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Reader Challenge: We have a winner and a new challenge!

The pillows on the front porch of Pamela Langowski 's home in the Town of Elma earned the No. 1 spot among readers. The photo received 79.5 percent of the votes.

Langowski, who moved into her house just shy of two years ago, said that her mix of colorful pillows is her attempt at curb appeal  – to create a visual treat for walkers-by.

“I love being outside and part of making the outside more manageable for me is to create different garden ‘rooms,’ " she said.

The front porch is one of them. Other spaces are created for reading, enjoying a cup of tea, gathering around the fire pit.

And, yes, those spaces have different types of outdoor pillows, too. The fluffy pillows on the Adirondack chairs around the fire pit "kind of hug you," she said. "That's what you want around the fire pit."

The pillows on her porch, above, are from Christmas Tree Shops.

"Pillows can change the vibe of your garden. Where you can’t really change shrubs every year, you can change the pillows every year and create a whole new look. So if you want hot colors one year you can do it. If you want cool colors the next year, you can. It’s reasonable to do,” she said.

Thanks to all the readers who participated.


Well now, this is interesting. But we're sure readers have even better garden decor than this friendly garden grasshopper. Share it with us. (Sharon Cantillon / News file photo)

And the next Reader Challenge:

This week is your chance to show off a single piece of unique garden art in your yard – that one animal figurine, offbeat sculpture or other decorative item that stands out and makes people smile.

Nothing too serious or ordinary, please.

Email your photo to A phone number is helpful. We plan to have readers vote on their favorite photo.

A few details: If we publish the photo online, we would like to include your name. We will not print your phone number or address – but we would like to indicate the town, village or city where you live.

There is a deadline: We need the garden decor photos by 6 p.m. July 24. And you can expect to see more Reader Challenges in the future.

* Winners of previous Reader Challenges need to wait two months to submit photos again, please.

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