Garden and Patio Decorations For Great Outdoor Living

Think about garden and patio decorations just as you would if you were designing a room in your home. We always hear of interior decorating, so now think about exterior decorating! A well-decorated patio can have sitting areas, dining areas, and center pieces. Because you’re outdoors, garden and patio decorations let you become creative in really fun ways.

The garden decor you select will give your outdoor “rooms” style and character… so go with what appeals to you. Are you formal and elegant, or informal and casual? Whatever approach you take, keep in mind that too many garden and patio decorations will give you a crowded look. Plants and flowers should play just as big a role in your decor as structures and furnishings… let them compliment each other.

Visualize Key Furnishings

First, envision your patio, deck or garden area. Plan out a few different layouts for the main, larger decor items that will need to fit within your space. These would be chairs, benches, tables, and grilling or cooking stations. If you work at home, you can even design an outdoor “work station” for your laptop and office work.

Weather-proofed wicker, wrought iron, cedar, or teak garden furniture are excellent choices for patio and garden furnishings. Functionality is important, but go for comfort and style, too!

There are some great designs in outdoor patio furniture, guaranteed to fit your personal style. Make sure what you buy is very durable and weatherproof, since your furniture will be exposed to sun, wind and rain. Be patient and shop for the most attractive furniture that meets these standards and you’ll save money in the end.

Outdoor Lighting Sets the Mood

Once you identify your main furniture pieces, add even more atmosphere to your garden and patio with outdoor lighting. Lighting arrangements can change the entire feel of your outdoor area. You can go for festive, subdued, ornamental, warm, or bright!

Outdoor patio lights are made to endure all the elements, and feature insulated and weather-resistant components. There are quite a few styles you can choose from. The possibilities include freestanding lamps, table lamps, shaded and globe lamps, lanterns, umbrella lights, BBQ lights, string lights, and ground lights. Shop around for what appeals to you, as well as what’s practical for your purpose.

Choose Your Accents

There are no rules to garden and patio decorations… and lots of choices! Here are some great accents that will add life and charm to any yard:

Garden Benches: Have you ever noticed a rustic bench placed “just right” in a garden? It’s a very inviting sight. It doesn’t need to be fancy… just a spot to sit down and relax.

Decorative Planters: To create a pleasing focal point, set out a few planters filled with beautiful flowers in different areas of your garden. You can move them around, and replant them with different flowers as the season goes by. These are perfect for the patio, too.

Don’t forget, an old container you have lying around can easily be tuned into a planter – perhaps an old watering can or a pickle barrel. All they need is some form of drainage. Try one or two planters and see the difference they make!

Garden Fountains: Fountains add a great deal of atmosphere to any garden setting. The varieties range from grand fountains made of stone or bronze, to modest and charming garden fountain kits. Garden fountains have such a pleasant, tranquil sound that their beautiful effect is immediate and captivating.

Garden Sculptures: Garden statuary is usually made of bronze, marble, stone, wood, or resin. Choose themes from cherubs and saints to deer, rabbits and frogs. Garden sculptures can really develop your garden theme, and are great fun to design with! Tuck them into a corner, or display them openly as a main focal point.

Sundials: This ancient device has brought beauty and charm to thousands of gardens. Sundials are terrific accent pieces and come in different designs, such as tabletop and pedestal. Some sundials double as birdbaths!

Garden and patio decorations can be as elaborate or quaint as you wish. Simply keep in mind it’s just like fixing up a room in your home – when you like what you see, you’ve added your own personal signature to your outdoor living place!

Copyright 2006 Robert Mosse

Bedroom Design – Useful Insights

When you’re planning a bedroom design for the first time, it can seem like a pretty straightforward task. After all, how hard can it be to move a bed into the right position and throw in a wardrobe and a few cupboards here and there? Actually, it’s not that easy. There’s a balance that you must get right if you want to create a warm and relaxing environment, which is the key to getting a good nights sleep.

Without going into a massive amount of detail, a well thought out bedroom design can broken down into four sections:

  1. Light
  2. Space
  3. Layout
  4. Decor

Let’s go through each one a discuss why it is so important to make the right decisions.

Light – You need as much natural light in a bedroom as you can possibly get during the day. The ideal situation is to have big windows that can illuminate the room and inject a real freshness into the space, making it feel a really nice place to relax in at night. When the sun goes down, you need to an artificial lighting system that creates the right ambiance. This can be easily achieved with a few lamps and your main overhead lighting. But make sure you spend time picking out a lamp shade for your main light that will give you just about the right amount.

Space – It is very important to know exactly how much space you have to work with for your bedroom design, especially when you only have limited room. Get a tape measure and write down all of the dimensions. That way, when you come to picking out a bed and all the other furniture you need, you’ll instantly know whether it will fit and where it might go. If you do only have a small bedroom, then you need to also think about space-saving ideas such as wall mounted shelves and under-bed storage, to name just two examples.

Layout – It’s all very well getting furniture that will fit into your bedroom, but how well will you be able to carry out day to day tasks? For instance, do you have enough room to open your wardrobe door? If there are two people sharing the room, can you access the bed from both sides? These kinds of things need to be thought about so that you create a bedroom that is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing.

Decor – Needless to say, how you decorate your bedroom will have a dramatic impact on its eventual success or failure. Come up with a scheme that is no more than 2 or 3 colours and make sure you know how well they will work together. If you’re not blessed with a great eye for design, keep it as simple as possible an use neutral tones. This will prevent you from creating a loud, over the top design that looks anything but relaxing.

Of course, these are just the basics of bedroom design, but it should give you an idea about how to start your journey.

The Fine Art of Bonsai: Beautiful and Unique Decor

The bonsai is a very delicate plant; bonsai can be shaped and molded into any for you want, most people use wire and gently let the tree grow and shape itself according to the will of the gardener. Bonsai are a rare and stunning addition to any home, patio, garden or yard. And the bonsai can be long lasting if it is well cared for.

If you are looking for a new gift idea, one that no one else is likely to have–check out the many kinds of bonsai trees available on the market. Especially for a housewarming present or any other present–and of course, as a gift for yourself if you want this elegant look that only bonsai can create in your own home.

The art of bonsai originated in Asia many centuries ago, the literal translation of the Japanese, means “tray planting”. As most gardening, growing bonsai is a truly artistic endeavor, there must be a similarity, or striking appropriateness of the pot in which you plant your bonsai. The tree must compliment the pot as the pot compliments the tree. Of course, as I mentioned before, the tree is then shaped. In fact, the tree, if not shaped by the gardener, will not live long and will grow, surprisingly enough, looking unlike a tree. Each branch and limb of a bonsai tree is shaped or clipped and molded into the perfect design.

Bonsai is the fine art of dwarfing trees and other kinds of plants to create a picturesque shape, when trained using the proper growing methods.

A successfully well-designed and well-maintained bonsai is a delicacy among the gardening arts. It is an ancient horticultural phenomenon and a perfect gift for any dedicated gardener you may know. And the bonsai make a lovely addition to any home, garden, patio, yard, office etc. It will be an impressive part of the overall look of your d├ęcor, as well as a unique touch that is certain to draw the eye and be the center of attention.