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Bob Vila’s Dream Patio Giveaway: Week Four

Bob Vila's Dream Patio GIve-AwayToday marks the start of the final week in our month-long Bob Vila Dream Patio Give-Away—a spring celebration featuring four weekly prizes from online retailer Wayfair. Enter daily here and then increase your chances of winning by entering every day on the Bob Vila Facebook page.

This week (through midnight ET Saturday, April 28) you can enter to win the DC America three-tier gazebo with insect screen from Wayfair, valued at $519.24 (MSRP). Made of heavy-duty, powder-coated steel with an awning grade poly top, the  gazebo is the perfect addition to any deck, patio or garden. And with insect screen panels, it not only provides shelter from the sun, but a bug-free enclosure ideal for summertime entertaining. The gazebo measures 118 inches square and has a bronze-colored, rust resistant finish.

Wayfair's DC America Gazebo

For official rules and entry, click here. Be sure to enter Bob Vila’s Dream Patio Give-Away daily on the site and on Facebook to increase your chances of winning.

Looking for more fabulous lawn and garden furniture?  Be sure to visit Wayfair.

The “Bob Vila Dream Patio Giveaway” sweepstakes is open only to permanent legal U.S. residents. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest Period runs from 12:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday, April 1, 2012 through 11:59 p.m. (ET) Saturday, April 28, 2012. One entry per household per day on BobVila.com and/or Facebook. Alternative means of entry for each Drawing is available by faxing your name and address to 508-437-8486 during the applicable Entry Period. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. See Official Rules.


DIY Deals: Earth Day

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In honor of Earth Day this Sunday, April 22, we’re encouraging everyone to give back to Mother Nature. Make your corner of the world a little greener and a lot more colorful. Here are just a few of the online nursery sales taking place this weekend. Shop for bulbs and seeds, trees and bushes, and spend the weekend beautifying your yard—and our world.

Jackson & Perkins is having an Earth Day Celebration until Monday, 4/23. More than 100 of their plants (along with gardening tools) are up to 50% off.

Blue Stone Perennials is also selling plants for up to half-off. Choose from a wide variety, from asters and clematis to hollyhocks and hostas, but order soon as this offer is for a limited time.

These cheery Anthemis Sancti-Johannis are 40% off at Blue Stone Perennials

Spring Hill Nursery has extended its free $25 coupon until Tuesday, 4/24. Take the discount off a full assortment of shade plants, roses, grasses, shrubs, and more.

Easy to Grow Bulbs has garden “perfume” on sale now. Find savings on a variety of scented varieties—fresia, ginger, jasmine, phlox, peonies and tuberose—all on sale through Sunday, 4/22.

These Circus Clown micro-miniature roses are on sale for $6.50 each at Heirloom Roses

Heirloom Roses is having its Mother’s Day and Miniature Roses Sale through 4/29. Get 110 varieties of miniature roses for just $6.50 each (reg. $8.50).

Nature Hill’s Nursery is celebrating Earth Day by offering 25% savings off all plants from the company’s huge selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and spring flower bulbs. Offers ends midnight 4/22.

Edmund’s Roses is offering sales up to half-off on select roses while supplies last. You’ll also find 20% savings on Clematis, 25% on select tree roses, and more. Take advantage soon, as this offer is good only while supplies last!


It’s National Painting Week!

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April has ushered in a burst of color, and we’re not just talking about floral blooms. According to a 2012 Spring Home Improvement Survey conducted by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and Sherwin-Williams, seven out of 10 homeowners are planning home improvement projects this spring—and of those, nearly half (49%) cite painting as their top “to do.”

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Dream Patio Giveaway: Week Three

Today marks the start of our third week in the month-long Bob Vila Dream Patio Give-Away—a spring celebration featuring four weekly prizes from online retailer Wayfair. Enter daily here and then increase your chances of winning by entering every day on the Bob Vila Facebook page.

Wayfair's Crosley Sedona 5-piece Outdoor Dining Set

This week (through midnight ET Saturday, April 21) you can enter to win the beautiful Crosley Sedona 5-piece Outdoor Dining Set featuring a 42” round table and four armchairs. This heavy-duty, solid-cast aluminum furniture, valued at $899.99 (MRSP), is designed for style and built to last. The set features a charcoal black powder coated finish that will weather even the harshest conditions. And don’t worry, it also passes the comfort test, thanks to contoured seats.

