Tuesday, 30 October 2012

How to Decorate Your Child’s Bedroom

A child is the heart and soul of any family. Children make homes more lovable and welcoming. It’s necessary to pay attention to the decor of a child’s room so that their innocence and energy finds place to spread wings. A child’s bedroom is a place that should ideally reflect happiness and playfulness. Their colorful world must be created keeping in mind their energy and playful nature. Along with making their innocent world vibrant and bright enough thought must be given to their safety and comfort as well. Here are a few points to keep in mind while decorating your child’s world with love and enthusiasm.

Ensure a secure atmosphere: Every child is precious to its parents and no one wants to take risk with a child’s safety. To provide a secure environment to a child in the bedroom must be the first priority of a kid’s bedroom decor endeavor. Make sure that the kids’ accent furniture, kids’ bed, bean bag chairs and other stuff that you plan to use in the kids’ bedroom are safe, comfortable and durable. Avoid metallic furniture that has sharp edges and angles. Select soft and comfortable pieces for the decor. Quality is one factor that you cannot compromise upon when you are doing up your kids’ bedroom.

Provide a hygienic environment: Maintenance of a kid’s room is a huge factor for any family. The energy and playfulness of the kids can create a mess of even the most effectively maintained rooms. Make certain that you have an easy to maintain furniture set along with a washable paint or wallpaper on the walls. Regular cleaning and maintaining the room can keep off the dust and allergies at bay. Keep the rugs lightweight so that it will be easier to maintain regularly. 

Keep the space modular: Children need space for playing and spending their energy properly. A cluttered atmosphere will curb their movement and make them feel restricted. To offer them space the furniture in their room must be arranged in such a manner so as to create as much space as possible for the young ones to have a good time. Decorating the room with multi-functioning and modular furniture like bunk beds, beds with storage space, cabinet cum desks, multipurpose wardrobes and other such stuff can create beautiful space for the kids to enjoy their games in the comfort of their rooms.

Create storage area: It goes beyond saying that you need lots of storage area in your kid’s room. The various pieces of clothing, numerous toys, activity stuff and lots of other things make this area a perfect place to create a big storage. But with space constraints it is not always possible to have huge storage spaces. So, to keep the area clutter free and organized, use colorful boxes and storage cubes. Neatly pile the clothes in cabinets. Teach your child to stack the toys in storage drawers or cubes meant especially for the purpose. Attractive and colorful furniture will generate your child’s interest to use it. Make it a point to let your child know where to store or find which stuff.

Keep the decor relevant: A child will feel more comfortable and happy in a room that has been decorated keeping in mind the tastes and choices of the little one. A theme based on baseball or cars will go well with any little boy while canopy style beds, Barbie themed decor and pink color on the walls will make any little girl feel like a princess in her room. Soft cuddly toys will prove to be their playmates when alone in their room. Select the wall pains or wall papers as well as the window treatments that follow their dream theme. Use bedding ensembles that include the bed linens and the comforters which carry the same theme or at least the same color combination. Add variously styles pillows and rugs to make the room more attractive for them. Last but not the least, keep the whole setting soft and comfortable for them to enjoy in a playful environment.   

Monday, 29 October 2012

For Every Room a Different Style: How to Decorate Your House

Every room in your house serves a different purpose; it stands to reason that they wouldn't look the same. In order to make you comfortable and to put you in the correct frame of mind for whatever it is that you need the place for you need to decorate each room in a fitting manner. Let’s take a look at all the different rooms in your house, do a quick overview of what types of moods you might try to inspire, and how you can achieve each of those.


A bedroom is a bastion refuge for the weary. When you’re in your bedroom you’re either exhausted from your day or in a hurry because it’s morning and you have to get to work. Either way your stress level is likely to be high so you should try to remove any additional ones from the room. Pick warm and calming colors like green and brown to help take the edge off. Do not use more than 3 colors in your color scheme. Going for a more sleek and modern look while also keeping the total amount of furniture to a minimum will also minimize visual over-stimulation and help to make you feel relaxed and calm.


