A Matter of Style: Lanterns


Decorating the exterior of your home is not just about style, it's about functionality and durability. When attaching something to your home or securing a post to your yard you want to make sure it is both aesthetically pleasing and something that will last through winds of summer and snow of winter. When it comes to outdoor lighting style and quality are key elements in making a decision. Luckily all of Walpole Outdoors' products are made to the highest quality so all you have to do is select the perfect style for your home. As the days get shorter outdoor lighting is going to be something that is more and more necessary. There is no better time than now to find and install a brand new outdoor lighting unit. Walpole Outdoors boasts a great selection of copper, bronze, and brass lanterns that appeal to traditional, historic, and contemporary styles. Styles and materials come in a variety of post mount, side mount, and hanging options in a selection of heights and widths. Here are a few of our favorites...

 

The Monroe Post Mount Lantern

The Hammond Lantern Post and Adams Lantern

The Osterville Lantern & Mail Post

The Taft Post Mount Lantern

The Lincoln Post Mount Lantern




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Let There Be Light!


Add some stylish light to your home! At Walpole Outdoors we have a large catalogue of lanterns in every style imaginable. Add one to a post at the end of your driveway or at your front door for safety or simply add them for their timeless beauty! With choices that include every kind of mounting, you are sure to find the perfect lantern for your home. Here are a few of our favorite lantern varieties to make your search a little bit easier!


  • Augusta Side Mount: Copper Bronze Finish with beveled glass. Available two sizes. Large: 11.25"W x 27" H. On large size top arm bracket can be removed and overall height would be 23".
  • Savannah Side Mount Lantern: A classic lantern crafted in copper. 9 1/2" W, 22" H.
  • Hermitage Post Mount: Three light lantern with clear glass. Antique Bronze Finish 11"W, 20 1/4"H.
  • Seafarer Hanging Lantern: A hanging nautical lantern in Bronze finish. 7 1/2"W, 15 1/2"H, and 54 1/2" H with chain.


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Amazing Outdoor Kitchens


A great way to really embrace the outdoors is to bring all the functionality of the kitchen poolside! An outdoor kitchen is more than just a grill - it is a beautifully crafted kitchen area complete with beautiful cabinets for storage and plenty of counter space to create the perfect meal. Danver Outdoor Kitchens can meet any homeowners needs. European-style frameless cabinetry meets today's demand for top quality, fully functional outdoor living rooms and entertaining areas. Designer colors and wood grain powder-coat finishes - applied directly to modular stainless steel - can match the color scheme of your outdoor furniture or home's interior. A wide selection of door styles helps you create a kitchen that perfectly complements your taste and lifestyle. Choices in cabinet sizes accommodate any kitchen footprint or layout. Danver also distributes American-made grills, refrigeration, and specialty cooking appliances to personalize your space even more.


Urban Outdoor Kitchen

Urban and rural landscapes or rooftops and multi-family spaces, the location of your outdoor living space is no longer a concern, as the color and style options available to you enhance your dream design to perfection. Mix and match stainless appliances with one of our many woodgrain or powder coat finishes for a custom look unique to your personal style. Add a custom handle of your choice to complete the design. This fence is part of a Public Television This Old House renovation undertaken in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood in 2014. An urban outdoor kitchen is afforded privacy and exceptional style by a Walpole inlaid lattice courtyard fence in Verde green.


Rooftop Kitchen Space

No backyard? Limited space? Combine your rooftop seating area with an outdoor kitchen and you've crafted the perfect spot for relaxing and entertaining anytime. Walpole Outdoors offers top-rated Danver Outdoor Kitchens with choice of grills, burners, sinks, refrigeration, bar centers, and more. Cabinetry options can create the look and feel of what matters to you most in outdoor entertainment and lifestyle. This rooftop kitchen, in a special order color option, is sleek, finished, and professional with a Hampton door style. Browse through additional styles and outdoor kitchen installations for inspiration on our website!


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4 Ways to Protect Plants From Winter Cold


The incoming high winds and heavy snowfall got us thinking -- what are the best ways to protect your plants from winter weather? Can you protect everything? How do you go from season to season without having to completely re-build your garden? How do you add a covering to your garden? Winter gardening is a task in itself and mostly occurs inside your home or in some sort of greenhouse or outdoor shed. Your beautiful spring garden, however, lives outdoors and even though many of the plants have been removed after their season ended you are still left with a few, along with your home's landscaping. So blizzards beware! Here are a few ways you can protect your garden from winter.

 

1. To avoid a springtime rebuild, always choose plants that are compatible with your climate.

Especially for landscaping, choose plants that can last through whatever winter weather your area usually gets. Every spring you will certainly plant more seasonal items but shrubs and greens could get very costly if they have to be replanted every year.

