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Yellow Front Doors
A yellow door can be sunny and serene; symbolizing knowledge and peacefulness. Enjoy this picture gallery of homes with yellow front doors.

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A Guide to Outdoor Christmas Lights and Decorations
Overwhelmed with all the diffierent Christmas lights and decorations available? Consult our comprehensive guide to help you choose, then decorate!

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How to Make a Tomato Cage Christmas Tree
Learn how to make a Christmas tree from a simple wire tomato cage, garland, and ornaments-all for under $25!

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.

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.

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

What Is a DE Pool Filter? (Diatomaceous Earth)
Many pool owners and pool maintenance workers consider DE filters to be the best type of filter for residential swimming pools. Find out why.

Pictures of Celebrity Homes and Swimming Pools
Who doesn't like to peek into the back yards of the rich and famous? Join us for a tour of celebrity homes and pools, past and present.

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.

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.

Christmas Wreath Ideas: Split Door Wreath - DIY Split Door Christmas Wreaths for Under $15 - DIY Double Door Christmas Wreath
If you have extra ornaments, use them on the wreath halves. If not, shatter-proof ornaments (non-glass) can be found in the dollar section of Target, at the 99-Cent Store, Dollar Tree, etc. Glitter-covered styrofoam balls are a smart choice because they are attractive, lightweight and durable. Other possibilities include bows, bells, trinkets or anything that tickles your fancy.

Decorating a Wreath - How to Decorate a Wreath for Christmas
Once both halves are up, adjust each side, bending wire frame and branches, to form an even, balanced circle. Step back to check its shape, and adjust as needed. Does it look too bare in some spots or unbalanced? Using the same wire method, attach additional ornaments and decorations to the wire frame underneath. If using wire ribbon, arrange it casually or freely so that it flows under, over and through branches and ornaments, and remember to cut it at the center top and bottom so you can open your door.

How to Hang a Wreath - Homemade Xmas Wreath - Christmas Wreath How To
Repeat the screw eye / wiring process on both sides of door -- for the top end and bottom end of the wreath, at the center of the door. Remember: it's easier to attach the top half first, then mark with chalk the placement for the bottom screw eye after the top has been attached with wire.

Christmas Wreath Ideas: Split Door Wreath - DIY Split Door Christmas Wreaths for Under $10 - DIY Double Door Christmas Wreath
Place screw eye into the hole you just made with the nail. Push gently, inserting in a clockwise motion until the grooved-portion is all the way in, and the round

DIY Christmas Wreath - A Double-Door Christmas Wreath - Making a Wreath
Decorate the wreath halves side-by-side to get a unified look. You don't want to favor one side and neglect the other! Avoid attaching ornaments or decorations too close to either end of each wreath half -- you can fill in once it's hung on your front door.

How to Hang a Wreath - Hanging a Christmas Wreath on a Door - Double Door Wreath
Have you seen those wreaths in catalogs or online that are split wreaths or double-door wreaths? Basically, it's one large wreath cut in half, with each half placed on either side of a double front door, to give the appearance of a single, centered in the middle wreath. It's a great idea -- whoever came up with it -- but the higher-than-normal prices for this kind of novelty wreath make it unobtainable for most of us. Until now. Here's how to make a split wreath for under $10.

Christmas Wreath Ideas: Split Door Wreath - DIY Split Door Christmas Wreaths for Under $10 - DIY Double Door Christmas Wreath
A good rule for hanging anything is to place your object so that the focal point is at eye level of an average-height person, male or female. Depending on your household and holiday visitors, make adjustments. For our purposes, we're using about 5'8

Christmas Wreath Ideas: Split Wreath - DIY Split Christmas Wreaths for $10 - DIY Split Wreaths for Double Doors
Have you seen those wreaths in catalogs or online that are split wreaths or double-door wreaths? Basically, it's one large wreath cut in half, with each half placed on either side of a double front door, to give the appearance of a single, centered in the middle wreath. It's a great idea -- whoever came up with it -- but the higher-than-normal prices for this kind of novelty wreath make it unobtainable for most of us. Until now. Here's how to make a split wreath for under $10.

