Monthly Archives: January 2016

Making The Best Bedroom Design

In each residence, it’s the bedroom conceptualizing that almost everyone takes most of their time. Its ought not to be just attractive but cozy as well.  Besides the kitchen area, interior bedroom design and style is most popular place to design in the household. Aside from the great interior, it has to be cozy and very pleasant. Bright shades are certainly not recommended as they are not calming. Warm and neutral shades need to be chosen preferably. 

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Besides the kitchen, interior bedroom style is most common place to style in the house. Other than the awesome interior, it needs to be cozy and very comfortable. For more calming and cozy effect, it’s advisable not to ever go with bright shades. Warm and neutral colors should be picked preferably.

First and foremost step in conceptualizing the bedroom should be to find the textiles and base wall color. When you have already accomplished that, pick the furniture that complements your fabric and wall color. For wall styles, you don’t have to invest in expensive artwork. You can acquire one of a kind photographs from someone you know to use as wall coverings. Or if you have an painter friend or perhaps you can create simple and distinctive artworks, well then that will be ok as well. So now you will have wall hangings which no one have.

One other advise in bedroom interiors will be to not ever go with tile, marble and granite in the floorings. You could use wood or carpet instead in order that you won’t have icy cold flooring at morning. Carpet may be the warmest but wood is also a common choice for bedroom flooring. Avoiding clutter in the bedroom, try out extra cases or storage spaces in the bedroom. Or perhaps if your dressing room has extra space, you may put your extra items in one area or box.

Moreover, the bedding and draperies must go well or accentuate your bedroom interiors. Many individuals would delight in having very dim drapes to keep out the morning sun rays. Another solution in this issue is to level to 2 gentle colored curtains rather than using one dim drape. If your bedroom is a tiny , consider utilizing decorative mirrors on the walls to give the look of a bigger room.

Normal lighting is generally delivered by ceiling fixtures, chandeliers, fan lights or sconces, providing you the illumination you need to dress and see into drawers and closet in the bedroom. The bedroom is not only an area for restful night but also a place to get your “me time”, therefore you must ensure that it incorporates a peaceful and calming ambiance. Furthermore, you will need an excellent mattress and pillows to complete that entire warm feel.

Hopefully you already have made a space plan and implemented it. Positioning of the bedroom furniture is the primary reason for having a plan. If your area is going to be filled by more than 1, then double deck beds are suggested. Hence, it should not be placed in a corner of the place.In the event your plan includes tv or other electronic devices, attempt to attach it to wall sockets in order that further cabinets would not consume extra space.

Well, I definitely desire that these easy ideas could help in designing your own bedroom.

How to Create a Rain Garden

“Nurture the land in your yard and protect the environment by channeling rain water and runoff from gutters into a rain garden planted with deep-rooted, colorful native plants. A rain garden is a garden which takes advantage of rainfall and stormwater runoff in its design and plant selection.  Rain gardens are sited ideally close to the source of the runoff and serve to slow the stormwater as it travels downhill, giving the stormwater more time to infiltrate and less opportunity to gain momentum and erosive power. “

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There are lots of ways you can reduce water pollution, but rain gardens may be the most beautiful of them. A rain garden is a bowl or basin in your yard that captures rainwater from your roof, sidewalks, and driveways, and allows it to soak into the soil instead of carrying runoff pollution into local watersheds as stormwater runoff. As an added bonus, since rain gardens can be planted with an assortment of native plants, they make an attractive, low-maintenance addition to your yard.

Find a suitable location for your garden. It’s easiest to install a rain garden in an area of your yard that water already flows to or through. Your end goal is to reduce runoff. You can usually identify a suitable area by examining your yard during a rainstorm to see how water flows off it.

  • Rain gardens should be located at least 10 feet (3.0 m) away from foundations to prevent basement flooding and structural problems. They should never be located directly over a septic system, over underground utility lines–always call before you dig–or in a right-of-way. In addition, rain gardens are not suitable for areas where the seasonal high water table level is less than 24″ from the surface, as the water table will prevent infiltration of runoff water into the soil. Finally, large rain gardens, or any rain garden that requires extensive excavation, should generally not be placed under large trees, as excavation may damage tree roots and excessive water can be harmful to some species of trees.

