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Rotting Shutters? Tips on selecting shutters that are truly rot-resistant.

Rotting shutters are not unusual even when they’re made of rot-resistant woods. “Incredibly, cedar, teak, mahogany and cypress will rot if they can’t dry out,” says Chris Peeples, owner of Vixen Hill Cedar Shutters. “Moisture trapped in wood grain, especially in warmer climates, allows bacteria to breed voraciously. The inherent natural toxins that prevent rot […]

Five Weekend Makeovers that Turn Backyards into Retreats With New DIY Products from Vixen Hill

VixenHill.com suggests five weekend makeover projects that can turn backyards into retreats. These Vixen Hill products are easy to assemble and most can be designed and ordered online. “Today’s homeowner wants to connect with the outdoors,” explains Christopher Peeples, President and Founder of Vixen Hill. “They want to take control of their own environment in […]

Tips to design the perfect storybook wedding gazebo.

An essential element to any backyard wedding is the gazebo, which gives everyone a focal point, it houses the bride, groom and celebrant as they exchange their vows, offers shelter from the weather, and even after the wedding; the gazebo is a mainstay in the backyard garden, a place to relax and read, play cards, […]

Before and After: Enclosed Porch

This porch was originally designed to have rails between the posts. Fortunately, before the contractor had a chance to build and install rails, the homeowner visited VixenHill.com and discovered the three-season Porch System alternative. Using VixenHill’s interactive design module “Porch Systems”, the homeowner quickly retrofitted his porch and printed an actual quote. When the modular […]

Spring Cleaning – Tips for cleaning screens

Here’s a tip from Chris Peeples at Vixen Hill for cleaning Porch or Gazebo screens: I’ve always used one of those soft bristle brushes on an extend-o-pole. They’re generally sold for washing windows. Dip the brush into a hot bucket of water spiced with a little dish detergent and lightly brush both sides. Then, hose […]

From Trash to Treasure. What to do with old Shutters.

Scanning the Internet, we found some fun decorative uses for old shutters: 1.    Lean behind plantings as a point of interest or among antiques like watering cans. 2.    Hinge together to make a screen to hide garden equipment. 3.    Make into bookshelves, CD racks or tables. 4.    Use as a valence. 5.    Use as a […]

Spring Cleaning Tips for Exterior Shutters

Mother Nature’s bugs, birds and weather can take a toll on the façade & exterior appointments on your home. The resulting unkempt look can diminish that good old home feeling. But, if you have shutters, there is something you can do about it. “Exposure to the elements is going to cause the exterior shutters to […]

GET GREEN AND SAVE GREEN WITH VIXEN HILL WINDOW BOXES

Cut down on the high cost of groceries and make your home beautiful inside and outside with a Vixen Hill window box. Homeowners can use a Vixen Hill window box inside during winter months to start herb gardens that can then beautify the exterior of the home come spring. VixenHill.com offers an interactive online program […]