What is “Junk Gardening”? And How to Make It Work For You

If you haven’t heard of junk gardening yet, allow us to introduce you. It’s a type of gardening that allows you to repurpose old items that you would otherwise throw out. Made popular by the book Garden Junk by Mary Randolph Carter, the look of “junk” among beautiful flowers and plants can bring an element of uniqueness to your garden.

The awesome thing about junk gardening is you can use just about anything to complement your garden space. Before you throw anything out, ask yourself- can I use this in my garden? Here’s how to make junk gardening work for you.

Examples of “Junk” You Can Use In Your Garden

Old Wooden Signs

Whether you have old wooden signs in your basement, or find some at an antique shop, they’re a great feature to add to your garden. Signs draw your eye upward, so are ideal if you have tall flowers like Russian sage in your garden.

Rustic Birdhouses

Another great addition to a garden is rustic birdhouses. They’re charming and decorative, and whether they’re still usable for their original function or not, you might as well keep them around. Stand them on poles in your garden or hang them on your garden fence!

Old Tires

If you have old tires, why not paint them and use them for growing herbs? Grow herbs like thyme, lavender, mint and sage in pots and place them in the colourful tires- make sure to also fill the tires with the same soil for good growth. The thick walls of the tires will keep the herbs from spreading beyond the given space.

Galvanized Buckets

Galvanized buckets work great as planters! Wherever you need a pop of colour in your garden, place a bunch flowers in galvanized buckets to give your garden some life!

Choose Where to Place the “Junk”

The items you use for junk gardening should be placed strategically in your garden. The idea is not to make them look out of place, but to feel like they belong there. Consider to overall shape, size and design of the object, as well as the size of your garden, to figure out where to place them.

If you have a garden fence, you also have more chances to decorate, hanging items on the fence. Work with what you have and use space to your advantage by placing your “junk” items in places that make them look beautiful.

How to Coordinate “Junk” with the Rest of Your Garden

With junk gardening, you want to make sure the “junk” fits in seamlessly, rather than standing out and actually looking like junk. Coordinate the colour of the items with the flowers and plants in your garden, and if you need to paint your “junk” objects, it’s a great DIY activity to do on the weekend! There’s lots of opportunity to create beauty within your garden, giving old items new use!

Are you ready to try “junk gardening”? Instead of throwing out old objects, ask yourself how you can use them in your garden, and create a unique garden you love!


8 Outdoor Winter Decor Ideas to Make Your Home Shine

Winter is on its way, which means it’s time to start decorating your home exterior for the snowy season. There are so many ways to add festive, holiday vibes to your home before your guests even open the door. These decor ideas will stand up to Canadian winters and make your home look as cozy and inviting outside as it feels inside!

1. A firewood stack

A stack of firewood will give off the ultimate cozy, rustic vibe for your home exterior. Stack it up against the front of your home (on your porch if you have the room) for decor that oozes charm. Whether you’re actually going to use the firewood in your fireplace, or are using it purely for decor, you’re going to love how it looks against your home!

2. A gorgeous wreath

A wreath is an easy way to add holiday charm to the front of your home. You can buy one or DIY one yourself with evergreen needles and pine cones. Choose or create a winter wreath that will pop against your door colour.

3. Mini Christmas trees

If you celebrate Christmas, why not add a few mini Christmas trees on your porch? Deck them out with lights and lay a tree skirt beneath them so the holiday vibes start before you even step inside. Who said Christmas trees can only be put up inside, anyways?

4. Swooping garlands

Swooping garlands are a great way to add a festive feel to your outdoor decor. Sweep garlands across your porch and up your handrails. Garlands offer hints of natural texture and are the perfect way to say ‘happy holidays’ with your outdoor space. Add bows to the ends more even more festive flair.

5. Go for tartan

A tartan or plaid pattern always makes a space feel more comfortable, especially an outdoor space in the wintertime. If you have a bench or chairs on your porch, add a tartan blanket and tartan throw pillows to enhance the cozy vibes.

