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Outdoor

LAMPLIGHT WARMS UP OUTDOORS

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Dear Debbie,
This summer we want to reinvent our large property that backs onto a lake to accommodate more outdoor entertaining. A traditional setting with a modern edge is what we like. Any ideas are appreciated. Thank you.
Mary Lynn

Dear Mary Lynn,

THE CRAFTY GARDEN

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Outdoor life is upon us, and what a thrill to be back in the garden again. Even though the weather in many parts of the country is crazy -- rain, maybe a little ice and snow, there’s no keeping the hardiest of souls from moving out the patio furniture and cleaning out the garden. And that garden can be located almost anywhere, from the largest plot of land to the smallest apartment balcony. Creating an outdoor oasis is one of my favourite projects. It’s ongoing, as I change my mind annually on what I want to plant and where stuff should be.

GARDEN STYLE WITH A ROYAL TOUCH

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For many of us, the highly anticipated royal wedding for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is an exciting, historic occasion that we look forward to reading about. We know it’s going to be quite the event. And you may be planning your own party with friends, maybe to watch the royal nuptials. Why not give your celebration that distinctly British feel, with tips from award-winning florist, designer and author Laura Dowling. She is renowned for creating a new romantic style of flower arranging featuring free-flowing lines of vines and flowers emanating from a classical bouquet.

OUTDOOR ART

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Backyard spaces are receiving heightened interest today. The trend to create outdoor rooms that are conducive to relaxed living continues to expand, bringing with it comfort and décor solutions that were once only utilized indoors. Innovative materials and mechanics that can withstand the weather outside give us more options. Outdoor table lamps, area carpets and canopy fabric are available to set up a more formal living experience for those who prefer this style.

LIVING AL FRESCO

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Dear Debbie;
We are selling our summer cottage this year as the weekend commute has become crazy. Our backyard has enough space for a small pool and an entertainment area. We’re wondering what’s new in grilling?
Tomas

Dear Tomas;

SUMMER SEATING

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Dear Debbie;
There’s so much garden furniture showing that is big and heavy. We have a patio and a small lawn where we love to sit and entertain. Is there another option other than plastic stackables?
Albert

Dear Albert;

EXTERIORS THAT SHINE

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Dear Debbie;
This is the year we paint our house. It’s a big job and we are calling in a professional, but want to do our research first. Our house is a ten-year-old new build, white siding, with shutters and garage set back. What’s the best paint to use? Does the paint sheen matter? Any tips on colour? Thank you.
Andrea

Dear Andrea;

REFRESH YOUR GARDEN

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Mid-summer always arrives too quickly. While gardens are brimming over with their lush blooms, and markets are filled with fresh fruits and veggies grown close to home, end of season summer sales begin to crop up like unwanted weeds. But rather than mourn the beginning of the end, why not take advantage of this time to revitalize your backyard oasis. Fantastic deals abound in outdoor furnishings, dishware and garden features. Lawn and roadside sales can be a gold mine too. And for do-it-yourselfers, this is the perfect time to work on a project.

PAVING THE WAY

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Dear Debbie,
We moved into a new build home and after a year of mud we can now landscape our backyard. It’s large enough to have a patio and grass for the kids to play on. Do you have any suggestions about paving stones that could also be used on our front path? Thanks for your ideas.
Beverley

Dear Beverley,

BRING THE INDOORS OUT

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As we move outside for another season of sunshine and outdoor entertainment, there is no need to forego the style and comfort that we enjoy in our living rooms and family rooms. The demand for weather tolerant furniture has sparked an exciting selection of new, fresh styles and ever more hardy materials. Familiar cottage classics such as Adirondack chairs, a hammock and old-fashion swing happily mix with these latest arrivals.

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