For official rules and entry, click here. Be sure to enter Bob Vila’s Dream Patio Give-Away daily on the site and on Facebook to increase your chances of winning. And bookmark us to be sure you see what terrific prizes are in store from Wayfair during the rest of our give-away.

The “Bob Vila Dream Patio Giveaway” sweepstakes is open only to permanent legal U.S. residents. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest Period runs from 12:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday, April 1, 2012 through 11:59 p.m. (ET) Saturday, April 28, 2012. One entry per household per day on BobVila.com and/or Facebook. Alternative means of entry for each Drawing is available by faxing your name and address to 508-437-8486 during the applicable Entry Period. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. See Official Rules.


DIY Deals: Tools

At BobVila.com we are dedicated to providing the tools and information necessary to help you with all of your home improvement and do-it-yourself endeavors. But if you are looking for “real” tools, check out these excellent weekend deals; a great opportunity to stock up on tools without busting your budget.

Harbor Freight Tools is having its Spring Blowout Sale now through 4/15. Visit the site to save big on a variety of tools, from Drill Master cordless drill/drivers to General Pneumatic air compressors.

Lowe’s is offering great tool “freebies” this weekend. Get a free 18-volt Kobalt battery when you buy a Kobalt lithium-ion or NiCd cordless combo kit through Sunday, 4/15. You’ll also receive a free Porter-Cable circular saw when you buy a Porter Cable 18-volt Drill/Driver and Impact Driver Cordless Combo Kit. Offer ends 5/1.

Craftsman 309 pc. Mechanic's Tool Set, $249.99 (reg. 399.99) at Sears

Sears is offering great online-only deals this weekend. Save up to 30% on all Hot Price Items and mechanic’s tool sets, such as the 309-piece Craftsman set ($249.99, reduced from $399.99). You can also pick up a Craftsman 23-Drawer Tool Storage Combo for 50% off the regular price. Visit promptly as this sale is for a limited time only.

Home Depot has some great limited-time-only deals on tools as well. Receive a free Ridgid battery with the purchase of select Ridgid cordless power tools. Plus, save up to 15% on DeWalt Bare tools.

Maxtool.com is having its Spring Sale with big savings on drills, rotary hammers, reciprocating saws and various other power tools. Pick up a Bosch 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Impact Driver for $119.99 (reg. $199.99) and a DeWalt Heavy-Duty 1/2″ Spade Handle Drill for $157.99 (reg. $189.99).

Bosch 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Impact Driver, $119.99 at Maxtool.com (reg. $199.99)

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House Envy: Endearing Bungalow in CA

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HOUSE STYLE: Bungalow

LOCATION: Pasadena, CA

PRICE: $749,000

HOUSE STATS: 2,560 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 4 baths

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Organized Confusion. No two rooms are identical in this postcard Pasadena bungalow where unique painted finishes and surprise architectural details differentiate every space. For a taste of the home’s idiosyncratic flavor, take one look at the nursery. The stenciled walls and ceilings suggest a sunburst, or even a carnival tent. It’s fun, but it’s not too loud. Throughout, beloved hallmarks of the bungalow style, such as built-ins and wood trim, help establish continuity and unify the house as a whole.

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The Gourmet Kitchen. What’s not to love? The tin ceiling and beadboard cabinets are traditional elements that, in combination with state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances, unexpectedly exude a contemporary feel. The impressive kitchen island—part moveable furniture, part stationary behemoth—provides valuable countertop space while enhancing the room’s period allure.

Pasadena Bungalow

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The Great Outdoors. Out back, the wrap-around porch transitions onto a heavenly, tiered redwood deck. Professionally designed yet unequivocally casual, the bungalow boasts a gracious outdoor area with a full roster of amenities: an outdoor fireplace, a pergola, two fountains, and (count ‘em) seven fruit trees.

