Enjoy Your Backyard to the Fullest Extent This Summer

By Laura Gaskill, Houzz

After waiting for summer all year, it’s finally time to fire up the grill, cold drink in hand, and savor a slower pace. Make the most of the season by adopting a few (or all eight) of these rules of summer that put the good stuff at the top of your to-do list.

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The Beach House Company, original photo on Houzz

1. I will consider an afternoon with a good book time well spent. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if we’re not doing something that produces a tangible result (cleaning the gutters, answering an email), we’re not doing something worthwhile. But that’s simply not true. Especially in summer, when the days are long and sticky-hot, an afternoon (or even just an hour) spent immersed in a good book with a tall glass of iced tea by your side is time to be treasured.

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