FiberPRO Spotlight: City Decks New York

June 27th, 2014
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When you think about Fiberon’s beautiful outdoor living spaces, you think about a backyard oasis. The sprinklers ticking back and forth; the dogs and kids making circles in a lush, green yard.

Ah, the nice suburban life.

It’s not common to think about a concrete jungle spotted with thousands of yellow taxicabs, hotdog vendors, and street musicians. With all those cramped studio apartments, how many New Yorkers actually have an outdoor living space?

Quite a few, actually!

If you’re thinking all the decking fun that Fiberon provides is impossible outside of the suburbs, look no further than City Decks New York.

Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 9.13.36 AMThis month, we’re shining the FiberPRO Spotlight on this New York-based deck-builder that specializes in rooftop decks and gardens and patio designs. Simply look at some of City Deck’s work, and you’ll see what urban decks are all about.

For over 18 years, City Decks has served as New York City’s top-notch builder of rooftop decks and gardens. Their clients enjoy morning coffee and evening wine as the city hustles and bustles below them.

With City Decks, a roof is never wasted space! They turn this under-utilized outdoor area into functional, durable, and beautiful places for downtime, relaxation, and fun.

Serving Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, New Jersey, Long Island, and surrounding areas, City Decks uses Fiberon decking materials to turn outdoor areas into dazzling living spaces.

So why all this chatter about how awesome City Decks is? We’re writing a monthly feature on deck-builders who create amazing outdoor living spaces with Fiberon’s composite decking.

Think of it as “deck culture,” where we’ll give our readers the skinny about the builder, the projects, and the area. New York seems like an obvious place to start, doesn’t it?

No matter where you live, or how you want to enjoy your outdoor living space, there is a FiberPRO professional in your area, who can make your dream deck a reality.

 

How Deck Lovers Celebrate the Official Start of Summer

June 25th, 2014
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June 21 marks the first official day of the summer season. Even though we generally use the heat (and not the date) to determine the season, there’s no reason not to celebrate the arrival of summer.

Your Fiberon Outdoor Living Space is a great place to let your creativity shine through. Whether you enjoy a brilliant sunset on your outdoor living space, or you use your composite decking oasis to soak up some rays, we’ve got some ideas on how to inject more of the good life into the next months.

Prepare Your Deck for Summer

If you have composite decking from Fiberon, you don’t actually have to bother with all the bothersome upkeep.

If you have a wood deck, you’ve got to worry about wear-and-tear and sun damage. Not with a Fiberon outdoor living space!  No sealing and staining for you! When you use our durable composite decking, you don’t have to prepare for summer at all.

The only thing you need to do to get ready: take the lemonade pitcher out of the cabinet.

 

Introduce Water into Your Outdoor Living Space

Got plants on your deck? Give them plenty of water to drink as the sun beats down on the leaves.

But introduce water on your outdoor living space in other ways as well. Whether you use a blow-up pool, or let the kids and the dogs play in the sprinkler, water makes the heat less of a burden. Plus, it adds another element of fun to the summer downtime you’ve been craving.

 

Make Some Fun Cocktails!

Spice up your life with these summertime cocktail recipes. Get the blender reader, whip these up, and then head out to your Fiberon outdoor living space.

 

Tom’s Mellow Melon Margarita

Love watermelon? This pink wonder will make you giddy with spirited excitement.

 

Oyster Bar Bloody Mary

Want to add a little excitement to your tomato juice? Try this cocktail recipe out.

 

The Frozen “Texas Twister”

Cool off with a refreshing frozen margarita. Nothing says party like a Frozen Texas Twister.

 

Sunblock, Sunblock, Sunblock

Listen to your mother!

Sunburns hurt, but they’re totally avoidable. Even if you’re only heading out for a few minutes, slap on some sun lotion in order to enjoy your summer days burn-free.

 

How are you celebrating the good life this summer? Let us know in the comments below!

Movie Night On Deck

June 21st, 2014
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Follow Fiberon Decking’s board Movie Night on Deck on Pinterest.

