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June 30, 2015

Summer is the perfect time for everyone to get together and celebrate. The weather's beautiful, the kids are out of school, and you're feeling festive. With the Fourth of July holiday right around the corner, you may already be planning a summer party. The little details can be overwhelming, but the planner can have as much fun as the guests. These simple ideas may help you prepare for any summer celebration this year.

Activities 

Regardless of age, everyone loves a pinata. If you have a safe place to hang it and a sturdy stick or bat, trying to open one of these paper mache dolls to get the candy inside is a fun activity that can go on for hours. Yard games such as croquet and a ring-or horseshoe-toss are fun for all ages and easy to set up and take down. You could even set up a movie or a board game.

Be sure to have some water activity available for children, especially if it's a hot day. Inexpensive squirt toys and a small pool of water can keep children happily playing for hours. 

While the summer sun is inviting, it can quickly become too hot for young children, the elderly, and pets. It's wise to have extra sunscreen, hats, and water for outdoor guests. If your area is prone to sever summer heat, consider having some indoor activities as well.

Food and Drinks

Whether entertaining inside or outside, the comfort of your guests is important. Ensuring easy access to snacks and beverages is part of being a good host, and it's easier than you might think. Find large, colorful enamel or metal bins and fill them with ice and bottled drinks and place them around for convenience. You can re use empty glass bottles into flower vases for your next party.

For a fancier presentation, use a regular ice tray to make ice cubes that add a flavor splash to any drink. Fill a tray with water and drop in a blueberry or strawberry slice. Once the ice cubes are frozen, add them to a pale cocktail or glass of water for a red, white, and blue surprise anyone can enjoy.

Grilling veggie kabobs and hamburgers is a fun, traditional way to feed everyone. Or you might showcase your cooking talents and whip up some baked beans, potato salad, and ribs. Don't want to cook? You could have a potluck, where each guest is responsible for bringing a particular item.

Party Favors

You can add a special touch to the experience by handing out handmade party favors. A roll of crepe paper, a few cardboard cubes, some ribbon, glue, confetti, and scissors can make festive party crackers with a little something, like candy, in each one. You could make personalized place settings by wrapping color string and paper name tags around a batch of sparklers for your holiday party.

Whatever style of party you throw, the decor should match the occasion. Choose simple decorating items that perhaps can be used for year's fare. Similar color patterns and distinctive table tops make your party aesthetic come to life.

For more ideas for your home this summer and expert flooring tips, consult with our professionals at Rite Rug Flooring.

 

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

Summer is the perfect time for everyone to get together and celebrate. The weather's beautiful, the kids are out of school, and you're feeling festive. With the Fourth of July holiday right around the corner, you may already be planning a summer party. The little details can be overwhelming, but the planner can have as much fun as the guests. These simple ideas may help you prepare for any summer celebration this year.

Activities 

Regardless of age, everyone loves a pinata. If you have a safe place to hang it and a sturdy stick or bat, trying to open one of these paper mache dolls to get the candy inside is a fun activity that can go on for hours. Yard games such as croquet and a ring-or horseshoe-toss are fun for all ages and easy to set up and take down. You could even set up a movie or a board game.

Be sure to have some water activity available for children, especially if it's a hot day. Inexpensive squirt toys and a small pool of water can keep children happily playing for hours. 

While the summer sun is inviting, it can quickly become too hot for young children, the elderly, and pets. It's wise to have extra sunscreen, hats, and water for outdoor guests. If your area is prone to sever summer heat, consider having some indoor activities as well.

Food and Drinks

Whether entertaining inside or outside, the comfort of your guests is important. Ensuring easy access to snacks and beverages is part of being a good host, and it's easier than you might think. Find large, colorful enamel or metal bins and fill them with ice and bottled drinks and place them around for convenience. You can re use empty glass bottles into flower vases for your next party.

For a fancier presentation, use a regular ice tray to make ice cubes that add a flavor splash to any drink. Fill a tray with water and drop in a blueberry or strawberry slice. Once the ice cubes are frozen, add them to a pale cocktail or glass of water for a red, white, and blue surprise anyone can enjoy.

Grilling veggie kabobs and hamburgers is a fun, traditional way to feed everyone. Or you might showcase your cooking talents and whip up some baked beans, potato salad, and ribs. Don't want to cook? You could have a potluck, where each guest is responsible for bringing a particular item.

