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Inside the White House Grounds: Patios, Porches, Porticoes and Other Outdoor Living Spaces - A Historical Photo Gallery of the White House Grounds
Much has been documented about the interior of the White House, but what about the exterior? With a residence that large, it must have an amazing yard, with lots of patios, terraces, porches, pools and private retreats the average person knows nothing about. Take an historical tour of the White House's outdoor living spaces -- the places where the president and first lady might enjoy a quiet lunch outside, or where president's children can just be kids. Page 5.

Inside the White House Grounds: Patios, Porches, Porticoes and Other Outdoor Living Spaces - A Historical Photo Gallery of the White House Grounds
Much has been documented about the interior of the White House, but what about the exterior? With a residence that large, it must have an amazing yard, with lots of patios, terraces, porches, pools and private retreats the average person knows nothing about. Take an historical tour of the White House's outdoor living spaces -- the places where the president and first lady might enjoy a quiet lunch outside, or where president's children can just be kids. Page 4.

Inside the White House Grounds: Patios, Porches, Porticoes and Other Outdoor Living Spaces - A Historical Photo Gallery of the White House Grounds
Much has been documented about the interior of the White House, but what about the exterior? With a residence that large, it must have an amazing yard, with lots of patios, terraces, porches, pools and private retreats the average person knows nothing about. Take an historical tour of the White House's outdoor living spaces -- the places where the president and first lady might enjoy a quiet lunch outside, or where president's children can just be kids.

Inside the White House Grounds: Patios, Porches, Porticoes and Other Outdoor Living Spaces - A Historical Photo Gallery of the White House Grounds
Much has been documented about the interior of the White House, but what about the exterior? With a residence that large, it must have an amazing yard, with lots of patios, terraces, porches, pools and private retreats the average person knows nothing about. Take an historical tour of the White House's outdoor living spaces -- the places where the president and first lady might enjoy a quiet lunch outside, or where president's children can just be kids. Page 11.

Inside the White House Grounds: Patios, Porches, Porticoes and Other Outdoor Living Spaces - A Historical Photo Gallery of the White House Grounds
Much has been documented about the interior of the White House, but what about the exterior? With a residence that large, it must have an amazing yard, with lots of patios, terraces, porches, pools and private retreats the average person knows nothing about. Take an historical tour of the White House's outdoor living spaces -- the places where the president and first lady might enjoy a quiet lunch outside, or where president's children can just be kids. Page 6.

Inside the White House Grounds: Patios, Porches, Porticoes and Other Outdoor Living Spaces - A Historical Photo Gallery of the White House Grounds
Much has been documented about the interior of the White House, but what about the exterior? With a residence that large, it must have an amazing yard, with lots of patios, terraces, porches, pools and private retreats the average person knows nothing about. Take an historical tour of the White House's outdoor living spaces -- the places where the president and first lady might enjoy a quiet lunch outside, or where president's children can just be kids. Page 16.

Inside the White House Grounds: Patios, Porches, Porticoes and Other Outdoor Living Spaces - A Historical Photo Gallery of the White House Grounds
Much has been documented about the interior of the White House, but what about the exterior? With a residence that large, it must have an amazing yard, with lots of patios, terraces, porches, pools and private retreats the average person knows nothing about. Take an historical tour of the White House's outdoor living spaces -- the places where the president and first lady might enjoy a quiet lunch outside, or where president's children can just be kids. Page 7.

Inside the White House Grounds: Patios, Porches, Porticoes and Other Outdoor Living Spaces - A Historical Photo Gallery of the White House Grounds
Much has been documented about the interior of the White House, but what about the exterior? With a residence that large, it must have an amazing yard, with lots of patios, terraces, porches, pools and private retreats the average person knows nothing about. Take an historical tour of the White House's outdoor living spaces -- the places where the president and first lady might enjoy a quiet lunch outside, or where president's children can just be kids. Page 17.

Inside the White House Grounds: Patios, Porches, Porticoes and Other Outdoor Living Spaces - A Historical Photo Gallery of the White House Grounds
Much has been documented about the interior of the White House, but what about the exterior? With a residence that large, it must have an amazing yard, with lots of patios, terraces, porches, pools and private retreats the average person knows nothing about. Take an historical tour of the White House's outdoor living spaces -- the places where the president and first lady might enjoy a quiet lunch outside, or where president's children can just be kids. Page 19.

Inside the White House Grounds: Patios, Porches, Porticoes and Other Outdoor Living Spaces - A Historical Photo Gallery of the White House Grounds
Much has been documented about the interior of the White House, but what about the exterior? With a residence that large, it must have an amazing yard, with lots of patios, terraces, porches, pools and private retreats the average person knows nothing about. Take an historical tour of the White House's outdoor living spaces -- the places where the president and first lady might enjoy a quiet lunch outside, or where president's children can just be kids. Page 9.

