10 Tips for Improving Your Patio

outdoor furniture in front of fireplace and poolAre you currently looking to improve your patio or garden? Here are ten simple tips to really make the most of it:

Give it a power clean

First of all, make sure your patio slabs are as clean as they can be! This may call for a professional power clean. Once you’ve given your patio a thorough cleanse, consider investing in a sealer. This will make hosing off your patio easier in the future.

Get landscaping

Once the patio itself is sorted, think outside the patio parameters and get creative with your garden landscaping. You can enhance your patio by enclosing Continue reading


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Outdoor Furniture Ideas from the National Home Show

outdoor sofa in cabanaToday is the last day of this year’s National Home Show in Toronto. Exhibitors have shown off their home goods and services for the last 10 days. More than 100,000 visitors came to admire interesting garden designs and furniture and to purchase one or the other product for their house.

The first photo shows a super-modern landscape design based on nordic and native inspirations. A wooden cabana in teepee style hosts a stainless steel outdoor sofa set with blankets. Other great landscaping scenes were present at the show that had visitors in awe. Continue reading


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5 Great Ontario Whites to Enjoy on Your Patio

wicker furniture on winery patioDays are finally getting longer and after a tough winter, we are certainly seeing the temperatures rise. Is it time yet to sit on your patio and sip on a glass of local white wine?

In case you decide to get out your patio dining set, or maybe just a lounge chair for right now, here are my tips for a companion. Take a blanket with you. Just in case you like these so much and want to stay outside longer. Continue reading


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Patio Furniture in the Cold Winter of Quebec

patio on lakeIt’s the middle of winter. Icicles glitter from the roofs, white covers the ground. Nothing is further away than the thought of patio furniture. At least that’s what you may think if you’re from the “warm” south – southern Ontario that is.

I had the pleasure of spending a few days in Quebec over the holidays. About an hour from Montreal, you’ll find the Eastern Townships with Lake Magog, Mount Orford and other spectacular views. A beautiful area with lots of activities; skiing, snowshoeing, snowtubeing, skating, just to Continue reading


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How to Take Care of your Outdoor Patio Furniture in the Winter Months

patio furniture in winterWinter will soon be here. Christmas decorations are popping up on every corner. If you have not already put your patio furniture away, you may want to do that soon. Unless you intend to use it in the winter too, of course. Either way, here are a couple of tips on how to maintain and store your outdoor furniture.

What can I do to keep my furniture nice and clean?

Cleaning your patio set goes a long way. Before you put it away in your garage or shed, make sure Continue reading


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4 Essentials to Consider when Building Your Dream Deck

Modern home patio with outdoor dining furnitureTurning an outdoor space into one that entices you and your guests as soon as the door opens is a renovation dream for most people. Building a good deck can enhance the beauty and function of your landscape, and blend with the outdoor living space to create the perfect area for entertaining, family activities and privacy.

So want to spruce up your backyard with a striking deck? Building your Continue reading


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Toronto and Celebrities on Rattan Furniture

marilyn on rattan furniture in toronto So what does Toronto, rattan furniture and celebrities have in common?

After doing a bit of research on the topic, I have come up with a few interesting insights, that are not too shocking, I’ll admit, but nevertheless, some sexy and quite a bit funny as well.

First of all, there is the ultimate Continue reading


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Toronto Wicker Furniture Ideas

outdoor wicker sectional furniture on Toronto rooftopThis Toronto rooftop was completed by Terra Firma Design. The wicker sectional shows beveled armrests in a clean modern style, which is re-enforced with off white fabric on the cushions. The coffee table can also be used as ottoman. A great feature allowing you to put your feet up after a hard work day. Custom seating is added, putting the Continue reading


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4 Exciting New Sectional Patio Furniture Designs

outdoor setional sofa circular designThe sectional outdoor sofa has achieved the significance of a status symbol in North America. It is large, offers plenty of seating, the very thing that only a huge backyard or patio can accommodate. Or in other words, whoever has a large enough property to host one of these enormous pieces of furniture, certainly must be wealthy, at least if they live in a city with high home prices. Once we leave the city boundaries, large homes become more prevalent and with them, the new “American Dream”-product, the outdoor sectional.

Here are the latest trends for this kind of garden furniture. Continue reading


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Backyard Refresh! Top 5 Tips for Decking Out Your Outdoor Area

modern deck with patio furnitureWhat’s your dream backyard? Is it a spectacular paradise where you can escape the daily hustle to relax and tune out from the world in? Or are you a social butterfly with friends and family constantly flocking in and out and you need something a little more exciting to entertain and cater for them? Maybe you are a growing family and need something bigger so the children don’t go too stir crazy cooped up inside – whatever it is, having a backyard that adapts to your needs and lifestyle is essential.

Take a seat in your backyard, are you comfortable? If not then it’s probably because you never got around to Continue reading


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