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Where to Find Vintage Garden Furniture | Cheap Patio Furniture at the Antique Store | One-of-a-Kind and Cheap Vintage Patio Garden 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.

Shopping for Vintage Outdoor Furniture - How to Find Cheap Patio Furniture
If you have a front porch, you must get an old-fashioned glider. Porch sitting is making a comeback to a more simple time. Find out how to shop for vintage patio furniture. Page 3.

Emerald Green Outdoor Furniture - Pantone Emerald Green Furnishings - Emerald Patio Furniture and Accessories
How will Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year, Emerald, look outside? Guess what: It already is outdoors, growing in your garden and reflected in the water of your pool or pond. From there, it's a matter of adding a few touches here and there as accent pieces. Take a look at the Emerald patio accessories we've found for your garden.

Home and Garden Magazines
Not sure which DIY, shelter and gardening magazines to get or give as a gift? Check out our handy guide to what's what in the home and garden magazine world.

Home and Garden Magazines
Not sure which DIY, shelter and gardening magazines to get or give as a gift? Check out our handy guide to what's what in the home and garden magazine world.

Inexpensive Patio Furniture | Outdoor Patio Dining Sets for 2011 | Top Budget-Friendly Outdoor Dining Sets
Think about it. An outdoor patio dining set is like the anchor or hub of an outdoor room. You've got your burgers, marinade and some sort of grill. You can't just hand someone a meat patty and expect them to wander aimlessly throughout your yard. Enter the outdoor dining set. It lures you and your guests outdoors and keeps you there. If it's comfortable, well-made, and attractive, it establishes an outdoor room. We've done the scouting: check out our top picks for patio dining sets.

Cheap Outdoor Patio Tables 2011 - Budget-Friendly Patio Side Tables
You're kicking back on the patio, enjoying the day, but something's missing. Chair? Check. Favorite beverage? Got it. Something upon which to put that favorite beverage? That's it. A side table, accent table, occasional table, garden table, patio table -- whatever you want to call it, it's a necessary part of the furniture arrangement when you move your life outside. We've explored far and wide to find the best patio tables for 2011. Take your pick!

Outdoor Halloween Party Decorating Tips From Eerie Elegance Author - Britta Peterson - Eerie Elegance Author Shares Secrets for Halloween Decorations
Have you hit a 'dead end' when it comes to decorating your yard for Halloween? Britta Peterson, 'Webmistress of the Dark,' guides you through Halloween prop design and party planning in her book, Eerie Elegance. Friends have described Peterson as a cross between Martha Stewart and Tim Burton, which she takes as a compliment. Possessed with design talents and DIY know-how, Peterson also is an accomplished party-cuisine chef, web designer and is a well-organized party planner. Meet Britta...

LED Christmas Lights - Outdoor LED Lights - Making the Switch to LED Lights
Are LED Christmas lights a brilliant idea? For many, outdoor decorations and lighting are as much a part of the winter holidays as gift-giving and overeating. But how do LED light strands compare to incandescent lighting? Are they an expensive fad; a green and eco-friendly idea that the majority of holiday decorators will dismiss? Find out why this should be the season to make the switch to LED holiday lights.

The Michael Jackson Collection Exhibit and Auction - A Q&A With Julien's Auctions CEO Darren Julien on the Neverland Garden Statuary, Patio Furniture
No. 1 of the five-volume catalog set for the auction of Michael Jackson's Neverland estate is entitled Garden Statuary & Outdoor Furniture. While Neverland is nevermore, back in its heyday, the 2,700-acre compound boasted an amusement park, zoo, gardens, statuary, furnishings and outdoor art. The auction was a chance to own a Neverland patio chair or statue. Apparently, the singer had a

Halloween Decorating Ideas From Roger's Gardens | Elegant and Mysterious Halloween Decor | Outside Halloween Decorations
Halloween comes early each year at Roger's Gardens in Orange County, California. The world-famous home and garden decor center in Newport Beach stages a themed Halloween display with several indoor and outdoor rooms that boast amazing and unique Halloween decorations and fall plants. Enjoy this picture gallery featuring three years of some of the best Halloween decorating ideas from Roger's Gardens.

Home and Garden Shows 2011 - Pool, Patio, Home and Garden Shows 2011 - Pool and Patio Shows 2011 -
Pool and Patio Show, Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Expo, Home and Garden Show, Flower and Garden Show. Call them what you like -- in any combination -- they all have a few things in common. Pool, home and garden events focus on residential outdoor living spaces, feature numerous exhibitors, guest speakers, and lots of attendees. Most of the pool, home and garden shows occur February-October. Tours and smaller shows are held by garden clubs and local chapters of gardening and horticulture groups.

Home and Garden Tours for Spring 2011
Spring garden tours from 2011.

Outdoor Landscaping Polls - Make Plans to Change Your Outdoor Space - Backyard Remodeling
During the past year, what have you added to your outdoor living space? Has it gotten smaller? Or somehow larger? Take the following polls to help you assess your past and present outdoor living space. From there, you can make plans for the future. Good luck!

Fireproofing Your Home and Yard - How to Make Your House and Yard Fire Safe
Wildfires can catch you offguard and rapidly change your life forever. In some parts of the world, like Southern California and Australia, there is no

CPSC Issues Massive Recall of Pool Drain Covers - Pool Drain Covers Recalled - The 10 Companies Listed on the CPSC Recall of Pool and Spa Drain Covers
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and eight manufacturers of pool and spa drain covers issued a massive recall of the consumer products due to incorrect ratings. Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled drain covers, which include products made by AquaStar, Hayward, Pentair and Waterway Plastics. The potential hazard: the drain covers were incorrectly rated, which could cause a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and spa bathers.

Celebrating Hanukkah - A Guide to Celebrating Hanukkah - Chanukah Entertaining Ideas and Decorations
Hanukkah, aka Chanukah, is the eight-day Festival of Lights. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November - December on the secular calendar. It celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, purity over adulteration, and spirituality over materiality. We've assembled information on the holiday, its history and traditions, along with memorable ways to celebrate it with your family, friends and community.

Where to Install Outdoor Christmas Lights - Hanging and Installing Outside Holiday Christmas Lights - Best Places to Install Outdoor Christmas Lights
When it comes time to install outdoor holiday Christmas lights, where are the best places in your yard to display lights and decorations? Christmas lights on the roofline are traditional, but other places include porches, patios, pathways and outdoor decks. Bare spots on the lawn are the perfect spot for inflatable Christmas decorations.

2011 About.com Readers' Choice Awards Pool and Patio - Best Pool and Patio Products: About.com 2011 Readers' Choice Awards: Pool and Patio Finalists
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. 11 to March 8, 2011.

Outdoor Patio Cushions and Pillows to Buy - Top Choices in Outdoor Patio Cushions and Pillows - Cushions for Outdoor Patio Furniture
It's like sprinkles or icing on a cake: colorful, vibrant or carefully chosen pillows and cushions for outdoor furniture can add oomph to your outdoor deck and pizzazz to your patio set. Outdoor pillows and cushions vary in price, depending on the fabric, brand or designer. Garden-variety pillows in solid colors from discount stores are usually more plain or neutral, but digging around to find the deals may garner you a chic-looking pillow that looks a lot more expensive than it really is.