Inside the White House Grounds: Patios, Porches, Porticoes and Other Outdoor Living Spaces - A Historical Photo Gallery of the White House Grounds
Much has been documented about the interior of the White House, but what about the exterior? With a residence that large, it must have an amazing yard, with lots of patios, terraces, porches, pools and private retreats the average person knows nothing about. Take an historical tour of the White House's outdoor living spaces -- the places where the president and first lady might enjoy a quiet lunch outside, or where president's children can just be kids. Page 12.

Inside the White House Grounds: Patios, Porches, Porticoes and Other Outdoor Living Spaces - A Historical Photo Gallery of the White House Grounds
Much has been documented about the interior of the White House, but what about the exterior? With a residence that large, it must have an amazing yard, with lots of patios, terraces, porches, pools and private retreats the average person knows nothing about. Take an historical tour of the White House's outdoor living spaces -- the places where the president and first lady might enjoy a quiet lunch outside, or where president's children can just be kids. Page 18.

Inside the White House Grounds
Take a historical tour of the White House's outdoor living spaces -- where the president and first lady might enjoy a quiet lunch outside, or where president's children can just be kids.

White House Grounds History - White House Pets and People in the 'First Yard'
In this gallery of White House residents, Alice Roosevelt is shown riding on her horse within the walls of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Page 5.

White House Grounds History - White House Pets and People in the 'First Yard'
President Theodore Roosevelt's son, Archie, poses with his pony for this portrait on the grounds of the White House. Page 7.

White House Grounds History - White House Pets and People in the 'First Yard'
President George W. Bush's family pets are photographed on the lawn of the White House for this slideshow featuring presidential people and pets. Page 9.

White House Grounds History - White House Pets and People in the 'First Yard'
Get a glimpse of First Lady Grace Coolidge with her dogs Rob Roy and Laddie Boy in the yard at the White House. Page 2.

White House Grounds History - White House Pets and People in the 'First Yard'
President Benjamin Harrison's grandchildren are shown playing in the yard at the White House, ca 1880s. Page 8.

White House Grounds History - White House Pets and People in the 'First Yard'
President Gerald Ford and his wife, Betty, are shown beside the swimming pool with their dog, Liberty. Page 10.

White House Grounds History - White House Pets and People in the 'First Yard'
Besides the White House dogs and cats the nation has gotten to know, the ample 18 acres has also seen its share of more unusual pets. Through the years, the White House lawns and grounds have been the home of horses, snakes, rare birds, domesticated raccoons, goats, sheep, and even a cow or two. Take a look at the White House menagerie for the past century or so. And remember -- we're talking about creatures, not humans! Page 6.

White House Grounds History - White House Pets and People in the 'First Yard'
First Lady Grace Coolidge is photographed enjoying the White House grounds with her dog, Laddie Boy.

White House Grounds History - White House Pets and People in the 'First Yard'
In this slideshow of White House people and pets, First Lady Laura Bush is shown meeting her Scottish terrier puppy for the first time. Page 3.

White House Grounds History - White House Pets and People in the 'First Yard'
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White House Grounds History - White House Pets and People in the 'First Yard'
Take a look at the White House menagerie for the past century or so. And remember -- we're talking about creatures, not humans!

Outdoor Chairs: Histories, Styles and Materials
A complete guide to everything you ever wanted to know about outdoor garden chairs, including histories, materials and styles.

31 Thoughts While Soaking in a Hot Tub
While relaxing in a nice, warm hot tub, no doubt one or more of these 31 random thoughts have entered your mind. Find out what they are.

31 Thoughts While Soaking in a Hot Tub
While relaxing in a nice, warm hot tub, no doubt one or more of these 31 random thoughts have entered your mind. Find out what they are.

31 Thoughts While Soaking in a Hot Tub
While relaxing in a nice, warm hot tub, no doubt one or more of these 31 random thoughts have entered your mind. Find out what they are.

Where to Buy Those Vintage-Style Globe Patio Lights
Where can you buy those retro clear-bulb patio light strands that you've seen on TV or in movies? Check out our picks.

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Our Best BBQ and Grill Recipes and Menus
We've gathered some of the best and tastiest grill and bbq recipes we could find from About.com's many amazing chefs and food writers. Consider it kind of a Party Central for outdoor entertaining.

Before You Buy a Gazebo Kit: A Checklist
Thinking about buying a gazebo kit? Consult this checklist so you'll know what to look for before buying.

Outdoor Living: 10 Gift Ideas Under $10
The assignment: buy a gift for a home and garden lover with $10 or less. Impossible? No. Check out our list of 10 fab finds $10 or under.

9 Smart Ways to Give Your House a Curb Appeal Makeover
Does your house have curb appeal? Discover 9 smart ways to make changes and repairs, transforming it into the best-looking house in the neighborhood!

Monthly Outdoor Maintenance Checklist for November
Count on being busy in the yard in November as you pack away equipment and furnishings and clean or winterize the pool. Ready to rake leaves and clean them out of the pool?

7 Ways to Relax in Your Outdoor Living Space
If you need a place to relax after work, just step outside and into your outdoor living space. We share 7 great ideas for unwinding in your yard.