The kitchen is a place that’s utilitarian in nature; however it also carries an artistic sense. A well designed kitchen, unlike every other room in your home, absolutely needs to look clean, perhaps even sterile. The easiest way to do this is to install a large amount of easy to clean counter space, bright full-spectrum lighting, and use cooler colors like blues or grays.

Living Room

The living room is where we receive guests, watch the game, and to sit around with the odd cup of tea. This is the room in which to express your public style, whatever it may be. This room should bear the same face that you put on yourself when you go out into public. If you think of yourself as a high class individual, for example, you might hang art on the walls and put classic literature on the shelves. The lighting in any living room should be relatively warm, but bright, and ideally with large windows to let the sun in. You’ll want your color scheme to be neutral both to give you more options about what you can put in there and because you want to be able to easily modify the mood set by the room depending on the occasion which is more difficult when your color scheme does it for you.


A den is a delightful little room meant specifically to help you let your inner nerd out. Whether you've got comic book posters slathered on the walls, shelves stuffed with your favorite books, or stacks of old video games and every console that’s existed in your lifetime sitting in there, the den is a place to do what comes naturally. Depending on who you are you might have a stylish impeccably style conscious den reserved for unwinding with a book in front of a fireplace or you might literally have a room strewn with random junk (ahem, priceless valuables). This is the one place no one is allowed to judge you.

Edward Stuart is an art and decoration enthusiast as well as an online publisher for Framed Art. He frequently blogs on the topics of art, art history, design, and home decor.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Re-energize Your Living Room in a Classy Manner

The enchanting living room is always a great attraction. You must have a well-furnished living room. That is the best way you can turn your house into a home. Here are a few classy tips and suggestions that may help you beautify your front hall in a glitzy manner.

Colors for the Living Room

The first thing you need to select is the right palette of colors for the living room. This will help you form a great canvas for the rest of the living room decor.You must always pick bright shades for the living room. This will help you create a lively environment in the living room. You must avoid colors like blue or gray that may lead to moroseness.You may opt for one color for all the four walls and a contrasting color for the ceiling. Very often ceilings even have plain white shade.

Window Treatments for the Living Room

You must be wise when you select the window treatment for the hall windows. You may either opt for blinds or curtains. The curtains come in many attractive colors and you can pick the shade that goes with your living room decor.If you do not like the curtain holders to be visible, you may go for attractive window valences. They provide an added appeal to your windows.

Doors and Door Knobs

Doors may come in many different shapes. You may go for arched doors or majestic carved rectangular doors.You may select innovative knobs shaped like human hands.These easily attract the visitor’s attention.You must make sure that the door knobs are durable and last long. Clean and maintain these doors tidy so that they continue to look showy.

Couches and Coffee Tables

The first bits of furniture that you will think of having in your living room are the couches and the coffee tables. You must opt for innovative shapes of couches and coffee table. You may even go for couches of different shapes.You may even buy couches and coffee tables made from eco-friendly materials. These materials do not have any toxic effect on the environment. They can be your first step towards sustainable living.

Cabinets and Shelves

You need spacious storage spaces to accommodate your daily wares. You must thus have convenient shelves and cabinets. These days you will find cabinets of unique shapes and sizes in the market. Go for cabinets that suit the theme of your house.Make sure that the cabinet you choose does not occupy too much space. You may even check out on the Internet if you can make any DIY cabinet or shelf on your own.

Shoe Racks

You will come across many distinct variants in shoe racks too and most of them will be loved by you. You must pick the shoe rack that goes with the theme of your house. You may purchase mobile shoe racks or pipe shoe racks if they are convenient options for you.

Electronic Appliances for the Living Room

Most homes have the television set in the living room. You must thus have a cabinet or shelf to accommodate the television set. Make sure these look sophisticated and stylish.

