Planning Your Outdoor Space


The ground might be frozen solid and snow may still be in the forecast but you can still get started planning your warm weather outdoor space. Before even breaking ground getting an idea of what you want out of an outdoor space is crucial. Do you need seating? Do you do a lot of cooking? Do you have a pool?


Define The Space

If you are someone who loves to entertain then you probably want ample space for guests and plenty of seating. Outdoor furniture and a defined seating area are important aspects of the space for this use. If you have a pool you might want something shaded to keep cool and perhaps an custom outdoor shower to minimize walks through the house. Think about the space and what kind of use it gets the most. f you cook you might want to create a shaded pergola space with an outdoor kitchen!


Measure And Plan The Main Structure

A great place to start planning is by measuring and deciding on the focal point first. Think about what you need and map it out. If you add a pergola how much space can you accommodate? What style suits your home? Planning the largest aspect of the space first will give you a more realistic idea of how much your space can handle. 


Talk To A Professional

If you don't know exactly what your options are you can always consult a professional. The professionals at Walpole Outdoors are happy to work with you to determine what your space needs and what would best suit your personal style. Professionals can also tell you more on construction, materials and durability to make your decision sound. Schedule a Free Design Consultation to start talking with an expert now!

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3 Hearty Houseplants To Liven Up Your Space


There is nothing quite as invigorating as being surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers. But how can you create that same feeling inside your home? Not all plants are ideal for inside the home. Many plants and flowers require a great deal of sunlight which can be difficult indoors even next to a window. Luckily not all plants require so much sun. Here are a few that make great indoor plants...

 

Philodendron

This hearty green is a very popular houseplant for good reason. This vine thrives in low-light meaning it will grow pretty much whatever room it lives in. You can plant philodendron in a pot or get creative and have the vines grow on indoor structures - like an indoor lattice panel - or add it to a hanging basket! This is a hearty plant that really allows you to get creative without killing it. 

 

Spider Plant

You don't even need to see a photo of this one to imagine how it looks. Spider plants are another super common houseplant that can grow almost anywhere and chances are, you've seen one before. This plant grows long thin leaves in green and yellow with runners on the ends that grow smaller plants. These look especially great in containers like decorative pots and fun hanging planters. 

 

Palms

There are a myriad of palm varieties and many of them make great houseplants. A palm is a great plant if you are looking for something with a little drama. These plants can grow up to four feet tall but there are shorter varieties if that suits your style more. Taking care of them is a breeze - they only require water when the soil feels dry and need very little light to thrive.


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Commercial Outdoor Lighting Solutions


One of the most popular items this time of year is lighting - lanterns, landscape lighting and so on. Many locations outside your business or home could use some good lighting for safety and enjoyment.

 

Illuminated Pergola Beams

If you have a pergola or outdoor space like a pavilion or covered patio you would probably like to use it more often past August. These spaces are perfect candidates for new or additional lighting. You can choose to install recessed lighting when you are constructing the structure or add a few mounted lanterns after the fact - either way you are extending the life of your outdoor spaces. This is especially important for bars and restaurants that have outdoor seating and don't want valuable seating space to go to waste once the sun sets before 7. 

 

Landscape Lighting

If you want to add some substantial lighting to the exterior of your home LED landscape lighting is your best bet. This lighting dramatically transforms your home and yard after dark with energy efficient fixtures. This kind of all-over lighting is also great for home safety deterring burglars and making it easier for guests to see ground level hazards on their way to the door. if you own a business this kind of lighting is essential to keep your exterior noticeable to passersby even after you have closed for the evening. 