Cozy Throws to Warm Up Your Patio
Stay outdoors longer with a warm and cozy throw. Choose from one of the autumn colors in our specially curated guide.

Clever Candy Bowls for Trick or Treaters
Scare up something different this Halloween by offering candy to trick-or-treaters in one of these clever and cute treat bowls.

Fall Tableware for Outdoor Entertaining
Dine out this fall, on your own deck or patio, when you change the mood to suit the season with fall-themed tableware. Check out our choices.

Tablecloths and Placemats to Decorate Outdoor Tables for Fall
Cover up a worn outdoor table or simply set the stage for seasonal or holiday decorations with our choices for the best fall tablecloths and placemats.

Decorating Outdoors for Fall With Faux, Fun Pumpkins
Enjoy your pumpkins year after year with fabulous and fake ones that are anything but traditional. Check out our picks for the season's finest.

Doormats That Say, 'Welcome Fall'
Decorate your front entryway for the fall with a new doormat that reflects the season's harvest hues, textures or motifs. Check out our top picks.

Must-Buy Garden Pots and Containers
Planters and containers serve a purpose, but they are also considered outdoor works of art. Check out some beautiful pieces that will look great on your patio.

Plow Hearth Folding Porch Rocking Chair - Outdoor Porch Rockers
With limited space and quick storage in mind, Plow Hearth's Folding Wood and Resin Wicker Rocking Chair lets you bring it out on the front porch or take it inside for extra seating with ease. Available in white or brown (pictured), the rocker has weather-resistant wood frames with hand-woven resin wicker panels on the back and seat.

Plow Hearth Pool Lounge - Patio Lounge Chairs
Wood furniture adds a natural richness to your outdoor space, especially when it's a beautifully designed piece like Plow Hearth's Rocking Lounger. Measuring 24 inches l x 38 inches w x 59 inches h, the rocking lounger is comfortable and looks great by the pool, on the deck or patio.

Pier 1 Outdoor Furniture - Santa Barbara Outdoor Patio Furniture Collection
The appropriately named Santa Barbara collection at Pier 1 Imports is made of hand-woven synthetic rattan over durable, rust-resistant frames. The armchair's vintage shape features a traditional open-weave fan back, curved arms and fully wrapped legs. Find out why it might look good on your porch.

IKEA Patio Furniture - Ikea Patio Chairs
Designed by Mikael Warnhammar, the Sundero outdoor armchair sports an angled back and wide armrests for comfort or supporting a beverage. The Sundero's three-layer finish makes it extra durable and able to withstand the elements before it needs to be re-glazed.

Green Meringue Folding Chair - Outdoor Patio Furniture
Made of a high-impact, UV-protected polypropylene, the Meringue Folding Chair combines rugged reliability with graceful style. Weighing-in at just 11.5 pounds each, the chair is stackable, meaning the Meringue would be perfect for small spaces like balconies or tiny yards.

Outdoor Pool Lounge Chairs - Frontgate Balencia Chaise Lounges
The Balencia Sun Chaises have the sensuous curves that invite you to lounge peacefully near water, even if it's just a trickling table-top fountain. Designed exclusively for Frontgate by noted designer Claude Robin, the Balencia chaises' contours support the body and are available in brown or white.

CB2 and The Novogratz - CB2 Sawyer Chair
Love Adirondack chairs but a bit weary of the same look, year after year? CB2 turned to Slate Design's Mark Daniel to come up with a new take on the Adirondack, using eco-friendly materials, specifically eucalyptus wood.

Butterfly Chair - CB2 Mariposa Outdoor Butterfly Chair
The outdoor Mariposa has a steel tube frame with a rust-resistant black powdercoat finish that folds for easy storage. The indoor leather Butterfly does not fold and its frame is a heavier tubular iron that has been antiqued with a light zinc finish. The outdoor Butterfly Chair measures 36 inches w x 31 inches d x 34.75 inches h and has a 16-inch-high seat.

Best Patio Chairs for 2012 - Outdoor Chairs Top Picks 2012
Is this the year to get serious about buying attractive outdoor seating for your outdoor living space. Since you'll be spending more time outdoors, you might as well be comfortable, and look good sitting in a finely crafted chair, loveseat, lounger, bench or rocker. Check out our picks for the top garden seats for 2012.

How to Cool Down Your House and Yard
Fed up with the heat? Instead of giving up, get smart with DIY projects, retrofits and common sense that will keep your outdoor living spaces cooler, more liveable and energy efficient.

7 Common Mistakes When Designing an Outdoor Room
You're excited to decorate your outdoor room, but don't know where to start. We're going to help you, with seven mistakes to avoid while decorating outside.

Plants for Paths - 17 Perfect Pathside Plants
Not sure what type of ground cover to plant between pavers or along a pathway? Check out our list of the top pathway plants for a variety of low-growing beauties.

Plants for Paths - 17 Perfect Pathside Plants
Not sure what type of ground cover to plant between pavers or along a pathway? Check out our list of the top pathway plants for a variety of low-growing beauties.

