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Father’s Day Gift Idea: Outdoor Makeover for Dad

From cheering on soccer games to being there with words of much-needed advice, Dads do so much. Think beyond the tie this year, and gift dad something he can really get excited about — a cool makeover for his outdoor space! Read on for 5 awesome backyard additions that work for any price point (and any dad).

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Hang up a hammock. Just the sight of a hammock gently swaying in the breeze is relaxing. Give dad a hammock to call his own, stationed in a shady spot on the porch, or strung between two trees in the backyard. Be sure to include a small table nearby where he can set his drink, and at least one cushy pillow.

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Rig up an outdoor bar. What could be cooler than a backyard bar where he can hang out with friends? If you want to go all-out (and have the budget for it) you could hire a pro to install a backyard wet bar, complete with built-in fridge to keep his beer frosty cold. But even on a shoestring budget, you can still put together a cool setup like the ones shown here: start with a freestanding bar or table (check Craigslist listings for affordable options), and deck it out with his favorite drinks, and a cool new set of glassware. Bonus points for adding a record player!

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Grill something. Whether you upgrade his entire grill setup, or just add some cool new accessories (like a grill basket and quality tongs), optimizing his outdoor kitchen is always a hit. Want to spoil him? Spring for a new gas grill, or a specialty item like a pizza oven. Then help break it in by bringing over fixings for a backyard feast to cook and enjoy together.

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Light a fire. What dad isn’t just a little obsessed with fire? Treat him to a fire pit, and you can look forward to many summer nights gathered around the blaze! Freestanding wood-burning models tend to be the most affordable options, though some propane-burning fire pits are fairly budget-friendly and have the advantage of being portable. The big splurge would be on a custom built natural gas fire pit, surrounded by seating for a crowd. No matter which option you choose, don’t forget to throw in a pack of s’mores fixings!

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Camille Styles

Host a backyard movie night. With digital projectors coming down in price, buying him his very own isn’t too far out of reach (especially if you make it a group gift). But even if you’re not ready to buy him his own projector, you can still make a night of outdoor movie magic by renting a digital projector (many office supply stores rent them, as well as some libraries) and rigging up a white sheet for the “screen”. Gather the whole family, pop some popcorn, cue up a family favorite on the laptop, and kick back for a Father’s Day movie night under the stars.

Man Cave Rugs

Man-cave worthy rug picks (clockwise from top left): Shalom Brothers Durham Kilim in Gray; Safavieh Kilim in Blue and Ivory; Liora Manne Capri Ropes in Navy; United Weavers Modern Textures Cupola in Harvest.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Mother’s Day Gift Idea: A Sanctuary for Mom

Lovingly made macaroni necklaces, breakfast in bed, bouquets of flowers, a locket filled with treasured photos: these gifts from the heart are all sure to be well received on Mother’s Day. But every once in a while — when she’s had an especially trying year, for example — it feels good to go above-and-beyond for mom… and you can’t go much more above-and-beyond than a home makeover! From a party-ready patio where she can sip wine with her friends, to a solo spa-like bath retreat, read on for giftable home makeover ideas to suit every budget (and every mom).

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Quiet retreat. Moms who love nothing more than a quiet afternoon curled up with a good book would certainly appreciate a cozy place to do just that. Upgrade her space with a comfy place to sit, a soft throw blanket, a subscription to a new-to-her magazine or a stack of books tied up in ribbon, a lovely mug and selection of great coffee and tea.

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Patio. For the mom who loves hanging out with her girlfriends, what could be better than a spruced-up, party-ready patio? Use her existing patio furniture, but give the space an upgrade with outdoor curtains, hanging lanterns, plenty of candles, and exotic textiles. Round things off with a bottle or two of her favorite wine, and a colorful outdoor rug.

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Glammed-up closet. Getting ready for the day doesn’t have to be a wild goose chase: make it a pleasurable experience for mom by injecting her closet and dressing area with glamorous details and smart storage. Add removable wallpaper to one wall for a budget-friendly (yet high-impact) focal point, swap out jumbled hangers for a full matching set, and add a pretty perch where she can sit to put on shoes.

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Craft room. If mom loves to craft, give her a space that will fuel her inspiration and keep her organized, too. A table with built-in storage paired with comfy stools makes a great workspace for all sorts of projects. Bring some style to the space with a bold painted or wallpapered wall, fresh flowers, and new lighting.