Hanukkah Outdoor Decorations - Decorating Ideas for Hanukkah Celebrations
Hanukkah is not about glitz and overdone yard displays with lots of inflatable characters and giant spinning dreidels. Still, many households that are Jewish, interfaith, or those who want to honor all the winter holidays like to decorate outdoors. After all, the original point of outdoor lights and decorations was to brighten up the darkest time of the year, when the days are shorter, trees and foliage are bare, and -- except for the snow -- the landscape can be colorless.

Kids Outdoor Play Equipment - Children's Gifts for Backyard Play Areas - Kids' Outdoor Play Equipment Gift Ideas
It's simple and a given: kids love to play outdoors, and kids love to play on outdoors equipment. They delight in playhouses and play equipment tailored for their smaller sizes, and love having a space outdoors they can claim as their own. As with any gift, you can go simple or elaborate: most children are appreciative and thrilled to have something that kicks off their imaginations or sets them free to exercise in their own environment. A bonus for parents: you can make sure they're safe.

'Beverly Hills, 90210' Beach House for Sale | Want to Buy the '90210' Beach House? | For $10M, '90210' Beach House is Yours
Get out your cordless phone and call the gang from West Beverly High: the awesome beach-front home used in the mega-popular Fox-TV series,

Do-it-Yourself Deck Building - How to Build Decks
You don't want a

Holiday Outside Decorating - The Top Outdoor Holiday Decorations and Accessories for 2012
In these economic times, many consumers have put a halt to buying. We're cutting back, downsizing and doing without. In just a few months, so much seems so frivolous and unnecessary. Holiday gifts are less expensive but more carefully considered. People are foregoing any visual signs of celebration. But Christmas is about feelings and memories, many of which are sparked by simple decor: lights, greenery, colors and familiar images. Buy one decoration this season and perhaps raise your spirits.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Your Pool and Patio Lover - Romantic Gift Ideas for People Who Love Pools, Hot Tubs and Patios
What's the best gift to give your pool and patio lover? Think about the setting: a bubbling hot tub, moonlight on the patio, a romantic walk along a lighted pathway, colorful lanterns floating in a pool, the warmth of a big thirsty towel waiting for you as you step out of the spa. Sound good? These gift ideas were carefully researched, with originality, fun, thoughtfulness and, in most cases, budget in mind. They're the types of gifts that will surely make your recipient smile, or something...

Storm Watch - Preparing Your House and Yard Before a Hurricane, Storm or Tornado - Protect Your Yard and Pool Before a Tornado or Storm
Storms, tornadoes and hurricanes are inevitable in some parts of the world. If you live in a storm or hurricane-prone region, take a proactive approach to surviving a disaster by getting your house, yard and swimming pool ready before the storm hits. Follow these important suggestions and steps from experts like the American Red Cross.

Approved Anti-Entrapment Drain Covers | Anti-Entrapment Drain Covers for Swimming Pools and Spas
Owners and operators of public swimming pools had the deadline of Dec. 19, 2008, to be equipped with anti-entrapment drain covers and fittings conforming to ASME/ANSI standards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will enforce compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act as a consumer product safety rule.

Approved Anti-Entrapment Drain Covers | Anti-Entrapment Drain Covers for Swimming Pools and Spas
Owners and operators of public swimming pools had the deadline of Dec. 19, 2008, to be equipped with anti-entrapment drain covers and fittings conforming to ASME/ANSI standards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will enforce compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act as a consumer product safety rule.

Pool Anti-Entrapment Drain Covers - Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act
Three years after its introduction by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) Florida, countless testimonials, and much activism, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act was approved by Congress. It was incorporated into the omnibus energy bill approved by Congress on December 19, 2007 and signed by President George W. Bush. Keep updated on the VGB Pool and Spa Safety Act, anti-entrapment drain covers, safety vacuum release systems, and enforcement of the law by the CPSC.

Pool and Patio Gifts - Gift Ideas for the Pool, Spa and Patio Lover on Your Gift List - Gift Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces
What do you get for the pool, spa or patio lover on your gift list? Once you start looking, you'll find oodles of ideas in all ranges. So what's out there? Everything from the practical -- like a trusty pool test kit -- to the extravagant -- like a big stainless-steel outdoor grill. There's also containers, statuary, outdoor clocks, bird feeders, barware, snowflake trivets, furniture and accessories. And inflatable igloos, pool fountains and light shows. See what I mean? The list goes on and on!

Christmas Wreath Reviews - Outdoor Holiday Wreaths for Christmas - The Best Outdoor Wreaths for Christmas Holidays
Whether you want one wreath or a dozen, these beauties have been personally checked out and are sure to be a favorite decoration year after year.

Above Ground Swimming Pools - Above Ground Swimming Pools Pros and Cons- Should You Buy an Above Ground Pool?
If an in-ground swimming pool isn't in your future for whatever reason, maybe an above ground pool is the solution. Above ground swimming pools range from affordable models to more luxurious (and expensive) styles. Many can be enjoyed year 'round, and some use saltwater systems popular with in-ground models. Above ground pools can also be equipped with solar heating systems and covers.

Thinking of Building a Swimming Pool? Swimming Pool Planning 101 - How to Plan a Swimming Pool Project
Curious about what it takes to build a swimming pool in your own backyard? Here are a few key points to consider before making the commitment.

Mel Gibson's Connecticut Mansion for Sale - Celebrity Real Estate Pools and Patios - Mel Gibson's Old Mill Farm
When you associate Mel Gibson with

David Boreanaz House for Sale - 'Bones' Star David Boreanaz and Wife List Sunset Strip Home for Sale - Boreanaz House Boasts Fabulous Outdoor Rooms


Celebrity Real Estate | Pool and Patio Property of the Week | Celebrities Luxurious Homes for Sale
Welcome to Pool and Patio Property of the Week, where we give you an insider's look at the outdoor living spaces of posh residential properties currently on the real estate market.Extreme and luxurious custom-designed pools, hot tubs, outdoor kitchens, secret caves, garden statuary, mazes - everything you can imagine and more - exist at someone's property, somewhere. Who knows? Maybe one of these palatial palaces is in your neck of the woods.

Mel Gibson's Malibu House for Sale - Mel Gibson Cuts Loose of Mediterranean Mansion in Malibu - Mel Gibson Lists Lavender Hill Farm in Malibu
Looks like Mel Gibson is at it again. No - not fathering another child, nor getting into shenanigans after partying at a Malibu pub. The actor/director has listed another palatial property for sale. This time around: the Mediterranean-style Lilac Hill Farm in Malibu, which joins his Old Mill Farm in Greenwich, Connecticut, as two Gibson-owned properties currently on the market. Gibson and his wife, Robyn, are divorcing after nearly 30 years of marriage.

Pool and Patio Property of the Week - Houses for Sale with Luxurious Outdoor Living Spaces - Celebrity Properties for Sale
Phat Fashions mogul Russell Simmons and ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons of Baby Phat fame - among other credits - have a big, phat mansion in Saddle River, New Jersey, on the market that will set you back a hefty-but-recently-reduced $16.5 million. But look what you get: 10 bedrooms, 12.5 baths a movie theater, and my favorite - staff quarters. The Baby Phat Colonial-style mansion also has an indoor pool, outdoor pool, patio, and its own well. Take a tour, and don't get lost!

Marcos Siega Midcentury Modern House for Sale | 'Vampire Diaries' Producer Lists Midcentury House in Hollywood Hills
The midcentury modern home of Marcos Siega - producer/director of The Vampire Diaries and Dexter, among other credits - is up for sale. Located in the Nichols Canyon area of the Hollywood Hills, the 1947-built house has two stories, floor-to-ceiling windows, post-and-beam construction, and the coolest kidney / boomerang-shaped swimming pool. Siega and his wife, Lisa, are selling the 2,600-square-foot home because they would like a larger family home.

Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek List Italian Renaissance Revival Estate - Whitford and Kaczmarek Divorce, Sell House
It seems like the question: Who gets the house?

'Field of Dreams' House and Fields for Sale in Iowa | Field of Dreams Property From Movie for Sale | 'Field of Dreams' for Sale
If You List It, They Will Come. The iconic, much-loved and much-visited cornfield and baseball diamond used in the 1989 film Field of Dreams is for sale. Near Dyersville, Iowa, the 193-acre property is a private sale listed at $5.4 million. And while it doesn't boast a swimming pool, it does have the classic wraparound front porch and swing seen in the film, two barns, a cornfield, two souvenir stands and the iconic baseball diamond.

Best Films With Pool Scenes - Top Swimming Pool Scenes in Films - Top Films With Pool Themes and Scenes
Swimming pools and movie stars go hand and hand, on and off screen. While we've covered some of the fabulous swimming pools and backyards of the rich and famous in Pool and Patio Property Profiles,

Outdoor Patio Furniture | Patio Chairs, Benches and Other Outdoor Seating - Top Choices for Garden Furniture and Chairs
Need outdoor furniture, or more specifically, outdoor seating? On a

Swimming Pool Safety: Pool Safely | The Layers of Protection for Swimming Pool Safety - How to Make Your Pool Safer
While swimming pools provide hours of exercise and enjoyment, accidental drowning in pools and hot tubs is the leading cause of death for children under age 5 and the second-leading cause of death for children 15 and under. Follow these layers of protection to make your backyard pool or spa a safe and fun place.

DIY Tomato Cage Xmas Tree - How to Make a Tomato Cage Christmas Tree - Instructions for Making a Christmas Tree from a Tomato Cage
Outdoor Christmas trees -- real or artificial -- are popular decorations for front entryways, porches, patios and decks. They don't have to be expensive. Take this faux-snow Christmas tree made from a recycled / repurposed wire garden tomato support cage. Garland and ornaments cost under $20, and it will last for years if packed and stored carefully along with your other holiday decorations.

How to Make a Fake Christmas Tree - How to Make a Tomato Cage Christmas Tree - Instructions for Making a Holiday Porch Tree From a Tomato Cage
A faux Christmas tree made from a tomato cage? Seriously. If you view ordinary objects through a creative eye, you can repurpose all kinds of things. I was rummaging through old pots and

Tomato Cage Holiday Tree - How to Make a Tomato Cage Christmas Tree - Instructions for Making a Christmas Tree from a Tomato Cage
A faux Christmas tree made from a tomato cage? Seriously. If you view ordinary objects through a creative eye, you can repurpose all kinds of things. I was rummaging through old pots and

How to Make a Fake Christmas Tree - How to Make a Tomato Cage Christmas Tree - Instructions for Making a Holiday Porch Tree From a Tomato Cage
Make a faux Christmas tree with recycled objects from your yard. Why not put those tomato cages to work during the winter holidays? If you turn a cage upside down -- the opposite of how it's positioned when it's used to support a tomato plant -- and bring the loose wires together, the cage makes a cone shape. Wrap them together with wire. Page 3.

How to Make an Artificial Christmas Tree - How to Make a Tomato Cage Christmas Tree - Instructions for Making a Holiday Porch Tree From a Tomato Cage
An artificial Christmas tree made from a tomato cage? Seriously. If you view ordinary objects through a creative eye, you can repurpose all kinds of things. I was rummaging through old pots and

How to Make a Tomato Cage Christmas Tree - How to Make an Artificial Christmas Tree - Instructions for Making an Xmas Tree From a Tomato Cage
Ready to wrap garland around the tomato cage Christmas tree? Starting at the narrow tip of the wire cage, hot glue garland. Continue applying hot glue to back of garland every few inches, pressing it onto the wire frame. This is the part of the project that will take the longest. Continue wrapping and gluing. At some point, you'll run out of wire frame to which the garland can be adhered. Hot glue the rows of garland to one another, allowing time to dry before moving on. Page 5.

How to Make a Tomato Cage Christmas Tree - How to Make a Fake Christmas Tree - Instructions for Making a Holiday Porch Tree From a Tomato Cage
A faux Christmas tree made from a tomato cage? Seriously. If you view ordinary objects through a creative eye, you can repurpose all kinds of things. I was rummaging through old pots and

How to Make an Artificial Christmas Tree - Making a Tomato Cage Christmas Tree - Instructions for Making a Holiday Porch Tree From a Tomato Cage
A faux Christmas tree made from a tomato cage? Seriously. If you view ordinary objects through a creative eye, you can repurpose all kinds of things. I was rummaging through old pots and

How to Make a Fake Christmas Tree - How to Make a Tomato Cage Christmas Tree - Instructions for Making a Holiday Porch Tree From a Tomato Cage
A faux Christmas tree made from a tomato cage? Seriously. If you view ordinary objects through a creative eye, you can repurpose all kinds of things. I was rummaging through old pots and

How to Make a Fake Christmas Tree - How to Make a Tomato Cage Christmas Tree - Instructions for Making a Holiday Porch Tree From a Tomato Cage
A faux Christmas tree made from a tomato cage? Seriously. If you view ordinary objects through a creative eye, you can repurpose all kinds of things. I was rummaging through old pots and

Can I Get H1N1 Flu from Swimming Pool Water? - H1N1 and Seasonal Flu FAQs
Reports about H1N1 flu have many people worried about sources of transmission. Learn what the CDC advises for those who use pools, spas, and other treated water venues.

What is a Courtyard?
What is a courtyard? A courtyard patio has walls on at least three sides and provide seclusion and privacy, even if is positioned in the center of a house. Historically, some of the oldest patios are courtyards. Location-wise, a courtyard or courtyard patio is directly adjacent to the house. It can also be an intimate enclosure situated within a larger yard or garden.

Garden Bridges - Using a Bridge in a Japanese Landscape Design
Bridges are one of the most iconic symbols in Japanese gardens. Like a pathway, a bridge can be part of the experience, allowing a visitor to reflect and enjoy the view. Learn about the types of bridges and how to find the right spot for one in your landscape.

What is Decomposed Granite? - DG
If you've ever walked along a dirt path at a botanical garden or public park, there is a good chance that you weren't walking on just plain old dirt. Especially if it didn't create lots of dust and particles when you kicked along the pathway, the ground upon which you were walking was most likely made of decomposed granite, or DG. But why would you choose DG over another pathway material? Hint: it might be more environmental.

What is a Poolside Patio?
A poolside patio is essential for entertaining and safely watching children in backyard swimming pools. Learn about materials, design considerations and furnishings before building.

What is a Rooftop Patio?
Create an outdoor space in the city on your balcony or rooftop. Follow our advice to get the most out of a small space.

What is an Entry Patio?
An entry patio takes advantage of unused space in your front yard for much-needed outdoor living space. Discover ways to make it more enjoyable for you and your neighbors.

