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The small Aqua Leisure Tot Sunshade Pool comes with a convenient carry bag and a shade canopy providing UPF 50 of sun protection. Available at Amazon and Bed Bath & Beyond, starting at $24.99

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Almost all vegetables and most flowers need about six hours of full sun each day. Spend a day in your chosen spot, and watch how the sun moves across the space. It might receive more sun than you think.

Wondering what kind of window coverings work best in your space? Or maybe you’ve spent hours figuring out how to hang curtains or shades, only to realize that they don’t measure up. To save yourself save time and money, learn how to hang curtains (and curtain rods) using a few expert tips.

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If you brought pots and urns indoors during the winter, you can take them outside once temperatures are consistently above 45 degrees. Place the plants and flowers in appropriate areas around your patio or deck — some plants need shade, while others require direct sunlight. If you grew plants indoors during winter with a hydroponic garden, make sure you have enough pots or urns if you’d like to replant them outdoors.

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Of course, you can always add the traditional guest room. You can work the concept into areas such as craft rooms as well, such as with a pullout sofa or Murphy bed to accommodate visitors.

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Display famous words from the Declaration of Independence on galvanized tubs. Coat three tubs with white metal primer. Then paint each tub a different shade of blue. (Buy deep blue exterior paint and dilute with white exterior paint to get the two lighter hues). Use letter stickers to spell “life,” “liberty” and “happiness” on the tubs. Fill with ice to hold drinks or frozen treats, or use without ice to hold sparklers for some Fourth of July fun.

Nothing cuts a fun day in the sun short like a serious sunburn. Making the most of your patio and avoiding burnout from midday heat requires shade, and these smart options will help you enjoy your outdoor space all summer long.

If you’re fortunate enough to have Monday off of work, revel in your three-day weekend with a shopping spree. If you’re not so lucky, you ought to treat yourself for all of your hard work. Everyone has an excuse to buy themselves a little something this weekend. Here’s a preview of Houzz’s President’s Day Sale. Browse the following home decor, furniture and fixtures by budget and start sprucing up before spring arrives.

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The year: 1984. The win: A record-breaking eight Grammys. The look: Unforgettable.

Mirrors carry the Moroccan style up the wall. The sconces have glass shades and bring in a vintage industrial look.

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