Read more: http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Rain-Garden

A Weekend Project: How to Create a Dry Creek Bed in a Weekend

“A weekend project like creating a dry creek bed can be a bit labor intensive but it’s relatively simple and straight forward. Invite some strong friends over for the barn raising. Many hands make light work. At the end of the day feed them well, give them nice cold beverages and enjoy the fruits of your labor.”

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Being a garden designer, one of the first topics I must address with my clients is water flow/run-off issues; this includes erosion issues, water accumulation/drainage issues, water flowing too close to structures, etc.  Water flow issues must be resolved first since it directly affects the elevation and lay of the landscape. Unfortunately, I so often see it neglected, especially in new home construction.

One way to resolve water flow issues is to build a dry creek bed. Dry creek beds can redirect water, help prevent erosion and resolve drainage issues. Not only are they functional but they have become somewhat of a desireable hardscape addition, being very attractive in their own right. Some of my clients have even installed them purely for aesthetic reasons; adding beautiful structure with natural stone.

So depending on your purpose for building the dry creek bed, functional or aesthetic only, the methods will differ slightly. If it’s functional, we need to look at the amount of water flow (or is it just for water accumulation), the source of the water and where we want to direct the water. If we are building for aesthetic purpose only, we have a bit more creative freedom.

The Weekend Project

This weekend project will take place at Cindy and David Affolder’s landscape in Suwanee, GA. I’d been consulting with the Affolders over the past three years on their woodland area; creating many meandering paths, sitting areas and planting beds to house her extensive collections of camellias, hydrangeas and azaleas. To add some visual interest and hardscaping to the area, we decided to add a large dry creek bed. Though this dry creek bed is purely aesthetic, it fit in so naturally, given the slight slope and dip in the terrain.

Since the Affolders’ woodland area is over an acre, we wanted the dry creek bed to be a substantial focal point from a distance. The creek bed is approximately 100 feet long, 4-6 feet wide (measuring outside of rock), and 6-10 inches deep at center. Always keep in mind the scale of the area in which you are working. For example, if this was a small courtyard that visitors see up close, it might only be 8 feet long by 2 feet wide.

This project took approximately one full day with six people working. (Special thanks goes to the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners that helped!) We were fortunate to have many friends that liked to lift heavy things! Let’s walk through the process.

Read more: http://statebystategardening.com/state.php/newsletters/stories/a_weekend_project_how_to_create_a_dry_creek_bed_in_a_weekend/

Three Key Factors to Consider When Choosing Plant Pots

“Growing your plants in containers provides you with a few options that are unavailable to permanent plantings. The ability to move the containers around is perhaps the biggest advantage. As the seasons and the sun’s position changes, you can move your plant to a sunnier or shady spot to fit the cultural needs of the plant. Gardening in containers provides a frugal option: getting a big effect for a modest outlay. Better yet, beautiful container plants are easy to achieve without spending a lot of time or effort.”

It may save you a lot of heartache later, by taking into consideration how porous & heavy a pot is, as well as its drainage characteristics.

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Faced with a sea of choices, if you select the wrong pot, you can waste money, time and even damage your plants. There are three main features to consider when choosing containers:  Drainage, Porosity and Weight. These and other factors, can help you avoid making costly mistakes.

  1. Drainage – whichever container you select, it must have adequate drainage holes.  Healthy plants not only need room to grow, but also adequate oxygen for the roots.  Excess water must be able to escape or plants will drown.
  2. Porosity – porous containers such as those made from unglazed terracotta or clay, timber, paper pulp and other natural materials allow moisture and air to move through them. The key benefits with materials that ‘breathe’ is this allows air to circulate around plant roots and as the moisture evaporates out the side of the pot it cools the soil and helps draw excess water and prevents rotting.  The down side is these containers dry out more quickly and so does the potting mix so they need watering more frequently.
  3. Weight – moist soil gets very heavy and if you choose a heavy container, this will make it harder to move it around.  It’s advisable to consider the total weight (soil + pot + plants + water) of each container.  This is really important if you are gardening on a balcony or deck. You may need to consult an engineer to find out if the structural capacity can handle the additional weight. If mobility and changing the look of your garden on a regular basis is an important consideration, select containers made from lightweight materials or put them on castors before you plant them out.  However, if you want stability in a windy or exposed position, then a heavy container may be a more suitable choice for top-heavy or tall plants.