Using a Cartridge Pool Filter - Types of Swimming Pool Filters
What is a cartridge filter and why would you want to use it for your swimming pool? Learn more about this type of filter.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Best Outdoor Lighting
How do you light your outdoor world? With traditional low-voltage landscaping lights, solar lighting, LEDs? Accent lights, security, pathway or deck lights? Nominate the specific product, design or model, along with the name of the company or manufacturer.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Favorite Outdoor Toy
Have you played outside lately? What was the toy or fun activity that encouraged you or the children in your life to play? A playhouse, swing set or play structure? Something on which to ride in the yard -- either on pathways or float in the pool? A game, building project or something that brings you closer to nature? Nominate your favorite outdoor toy in About.com's Readers' Choice Awards 2012.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Best Outdoor Patio Furniture
Nominate your favorite brand of patio furniture in About.com's Readers' Choice Awards 2012. Some materials - like wood, the original and very basic decking material - have remained the same, while others have evolved as a reflection of the environment in which we live and include recycled plastics and wood fibers.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum
The About.com Reader's Choice Awards 2012 honors the year's Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers. This would include manual, automatic and robotic styles for in-ground and above-ground swimming pools. Please include the name of the product, along with the brand or manufacturer when writing-in your nomination.

Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum 2013: About.com Readers' Choice Awards
The About.com Reader's Choice Awards for 2013 honors the year's Best Pool Cleaner / Vacuum brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers. This would include manual, automatic and robotic styles for in-ground and above-ground swimming pools. Please include the name of the product, along with the brand or manufacturer when writing-in your nomination.

Best Patio Furniture 2013: About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Do you have a favorite brand or manufacturer of garden furniture or patio furniture? The 2013 About.com Reader's Choice Awards honors this year's Best Outdoor Patio Furniture brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Best Decking
About.com's Readers' Choice Awards 2012 honors the year's Best Decking materials, brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers. Some materials - like wood, the original and very basic decking material - have remained the same, while others have evolved as a reflection of the environment in which we live and include recycled materials and wood fibers.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Best Hot Tub / Spa
The About.com Reader's Choice Awards 2012 Best Hot Tub / Spa category honors the year's top portable spa and hot tub brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers.

About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Pool and Patio
What are the best outdoor living products on the market? For the second consecutive year, About.com Pool and Patio is participating is the annual About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Beginning on Wednesday, January 18, we will be will be accepting nominations in blank categories. The About.com Reader's Choice Awards 2011 Best Pool and Patio category will honor the year's top pool and patio products, brands and manufacturers, and designs, as nominated and chosen by our readers.

Best Hot Tub Spa 2013: About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Who makes the best hot tub / spa? The About.com Reader's Choice Awards 2013 Best Hot Tub / Spa category honors the year's top portable spa and hot tub brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers.

Best Decking 2013: About.com Readers' Choice Awards
About.com's Readers' Choice Awards 2013 honors the year's Best Decking materials, brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers. Some materials - like wood, the original and very basic decking material - have remained the same, while others have evolved as a reflection of the environment in which we live and include recycled materials and wood fibers

Almost Done - DIY Ornament Tree Holiday Decoration
Step back and look at your project - what does it need? Enlist a friend for suggestions. You're almost done making this ornament tree door decoration for the holidays. Page 16.

Why You Don't Want to Use Glass Ornaments - DIY Holiday Project
Oops. I tried to save time by using a glass ornament. Guess what? It broke. Lesson learned: use shatterproof ornaments on holiday projects that involve glue. Page 15.

Continue to Glue Ornaments - DIY Ornament Tree Project
Plan the colors for your ornament tree, along with placement, before gluing balls onto tree frame. Another step in this DIY ornament tree project. Page 14.

Hot-Gluing the Ornaments - DIY Holiday Tree Project
Prep a table or work surface with newspapers, then plug in a hot glue gun: another step in this DIY Christmas ornament door project. Page 13.

Staple and Cut - DIY Ornament Tree Project
Continue to staple screeening to wood frame, then cut when done. Another step in this DIY ornament tree door decoration project for the holidays. Page 11.

Check Out Frame With Screening - DIY Ornament Tree Project
Another step in this DIY ornament tree door decor project: examine frame with screening before going on to the fun part -- gluing on the ornaments. Page 12.

Hang Frame on Door - Ornament Tree Door Project
DIY ornament tree project: once the tree frame is nailed together, hang it on the door to ensure it fits and is even before going on to the next step. Page 9.

Staple Screen
Unroll screening material and staple to tree frame. Another step in the ornament tree frame project. Page 10.

A Beautiful Holiday Door Decoration - DIY Ornament Tree
The project is all done and ready to hang on the door. This is the final step in the ornament tree door decor holiday project. Page 17.

Ornament Tree Door Decoration - Christmas Decor for Entryways
Follow my instructions for a DIY holiday door decoration made of ornaments in the shape of a Christmas tree. It's all mounted on a wood frame with a light box, so it glows at night. Page 20.

Ornament Tree Door Decoration - Christmas Decor for Entryways
Follow my instructions for a DIY holiday door decoration made of ornaments in the shape of a Christmas tree. It's all mounted on a wood frame with a light box, so it glows at night. Page 19.

Ornament Tree Door Decoration - Christmas Decor for Entryways
Follow my instructions for a DIY holiday door decoration made of ornaments in the shape of a Christmas tree. It's all mounted on a wood frame with a light box, so it glows at night. Page 18.

Ornament Tree Door Decoration - Christmas Decor for Entryways
Follow my instructions for a DIY holiday door decoration made of ornaments in the shape of a Christmas tree. It's all mounted on a wood frame with a light box, so it glows at night.

Measure the Door - DIY Tree Project
Measure the door horizontally and vertically to make sure your tree decoration will fit correctly. Page 3.

Gather Supplies - DIY Door Ornament Project
Gather supplies for your DIY door ornaments project, including wood, glue, LED light strand and ornaments. Page 2.

Saw Wood - DIY Door Ornament Decoration
Use a saw to make wood cuts for the DIY door ornament decoration. One of many steps in this fun and fairly simple holiday project. Page 6.

Mark Cuts on Wood - DIY Door Decoration Project
Use a pencil to mark areas on wood strips where cuts will need to be made. A step in the DIY door ornament project. Page 5.

Glue Corners of Wood - DIY Door Ornament Project
Continue the door ornament project by gluing corners of wood frame together before using a nail and hammer makes the job easier. Page 7.

Bend Nail - DIY Door Ornament Project
Bend the nail so that it does not stick out -- another step in this Christmas project for an ornament tree door decoration. Page 8.

Start With Some Sticks - DIY Ornament Tree Project
Buy sticks called furring strips at the hardware store. These will be the frame for your DIY ornament tree project. Page 4.

Regular Deck Maintenance - Cleaning Decks
By maintaining your deck regularly, you can avoid costly and time-consuming maintenance issues that occur with neglect. Really, it's the easiest solution and something you should be aware of and commit to prior to building a deck. Include these ideas as part of a regular deck maintenance routine. Page 2.

Deck Cleaning Supplies - How to Clean a Deck
Gather together the supplies you will need for a thorough deck cleaning. While you can use a ready-made specialty deck-cleaning or brightening product, TSP (trisodium phosphate) is a less expensive alternative. Others that are less harsh on the environment include Borax, baking soda and vinegar, although they may not get rid of mold and mildew. Page 3.

Deck Cleaning - Dover Plants
If planting beds are anywhere near the deck -- within a few feet at least -- cover them with plastic bags or a tarp. This will help protect them from powerful blasts from a pressure washer and any harsh chemicals you might use to clean the deck. Page 4.