Lamps and Lighting System

You must never neglect the lighting system when you design your living room. It can have a great impact on how your living room looks.You may have one large chandelier hanging from the ceiling. This will give your front hall a rich look.If you have any wall hangings, you can light these up with wall sconces. This will help you clearly show the intricacies of the wall hanging.

Indoor Planters

If you want to breathe life into your front hall, indoor planters are the first best pick. You may even make these at home. These are relatively affordable too.

Carpets and Tiles

The flooring can really not be complete if you choose the wrong tiles for your floors. You have to choose flooring that can be maintained easily.You can further increase the life of these flooring's by choosing the right carpets. Carpets reduce the rate of deterioration of the flooring.

Trash Cans

You must go for modern sustainable or disposable trash cans. They usually are better at disposing trash. You may even go for solar powered trash cans.


You may use a fireplace to create a focal point in the living room. You may even go for coffee tables with a fireplace in the center.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Trendy and Fashionable Ways To Store Items in Plain Site

A cluttered living space can make us feel closed in. It can also make a space feel smaller. We want to put away the clutter, but there is nowhere to put it. This is where visible storage comes in. There are ways to disguise our clutter as home accents and decor. This allows us to simplify things while also adding a touch of decorative flair to any room in the home.

The Bathroom

Colored glass bottles and jars can add color and personality to the bathroom. These can hold many of the small items that clutter vanities, such as bars of soap, dental supplies, small hair supplies and other small hygiene products.

Vertical shelving can be used to store towels and wash rags in a neat and organized way. For larger items, you can grab some good-looking baskets, put the items in them and put the baskets on the shelves. This allows you to keep all of the bathroom clutter you need in the bathroom while storing it in a neat and visually appealing way.

The Kitchen

Kitchens tend to have built-in cabinet space for most items. However, sometimes things like pots and pans really have nowhere to go. A pot rack is a simple and decorative way to keep these items off of the counters while adding a little decoration to the kitchen. Many food items can be put in decorative containers and stored on counter tops or shelves. For example, things like sugar, flour, rice and cereals can be put into decorative containers and then they are out and ready for use, as well as give some color and flair to your kitchen.

The Living Room

With the family spending a lot of time in here, it does not take long for clutter to start piling up. Shelving units and sideboards are good places to put storage. For things that you do not want to be seen, pick up some decorative baskets, place the items in these and then put these on the shelves along with normal shelf items like books and vases. This will give the shelf a neat blocked look. Baskets can also be placed under the sideboard, coffee table and side table.

For items that you want to be easily accessible, vases or bowls can be used to hold these. Such items include things like remote controls, coasters and anything you need to be handy.

You may choose to use an old trunk as a coffee table. This trunk can store many items and it can give a rustic or shabby chic look, depending on style and color, to your living room.

The Bedroom

A cluttered bedroom makes relaxing more difficult. The good news is that there are several ways to put things away in a visually appealing manner. First, take advantage of the space under your bed. You can take advantage of this in two ways. You can cover the area by using a dust ruffle as part of your bedding to disguise what you put under there and change the look of your bed a bit. Or you can use drawers on caster wheels. These drawers can be solid wood or you can use a decorative technique that fits the style of your bedroom. This is really the perfect space for extra clothes and shoes that do not fit neatly in your closet.

You may also choose to add some wall shelves. These can hold hatboxes and other boxes that look nice. Then, you can place smaller items in these boxes to get them out of sight.

About the author: Patrick O’Houlihan is an accomplished freelance writer with many years experience covering all things home and garden. When he’s not covering sites like Moshells value center you can find him working on his handmade sailboat that he hopes to have in the water by year’s end.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Adding a Personal Touch to Your Bedroom

We all take to magazines and various websites to get ideas for remodeling or redecorating our homes. But sometimes, no matter how beautifully you design your room, or stick to a certain theme; you may still feel like your bedroom isn't "you." For example, you may have the modernist look down pat, but it would feel "empty" if it didn't have elements that reflect you and your personality. Here are some quick ideas on how you can add that personal touch to your bedroom.

