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Beyond the BBQ

Outdoor living has improved so much since I was a child. Back then (don't ask when), most yards in Massachusetts had a lawn, swing set, foundation plants, slate or brick patio with functional all-weather furniture - remember what a picnic table was? Today's yards feature outdoor rooms that are comfortable, well-designed and function for a complete outdoor life, day and night. Once just a simple grill for burgers, chicken and hot dogs has given way to huge grills with rotisseries, smokers and elaborate pizza ovens. Check these out and make space for yours.

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Finally - It's really Spring

After this brutal winter there is definitely a lot of clean-up to do around the yard, along the driveway and walkways and the battered perimeter of the foundation plants. We are New Englanders, strong, resilient, un-broken, so let's get to it and make our outdoor spaces welcoming to the former winter warriors. WE NEED IT.

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Desperately Needing Color

This is a self-serving post, but I believe there are others who will enjoy it - those in the Boston area for the same reason I do; because it's colorful. We in eastern and central Massachusetts have been hammered by snow this week from JUNOgeddon. Everywhere you look is a palette of cool grays and whites. Here in contrast is a delightful house in Seattle that has upbeat, punchy colors and a cool kicky vibe.

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