Deck Maintenance - Pour and Mix the TSP
Using a measuring cup, pour a deck cleaner (TSP in this case) into a bucket full of hot water. Page 5.

How to Clean Decks - Scrub With a Brush
Using the long-handled brush (you don't want to do this job on your hands and knees), start with small areas of the deck at a time, scrubbing along with the grain of the wood. Page 6.

Cleaning Decks - Continue to Scrub All Areas of Deck
Continue to work briskly, going from one section to the next, dipping brush into the deck-cleaning solution. Depending on the size of the deck, you will probably have to make a few mixtures of the cleaning solution, so work quickly and efficiently. Page 7.

Deck Cleaning Basics - How to Clean a Deck
Use a good, tight-fitting metal spray nozzle attached to a hose, making sure it has a few settings or adjustments. Start by spraying the area you first cleaned and scrubbed with the TSP solution, making sure all the soapy areas run clean before going on to the next section. Page 8.

Holiday-Decorated New York Door: 1963 - Christmas Decorating Ideas
A vintage photo from 1963 shows a woman next to her holiday-decorated apartment door in New York City. Page 10.

Jersey City Holiday Door - Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas
A modest door in New Jersey is simply decorated with a festive red holiday bow, hopefully bringing cheer to the neighborhood. Page 8.

Green Furry Wreath With Eyeballs - Decorating Outdoors for Christmas
San Diego artist Mandy Jouan made a whimsical furry green wreath with eyeballs for her front door. The wreath has received lots of

Bough With Fresh Fruit Decor - Christmas Decorating Ideas
A fresh fruit bough decorates the door of a plantation in South Carolina. The bough is similar to Christmas door decor seen in Colonial Williamsburg. Page 6.

Door to Christmasland - Holiday Decor in Denmark
Lights and matching planters decorate this door and entryway of a house in Denmark - part of a slideshow of international ideas for decorating outdoors at Christmas. Page 5.

Funny Face Swag - Decorating Doors and Entryways
A Dr. Seuss-like character decorates a swag on a bright blue door for the holidays in West Berkshire, England. Page 4.

Bright Christmas
An entryway in New York displays a natural wreath for the holidays - part of a gallery of ideas for decorating outdoors at Christmas time. Page 3.

Mid-century Modern Aluminum Tree - Decorating Entryways for Christmas
Simple is the rule for holiday decorating when it comes to modern architecture. A vintage aluminum Christmas tree looks spectacular in this Mid-century entryway. Page 2.

Holidays in Danville - Christmas Entryway in Pennsylvania
An arch above double wooden doors of a historic Pennsylvania house is trimmed with evergreens at Christmas time. Discover how others decorate their entryways in this gallery. Page 18.

Outdoor Holiday Decor Inspired by Disneyland
The Christmas decor of an entryway in Virginia is inspired by Disneyland's Main Street decor - part of a slideshow of holiday decor ideas for doors and front porches. Page 17.

New Atomic Wreath - Ideas for Outdoor Christmas Decorations
Shiny ornaments adorn a wreath on the door of a fan of Mid-century modern design - part of a gallery of Christmas decorating ideas for doors and entryways. Page 16.

Holly Wreath in North London - Outdoor Christmas Decor Ideas
A holly wreath decorates a home in Hampstead, North London at Christmas time. Come along on a tour of outdoor decorations for ideas from around the world. Page 15.

Poinsettias and Ornaments - Decorating Outdoors for Christmas
An opulent swag and garland greet visitors of this elegant house - part of a gallery of ideas for decorating front doors and entryways at Christmas time. Page 14.

Natale Alla Porta
A single red bow decorates a door knob of a house in Italy at Christmas time. Page 13.

Red Door and Sleigh - Decorating Outdoors for Christmas
A rustic house in West Virginia is decorated with twisted vines, a wreath and an old sleigh at Christmas time. Page 12.

Christmas in Alexandria - Decorating Outdoors for the Holidays
A house in Alexandria, Virginia, is decorated for Christmas with a green bough, red wreath and matching red rose bushes. Page 11.

Decorating Doors and Porches - Holiday Outdoor Decorations
Kick off the holidays at your doorstep. Welcome guests and create curb appeal with ideas that come from all corners of the world.

Double Doors Decorated With Identical Wreaths
Double doors call for identical decorations, like two traditional wreaths with red bows. Page 9.

The Top 12 Luxury Homes and Pools for 2012 - Celebrity Real Estate - Luxury Homes
We've always loved to take a peek at how the other half lives, although that

Luxury Homes - Indoor Pools Most Tweeted in 2012
Did you happen to get a peek at those indoor pools someone might have shared with you on a social media site in 2012? They are real, and belong to a house that was for sale in Connecticut. Take a look. Page 10.

Mel Gibson's Old Mill Farm for Sale Again - Luxury Homes for Sale
Mel Gibson's house is on the radar again, only this time old Mel is not attached to it. The most recent owners of the Greenwich, Connecticut, estate were only there for a year or so before listing it. The house had been on the market for a few years prior. Let's take a look at the grounds, including the lovely pool. Page 11.

NBA Star Gilbert Arenas Lists DC Shark House
Among the changes NBA star Gilbert Arenas made in 2012 was to move on, and to act upon this he listed his remarkable DC-area mansion in July for $3.5 million. The former Washington Wizards basketball player definitely made a design statement on the property. A highlight: a custom-built shark tank. Page 12.

Waterfront Florida Villa for Sale - Luxury Homes and Pools
>Known as Torretta, this Destin, Florida, waterfront estate has been modeled after villas in Tuscany, on a grand, Florida-style scale, of course. The bay-front lot is located on a sprawling 1.8 acres, with water frontage on the Choctawhatchee and Jones Bayou. Let's take a look at the house and pool. Page 13.

Drake's Disneylike Grotto Estate - Celebrity Homes and Pools
Canadian hip-hop artist/songwriter/actor Drake reportedly paid about $2.8 million for a sprawling compound in Hidden Hills, California. The star attraction of his new home is the elaborate pool, complete with a torch-lit grotto. Page 2.

Kelly Wearstler sells Old Hollywood Estate - Celebrity Homes and Pools
Interior design icon Kelly Wearstler parted ways with her former mansion in Beverly Hills. The estate was built in the 1930s and once home to William Powell, Carole Lombard and James Bond producer Albert

Ronald Reagan Pacific Palisades House for Sale - Luxury Homes and Pools
For the late President Ronald Reagan, it was all about the view. The Reagan family's home in Pacific Palisades, which is currently for sale, boasted a panoramic view. It was also a GE Showcase House. Page 4.

Stone Eagle Retreat Backyard Water Theme Park - Luxury Homes
A home in the Malibu hills has an amazing swimming pool that looks like a water theme park, with boulders, caves, slides -- and classical statuary. Page 5.

Los Feliz House of Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson for Sale
Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson listed their Mid-century modern Los Feliz home in January of 2012 for $3.65 million. The house features a geometric-shaped pool with sweeping views of the LA skyline. Page 6.

Hollywood Glam Meets Big Game Deco - Luxury Homes
Villa Raphael, a 1925-built Hollywood mansion, was put up for sale at $2.49 million in 2012. While there's no big name attached to this West Hollywood mansion -- at least as far as we know -- it stands out for its fusion of vintage Hollywood fixtures and features so many of us love. And don't forget to check out that pool! Page 7.

Dick Clark's Flinstone House for Sale in Malibu
About a month before he passed away in April of 2012, Page 8.