 

 

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Bob Vila’s “Dream Patio Give-Away”

Bob Vila Dream Patio Give-Away

Every day in April, beginning today, you can enter to win one of four fabulous prizes in the Bob Vila Dream Patio Give-Away. Each week, we will be giving away one prize, courtesy of online retailer Wayfair, to celebrate the official arrival of spring and help you ready your patio, deck or lawn for summer. To increase your chances of winning, like us and enter on Facebook too!

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DIY Deals: Lawn & Garden

If you haven’t already started mowing the lawn, replanting the beds and cleaning your deck and patio in anticipation of the warmer months ahead, you soon will. Here are some weekend sales that could help you jump-start your lawn and garden improvements at considerable savings.

Black Friday Savings is back at Home Depot, giving you more “spring” for your dollar with 20% off select gardening, tools, plumbing, flooring, and electrical products; 40% off outdoor living; and up to 60% off select lighting and fans.

Also this weekend, save 20% on Craftsman power lawn and garden products at Sears. Or buy any lawn tractor—like the Craftsman model below, $1659.99 (reg. $1989.99)—and save an additional 10% on attachments through 3/31.

Craftsman 42 In. Turn Tight Lawn Tractor

Choose from 30 groundcovers and landscape roses, specially priced at $15.50 each, over at Heirloom Roses (through 3/8). There, you can also pick up great tips for planting, caring and pruning.

Hayneedle is taking 30% off all outdoor items this weekend, from Weber Genesis grills to the Fiji Bay All-Weather Wicker Sectional. Join the site and earn 3% back in Haybucks on every purchase.

The Easy Spring Gardening collection from Plow & Hearth features many discounted pieces for your lawn, including the folding steel garden wagon below, on sale for $129.99 (reg. $159.99).

Plow & Hearth Folding Steel Garden Wagon

Plow & Hearth Folding Steel Garden Wagon

Garden.com is celebrating its Spring has Sprung event with 10% savings on entire orders, plus an additional 10% off select window boxes and troughs. Just in time to fill them with budding perennials.

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House Envy: Brick Beauty in TX

HOUSE STYLE: Neoeclectic

LOCATION: Austin, TX

PRICE: $295,500

HOUSE STATS: 2,176 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2 baths

The Open Plan. You’d never know it from the exterior but inside this bulky, brick home are tall, arch-topped portals mark the transition from one airy room to the next. While encouraging family interaction, this layout also accommodates the need for privacy, especially in the tucked-away bedrooms. Throughout, the high ceilings slope at a irregularly pitches, adding a further dimension to the home’s fluid feel and making it seem larger than the modest footprint would lead you to expect.

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DIY Deals: Spring Edition

Spring has officially arrived, making this weekend the perfect time to make that overdue purchase, or to consider a sunny-weather indulgence or two, either for inside or out (deck chairs, anyone?). Here’s just a sampling of the wonderful sales going on this weekend, but hurry: like the fleeting spring season, these DIY deals won’t last forever!

Target’s Mix or Match Home Décor Event is in full swing, both in stores and online. Buy one select home décor item and get 50% off the next. Also, save big online when you shop for furniture; the company is offering 20% off purchases of $150 or more for select kitchen, dining and home office furniture. Both sales end at 11:59 p.m., 3/24.

DIY Deals

Oswald Squint Sofa, $5,945.75 (Reg. $6,995)

The Conran Shop is selling scores of upholstery items at a 15% discount until April 1. Snatch a unique piece, like the Oswald Squint Sofa (above).

Visit Sherwin-Williams online to print out an in-store coupon for 30% off paints and stains (plus 15% off painting supplies) until April 1.

Don’t miss this weekend’s Super Saturday Event at Macy’s. The online-only sale is offering markdowns on everything from bed linens to kitchen appliances. Plus, you can receive an additional 25% off clearance items. Pay special attention to the 3-Day Specials; serious deals are on offer—the Cuisinart 7-Cup Food Processor, for instance, is usually $149.99 but will be available for $69.99. Saturday’s sale ends at midnight; 3-Day Specials conclude March 25.

DIY Deals

Bouganville Canvas Cushion, $180 (Reg. $225)

Textile master John Robshaw is holding his Spring Sale until March 29. Shop online to save 20% on his unique bean bags and upholstered footstools.

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