Month: September 2020

Guest Picks: Establish a Casually Patriotic Patio

Now that spring is here, I am turning my thoughts toward the excellent outside and preparing a strategy for a spring filled with casual gatherings, barbecues with friends, s’mores ready over a fire pit and maybe some occasional stargazing. I have gathered together all my favorite finds that are fantastic for making a relaxing outdoor space. — Sasha from Lemonade Makin’ Mama

Pier 1 Imports

Neely Bistro Set – $299.95

This miniature patio table could be an ideal match for a narrow front porch along with other tight outdoor space. The coral color is on fashion and provides an unexpected pop of color to a classic design.

West Elm

Woven Pinstripe Outdoor Pendant – $179

There are several great outdoor lighting choices this year, and I especially love the simplicity of this woven pendant, made from wrapped cording. I can envision the light filtering through above a festive outdoor dinner celebration.

Pottery Barn

External Artificial Trim Pillow, Fresca Blue – $39.50

The fresca blue color of this water-repellant pillow is neutral and blends nicely with many colour schemes.

Cost Plus World Market

Orange Lili Punched Drum Stool – $59.99

Ceramic stools are all the rage right now, but I really like the fact that this one is constructed from powder-coated metal for durability, making it a good selection for a terrace. I have chosen a bright orange color that contrasts nicely with the other items in this group.

Cost Plus World Market

Warm Chevron Outdoor Throw Pillow – $34.99

I would really like to toss this chevron pillow onto a classic Adirondack chair and see the sun go down.

Home Decorators Collection

Morph Vase, Clear – $39

Gather a set of those bubble glass vases onto a cart or outdoor buffet area. They would also be gorgeous filled with some tall blooms, or left empty to sparkle in sunlight.

Cost Plus World Market

Seaweed Insulated Collapsible Tote – $19.99

A perfect catchall for picnic or barbecue provides, this tote complements the blue/orange colour scheme of the other things in this group and makes for storage.

West Elm

Playa Throw – $49

These can be slung over bare shoulders following the sun sets or utilized as picnic blankets. Made from cotton, they’re washable and flexible.


Tropical Bamboo Lantern, Melon – $179

I really like the exotic form of this extraordinary hurricane lamp, along with the cheery melon colour makes me love it more.

Home Decorators Collection

Tazi Area Rug – $19

Ground all of your outdoor things and define your space with a bold and graphic printed outdoor rug like this one.


Smith & Hawken Caged Lantern String Light – $24.99

I like hanging multiple strings of lights over the terrace for night ambience. All these cage-style lights mimic industrial light and offer a fun twist on normal string lights.

Pottery Barn

Malena Outdoor Pillows, Warm – $39.50

The splashy patterns and colours on these cushions make for comfy cushioned and pretty environment.

West Elm

Ombré Colored Glassware – $32

Ombré glassware is perfect for serving refreshing iced tea or cocktails. I really like the pop of icy blue on those.


Platta Decking, Acacia – $34.99

These outdoor flooring squares may be my favourite outdoor thing yet. They snap together easily right on your current deck or slab. Store them inside once the season finishes and reuse them another year.

West Elm

Dipped Flatware 5-Piece Place Setting, Red – $29

I love the appearance of dipped flatware, and these enameled location settings make it easy to differentiate between everyday indoor solutions and outdoor items.


Carmen Cocktail Napkins – $24.95

These fabric cocktail napkins add a spot of pleasure into the patio dining table and look as if they have been dipped in dye.


Franklin Sports Expert 6-Player Croquet Set – $87.99

Fantastic for family-friendly entertainment in the grass, this croquet set is a classic must-have for children of all ages.

Grandin Road

Kelly Planters – $79

This set of 3 planters would be excellent nestled together and filled with aromatic herbs and flowers, or sprinkled through your space.


Carilo Blue Garden Stool – $129

The gorgeous brilliant blue tones in this backyard stool make it hard to withstand. The handles make it easy to maneuver and use wherever required.


Siena 35-Inch Copper-Finish Fire Pit & Dome Screen – $369.99

You can’t have a backyard set without including a fire pit of some kind. This one can be moved and readily positioned where required when it’s time to make s’mores!

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Guest Groups: Pati-ohhhhh!

I’ve always wanted a wonderful terrace to enjoy with my family and friends in the hot weather months. Unfortunately, my house only came outfitted with a pitifully undersized (and therefore virtually useless) deck. But a girl can dream, and here’s what I’d have if I could! — Rita from Struggling Off Frumpy

Pottery Barn

Chesapeake Sectional Components – $79

These outside sectional components permit you to configure (and re-configure) your seats any way you desire. Along with the neutral colors mean you can easily change your color scheme or include unique accents whenever you feel like it!


Twenty Flowers Handmade In White Color String Light By cottonlight – $16.50

Twinkling lights always add a festive air to an outside space — because you shouldn’t have to watch for a festive event.


HandyDeck Patio Pavers

There’s no better way to spruce up a dull concrete terrace flooring than with tile, and no simpler method of tiling than that. No special tools easy-peasy!


Hanging Basket Planter From Reclaimed Wood By andrewsreclaimed – $35

Indoors or outdoors, it is my view that one can not have too many flowers. This reclaimed wood hanging planter would look great with just about anything inside, from a big bushy petunia into a brilliant green sweet-potato vine.

Pottery Barn

Chesapeake Coffee Table – $349

This coffee table matches with the Chesapeake sectional. And where else are you going to put your drinks, your books or your own feet?

