Outdoor Companion

By: Charlotte Lyons

Reviewed By: Monica Resinger

Outdoor Companion
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Are you looking for ways to give your yard a new personality? If so, this book is filled with many ideas for decorating your outdoor spaces. Here's the Contents:

Table of Contents

  1. Welcome...entrances, front doors, pathways and courtyards. Project: Birdbath
  2. Gateways...fences, gates, arbors, gazebos and hideaways. Project: Wind Chime
  3. Bloomers...gardens, window boxes, ponds and fountains, quiet retreats. Project: Cherries Bucket
  4. Here and There...potted plants, containers and window boxes. Project: Planter Box
  5. Forget-Me-Nots...porches, patios, decks and pergolas. Project: Painted Deck Chair
  6. Under the Apple Tree...playhouses, children's gardens and secret spots. Project: Gardening Tote
  7. Yardwork...potting and planning, sheds and pet houses, outdoor ornaments. Project: Garden Jacket
  8. Outside-In...decorating ideas, vases and arrangements, wreaths, garden rooms. Project: Rabbit Tray

Each of these chapters is filled with inspiration and beautiful color photos for the subjects listed. There are many different styles found throughout the book so you won't have a problem finding your style. Where did the photos come from? Mary Engelbreit, Charlotte Lyons and Barbara Elliott Martin traveled about and captured their favorite outdoor spots. Each photo has a caption along with it to help you identify what's being used. For example, a picture in chapter 2, Gateways, is of 2 windows on a house that have arbors in front of them with roses growing up. The caption says `Porch windows are rimmed in arbors where roses ramble right up to the screens (above). The fragrance filters through to the porch while bees buzz harmlessly outside.'

If that's not enough for you, at the end of each chapter is a charming project with color photo and complete directions. If you're familiar with Mary Engelbreit's work, you'll know these projects all have a touch of whimsy, uniqueness and creativity.

If that's not enough for you, at the end of each chapter is a I have used many ideas from this book in my own yard and whenever I feel the need to `spruce' the yard up a bit, this is the book that I go to. There's no doubt about it, this book's a charmer. It would also make a great gift for mom on Mother's Day.

If that's not enough for you, at the end of each chapter is a If you are interested in decorating or improving your outdoor spaces, this is definitely a great place to start.

(c) 2001 Monica Resinger

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