 

Lantern and Post Lighting

A truly functional and versatile way to add some light to your home is with a classic lantern. Whether mounted to your home or on a decorative post lanterns are an efficient, stylish and timeless lighting solution. Light up your front walkway with a classic post-mounted lantern and bring the light to the doorway with a complementing side-mounted lantern beside the front door. The options and uses are pretty endless. side from the classic entry uses lanterns can provide light pretty much anywhere you want them to. Many customers choose to add lanterns to fence posts to illuminate walk and driveway gates and signs as well as to draw attention to beautiful container gardens or structures like arbors and pergolas. Classic or contemporary in a variety of finishes it's impossible not to find the perfect lantern for your home or business.


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Small Touches: Mailboxes & Mail Posts


Small additions to your home or yard can make a huge impact in how you see your space. One of the best little changes you can make is adding a quality mailbox and mail post. A sturdy and classically designed post will be seen by everyone including you every time you check your mail. So why not enjoy that 60 seconds everyday? Mailboxes and posts also make the perfect gift because it's essentially one-size suits all and it's something that every homeowner needs. The only thing you need to know is the recipient's style and home number if you want to add some additional lettering.

 

The Liberty Mail Post

The most popular of our mail posts is the Liberty Post. The post is crafted in low-maintenance natural wood and wood alternative material AZEK and can withstand any kind of inclement weather. The Liberty Mail Post is beautiful in simplicity and compliments a number of different exterior styles. You can also choose from white, cream, and verde green finishes to better suit your individual style.

 

Premium Aluminum Mailbox

What would go better with your new Liberty Mail Post than a brand new Aluminum Mailbox? Our Premium Aluminum Mailbox is just one of the mailbox varieties we offer but one of the most popular. The aluminum and stainless steel mailbox comes in black, burgundy, desert sand, green, navy blue and white. No matter what color you choose your mailbox will be handcrafted with strength and durability for years to come.




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Gifting 2018: Door Knockers


Give the gift of a great first impression! This holiday gives your friends and family a gift they, and their guests, will see every single day - a custom Walpole door knocker! Walpole doorknockers are beautifully crafted and one of a kind, taking the shape of classic elements like sailboats, pinecones, and seashells. A door knocker is the perfect gift - it will add class and style to your friend's or family's home without having to know their size or favorite color! From scallops to sailboats to pine cones to the ubiquitous pineapple, Walpole's doorknockers make a handsome and welcoming adornment. Our door knockers are sand cast in solid yellow or red brass and lacquered for tarnish resistance. Mounting hardware is supplied for use on wood, metal, or fiberglass composite doors. Here are a few of our classic door knockers


Deep Sea Scallop Door Knocker

These hand cast door knockers are sand cast in solid yellow or red brass and lacquered for tarnish resistance. Mounting hardware is supplied for use on wood, metal or fiberglass composite doors. Yellow Brass 6 3/4" dia.


Nantucket Basket Door Knocker

Bring a bit of picturesque Nantucket to your front door with this finely crafted door knocker. Made of brass this unique piece will add a lovely touch to your home's exterior decor.


Pinecone Door Knocker

The pinecone is one of nature's best decorations, adorning the trees and grass with their unique shape and beauty. Bring that natural beauty to your front door! Made of brass, the Walpole pinecone door knocker looks like the real thing, coated in a beautiful brass finish!


Pineapple Door Knocker:

Sand cast in solid yellow or red brass and lacquered for tarnish resistance, this charming piece would look perfect on your front door, for all to see and use!



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Autumn Lantern Post Decor


An important part of your homes' autumn exterior is a lantern post. As the days grow shorter it is more and more important that your entryways are well lit for safety and security. A lantern post with lantern is one of the best ways to achieve this whether you are on a budget or not. While a lantern post is beautiful on its own it is also a great opportunity to add a little extra seasonal decor to the outside of your home. We have a few ideas for ways you can use this space and structure to celebrate the season...


Simple Corn Stalks

A lantern post is the perfect place to utilize corn stalks in your decorating. These look great gathered around the post and tied together with wire or a festive ribbon. This is a look that is easy and cost effective. You can add other natural fall elements to the post like berries, flowers or corn to enhance the harvest look.