We are spending more and more time outside on our decks.  The warm evenings are inviting us to take all of our indoor activities outdoors. The weather is gorgeous, and as summer gets in full swing, why not host an outdoor movie night on your deck this weekend? Invite the neighbors. Have a cook out. Take a dip in the pool. Snuggle up on pillows and watch one of your favorite movies by twilight.  Here are some ideas for making your outdoor movie night magical.

 

Pick the Right Spot

The most important element in setting your stage is being able to control the amount of light being filtered near your screen. Large street lamps or bright motion lights could ruin your viewing experience, so be sure to choose the right spot. Twinkle lights and elegant deck lighting create an enchanted ambiance for your outdoor movie night.

 

Movie-Night-on-DeckSet the Stage (or the Screen)

Some people choose to bring their flat screen television outside. Others buy or rent an inflatable screen. But hanging a large, white sheet is a great option too.  Be sure to have the right equipment for your chosen screen which may include a projector, computer or DVD player, and appropriate audio equipment.

 

Choose the Right Movie

Depending on your guest list, choose a movie that is appealing to everyone.  Total Film features 50 of the best summer movies, and then there are always wonderful fallbacks like Pixar or Disney films.

 

Set Up Seating Areas

If you are having your movie night near your pool, seating can be arranged with lounge chairs, deck furniture, or floating chairs. Blankets, pillows, and bean bag chairs on the deck are an excellent choice as well.

 

De-Bugging

If possible, consider spraying the morning of your movie event. Citronella candles and torches are a great option, not only for debugging, but for ambient light as well.

 

Movie Snacks

Standard movie fare is always in fashion: soft drinks, popcorn, and an array of sweet treats are a must. For fun variations, make flavored popcorn or your own rock candy.

 

Make the most of your movie night. There are no rules. Make them up as you go and share with us your ideas and photos of your movie night on your beautiful Fiberon deck.

 

 

 

ABOUT FIBERON®

Fiberon composite decking and railing materials are crafted to endure the elements and deliver lasting beauty for years to come.  Built for Outdoors,  Built for Life.   www.fiberondecking.com

Tune In to See Fiberon on I Want That: International Builders’ Show 2014

June 20th, 2014
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Coming off the heels of our successful composite decking commercial, Fiberon is ready to hit your television set yet again.

downloadThis time our composite decking products will be featured on the DIY Network’s I Want That: International Builders’ Show 2014.

For this episode, the DIY network travels to Las Vegas, the site of the 2014 International Builders’ Show. While there, the audience at home will learn more about what’s hot in the world of design, as well as informative content on building materials.

Building materials, now that’s a biggie. No wonder Fiberon will be featured!

These recurring episodes will spotlight our composite decking material, and all the advantages it has over wood. The show will reveal how composite decking is more than just an alternative to wood; it’s an environmentally friendly and more durable replacement.

(Not to mention, the fact that homeowners no longer have to brother refurbishing and restaining their outdoor living space. That’s nothing to sneeze at.)

 

Beyond the deck-building material features, the show will also highlight ideas for renovation, remodeling, and home additions. With a focus on innovative products that give your home, garden, and outdoor living space more life, any savvy homeowner will want to tune in.

Speaking of that, you can catch the episode that features Fiberon on several dates and times this month. So if you’d rather spend all your time on your deck instead of in front of the TV, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to see what’s happening in the world of composite decking.

For ideas on how you can add to your Fiberon outdoor living space, turn on the DIY Network to watch the I Want That: International Builders’ Show 2014 on the following dates and times:

  • June 20: 8:00 p.m. Eastern/ 5:00 p.m. Pacific
  • June 21: 3:00 a.m. Eastern/ 12:00 a.m. Pacific
  • June 26: 7:00 p.m. Eastern/ 4:00 p.m. Pacific

Who knows what inspirations you’ll get from watching. We promise, once the program is finished, you can get right back out there to your Fiberon deck. We know you don’t want to be away for too long.