6. Warm accents

To make the exterior of your home feel toasty come winter, warm accents are a must! Add synthetic wicker chairs (which can be kept outside during winter), or a wooden bench to your porch to warm it up. Another warm accent piece you can use is lanterns, either hanging from or sitting on your porch.

7. A festive doormat

Doormats have become increasingly popular over the past few years, which means there are so many options to choose from. A festive doormat does double duty, adding warmth to your porch, while also making sure your guests wipe the snow and dirt off their shoes before they step inside.

8. String lights

What better way to add a touch of cheerfulness to your home exterior by decorating with string lights? Hang them up along the edge of your roof, along your porch railing, or intertwined with garland around your door. However you choose to use string lights, they’re sure to add winter charm to your exterior.

It’s time to start decorating for the winter season! Use these tips and ideas to make your home shine!


The Best Ways to Use Hanging Lights in Your Backyard

Your backyard should feel like an oasis. In the warm weather months, it should be somewhere you love to relax and spend time in at the end of the day. If you feel like your backyard has the perfect landscaping, garden door and patio, but is missing something to make it feel cozier, hanging lights could be just what you’re looking for. Hanging lights are a simple yet effective way to decorate your yard and they’re very affordable! Check out the best ways to use hanging lights to upgrade your backyard.

Create a Canopy Around Your Deck

If you have a deck in your backyard, hanging lights around your patio will result in a magical outdoor space. Stand poles at each of the four corners of your deck and hang the lights going from one pole to the next. Not only will it look gorgeous, it will provide you with a light source when you’re sitting on your deck at night.

Hang Them From a Tall Tree

Feel the entertaining bug coming on? If you have a backyard with a tall tree, set up a table under the tree and hang lights from the top. Let them dangle just far enough above the dinner table that they’re not in the way, yet fall in the eyesight of your guests. It will be the most enchanting dinner party anyone has ever been to.

Light Up the Perimeter

Rather than using hanging lights on just one section of your backyard, why not use them on the entire perimeter of your outdoor space? Hang lights along your fence creating a glowing border you’ll love to step into night after night. It will help create the feeling of an outdoor room, evoking feelings of comfort and tranquility.

Cover Your Porch Ceiling

This one is for the hosts! If you love to throw parties out on your porch or know you’re going to be having people over for numerous celebrations, consider outfitting your entire porch ceiling with lights. This is definitely more of an extravagant look, so it depends on the vibe you’re going for and your personal decor style. But if you’re up for it, your entertaining space will be completely transformed.

Picnic Table Overhang

A backyard picnic table is a great way to create togetherness and comfort in your outdoor space. Make it even more inviting by creating an overhang with outdoor lights. Place poles on both sides of your picnic table cementing them to the bottom of planters. Enjoy your nights spent eating underneath the lights.

Hanging lights are one of the best ways to illuminate your outdoor space. Set them up in your backyard based on your home style and needs!


10 Stunning Ways to String up Lights in Your Backyard

If you’re looking for an easy and affordable way to upgrade your backyard, you’ve come to the right place! Outdoor string lights are one of the simplest (and most inexpensive) ways to elevate your outdoor space right now. They’re versatile, stunning, and add an elegant and cozy vibe wherever they’re placed.

From creating an enchanting overhang above your eating area, to lighting up your porch when the sun goes down, here are 10 stunning ways to string up lights in your backyard.

1. Around Your Patio Door and Windows

Up the ambiance of your outdoor space by adding string lights around your patio door and windows. Not only will this act as an additional source of light when it’s dark out, it will also make your backyard a more enchanting place to spend time on summer nights.

2. On Your Porch

There’s nothing better than spending time relaxing on your backyard porch with a cup of tea and good book in hand. Make it even more magical by draping string lights from the ceiling or around the porch railing.

3. Along Your Fence

Whether you have a big backyard or small, hanging string lights around your fence is always a good idea. They’ll light up your entire backyard space, making it look more elegant at the same time.

4. Above Your Eating Space

Love to host dinners in your backyard? Or simply want to eat more meals outside with your family? Hang string lights above your eating space for an extra charming vibe. Your guests will love the atmosphere and you can be proud of how gorgeous your outdoor space looks.

