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Home Patio Decorating Ideas

A beautiful patio is that charming extension of a living room and decorating it is easy depending on how many ideas you collect and put into use. Your patio could be your area for relaxation or a place for entertainment and cooking out depending on how you structure it. To make your outdoor experience one to look forward to each day, here are some ideas on how to transform it into a welcoming place.

Home Patio Decorating Ideas

The most popular decorations for patio include plants and flowers. You may have to shop for beautiful flowers and plants or plant them on your own. Climbing plants are usually the best as they cover posts and walls at the same time. However, potted plants can do the trick too. Trimming the plants and flowers from time to time is essential. While at it, you should shape them into desirable designs. There are many flowers to choose from, for example, orchids, lavender, roses among others.

Home Patio Decorating Ideas

A patio should consist of furniture like seats and a table. The furniture you go for should be comfortable and luxurious since the idea is to relax and breathe in some fresh air. If you want a vintage look added to your patio, you can go for Victorian styles. Modern furniture pieces are also good and blending each piece with another will result in a homely patio. Throw in a few pillows if necessary to add to that cozy outlook. A flower vase on a beautifully designed coffee table can also do the trick.

Home Patio Decorating Ideas

The colors will come in handy in decorating your home patio. Neutral colors yield the best effect, for example, white or orange. The main idea is to blend in the colors of the furniture or fabric. You can also decorate the place, especially the entrance, with a see-through curtain of a bright color.                                                                          

Home Patio Decorating Ideas

Managing a backyard garden is also another great idea. There is no greater feeling than sipping some fresh fruit juice while looking out at a sprawling flower garden. The garden should be tidy and a few fruit trees can also add to the already beautiful nature.                                                                                

Home Patio Decorating Ideas

If you find it hard to do the work by yourself, you may ask your family members to chip in and assist in effecting the design which you have in mind. You can even visit your neighbors and get some more ideas on how to come up with a great-looking patio. Hiring the help of an interior designer can also be very helpful. However, before you take on any advice or use any idea, it is essential that you trust your instincts and go by your taste. A good budget will also come in handy if you intend to purchase things like furniture.                                                                              

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How to Decorate Yards in White

White yards are quite charming with timeless beauty just like a string of pearls. They are not just trendy and never go out of style but are also very elegant. One can easily give their home a new look by sprucing it up in white cottage style by touching it up with a white fence, flowers or even trees among others. This can be achieved by either dressing the front yard or by creating a retreat center in the backyard using white. Whichever is the case, white is a neutral color and one can never go wrong with this color. Use white on the front gate to welcome visitors and add yellow, red and pink flowers to accentuate it for an enhanced look.

How to Decorate Yards in White

A proper and playful low-lying white fence with a curb appeal is perfect for decorating yards. From the sidewalk, mounding perennials are planted in front of the gate to spruce it up while white and pink roses used to dress it up. This does not just add color and elegance to the gate but also style. During winter, this kind of fence can be decorated with lights as well as green elements.

How to Decorate Yards in White

For a cohesive look, white pickets should be used to fence a home; this also covers the driveway thus covering parked vehicles from being seen from outside. Crawling plants and flowers can be planted around the fence to spruce it up, or the white left to match the home’s exterior color for an attractive and elegant look.

How to Decorate Yards in White

The garden can be decorated with white slabs arranged in a beautiful ways to form a beautiful pattern on the walkway. This adds color to the green surroundings with a clean and crisp look.                                                                                    

How to Decorate Yards in White

White flowers can also be used to spruce up the looks of yards. The entrance to this beautiful home is decorated with a single bush of white flowers that stands out yet matching the exterior color of the home.                                                                               

How to Decorate Yards in White

Apart from using white flowers in the front yard to complement the white exterior color of the home, the path that leads to the entrance is given a white finish that balances the general look of the home for an attractive appearance. At the same time, this neutral color contrasts the lawn.                                                                                  

How to Decorate Yards in White

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How to decorate an overly large yard

How to decorate an overly large yard

How to decorate an overly large yard

While large yards and lawns are the envy of many, they can also be tricky to decorate and maintain. In fact, if neglected, your yard can turn into a positively hideous eyesore and bring a dull, lackluster feel to your home.