 

5 Ideas for Bringing Summer Romance to Your Deck

June 19th, 2014
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Summer is a time for leisure, peacefulness, and, of course, romance.  Forego the date night to the movies or to the same restaurants and have a romantic evening on your Fiberon deck.

The twilight hours, balmy breeze, and dancing fireflies all help to set the stage for a night of romance in your own backyard oasis.

Bring some romance to your deck and know that the possibilities are endless. Tap into the five senses and create the ambiance for your romance to bloom.



1. Set the mood with soft, magical lighting.

As Martha Stewart often says, “It’s all about the lighting!” Lighting is essential.  Decorate the edges of your deck with lit tea light candles. String twinkle lights on railings, in planters, or in low hanging trees. Arrange varying candle sizes as a centerpiece to your table. Using unscented candles will provide romantic lighting without being overpowering. For auto-magic mood lighting, consider adding dimmable accent lighting to you decking or post cap lighting to your railing. Easy to retrofit into existing railing and decking, Fiberon offers a solution that creates the perfect evening setting, ready when the mood is right.

2. Decorate with flowers and herbs.

Toss handfuls of rose petals on your deck and tables. Expertly create a trail of rose petals for your partner to follow. Easily arrange fresh flowers and fresh herbs from your garden in mason jars decorated with burlap string and place them strategically around your deck.

3. Play calm, romantic instrumental music.Fiberon Romance

Music is the key to the soul, so be sure to play soft music to set the romantic mood you are invoking. Pandora has several channels dedicated to romance.  Choose your music and be ready cuddle and slow dance at a moment’s notice.

4.   Create soft textures to snuggle on.        

Arrange soft spaces for snuggling and comfort. Be sure to have cushions for deck chairs. Deck couches can have luxurious blankets and pillows for cuddling under the moonlight. Soft rugs and beautifully arranged throw pillows allow for extra nuzzling space. If your deck is designed for it, why not a hammock for two?

5.  Serve edible romance.

From cordials and chocolate to Grilled Salmon and Passion Fruit Sangria, the options are endless for romantic dinners and treats.  Keep in mind that romantic food is about titillating the senses and is best served to you by another; therefore, small appetizers that can be picked up with your fingers or dainty utensils only adds to the romance.

 

For more inspiration, visit our Pinterest page and let romance abound.

 

ABOUT FIBERON®

Fiberon composite decking and railing materials are crafted to endure the elements and deliver lasting beauty for years to come.  Built for Outdoors, Built for Life.   www.fiberondecking.com 

June Is Wedding Season. Celebrate on Your Fiberon Deck

June 17th, 2014
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Dum, Dum, Duh-Dum. Dum, Dum, Duh-Dum.

Blog 10Surely you know that famous ditty. It’s Richard Wagner’s famous Wedding March, and this June hundreds of thousands of brides will march down the aisle as those familiar notes play.

What better place to celebrate a life of togetherness and companionship than on your Fiberon deck?

At Fiberon Decking, we offer more than beautiful outdoor living spaces. We think of our product as something that inspires happiness and spending time together.

Not only can you give the bride and groom that gift with an outdoor living space addition to their new home, but you can also host the Mr. and Mrs.’ big day on your Fiberon oasis.

Outdoor weddings are a blast. When it comes to summertime wedding celebrations, June is the perfect time before the next month’s sun heats up. So the bride doesn’t get too hot underneath all that lace, use this blog to make sure the event is one to remember.

 

Decorate for Happiness on Your Outdoor Living Space

Nothing inspires good moods like pleasant surroundings. Studies have shown that color affects our levels of serenity and enthusiasm, so for the happiest of days, string up some colorful ribbons along the rails of your composite deck. For a calmer feel, try tinted shades of the wedding party colors or classic white.

Really, the color palate is up for the happy couple to decide, but know that when you decorate, you’re doing so to create a happier atmosphere.

You can also throw up some flower arrangements to give the extravaganza a more pleasant visual appeal. Beware of flowers known to draw bees, as those pesky bugs are the last things you want during the big day.