Strands Of Leaves

Another way to add a boost to your fall decor is to add some leaves to your lantern post. For this you will want to use fake leaves since real ones will disintegrate and fly away in inclement weather. You can find strands of autumn leaves at your local craft store in the wreath making section. If you cannot find a strand you can make your own with wire and fake leaves. Simply wrap them around the post in your desired density and secure.


Bows and Wreaths

If you want to do something quick and simple to add a fall touch you can place an autumn wreath or a festive bow to your lantern post. A wreath looks best secured near the center or towards the top of the post and a bow looks great just under the lantern itself. Just make sure that you secure either piece well otherwise you may be chasing it down the street with the wind.




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4 Ways To Decorate With Pumpkins


It's finally fall! Everyone's favorite season is in full swing and we are celebrating by adding some fall touches to our homes and yards. Looking to make a few fall touches to the exterior of your home using fall's favorite vegetable? We have so many ideas for you!


Metallic Pumpkins

If you want to utilize pumpkins in your fall decor there are ways to do so creatively without cutting anything. A great way to add a little individuality is to create metallic pumpkins! This is easy to do yourself so you will have a custom look that will enhance your home. You can use spray paint to turn orange pumpkins into gold, silver, bronze or rose gold. A metallic pumpkin is a chic touch to any home.


Pumpkin Planters

You have those planters so why not create something interesting? Instead of planting fill your planters and pots with small pumpkins and gourds in a variety of colors and place them at your front entry. This is super simple and can look very chic with rustic planters. This plays up the harvest aspect of fall! 


Monochromatic Pumpkins

If you love using pumpkins but also love to color coordinate you will do great with a monochromatic look for your front entry. The key to creating a stylish and simple arrangement is to rigidly stick to a defined color palette. A popular one is all white pumpkins, mums and light touches like corn husks and grasses. You can also opt for decor in natural colors like orange, brown, green and yellow or try your hand at a more unusual color like purple! 


Printed Pumpkins

If you are looking for a challenge then you should try decorating with printed pumpkins! Achieving this look is all about creativity and preparation. You can use paint with stencils, free-hand, or even use tape or outer malleable materials to drape over the pumpkin. Be sure to select something that compliments your skill level and have patience. Some fun looks can be plaid, houndstooth, polka dots, herringbone, paisley and more!


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Upgrade Your Outdoor Lighting


There's no better time to give your outdoor lighting an upgrade. As the days grow shorter the need for a little light in the driveway, walkway or at the front entry is no longer just a style choice but a practical one as well.

A lantern and post is an investment that will not only provide you with much needed light in areas of high foot traffic but one that will also boost your homes' curb appeal. A great lantern and post will last you years and years and give you great opportunities as far as seasonal decorating and landscaping are concerned.


A wreath at Christmas or a bed of flowers in the springtime - Can you picture it? One of the most popular and versatile lantern posts is the Hammond Lantern Post. This beautifully crafted post features four recessed panels and a decorative cap, all crafted in low maintenance AZEK, an advanced wood alternative material. The Hammond Lantern Post can withstand even the coldest winter weather and requires little to no maintenance - no peeling and no rotting.


You can also add your own touches to your Hammond Lantern Post with size options as well as your choice of Sherwin Williams vinyl safe paint if the standard white doesn't suit your outdoor aesthetic. Additionally you can add a mounted bracket that can hold a hanging hand-crafted sign of your choice. Each post compliments any one of the dozens of lantern styles we offer online or at our retail locations. A popular style (and the one featured in both of the above images) is the Beacon Lantern. This is a traditional lantern with single bulb and hurricane glass enclosed by four panels of glass and a beautiful brass finish. This classic lantern look also comes in a side-mount version for lighting up your front entry.


Whether your style is more traditional or contemporary we are happy to help you find the perfect lantern and post combination for your home.


