Spruce Up Outdoors After the Long Winter

Now that March is here, and snow is melting, our thoughts inevitably turn to spring. We imagine kids playing in the backyard, while guests lounge on the deck, enjoying music, conversation, a cocktail, or a cookout.

It’s no wonder if your outdoor space is lacking pizzazz after the long winter. Good thing it’s easy to transform it into an inviting oasis with some easy decorating ideas


One of the easiest solutions to creating a welcoming area is to decorate with a new outdoor rug.

Outdoor rugs bring some visual warmth to the space and make it easy to enjoy time outside in bare feet while preventing splinters from the deck.










Outdoor rugs are an affordable and effortless way to make the outdoors more chic. Choose a bright color or a bold pattern to incorporate some style.


Next, adorn your outside table with a new umbrella, along with some potted plants. Crocuses and pansies have a high tolerance for the cold nights that are still with us in March.












A few hurricane candle holders along with a string or two of twinkling white lights add the final touches to make the space come alive for night time entertaining.


These tips are all simple and inexpensive.

After the long winter we have all endured, embrace spring with an outdoor space you’ll look forward to spending time in with friends and family.

Buying New Carpeting: A How To Guide

Carpeting can make a room feel warmer, plusher and more expansive — and with the huge array of colors, textures, patterns and materials available, there’s sure to be something perfect for your space. 1


First Things to Consider

Let your inspiration determine your next steps. Ask yourself:
  • Are you starting from scratch, or are you hoping to marry a carpet selection with existing upholstery and color?
  • Are you choosing carpet for a high- or low-traffic area?
  • What’s your budget?

Purchase the best carpeting you can afford. Cutting corners will lead to replacing it before you expected.



Where to Use Carpeting

Color, texture and pattern can add a layer of warmth, drama and personality to a space. Carpeting also provides a sound barrier, minimizing echo and household noise. Entryways and other areas of the home that see very heavy traffic aren’t the best place for carpeting. There, hardwood floors are a beautiful choice, and when paired with a complementary area rug, they offer the best of both worlds.



What to Look for in a Professional Installer

A professional carpet installer will be able to handle imperfect floors, uneven surfaces and complex patterns. When starting your search for an installer, be sure to check references and ask friends for personal recommendations. If a company has their own installers, that means they will be accountable for the quality of the work.4


How to Prep Your Space

An ideal situation is an empty room. That, however, is not always possible. Professional installers will move whatever furniture is necessary, but it’s essential to remove all of your all personal belongings in advance, such as pictures, clothes, bed linens, and decorative accessories. In short, anything you would be upset is accidentally damaged!