 

Highlight the Scenery

What’s behind your outdoor living space? Rows of pine? A beach? A creek? Your neighbor’s house?

Whatever you’re working with, you can make your outdoor wedding a smash hit. Emphasize what’s happening behind you with complementary decoration colors. If you look out on a sea of green, add red geraniums or try blue décor for a more tranquil backdrop. Baby’s Breath flowers will also add a nice touch.

 

Rain Is Good Luck, but Not When It’s Happening

They say it’s good luck when it rains on your wedding day. (Try telling that to the happy couple!)

When you’ve planned a beautiful outdoor wedding for months and the sky opens up without warning, it’s a real drag. Our advice is to be prepared for rainy weather.

It’s never a bad idea to host a wedding ceremony and reception on your outdoor living space, even though you always run the risk of wet weather. Don’t fret, because you can rent a sizable tent that will cover your entire deck without breaking the bank.

Plus, a tent is good to have even if the weather is dry, because the fabric will shield guests from the brightness and heat of the sun.

 

Happiness Is a Warm Buffet

Blog 10-1Sure, a wedding is about the love of two people, but it’s also about the love of food. When you host a wedding party on your outdoor living space, feed the guests with a buffet of delicious culinary choices.

Since June is when the warmth is a permanent fixture, mix in some cool-down food options. Lay out greens, cold pastas, and shrimp with your grilled options. A little variety never hurt anyone.

In the meantime, make sure all your wedding guests are good and hydrated. While the champaign is flowing, include water and tea options as well.

 

Got a June wedding coming up? Share your ideas for outdoor living space celebrations in the comments below and visit our Pinterest page for charming outdoor wedding ideas.

Sharing the Good Life

June 16th, 2014
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Fiberon®, the leader in composite decking, railing, and fencing, believes in sharing the good life with others.  Not only is Fiberon giving away a $20,000 deck, but they are matching donations made to 18 renowned charities throughout the United States.  Between June 7 and June 30, Fiberon will match your donations to up to $50 totally in a $10,000 match.  Below are the charities that Fiberon has chosen to share the #GoodLife:

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. Donate here.

 

The American Humane Association is an organization  founded in 1877 dedicated to the welfare of animals and children. Donate here.

 

The American Red Cross, also known as the American National Red Cross, is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education inside the United States. Donate here.

 

Artists for Peace and Justice supports communities in Haiti through programs in education, healthcare, and dignity through the arts. Donate here.

 

Autism Speaks is an autism advocacy organization in the United States that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public. Donate here.

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a national organization of local chapters which provide after-school programs for young people. Donate here.

 

The Boot Campaign is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to Cultivating Awareness, Promoting Patriotism, and Providing Assistance to military personnel, past and present, and their families. Donate here.

 

Cure JM Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Juvenile Myositis (JM). JM is a group of rare and life-threatening autoimmune conditions affecting approximately 17,000 children in the United States alone. Their mission is to provide support for families coping with JM, raise awareness of JM, and fund research that will ultimately lead to a cure. Donate here.

 

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is dedicated to the protection and conservation of wildlife and habitats in Kenya. Best known for the rescue and hand-rearing of milk dependent orphaned baby elephants and rhinos, so that they can return to the wild when grown, the trust also manages anti-poaching teams, mobile veterinary units and community outreach programs. Donate here.

 

Fiberon CharitiesHabitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need. Donate here.

 

Haiti: H2O partner with rural communities in southwest Haiti cultivating Hope 2 Opportunities. The Haitian Community leaders identify area that need opportunities and Haiti: H2O comes alongside and assist them in making change. Donate here.

 

Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories, on average, every 38 minutes. They believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides them. It inspires them to grant wishes that change the lives of the children they serve. Donate here.

 

The March of Dimes helps mothers have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. They are a source of comfort and information, as well as leading researchers of the problems that threaten babies. Donate here.

 

Comprised of musicians, music industry professionals, and fans, Music for Relief seeks to bring the music community together to create awareness and raise funds for those in need. Donate here.