Read more: http://themicrogardener.com/three-key-factors-to-consider-when-choosing-pots/

How to Choose a Plant Container

“Plant containers come in styles and types. When choosing pots for your container garden, consider the ultimate size of the plants you’ll be growing, what the pot is made of, and some critical features you can’t do without. Gardeners can choose from clay pots, glazed or not; plastic pots, pretty or ugly; or wood pots, big or small. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”

Black nursery pots

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There are a lot of different kinds of plant pots and containers available. Plastic plant containers are great for balcony gardens because they’re cheap, light-weight, durable and attractive. You can get creative with the plant containers you use – they don’t need to come from your local garden shop. You can use anything that holds potting soil and can have drainage holes drilled into it. Following are the types of plant containers you can use in your balcony garden.

Terra Cotta

Terra cotta plant containers are one of the most visually pleasing container on the market (they are definitely better-looking than black nursery containers). They are beautiful and relatively inexpensive plant containers, but there are five good reasons to avoid terra cotta containers in a balcony container garden.

1. Large containers can be too heavy for balcony gardens.

2. Terra cotta can crack easily in freezing temperatures and may need to be overwintered inside during cold winters.

3. Terra cotta containers break easily if knocked over.

4. Heavy and brittle terra cotta containers are a pain to move (especially when moving from apartment to apartment).

5. Because terra cotta containers are porous, they allow moisture to escape from potting soil.

If you like the look of terra cotta, the best thing to do is get plastic plant containers that look like terra cotta. Some containers that mimic terra cotta look just like the real thing, but they may be a bit more expensive.

Read more: http://www.balconycontainergardening.com/design/132-choose-plant-container

HOW THE TRADITION OF PUTTING A GNOME IN YOUR GARDEN STARTED

“Gnomes are an easy way to turn a boring front yard into a whimsical garden community. A garden gnome community can liven up an entire neighborhood, and reduce crime. Many gardeners believe that lawn gnomes exude a positive vibe, and can thus increase the health and beauty of the plants in your garden. Alternatively, they are a way to make people stop and look, admiring your efforts.”

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Garden gnomes are those statues you see of pint sized chubby human-like creatures usually wearing red hats and blue pants. You can find them in a variety of poses and pursuing various past times such as fishing, napping, or in the case of my personal gnome, smoking a pipe. Garden gnomes are typically male and have beards but you see the occasional female gnome statue these days.

While it took longer to catch on in the United States, garden statuary has been popular in European countries since at least the Renaissance. Saints, gods and mythical creatures were among the early figures depicted, and one character called Gobbi, which is Italian for “dwarf” or “hunchback”, starting in the early 1600s.

From there, references of “House Dwarves” are found in the late 1700s. These statues were made of porcelain and produced continuously through the 19th Century.  It is believed the dwarves morphed into gnomes and moved from the house to the garden when Baehr and Maresch out of Dresden, Germany started producing their own take on the dwarves around 1841.

Sir Charles Isham was also a key figure in the spreading of the gnome, when he introduced gnomes to the United Kingdom by bringing 21 of the terracotta figures home with him from a trip to Germany around 1847 and placed them in the garden of his home. (Amazingly, one of those original gnomes is still around.  Lampy, as the statue is called, is on display at Isham’s home, Lamport Hall.)

Within a couple decades of Sir Isham’s trip, garden gnomes began being strongly associated with Gräfenroda, Germany, a region famous for its ceramics. The two biggest players in the industry there were August Heissner and Philip Griebel (with the Griebel company still producing the gnomes to this day).

Griebel originally specialized in decorative terracotta animals but branched out to produce gnomes based on existing local myths about the creatures. These legendary magic using gnomes were said to be earth elementals (hence their placement in gardens) who lived underground in the daylight where they guarded their treasures, and would emerge at night. If they were caught out in daylight, they’d turn to stone, which of course lends itself to the idea of the garden gnome statues.

Thanks largely to Heissner and Griebel’s designs, the garden gnome’s popularity quickly spread across Germany and Europe and then the world.

Besides just sticking the Gnomes in a garden, another modern Gnome “tradition” has recently popped up- Gnome-napping.  Essentially, you steal someone’s garden gnome, then take it on a trip or other sort of adventure while taking lots of pictures of what the gnome’s been up to on its journey and send them back to the owner.  If you choose, when you’re done, you return the gnome to where it started.  This practice seems to have started in the 1980s in Australia, but saw a huge upswing in popularity thanks to the 5 time Academy Award nominated 2001 film Amelie where this is depicted.

