping
Those hubs of activity in your outdoor living areas -- like swimming pools, spas, patios, decks, porches, and outdoor dining areas -- are ideal places to add some scents to your garden. Forget the candles and citronella, we're talking about fragrant plants that remind you and your guests why it's so enjoyable to be outdoors instead of indoors.

The H1N1 Flu Returns: Can You Get it from Water or Pools?
There's a good chance you know someone who has the flu right now -- maybe a family member or friend. The H1N1 virus -- which was responsible for the deadly 2009 swine flu pandemic -- has reappeared for the 2013-14 flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mod Monday: Jonathan Adler Orange Planter
Mod Monday: Jonathan Adler Orange Planter

Olympic Merchandise: Get the Games' Style at Home
While Union Jack shot glasses and London 2012 tea towels won't exactly make a fashion statement at your house, there are more than a few Olympic gems to be found. You just have to hunt them down, which I did. While searching, I learned that Pippa Middleton and her parents are getting hassled by the British press and were investigated by LOCOG for posting suspiciously Olympic-related decorations on their website, Party Pieces.

Countdown to Dad's Day: Gift Ideas
Father's Day is this coming Sunday. Guys are much more difficult to buy for than women. There just aren't nearly as many guy-oriented products out there, and you can only buy so many ties or barbecue tool sets. Let's consider some of the traditional, stereotypical Father's Day gifts:

Another Place to Find Inexpensive Patio Furniture: Best of Craigslist
Best of Craigslist ad answers plea for outdoor patio furniture in Philadelphia.

For Your Valentine: A Hot Tub for Two
Think about it. Do you really want to share an oversized hot tub with six other people in swimsuits? With that in mind, and with Valentine's Day a mere 10

Mom's Day Gift Hint: Take Her on a Garden Tour
Give Mom the gift of a garden tour. The Venice Garden and Home tour is this weekend, for those who might be in the LA area.

It's Time for Back to Spool
Between visits to the orthodontist and dentist yesterday, we squeezed in one last trip to Disneyland before my daughter heads back to school on Monday. The crowds were pretty much gone, and we had fun, in spite of the nearly triple-digit heat. But my daughter was thrilled because she ran into her favorite YouTube star, Colleen Bollinger, aka Miranda Sings. For my daughter, it was the perfect ending to a long, carefree summer. One thing we won't be giving up when she heads back to school is swimming.

Outdoor Living -- Relaxing Retreats, Family Hangouts & More
Your outdoor living space is an extension of your home's interior, along with who you are, how you live, and what you do in your free time. Learn how to make it a hangout for friends and family, a relaxing retreat, an awesome outdoor living room, or a new outdoor kitchen.

Urban Gardens & Outdoor Living for City & Small-Space Dwellers
A tree grows in Brooklyn, roses can grow in Chicago and bamboo flourishes in Los Angeles. Just because you live in an urban setting doesn't mean you have to forego the pleasures of gardening and outdoor living. Here, you'll find suggestions, ideas, how-to's, products and furnishings geared to the small-space city dweller. Inspiration -- in the form of photo galleries -- awaits.

Fall Colors - Decorating Outside for Fall
Your outdoor room gets a sense of sophistication by combining various succulents into a tall, vertical planter. Nothing shows off a cascading succulent better than a tall, narrow planter, especially with a stunning design or color. Lower, wider orange pumpkins near the base of this arrangement would complete the autumn look. Page 10.

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.

Where to Find Vintage Garden Furniture | Cheap Patio Furniture at the Antique Store | One-of-a-Kind and Cheap Vintage Patio Furniture
If you like the look of garden furniture that looks like it's been left out in the garden -- for decades, perhaps -- then you just might find it at an antique store. While antique stores used to be the first go-to place for all things vintage, flea markets, online auction sites and sources like craigslist.com have put many antique stores out of business. But nothing beats seeing the real thing in person. Come along on a visit to a couple of antique stores in Southern California.