So, it’s extremely important to take the extra time to decorate the yard- no matter how large it is. The good news is that it’s quite easy to embellish your overly large lawn with a few, simple ornaments. If you can afford it, and if you want to go all the way, then you may even splurge on some luxury outdoors decorations such as artificial ponds, Japanese gardens, and the likes.

If you feel like being really extravagant, and if you have an impressively-sized backyard, then why not build a small guest cottage? Alternatively, you can even put up a large tree house as a delightful retreat for both kids and adults alike.

How to decorate an overly large yard

Ideas for large green spaces

The first thing that you have to do is to contact a professional gardening or landscaping service and ask them to clean, mow, and trim your yard. Then, if you have a penchant for contemporary designs, you can also ask them to create beautiful bush sculptures in the shape of your choice.

How to decorate an overly large yard

However, if you prefer old-fashioned Victorian or Tudor designs, then you can fill up the empty spaces by using some garden ornaments such as bird baths, sundials, gazing gloves, mini moon bridges, statues, or even columns.

Some people like to enhance a large yard by placing a water feature right in the middle of the lawn. For example, if you can afford it, then don’t hesitate to build an impressive feature such as a koi pond, a water fountain or an artificial waterfall.

Also, a stream running down the length of your yard will look absolutely amazing.

How to decorate an overly large yard

If you want to draw attention away from the size of your lawn and make it appear smaller, then you can even a gazebo and some outdoors furniture. Such items take up the extra space and trick the eye into believing that the yard is smaller than it actually is. However, don’t forget that your furniture needs to be weather resistant, so go for materials such as wicker and cast or wrought iron.

And of course, it goes without saying that a swimming pool is an excellent addition to an overly large yard. In this case, you can even decorate the edge of the pool with stone or pebble pavers, garden umbrellas and lounge chairs.

How to decorate an overly large yard

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How to have an outdoors spa in your garden

How to have an outdoors spa in your garden

How to have an outdoors spa in your garden

If you don’t have enough space inside your home, but always wanted a home spa, fret not! You can very easily have your very own spar in the great outdoors.

Indeed, more and more home owners are resorting to garden spas: they are not only twice as relaxing as typical spas, but they also allow you to connect with nature and revitalize your senses. There are, however, certain precautions that you have to take in order to protect your outdoors spa and enhance the soothing atmosphere.

So, read on to learn how to create your very own haven of peace and tranquility- right in your garden!

Gazebo

If you want, you can always use a screened deck to create your outdoors spa. But, for a more “natural” feel, it’s best to go for a gazebo. This fixture will actually help you keep in touch with nature- while protecting you from rain and wind.

How to have an outdoors spa in your garden

You can choose from several types of gazebos. The most common ones are plastic gazebos that will shelter you from the rain, while allowing plenty of sunshine in. However, if you want to avoid direct sunlight, you can also go for a kiosk. These are nearly always equipped with windows or doors.

Alternatively, some people also like to build their outdoors spa in Pagoda or Pavilion gazebos. These are slightly more expensive than traditional plastic gazebos, but they really do make beautiful architectural features for your lawn.

How to have an outdoors spa in your garden

Equipment and accessories

If you can afford it, then, by all means, do not hesitate to invest in a good-quality Jacuzzi or hot tub. These fixtures come in a variety of sizes, shapes and prices, which enables you to make a perfect choice. Some hot tubs also come with a special massage option that will help your body relax and unwind after a long, hard day.

How to have an outdoors spa in your garden

If you want, you can also invest in a hammock: imagine the bliss of spreading your tired body out on a hammock, while soft, classical music plays in the background.

And of course, don’t hesitate to invest in the typical spa accessories such as candles (you can go for LED candles if your outdoors spa is not screened) as well as some burners.