Dwell on Design 2014
The 2014 Dwell on Design exhibition and conference in Los Angeles featured several innovative designs in outdoor living products. Check out our slideshow.

Sunbrella Fabrics - Dwell on Design 2014
Among the exhibitors at the 2014 Dwell on Design show in Los Angeles was Sunbrella, a brand known for its outdoor fabrics.

Spark Modern Fires - Dwell on Design Highlights 2014
Spark Modern Fires and the Cube outdoor fireplace were among the outdoor living products featured at the Dwell on Design 2014 show in LA.

Airstream - Dwell on Design 2014
Airstream travel trailers returned to LA and Dwell on Design 2014 to show visitors the versatility of its streamlined, iconic designs.

Bend - Dwell on Design Highlights 2014
Bend Goods, designers and manufacturers of patio furniture and outdoor lighting, was one of many exhibitors at the 2014 Dwell on Design show in LA.

EasyTurf
Among the exhibitors at the 2014 Dwell on Design show in Los Angeles was Easyturf, manufacturer of artificial grass and lawn alternatives.

Exaco Trading Co. - Dwell on Design Outdoor Highlights 2014
Exaco Trading's high-end greenhouses were part of the outdoor products on display at the 2014 Dwell on Design show in LA.

Loll Designs - Dwell on Design 2014
Loll Designs' outdoor furniture, including its Lollygagger lounge chair, were among the outdoor living products at the 2014 Dwell on Design show in LA.

Mod Mailbox - Outdoor Highlights From Dwell on Design 2014
This sleek and modern mailbox, the Letter Drop, was designed by Elevate Architecture and introduced at Dwell on Design in LA.

MAAX Spas - Outdoor Highlights from Dwell on Design 2014
MAAX Spas was among the outdoor living products on display at the 2014 Dwell on Design conference in Los Angeles.

Potted Succulent Planter - Dwell on Design 2014
LA's Potted store returned to Dwell on Design for 2014 with more unique succulent container arrangements.

Dwell on Design: Highlights Through the Years
Join us as we take a look back at Los Angeles' annual Dwell on Design exhibit, including highlights from Dwell Outdoors.

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

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

20 Ways to Green Your Pool
Is it possible to make your swimming pool or spa more energy efficient? Discover 20 tips for using less energy, water and power while maintaining your pool or spa.

20 Ways to Green Your Pool
Is it possible to make your swimming pool or spa more energy efficient? Discover 20 tips for using less energy, water and power while maintaining your pool or spa.

Luau Games and Activities
A backyard luau is not complete without festive games and activities. Consult our guide to tropical-themed games and contests for a fun party.

Best Free Garden Bench Plans to Build in a Weekend
Looking for fairly simple free DIY plans to make an outdoor bench? We researched and compiled bench plans that take about a weekend to complete.

Hot Spring Spas and Limelight Hot Tubs Recalled
Watkins Manufacturing and Therm Products is recalling approximately 5,600 Hot Spring spas and Limelight hot tubs because a loose internal electrical connection of the spa heaters can overheat and ignite, posing a fire hazard.

Hot Spring Spas and Limelight Hot Tubs Recalled
Watkins Manufacturing and Therm Products is recalling approximately 5,600 Hot Spring spas and Limelight hot tubs because a loose internal electrical connection of the spa heaters can overheat and ignite, posing a fire hazard.

Patio and Outdoor Living Stores in Southern California
Southern Californians spend lots of time outdoors. o make your outdoor room more inviting, consult our list of the top patio stores in your area.

Patio and Outdoor Living Stores in Northern California
Looking for outdoor patio furniture in Northern California? Consult our comprehensive guide to some of the top outdoor living stores in the Bay Area.

Halloween Party Decorations - Black and Orange Hanging Lanterns
Need Halloween decorating ideas for your party, porch or yard? Not everyone gets a thrill from the gruesome and grisly side of Halloween. For those who prefer a more elegant style of Halloween decor, take a look at what the designers at Roger's Gardens in Southern California have created for their popular annual Halloween display. Page 11.

Elegant Halloween Yard Props - Spooky Little Jack-o-Lantern
Not everyone gets a thrill from the gory, gruesome and often-revolting aspect of Halloween. For those who prefer a more subtle, elegant and even historical style of Halloween decor, take a look at what the designers and buyers at Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach, California, have come up with for their popular annual Halloween display. Mysterious-looking garden Statuary, black

Halloween Decorating Ideas - Spooky Halloween Door for Halloween
Need Halloween decorating ideas for your party, porch or yard? Not everyone gets a thrill from the gruesome and grisly side of Halloween. For those who prefer a more elegant style of Halloween decor, take a look at what the designers at Roger's Gardens in Southern California have created for their popular Halloween display. The upscale home and garden center staged another chapter in the macabre tale at 13 Blackbird Lane. Enjoy this picture gallery of elegant Halloween party decorating ideas. Page 7.

