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How to Make Your Backyard the Best Room in Your Luxury Home
Spring cleaning is no fun which is why we'd rather procrastinate by creating an inviting outdoor space for your family and friends! Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has everything you need to know about how to decorate to make your backyard or patio the most luxurious, engaging and best room in your house, including chic luxury outdoor home decor, furniture, rugs and accessories. Let's get out!
High Design Gear and Toys Best for Summer at the Beach 2021
How can you make a day at the beach an adventure that doesn't compromise your personal style? If you're a design maven, the average beach chair or umbrella may leave you feeling underwhelmed. Fear not, style maven. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of the best high design gear and toys perfect for a fashion lover's stylish summer at the beach in 2021, including towels, chairs, coolers and umbrellas.
How to Move the Holiday Joy Outside This Year
With COVID-19 sadly resurging just as the holidays arrive, what are the best ways to gather outdoors for winter holiday parties and meals with proper social distancing? Our correspondent Jillian Tangen has rounded up everything we need to know about how to host a luxury holiday meal or party outdoors, and what to do to entertain safely at home with social distancing in cold weather this winter. 'Cause if they can do it in the Alps, why not do the same in your own backyard?
The Best Ways to Grow Your Food in a New Victory Garden
One of the many old ideas that are suddenly new again in this coronavirus era is the home Victory Garden. Citizens grew them during World War II to support the war effort and boost the nutritional value of family meals during a time of rationing. Fast forward to 2020, and people are at it again. Are you up for growing your own sustainable vegetable or herb garden at home? If so, our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum is sharing tips on the best ways to grow some of your own food - fresh vegetables and herbs - in a new COVID-19 Victory Garden at home right now. Spoiler alert: the modern Victory Garden is chic and stylish, and quite a lot of fun to grow.
Are Luxury Outdoor Pods the Best Way to Work From Home?
The Tired of all the distractions while working at home? With no immediate change in sight, lots of people who are working from home are resorting to creative measures to improve their productivity for the long haul. One of the best ideas we've heard so far is building or buying a luxury outdoor office pod - a backyard oasis of peace and quiet for work. Our correspondent Jillian Tangen has curated a list of the best luxury outdoor work pods out there right now.
How to Get the Best Internet Access Working Outdoors
Since work-from-home and work-outside-the-office seem poised to become long-term (maybe permanent) features of our existence, we think it's time to get schooled on how to ensure that we can get our work done from the great outdoors. Whether it's our backyard, a rooftop terrace, our favorite beach or a tent in the mountains, how can we access the internet effectively and find a WiFi hotspot when working outdoors? Our ace tech correspondent Tomas White has answers.
The Best Chic Luxury Outdoor Side Tables and Stools
It's outdoor party season, which means you may be in need of a new side table or two to refresh your backyard decor. Here's our curated list of the best chic luxury designer outdoor garden stools, end tables, accent tables and side tables, in stone, ceramic, marble, wood and more. Whether your look is modern minimalist or rustic chic, there's a perfect outdoor side table or stool for your summer entertaining this year.
What are the Best Cookbooks for Summer Entertaining?
Hosting outdoor parties and firing up the grill? If you're in search of a few new dishes to add to your repertoire, we've got you. Whether it's a new twist on an old time favorite or something completely new, these cookbooks have it covered. Our ace correspondent Julie Chang Murphy is sharing a list of 12 favorite cookbooks with some of the best food and road-tested recipes perfect for summer entertaining, including grilling, vegetarian dishes and desserts.
What are the Best Innovative “Smart” Luxury Lawn Mowers?
There's something deeply satisfying about a freshly-moved lawn. The scent of the grass, the beauty and order of an expanse of domesticated nature right outside our door. Outdoor entertaining season is here - so if you're a DIY type, what's the best way to get the job done right now? Our correspondent Jillian Tangen has curated a list of the best innovative "smart" luxury lawn mowers to shop for right now, whether you're looking for a walk-behind, ride-on, or robotic model. It's lawn mowing gone high-tech.
How to Host the Perfect Outdoor Party at Your Home
Summer entertaining season has arrived! And hosting an outdoor party is one of the great joys of warm weather living. But how to do it effortlessly and elegantly? Our interior design expert Laurie S. Woods shares 10 steps to creating the perfect luxury outdoor living space. Here's how to host the perfect outdoor party at your home. And how to create a space that you and your family will love spending time in, too.
How to Find the Most Magical Luxury Home String Lights
With home entertaining on the upswing, one of the easiest and most effective way to create a warm and inviting environment is with luxury home string lights, twinkle lights, fairy lights and other sprays of light. Here's how to find the most magical luxury home indoor and outdoor string lights, including globe, Edison and fairy lights, solar and plug-in, curtains, spheres and more.
The Best Outdoor Play Equipment for a Chic Backyard Look
OK, parents and caregivers of the world, it's time to get real. We love our little darlings, and we really want them to have safe and fun places to play in the backyard now that spring is here. But we also like to entertain (and someday we'll be allowed to do that again!) So we kind of want outdoor play equipment that doesn't wreck our design aesthetic. Do we really have to choose? Happily, in this arena we can have it both ways! Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of the best outdoor backyard play equipment brands that will provide hours of joy for your little people, and maintain a chic backyard look for you.
Make Outdoor Entertaining Fun with Happy Serving Pieces
Planning an outdoor party (or 3 or 7) in the warm weather months this year? Here's how to make spring and summer entertaining even more fun with the addition of happy and elegant serving pieces for your tabletop in the shape of fruit and vegetables. With shapes fresh from the farmer's market, a fresh and elegant presentation is a cinch.

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