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Lowe’s Unites Creator Collective And Project Matchmaking Program To Help Us All #FallTogether

Win a chance for an exclusive one-on-one project consultation with a home improvement expert and $500 gift card

From backyard fire pits to pumpkin carvings and festive front porches, fall is a season of rich experiences and traditions. In fact, more than a third of people consider it be their favorite season*. That’s why Lowe’s has assembled the #FallTogether Collective, a diverse and distinguished group of 10 creators, who will work with Lowe’s customers to help them bring their passion for the season to life in their outdoor spaces.


Beginning today, customers can register for the Lowe’s #FallTogether Matchmaker Program on for the chance to be one of 50 matched with one of Lowe’s Collective creators. Each person chosen will receive a virtual consultation, customized project plan and $500 Lowe’s gift card to help infuse the sights, sounds and flavors of fall into their homes. The Collective includes lifestyle creator Sopha Rush, design and DIY expert Julia Marcum of Chris Loves Julia, and homestead hobbyist and environmental activist Jenny Ong, among others.

“We know that fall is a seasonal favorite for millions of people and there are boundless ways to bring the season home, especially in outdoor spaces,” said Marisa Thalberg, Lowe’s executive vice president, chief brand and marketing officer. “By giving our customers access to some of the brightest creative minds in the home improvement space, our hope is to give every household the inspiration and advice they need to take their favorite season into their own hands so we can all fall together.”

Lowe’s will also begin the official countdown to fall today until Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, by releasing daily DIY projects on Instagram created by the #FallTogether Collective and other Lowe’s experts.

Whether customers are inspired to enhance their fall curb appeal or add warmth and coziness to their indoor spaces, Lowe’s will also offer a variety of values during the Lowe’s Labor Day Savings Event on Aug. 26 through Sept. 8. It includes:

  • Buy One, Get One Free on Select Tools from Top Brands like Kobalt and Bosch to ensure customers are well-equipped to tackle any fall project.
  • 3 for $10 Sta-Green 1-CF Garden Soil to set the stage for your favorite seasonal flowers (excludes Alaska and Hawaii)
  • Up to $500 Off Major Appliances, including select refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers and more, to check off all the musts for seamless hosting.
  • 40% Off Levolor Custom Special-Order Blinds & Shades for the smallest details that make the biggest ambient difference.

Join Lowe’s in counting down to fall on Instagram @loweshomeimprovement using #FallTogether and visit for more #FallTogether Collective details starting Monday, Aug. 23.

*Source: Fall is America’s Favorite Season
**Official sweepstakes rules can be found here

A gorgeous front porch for Autumn

While walking along the river I was delighted to see bright orangeoutdoor entertaining and tablescape leaves dance through the air and land on the path in front of me.  As my feet crunched through the drying leaves, I felt a familiar chill run through me.  Autumn is just around the corner.

The air has a tinge of mist in the mornings and it cools quicker in the evenings.  The sun still graces us with its warm rays during the heat of the afternoon and shopping malls and local shop keepers are stocking up on the back to school supplies.  This is the time of year the berry fields are full of people reaping the season’s bounty and kitchens are filled with the aromas of jam cooking and fruit being prepared for canning.

The explosion of color is one of the best things about this time of year and it is an energizing time to begin planning the fall decor.  After all, making your own scarecrow to grace the hay bale on the front porch can take some time.  Choosing the right color of mums, coordinating containers and placing them in the perfect location with your other autumn decorating treasures can be pretty detailed task and if you are a wild decorator like me, creating a bluepring in advance is an absolute necessity.

I have a fascination with black outdoor rockers.  I don’t feel the vignette for fall is complete until it is placed on the porch with the autumn hued mums.  Add the hay bale, get the family together and create a brand new scarecrow for the year. Basil & Salt’s version of the perfect front porch decor.