Reese Witherspoon's Historic Ojai Estate for Sale - Sweet Home Ojai
That gorgeous Wallace Neff-designed house that served as the backdrop for Reese Witherspoon's wedding and was Robert Pattinson's hideaway when he and Kristen Stewart split is up for sale. The Ojai, California ranch estate is historic and features a pool that blends in with the natural landscape. Page 9.

Before Cleaning a Wood Deck
Yes, it is possible to recapture some of your wood deck's former glory. Instead of deciding the love affair is over and you need to replace the deck with a newer model, give it another chance to. Beneath that dirty, mildewy surface lies a thing of beauty, waiting for you to invest a little sweat equity to uncover it

Discus Thrower Statue - Ancient Olympian Statue
As a tribute to Greek history and the Olympic Games, the Discus Thrower is ready to throw his discus. This large garden statue takes on the characteristics and details of an authentic Greek statue with curls and the long arms and legs of an ancient athlete. Page 10.

Olympic Swimsuits for Women - Tyr AP12 Swimsuits
Swim like an Olympian. Not every pool owner has a serious swimmer in their household. But for those who do, Tyr makes racing swimwear -- the AP12 Speedsuit series -- that combines turbo compression with a new lightweight, hydrophobic micro-filament textile that repels water and decreases drag. Compression suits give swimmers a tighter core and better body positioning while reducing lactic-acid buildup in the muscles. Page 11.

Decorating with Pumpkins - Wicked and Whimsical Pumpkin Designs and Displays
Bright orange or ghostly white, pumpkins add an instant splash of color, form and texture when decorating outdoors. On the following pages, we've found several winning examples of pumpkin display and decorating. Most have not been carved, but you can't have a gallery of pumpkins without a carved face or two.

Decorating with Pumpkins - Wicked and Whimsical Pumpkin Designs and Displays
Bright orange or ghostly white, pumpkins add an instant splash of color, form and texture when decorating outdoors. On the following pages, we've found several winning examples of pumpkin display and decorating. Most have not been carved, but you can't have a gallery of pumpkins without a carved face or two. Page 10.

Gilded Pumpkins - Glitzy Pumpkins
Bright orange or ghostly white, pumpkins add an instant splash of color, form and texture when decorating outdoors. On the following pages, we've found several winning examples of pumpkin display and decorating. Most have not been carved, but you can't have a gallery of pumpkins without a carved face or two. Page 11.

Front Yard Pumpkin Patch - Decorating With Real Pumpkins
This front yard in a California coastal community shows what happens when you let your grass die and a pumpkin vine take over the landscape, with beautiful results. Page 2.

Fountain with Miniature Pumpkins - Floating Pumpkins
Finally, a place to display those irresistible mini pumpkins you always bring home this time of year from the market. Float several minis in a fountain or birdbath to delight guests and trick-or-treaters. Page 3.

Pumpkins on Porch Steps - Decorating With Pumpkins
If you have front porch steps, you might as well take advantage of them. Grab this year's crop of pumpkins and gourds and place them on the steps. You can go for an evenly spaced look or something more haphazard -- the pumpkin police are cool about it. Page 4.

Pumpkin Pathway - Dallas Arboretum
Imagine a village with cottages made of pumpkins. And beautifully arranged pumpkins on lawns and in landscaping with other fall-blooming plants. If you live in or visit the Dallas area in September and October, you might want to stop by the Dallas Arboretum for some much-needed inspiration. Page 5.

White Pumpkins and Gray Grasses
White pumpkins and white or gray flowers or shrubs making a gorgeous and ghostly combination in the garden. Page 6.

Carved Pumpkins on Porch Steps
Pumpkin carving has taken on an all-new art form as the traditional jack-o'-lantern faces are no longer the standard. With stencils, kits, tools and online instructions, kitchen artists are creating masterpieces based on their favorite film or book characters, politicians, animals and just about anything that can be carved on a pumpkin. Page 7.

Brooklyn's Pumpkins of Cobble Hill - Decorating With Pumpkins
Decorating with pumpkins goes to an extreme each year at this corner house in Brooklyn's Cobble Hill neighborhood -- much to the delight and entertainment of residents and passers-by. Page 8.

Decorating with Pumpkins - Wicked and Whimsical Pumpkin Designs and Displays
Bright orange or ghostly white, pumpkins add an instant splash of color, form and texture when decorating outdoors. On the following pages, we've found several winning examples of pumpkin display and decorating. Most have not been carved, but you can't have a gallery of pumpkins without a carved face or two. Page 9.

Outdoor Decorations - Christmas Inflatables - The Best New Christmas Inflatables for 2012
Inflatables have become many people's favorite holiday decorations. So, what's new for 2012 in the world of inflatable, airblown Christmas characters? Discover the trends and find out who -- or what -- made this year's list!

Inflatables - Xmas Polar Bear with Friends
BZB Goods' inflatable polar bear is a gentle-faced giant who serves as a taxi for his party-loving penguin pals. The polar bear is one of About.com's top picks for Best Christmas Inflatables for 2012. Page 2.

Inflatables - Redneck Nutcracker
The combination of a nutcracker and a redneck blends two popular characters into one for this inflatable Christmas decoration that sports tattoos. Page 3.

Inflatable Santas - Big and Bigger
Big is better when it comes to this year's inflatables. Santa comes in 12-, 16- and 20-foot models. Giant reindeer and tree are pretty big this year also. Page 4.

Gemmy Inflatables - Best Airblown Xmas Decorations
Gemmy's new animated line of inflatables include a shaking, teeth-chattering polar bear and snowman. Find out what else is new in inflatable decorations for this season. Page 5.

Inflatables - Gemmy Santa in a Camper
Riding on the popularity of last year's Trailer Santa, Gemmy has come out with a different RV for Santa this year. Mr. Claus greets happy visitors as he pops out of the door of his retro-looking camper to quiet down guests so he can take a nap. Page 6.

How to Decorate Cactus and Succulents with Lights for Christmas - Decorate With Outdoor Holiday Lights
How do you string lights on a cactus or spiny succulent? Very carefully, for starters.

Magical Light Display - Cactus Garden at Ethel M Chocolate Factory
With a landscape base of 15,000 cubic yards of sandy fill and a special planting soil, the cactus garden at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory is large and beautifully designed, making it a worthwhile viewing experience any time of the year. It is especially magical during the holidays. Page 2.

Lighting Up the Night - Ethel M Chocolate Factory Desert Botanical Garden
The Cactus Botanical Gardens at Nevada's Ethel M Chocolate Factory is host to more than 300 species of plants. Half are cacti and succulents largely native to the American Southwest, while others are desert trees and shrubs from the Southwest along with, Australia and South America. Page 3.

Penguin and Cactus - Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Gardens
The cactus garden displays more than a half-million lights, which lighting designer Steve Bowdoin and crew meticulously place on prickly and sometimes-delicate cacti and succulents. Page 4.

Barrel Cactus - Decorating Cactus and Succulents with Lights
A group of barrel cactus are carefully strung with LED light strands and are ready to light up the nighttime desert wonderland at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Desert Botanical Garden. Page 5.

Blue Christmas - Decorating Cactus and Succulents With Holiday Lights
A small tree takes on an entirely different look at night when the lights come on and it gets to show off its blue leaves. Page 6.

Decorating Cactus for Christmas - Covering the Shrub
Landscape and lighting designer Steve Bowdoin shows how to cover a shrub with lights, gesturing over the top of the hedge to indicate that full and complete coverage is necessary to cover it with lights and outline or capture its true shape. Page 8.