Party Favors

You can add a special touch to the experience by handing out handmade party favors. A roll of crepe paper, a few cardboard cubes, some ribbon, glue, confetti, and scissors can make festive party crackers with a little something, like candy, in each one. You could make personalized place settings by wrapping color string and paper name tags around a batch of sparklers for your holiday party.

Whatever style of party you throw, the decor should match the occasion. Choose simple decorating items that perhaps can be used for year's fare. Similar color patterns and distinctive table tops make your party aesthetic come to life.

For more ideas for your home this summer and expert flooring tips, consult with our professionals at Rite Rug Flooring.

 

June 24, 2015

8 Ways to Create an Outdoor Oasis in Your Backyard

As summer returns, it is time to move outdoors and enjoy everything the season has to offer. Whether you want to escape to a personal retreat or host a seasonal gathering, adding comfort and style to your surrounds is a must. How can you bring the indoors outside this summer? Here are eight ways to make your patio, porch, deck or backyard comfortable and stylish.

1. Add a Deck or Patio

In order to create an outdoor oasis, you need a dedicated space to do so. If you don't already have one, adding a deck or patio to your home is a great place to start and has many benefits. Not only will this be a visually appealing addition to your home, but decks and patios create more space to host events or casual gatherings outdoors. Decks and patios are also a cost-effective way to increase the value of your home because they often do not involve the level of cost an interior renovation or add-on can. While building a neck deck or adding a patio space will require a budget, creating a beautiful outdoor escape will be well-worth it.

2. Update or Expand an Existing Space

The same benefits listed above also apply to updating or expanding an existing porch, patio or deck. Adding or updating a current space can quickly improve the look and feel of your home and backyard. Start from the ground up by cleaning, sealing or staining your existing deck. Consider adding on to the area for more room by connecting it to a new, lower section or using paving stones that lead to a garden-side bench. Have a sunroom that could use an update? Choose from a variety of new flooring options for an instant update. Another way to update your deck is to build up instead of out. Better Homes and Gardens suggests that adding a new railing is an easy way to give your deck a makeover. Alternatively, consider adding a perimeter of build-in benches for low decks.

3. Furnish Your New Space

The right furniture will help make your deck or patio a destination for hosting outdoor activities or simply relaxing. Make the area functional, yet comfortable, with a table and chairs or a couple of patio loungers. Small side tables are great for holding drinks, while a thin serving table can hold summertime snacks and treats.

4. Consider Do-It-Yourself Projects

Whether you are seasoned do-it-yourself type of person or just starting out, DIY projects are an easy way to add personalized touches. They are often cost-effective as well, which can help you extend your decorating budget and do more elsewhere. Building a small side or serving table may be easier than you think! Other ideas include cushions, artwork, planters and ornate candleholders. Check out a curated board at Pinterest for even more do-it-yourself projects and decorating ideas.

5. Be Creative with Lighting

Large lanterns or enclosed candles can add a cozy glow to a secluded space, while installed lights or hung decorative lighting is essential for entertaining. If possible, use different types of lighting for versatility. Something bright is best for hosting nighttime activities, but accent lamps or ground-based landscape lighting can help let you see the stars.

6. Increase Privacy

If you typically feel a bit conspicuous relaxing outside, there are many ways to add privacy and increase coziness. Consider adding a privacy fence or a trellis with a flowering vine to help block an unwanted view. Simple partial walls help to enclose a gathering space without cutting it off completely. Covering the area with a lightweight roof, awning, or canopy is another way to increase the feeling of privacy and separation while also providing coverage from the sun. A pergola is another versatile option that can let in sunlight and be oriented differently depending on the season.

7. Populate the Area with Plants

Aside from planting trees or building around them, adding more greenery to your outdoor space is essential. No matter how many trees or shrubs you have in your yard, bringing plants onto the patio will help soften the surroundings and enhance the area's look and feel. For outdoor spaces, ways to add greenery include: -Planters or container gardening -Hanging baskets -Flowering vines Hanging baskets, in particular, are a cost-effective and easy way to add charm and color to your home's exterior.

8. Make It Yours: Add Accents and Decorations

Once you have the set-up how you want, it is time to add even more style and personality. Shop for summertime dishes and table runners or update your planters and vases. Pillows and cushions are a quick way to add comfort and appeal, while wind chimes or sun catchers can add visual interest.

Whatever you choose, try to introduce some color into your surroundings. Make a statement with strong pieces in bold colors, or create a calming atmosphere using a more soothing palette. If possible, try to complement your home's current exterior. Incorporating the house's scheme, trim style and material can help create a more seamless overall look.

