Whether you’re sprucing up your flower beds or adding colorful pots to your balcony or porch, here's a sampling of fun outdoor products, tools and accessories for your garden, patio or outdoor living room.  Read More:


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Freestanding or built-in? Gas or charcoal? What about smokers and pizza ovens? And what’s best for quickly seared steaks versus slow-and-low barbecue? Learn the pros and cons of gas versus charcoal grills, and about neat add-ons that let you do more .  Laura Gaskill, Houzz Contributor, has the answers to these questions and more to help you pick the right grill for you.
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Outdoor Kitchen in Winnetka, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

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Friday, 09 May 2014 08:58

8 Flowers That Dazzle With Fall Color

Plan for the fall now! From flaming orange to supersaturated purple, Jenny Peterson, a Houzz contributor, shares which blooming beauties will set your fall garden ablaze with vivid hues. Read more:


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Thursday, 08 May 2014 09:23

Made in the shade - Modern Twist

Think beyond the patio umbrella with these 8 ideas for blocking the sun beautifully. Christine Tusher, shares her thoughts, read more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/25929272?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u500&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery22

Locally, our friend William Kruzel at Tuuci ( Merchandise Mart Suite 1507) has an amazing shade product line…Call Bill for an appointment 312-828-9980 or visit tuuci online.  

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These berries offer abundant fruit, small enough for pots and are like you’ve never seen before.  Karen Chapman, a houzz contributer has more to say about this -  read on:


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Friday, 02 May 2014 09:47

Mighty Shrub to the rescue!

A great design plant, Little Heath Andromeda, brings four season color.  The shrub gives us a rosiness color in the cool months, fragrant flowers in spring, can be sheared for size, deer resist eating the leaves and hummingbirds love it.  What’s not to love!  Karen Chapman shares more about this incredible mighty shrub.

Read more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/24874371?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u494&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery23

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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 09:17

Native Ground Covers for Tough, Dry Spots

Thick shade darkening your clay soil? Sun beating down on your sandy gravel? Here are 6 native ground covers for you from Benjamin Vogt, Houzz Contributor.  Read More: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/25748318?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u494&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery18


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You do not need a king-size yard to add a little formality to your landscape with fanciful hedges, topiaries and paths says Laura Gaskill, a Houzz contributor.  Laura has included one of Schmechtig’s landscape installations in 12 ideas, from garden rooms and grassy allées to secret hideaways, to spark your imagination. Read more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/26516430/list/Touches-of-Grandness-for-the-Garden


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During the flower-power days of the 1960s, Donovan sang about “being mad about saffron” in his hit song Mellow Yellow. Are we still mad about yellow in our gardens, and can it be mellow? Here’s what Frank Organ, a Houzz Contributor says… read more:


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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:17

16 Ideas for a Healthy, Feel-Good Home

“As the warmer months draw nearer, you may be thinking about ways to improve your lifestyle by eating healthier, getting outside more or losing the stress. Before you berate yourself for slacking off on those New Year’s resolutions, take a look at how your home may (or may not) be supporting you in your quest for a healthier life.” says Laura Gaskill, a Houzz Contributor. Here are Gaskill’s recommendations  to alter your home (both minor tweaks and major changes) to support healthier choices. Read more :



Patio with fire pit: Long Grove, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

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