Christmas Wreath Ideas: Split Door Wreath - DIY Split Door Christmas Wreaths for Under $15 - DIY Double Door Christmas Wreath
In addition to a wreath and ornaments, you'll need a few tools and supplies. I used: Wire -- a medium-thin-gauge non-corrosive silver wire. The higher the number of the gauge, the thinner the wire.

How to Make a Christmas Wreath for Double Doors - Christmas Wreath Ideas: Split Door Wreath
Have you seen those wreaths in catalogs or online that are split wreaths or double-door wreaths? Basically, it's one large wreath cut in half, with each half placed on either side of a double front door, to give the appearance of a single, centered in the middle wreath. It's a great idea -- whoever came up with it -- but the higher-than-normal prices for this kind of novelty wreath make it unobtainable for most of us. Until now. Here's how to make a split wreath for under $10.

Christmas How to Projects - Christmas Wreath Ideas: Split Door Wreath - DIY Double Door Christmas Wreath
After you have made the first cut of the wreath, fold it in half. Start by bringing the tips or edges together, then smooth-out the wreath so it bends exactly at the half point, making sure both halves are the exact same length. Then make your second snip with the wire cutters.

Making a Christmas Wreath - Homemade Xmas Wreath Ideas - Double Door Wreath
With your gloved hand, rearrange the wreath's wire branches. Try to fluff it out, making room for ornaments to be attached with wire to the wreath's wire frame. As additional ornaments are added, you can move branches as needed.

Christmas Wreath Ideas: Split Door Wreath - DIY Split Door Christmas Wreaths for Under $10 - DIY Double Door Christmas Wreath
Cut 4- to 5-inch lengths of the fine-gauge wire. Thread it through the hook hole at the top of the ornament, tie it in a knot, then tie and wrap it securely onto the wreath's wire frame.

Making a Christmas Wreath - Instructions for a Double Door Christmas Wreath
Attaching ornaments to the outside of the wreath make it appear bigger and wider. Repeat the wire wrapping and tying process described in the previous step.

Fall-Decorated Carriage
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 13.

Jack Scarecrow Photo Op
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 17.

Jack Skellington & Friends
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 3.

Kailay's Porch
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.

Three Ghosts
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 6.

Web Gate
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 12.

Woody's Scarecrow
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 15.

The Pumpkins of Cobble Hill
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 8.

Kane Street Pumpkin Line-up
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 9.

Front-Yard Cemetary in Wilmette, Illinois
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 5.

Pumpkin Head at Halloween House
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 7.

Fountain With Mini Pumpkins
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.

Girl From 'The Grudge'
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.

Giant Inflatable Jack-o'-Lantern
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 14.

Tombstones and Spider Webs
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 2.

Light Up the Night
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 4.

Park Slope Halloween
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.

Creative Halloween Ideas for Outdoor Spaces
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.

Must-Read New Home and Garden Books
Discover the newest and best-selling home and garden books, for yourself or to buy as a gift for a friend or family member who loves spending time outdoors.

Where to Put a Hot Tub
You've decided to get a hot tub or spa, but where should you put it? Find out the right and wrong places before making your next move.

Design 'Don'ts' When Planning a Japanese Garden
When designing a Japanese-style garden, you may have lots of ideas and features you'd like to use. Before getting too far, discover what not to do.

Light Up the Night With Beautiful Outdoor Lanterns
Lanterns are a beautiful way to light up your yard at night. Discover our choices that include solar, LED and candle lanterns.

What is a Belvedere Used For?
What is a belvedere used for and how does it figure in an outdoor landscape? Discover its meaning, along with other definitions for the word.

What is the Difference Between a Baluster and Balustrade?
What are balusters and balustrades, and what is the difference between the two? Learn the meanings of both words, and how they relate to your home and landscape.