Choosing the color of mums to accompany your new brilliant scarecrow is always the exhilarating portion.  Mother Nature provides us with such a clever and colorful palette this time of year, it’s time to think about removing brights and pastels to replace them with the gorgeous deeper hues such as browns, oranges, reds, yellows and greens.  Color coordinate the clothing of your scarecrow with the mums and their pots, position the rocker, throw the hay bale out (perhaps two) close to the rocker, place your new exquisite scarecrow in your rocker, standing behind or sitting on the hay, place your mums strategically on and around your porch and perhaps put out some fun and inspiring fall items.  With that in place, phase I for Outdoor Fall Decorating is complete.  What is Phase II?  Why, Halloween of course.


Stay for the slideshow – I hope this inspires you.

RTA Outdoor Living Introduces Innovative New MOKS (Modular Outdoor Kitchen System)

Summer is on its way and we are ready for backyard gatherings, family get togethers and cooking outdoors. One of the largest redesign trends this year is the backyard oasis and that includes the outdoor kitchen.

MOKS (Modular Outdoor Kitchen System). MOKS is a complete, ready-to-assemble outdoor kitchen that allows consumers to choose from various design layouts in one of six colors, then order, receive, assemble and ready for use all in just a week.

The cabinet panels and countertops are lighter weight and a key feature of the design are the interlocking channels, allowing for intuitive and quick assembly. Panels slide together and lock, providing optimal structural integrity and rigidity once the base unit is complete. 60 minutes, a screwdriver and two people are all you’ll need. Take a look here.

“To the millions of at-home chefs searching for a complete outdoor kitchen that is easy to order, assemble, and use ASAP, RTA understands your frustration at the lack of options. No one should have to compromise on superior quality or design for a quick-fix solution,” says Josh Brown, president of RTA Outdoor Living. “While most other outdoor kitchens take months to ship, due to major delays and backorders, RTA’s MOKS kitchens ship within a week, giving you outdoor-rated durability, a sleek, modern look and more time to enjoy it all summer long.”

How to Customize the MOKS Outdoor Kitchen

  1. Choose from a variety of layouts – including seven-foot and six-foot options in straight or “L” shaped configuration.
  2. Multiple appliance options – gas grills, double access doors, refrigerator, storage, pull out trash, sink and more.
  3. Select a cabinet color – Jet Black, Pure White, Navy Marine, Rubbed Bronze, Nordic Gray or Steel Gray.
  4. Upgraded key features are available.

Easy to Assemble and Built to Last

  • Designed for all-weather durability, no matter the climate or region.
  • Marine-grade composite cabinets are lighter weight and structurally sound.
  • Outdoor-rated solid surface countertops are made from advance composite material that fuses natural minerals and resin, creating a homogeneous and nonporous surface area.
  • Cabinet and countertop materials are also UV-resistant to color fade.
  • Engineered to withstand extreme heat, humidity, salty air, freeze-thaw conditions, extreme cold, snow and rain.
  • They will not warp, rot or crack.
All MOKS outdoor kitchens are built with high-quality materials, designed for all-weather durability, no matter the climate or region

Both the cabinets and countertops are low-maintenance—easy to wipe clean, and scratch and stain resistant. Solid surface countertops are also certified hygienic to the standard of commercial kitchens, for any germ concerns, and feature GreenGuard® Gold certification for environmental performance.

The Coyote grill and appliances are all 304 stainless steel—inside and out—and engineered for superior durability and longevity to match the outdoor kitchen unit.

RTA (ready-to-assemble) Outdoor Living was born from a desire to empower homeowners to create ideal outdoor spaces that encourage gathering and human connection. Our outdoor living features, manufactured in the heartland of America—Cambridge City, Indiana—achieve this purpose. At its core, RTA’s product line is a simplified alternative to outdoor masonry. Through this approach, we avoid the high costs associated with building outdoor kitchens from scratch. Our easy-to-install options make the luxury of an outdoor grill island attainable to everyone.  More information is available here.