Steve Bowdoin - Landscape and Lighting Designer at Ethel M Chocolate Factory Botanical Garden
Steve Bowdoin is a landscape designer and has been illuminating the Desert Botanical Garden at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Henderson, Nevada, for more than five years. Page 7.

What's New for 2013?
No decoration screams

Santa Above-Ground Pool Inflatable by Gemmy
Above-Ground Pool Santa and his friends is a new inflatable Christmas decoration by Gemmy for 2013. It involves lights, interaction and sound. Page 2.

Hippie Van Santa
Among the best inflatable holiday decorations for 2013 are a groovy Santa in a hippie van, taking you back to the colorful, fun-lovin' 1960s. Page 3.

Inflatable Archway for Christmas by Gemmy
One of the top inflatable yard decorations for 2013 is Gemmy's archway, which will invite visitors for a tour of your holiday scene. Page 4.

Mickey and Minnie Inflatable Cocoa Stand
Mickey and Minnie stop off at an inflatable cocoa stand in this scenic decoration for 2013 from Gemmy, one of the top inflatables of the year. Page 5.

Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer Inflatable Decoration
The classic Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer is one of the top inflatable holiday decorations for 2013. It is made by Gemmy. Page 6.

Motorcycle Santa Inflatable From Gemmy
Gemmy's Motorcycle Santa wears a tattoo and long beard in his 2013 inflatable holiday decoration. Page 7.

Neon Snowman
Inflatable holiday decorations for the yard have gone neon, which will cast a new glow on all those other characters competing for space on your front lawn. Page 8.

Santa Exterminator Inflatable by Gemmy
Santa is an exterminator and drives a Humbug van in this inflatable decoration new for 2013 by Gemmy. Find out what the other top inflatables are for the season. Page 9.

Olympic Games Merchandise - Look and Live Like an Olympian
Look and live like a true Olympian by decorating your home and yard with official Olympic merchandise, souvenirs, and designs inspired by the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Swimwear, towels, torches, outdoor furnishings and accessories will help you celebrate the spirit of the Games long after the last medal has been awarded.

The Remains of the Games - 2012 Olympic Village Furnishings
What happens to the 2012 Olympic Village furnishings and fixtures after the Games are over? There's no guarantee and the supply is limited, but most of the stuff that filled the athletes' rooms during the London Games are for sale by Remains of the Games. Page 2.

Blomus Torches - Olympic Torches for Outdoors
While Blomus did not design the London Games torches, the company's elegant styling makes them a worth contender for outfitting your yard in Olympic fashion. So far, the only way you can obtain a real Barber and Osgerby torch is to bid for one on eBay. Page 3.

Official London Olympics Cushion - Jan Constantine
An official Olympic souvenir, this cushion by Jan Constantine celebrates the history of the Olympics in London. It features a discus thrower depicted in front of Big Ben, and is one of many products available to celebrate and remember the London Games of 2012. Page 4.

Speedo 2012 Olympic Games Collection
Get that Olympic look by or in the pool when you slip on a swimsuit from the Team Speedo collection. Speedo has a long history with Olympic swimming, beginning with the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Speedo is the official outfitter for USA Swimming through 2012 and is a proud sponsor of the world's best Olympic athletes in swimming, including Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin, Ryan Lochte and Katie Hoff. Page 5.

Olympic Greek Competitor Garden Statue - Olympics Decor for the Home
Go Greek in your back yard with a Tuffstone bust designed as a tribute to ancient Greek Olympians: the ones who started it all. This garden statue is finely detailed and will withstand the elements for yeas. Page 6.

Crate and Barrel Olive Wreath - Greek Olympic Decor
Olive wreaths recall earlier Olympic Games, when winning athletes proudly wore them atop their heads as crowning displays of hard work and glory. Crate and Barrel's modern version of the ancient Greek victory wreath is handcrafted with Mediterranean-inspired branches and olives for an authentic design. Page 7.

Olympic Wreath Design Planter Set - Olympics Outdoor Style and Furnishings
Echoing the design motif of the olive wreath, which was significant to the ancient Olympic Games in Greece, is a set of planters that will blend well with many types of decor. Each of the five planters features raised carvings of olive wreaths on the sides, which give them a classic Olympian appeal. Page 8.

Ralph Lauren Pool Style - Official Outfitter fo the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team
You saw the U.S. Olympic athletes sporting Ralph Lauren's classic looks in red, white and blue during the 2012 London Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies. Didn't they look smashing? Bring it home, poolside, with a Lauren Olympics beach towel, flipflops and a tank dress. As far as the preppy beret -- leave that for another occasion, another season. Page 9.

2013 Best Patio Furniture - About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Our three finalists for 2013 Best Patio Furniture, as chosen and nominated by our Pool & Patio readers, represent a diverse range of styles and materials. All are excellent brands and worthy of consideration, so take time to read about each one and made a careful consideration before casting your vote.

Haskell Collection - 2013 Best Patio Furniture Finalist
An Orange County, California-based furniture company called the Haskell Collection is a finalist in the Best Patio Furniture category in the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Learn more about the young company. Page 2.

Jensen Leisure - 2013 Finalist for Best Patio Furniture
Southern California-based Jensen Leisure Furniture is one of three finalists vying for the title of Best Patio Furniture 2013 in the About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Learn more about the outdoor furniture company. Page 3.

Oxford Garden - Best Patio Furniture Finalist 2013
Oxford Garden is one of three finalists for Best Patio Furniture in the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Learn more about the company that makes wood garden furniture. Page 4.

Dwell on Design 2013 - Highlights From Dwell Outdoors and More
During Dwell on Design's three-day run, the largest design event in the U.S. offered nonstop discussions, demonstrations, home tours, and a diverse assortment of exhibits that covered all aspects of the modern lifestyle. Dwell on Design 2013 transformed more than 200,000 square feet of exhibition floor space at the Los Angeles Convention Center into a dazzling showcase for the world of modern design. Here are highlights from Dwell Outdoor.

Lumos Solar - Dwell on Design 2013
This outdoor roof is by Energy Lumos Solar, which was a 2012 Dwell on Design award winner. Energy Lumos Solar delivers “modules that are faster and easier to install, stronger for industrial applications and have less embodied energy making it the more sustainable choice.” The company unveiled its newest product at the show. Page 10.

JC Penney Designs at Dwell on Design '13
Longtime retailer JC Penney was a major presence at the 2013 Dwell on Design exhibit and conference in LA. Find out what the retail giant was doing there and what they've got in store, design-wise. Page 2.

Vessel USA Architectural Pottery - Dwell on Design 2013
Vessel USA makes the Architectural Pottery Collection, which was originally produced during the mid-20th century. Classic, simple, lines and shapes never go out of style, and Vessel continues the tradition and comes up with some of their own interpretations, many of which were on display at the 2013 Dwell on Design in LA. Page 3.

Modfire at Dwell on Design 2013
Modfire makes Mid-century modern-inspired outdoor fireplaces and firepits that add excitement and sleek styling to your outdoor room. Learn more about this Dwell Outdoor exhibitor. Page 4.

Maxx Spas at Dwell on Design 2013
Maxx Spas has been around since the 1980s and has evolved with the times. Find out what attracted visitors to their display at LA's 2013 Dwell on Design exhibit. Page 5.