Home and Garden New Year's Resolutions
Since everyone else is making New Year's resolutions, I might as well too. But I'm keeping them to myself. I do, however, have some home and garden -related

12 Days of Christmas Decorations: Day 10, Angel Statues
On the tenth day of Christmas decorations My design muse gave to me 10 angel yard statues

12 Days of Christmas Decorations: Day 11, Ornaments
Day 11: Blown-Glass Ornaments On the 11th day of Christmas decorations My design muse made for me 11 blown-glass ornaments, Check out The 12 Days

Small Garden Designs: Outdoor Rooms and Garden Hideaways | Small Space Landscape Designs and Garden Retreats | Secret Garden Ideas
Enjoy these secret garden and outdoor room ideas, 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 enjoyed up close. When designing a small garden or outdoor room, focus on colors and textures that complement one another, forming a pleasing arrangement that can be viewed as a vignette or well-composed picture. Page 8.

Small Garden Designs: Outdoor Rooms and Garden Hideaways | Small Space Landscape Designs and Garden Retreats | Secret Garden Ideas
Enjoy these secret garden and outdoor room ideas, 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 enjoyed up close. When designing a small garden or outdoor room, focus on colors and textures that complement one another, forming a pleasing arrangement that can be viewed as a vignette or well-composed picture. Page 7.

Small Garden Designs: Outdoor Rooms and Garden Hideaways | Small Space Landscape Designs and Garden Retreats | Secret Garden Ideas
Enjoy these secret garden and outdoor room ideas, 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 enjoyed up close. When designing a small garden or outdoor room, focus on colors and textures that complement one another, forming a pleasing arrangement that can be viewed as a vignette or well-composed picture. Page 4.

Small Garden Designs: Outdoor Rooms and Garden Hideaways | Small Space Landscape Designs and Garden Retreats | Secret Garden Ideas
Enjoy these secret garden and outdoor room ideas, 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 enjoyed up close. When designing a small garden or outdoor room, focus on colors and textures that complement one another, forming a pleasing arrangement that can be viewed as a vignette or well-composed picture. Page 6.

Small Garden Designs: Outdoor Rooms and Garden Hideaways | Small Space Landscape Designs and Garden Retreats | Secret Garden Ideas
Enjoy these secret garden and outdoor room ideas, 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 enjoyed up close. When designing a small garden or outdoor room, focus on colors and textures that complement one another, forming a pleasing arrangement that can be viewed as a vignette or well-composed picture. Page 5.

Bamboo Bench: Small Garden Designs | Bamboo Bench: Outdoor Rooms and Garden Hideaways | Small Space Landscape Designs and Garden Retreats
Sometimes just a bench or some form of outdoor garden seating is all that is needed to create a retreat or getaway. This is especially true if the yard has lots of trees and shade. This hand-made bamboo bench is a welcome respite for visitors at the San Diego Botanic Garden, where it can be found in the Garden's bamboo forest. Formerly known as Quail Gardens, the San Diego Botanic Garden has the U.S.'s largest bamboo collection. The bamboo and thrives in the region's Mediterranean climate. Page 11.

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 9.

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 10.

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 13.

Quick and Easy Patriotic Party Decorations - 4th of July Party Decor
The 4th of July party is at your house this year. Like the rest of us, you don't have a huge budget to spend on patriotic party decorations for your porch, patio and outdoor table. So, get creative. Look around the house for red, white and blue linens, tableware and vases. Mixing fabrics in these colors with geometrics, stripes, red-and-white checks, paisleys or bandana prints makes a festive presentation. Let your children and their friends paint pots in patriotic motifs. It's all about fun! Page 15.

Quick and Easy Patriotic Party Decorations - Easy 4th of July Party Decorations - Patriotic Decorations on a Budget
The 4th of July party is at your house this year. Like the rest of us, you don't have a huge budget to spend on patriotic party decorations for your porch, patio and outdoor table. So, get creative. Look around the house for red, white and blue linens, tableware and vases. Mixing fabrics in these colors with geometrics, stripes, red-and-white checks, paisleys or bandana prints makes a festive presentation. Let your children and their friends paint pots in patriotic motifs. It's all about fun! Page 11.