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Enhance Your Entryway With An Arbor


Outdoor structures are an easy way to enhance the natural beauty of your home or garden, enhance your landscaping and create an inviting atmosphere. A structure also serves as a visual focal point that can really add a boost to your home's curb appeal and be the basis for an area of visual interest you can build upon. Though all structures accomplish this none do so quite as easily as a classic arbor. Arbors can be used along with fencing and gates, hedges and perimeter landscaping, footpaths, or just by itself to establish an entryway to a garden area. The structures are versatile and have a simple elegance. Choose a graceful arch top or a flat pergola top with or without lattice panels. One of the best things about an arbor is it's simplicity. Here are a few standard arbor designs that can fit into virtually any outdoor area...


Plantation Arbor

With its handsome good looks, the Plantation Arbor is always an inviting attraction, no matter where it is located in the garden. It measures 6-feet wide with 4-inch square vinyl posts and three sturdy carrying beams. The horizontal/vertical lattice side panels are 6-feet high with 2-inch openings. Sold with our comfortable 4-foot Hyannis porch swing which is crafted from low maintenance recycled material. This wide arbor looks great with a swing or just to frame a larger entryway. Utilize the lattice panels and pergola style top to grow vertically!


Standard Spindle Top Arbor

If your vision for an arbor includes a graceful arch the Standard Spindle Top Arbor is your best bet. This arbor is the classic look that many homeowners envision for their homes. The arched top is flanked by two lattice side panels that complement any style fencing and can be used as an anchor to climbing plants of any variety. This design looks great with a fence and gate but can also be a great addition to a stone or gravel footpath to create a little bit of whimsy. Crafted in AZEK cellular PVC with 4-inch square posts with 3 1/2 inch square arch. 5-foot high horizontal/vertical lattice side panels with 38-inch depth.


Standard Garden Arbor

Walpole arbors make a grand entrance no matter the architecture of your home or where you choose to locate them. Our standard 6-foot wide Garden Arbor has 4-inch square posts, and a 4-inch square decorative carrying beam. The impressive pergola-style top is complemented by horizontal/vertical lattice side panels. The Garden arbor is handcrafted in low maintenance AZEK cellular PVC. This advanced vinyl has the weight and look of natural wood, yet it won't rot, warp, or crack, and will hold its pristine looks for years with little-to-no effort required. While we offer a wide selection of standard arbors, we will work with your ideas to create the perfect customized structure to meet your location, taste, and needs. Our arbors are factory pre-painted so there is no mess during installation.




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Summer Living Outdoors


Getting the most out of your summer means getting out of the house as much as possible. What better way to spend time outdoors than in your own yard or patio. The key to spending time outside is to create a space that is comfortable and versatile for the entire season. To do this you need a few core pieces of furniture to invest in and then build your space around them. What you need all depends on what kind of space you are looking to build.


Simple Seating Area

If you don't have a lot of space or don't need a big setup a few great chairs will do the trick and get you outdoors. Some of our favorites include the timeless Adirondack style chairs. These chairs are stylish and oh so sturdy, made in quality cedar and painted or stained in a variety of great colors. You can go for something bright like red, yellow, green, orange or blue or stick with the classic white or stained cedar look. If you want to add a little something extra you can up the comfort with the Seaside Adirondack Footrest or add some convenience with the handy Harbor View Adirondack End Table. Each of these accessories can make your simple chair setup extra luxurious. 

 

A True Dining Setup

If you have the space and entertain a lot (or just have a big family) you might want to create a larger space for eating and relaxing that can include everyone at the same time. The first piece you need is a good table and the Wainscott Square Table is perfect for dinner for four table. Next add some complimentary chairs like the Chelsea Armchair to finish off the space. 

 

Plush and Lush

If you are looking for something a little more comfy cozy take a peak at our Nantucket and Sag Harbor collections. Each collection features finely crafted furniture with plush cushions ideal for sinking into. These collections can create spaces that feel extra luxurious and look especially amazing under one of our amazing pergolas (if you don't have one of those already we can help you create something great).




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