Monthly Archives: January 2018

Indoor and Outdoor Decorating

When people think of creating a relaxing home or garden environment, they often think of adding a water feature or doing some feng shui. But if those aren’t possible or you’re looking for other creative ways to make a statement, there are many other ideas on how to integrate stress relief and relaxation into your home. And you’ll definitely be expressing yourself while you do it.

Bean bags and hammocks are great, non-traditional seating. They offer comfort and affordability, and inject some fun. Sized to fit one or two people, bean bags can not only add some casual style to a room, but they can be purchased with foam or filler that will conform to your body the longer you sit in it. This provides excellent comfort and enhances your relaxation. Hammocks are especially durable and can be used both indoors and out. They’re even better than a bed to sleep in, as they distribute your weight more evenly, reducing pressure points on your body.

While you’re relaxing in your hammock, why not try some aromatherapy as well? Aromatherapy is the use of essential plant oils to improve your mental and physical well-being. Essential oils are the true essence of the plant, so they’re much more concentrated than and different from perfume oils. Used properly, aromatherapy is very beneficial. Different oils can be used for different purposes, such as stress and anxiety relief, decongestion, and even beauty.

If you’re just looking to add some nice scents to your home, scented candles and incense are a great way to go. They come in a wide variety of scents, so you’re guaranteed to find something to please even the most demanding of noses. Consider a reed diffuser instead of a candle, too. Reed diffusers work by drawing concentrated oil up through them. Air movement distributes the scent throughout the room. They’re a great and hassle free way to get long lasting scent.

If you want to some music, consider a CD of relaxation music. Whether you want something to wake up with, meditate to, or got to sleep with, there’s guaranteed to be an album full of soothing music out there. The music can also provide simple background music during a party or other get together. With this on in the background, everyone is sure to benefit. Wind chimes also provide beautiful sounds. As they come in many different types of construction, each one will have a unique sound.

To add some character to your garden or other outdoor space, try some outdoor seating. A hammock works great, but a bench is another idea to consider. They can be placed on a patio or out in the garden, among your plants. Don’t just look at your garden, become a part of it too!

A bird bath adds a unique touch to your garden as well. And your feathered friends will appreciate having it. It’s an easy way to introduce a water feature if you’re looking for something other than a water fountain or water fall.

Other garden decor to consider are decorative plaques and gazing globes. Plaques can identify a space as yours and provide a welcoming touch to your space. They’re easily personalized and also make great gifts. Gazing globes or balls are an interesting touch. A bit of magic is sure to follow.

These are just some ideas on decorating your home and garden with relaxation in mind. Don’t be intimidated by all your options. Explore what’s out there and find something you love that expresses your style. Remember, it’s all about creating a space that you’re happy and comfortable in.

Improve Home and Garden Security

Security is the prime concern of all human beings, be it for their property, assets, finances, job, career, etc. Man buys home to have a secure and permanent shelter from the weather and to have his own place to relax at the end of day after work.

For that he spends a fortune to build up a home of his and his family’s desires, accommodates many things like luxury, usability, beautifying and functional structures, and so on. The bare minimum one wants is all this dream like result of sheer hard work goes to some burglar!

No Compromise on Security

So, security is one factor that cannot be compromised at all under any circumstances, especially when it deals with costly assets like your vehicles and home. Installing fences is a simple way of ensuring some deterrent to burglaries.

Australian Bureau of Statistics survey reveals that break-ins were the most common household crime. Foil theft attempts by choosing iron fence gates and heavy-duty wooden or iron fences.

The garden area is prone to break-ins as it generally has access points that open to the main road or another open, public and susceptible area.

Though wooden fences can add to the beauty to your property and the green surrounding, you might consider chain link fence design more appropriate if you stay in a packed residential complex.

Different Fence Styles

There are many fence styles that give you security and also beautify the property too. Depending on your property value and if you have a garage too, you can select safety fences that suit your home decor and purpose. Budget is also one of the important criteria that people consider while installing fences as they call for at least once-in-a-year maintenance.

Chain link fences are the most popular design that professional fencing services are approached for. They are light, interwoven wire mesh that protects the property from trespassing, allows visibility from both – inside as well as outside, demarcate your area, has your pet, restricts small animals from entering the lawn, etc.

Security Fence Selection Tips

Though fences in general up the security, there are some technical points that one should consider before finalizing and installing a certain type of fence.