Quick and Easy Patriotic Party Decorations - Easy 4th of July Party Decorations - Patriotic Decorations on a Budget
The 4th of July party is at your house this year. Like the rest of us, you don't have a huge budget to spend on patriotic party decorations for your porch, patio and outdoor table. So, get creative. Look around the house for red, white and blue linens, tableware and vases. Mixing fabrics in these colors with geometrics, stripes, red-and-white checks, paisleys or bandana prints makes a festive presentation. Let your children and their friends paint pots in patriotic motifs. It's all about fun! Page 2.

Quick and Easy Patriotic Party Decorations - Easy 4th of July Party Decorations - Patriotic Decorations on a Budget
The 4th of July party is at your house this year. Like the rest of us, you don't have a huge budget to spend on patriotic party decorations for your porch, patio and outdoor table. So, get creative. Look around the house for red, white and blue linens, tableware and vases. Mixing fabrics in these colors with geometrics, stripes, red-and-white checks, paisleys or bandana prints makes a festive presentation. Let your children and their friends paint pots in patriotic motifs. It's all about fun! Page 14.

Quick and Easy Patriotic Party Decorations - Easy 4th of July Party Decorations - Patriotic Decorations on a Budget
The 4th of July party is at your house this year. Like the rest of us, you don't have a huge budget to spend on patriotic party decorations for your porch, patio and outdoor table. So, get creative. Look around the house for red, white and blue linens, tableware and vases. Mixing fabrics in these colors with geometrics, stripes, red-and-white checks, paisleys or bandana prints makes a festive presentation. Let your children and their friends paint pots in patriotic motifs. It's all about fun! Page 5.

Quick and Easy Patriotic Party Decorations - Easy 4th of July Party Decorations - Patriotic Decorations on a Budget
The 4th of July party is at your house this year. Like the rest of us, you don't have a huge budget to spend on patriotic party decorations for your porch, patio and outdoor table. So, get creative. Look around the house for red, white and blue linens, tableware and vases. Mixing fabrics in these colors with geometrics, stripes, red-and-white checks, paisleys or bandana prints makes a festive presentation. Let your children and their friends paint pots in patriotic motifs. It's all about fun! Page 13.

Quick and Easy Patriotic Party Decorations - Easy 4th of July Party Decorations - Patriotic Decorations on a Budget
The 4th of July party is at your house this year. Like the rest of us, you don't have a huge budget to spend on patriotic party decorations for your porch, patio and outdoor table. So, get creative. Look around the house for red, white and blue linens, tableware and vases. Mixing fabrics in these colors with geometrics, stripes, red-and-white checks, paisleys or bandana prints makes a festive presentation. Let your children and their friends paint pots in patriotic motifs. It's all about fun! Page 19.

Quick and Easy Patriotic Party Decorations - Easy 4th of July Party Decorations - Patriotic Decorations on a Budget
The 4th of July party is at your house this year. Like the rest of us, you don't have a huge budget to spend on patriotic party decorations for your porch, patio and outdoor table. So, get creative. Look around the house for red, white and blue linens, tableware and vases. Mixing fabrics in these colors with geometrics, stripes, red-and-white checks, paisleys or bandana prints makes a festive presentation. Let your children and their friends paint pots in patriotic motifs. It's all about fun! Page 3.

Quick and Easy Patriotic Party Decorations - Easy 4th of July Party Decorations - Patriotic Decorations on a Budget
The 4th of July party is at your house this year. Like the rest of us, you don't have a huge budget to spend on patriotic party decorations for your porch, patio and outdoor table. So, get creative. Look around the house for red, white and blue linens, tableware and vases. Mixing fabrics in these colors with geometrics, stripes, red-and-white checks, paisleys or bandana prints makes a festive presentation. Let your children and their friends paint pots in patriotic motifs. It's all about fun! Page 16.