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Spa-like bath. Even if you’re not going for a full-fledged bathroom remodel, there are still plenty of ways to give mom a spa-like experience at home. Think high-end bath products, lovely shower curtains, new artwork, a rug, a pretty little stool, and a vase of fresh roses by the sink. To top things off, why not treat mom to six months of a weekly cleaning service, if she doesn’t already have one?

Final tips: To be sure she loves the end result, consider printing out inspiration photos and wrapping them up with a note that you will treat her to transform the space of her choice. Working on the project together may end up being the most fun part of the gift!

Mom-worthy rug shopping guide (clockwise from top left): Surya Irina in Red; Jaipur Rugs Ceres Eris in Gray, Silver, Blue and Pink; Kaleen Relic in Gray, Ivory and Pink; Kaleen Relic in Pink, Hot Pink and Rosewood.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Bringing Hygge into Your Home

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Hygge (hue-gah) by definition is a feeling or mood that comes from the pleasures found in ordinary everyday life. Sounds easy enough right? The Danish word most associates itself with winter, and since it’s 27º out as I write this it couldn’t be more timely. Let’s dive into the world of hygge and some ways you can bring into your own space!

Fireplaces.
I realize this is a luxury not everyone has in their home, but lounging by a fire is one of the best ways to cozy up and get some serious relaxing done. Grab a book or turn on the show you’re currently binging on and get to work already!

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Throw pillows and blankets.
A deep chair, a nest of throw pillows, and the softest blanket – it really doesn’t get much better on a cold winter’s day. Add a dimmed table lamp and you have a recipe for total comfort and serenity, and probably a nap as well.

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Rituals.
Whatever that is to you: a good long soak in a bath with salts and essential oils, grinding beans and making a pot of French press coffee, there’s no right answer. It’s all about taking the time and being present through the paces on the way to that ultimate satisfaction.

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Candlelight.
This seems like a no brainer, I’m sure, but candlelight is pure and utter magic. I love adding it in unexpected places like a dark bathroom, in an empty fireplace, or on my bookshelves. It’s so romantic with that soft glow.

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Gather.
While we tend to go into hibernation, winter socializing is a big part of Scandinavian life. Comforting foods and coming together make chilly days all the warmer.

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Warm beverages.
Mulled wine, hot toddies, freshly steeped tea, the options are endless! There are few things better than holding a warm mug of something delicious in your hands and savoring the moment and being present.

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Soft rugs.
Obviously you don’t want your tootsies touching the chilly floor, so add a few floor rugs for some extra coziness and texture throughout your home. And of course put on some thick socks and slippers, too!

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Boost Happiness With The Right Color In Your Home

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From fiery, hot-tempered red to cool, soothing blue, colors can elicit strong reactions, both positive and negative. By tapping into the power of color psychology (and by noticing how you respond to color) you can create a home that plays up the positive and leaves negativity at the door.

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Red, orange, and yellow are warming, social hues, making them a good choice for areas of the home where you like to gather with friends and family.

Red is the color of passion, action, and anger, so it’s no wonder many folks have a love-it or hate-it reaction to red! Reds with a bit of brown in them are usually perceived as more mellow, while a bright, clear red is fresh and modern.

Orange is the color of optimism, happiness, and social communication, making it a wonderful hue for a living room. Rich saffron feels warm and exotic, while a bright tangerine hue is youthful and fun.

Yellow is the color of joy, cheerfulness, and mental stimulation. This hue can make a delightful accent in any social space or study, but remember, a little goes a long way!

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Green and blue are cool, relaxing hues ideal for spaces where you want to encourage rest and relaxation.

Green is the color of growth, freshness, and harmony, and tends to make people feel safe and secure. A soft green can make a calming choice for a nursery, while a deeper forest green would be ideal in a cozy library.

Blue is the color of sea and sky, and just being around this hue can have a calming effect. Blue represents truth, trust, wisdom, and stability. It’s lovely in the bedroom and bath, but intensely saturated blues can also hold their own in a living or dining room.

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With a bit of blue and a bit of red, purple is something of a mysterious color. This hue has long been associated with royalty, and still conveys feelings of wealth and abundance. But it’s also a spiritual color, and can represent the imagination. Try using purple in the bedroom for a serene escape.

Overdyed rugs have deeply saturated hues that can completely transform a space – try one in a hue that makes you happy!

Rug shopping guide (clockwise from top left): Louis de Poortere Fading World rug in Pink and Light Burgundy; Surya Hathaway rug  in Rust; Oriental Weavers Revival rug in Purple and Gray; Artistic Weavers Elegant Maya rug in Green and Teal.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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