  • Choose strong and durable material for the fences so that it can’t be easily broken
  • Determine the right height for fences so that climbing over is not an easy option
  • Select a fence style like ornamental iron fencing, for less visibility and increased privacy
  • Choose gates that can lock at nights or, when you are not at home
  • You need to keep up the fences after a year, foresee the possible damages & choose the right fence type

Crafting Stained Glass Home and Garden

Making your own stepping stones is actually quite easy, a bit messy and a lot of fun. It’s a wonderful outside family craft for a warm seasonal day. Crafting a personalized hand-print and/or footprint stepping stone for each child, parent and even the pets will not only add charm to your garden path but also become prized keepsakes. The kids will enjoy comparing their hands and feet to their parents as they grow and the parents will cherish the memories the little prints’ will hold of childhood for many years to come.

The easiest way to craft stepping stones is to make them using a method called the “Stone Topper”. If you have never made a mosaic stepping stone or are looking for a quick and inexpensive way of crafting a number of stones, this method is perfect. No molds, no expensive kits, little mess and you probably have most of the needed materials on hand!

For each stone you will need:

1. A 12″ already made plain cement stepping stone. Any shape will work.
2. Five pounds of Cement Mortar Mix, this can be purchased at most home improvement stores.
3. Broken pieces of stained glass, glass nuggets and/or marbles.
4. A roll of strong and sturdy duct tape, enough to wrap around the edge of the stone.
5. Water.
6. A plastic bucket or large plastic bowl.
7. Measuring cup for liquids.
8. A garden trowel or old large spoon.
9. Dust mask, eyewear protection, and latex gloves.
10. A level work surface covered with paper or plastic.
11. Paper towels and trash bag for clean-up.

To make:

· Soak your stone in water until thoroughly wet.
· Wrap the top of the stone with duct tape forming a 1 ½” deep bed into which you will pour your cement mortar.
· Mix your cement following the manufacturer’s guidelines.
· Pour the cement into the duct tape bed leveling the mortar evenly throughout.
· Press your hand or foot into the wet cement.
· Decorate with the glass and let dry 5 to 7 days before placing outside.

The garden stones can easily be made in an afternoon and after a few days of drying they will be ready to set in your yard or they can become the perfect gifts for the Grandparents to enjoy in their yard.

Stained Glass Mosaic Stepping Stones are one of the easiest crafts to learn. It doesn’t require a great deal of artistic knowledge or technique to make a simple beautiful piece. If you love the look of stained glass and the fun of putting together a jigsaw puzzle you will love crafting these garden stones.

Wonderful Home And Garden

It seems that most of us love a green space to relax in these days and it is certainly a good way to get away from the rush of everyday living. If the garden is laid out beautifully, anyone who wants to buy a new home will certainly be swayed by how it looks. Indeed, some experts say that it is the garden that sells the house in the first place. Bird houses and water fountains just add to the whole effect so this money is well spent for future sales for sure.

Garden centers, and do-it-yourself stores, usually have great selections of this kind of equipment. But probably the best, and most varied, choice is available online. These stores collect goods from around the world and bring them together all in one place. The choice is often phenomenal too with sizes made to fit into any garden or home itself.

The idea of bringing the outside inside the home is not new. This phenomenon started centuries ago with plants and trees being put into pots so that the home would have a lovely green look to it. These days, however, there are many more accoutrements that can be added to lift the decor and make the place look smart and chic at the same time.

Try placing a few plants under a glass-topped coffee table to bring some interest to this place, or just put a few plants in a group at the base of the stairs. Anything like this will do and they can be moved at will until the right look is achieved. Indeed, those who are afraid of killing off the plants have been told by experts to just ditch them regularly and bring in new ones when they are looking a little yellowed or diseased!

Outside areas are the perfect place to let the imagination run wild. Some people have resorted to building in fully functional fire places complete with chimney breast. The enclosed seating too makes this a wonderful meeting point for family and friends, but if this sounds too over the top, try doing something a little less formal.

Fire stoves are wonderful little gadgets that can be placed here and there for when there are family gatherings. Since they are highly portable, these gadgets go where the people are. Fired by charcoal or wood, these gadgets throw a lot of heat out and are great for barbeque times when the weather is chilled.