What is Croquet? - A Brief History of the Lawn Game and How to Play it
How do you play croquet? It's one of the oldest and longest-lasting outdoor games to play on a lawn. Learn its history and how to set up a game.

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

Garden Bridges - Using a Bridge in a Japanese Landscape Design
Bridges are one of the most iconic symbols in Japanese gardens. Learn about the types of bridges and the best materials to use for building one.

Pool Parts: Get to Know Your Swimming Pool
Do you know the parts of your swimming pool? While there won't be a quiz, it's good to learn about the main components of that big body of water in your yard.

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.

What is DG, or Decomposed Granite?
If you've ever walked along a dirt path at a botanical garden or park, chances are it wasn't just plain old dirt. Find out what decomposed granite is.

How to Choose Paving Materials - Tips for Choosing Paving
When choosing paving materials for a patio, path pool surround, it's important to approach the project with open-mindedness and flexibility. Here's how.

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.

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 13.

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 11.

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 9.

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 5.

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. This bewitching Halloween entryway can be found in the historical Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Enchanting colors -- orange, lime green, soft purple, yellow and red -- and clever lighting make this house a real head-turner. Page 2.

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 18.

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.

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 7.

Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decorating Ideas
When it comes time to decorate for Halloween, not everyone goes for the gore. Check out these elegant ideas that are more flair than scare.

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 3.

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 6.

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 8.

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 15.

Halloween Decorating Ideas: Porches and Entryways | Homemade Halloween Decorations for Your Door
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 14.

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 10.

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 17.

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 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 12.

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 16.

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.

Home and Garden Gift Ideas - Outdoor Gifts for Women, Guys and Children
Think outside of the house for those on your gift list. Consult our gift suggestions and enjoy your shopping excursion!

Gifts For Outdoor Patio Lovers
Some guys like to spend their days outdoors.These outdoorsy guy gifts are for the Patio Daddy-O,with a twist.No wacky gag gifts or wear-once t-shirts here.

Gifts For Outdoor Patio Lovers
Some guys like to spend their days outdoors.These outdoorsy guy gifts are for the Patio Daddy-O,with a twist.No wacky gag gifts or wear-once t-shirts here.

What Is a Gazebo Used For?
What is a gazebo? It's a structure typically used in a yard or an outdoor area. Discover what it is and if it might be the right thing for your yard.

How to Contact Your Hot Tub or Spa Manufacturer
For your convenience: a directory with the names and contact information for manufacturers and makers of hot tubs and spas.

How to Contact Your Hot Tub or Spa Manufacturer
For your convenience: a directory with the names and contact information for manufacturers and makers of hot tubs and spas.

Patio Furniture: Types and Materials - Garden Furniture Guide
Before shopping for outdoor furniture, research our guide to brands, styles, materials, histories, and just about everything you need to know.

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.

Diving Safety Rules - Safe Diving Tips for 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.

What is an Awning? - Reasons to Use Outdoor Awnings
What are awnings, and why would you want one or more for the exterior of your house? Learn their history, how they can cool things off, indoors and out.

What Is an Infinity Pool?
Infinity-edge pools are meant to be photographed. They are the ultimate in luxury, taking the concept of a private pool to an entirely different level.

Listing of Online Pool Saltwater Calculators
How much salt should you put in your swimming pool? We've assembled a list of saltwater calculators to help you get it right.

What is an Atrium Used for?
What is an atrium and how does it figure in the design of your home and yard? Learn about atriums and how to design one to maximize its potential.

Sago Palm - The Top Palms for Home Landscaping
While not a true palm, the sago palm looks like one and is considered an ideal landscape plant. Learn more about it and other small palms.

Jelly Palm - Pinnate Palm Trees for Your Yard
The jelly palm tree is has feather-like leaves and is great for home landscaping. Learn about it and other pinnate-style palms.