5. Enchant Your Trees

If you’re lucky enough to have trees in your backyard, create an enchanting oasis by twisting white string lights around the tree trunks. You and your loved ones will love to sit outside among the lit-up trees night after night.

6. Over a Fire Pit

If you have a fire pit in your backyard, make it even cozier by hanging string lights above it. It will transform into the perfect area to sit with friends and family enjoying a glass of wine, s’mores and good stories.

7. Around a Pergola

A pergola is a gorgeous statement piece for your backyard, and you can easily make it even more beautiful with the addition of string lights. String the lights around the perimeter of the pergola, letting them hang slightly lower than the top of the structure itself.

8. Create a DIY Canopy

Hang string lights from tall fence posts or any other structure in a crisscross pattern to create a stunning canopy. With one step outside, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a magical oasis.

9. Light Up Your Bar/Cooking Area

This one’s for the hosts! If you’ve outfitted your backyard with a bar or cooking area, illuminate the space with pretty string lights. This will provide brightness while you work away to give your guests a delicious meal.

10. Under a Table Umbrella

Your table umbrella can do double duty this summer by providing shade during the day and acting as stunning decor at night. Hang the string lights around the perimeter of the umbrella, or line the inside along the umbrella seams.

If you’re looking to up the ambiance of your backyard, use these ideas to string up lights and beautify your outdoor space!


Stunning Outdoor Furniture to Set Off Your Backyard

We don’t know about you, but we’re ready for the snow to melt and spring to finally arrive. Until then, we’ve rounded up stunning outdoor furniture to deck out your porch and backyard when it warms up outside. Outdoor living has become a major trend over the years, and people are going to be spending more time outside in 2018. Outdoor rooms, porches and decks are a low-cost way to extend your home, and when the warm weather graces us, it’s much more enjoyable to spend time outside than in.

Whether you love to entertain big groups, or simply spend time with your family outside, it’s time to give some TLC to your backyard. If you’re looking to upgrade your outdoor space, here are 5 stunning outdoor furniture options to set off your backyard.

1. Get Creative with Colours and Fabrics

Your outdoor space should reflect your interior, but you also have more freedom to use bolder colours and intricate patterns. Get funky with furniture like lounge chairs and throw pillows, using patterns and complimentary prints and colours. Stripes and geometric prints continue to be on trend, and you can go as bold as you want with your outdoor furniture colour, as long as it matches green.

2. Eco-friendly Windows

A closed-in porch is an awesome way to get the best of indoor and outdoor worlds. Good windows are essential for a porch that lets the light shine in without overheating you. Gentek’s Regency windows are energy efficient, constructed with airtight insulating chambers, protective weather stripping, and high-performing insulated glass to block the transfer of heat and cold. They’re classic, strong and easy to upkeep, which is just what you want for your windows.

3. Trendy Decks

When it comes to your outdoor design, don’t forget decks and flooring. Your deck can be a design feature in itself, so think about how you can bring your outdoor space together by pairing the furniture and accents with gorgeous flooring. Sagiper siding is extremely versatile and can be used for covered decks. It’s ideal for high humidity areas, and is highly durable and easy to clean. It’s a beautiful way to enhance your outdoor living space.

4. Fire Features

Whether you opt for an elegant fire pit in your backyard, or go all out with a built-in fireplace on your porch or patio, a fire feature will pull your space together and keep you warm on brisk summer nights. It’s a statement piece that brings people together and allows you to extend your time outside when the sun goes down and the temperature cools.

5. Bring the Indoors Out

No, you don’t actually need to bring your indoor furniture outside, but outdoor furniture

design is looking increasingly like the indoor pieces you know and love. It’s important your outdoor furniture is comfortable, durable, weather-proof and easy to maintain, and of course on trend. If you love to entertain and spend quality time outdoors, invest in outdoor pieces that allow you to spend more time outside.

Get outside more this year with stunning furniture that will enhance your outdoor space!