Archive for the ‘Outdoor’ Category

Tips for Keeping Your Deck Safe

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

May is just days away, and while we have enjoyed the warm, teasing weather of April, we are ready for less rain and more sunshine (AKA, we are ready for summer). May happens to be Deck Safety Month, offering a great opportunity for you to check and inspect your porch, deck or stoop for flaws that can be fixed before barbecues and outdoor parties appear in full force.

For all intents and purposes, we will mainly be describing deck safety tips, but they can be adjusted for smaller areas and steps if your home is without a deck.

Photo by Timberlake Custom Homes, LLCLook for farmhouse deck design inspiration


The lifespan of a wood deck is between 10 and 15 years with regular maintenance and waterproofing, so a good starting point is identifying the age of your deck, and deciding if it’s time for a replacement or if it’s still in its prime.

Fasteners & Flashing

Inspect the screws, nails or anchors holding your deck together, as well as the flashing that connects the deck to your home. This may seem like a no-brainer, but a thorough inspection and/or repairing of these elements is key to prolonging the life of your deck and keeping you and your family safe while using it.


Deck railings can have marvelous decorating potential (score!) but remember that they also serve a purpose: safety. Repair wobbly sections, broken spindles and double check to make sure you are adhering to local building codes when it comes to height, openings and other components.


Other safety precautions include trimming back overhanging tree branches, taking the right steps when installing a fire pit or fireplace (relocate to a patio or use a non-flammable deck mat), and checking the condition of lighting and electrical outlets.

So don’t wait; get out there and inspect your deck so you can start enjoying your outdoor living space.

Photo by Tobias Gabranski / Architecture & DesignSearch farmhouse deck design ideas

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Dream Garden Must-Haves

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Since April showers bring May flowers, we are prepared for our gardens to burst forth with life in the next few weeks, and to celebrate that, here are some of our dream garden must-haves that go beyond flowers and vegetables.

A Multi-Pergola Walkway

The illusion that this garden goes on forever is one we can subscribe to.

Photo by Bevan AssociatesBrowse farmhouse landscape ideas

A Water Feature (preferably a pond, ideally with a waterfall)

Being from Maine, we love the sound of ocean waves crashing on the shore and the
babbling of woodland brooks, so a water feature with a waterfall would be most appropriate.
Not to mention it would offer additional gardening potential for water-loving plants and flowers.

Photo by Wasson NurserySearch farmhouse landscape pictures

A Shed for Storage

Because gardening supplies deserve their own space, especially in a dream garden.
And, a cozy storage shed gives any garden a timeless storybook feel.

Photo by Look for farmhouse shed pictures

A Dining Space

For tea parties, morning coffee and afternoon garden soirees,
we would use teak furniture to create our garden dining room.

Photo by Colin Cadle PhotographySearch farmhouse patio pictures

A Place to Sit and Rest

This lavender bench has so much character, and gives a pop of color
to a space with lots of greenery. But we also like the soft look of the
arch arbor-bench combo, which flawlessly blends in with surrounding
plant life (add an outdoor accent pillow for more comfort)!

Photo by Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl)More eclectic landscape ideas
Photo by Bertrand Landscape DesignBrowse shabby-chic style landscape photos

Raised Beds (DIY beds are the best, but this stone one is exceptional)

Raised beds offer more opportunity for walkways and paths,
and provide beautiful architectural value in addition to functionality.

Photo by Bevan AssociatesDiscover farmhouse landscape design ideas

What is in your dream garden?
Share your must-haves in a comment below or on Facebook. Happy gardening!

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Garden Month Idea Board

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

April is Garden Month, which in Maine means snow is less likely to fall than it is in March (we’re expecting a few inches this weekend!). To celebrate the month of the garden, we’ve created an idea board featuring some decorative decor and functional accents for complementing your beautiful flowers and plants. Take a look below, and let us know what you’re adding to your garden this year.

Garden Month Idea Board

1. Teak Steamer Chair | 2. Iron Birdbath | 3. Red Compost Keeper4. Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much Engraved Stone | 5. Rusted Moose Garden Stake | 6. Welcome Garden Sign | 7. Basil Herb Marker

See our entire selection of outdoor decor on our website, and for more country garden inspiration, click here.

Happy Garden Month!

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