You may even invest in some furniture as well: a small cupboard, as well as some seating options such as a sofa, couch or loveseat. Think about setting up a small end table or sideboard to place your beauty products, tanning oil and the likes.

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How to have an English garden

How to have an English garden

How to have an English garden

English gardens are reputed for their romantic elegance and classical charm. Large, sprawling greenery and bush sculptures used to be the trademark of wealthy counts, noblemen and aristocrats. Today, however, it’s quite possible for us common folk to start an English garden right in our own yard!

It’s always best to consult a professional landscaping service to design your English garden, but, if you wish, you can also indulge in some DIY. All you’ll need are some good-quality tools, seedlings, ferns, shrubs and other such garden accessories.

Plants

No traditional English garden is complete without at least one or two shrub sculptures.  Your landscaping service will usually allow you to choose from a large variety of shapes. Having an animal sculpture on the front lawn, for example, is quite a popular option. Your sculpture can be as large or as small as you want it to be, but keep in mind that it should be striking and stand out from your other plants.

How to have an English garden

Classic English gardens also contain a large assortment of flowers. If you can afford it, you can indulge in some Perennial flowers such as dianthus, phlox, asters, bee balm and lupine. Other options include pansies, marigolds and candytuft. And of course, red, yellow and white roses are basic requirements for any English garden.

Some people also like to grow some herbs and vegetables in their English gardens. This adds an extra touch of freshness, because the herbs will diffuse a lovely fragrance all through the day and night. The most popular choices are mint, chamomile, sage and lemon balm.

The key to achieving a perfect English garden is to forget about neat lines and order: you should rather plant in random clusters, instead of streamlined rows.

How to have an English garden

Décor

Other than the herbs, flowers and herbs, it’s also important to beautify your English gardens with some extra accents and accessories. For example, you can include a seating option (lounge chair or bench) right in the middle of your garden.

If you can, try to invest in an eye-catching water feature such as a garden fountain, artificial waterfall, large bird baths or even a pond. While these items are definitely on the pricey side, they will add an extra touch of class and elegance to your English garden.

How to have an English garden

Plus, the soft tinkling of the water paired with the lovely plants and flowers will instantly help you relax and chase away the worries of the day.

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Grow your own vegetables

Grow your own vegetables 

Grow your own vegetables

It is so much healthier and cheaper to grow your own plants and vegetables at home. Indeed, we rarely think of the dangers associated with an overload of fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals that are so often added to our edible products.

So, to be on the safe side, why not start your own mini garden? And if you don’t have front or back lawn, don’t worry. Contrary to what you might think, it’s perfectly possible to grow your own vegetables- inside or outside your house.

Indoors

It’s recommended to select a southern facing room or window for your indoors plants and vegetables garden.  Also, make sure that the room is equipped with several large floor windows that will allow plenty of sunlight in. In fact, windowsills and sunrooms or conservatories are the best locations for your indoors garden to thrive.

While most of your plants will effortlessly grow, bear in mind that you can only plant certain kinds of vegetables indoors. For instance, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, and mushrooms are extremely well suited to your windowsill garden.

Grow your own vegetables

However, root vegetables such as radishes and carrots are not really suited to indoors life, because the seeds need depth to thrive, hence making them inadaptable to a pot or any other container.

You can also grow potatoes at home, but in this case, you will also need to invest in some seed tubers as well as large buckets and pots. Make sure to ventilate the room as often as possible, because potatoes can release a particularly pungent scent, especially since they need plenty of compost to grow.

Grow your own vegetables

During winter, it’s advisable to place a fluorescent tube above your indoors garden to keep your vegetables warm and encourage them to grow even without abundant sunlight.

Outdoors

It’s even easier to grow your own veggies outdoors!

Grow your own vegetables

Make sure to choose a good spot that’s not directly exposed to the wind. Otherwise, you can also build an overhead shelter, or place your vegetable patch under a transparent, plastic gazebo.

If you have a busy schedule, you might want to plant vegetables such as garlic, basil, carrots, cilantro, beets, chives, rosemary, zucchini and cucumber. If you want, you can even grow some sweet corn in your yard, but make sure that you have enough space because these can become quite tall in the long run.