Also putting in little nooks around the place is a good way to make private hideaways for those times when someone just wants to read a book etc. There are some wonderfully rustic benches available online and this would be the ideal seating to put in such a place.

For those who have been inspired to try changing their home areas, try first to make a floor plan of the space which is going to be renovated or tidied up. Then put in measurements for all the kinds of things that one wants to bring to the area. Even a few inches extra on a seat will throw the balance off for sure.

Garden Decor Spruces

A backyard garden can be so much more than just flowers and vegetables. With a little forethought and planning, they can be transformed into a living work of art. Creating the perfect garden decor doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, as most of the items one needs can be purchased from a local home and garden center. And while it’s certainly possible to hire someone to create your perfect garden for you, half of the fun is in doing the work yourself.

There are virtually limitless possibilities when it comes to garden decor. In fact, the only real limitation is one’s imagination and the amount of effort one wants to put into it. For some people, a simple but well manicured flower garden is the ideal design because it requires relatively little upkeep. For others, nothing will do short of a fantastically designed wonderland of unique plants, classic statuary, and garden furniture. And of course, for most of us, the perfect garden lies somewhere in between.

If you’re thinking about updating your current garden area, or creating a new one altogether, the best place to start looking for ideas is often the Internet. There are quite literally hundreds, if not thousands of websites that deal with a variety of common garden features, ranging from exotic plants to basic gardening tools. A quick search of the Internet can often provide one with a wide variety of options that might expand one’s understanding of the possible options. Furthermore, using the Internet also allows you to browse through all of these possibilities from the comfort of your own home.

Another great way to discover what’s available in modern garden decor is to take a field trip to your local home and garden center. The advantage that these local retailers offer is the ability to physically inspect any item that one might be interested in purchasing. Unlike surfing the web, where the only access to products is through pictures, a brick and mortar garden retailer will have these items available on the shelves, allowing one to look over the details. Most of these retailers will also carry the most popular garden items, so finding what you need is usually quite easy.

Plants For Better Homes and Gardens

For a coffee table or for a narrow shelf, choose a small gem that asks and deserves to be looked at closely. Just as an attractive ashtray or a colorful pillow can be a tasteful, decorative accent, so can small plants. They can pick up room colors, provide interesting contrast of form, and add attention-getting detail. But just as it would be wrong to expect a small accessory to carry a big decorative role in the home, so it would be a mistake to hope for big impact from a single small plant.

But a grouping of plants, many small, or one or two big plants, can carry important roles in a decorating scheme. The mass effect of a handsome grouping of plants has universal appeal. Any one plant in the group may be beautiful in its own right, though possible to overlook if alone. But put several plants together in the right setting and you can’t possibly ignore their presence.

Of course, there’s more than one way to group plants. A well-chosen pair is often just what you need to give a room that special touch. An assortment of many flowering varieties gives the same pleasure as looking into a florist’s shop window. An all-foliage cluster, such as the one on the opposite page, is equally appealing.

Ideally, the area that you select for a dramatic display of plants should receive a good amount of natural light. If the day light’s inadequate, however, give preference to the setting that you have chosen and then consider what steps can be taken to reinforce natural light with artificial light. You can do this with ceiling spots, recessed light fixtures, or fluorescent tube lighting.

It is also feasible, if your plant group is not too large, to install it on a mobile cart, taking it by day to a window location, then returning it after sundown to the room placement that you prefer.

Since plants grown indoors vary considerably in amounts of light required to promote good growth, you’ll be wise to choose for a dramatic grouping – varieties that have similar light needs. If the available natural light is low, choose plants from the group that can easily tolerate low light. If, on the other hand, your best location offers medium to strong light, select all of your plants for that kind of light.

To help you select from the right group, turn to the section entitled ‘A Portfolio’ of Recommended House Plants/ in which plants are grouped according to the kind of light they need.

Another important resource is your florist or greenhouse man.Besides supplying you with facts concerning light needs,he can give you a great deal of added information on plant cultural requirements (soil, water,humidity, etc.). From years of experience in the field, he will know which plants are cinch-to-grow types, and which are not.

After checking on compatibility of cultural needs, you’ll want to seek contrasts of color,texture, and form within your group. Some of the greens vary from the palest chartreuse to almost black tones. Some plants have shiny foliage; others have a furry or velvety finish. There are also plants with big, pointed shaped leaves as well as rounded and pierced ones to choose from.