Have a Memorabilia Area

A lot of people do away with stuff from yesteryear's thinking it will only add to room clutter. But those trophies, travel keepsakes, printed photographs, concert tickets, etc. can be organized in a creative way that adds not only a personal touch to your bedroom, but also even provide accent in your decor. Just make sure that you keep the trinkets confined to one general area. If you're going to use frames and display trophies, keep them all in one section of the room by dedicating a stand, table, or shelf compartments for your memorabilia.

Use Custom-Made Sheets/Bedspreads/Draperies

Personalized sheets and bedspreads are not exactly a new idea, although lately they are becoming more and more popular. Now just because it's personalized doesn't mean your sheets should have your face on them. It could be as simple as being able to choose the combination of specific colors, patterns, designs that you want for your bed. Say you have a "dream room" that you want to replicate, and you have covered everything from arrangement to wall colors, etc. but you can't find the same sheets and bedspreads, or anything close to it, at your local stores. Having your sheets custom-made would give you exactly what you want and need.

Paint the Wall/s with Your Favorite Color

If you don't own the property, there might be certain restrictions you have to be mindful of - especially when it comes to renovating or redecorating the rooms. If you're not quite sure if your landlady allows tenants to repaint the walls (if you're renting), but you're itching for a room makeover, just paint one wall with your favorite color. This will give your rented room a more personal touch, make it feel more "you," AND could serve as your accent wall too. This will also make it easier to fix if you ever change your mind.

Display Your Needle and Craft Works

Not everyone is blessed with the talent to create things with their hands. So if you're into arts and crafts, display your works in various areas around the room where you think they'd fit and blend in. This works even better if your works also count as some of your favorite things that really reflect your personality. Seeing things you made will instantly make your bedroom feel cozier and give it a sense of that familiar comfort.

Accessorize or Customize Your Headboard

If your room already looks straight out of a magazine, you might be hesitant to add or subtract elements for fear of ruining the whole look of the place. In this case, a good compromise for making your bedroom reflect your personality is by adding accessories that you like and/or tweaking your headboard. If you don't have one, you can easily make one and this is where your creativity and personality comes in. Whether you want your room to be modernist or vintage chic, you can easily design a headboard that goes with the theme of the room and lends it a more personal touch at the same time.

Don't forget that no matter how small a detail you add in your room, it does and will have an effect on the overall look. Pay attention to details -- add personal accessories and trinkets where you can.

About the Author: Elena Morgan uses decorative pillows to add personality to her own bedroom. She loves finding creative ways to accent a room.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Turning Old Storage Space into Usable Areas

You’ve been eyeing that old storage space for some time now, wondering how you can find a way to utilize it other than a junk catch-all, right? If you are like most people, there is a space in your home or office that’s been collecting “stuff “ for quite some time, but now it needs to serve its purpose as a usable area. The good news is that you can easily turn any under-utilized storage space into a great new area for hobbies, organizing, work or play.

Once you’ve cleared out the junk, here are some ideas for turning any old storage room into a usable area for your home or office.

Hobby and Craft Room

Have a personal hobby like crafting, sewing, scrapbooking, woodwork or some other way to express your creative side? Then you need a personal hobby room! Choose the storage options you will need first, and then decide how much work area you will need to be comfortable. Some great options include a craft armoire with doors or under-desk storage drawers that can conceal your supplies. Or pick up some inexpensive books shelves and add baskets to store crafting supplies. For small hobby rooms, you may want to opt for wall storage that adjusts as your needs change.

Anywhere Book Nook

Love to read, but have no space to call your own? Try an easy to create book nook! From that space under your stairs to the back storage room of your house, you can turn any space into the perfect place to unwind with a good book (or e-reader). Find two book shelves and place them into a corner of the room. Add a comfortable chair, a reading lamp, and footstool for the ultimate in comfort. Add a room divider if you want to section this space off and have more privacy.