Pygmy Date Palm - Best Palms for Home Gardens
The pygmy date palm is a pinnate-style tree with feathery leaves that is ideal for home gardens. Learn about it and other palm trees.

Christmas Palm - Pinnate Palm Trees for Home Gardens
The delicate Christmas palm tree gets its name for the red fruits that bloom in December. Find out about it and other pinnate palms.

Bottle Palm - The Top Pinnate Palms for Your Yarad
Pool & Patio.

The Best of the Bunch: Pinnate Palms
Palms make a back or front yard look tropical and exotic. Find out the best pinnate-style palm trees to plant in your garden.

Bismarck Palm - The Best Palm Trees for Your Home
The Bismarck palm tree is one of the most striking palms to plant in a home landscape. Find out about it and other palms with pinnate leaves.

Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July - Red, White and Blue Flowers for 4th of July
Check out this list of patriotic-colored flowers in red, white and blue to decorate your yard and porch in style. Page 2.

Patriotic Porch Ideas
Decorating for the 4th of July, Memorial Day and other all-American holidays takes place outdoors. These patriotic holidays occur during spring and summer and are centered around outdoor activities. Decorate your porch, patio, deck or other outdoor room with pillows, flags, plants, containers, bunting and other accessories in red, white and blue. Join us on a patriotic tour of festive porches, patios and houses -- hopefully something will spark an idea for your outdoor space. Page 3.

Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July - Patriotic Porch, Patio and Deck Decorations - Patriotic Porches and Patios - Decorating for Fourth of July
Follow our ideas for decorating your outdoor space in red, white and blue for the next patriotic holiday.

Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July - Patriotic Porch, Patio and Deck Decorations - Patriotic Porches and Patios - Decorating for Fourth of July
Decorating for the 4th of July, Memorial Day and other all-American holidays takes place outdoors. These patriotic holidays occur during spring and summer and are centered around outdoor activities. Decorate your porch, patio, deck or other outdoor room with pillows, flags, plants, containers, bunting and other accessories in red, white and blue. Join us on a patriotic tour of festive porches, patios and houses -- hopefully something will spark an idea for your outdoor space. Page 4.

Decorating Ideas for the 4th of July - Patriotic Porch, Patio and Deck Decorations - Patriotic Porches and Patios - Decorating for Fourth of July
Decorating for the 4th of July, Memorial Day and other all-American holidays takes place outdoors. These patriotic holidays occur during spring and summer and are centered around outdoor activities. Decorate your porch, patio, deck or other outdoor room with pillows, flags, plants, containers, bunting and other accessories in red, white and blue. Join us on a patriotic tour of festive porches, patios and houses -- hopefully something will spark an idea for your outdoor space. Page 5.

Old Fashioned White Porch with American Flag - Patriotic Porch With Flag Americana
Picture of white-painted porch with American flag. A perfect, Americana scene. Page 6.

What is Pool PH?
What is pool pH? Discover how maintaining the correct level of pH can keep your pool clean.

6 Smart Reasons Not to Have a Pool
Is a swimming pool on your list of

The Top 10 Fall Wreaths to Buy
Most of us don't have the time to make a fall wreath. No worry: we've found 10 of the best and brightest for your front door.

Decorate Your Yard and Home 'Vegas' Style
Get inspired by the Bellagio's gorgeous Harvest Show display, with pumpkins, trees with faces, and many spirited designs.

DIY Guide to Cutting and Grooming Ornamental Grasses
Ornamental grasses are increasingly popular, but it's difficult to tame them once they start to grow. Follow our steps for cutting and grooming them.

Welcoming Entries for Fall
Porches look their coziest and most welcoming at fall, with warm hues and pumpkins displayed on the steps. See our slides for ideas.

Fall Decorating Ideas for Outer Spaces
This vivid slideshow features pictures of fall colors in yards, on patios, and porches, mixed with accents like pumpkins and gourds.