Spooky Halloween Decorations for Outdoors - Mummy Decor for Halloween Displays
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Dwell on Design L.A. 2008: A Photo Gallery of Designs for Outdoor Living Spaces
The third annual Dwell on Design event was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center June 5-8, 2008. Packed into the four-day design fest hosted by [i]Dwell[/i] magazine were conferences, exhibits, home tours and parties revolving around modern architecture and design. What we experienced: a pre-fab sustainable neighborhood completely landscaped and furnished; eco-friendly outdoor home furnishings; and discussions on everything form urban gardening to a mandated LEED program for LA. Page 7.

Readers' Choice Awards: Best Decking Finalists 2013
Composite decking has been the popular choice for several years because of its durability. Pool & Patio readers can vote for one of three finalists for Best Decking in the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Learn more about the three companies that were up for the award.

Best Decking Finalist: Duralife - 2013 Readers' Choice
DuraLife Decking is one of three finalists in the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Learn more about the composite decking company.

Best Decking Finalist: Fiberon - 2013 Readers' Choice
Fiberon Decking is a finalist in the About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Find out more about this composite decking company.

Trex Decking - 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Trex is one of three finalists competing for the title of Best Decking 2013 in the About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Learn about the brand.

Pictures and Ideas for Pools, Spas, and Patios
Sometimes you have no idea what you want until you see lots of pictures. Our photo galleries serve to inspire. Hopefully, you'll start noticing outdoor designs in unexpected places.

What Is Marine-Grade Plywood?
What is marine-grade plywood? Why would you want use it to build outdoor patio furniture or other projects?

Hot Spring Spas - Finalist for Best Hot Tub Spa 2013
Hot Spring Spas has been nominated by Pool & Patio readers as one of three finalists in the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Find out why.

Bullfrog Spas - Finalist Best Hot Tub Spa 2013
Bullfrog Spas is one of three finalists competing for the title of Best Hot Tub/Spa in the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Pool & Patio readers can vote through March 19, 2013.

Best Hot Tub Spa 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards
The 2013 About.com Reader's Choice Awards honors the year's top hot tub and spa brands and manufacturers, as nominated and chosen by you, our readers. Voting ends March 19th and the winner in each category will be announced on March 27. 2013.

Coast Spas - Winner for Best Hot Tub Spa 2013
Coast Spas is the winner in the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Find out more about why Pool & Patio readers chose this brand as the top contender in this year's competition.

Chaise Lounge or Chaise Longue? - A Brief History of Garden Furniture
What's the difference between a chaise lounge and a chaise longue? Is it a typo? Find out the real story behind this piece of furniture upon which everyone likes to relax.

What is Decorative Concrete? - All About Decorative Concrete - Concrete Types: Decorative Concrete
There's concrete, and then there's decorative concrete. So, what exactly is decorative concrete? Concrete paving -- the popular flooring material for outdoor patios and pool surrounds -- often receives some type of surface treatment. This is often referred to as decorative concrete. Why not leave the concrete

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

Types of Ice Plant - Ice Plant Types
In residential landscaping, ice plant is a popular ground cover. It's a succulent, making it a water-wise choice for areas of drought. Let's take a look at the different types of ice plant.

Outdoor Lighting Brands and Companies - Who Makes Outdoor Lighting?
Where can you find landscape lighting manufacturers all in one place? Check out our list of outdoor lighting brands, manufacturers and companies.

Frontgate Outdoor Rugs
Among the season's best outdoor rugs is Frontgate's Harbor Beach, which comes in assorted sizes. Check out all of our choices.

The Season's Best Outdoor Rugs - CB2 Outdoor Rug
Aelfie Oudghiri designed two vibrant indoor/outdoor rugs for CB2 that are among our choices of the season's best outdoor rugs.

Best Rugs of the Season - Pottery Barn Lily Rug
Pottery Barn's Lily rug weds traditional geometrics with modern Punja Kilim. It's one of the season's best offerings for your outdoor living space.

Pier 1 Outdoor Shag Rug
Get your lawn fix and forget about mowing with this outdoor green shag rug from Pier 1. It's one of our choices for the season's best outdoor rugs.

Pier 1 Coral Blues
Pier 1 combines the popular coral pattern with the blue hues of the sea for this beautiful rug that is among our picks for the season's finest outdoor rugs.

CB2 Goldfish Blue Carpet Squares
CB2's Goldfish Blue carpet squares, designed by Liora Manne, will go swimmingly in your outdoor room. We choose the season's choicest outdoor carpets for your space.

Outdoor Rugs Complete the Look of Your Seating Area
Outdoor rugs can define and establish an outdoor room with no walls. Have a look at our choices for some of the most attractive outdoor rugs available this season.

Spring Home and Garden Shows 2012
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.

Outdoor Lights - Decorating With Lights for the Holidays
Whether you're planning an outdoor lighting display, are considering replacing your old light strands with LEDs, or are in the dark about the various types of lights available, we've got it all figured out to make it easier for you. Learn about the energy-saving benefits of LED lights, the differences between net and rope lighting and how to wrap a tree trunk with festive lights for Christmas or any occasion.

