Easy ways to make your outdoor space look amazing

Easy ways to make your outdoor space look amazing

Great ideas for dressing up your home exterior now that Spring is once again upon us…It doesn’t take much, but you can have a stylish outdoor nook in no time regardless of space.


Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to focus on the outdoor spaces of your home. May it be big or small it still needs some attention. Make your outdoor space an extension of your interior. When you are space planning any space it is important to select zones and place furniture. Here are some tips on seating, décor, and flooring options for your outdoor spaces.
#1 Seating
This corner platform seat is so easy and perfect for a balcony.

You could also add storage underneath, for storing the cushions when needed. You could also build a corner ledge around for beverages. Upholster it with outdoor fabric with a bold pattern. I often find that the outdoor fabric has brighter color pallets with more geometric shapes and is durable and weather resistant. If your space is small then dedicate the space for solely one function in this case it…

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Will Your Mom Know?

Will your Mother know how much you love her on Mother’s Day or any other day this year?  If you have to ponder this question you may want to consider doing something special your Mother will appreciate this Mother’s Day.



Flowers are a solid standby for any Mother’s Day.  All women enjoy flowers, unless they are allergic.  If your Mother is not allergic and has always loved having beautiful blooms around her home this may be the way to go.  Floral arrangements can be relatively expensive depending on the flowers you choose for the bouquet; however, your Mother would not want you to spend beyond your means.  Find something your Mom will love and won’t break your bank to gift.

Advantages: Floral arrangements are a beautiful option to add color within every space.  They add fragrance to any room and will remind your Mother of your love.

Disadvantages: As stated above, flowers can be expensive and do not tend to have a long lifecycle once cut into an arrangement.

Edible Gift Baskets

These are a trendy option and will provide yummy snacks for the Mother in your life.  Often we see the edible gift baskets shown on TV filled with chocolate covered fruit as well as other sweet treats.  These baskets depending on size and items can vary in price, but are sure to bring a smile to the face of your beloved Mommy.

Advantages: These baskets come with a variety of tasty treats and are sure to please a wide variety of mothers.  The recipient may be able to reuse the basket once the yummy snacks are gone.

Disadvantages: Giving a basket of sweets to any woman in your life may not be the best idea.  In this society obsessed with unhealthy lifestyles and weight watching your Mother may be fearful of packing on extra weight.  Although she will love the thought, she may not love the extra inches, whether perceived or not.  Also, similarly with flowers, these items are highly perishable so have a limited timeline for enjoyment.

Wooden Planters

Some of you may be thinking, but my mother does not garden and would never wish to do so.  Well, wooden planters are not simply for planting.  You can purchase the wooden planter as a container for your own gift basket creation for your own Mother.  This container will not only set a classy base for any Mother’s Day gift, but it will provide home décor or storage options long past that special day.

Advantages: Wood is a long lasting material.  The container has uses only limited by the imagination of the recipient.  You can personalize this gift basket to your Mom.  Wooden planters come in a variety of sizes offering a price point for any wallet.

Disadvantages: The wooden planter will have to be filled with items, unless of course your aim is to provide your Mother with a beautiful wooden planter.  Wooden planters can be more expensive than plastic containers.

Here are just a few options to inspire your gift-giving on this Mother’s Day.  Please remember May 11th is not far away so it may be wise to consider your options now so you won’t disappoint her by gifting a last minute thoughtless gift.  With all your Mother does, has done, and will continue to do for you, take the time to show your appreciation with a gift she will remember for years to come.

Do you have more ideas to inspire?  Please feel free to leave a comment…

If you would like to evaluate wooden planters for purchase, please make sure to check us out at www.coopersmithandson.com for a variety of wooden planters & colors to assist your Mother’s Day gift.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

As we creep along the long wintry road toward Spring our spirits begin to lift.  The possibility of a thaw just within our grasp heightens excitement to see lush green grass and beautiful blooms.  Is anyone else ready to throw off that heavy overcoat of cabin fever and move into the sunshine?  We can’t wait!

Everyone is planning their garden, buying seeds, and organizing planters in the anticipation of the upcoming great weather.  The gardening world is once again humming with anticipation of the gardening to come.  All we need is Mother Nature to bring the thaw as well as the bright sunshine we need for our gardens to grow.

Window Box Garden in Italy

Colorful Window Boxes Dress This Balcony in Italy













Plant Personality

We have always found it interesting to see how each individual gardener plans their garden.  It seems at this point in time one can really see an individual personality begin to sprout.  Have you ever taken the time to simply roam through your neighborhood and look at all the different gardening styles?  You don’t have to live in the country to do this.  Even if you are in a large city, take some time while you are jogging or walking to work to notice how the people around you make use of their space.  Gardening is an expression as well as an extension of the gardener’s personality.

Planting Styles

Some people organize their gardens with beautiful flowers strategically planted to showcase a complementing color pallet.  Others focus more on growing fruits and vegetables within their garden plot.  There are also those gardeners who prefer to coax exotic buds and plants to life all year round.   Sometimes you even have the gardeners who hold fascination with a couple flowers and choose to display an entire color spectrum for those flowers.   Finally, one can always find those gardeners with a wide variety of gardening preferences who simply plant what they desire as their whims change.

Bamboo and Orchids Plant Arrangement

Bamboo Orchids Arrangement by Simply Unique Floral Design













Can You Tell?

What types of gardeners do you have in your neighborhood or on your normal route through your area?  Gardens really express different parts of people’s personality from the beauty queens/kings to the health nuts.  Can you guess some personalities?  Do you know people who garden and you can then identify how the garden expresses that individual’s personality?

No matter the vision we all love gardening and appreciate the beauty of each garden as well as the efforts it takes to tend such a wondrous creation.  As Spring moves into Summer each garden will blossom allowing all who pass to enjoy the wondrous beauty of nature.  Here’s to all of you who are counting the days until Spring and pressing your faces up against windows seeking the tiniest hint of green along with us!


If you are planning your garden as we are, please make sure to check us out at www.coopersmithandson.com for all variety of wooden planters to assist your gardening needs this Spring.