Tips and Ideas for Autumn Outdoor Decor
For many, the turning leaves, fall colors and change of seasons is many home decorators' favorite time of year. Follow our tips for projects and ideas.

Fall Projects: DIY Videos
In the mood for a quick DIY fall decor project? Watch one of these info-packed videos to make decorations for your door, patio or porch.

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!

Pool and Spa Tools - Types of Pool Brushes - Spa Brushes
Maintaining a pool or spa is something that you can definitely do-it-yourself, provided you have the right tools for the job. Learn about pool brushes.

Halloween Decorations That are More Flair Than Scare
Opt for elegant over gore when it comes time to decorate your home and yard for Halloween. Follow these stylish ideas.

Make an Easy Fall Wreath
Follow these step-by-step instructions with photos to make a cheap and gorgeous autumn wreath in less than two hours.

'Eerie Elegance' Author Shares Secrets for Halloween Party Decor
Britta Peterson shares how to decorate and entertain for Halloween with elegance and style.

What is a Home Haunt or Halloween Yard Haunt?
What's a home haunt or yard haunt? Learn the evolution of Halloween haunts, along with tips for making yours the best on the block.

How to Make Fake Moss for Halloween Props
Learn how to turn ordinary dryer lint into faux moss to decorate Halloween tombstones and other props.

How to Make Floating Ghosts - Halloween Yard Decorations
Follow our easy instructions for making Halloween ghosts that appear to float and dance across your front lawn.

Show Your Spirit by Decorating Outdoors for Halloween
We've assembled some of our best ideas in this collection of Halloween how-to features, tips, tours and photos to get you in the spirit!

DIY Halloween Yard Haunt: Before and After
This thriller of a makeover features a Florida house before and after it is decorated as a fun and spooky home haunt.

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? Take a look.

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.

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!

Reese Witherspoon's Historic Ojai Estate for Sale - Sweet Home Ojai
That gorgeous Wallace Neff-designed house in Ojai served as the backdrop for Reese Witherspoon's wedding.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dick Clark's Flinstone House for Sale in Malibu
About a month before he passed away in April of 2012, Dick Clark's Flintstones-like home was listed and created a buzz on social media.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - 13 Blackbird Lane
Joining the devil birds is an outside centerpiece of assorted pots, orbs and rocks surrounding a fountain with, appropriately, fountain grass. Page 4.

Ajuga 'Black Scallop' - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
Shiny, wrinkly, globular bugleweed Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' is a perennial groundcover that looks good in a Halloween garden. Page 7.

Halloween Decorations - Outdoor Fountain With Mystic Sprite
The childlike sprite in this fountain takes on an air of mystery when surrounded by dark-stemmed aquatic plants and ornamental grasses. Page 5.

Outdoor Halloween Decorations - Mad Madeline's Manor
Roger's Gardens, an Orange County, California-based home and garden shop / design center, features an annual Halloween party decoration event featuring Halloween-appropriate plants, props, decorations, treasures, antiques and one-of-a-kind merchandise. This particular event featured unusual items -- like a player piano -- for sale, to get ideas from, and just enjoy.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Cold and Creepy Courtyard
Two aloof-looking busts on pedestals guard this courtyard wall. The black plant in the urn/fountain is elephant's ear, which comes in varieties with purple and charcoal shades like 'Black Magic' and 'Illustris' and 'Black Stem.' Gravestones add to the gloom and doom of this courtyard. Page 2.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Rusted Urn, Fence and Obelisk
Garden containers and structures have been painted and

Chandelier Web Design - Outdoor Halloween Decorations
Spider webbing that is skillfully strung across a chandelier on a porch is an inexpensive and eerie Halloween decoration. Page 14.

Dazzling Fall Containers - Halloween Outside Decorations
Not all fall decorations have to be Halloween oriented. Use existing patio furniture to display pots filled with beautiful flowers and foliage. Page 21.