Home Infatuation

Faux Gold Terracotta Outdoor Dinnerware – $19.95

These look like terracotta tiles, but they’re actually durable, outdoor-safe melamine plates! Fantastic for carrying your outdoor cooking from grill to cuisine.

Lamps Plus

Kenroy Home Copper Vines Lighted Floor Fountain – $331.91

Nothing says outdoors like the calm sound of trickling water.


Prestige Patio Planter – $179.99

If you’ve checked out any of my additional ideabooks, you understand that I’m about greenery. So naturally (no pun intended), plants and flowers are a massive component of my dream terrace, therefore those durable vinyl planters.


Indoor-Outdoor Pillows, Light Blue, By need to enjoy home decor – $42

I really like the design and colors of those cushions, plus they’re made from a durable weather-resistant cloth with quick-dry fiber-fill — ideal for weathering the occasional rainstorm!


Outdoor Fire Pit Kits

A fire pit may bring warmth and closeness into a terrace. And s’mores.

Pottery Barn

Chesapeake Bar – $999

A patio bar? Yes, please! It even features its own built-in stemware rack and bottle opener, so you never have to worry about finding one when you’ve had “one too many.”

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Bristol Outdoor Patio Floor Lamp – $349.99

What a exceptional lamp! I dig the arbitrary weave of the wicker shade.


Welcome Stones By SandStudios – $99

Since my childhood obsession with writing my own name on everything never truly went away.

ROCKWOOD Retaining Walls

If the space isn’t appropriate to get a fire pit, just how amazing would a fireplace be? I am able to envision cozying up to one of them when the nights begin to turn a little cold.


Patina Hanging Lantern By madebysheri – $28

I really don’t believe you can have too much ambient light and these lanterns provide such a gorgeous glow!

BBQ Island Inc..

Fire Magic 790 Pre-Fab Barbecue Island – $6,992.55

On my fantasy patio, no ordinary grill grill will do. I’d have to have one of those sweet islands using a wonderful small fridge and everything.

Cypress Moon

Swing Beds

This massive swing would be to die for! I could spend many dreamy hours swaying in the breeze, surrounded by cushions and cushions, and even share the distance with my husband and kids (grudgingly).

What is the ideal terrace with no shade? I can just see this gorgeous pergola hung with pretty flower lights and some lush green vines.

Pottery Barn

Sunbrella® Multistripe Bordered Indoor And Outdoor Rug, Blue – $329

A rug makes any room look more completed — even one that is outdoors.


Bird Feeder Hanging Copper Roof Stain Wood By BeeGracious – $165

A gorgeous house for our feathery friends will turn into a terrace into a space even the birds will love!

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The way to Install Acoustic Sealant for Drywall

Just as it’s desired to seal a home against infiltration by heat, cold and air pollution, it’s often desirable to seal noise out, too. In fact, audio often follows the exact same route energy and air does to seep in and out of a structure. Sound transmits through little gaps in joints between drywall sheets and in which parts like electrical outlets and switch boxes penetrate drywall. One step to decrease noise infiltration is to use acoustic sealant around the perimeter of drywall sheets in new construction before tape and drywall joint compound are implemented. Although acoustic sealant applies and appears comparable to standard caulk, it preserves a tacky flexibility for many years, maintaining its exceptional noise-dampening properties.

Ensure that the drywall surface is dry and clean before applying acoustic sealant. Drywall typically creates a huge number of dust that can be wiped off from joint surfaces using a soft cloth or broom before applying sealant and installing sheets to framing.

Load a tubing of acoustic sealant to a typical quart-sized caulking gun.

Apply a 1/4-inch bead of sealant around all edges of a sheet of drywall.

Install the drywall on the framing, making sure the cohesive sealant fills the gap between the drywall and the floor and ceiling, squeezing out as the panel is installed.

Apply a 1/4-inch bead of acoustic sealant around all edges of the next sheet of drywall. Install the sheet so it firmly abuts the previous sheet and acoustic sealant squeezes out of the intersecting combined, in addition to the joint in which the drywall matches the ground and ceiling.

Apply a 1/4-inch bead of acoustic sealant to the combined where partial drywall sheets terminate against window and door frames.

Scrape off excess acoustic sealant that has squeezed out of joints using a putty knife immediately following installation of every panel. Since the flux stays tacky and pliable, any remaining amount may interfere with the adhesion of drywall tape and joint compound. Standard artificial latex rubber acoustic sealants have a tooling period of about 15 minutes after application. During this time, residue can be easily wiped off using a putty knife or wiped off with a moist rag. Butyl rubber sealants stay tacky and never put. Residue from these can be removed with a rag soaked with paint thinner.

Coat the interior perimeter of cutouts in drywall made to accommodate electrical outlets or switches using acoustic sealant, and install the boxes before the sealant sets. Standard artificial latex rubber acoustic sealants have a tooling period of about 15 minutes after application. During this time, residue can be easily wiped off using a putty knife or wiped off with a moist rag. Butyl rubber sealants stay tacky and never put. Residue from these can be removed with a rag soaked with paint thinner.

Fill any gaps bigger than 1/4-inch around drywall joints or gaps inside corners using loose-cell stitch stuff or backer rod before applying acoustic sealant to complete the filling. Width of the backer rod utilized should be double the width of the gap to be caulked. Continue the process until all drywall within the room is set up along with the room is sealed airtight with acoustic sealant.

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