Exercise Space

It seems as if everyone is trying to lose weight and get in shape nowadays, but getting gym memberships can be costly and time consuming. Instead of worrying about it, why not turn that old storage space into a brand new workout center? In just a few hours and some creative thinking, your storage space can morph into your own gym. Replace worn out carpets with hard wood floors or indoor-outdoor carpeting, Paint walls in bright shades and add hooks for hanging exercise equipment. Add a second-hand treadmill, exercise bike, and free weights.

Breakfast Pantry/Dinette

Your kitchen may be small and you don’t have a place to entertain dinner guests, but did you know that you can turn any storage space into a breakfast dinette and pantry area? Start with wood or vinyl floors, and then add a touch of color in a soft shade of paint, new window coverings in a bright print, and an area rug. Pick up a low cost love-seat and a dinette table with side chairs to create a relaxing place to enjoy your favorite beverages. Add cupboards to one wall to store dry food items, extra dinnerware and linens.

Gaming and Play Area for the Kiddos

Kids need a lot of room to run and play, especially when bad weather makes it impossible for them to play outside. That old storage space can easily be whipped into an indoor playroom for your kids or a family entertainment room for your teens in just one weekend. Clear out all old items and start with a fresh coat of paint in a fun color, followed by light-filtering window treatments and new rugs. Add book shelves, a toy box or game storage cabinet, and some soft seating.

About the author: Marty Reardon has written for the home and garden industry for over a decade. After gaining extensive knowledge, Marty has shared his expertise with the blogging world. When he’s not writing, you can find him covering self storage in Naperville or fishing with his two young sons.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

The Top 10 Strangest Beds in the World

People spend one third of their lives in bed, so it is important to have comfortable bedroom furniture. Aside from comfort, how about looking for a different sleeping experience in a book, magnetic field or a bird's nest?

Space savers

 A book bed not only provides a comfortable night's sleep, it can save space in the bedroom. During the day, the two covers of the book can lie on the floor as a play area or a low table. At night, you open the book to find that its leaves are duvets and pillows.If you think you can sleep standing up, try a vertical bed. It looks like a giant marshmallow leaning against a wall. A body-shaped mould makes a wrap-around sleeping space.


Fall asleep while floating in the air on a magnetic bed. Industrial strength magnets provide enough power to allow the bed to float in the air and support a weight of about 900 kilogrammes (1,900 pounds). Four wires tether it to the walls to stop it floating away in a strong gust of wind.

Create your own sleeping space with fabric-covered sofa balls. They look like huge cuddly marbles that allow you to arrange them in any shape or pattern anywhere in your house.

If you've always enjoyed hammocks, why not create a hanging bed? Use ropes, chains or strong steel wires to suspend the bed from the ceiling or from irregular corners in a loft space. The bed can be arranged to remain still or it can rock as you sleep. Another advantage is lots of under-bed storage space.

Wrap around

Surround yourself with sound in a sonic bed. It looks like a vast wooden tank furnished at the bottom with a comfortable mattress, duvet and pillows. Twelve or more loudspeakers installed in the bed walls surround all parts of your body with sound. You could even install a light show for the ultimate psychedelic sleeping experience. Paint the outside walls to match other white bedroom furniture sets.

Take yourself away from the world in a Lomme bed. It uses color and sound therapy to isolate you from the world and lets you wake up fully refreshed in the morning.

Pretend you are a little chick in a bird's nest bed. Pieces of wood that emulate twigs form the outer rim, while the inside is a padded floor space and walls. There are lots of different-sized shapes and pillows inside the nest that may be added to or taken away to create more room.

Ghoulish sleepers can buy a coffin bed. This is a large version of the ultimate casket, though the mattress and wall linings are more comfortable. It can be finished in a mahogany or an ebony stain and even fitted with latches for those who would like to play Dracula hiding from the morning light.

