Four Factors to Consider When Adding a Screened-In Porch to Your Home

If you want to enhance your home’s indoor-outdoor living area, one of our favorites ideas is to add a screened-in porch. The change can be almost as dramatic as adding an entirely new room to your home, but the process of designing and decorating a screen-in porch isn’t quite as straightforward. Before you invest in an enclosed porch, ask yourself a few key questions about the function and style of your new space.

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Think of the View and Flow

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make about your new space is where to put it. For some homeowners, screening in an existing porch feels like an obvious choice, but think carefully about how it will change your entrances, exits, and windows, says Jeff Rossen of Rossen Landscape. “You want to have a place where it won’t negatively impact your view,” says Rossen, “or else come to terms with the fact that you’re going to be looking out the living room window into a screened-in porch.” If you have a second-story deck, enclosing the area underneath can turn a dreary

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Four Things to Consider When Adding Hanging Flowerpots to Your Home

Adding a hanging flowerpot, or a collection of hanging pots, to your indoor garden or an otherwise lonely corner of a room is a great way to enhance your space and bring the outdoors in. But decorating with suspended greenery and flowers isn’t quite as simple as choosing a planter and getting to work; there are a few things you’ll need to know before you get started. And though there are a couple more steps involved when hanging a flowerpot versus simply potting one at ground level, the added dimension a suspended plant gives your home is well worth that extra effort. It’s also a great way to maximize your space by taking your greenery vertical.

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The Benefits of Decorating with Hanging Flowerpots

Today’s options for hanging flowerpots are practically endless, says Fernando Wong of Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design, Landscape Architecture Firm. “There are straps made out of everything from leather and fabric, to metal,” he says. If you’re styling indoor spaces, Wong says the right flowerpot can soften a room and bring in some life from

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