 

2. If your garden has some plants that might freeze or get carried off by harsh winds, cover them up.

The best way to do this is with a blanket or tarp. The covering will give it some warmth and protection from freezing and winds. These plants are likely dormant anyway so you won't be smothering them, only protecting the stems and roots so they can flourish again come spring.


3. Another great covering is mulch.

 

Mulch is used in landscaping regularly but it is also an insulator and would do a great job keeping your plants safe from the cold winds and frost. Before or during the winter spread a thick layer of much on your garden to cover the plants that remain. Just remember that mulch needs to be raked away when the weather warms up, otherwise it could prevent plants from beginning to grow again.


4. If you love it, bring it inside.


The best way to save plants from the harsh winter is to simply bring it indoors. While you can't bring everything inside you can definitely uproot a few of your favorites or most delicate plants to keep indoors until the weather warms up a bit. If you can't bring indoors consider getting a cold frame or constructing a temporary sanctuary or greenhouse for your beloved greens!

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Decorating Your Window Box For The Holidays


The holiday season is here -- is your home ready? Aside from the traditional exterior holiday lights you can add a few classy touches to your existing decor to make it seasonal. Have you updated your window boxes yet? Here are a few ideas to make them stand out...


Evergreens and Berries

One great way to bring a little holiday spirit to your home is adding some greens and berries to your window boxes. This is a classic and simple arrangement that is hearty enough to withstand some serious weather. You can also make small changes to keep this look through January. Like in this example you should utilize a few different kinds of greens to create texture and dimension. Add in a burst of red berries to create some contrast and interest. 


Ornaments

Want to lean into the Christmas theme more? Fill up your window box with some ornaments! This example is actually a pre-made window box filler you can purchase fully assembled but you can also create a custom look on your own. Select a color theme beforehand and head out to purchase some durable shatterproof ornaments. Fill your window box with greens like you normally would and then attach ornaments throughout the arrangement. You can attach them with floral wire so they stay put! The ideas don't end there! We've seen some amazing things created with candles, lights, wreaths and much more. Head on over to Pinterest to see a full board of our favorite seasonal window box decor.




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2019 Holiday Gift Guide


Anyone who loves their home will love a gift from Walpole Outdoors! Aside from our large scale custom creations like fences and pergolas we also offer some great smaller items that will bring a little extra joy to any home. 

 

Birdhouses & Feeders

A birdhouse or feeder is a great gift because it always fits! A beautiful bird structure is a great addition to the backyard of any home, bird enthusiasts and novices alike. One of our most popular is the Lazy Hill Large Shingled House. This house is and adaptation of an English dovecote and has ample room for several birds. The recipient can install it anywhere they like and watch as birds flock to it! If you would rather gift a feeder try the Lazy Hill Loretta Feeder. This feeder features a lovely shingled roof and elegant arched openings. 

 

Planters & Window Boxes

Another great way to show someone you care this holiday season is with a simple planter or window box. Regardless of their style these pieces will fit right in. Each can be transformed with arrangements and seasonal decor. One of our favorites is the classic Rockport Square Planter, available in black and white. This planter is the perfect size for a number of locations around the exterior of a home including right beside the door. If you would rather gift a window box you can't go wrong with the Bullnose Window Box. This is a great white box with a clean smooth surface. 

 

Mailboxes & Mailbox Posts

What better gift for a new homeowner than a mailbox and post? Walpole mailboxes add class and curb appeal to thousands of homes all over the US. Start by choosing from a number of post designs like the popular Liberty Mail Post or the Dover Mail Post. Next choose a mailbox like the Aluminum Strongbox or go for something with a little more modern style like the Copper Mailbox.




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Bringing Life To Your Winter Landscape


Winter is a dark and cold time - but it doesn't have to be a downer. Adding life to your yard or winter garden isn't as hard as you think and can be done in a span of only a few hours (or in the summer if you like to plan ahead). Here are a few ideas to consider...


Use Your Hardscapes

Getting anything to grow outside in the winter is impossible - so lean into it! Focus on utilizing the non-living aspects of your yard or garden. Structures like fences, arbors, pergolas, statues and more are striking in the warm months and can continue to be eye-catching in the winter. Show off these structures with lights either strung around the beams or with a ground level spotlight pointed in its direction. You can also add evergreens and hearty berry plants to create a pop of color during the daytime. You can also add some decorations when appropriate. 


Use Planters Everywhere

You can create some beautiful displays in planters, even during the winter months. You can grab your warm weather planters from storage and fill them with evergreens, grasses and berries to create beautiful cold weather arrangements. You can also add colorful bows and light elements to bring even more life into the arrangement. If you don't want to go crazy just adding some evergreens is still perfectly lovely. Use these at your entryway, lantern posts and key focal points in your yard - be careful around mailboxes because the closer to the street the more likely they will be hit by plows. 