You don't have to be James Bond to protect yourself in an anti-terrorist bed. This bed seals you inside as you sleep and will isolate you from biological attack, stalkers, kidnappers and natural disasters such as earthquakes. The frame is strong enough to protect you from falling masonry. There are two-way mirrors that allow you to watch events or intruders on the outside while you call for help from your mobile.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Window Treatment Ideas for Your Home

Considering windows treatments is not only a practical but also a functional decision. Choosing to add curtains, blinds, shades, or shutters on your window can make your house more appealing. At the same time, window treatments also help block off sunlight and provide privacy. Looking for window treatments for your home? Here are some tips:

Determine Your Needs

There are a wide range of styles and look of window treatments to choose from but before you make a choice, determine your needs first. How important is privacy to you? Of course, this will depend on where the windows treatment will be installed. A living and dining room situated at the front of the house requires a huge deal of privacy than rooms located at the rear or upstairs. The room’s exposure is also crucial in deciding the importance of privacy.

Consider the Window’s Architecture

The architecture of the window is undoubtedly a major consideration when considering window treatments. It could be located in an awkward position, too thin, squat, among others. In any case, windows treatments can cover up any defect and improve their visual appearance.

Choose a Style for the Room

The choice of window treatment will depend on the style you want for your room. Likewise, the color, pattern, and texture that will help determine the perfect design of window treatment for your business. So how do you know which style will look good on your window? Barrett suggests looking at magazines and books. Another possible source of style is through the Internet.

What Is Your Lifestyle?

Essentially, your manner of lifestyle can also have an impact on the choice of windows treatments. High traffic area will require a durable and washable window treatments. If you like cooking, the window treatment should not be made from a delicate fabric as they are likely to absorb splatters.

Whatever windows treatment that you choose, they can help bring out the appeal and beauty of your home. 

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

How to Make Your Own Garden Fountain

A garden adds vibrance to any home. It relaxes the eye and breathes an aesthetic feel to the surroundings. Not only does it provide foliage to butterflies and little insects hopping and flying about, it also cleans the air in the immediate vicinity.

Gardens can be a place to unwind and relax, or to enjoy a good conversation with good company. However, if you really want to make your garden zen, it would be best to add an outdoor furniture or installation, like a fountain.  It’s even better if you make it yourself.

Making Your Own Garden Fountain

It has been believed that the trickling of water soothes our senses. Having a fountain  in your garden can also add a more soothing feel to the already relaxing hues of greens and pastel colors.

Making your own garden fountain may seem daunting, but with these steps, you will surely find it easier.

  1. Check for available power source. Look for a spot near a socket where you can put up your fountain. It has to be stable enough for all the pots you’ll be stacking on top of each other. A clay pot, usually found in local department stores or garden shops, would be your first installation. It has to be big enough to hold water and to secure the other objects in place.

Since you have the prerogative of how you want your fountain to look like, you can either leave the big pot on the ground or dig a slightly bigger hole to hold the basin in. This is where the water pump and the water will go.

  1. Place the water pump in the middle of the basin, connecting the tubes accordingly to where they should go. Cover the basin with chicken wire or mesh to keep debris away. This is important to make sure you don’t clog your pump.

  1. Decide on how tall or how short your fountain is. For a regular pocket garden, it would be best to opt for a size that is space friendly. If you dig a hole to accommodate the water basin, the best thing to do is to cover it up with old wood or anything stable that can hold the weight of the remaining pots. Some choose to use big stones as support, placing the wire mesh around the pump instead.

  1. Now that the important parts are in place—water basin, pump, and support structures—it is time to design it the way you want it. People who prefer elaborate designs stack small pots on a bigger one to let water flow in an artistic spout. Some even use ornamental, plants or bamboo arrangements. Those who go for minimalistic styles just stuff a clay pot with stones and pebbles to create a gentle run-off that produces the right amount of trickle.

Whichever way you choose to go, the most important thing is to make sure that the water flows out from the top of your fountain, and the tube that collects water is be sitting on the spillover basin. From here, the water goes back to the tube that sends water at the top, and on goes the circulation. You can secure the tubes in place by drilling holes or by twisting wires around them for convenience.

