Backyard Shape Up

June 10, 2009 Start by cleaning your outdoor space! Get rid of the clutter, deadhead your plants, and trim your trees. After cleaning, pick a focal point just as you would indoors, this creates a dramatic effect. Try adding a green table cloth and 3 vases with flowers

Next start thinking about cutting back on all those services you are currently paying for, such as gardening, window washing or your pool service, or find quicker and easier ways to do them on your own. You can plant your own flowers, clean your own pool or wash your own windows. Susie recommends Windex Outdoor all-in-one glass cleaning tool.

Soften up your outdoor spaces by bringing elements that you would normally think were just for the indoors to the outdoors. Decorative pillows are a great way to bring in color and softness as are rugs and outdoor curtains. Here I have four different styles of outdoor can find these anywhere inexpensively these days.

Solar lighting is another trend that can save you money. You can re-create the wonderful lighting just like they have at luxury hotels. Solar is a great way to save money and light up your backyard.

You can get more tips from Susie on Wednesday, June 10 from 3 to 4 pm at the Home Depot in Oakbrook Terrace; 630.261-1240. Or visit


3 to 4 pm Wednesday
Home Depot
Oakbrook Terrace



Often referred to as a lifestyle guru, Susie Coehlo provides straightforward tips on home style, gardening, entertaining and cooking in a fun and easy to follow way. With a busy career and two children, Susie knows first-hand how difficult it can be to find time for entertaining, cooking and conventional decorating. Having coined the phrase "undecorating," Susie's focus is on having fun with simple and personal styling to achieve maximum impact.

Susie's accessible philosophy and inspiring personality have also made her a favorite choice for on-air style advice. As the host of HGTV's primetime series, "Outer Spaces," she and her team surprised homeowners with beautiful outdoor living spaces. Prior to that, her hit series, "Surprise Gardener," also on HGTV, was a forerunner in the make-over genre. She has hosted a variety of other lifestyle and entertainment shows, in addition to over ten specials for HGTV. She has also appeared regularly as a lifestyle contributor on numerous network shows including NBC's Today, ABC-TV's The View, and Oprah.

As a best-selling author with four books, she is making her mark in the publishing world. Her most recent book, Style Your Dream Wedding (March 2008), is sophisticated and unique, with interactive elements as well as a CD of traditional wedding music. It takes brides through the myriad of style choices to help them find their own dream wedding style. In her Secrets of a Style Diva: A Get-Inspired Guide to Your Creative Side, Susie goes beyond the conventional to give her readers fresh, sassy, and personal advice on how to bring out their creativity. Her Styling for Entertaining: 8 Simple Steps, 8 Miracle Makeovers helps readers create spaces in the four key entertaining areas of the home and garden. Her first book, the best-selling Everyday Styling, sets the tone for her other books and the concept of styling vs. decorating.

Susie's signature global style comes from her East Indian and Portuguese heritage, coupled with her international upbringing in England and France. A true Renaissance woman with international style, she currently lives in the Los Angeles area with her two children.

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