Get variety in size, too. Combine some tall and some short plants. Place taller ones toward the back; the shorter ones, forward. For a start, consider these combinations: a pot or two of small yellow chrysanthemums made to look still more flowery when backed by a good-sized dieffenbachia; or delicate ferns that take on the appearance of green lace if backed by the solid foliage of big-leaved philodendrons or rubber plants.

Ivy For Your Home and Garden

This plant, in some of its varieties, is probably the most popular ornament of the parlor. The ease of culture, its beautiful foliage, its rapid growth, and evergreen character all combine to make it a favorite.

The soil should be a rich loam; the richer the soil the more rapid will be the growth. Yet avoid stimulating manures. Slips root readily, taken off at any leaf joint, and placed either in earth or water; in the latter they will soon throw out roots, and may then be transferred to pots.

The only precaution to be taken in growing ivy is to keep it from frost while in growth and if frozen, to keep the sun away from it, thawing it out with cold water from whatever garden water feature you possess. In summer the plants may be set out of doors, and will make vigorous growth.

There are many species, of which the most common is Hedera Helix, the common twining ivy, a native of Europe, of which there are many varieties. The leaves of these varieties vary quite a bit and many distinctions have been founded on these variations.

There are two very beautiful kinds, the silver and golden, the foliage being beautifully variegated with white and gold. The Tree or Aborescent Ivy is merely a form of the common variety, which is shown by its returning to the primal Aborescent form not infrequently. The leaves are entire, and the plant often, retains its form for years.

H. Roegneriana is a variety with large, heart-shaped leaves, which is much esteemed.

H. digitata, the palmate or hand-shaped Ivy is a pretty variety, of rapid growth; the leaves are small, dark, and veined. This is often called, erroneously, the Irish Ivy.

H. Canariensis is the Irish, or Giant Ivy, the leaves are five-lobed, and larger than those of the common ivy. This type of ivy may not be best for areas where patio statuary is on display since it can grow quite large and overshadow the statues.

Almost all the varieties of nurserymen’s’ catalogs are merely forms of these, with peculiar foliage.

The Golden Ivy is a splendid plant; when the young
leaves come out it resembles a mass of yellow flowers. Ivies are grown in hanging baskets, around windows, made to trail around picture frames and looking glasses; indeed, they may be made decorative in the highest degree.

The plants should always be well supplied with water, though it should never be allowed to stand at the roots. Large plants of the common varieties may be procured inexpensively. The ornamental foliaged varieties are somewhat pricier.

If you have ivy growing out of doors (and it will thrive if you keep the winter’s sun away from it), a pretty effect may be produced by cutting large branches, and keeping them in vases or outdoor fountains of rain water. They will grow well all winter, and planted in spring make nice plants for autumn.

The plant commonly known as German Ivy is not an ivy; the botanical name is Senecio Scandens. It is deservedly popular, from its rapid growth and its freedom from insects. The Coliseum Ivy is a species of Snap-dragon, as may be seen from an examination of the flowers, and a very pretty plant it is; botanically it is Linaria Cymbalaria.

Home Depot Gardening

The home depot gardening section offers a wide variety of gardening products that will meet the needs of any home gardening enthusiast. Home depot carries a wide inventory of gardening equipment such as mowers, clippers, cultivators and tillers.

There are also a wide range of home depot gardening supplies such as seeds, pest control products and fertilizers available. For the landscape gardening enthusiasts, there are many landscape gardening tools available as well such as water equipment, greenhouses and garden decorations.

Home depot gardening also provides home gardening tips to help you maximize the gardening products that you purchased at home depot.

For example, one home gardening tip recommended by home depot is not to plant on a warm, sunny day. Instead plant it on a dark, overcast day when it is expected to rain. The reason being a new plant needs plenty of showers when it is young.

You also will want to choose your new plants carefully. Choose only short and sturdy plants with only a few flowers. Look at the leaves of the plant to determine it’s condition. If it is discolored and wilted, then don’t buy it.

The flower bed is also equally important. Try to put at least one inch of compost or organic matter on the flower bed once a year. You should also loosen the soil to about 12 inches depth for annuals and about 18 inches depth for perennial plants. Try to use a ground rake to loosen and smoothen the soil.

There are also home depot gardening tips as well such as how to start a new lawn, more tips on planting trees etc. Why not drop by home depot the next time and explore.