  1. Once you are pleased with how your fountain looks like, you can already let the water flow. Make sure the water level is maintained at about 4 to 5 inches on top of the pump to ensure that the fountain does not dry up after a few couple of days. Regularly clean and check the water basin for any mosquito larvae or other unwanted dirt or pests.

Once everything is in place, you can already enjoy your fountain and take the stress away right in your own home. With minimal cost and barely any fuzz, you can truly relax in your own place of zen.

Vincent Sevilla is a Marketing consultant for Openbrook.com, an excellent source of information about patio sofa and outdoor furniture

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

How to Set Up Aesthetic Focus in Your Garden

Making your garden bright and colorful is easy, but making it into art means you have to apply a few art and décor principles. The most important thing to have in your garden is a focus, the place where you look first, and the thing that everything else is meant to complement or contrast with. There are many options for great garden centerpieces, from massive living hedge sculptures, to ponds, 100 year old oaks, to intricate statues. However depending on the size of your yard and the size of your wallet there are a few options that look wonderful and are more accessible than other options. Here are my favorite three.

Fire Pit

A nice centrally located fire pit has multiple functions in that it can provide a splash of unexpected color in your garden otherwise green yard while also providing a great place to congregate outside at night while grilling up some sausages. You can opt for the more modern looking fire bowl or the old classic stone fire pit. If they’re done right either one looks absolutely gorgeous. Depending on what type of fire pit you use you can give your home a taste of modern edge or rustic lumberjack.


A fountain can be a bit more expensive than a fire pit, but if you live in a perpetually hot climate it can help to lower the overall temperature in your yard. Bubbling water is a classic garden feature and will help give your garden an air of calm and relaxation. Additionally if you like animals you can populate the water with some small fish. Depending on your range of income a fountain can be rustic or downright opulent. You can let the water gush out of a moss and algae covered rock formation or you can have it shoot into the air from an elaborate statue depending on your tastes.

Flower berm

Probably the most popular option for a centerpiece is a strategically placed flower berm. The trick to turning a flower bed into a centerpiece is location and configuration. A flowerbed placed at the side of your property will have background pieces placed toward the back with flowers and accent pieces in the front. A centerpiece is usually round (ish) and focuses toward its own center which should be raised. As For example you might have some bright flowers near the outside, graduating to some decorative bushes as you move in and capped by a gorgeous tree growing out of the very center and top.

Drawing Focus to your centerpiece

All of the previous centerpieces can be classed up by setting up a stone pathway that travels toward your centerpiece in a straight line and then terminates in a ring around it. As you step outside and look the path will help to draw your eye out toward it and make the whole look more concise and orderly. Also avoid putting asymmetrical features (like a single lone tree) near the center as this will draw focus away from the piece.

Author's Bio: Mackenzie Kupfer has been a lover of all things green since the age of six when she began gardening with her Nana. She is currently an online publisher for the outdoor garden decor site avantgardendecor.com. In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys attending garden shows, hiking, and gardening with her son.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Five Sure-fire Ways to Recycle Your Old Furniture

We have all heard the cry to help Mother Nature recover by recycling. We do our own little ways to pitch in. I personally segregate my trash, use recyclable grocery bags, and sometimes walk instead of using a vehicle.

But did you know that you can do more than that? How many times have you done your spring cleaning where you simply throw out the things that you will not use anymore? How many furniture have you sentenced to death by just leaving it out for the trash collector to pick up?

Source : Localbuzzmagazine.com

The next time you want to throw out a piece of furniture that you think is not worth having anymore, hold your horses.Let’s see if we can still recycle that. To get you started, here are some easy tips to recycle furniture:

           Ask yourself if the furniture can still be saved. An old bookcase can be revamped and made into a patio table or even a side table. A worn-out sofa can be upholstered to look brand new again.

The trick in revamping your furniture is to have an eye for detail. This can even be a mini-project that you can start with your friends or your family. With the right attitude and tools, your old fixtures will be taking a whole different form in no time.

