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Fire Pits Bringing Warmth into Backyards, Relaxing Patio Ideas

Fire pits are beautiful additions to backyard patio designs. An outdoor seating area with a fire pit is one of the beautiful latest trends for backyard designs. There are many warm and cozy benefits fire pits bring during the colder months, and they make beautiful gathering places on cool summer nights. People enjoy the fresh air and a warm glow that add a romantic feel to backyard designs.
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Realtime Landscaping Pro review

Realtime Landscaping Pro is a powerful professional landscape design software with immersive 3D graphics and advanced features. Released by Idea Spectrum,Realtime Landscaping Pro is widely considered to be one of the best landscaping software out there. This advanced tool will enable you to design realistic and detailed 3D visualizations of outdoor landscapes, including gardens, houses, plants, objects, waterscapes, and more.
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How to plan a dry garden – ideas for landscaping and plants

Ever wondered how to plan a dry garden? Creating a dry garden is easy to do, looks good and requires less maintenance. It taps into the sustainability trend too, saving water by using drought tolerant plants and mulching with gravel. A dry garden is one with free-draining soil that suits Mediterranean-type planting to withstand dry conditions.
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Channing Tatum Picks Up Boho-Rustic Sanctuary in L.A. for $5.6M

The new owner of this 1950-built bohemian-spirited Southern California rustic is actor Channing Tatum. It’s a beguiling property — if played to extremes by a recent brush-up — and the Iron Horse producer found himself charmed out of $5.55 million when he signed at the closing last month. The house...
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This Space Is the New Backyard—But Two-Thirds of Homeowners Are Overlooking It

The backyard has been home to summer barbecues and cornhole tournaments for far too long. Now it’s the front yard’s time to shine. In its newly released 2021 trend report, Yardzen, the online resource for landscaping design, is spotlighting social front yards as one of the most common requests of the year. Thirty-seven percent of the company’s clients so far have opted to include their front yard in their outdoor renovation plans. On their must-have list? Expanded front porches, additional seating areas, and edible gardens.

The Dos and Don’ts of Gardening, According to Two Landscape Stars

Who isn’t thinking about a garden these days? But if you’re at a loss when it comes to your (unmanicured) lot in life, or simply looking to start out, Fernando Wong and Tim Johnson, the duo behind the landscape design firm Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design, are here to help. Wong, who is currently on the new Discovery+ gardening show Clipped with TV personality Chris Lambton and domestic goddess Martha Stewart, joined Johnson to share with ELLE DECOR their foolproof tips for planning a garden and making it thrive for seasons to come. And speaking of seasons, be sure to tune into the finale of Clipped on June 16.
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Ed McMahon’s former Beverly Hills mansion listed for $7M

A palatial estate once owned by comedian and "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" sidekick, Ed McMahon, is up for grabs for a cool $7 million. The regal white Mediterranean-style Beverly Hills abode hit the market last month. It carries a storied history as the funnyman nearly lost the property to foreclosure in 2008 – save for a close family friend who purchased the mansion at 12000 Crest Ct. and rented it back to McMahon until his death in 2009, according to the Los Angeles Times.

5 Steps to a Successful Gravel Path

Dark gravel is better. Light-colored gravel is like white carpet: It only looks clean for the first day. Dark gravel works better to hide imperfections, like fallen leaves and other debris. The most valuable thing that you can do to improve your garden is to create an attractive, inviting network...

A serene modern estate surrounded by redwood forest in California

Backen & Gillam Architects has designed this serene modern estate located on a spacious, forested property in central Woodside, a rural town in Northern California. This luxurious estate consists of the main house, guest house, pool house, spacious patios, and a detached garage. It’s distinguished by heritage oaks and soaring...