Winter and Spring Home and Garden Shows 2013
Home and garden shows seem to start earlier with each new year. Homebound residents who are tired of the cold temperatures clamor for any sign of spring, even if it's a plant growing under artificial conditions in a municipal auditorium in the dead of winter.

Vote 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards - Pool and Patio Awards
>From February 19th through March 19th, 2013, Pool & Patio readers can nominate their favorite brands of decking, hot tub, patio furniture or pool cleaner. Find out the rules of the contest and get ready to nominate!

The Best Beverage Dispensers for Outdoor Entertaining
If you're entertaining a crowd outside, consider using a beverage dispenser or jar. We've found some of the best and best looking.

Blow Mold Decorations: Brands and Manufacturers
Need to find the brand or manufacturer of a blow mold holiday decoration? We've compiled a list of the major companies, some of which are still in business.

Blow Mold Decorations: Brands and Manufacturers
Need to find the brand or manufacturer of a blow mold holiday decoration? We've compiled a list of the major companies, some of which are still in business.

Climbing Plants to Grow on Walls - The Best Plants for Walls
One of the quickest ways to cover a wall or fence is to use climbing plants. Acting as privacy screens, climbers can quickly grow and disguise an unappealing fence or view in your yard. Climbing plants can also create height to a fence or wall. Consult this list of climbers to cover up a wall in your yard or enhance the beauty of your landscape.

Climbing Plants to Grow on Walls - The Best Plants for Walls
One of the quickest ways to cover a wall or fence is to use climbing plants. Acting as privacy screens, climbers can quickly grow and disguise an unappealing fence or view in your yard. Climbing plants can also create height to a fence or wall. Consult this list of climbers to cover up a wall in your yard or enhance the beauty of your landscape.

Zones Maps For Gardens, Drought and Outdoor Activities
From gardening and landscaping to planning outdoor projects around conditions like a drought, it's smart to know what to expect in your region. Consult this list of zone maps.

Outdoor Drinkware for the Stylish Patio Table
Leave the glassware inside and use acrylic or melamine when serving drinks to your guests outside. Check out our top picks for outdoor drinkware.

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.

The Best New Home and Garden Books
Books are a perennial source of inspiration, with how-to information and lots of photos. They also make great gifts. Check out our list of the best new home and garden books.

The Best Books About Swimming Pools
When you need design inspiration for a pool or tips on cleaning and maintenance, a good pool book might just be the answer. Check out our list of the top swimming pool books.

The Best Books About Swimming Pools
When you need design inspiration for a pool or tips on cleaning and maintenance, a good pool book might just be the answer. Check out our list of the top swimming pool books.

10 Must-Try Outdoor Cleaning Products
Need help cleaning outdoor surfaces, patios or furniture? Check out this list of products for eliminating stains, mold, mildew, odors and dirt.

The Six PLEAs for Healthy Swimming - Protection Against Recreational Water Illnesses - CDC Guidelines for Clean Swimming Pools and Healthy Swimming
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Six 'PLEAs' for Healthy Swimming: Protection Against Recreational Water Illnesses. Read the guidelines, discuss them with your children and their friends, and follow these hygenic swimming behaviors for a healthier, cleaner swimming environment for all involved.

CPSC Recalls for Pool, Patio and Landscaping Products - Safety Recalls for Drain Covers, Grills, Pool and Patio Products
Along with the fun associated with outdoor furnishings, accessories, grills and pools comes an inherent risk. While many backyard hazards are due to homeowners' negligence, some risks lie within the products themselves. That's where the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission comes in, investigating reports of dangerous consumer products and recalling them to prevent further hazards and injuries. Check this list of pool and patio-related products that have been recalled in the past few years.

Top Books About Japanese Gardens and Landscaping - Japanese Garden Books
A visit to a Japanese garden inspired you to change your own outdoor living space. You know you need to do your homework, and one of the best sources -- a book. Peruse this list of books on Japanese landscaping and gardens, sit back, and let the possibilities present themselves. Share a favorite book with us and keep us posted on your project.

Garden Structures - Architectural Features to Use in a Japanese Garden
That Japanese tea house you've been wanting to build in your backyard might look lost or out of place if it's the only architectural element you use in your Japanese garden. Discover other structures, buildings and design features you can add to your yard.

Garden Art - Types of Garden Art - How to Decorate Your yard
Consider adding some finishing touches to our outdoor living room, like pottery and garden art. These accessories will help pull together everything and make your space look more appealing while emphasizing your particular style. When choosing outdoor art, take cues from your home's architectural style. We've come up with a few popular and some not-so-obvious ways to bring color, art and interest to your outdoor space.

Patio Types and Styles - Designing Patios
Regardless of style, patios usually fall into one of seven categories when it comes to type. Discover which type of patio you need before you embark on a patio-planning project.

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 Tours for Spring 2011
Spring garden tours from 2011.