Grow your own vegetables

Since your vegetables will definitely be exposed to several insects and reptiles outdoors, you can occasionally use some pesticide or insecticide on them. Just be sure to s use such chemicals parsley because they can be quite detrimental to your health.

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Outdoor Garden Décor in Simple Landscape Style

Garden is definitely outstanding as fresh or green spot area at home or even public space. It contains of green grasses, flowers and many types of plants to beautify the garden landscape. Garden is just like home exterior and interior decorating. We can create a garden anywhere we desire at home such as backyard, front yard, poolside, balcony even bathroom or outside area of your windows. Creating green spot at home is not always related to expensive exotic plants or planting media. We are even able to use secondhand items such as old jam jar, milk bottle, fish can and many more. Outdoor garden décor has similar easy concept to make your outdoor home area fresher and natural.

Outdoor Garden Decor 2012

In this case, we don’t have to decorate the outdoor garden as beautiful as possible. Simple landscape decoration is better instead of covering the garden with too much details and accents. We can see the simplest sample of natural and tidy garden in a picture. This large backyard is full of green. The owner purposely frames the green yard with deck wood flooring. That’s why it looks so natural with nature scent. The green yard is rectangular with long green grasses frame. It looks like green carpet with shorter grass in the middle. To give an easy access for the owner in this green area, large stone tiles flooring is installed horizontally. Grey rock is located in the corner of this green yard to add little more nature scent. Some tall trees give shade for the area beneath it including a set of outdoor dining table. On the ground in front of each tree, exterior ground lamp is installed to illuminate surrounding when the dark comes. Well, from this picture, we can understand the fact that creating natural outdoor garden décor doesn’t need too much detail to apply.

Outdoor Garden Decor Sample

Outdoor Garden Decor Pond

Besides green yard with grass, tall tree for shades and stone and wood flooring for walking track, pond seems perfect to complete the outdoor garden décor. It is different with swimming pool of course. It is better to create the pond as natural as possible. Adding some pebbles, bigger rocks, and mosses surrounding it is recommended idea to apply.

Outdoor Garden Decor Design

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Home Garden Fencing Cool Ideas

Garden certainly becomes usual thing in the house exterior design. This area consists of various plant types which mostly become favorite collection for the home owners. Generally, garden comes in several options. They are veggie and floral garden. As its name, veggie garden only involves vegetable plants to make this exterior area functional and healthy. The other garden has an essential role as decorative and relaxing area outside the house. It requires various colorful flowers to bring smile when people visit it. Well, whatever its style or type, home garden fencing is still needed to organize your garden better than let it free without divider.

Home Garden Fencing Wood
There are many home garden fencing ideas which are available to choose. Of course those cool fencing ideas are able to choose based on the material. Wood and iron dominate this garden divider material. Since it is used for outdoor, it is better to decide using more durable material. Wood and iron are both materials which are commonly used for garden fencing by considering nature elements. You must know in this situation that rain water; sunshine, termite and hard climate actually can destroy the fences. Thus ensuring proper installation of the fencing is crucial thing to do. The fences must be planted in the ground strongly so that it will not damage when heavy storm coming. Besides the durability of the cool fencing, we should consider the design of the home garden fences. Mostly, people prefer to decorate their garden as beautiful as possible. It is important to create such relaxing atmosphere in the garden with the decoration. And in this case, the fences design and installation must follow the decoration concept of the garden itself.

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Home Garden Fencing Idea
Let’s take a sample for this project. To create such natural garden scheme, wood becomes the best material for fencing ever. The wooden fence ideally comes in plank models and then it is arranged surrounding the garden. Sometimes, wooden planks are made with sharp accent on the top. This sharp design can be a classic decoration or even simple protection for the house. Other home garden fencing is made of iron. It may be in low or higher height. If your location is safe enough, low iron fencing in black will look pretty with vine plants on it.

Home Garden Fencing Concept

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