Ellen DeGeneres Adds Tastefully Restored Modern Near the Beach in Montecito for $2.9M

New to the residential stable of Ellen DeGeneres’ real estate portfolio is this charming two-and-two modern in Montecito. The property is closer to the water from Rancho San Leandro, the historic ranch DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi recently re-acquired, and might either be a flip opportunity for the couple, or a long-term retreat near the beach. It changed hands for $2.9 million.
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Jacuzzis in Outdoor Rooms that Restore Your Body and Mind

Outdoor rooms designed like spas and Jacuzzis are great additions to modern homes. People install them in their backyards, creating fabulous places to spend family time or relax alone and rejuvenate. Outdoor seating areas around them become favorite outdoor spaces that increase the values of modern homes and improve the functionality of backyard landscaping.
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The Best Lawn Mower In Every Category

Whether you've got two acres or 200 square feet, if you've got a backyard it's got to be mowed (if grass is part of your landscaping plan, anyway). And if you want the work to be more pleasure than hassle, one of the best things you can do is make sure you have the right tool for the job. To help you out, we've rounded up five of our very favorite lawn mowers of all shapes and sizes. From eco-friendly to feature-packed, the one thing all these options share is that they're durable, dependable, and recommended, both by Country Living editors and by online reviewers.
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These Wheelbarrows Will Make Your Backyard Summer Chores Stress-Free

If you're like us, there's nowhere you'd rather be than in your own backyard. But as the seasons change, the chores that come with them may make your space start to feel overwhelming, instead of an oasis. From transporting firewood in the winter to tackling tedious spring cleanup to planting fresh summer flowers to collecting dead leaves in the fall, the outdoor tasks never seem to end. But no matter what's next on your to-do list, the one gardening tool you need for every season is a sturdy wheelbarrow. They can easily transport soil, mulch, and transplantable blooms, or be used for more labor-intensive tasks, like moving rocks, gravel, and wood. If you own a dependable wheelbarrow, the options are truly endless. We rounded up several great options that'll help you become a landscaping pro without having to hire one. So whether you're looking for a hefty tool that can handle massive loads, an electric option that can do all of the hard work for you, or a collapsible space-saving solution that can easily fit in small storage spots, you can rely on these wheelbarrows to get the job done right.

11 Landscaping Ideas to Add a Touch of Red

Think of red as lipstick for your garden. Even if you’re one of those gardeners who thinks a little red goes a long way, you still need a little. We’ve made a study of scarlet and come up with our favorite 11 ways to add red to a garden:. A...

Avoiding poisonous plants in the landscape

Landscaping is an inherently risky business. Your crews are working with potentially dangerous machinery, lifting heavy materials, and maybe even climbing trees or cutting limbs. There’s also risk that comes from Mother Nature herself—including possible exposure to poisonous plants. Plants like Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac can cause uncomfortable and potentially even dangerous allergic reactions.

Journey of Water Inspired by Moana construction ramping up at EPCOT

Construction at 'Journey of Water Inspired by Moana' is picking up pace at EPCOT as parts of the structure become visible across the park. The vertical parts that we can see are possibly parts of the landscaping that we can see in the concept art, with waterfalls flowing down a rock wall.

DMAA completes Taiyuan Botanical Garden in Taiyuan, China

Delugan Meissl Associated Architects (DMAA) has completed a botanical garden complex with domed greenhouses called the Taiyuan Botanical Garden in Taiyuan, China. The project includes an artificial landscape of lakes, waterfalls, paths and buildings. The Taiyuan Botanical Garden’s centrepiece is a greenhouse composed of three domes. “The architectural concept is...

600 Church Street Building / Wood Marsh

Text description provided by the architects. Sitting in contrast to the industrial grit of Cremorne as a progressive commercial building, Church Street reinforces its corner allotment, boldly ascending as a monolithic crystalline glass formation. The building’s faceted outer shell is an intentionally ambiguous interplay with scale. The futuristic form and materiality contrast with the surrounds, accentuating the building’s refined and polished nature against the area’s raw and textured industrial past.