Hanging Skeleton Chandelier - Halloween Outside Decor
Chandeliers at Halloween are spooky, but one made of skulls is especially eerie. Add some webbing for a haunted accent. Page 16.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Halloween Outside Decorations
Giant inflatables are fun, but how about combining black foliage and other unusual plants with pumpkins, gourds, fall flowers and spooky props? Page 11.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Halloween Outside Decorations - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
A table on our porch displaying jars filled with eyeballs, snakes and bugs is sure to intrigue trick-or-treaters. Page 13.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Halloween Outside Decorations - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
If you can find it, black mondo grass offers a spider-like effect to your October Halloween garden. Mix it with purples and oranges. Page 12.

Creepy Monkey Under Glass - Halloween Decorating Ideas
Some people have a fear of monkeys: this one trapped under a glass cloche is especially disturbing as a Halloween prop. Page 17.

Ornamental Millet Purple Majesty - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
This tall, dark and extremely good looking purple-leaved millet is a gold medal award-winning plant from the prestigious All-American Winners. Page 18.

Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Haunted Butler
An animatronic

Skeleton Crew - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
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'. Page 10.

Raven Candelabra - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
An iron candelabra in the courtyard or on the porch seems to attract ravens - a scene that suggests Halloween is around the corner. Page 9.

Rusty Bucket Planter - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
Whether it's a Halloween porch, yard, patio or balcony, you're going to have to show your (evil?) spirit with a creative outdoor Halloween display. Page 6.

Goth Baby Dolls - Haunted Dolls for Halloween
Dolls from thrift stores or flea markets can be spray-painted white and their clothing dyed black for a gothic / haunted-house-child look. Page 15.

Fall Plants and Outdoor Decorating Ideas - Aeonium Arboreum 'Schwartzkopf'
Not all water-wise plants are spiny cacti or tumbleweeds. These succulents are Aeonium Arboreum 'Schwarzkopf,'. Page 22.

Symphony of Sunflowers - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
Tall, bright yellow sunflowers add a fun touch to a fall garden and look good with other autumn hues and Halloween decor. Page 20.

New Colors of Fall - Halloween Outdoor Decorations Ideas
Incorporate the vivid hues of autumn into your garden, like purple, black, dark brown, lime, wine and pale yellow. Page 19.

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.

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.

Everything You Need for a Festive Outdoor Fall Party
Entertain outdoors throughout the fall with our suggestions for decorations and accessories to make your party more festive.

Types of Stone: What is Rubble?
What type of stone are you using for your outdoor project? If it's rubble, do you know how it compares to ashlar and flagstone? Find out.

Orange LED Rope Lights - Halloween Decor
Orange LED rope lights come in different lengths and are an electrifying way to add color and a glow to your outdoor Halloween decor.

Lazy Bones with Hammock
Who's that lying all lifeless on the hammock in your front yard? It's the Grim Reaper! Scare your neighbors and friends with this fun Halloween prop.

This Year's Outdoor Halloween Decorations
What's new in the world of outdoor Halloween decorations? Could there possibly be something that hasn't been done before? You'd better believe it!

2 Halloween Skeleton Yard Flamingos Lawn Decor
A spooky take on traditional pink flamingos: skeleton flamingos that are black with white

Black Widow Halloween Lawn Decoration
Pool & Patio.

Skeleton Dog Halloween Decoration
Skeleton pets are popular Halloween decorations this year, and this dog with collar and leash leads the pack.

What is a Landscape Designer?
Learn exactly what the role of a landscape designer is, and if this professional might be the right type to hire for your landscape project.

The Best Patio and Outdoor Living Stores in the Southwest
There are many sunny days in the Southwest U.S., which means that residents enjoy spending time outside in their yards. Consult our list of the best patio stores in your area.

Swimming Pool Myths and Facts
Unsure about a few long-standing myths regarding swimming pools? We address some of the more common ones to guide you through.

5 Ways to Make Your Yard More Relaxing
Discover five essential elements for transforming your outdoor space into a place of refuge and relaxation.