 

The Pat Tillman Foundation, founded in 2004, invests in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships – building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. Donate here.

 

Research Down Syndrome (RDS)  is a leading source of private funding for Down syndrome related cognitive research. RDS supports and funds Down syndrome cognitive research conducted at preeminent research institutions. Donate here.

 

Ronald McDonald House is that “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Donate here.

 

UNICEF USA is working toward the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. Donate here.

 

 ABOUT FIBERON®

Fiberon composite decking and railing materials are crafted to endure the elements and deliver lasting beauty for years to come.  Built for Outdoors, Built for Life.   www.fiberondecking.com

Fiberon’s Paramount PVC Decking Lasts a Lifetime

June 11th, 2014
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Blog 9Remember when sunny days on your deck at the start of summer made you feel as if you had a major project to undertake before having that July 4th gathering?

Ever stump your toe on a nail pop, or snag a splinter running your hand down the stair rail? And when it is family time outside, there’s nothing worse than ruining your grandchild’s day with a boo-boo.

Add pleasure to your life, not work, with a deck that doesn’t ever split, splinter, or require staining or painting.

Fiberon Paramount is backed by a lifetime warranty to give you peace of mind and free you from the maintenance that wood decks require.

Designed as a place where you feel most comfortable, your deck serves as your personal oasis that you can enjoy to relax, read, eat under the stars, and spend time with family and friends.

 

The good news: with Fiberon’s Paramount PVC decking, pesky maintenance is a thing of the past!

Fiberon’s decks eliminate the disadvantages of wood. When the summer sun flares over a wood deck, the splintering, the cracking, and the nail pops happen. That’s not the case with Fiberon’s eco-friendly Paramount PVC decking materials.

You’re good for life, no matter how hard the sun beats down on your outdoor living space.

No more restaining, resanding, refinishing, and replacing your deck boards. As summer gets into full swing, you know you’re destined for some much-deserved downtime on your composite decking outdoor living space.

That’s not to say that things won’t heat up!

Blog 9-1The darker the color of your composite decking, the more sun it will draw in. (Think about how you feel when you wear a black t-shirt on a summer day.) But no worries if you like the look of those black railings and espresso boards!

To beat the summer heat on your Fiberon outdoor living space, simply throw up an umbrella on your deck table. Or wear a pair of flip flops as you soak up the sun and read a novel. No problems there.

Of course, don’t forget to stay cool with water (or beer), as you spend your summer afternoons far away from the office. Of course, there’s no better spot to spend a star-filled summer evening than on your outdoor living space.

If you get sick of the heat, don’t worry. Once 7 o’ clock rolls around, invite your family out to the Fiberon deck, where all of you can enjoy a meal outdoors (with fresh air and a pleasant breeze!).

Even if you don’t have a pool in the middle of your favorite outdoor hangout, you can still have some aquatic fun. Head over to your local pool depot, and pick up a wading pool. Plastic or blow-up pools? It doesn’t matter; the kids (and the dogs) will have a blast splashing around on hot Saturday afternoons.

Got ideas to beat the heat on your outdoor living space? Got a few horror stories about how wood decks splinter and deteriorate in the sun? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

It’s Official: Let’s Kick Off Deck Day 2014!

June 4th, 2014
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DeckDay2014We’ve been counting down the hours and finally Deck Day officially kicks off on June 7. We’ve got our shorts on and our drinks filled.

It happens on the first Saturday of the first summer month–what’s not to love about that?

No matter how you celebrate Deck Day 2014, the Fiberon Decking team only has one request of you…

Have fun!

As part of the Deck Day 2014 festivities, Fiberon Decking will give away a brand new outdoor living space to one lucky winner. In addition to that, we’re reaching out to help our communities.

When you participate in the fun, you can donate to a worthwhile cause. And when you do, Fiberon Decking will match your donation. From animal rescues to cancer research, Deck Day gives you the power to help others live the Good Life. With dozens of charities to chose from, we’re sure to have a nonprofit that is near and dear to your heart.