Read more: http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/10/tradition-putting-gnome-garden-started/

Decorate an Open Floor Plan

“Homes with open layouts have become some of the most popular and sought-after house plans available today. Open floor plans foster family togetherness, as well as increase your options when entertaining guests. By opting for larger combined spaces, the ins and outs of daily life – cooking, eating, and gathering together – become shared experiences. In addition, an open floor plan can make your home feel larger, even if the square footage is modest.”

Open floor plan family room

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Distinguish the area.

Even though you want room to breathe in an open floor plan, it’s important to have pieces of furniture or architectural elements to identify each “room.” Here, the fireplace and open shelving serve as a focal point and let you know you’ve arrived in the family room.

Use dividers.

With no walls to divide a space, find other pieces to take their place. Folding screens or a set of chairs with a table in between can do the trick. Or try Definitions Panels from Armstrong(shown here in the master bath) for a sleek, contemporary look.

Use color for flow.

Choose a color palette to use throughout the floor plan, and stick to it. In this home, inspiration comes from the outdoors. Neutral greens, browns, and blues give the space continuity, while pops of color in accents and artwork add personal appeal.

Read more: http://www.myhomeideas.com/idea-houses/favorite-ideas/decorate-an-open-floor-plan/use-color-flow

Buying The Right Bed Sheet For Your Bed

Selecting the most appropriate bedding is important to your happiness. Although it may not seem like a lot at first, the ideal bedding will help you sleep better and be convenient. Seeing that though this is your own bed and a place of relaxation, you need to be happiest here. This should be the place you see yourself being and where you are able to release the concerns of the day.”

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A certain type of bedding is one thing that people like to own or they hate. There are different strategies for selecting a bed linen that individuals will use for the reason that not every person feels much the same way about each type. If you wish to purchase yourself a new bedding set, you have to begin looking at what’s available, and then choose the best choice. You’ll quickly note that there are many options to select from.

Fabric

Percale and satin cotton bedding are probably the most popular choices when purchasing bed linen. Bamboo bedding remains to be novelty yet the appreciation of bed sheets made of this fiber grows rapidly. Taking into consideration what bed linen set to purchase, one must know that cotton, linen and bamboo are the types of fabric, while percale and satin are of weave. As we spend so much time in bed, you have to choose the linen sets with care and devote some effort in order to be familiar with the variances and advantages of several bedsheets.

Weave Type and Thread Count

There are various weave types you could go for: sateen, twill, and pinpoint. Sateen is regarded as the popular and is extremely soft; but, it is not resilient. Twill is less expensive, folds well and holds up in the wash. Pinpoint is hard in the beginning, but it softens after a number of washings. The thread count determines the amount of vertical and horizontal threads in each sq . inch of material. Always remember that the higher the thread count, the softer the fabric. To figure out the thread count you only need to read the label on the bed sheet. When the count is below 300, the sheet can be scratchy. A count of below 175 will be a waste of your money no matter the cost of the bed sheet. A sheet with a count of 600 or more is commonly thin unless it is a two-ply.

Type of Manufacturing

There are numerous ways in which bed linens are made: Jersey, compact, and flannel. Jersey sheets usually are knitted and do not have a thread count. The cool thing with them is they are incredibly soft, durable and warm. Flannel sheets are soft, thick and durable. Compact shows that the fibers in the sheets have been bound together tightly. For that reason, sheets produced by using this technique are wrinkle resistant and sturdy. All the 3 manufacturing techniques produce warm sheets and all you need to do is to choose the the one that complies with your taste.

Lawn Care Tips For Every Season

Everybody understands that possessing a warm and friendly yard could make your whole home and property look much better. Sadly, lawn care can often be a challenge. Probably the most common mistakes that people make is not putting crucial preventive steps performed preparing for the 4 seasons, that might ruin your landscaping throughout the year.”

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Are you interested in a well maintained lawn on your lawn? Experts would likely tell you the key to having a lush and healthy lawn is to master the basics – mowing, irrigation, fertilizers, aeration, and weed prevention. Without knowledge on these fundamentals of lawn care, you would most likely commit a few key mistakes that will cause larger problems in your lawn. But exactly how about having the basics in handling them in different seasons? Although we know the basic principles of lawn care, additionally it is crucial that you understand how to take care of them in numerous seasons.