      You can also sell these used pieces of furniture. Make sure that you price it wisely. Overpriced used furniture may not attract a lot of prospective buyers. Also, be reasonable when a potential buyer haggles with you.

Scrapping is another good way to recycle. If your furniture is made of steel, iron or aluminium, these parts can be sold separately. So instead of having these materials polluting the surroundings, it can be sold where it will be given a new lease on being another object.

You can also donate your furniture in thrift shops. This is a philanthropic move, because by donating, you do not earn money. You simply let go of your furniture and find a better home for it.

Source : Naturemoms.com

Another good move is to hand it down. If you have a friend who just moved out of his parent’s house or a young couple who just got married, you can offer to give them your old furniture.This is a win-win situation. They get to have “new” furniture without shelling out extra money, and you can still get to “visit” your old furniture and know that it will be in great hands.

When recycling anything, remember that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Avoid just dumping your furniture as these may still be used—if not as a whole, then probably as something else by recycling its parts.

Pierre Angela Cruz is a Marketing Consultant for Open Brook, an excellent source of information and reviews about patio and outdoor furniture. She also writes for Amerisleep, a distributor of memory foam mattress

The Different Types of Flooring for your Home

Right flooring combined with elegant wall colour and gorgeous curtains can make a lot of difference to your home. If you are thinking of renovating your house to give it a new touch, give special attention to the flooring part as it always plays a huge role in uplifting the overall look of a home. Nowadays, many options are there in the market. Each and every type of flooring has its own unique appeal and individual benefits. You just need to know which type suits your style better. So, have a look at the current available options -

Hardwood Floor -

Style, aesthetic look, easily repairable, low maintenance, and durability - all these come in mind while talking about hardwood flooring. These are the main aspects that make this flooring an all-time favorite choice. If you want to give a traditional look to your home, go for it. But frankly speaking, this would be an ideal choice for your bedroom and living room rather than your bathroom or kitchen.

Vinyl Floor -

Vinyl sheet is an economic choice that brings several affordable options along with it. This durable, water resistant and easy going flooring option comes with attractive textures that can mimic other flooring types like natural stones, wood and tiles.

Bamboo Floor -

Bamboo flooring is an ultimate way to make your home environment friendly. Easy installation, great look, sustainable nature, versatile color options and moisture resistant power of bamboo will satisfy your taste. Apart from the hardness of bamboo, it is the moisture resistant power that makes it an ultimate flooring choice for your bathroom and kitchen. It is a great long lasting flooring option that requires very less maintenance.

Laminate Floor -

Laminate flooring is cheaper than the hardwood flooring. Though the life span of laminate flooring is not similar to hardwood as hardwood flooring lasts quite longer than laminate flooring, still it is considered as one of the most popular options nowadays. Laminate floor does not fade easily and has scratch resistance power too.

Linoleum Floor -

This is another remarkable choice if you want to go for an economic yet attractive flooring option. Linseed oil is the main ingredient of the material and is completely natural. This flooring is also very tough by nature, environment-friendly and easy to maintain.

Ceramic Tiles –

Ceramic tile flooring is very attractive, fire resistant and needs less maintenance. Due to the waterproof and durable nature and resistance power of the tiles, they are also used as counter tops. Lots of people say that ceramic tiles help to increase the resale value of a home. In case of any damage, a single piece of tile can be removed, replaced and re-installed easily.

Carpets -

If you go for carpets, you will have advantages in terms of your safety and health as well. Apart from easy cleaning and maintenance benefits, you will be able to add style and beauty to your home through carpets. The chances of slipping and falling will also reduce if you use carpet flooring.

Marble Floors -

It is the look of marble flooring that lures the attention of many homeowners. Gorgeous elegant marble flooring adds greater value to your home. Besides, it is stain and dust resistant and suitable for people who are allergic to dust or have trouble with carpets.

So, the above discussion can help you to know the different flooring options. You can choose the one that best matches your priorities.