Bringing the indoors outdoors this summer is easier than you think. Once you have the basics in place, do not be afraid to keep adding and experimenting. Allow your space to evolve until it is the perfect area for all of your summertime activities.

For more ideas for your home this summer and expert flooring tips, consult with our professionals at Rite Rug Flooring.

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

8 Ways to Create an Outdoor Oasis in Your Backyard

As summer returns, it is time to move outdoors and enjoy everything the season has to offer. Whether you want to escape to a personal retreat or host a seasonal gathering, adding comfort and style to your surrounds is a must. How can you bring the indoors outside this summer? Here are eight ways to make your patio, porch, deck or backyard comfortable and stylish.

1. Add a Deck or Patio

In order to create an outdoor oasis, you need a dedicated space to do so. If you don't already have one, adding a deck or patio to your home is a great place to start and has many benefits. Not only will this be a visually appealing addition to your home, but decks and patios create more space to host events or casual gatherings outdoors. Decks and patios are also a cost-effective way to increase the value of your home because they often do not involve the level of cost an interior renovation or add-on can. While building a neck deck or adding a patio space will require a budget, creating a beautiful outdoor escape will be well-worth it.

2. Update or Expand an Existing Space

The same benefits listed above also apply to updating or expanding an existing porch, patio or deck. Adding or updating a current space can quickly improve the look and feel of your home and backyard. Start from the ground up by cleaning, sealing or staining your existing deck. Consider adding on to the area for more room by connecting it to a new, lower section or using paving stones that lead to a garden-side bench. Have a sunroom that could use an update? Choose from a variety of new flooring options for an instant update. Another way to update your deck is to build up instead of out. Better Homes and Gardens suggests that adding a new railing is an easy way to give your deck a makeover. Alternatively, consider adding a perimeter of build-in benches for low decks.

3. Furnish Your New Space

The right furniture will help make your deck or patio a destination for hosting outdoor activities or simply relaxing. Make the area functional, yet comfortable, with a table and chairs or a couple of patio loungers. Small side tables are great for holding drinks, while a thin serving table can hold summertime snacks and treats.

4. Consider Do-It-Yourself Projects

Whether you are seasoned do-it-yourself type of person or just starting out, DIY projects are an easy way to add personalized touches. They are often cost-effective as well, which can help you extend your decorating budget and do more elsewhere. Building a small side or serving table may be easier than you think! Other ideas include cushions, artwork, planters and ornate candleholders. Check out a curated board at Pinterest for even more do-it-yourself projects and decorating ideas.

5. Be Creative with Lighting

Large lanterns or enclosed candles can add a cozy glow to a secluded space, while installed lights or hung decorative lighting is essential for entertaining. If possible, use different types of lighting for versatility. Something bright is best for hosting nighttime activities, but accent lamps or ground-based landscape lighting can help let you see the stars.

6. Increase Privacy

If you typically feel a bit conspicuous relaxing outside, there are many ways to add privacy and increase coziness. Consider adding a privacy fence or a trellis with a flowering vine to help block an unwanted view. Simple partial walls help to enclose a gathering space without cutting it off completely. Covering the area with a lightweight roof, awning, or canopy is another way to increase the feeling of privacy and separation while also providing coverage from the sun. A pergola is another versatile option that can let in sunlight and be oriented differently depending on the season.

7. Populate the Area with Plants

Aside from planting trees or building around them, adding more greenery to your outdoor space is essential. No matter how many trees or shrubs you have in your yard, bringing plants onto the patio will help soften the surroundings and enhance the area's look and feel. For outdoor spaces, ways to add greenery include: -Planters or container gardening -Hanging baskets -Flowering vines Hanging baskets, in particular, are a cost-effective and easy way to add charm and color to your home's exterior.

8. Make It Yours: Add Accents and Decorations

Once you have the set-up how you want, it is time to add even more style and personality. Shop for summertime dishes and table runners or update your planters and vases. Pillows and cushions are a quick way to add comfort and appeal, while wind chimes or sun catchers can add visual interest.

Whatever you choose, try to introduce some color into your surroundings. Make a statement with strong pieces in bold colors, or create a calming atmosphere using a more soothing palette. If possible, try to complement your home's current exterior. Incorporating the house's scheme, trim style and material can help create a more seamless overall look.

Bringing the indoors outdoors this summer is easier than you think. Once you have the basics in place, do not be afraid to keep adding and experimenting. Allow your space to evolve until it is the perfect area for all of your summertime activities.

For more ideas for your home this summer and expert flooring tips, consult with our professionals at Rite Rug Flooring.

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