Plus…

 

You can also win a beautiful composite deck from us! We’ll even include the cost of labor. The whole package is worth $20,000, but it’s yours when you take part in Fiberon’s National Enjoy Your Deck Day on June 7.

How do you win such an awesome (and life-changing!) prize? You have fun on your deck with people that you care about. It’s really that simple.

Here’s how to register: Simply upload a video of what you’re doing to celebrate the Good Life on June 7. You can do that by answering one or more of the following five questions…

  1. What’s the best memory you’ve made on a deck?
  2. How do you use your outdoor living space most?
  3. How are you decorating your deck for summer?
  4. What is your favorite deck accessory?
  5. What is the best time of day to spend on your deck?

 

Maybe your video will look something like this:

 

For a fun addition, be sure to include your favorite Fiberon deck features and accessories in your video.

Get that fire pit roaring.

Show off your shimmering pool.

You can even throw a dance party if you really want to win.

To register, you must upload a video answering one of the five questions to the Fiberon Decking website starting June 6th at 5 p.m..

We’ll announce the winner at the end of the judging period in July. Now let’s start the party!

 

#DeckLove

Build Your Deck Memories the Fiberon Way

June 4th, 2014
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Untitled7Your Fiberon outdoor living space is more than composite decking; it’s a place you design to suit your preferred moods. Even though we use top-notch, weather-resistant, and eco-friendly materials, Fiberon offers more than beautiful decking alone.

What do our composite decking products really offer you?

We’re all about the memories. The memories you cherish and the ones you will create when you spend time on your Fiberon deck. When you build or upgrade your Fiberon deck, you set the framework for a lifetime of fond recollections. We think it’s best to build those memories yourself. Now that summertime is officially happening, we want you to make the most out of your deck time fun.

Here are our ideas to create deck memories that make your life richer.

 

Use Your Fiberon Deck for a Community Get-Together

The days of meeting your new neighbors at the door with a roast and a Jello mold seem like a distant memory. What happened to the June Cleaver way of greeting the neighborhood newbies? It seems that nowadays we offer our neighbors a quick nod and continue about our business. With your Fiberon deck, you can put a stop to lackluster relationships with those who live nearby.

Send out an invitation to all of your neighbors. You live in close quarters, so why not be friends? When you host a Fiberon deck party, you develop closer friendships with people and forge greater support in your community. Break bread together with neighborhood families, and you’ll establish a warmer atmosphere as the years go by. 

 

Use Your Fiberon Deck for Family Time

We live in a world of constant “screen time.” Unfortunately, we’re not talking about screened-in decks! We’re talking about flat screens, laptops, and smartphones. When it comes to spending some quality time with your people, it’s best to put away all those gadget distractions.

Look each other in the eye, ask questions, share feelings, and listen to the details about your family’s day. You’ll be surprised at what you learn about the people you love. There’s no better place to have some good conversations than on your outdoor living space.

 

Untitled8Use Your Fiberon Deck for a Romantic Getaway 

Your deck enables a vacation in just a few steps. (By “steps” we mean a few footsteps outside your door.) When you give your home the ultimate upgrade with a Fiberon deck, you’ve got a lover’s paradise right outside your home. Snuggle up with your significant other in a big, comfy lounge chair, or lay under the stars in your hammock. Even if you sit side by side and crack open books, you’re still spending romantic time together.

 

Use Your Fiberon Deck for Parties

Graduation. Mother’s Day. Father’s Day. Birthdays. You get the idea.

You can even host a wedding reception on your Fiberon deck! The possibilities for a good time are endless. When you look out onto your outdoor living space, you’ll relive the memories you’ve built for yourself, your family, and your friends.

 

Use Your Fiberon Deck for You!

Some of the best memories will be when you’re all by yourself. Your deck is the perfect spot to hang out alone, read the newspaper, and think about the good things in life. Take a bowl of pretzels and a novel to your outdoor living space. Spend some time recharging yourself, and you’ll be thankful for it.

In the comments below, share your deck memories with us! We love to hear how you create good times on your outdoor living space.

 #DeckLove