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2014 Blog Cabin: Raised Fire Pits

To all of those who voted for the 2014 Blog Cabin’s outdoor features, great job! The results are in and I think you’ve made some excellent decisions – including the choice to grow veggies and herbs in the garden!

Laurie March Blog Raised Fire Pits
Photo:, Dream Home 2012

Another thing I was excited to see was that the raised metal fire pit had been chosen for the backyard. Outdoor fire pits have become a coveted feature in recent years. Not unlike the diversity found in pool design, styles of fire pits now run the gamut. While we might think of these cozy components as mere campfires, when raised above ground they can be elevated to works of art. Read Post…

En Garde! Functional Fencing Ideas

Fencing Fences Blog Laurie March
Photo Courtesy:, © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Whether you need it for privacy, a pool or a puppy, choosing the right type of fence can be very important. Fencing can be extremely expensive both to purchase and install – depending on the size of your yard and the style you choose. Here are some options to consider if you’re still “on the fence” about what works for your home. Read Post…

Not So Fast! Good-Looking Safety Gates

We can all agree that when it comes to our little ones, whether they’re your people or your pets – safety comes first. But that does beg the question – what comes second? And I think the answer is: style.

Laurie March Blog
Photo (c) Patrick Flynn

If you need a baby or pet gate at your house, you don’t have to sacrifice aesthetically. Like the example above, a fantastic project by Brian Patrick Flynn, your gates don’t have to be eyesores in order to be effective. Matching a gate to your home’s design can ensure things stay both protected and pretty. Here are few safety gate styles I’ve come across while searching for all things secure in décor. Read Post…

4 Ways to Find Retro Patio Furniture

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d chat about my good friend, Paddy O’Furniture. I can hear you all groaning, but I’m Dublin over laughing!

Patio Furniture Lauroe March Blog

Ahem, anyway, this is the time of year when all think Spring and new outdoor furniture hits the stores. Something about summer barbeques always has me waxing nostalgic and I’ve had fun poking around for retro patio furniture. If you like the look as much as I do, here are some ways you might be able to achieve it in the next few months. Read Post…

3 Very Vintage Bathroom Fixtures

If you love design inspired by another era, you are a vintage enthusiast – and I will see you at the meetings. The word vintage was originally used to describe the year that grapes were picked to make a certain wine. Now it’s taken on new meanings in terms of something’s style.


Not to be confused with the word ‘antique,’ which is generally used when something is more than 100 years old, a ‘vintage’ piece might be from the 1980s, the 1920s or the 1700s. It basically covers anything that isn’t reminiscent of right now – which can be a little confusing, since all things vintage are very popular…right now. In the world of bathroom fixtures, vintage business is booming. Check out three of my favorite old-timey bathroom accents. Read Post…

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