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Using Your Planter In The Fall


Just because the warm days have passed doesn't mean you have to put all of your outdoor decor into storage. A great planter can be utilized throughout the year, even in the coolest months. Fall is the perfect time to get festive and create interesting container gardens and arrangements. Though your choices on what is hearty enough to stick around will not be as vast you still have many beautiful options. Here are a few ideas to get you started...

 

Rustic Ornamental Grass

Create a rustic planter but utilizing a variety of different grasses. Grasses tend to be hearty and very seasonal. You can add a few varieties to create a lush, full look. Some seasonal favorites include purple fountain grass, Mexican feather grass and Chinese silver grass. Grasses look great together with a few bursts of color in the form of flowers or gourds! Utilize ornamental grasses to add a little height to your arrangements. 

 

Pumpkins & Gourds, Oh My!

Your container garden doesn't have to be full of things that are still growing, adding a few decorative elements can really bring it to life. You can create a container garden that centers around one large pumpkin, add a few small ones in a lush arrangement or create a garden made entirely of pumpkins and gourds! What you do is simply add in a little grass and fill your planter with carefully selected gourds that meet your color palette. If you want, add in some pinecones and acorns to give it a little added interest. While it is no longer growing it is certainly lovely. 

 

Embrace Color Combinations

If the weather has you in the blue cheer yourself with a burst of color! Embrace the natural hues of fall in your container garden. Flowers like mums and pansies do well in cool temperatures so if you fill your planter with those you will enjoy weeks of colorful blooms at your front door. Pick two or more colors and lean into that combination! Add a few contrasting elements to really make them pop.



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Autumn Exterior Lighting


As the leaves fall from the trees the days get shorter and shorter. Now is the ideal time to invest in some exterior lighting to make your walkways safer and a bit more stylish. Exterior lighting doesn't have to be extensive to be effective. A simple lantern and post installation can provide just enough light to prevent falls as people go in and out of your home in the dark.

 

Combination Lighting

If you love the look of a lantern and post but want a little bit more light a combination of post mounted and side mounted lanterns might be right for your home. This home employs both a lovely Montgomery Post Mount lantern on a Hammond Post next to the driveway as well as a few Montgomery Side Mount lanterns flush with the front door. This gives off more illumination while also adding a bit of flourish with the matching lantern style. The post and side mount lantern combination is a great way to add some curb appeal to your home as well. 

 

Lanterns & Posts

Our most popular exterior lighting setups is the lantern and lantern post. Whether your style is classic or contemporary you can find a combination that best suits your taste. You can place a lantern and post near the front entry, at the end of the driveway or by a walkway - wherever you like! One of our most popular combinations is the classic Hammond Lantern Post and the Lexington Post Mount Lantern. This duo creates a handsome welcome in front of any home. 

 

Side-Mounted Lighting

If you want to add some light to your homes' exterior but don't want to install a post you can simply choose a side-mount lantern. These lanterns give you the same light and style as their post-mounted counterparts. Simply install on a wall near your doorway or wherever you need the extra light. You can find dozens of lantern and lantern post styles at any Walpole Outdoors location, in our catalog or online.




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Autumn's Favorite Flowers


Fall is here once again so it's time to break out those deep colors and cozy textures. One thing you may be thinking about as you transform your living space for the season is what plants and flowers look best in the fall?


Chrysanthemums

When you think of fall flowers chrysanthemums (or mums as they are commonly known) are probably first on your mind. These fall favorites are lush in hue and texture blooming in vibrant colors like yellow, orange, red, gold and deep burgundy. Mums are hardy enough to survive until a serious frost and can provide splashes of color either inside or outside. Mums thrive in fall because they do not require a ton of sunlight like summer flowers and the cold can even make them more vibrant!


Hearty Pansies

You may think of them as a spring flower but pansies are also great for fall. Whether you are growing them indoors or outside you will see successful blooms throughout the season. Unlike spring you will want to choose pansies in autumn colors like gold, orange and red. You can find varieties in virtually every hue imaginable! Pansies are also hearty and can withstand a bit of frost. These guys will hang around until the first significant frost.


Vibrant Marigolds

Marigolds are another vibrant bloom to add to your autumn container garden. Though they are known for their golden color, marigolds can actually come in a variety of shades including red and orange. These are a good choice for bloom in late summer to early fall since they usually do better in the warmer temperatures. Since the real cold doesn't usually hit until October these will still make a great addition to a fall garden and bridge the gap between seasons.   


There are a myriad of flowers and plants that do well in the fall weather and look great in autumn flower boxes container gardens. Use any of these colorful blooms but don't forget those lush evergreens and seasonal grasses that give the garden that extra bit of life!




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