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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get A Move On—Outdoor Activities in the Gulf
You love sand and surf, but the thought of lying on a towel for hours makes you twitch. Good thing the Gulf has plenty of outdoor activities to satisfy your inner adrenaline junkie.
Room envy: Take breath of fresh air in this cozy, private courtyard
Any outdoor room is nice, but a courtyard scores extra points. “It’s an exterior space that’s cozy and private,” says Atlanta architect Timothy Adams, whose patio design in Watercolor, Florida, is surrounded by the house.
Specialty Garden Center: Wilkerson Mill Gardens
Elizabeth Dean and Gene Griffith have turned their South Fulton nursery into a regional destination for hydrangea enthusiasts.
Outdoor Furniture: Authenteak
The 15,000-square-foot showroom of Authenteak features more than 100 sets of outdoor furniture, plus kitchens, fire pits, grills, rugs, fabrics, and accessories.