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Fort Mountain

Your guide to 16 great Georgia state parks

When you feel the pull of the outdoors, don’t overlook the obvious choice: Georgia’s 63 state parks and historic sites cover incredibly diverse terrain, from North America’s largest blackwater swamp to one of the world’s great mountain ranges. Here are a few of our favorite places to explore, especially when the leaves start to turn.
Working out outside Atlanta allergies

How to keep exercising outdoors in Atlanta when allergies attack

Allergies are a chief complaint in Atlanta, and with good reason: they’re getting worse. So how can you combat them without sacrificing your run in the park? Here are a few tips.
Picnic

How to enjoy a perfect, peaceful picnic

Nothing says Atlanta like an outdoor picnic. Back in the day, concertgoers pulled out silver candelabras at Chastain Park. Now we prefer a more relaxed but no less stylish vibe. For advice on pulling this off, we asked home decor shop owners Steve and Jill McKenzie to show us how they entertain outdoors in their neighborhood park.
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Why you should hire a designer for home improvement projects

While budget, time, and ability are legitimate constraints on home improvement projects, often it’s a lack of creativity that limits the possibilities. Homeowners’ most common mistake is launching a project without having a full plan in place.
Colter Atelier Cornhole

Local Find: Colter Atelier’s handmade cornhole boards

Over a round of beanbag toss at a Thanksgiving get-together in 2014, brothers-in-law Dwain Cox and Chris Jones decided they could elevate the humble lawn game, which is usually associated more with “frat party” than fine craftsmanship.
Fire pit

3 fire pits to upgrade your patio

Thinking of buying a fire pit? Three great options at three different prices from John T. Unger, AuthenTEAK, and Grandin Road.
Jungle Paradise

One Square Mile: Jungle Paradise

This is her favorite time of day, her favorite time of year, when the new flowers blossom for the first time. No one has seen daylilies like these before, not even their caretaker, Suzanne Franklin, who walks through the garden with the pride of a mother and the wonder of a child.
Brian Patrick Flynn home

Room Envy: At HGTV star Brian Patrick Flynn’s home, guests have their own stylish deck

The best way to keep houseguests self-sufficient is to give them their own enticing space, says Brian Patrick Flynn. The quippy designer for HGTV’s Urban Oasis 2015 lives in Atlanta but regularly escapes to a wooded home in Ellijay that he shares with partner Hollis Smith, who has his own challenging schedule as part of the costume department for The Walking Dead.

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