DIY: How to design a courtyard

No matter the size, designing an outdoor space can be meaningful and relaxing. It’s all about creating something beautiful that adds pleasure to life. And that is so BoomerSmart.

The courtyard at our home isn’t large but it incorporates the same elements we use to design the inside of the home: texture, color, balance and proportion. We did this by incorporating a sidewalk and planting a variety of flowers and Bob-Bob’s one request: a Japanese maple.

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DIY: How to lay a brick sidewalk

Last week we shared the steps Bob and I took to build the retaining wall at our home, “Cypress.” Now we’re thrilled to share another outdoor project — how to lay a sidewalk. For our example, we used bricks that had been recovered when we remodeled our 1940’s home — we had 5,000 bricks at our disposal!

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Ageless design for all

What a thrill to be featured in the Better Homes & Gardens magazine, Before & After Edition, speaking on my passion: ageless design for all.

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A DIY for How to Build a Retaining Wall

Whether it’s been in another video of mine or a social media post, there’s a good chance you’ve met my husband Bob, or “Bob-Bob” as we affectionately call him. He and I restored our home “Cypress” together from the inside out, and with spring finally here, I’m thrilled to get outside and share how he and I worked together to build a retaining wall in our backyard.

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4 Elements of A Great Tablescape

Creating a tablescape isn’t about being “matchy-matchy” or stressing over having the finest linens and china. Instead, think outside the box and focus on these four elements to create a more meaningful experience that reflects your personality and interests.

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