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.

Do-it-Yourself Deck Building - How to Build Decks
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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.

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


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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 BatylineŽ 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quick and Easy Patriotic Party Decorations - Easy 4th of July Party Decorations - Patriotic Decorations on a Budget
The 4th of July party is at your house this year. Like the rest of us, you don't have a huge budget to spend on patriotic party decorations for your porch, patio and outdoor table. So, get creative. Look around the house for red, white and blue linens, tableware and vases. Mixing fabrics in these colors with geometrics, stripes, red-and-white checks, paisleys or bandana prints makes a festive presentation. Let your children and their friends paint pots in patriotic motifs. It's all about fun! Page 18.

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

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

Succulent Garden Design Ideas | Succulent Gardens for Pools and Patios | Landscaping and Designing with Succulents
Ready to see succulents like never before? If you live in an arid climate, chances are good that you can use your swimming pool, spa, patio or deck nearly year 'round. Along with the advantages of enjoying your outdoor space all year comes the challenge of selecting the right plants for landscaping. Succulents have gained in popularity over the past decade, and as we learn more about them and work with them in landscape design, they are no longer seen as just a cousin to the prickly cactus. Page 14.

Industrial Chic
Mix recyclable with industrial design and you get this sturdy, everything-proof table. The top is made from a manhole cover and the base is an axle housing, one of many ingenious designs from Cleveland Art in Los Angeles.

Halloween Party Decorating Ideas - Elegant Halloween Decorations for Your Party, Porch and Yard
Need Halloween decorating ideas for your party, porch or yard? Not everyone gets a thrill from the gruesome and grisly side of Halloween. For those who prefer a more elegant style of Halloween decor, take a look at what the designers at Roger's Gardens in Southern California have created for their popular annual Halloween display.

Elegant Halloween Decorating Ideas | Black Plants for Halloween Gardens | Halloween Decorating Ideas: Black Plants
Need Halloween decorating ideas? Not everyone gets a thrill from the gruesome and grisley aspect of Halloween. For those who prefer a more elegant and eerie style of Halloween decor, take a look at what the designers and buyers at Roger's Gardens in Southern California have created for their popular Halloween display. The upscale home and garden center staged another chapter in the macabre tale at 13 Blackbird Lane. Enjoy this picture gallery of elegant and eerie Halloween decorating ideas. Page 14.

Elegant Halloween Ideas for Your Porch and Yard - Halloween Props - Halloween Decorating Ideas for the Yard and Porch - Halloween Outdoor Decorations
Need Halloween decorating ideas? Not everyone gets a thrill from the gruesome and grisley aspect of Halloween. For those who prefer a more elegant and eerie style of Halloween decor, take a look at what the designers and buyers at Roger's Gardens in Southern California have created for their popular Halloween display. The upscale home and garden center staged another chapter in the macabre tale at 13 Blackbird Lane. Enjoy this picture gallery of elegant and eerie Halloween decorating ideas. Page 12.

Elegant Halloween Ideas for Your Porch and Yard - Halloween Props - Halloween Decorating Ideas for the Yard and Porch - Halloween Outdoor Decorations
Need Halloween decorating ideas? Not everyone gets a thrill from the gruesome and grisley aspect of Halloween. For those who prefer a more elegant and eerie style of Halloween decor, take a look at what the designers and buyers at Roger's Gardens in Southern California have created for their popular Halloween display. The upscale home and garden center staged another chapter in the macabre tale at 13 Blackbird Lane. Enjoy this picture gallery of elegant and eerie Halloween decorating ideas. Page 10.

Elegant Halloween Ideas for Your Porch and Yard - Halloween Props - Halloween Decorating Ideas for the Yard and Porch - Halloween Outdoor Decorations
Need Halloween decorating ideas? Not everyone gets a thrill from the gruesome and grisley aspect of Halloween. For those who prefer a more elegant and eerie style of Halloween decor, take a look at what the designers and buyers at Roger's Gardens in Southern California have created for their popular Halloween display. The upscale home and garden center staged another chapter in the macabre tale at 13 Blackbird Lane. Enjoy this picture gallery of elegant and eerie Halloween decorating ideas. Page 16.

Elegant Halloween Ideas for Your Porch and Yard - Halloween Props - Halloween Decorating Ideas for the Yard and Porch - Halloween Outdoor Decorations
Need Halloween decorating ideas? Not everyone gets a thrill from the gruesome and grisley aspect of Halloween. For those who prefer a more elegant and eerie style of Halloween decor, take a look at what the designers and buyers at Roger's Gardens in Southern California have created for their popular Halloween display. The upscale home and garden center staged another chapter in the macabre tale at 13 Blackbird Lane. Enjoy this picture gallery of elegant and eerie Halloween decorating ideas. Page 15.