Spring

Spring is favorite among many as the lawn are prepared for a fresh season of regenerating and growing new plants and flowers that will make their yards more beautiful as well as interesting. Lawn care specialists say that in spring, ideal results are achieved using a granular feed that gives a regular quantity of nutrients over many weeks. When lawn feeding in the spring, work with a lawn feed straight after cutting. When you use a granular lawn feed, you have to apply it evenly over the whole lawn at the encouraged rate using a lawn spreader.

Summer

Summer is the time when grass are at its most exhausted, as weeks without rain will make it dry and fragile. If necessary, you may fertilize it again during the summer, but only if rainfall is anticipated. If it’s arid, fertilizer will in fact scorch the yard. You might want to get an irrigation system to assist with the frequent watering. Despite the fact that your grass will grow faster, requiring frequent mowing, do not do so during dry periods. Take time to instead remove pernicious weeds.

Autumn

Fall is the time for major lawn preparation. Taking care of it in fall helps to ensure that it’s going to make it through the lower temperatures of winter. One of your largest tasks could be raking up fallen leaves and composting them. You’ll also have to fertilize again this season, however with feeds full of potassium to strengthen up your grass for winter. You should aerate the lawn and apply top-dressing as well. You may also lay sod and sow seed before it gets freezing. You need to get this done prior to the start of winter.

Winter

During winter season, it is possible to use of lawn mowers. This is not to cut back grass, but to get rid of snow. People can just remove the lawn mower deck and change it with a snow blade. This way, you may get rid of excessive weight that may destroy your grass.

Although lawn care and looking after your outdoor areas are not always fun, they’re worth it if you see how nice your house appears. Taking a few extra mile to tend to your yard will help your house look its best.

Benefits Of Having Rattan Furniture In Your Home

Rattan garden furniture is made of an incredibly special type of climbing palm tree. This particular tree provides long strips of reeds utilized to make furnishings. Rattan furniture will make a beautiful addition to any garden or even on the patio. It is obtainable in a array of styles including rustic and vintage as well as ultra-contemporary. Regardless of what style and type of rattan furniture you select for the garden, proper care and maintenance will reward you with years of use.”

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Nowadays, you will come across so many pieces of rattan furniture from various parts of the world where manufacturers and retailers claim that they’ve got the best variety. As the prices of wooden furniture is hiking up these days, rattan furniture is coming up with a great alternative for households, offices and hospitality industry. In this post, I have listed five reasons the reasons you would need using Rattan Furniture.

Rattan Garden Furniture is fairly new to the market but it’s proving very well liked because it is strong, durable and stylish. The Rattan material is a plastic base which is the reason it lasts so long when compared to real thing. This type of furniture boasts some type of metal frame work that the Rattan is woven around.

Strength

Rattan furniture serves both function and form. Rattan chairs, rattan tables, rattan beds not just appear elegant yet these sorts of are affordable and long-lasting too. Rattan is considered as one of several strongest woods in nature, that has a solid core and grows wildly and abundantly in South-East Asian nations like Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

Numerous Uses

The unique nature of rattan makes rattan furniture particularly right for use in homes and rooms with a tropical or Asian theme. It’s widely preferred by hospitality industry and it is often used as patio furniture for patios. Not just outdoors, rattan furniture is produced for indoor use as well. There are several companies that offer beautiful dining sets, room furniture sets and even bedroom suites made of rattan. Almost any type of furniture can be built from rattan, from chairs and tables to desks and bedframes to sofas and décor.

Easy Maintenance

It can also maintain its natural color. You will be able to paint the furniture based on the existing design in the room. Furthermore, rattan wicker furniture (both the natural and the synthetic one) is very simple to clean. It’s possible to easily maintain the wicker furniture by regular dusting with a cotton or soft cloth and wash it with mild detergent and water maybe once or twice a year. The easy cleaning and maintenance makes this furniture a perfect alternative for outdoor area.

A room that contains large rattan furniture conveys the impression of style and comfort with simplicity in design and modesty in cost. Silk draperies, linen throws, as well as a host of other added highlights assist to finish the display of Eastern art and creativity. Shop the latest catalogues from website sales firms and furniture shops that offer a wide selection in rattan products at competitive pricing. Be careful that your rattan furniture purchase doesn’t clash with the other items in a given area, or certainly, the remainder of the house. Every thing ought to coordinate not only in size, style, and color, but in décor, theme, and taste.