Fabulous Ideas for an Outdoor Rainbow Party Theme
Consult our colorful list of ideas for a dazzling outdoor rainbow party theme. Food, decorations, lighting - it's all here.

The Main Types of Inground Pools
What's inside your pool besides water? Learn about the three basic types of pool liners, including cost and durability.

Patriotic Party Central - Plan a Fun and Festive Fourth
We've assembled links to a bunch of ideas, recipes, plans, projects and pictures for inspiration -- all to prepare you for a festive Fourth.

Decorating a Patriotic Patio and Pool
You can pull together red, white, and blue furnishings and decorations you already have or can buy cheaply to creative a festive atmosphere outdoors.

Patriotic Garden Decorations
Pool & Patio.

Patriotic Outdoor Crafts and Projects
Pool & Patio.

Festive Food for the Fourth
Pool & Patio.

Entertainment and Music for Independence Day
Pool & Patio.

Fireworks: How-To's and Safety Tips
Pool & Patio.

Before You Buy a Hammock - Shopping for Outdoor Hammocks
Summer dream: relaxing in a hammock with your favorite beverage. We give you the history of the hammock and guide you through the shopping experience.

Before You Buy: Outdoor Lighting
Before you go shopping for outdoor or landscape lighting, do your homework. Actually, we tell you what to look for in this helpful pre-buying guide.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Best Spilling Plants for Walls - Spillers for Walls
Choosing the right plants for walls is absolutely necessary, because the goal is to cover up an unsightly fence or enhance the look of plain walls. Spilling or spreading plants --

The Best Spilling Plants for Walls - Spillers for Walls
Choosing the right plants for walls is absolutely necessary, because the goal is to cover up an unsightly fence or enhance the look of plain walls. Spilling or spreading plants --

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Window Box Vegetable Gardens | How to Grow a Window Box Vegetable Garden | Instructions for Planting a Grow Box
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

How to Assemble an Earthbox - Step-By-Step Vegetable Grow Box - Vegetable Patio Gardens
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Earthbox
What's with those grow boxes, like the Earthbox and the Garden Patch? You've seen them in ads or at the store, but you may be a bit wary of their crop-growing claims and their prices, which are usually higher than a standard plastic window box. Follow along as we reveal what's inside these grow boxes and the steps involved in assembling and planting vegetables, herbs and flowers. How easy are they to set up? Do they actually work? Will you be able to grow edible vegetables? Find out.

Patio Garden Grow Box - Unpack the Goods
Whether it arrived in the mail or was purchased at Twpyour local store, you'll need to unpack the box containing your grow box. Here, Charlie and Luna show an extreme interest in the goods, probably having something to do with that fine-smelling fertilizer that comes in the kit.

What Happens When You Build an Inground Pool?
Follow along through 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.

Diary of a Pool Project Part 2
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.

Diary of a Pool Project: Part 2
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.

Diary of a Pool Project: Part 2
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.

Diary of a Pool Project: Part 2
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.

Best Outdoor Patio Furniture - About.com Best Outdoor Patio Furniture Award - Best Patio Furniture Award: About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2011
The About.com Reader's Choice Awards 2011 Best Outdoor Patio Furniture category honors the year's top patio furniture brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by our readers. For those who were following the poll during the voting period, the winner will probably not be a surprise. That's right -- it's Brown Jordan. Congratulations! All of the finalists were good choices and product beautiful, fine-quality outdoor furniture.

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

2011 About.com Readers' Choice Awards: Outdoor Patio Furniture Finalists - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2011 - Best Patio Furniture About.com Awards
The 2011 About.com Reader's Choice Awards honored the year's top Outdoor Patio Furniture, 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. The year's Best Pool and Patio category honored the Best Outdoor Patio Furniture, Best Pool Cleaner/Vacuum, Best Pool Test Kit, Best Hot Tub/Spa, and Best Decking. Voting was Feb. 22 to March 8, 2011.