Elegant Halloween Ideas for Your Porch and Yard - Halloween Props - Halloween Decorating Ideas for the Yard and Porch - Halloween Outdoor Decorations
Need Halloween decorating ideas? Not everyone gets a thrill from the gruesome and grisley aspect of Halloween. For those who prefer a more elegant and eerie style of Halloween decor, take a look at what the designers and buyers at Roger's Gardens in Southern California have created for their popular Halloween display. The upscale home and garden center staged another chapter in the macabre tale at 13 Blackbird Lane. Enjoy this picture gallery of elegant and eerie Halloween decorating ideas. Page 8.

Elegant Halloween Ideas for Your Porch and Yard - Halloween Props - Halloween Decorating Ideas for the Yard and Porch - Halloween Outdoor Decorations
Need Halloween decorating ideas? Not everyone gets a thrill from the gruesome and grisley aspect of Halloween. For those who prefer a more elegant and eerie style of Halloween decor, take a look at what the designers and buyers at Roger's Gardens in Southern California have created for their popular Halloween display. The upscale home and garden center staged another chapter in the macabre tale at 13 Blackbird Lane. Enjoy this picture gallery of elegant and eerie Halloween decorating ideas. Page 4.

Elegant Halloween Ideas for Your Porch and Yard - Halloween Props - Halloween Decorating Ideas for the Yard and Porch - Halloween Outdoor Decorations
Need Halloween decorating ideas? Not everyone gets a thrill from the gruesome and grisley aspect of Halloween. For those who prefer a more elegant and eerie style of Halloween decor, take a look at what the designers and buyers at Roger's Gardens in Southern California have created for their popular Halloween display. The upscale home and garden center staged another chapter in the macabre tale at 13 Blackbird Lane. Enjoy this picture gallery of elegant and eerie Halloween decorating ideas. Page 6.

Creative Ideas for Halloween Yard Props - Spooky Ideas for Halloween Yard Displays - Halloween Outdoor Decorating Photos
Ample or limited, your outdoor space needs to be transformed into something more supernatural 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 Roger's Gardens in California unleases its creative spirits at its annual Halloween display. Page 9.

Pool and Patio | Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs | Swimming Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs and Outdoor Water Features - Pool and Spa Guide
The world of swimming pools, spas and hot tubs encompasses everything from planning and designing to budgeting and building. Much research is involved before buying or building a spa or pool, with so many models from which to choose. Once you join the rank of pool or spa owner, you've entered into a whole new territory: upkeep, repair, chemicals, equipment and safety. Staying informed of all the pool and spa-related issues and new technology will make your pool-owning experience a better one.

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

Halloween Decorations and Ideas From Roger's Gardens | Unique Halloween Decor and Party Ideas | Pictures and Ideas for Haunted Houses
Unique Halloween decorations take a bit more time than running out at the last minute to the grocery store and buying whatever is left on the shelf. Serious home haunters and decorators start thinking about their next Halloween theme and decorations right after Halloween -- around November 1 or so. Roger's Gardens, an upscale home and garden center in Southern California, holds an annual Halloween decoration showcase each year in late summer -- plenty of time for party planning. Page 5.

Halloween Decorations and Ideas From Roger's Gardens | Unique Halloween Decor and Party Ideas | Doll Parts in Glass Jars
Unique Halloween decorations take a bit more time than running out at the last minute to the grocery store and buying whatever is left on the shelf. Serious home haunters and decorators start thinking about their next Halloween theme and decorations right after Halloween -- around November 1 or so. Roger's Gardens, an upscale home and garden center in Southern California, holds an annual Halloween decoration showcase each year in late summer -- plenty of time for party planning. Page 4.

Halloween Decorations and Ideas From Roger's Gardens | Unique Halloween Decor and Party Ideas | Pictures and Ideas for Haunted Houses
Unique Halloween decorations take a bit more time than running out at the last minute to the grocery store and buying whatever is left on the shelf. Serious home haunters and decorators start thinking about their next Halloween theme and decorations right after Halloween -- around November 1 or so. Roger's Gardens, an upscale home and garden center in Southern California, holds an annual Halloween decoration showcase each year in late summer -- plenty of time for party planning. Page 2.

Halloween Decorations and Ideas From Roger's Gardens | Unique Halloween Decor and Party Ideas | Goth Dolls for Halloween
Unique Halloween decorations take a bit more time than running out at the last minute to the grocery store and buying whatever is left on the shelf. Serious home haunters and decorators start thinking about their next Halloween theme and decorations right after Halloween -- around November 1 or so. Roger's Gardens, an upscale home and garden center in Southern California, holds an annual Halloween decoration showcase each year in late summer -- plenty of time for party planning. Page 6.

Halloween Decorations and Ideas From Roger's Gardens | Unique Halloween Decor and Party Ideas | Pictures and Ideas for Haunted Houses
Unique Halloween decorations take a bit more time than running out at the last minute to the grocery store and buying whatever is left on the shelf. Serious home haunters and decorators start thinking about their next Halloween theme and decorations right after Halloween -- around November 1 or so. Roger's Gardens, an upscale home and garden center in Southern California, holds an annual Halloween decoration showcase each year in late summer -- plenty of time for party planning. Page 3.