Gainey Ceramics at Dwell on Design 2013
Gainey Ceramics of Pomona, California, was one of the exhibitors in the Dwell Outdoor exhibit at the 2013 Dwell on Design in Los Angeles. The longtime Southern California pottery maker and manufacturer produces architectural-style pottery with clean lines and simple glazes. Page 6.

Hurbz Planters at Dwell on Design 2013
Hurbz displayed its cleverly designed containers for urban herbs and other growing things at the Dwell on Design exhibit in Los Angeles in June of 2013. Page 7.

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens - Dwell on Design 2013
Brown Jordan, a top name in the world of patio furniture, also creates outdoor kitchens. Keeping in line with its patio furniture, the kitchens are sleek, modern, and equipped with the finest materials and appliances. Page 8.

Airstream at Dwell on Design 2013
Airstream makes sleek silver trailers. Many style savvy consumers use them as second homes, guest rooms, offices, studios or backyard escapes. Learn more about Airstream, an exhibitor at Dwell on Design 2013. Page 9.

The Best Outdoor Toys - Award-Winning Outdoor Toys - Top Toys for Outdoor Play
While considering toys and gift ideas for children, keep in mind that the current generation of kids spends less time outdoors than any other generation in history. While a computer game or screen may be on your favorite child's list, why not introduce them to the pure, low-tech world of outdoor toys and activities?

Top Outdoor Toys for Kids 2011 - Root Vue Farm Grow Kit - Best Toys for Outdoor Play
Ever wonder how deep the roots of your favorite vegetables grow? Root Vue Farm is a self-watering grow unit with a viewing window that allows children to watch the development and progression of roots

Inflatable Sock Monkey - Outdoor Christmas Inflatables - Best Christmas Inflatables for 2011
The inflatable sock monkey from Gemmy is a reminder of Christmases past -- when gifts and toys were simple and often handmade by loved ones. Page 6.

Christmas Inflatables - The Best New Christmas Inflatables for 2011 - Inflatables for Outdoor Christmas Decorations
The Christmas season brings out the decorator in most of us, and is the one time of year that home dwellers and whole neighborhoods show their holiday spirit with lights and often-extravagant yard displays. While those lighted plastic blow-mold figurines dotted lawns and porches of Midcentury, Post-World War II homes, giant airblown inflatable decorations have taken over holiday yards of the early 21st Century.

Christmas Inflatable - A Christmas Story Leg Lamp Decoration - Inflatable Christmas Story Leg Lamp
From the humorous Christmas film classic, 'A Christmas Story', this is The Old Man's prized leg lamp that he displayed so proudly in his front window, for all his neighbors to see. Your neighbors will love this inflatable version that will surely lend a swanky something to the 'hood for the holidays. Unlike the shapely-but-fragile leg in the movie, this version simply plugs in and inflates in mere seconds. It stands a statuesque 5-feet 9-inches tall, includes a built-in fan, fabulous fringe on top and alluring lights inside to illuminate it like a beacon in a storm. Page 2.

Inflatable Santa Claus - Airblown Sitting and Waving Santa - Inflatable Christmas Decorations
Not only does this Santa Claus look sort of real (for airblown, anyway), he waves at passersby. Plant him in the middle of your holiday yard display and have airblown Santa be the official greeter for your holiday home. Better yet -- he could be the official greeter for the neighborhood! Kids should not sit on his lap, however. Page 3.

Santa in Trailer - Outdoor Christmas Inflatables - Best Inflatable Decorations for Christmas
When he's not at the North Pole or surfing with moose and snowmen, Santa's in a trailer, perhaps down by the river. It's called an inflatable Santa in an RV, but technically, it's not an recreational vehicle -- it's an inflatable replica of an Airstream-style trailer. f your holiday decorations are retro-themed or inspired, this is a quick and clever way of setting the tone. Page 4.

Santa Outhouse Inflatable Decoration - Gemmy Santa Claus in Outhouse Inflatable
If your child has ever asked,

Air Swimmers Shark and Clown Fish - Best Outdoor Toys - Award-Winning Outdoor Toys
These are among the hottest toys of the season, and it's easy to figure out why: they are flying fish and shark. The air -- or your yard -- is their ocean in which they swim above it all, with the guidance of your remote control. Because it's such an unusual sight and experience to witness, the Air Swimmers appeal to both children and adults. Page 2.

Discovery Flying Turtle - Best Outdoor Toys 2011 - Best Toys for Outdoor Play
Unlike the clown fish or shark, Discovery Kid's award-winning Flying Turtle never becomes airborne. A sit-skate ride-on toy, the Turtle can glide and zip on a hard, smooth outdoor surface by swinging the handlebars from side to side. Flying Turtle is has a polyethylene seat and powder-coated steel handlebars and super-fast wheels. Page 3.

Fisher Price Grow-to-Pro Pogo Stick - Best Outdoor Toys for Kids - Best Outdoor Toys 2011
Fisher Price's Grow-to-Pro is a smart outdoor activity toy, allowing its users to use it at their own pace. Fear or lack of self confidence often occurs when a child attempts a skill for which they aren't ready. Grow-to-Pro does what it says, guiding your child like a gentle and wise pogo instructor. And that makes for a more satisfying experience. Page 4.

Fortamajig - Award-Winning Outdoor Toys - Best Outdoor Toys for 20111
With the addition of a Fortamajig in your yard, all of those sheets and blankets will stay put in your linen closet. What is a Fortamajig? A fort, and a thingamajig -- although it's really more like a tent fort. Page 5.

FyrFlyz Award-Winning Outdoor Toys - Best Toys for Kids 2011 - Best Outdoor Toys
Warning: it's rumored that the FyrFlyz are addictive -- once you get the hang of it. Perfect for a warm night on the patio, this spinning ring of light changes color when you pull on its two plastic handles. When the center gets to spinning, the light creates all sorts of shapes. Groovy! Page 6.

Heartsong GBOP Incred-a-Ball - Best Outdoor Toys 2011 - Best Toys for Outdoor Play
The biggest of Heartsong's GBOP collection (Great Big Outdoor Playballs), the Incred-a-Ball is a 65-inch translucent orange and yellow humongous ball. It does the typical rolling, bouncing things that outdoor playground balls do, but children can also climb inside (without shoes). Adult supervision suggested for this particular activity. Page 7.

Airblown Santa on Fire - Gemmy Inflatable Santa on Fire - Best Inflatable Christmas Decorations 2011
The Christmas season brings out the decorator in most of us, and is the one time of year that home dwellers and whole neighborhoods show their holiday spirit with lights and often-extravagant yard displays. While those lighted plastic blow-mold figurines dotted lawns and porches of Midcentury, Post-World War II homes, giant airblown inflatable decorations have taken over holiday yards of the early 21st Century. Page 7.

Melissa & Doug Bella Butterfly Hopscotch - Children's Top Outdoor Toys -
Melissa & Doug are known for bright colors and lively graphics. Their Bella Butterfly Hopscotch set comes in a sturdy carrying case for nice, tidy storage and portability. Open up the case and set up eight interlocking, easy-to-clean foam hopscotch pieces to put on a walkway, patio, deck, lawn, balcony -- wherever it fits! Page 8.

Radio Flyer Bumper Car - Best Outdoor Toys for 2011
Radio Flyer is a name that has been around for as long as some of our grandparents -- or longer, even. It's the iconic logo emblazoned on the side of shiny red wagons and cool tricycles that are still sturdier than most of the competing trikes. Page 9.

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.

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.