Posts Tagged ‘patio’
With summer just around the corner (here in North America at least), we can be assured that we will get at least a few weeks, and hopefully months, of gorgeous outdoor weather. If you have been dreaming of sitting on the patio or out in the garden, enjoying the fresh air, then you are not alone. People from around the globe do this daily, of course, and a lot of them have come to appreciate the outdoor garden, especially those with some sort of water fountain or pond, for bringing calmness and peacefulness into their lives.
Feng shui enthusiasts will make sure their home has a water element placed strategically for the benefit of their health and well being. According to feng shui, water fountains should be located in the Southeast, North or East section of the outdoor space because Southeast is for prosperity, north is for a person’s life and career choices and East is for health and family. Although it has been said not to locate your fountain in the south part of your garden, due to conflict of heat (fire) with the water element, we believe the south is actually okay for placement.
Whatever you yearn for in your garden space, there should also be a place for a water fountain or at least a bird bath. Water has been the calming effect for centuries and if you should add a bird bath to your outdoor space as well as an outdoor water fountain, you will be in for some very pleasant hours of entertainment. With all the birds we have in North America, you will not be disappointed at what shows up at your fountain and bird bath.
Water fountains have been available for centuries,as is evidenced by many fountains, including the Trevi Fountain in Rome which is thought to be the most beautiful of all Roman fountains. You do not need to have one quite as large as that one, but there certainly are many choices for you. There are small ones, tall ones, little ponds with pipes running through them to encourage lily pads and gorgeous water lilies, also known as Nymphaeaceae. There are wall fountains, bird bath fountains, rock garden landscaped fountains, indoor bubble panel fountains, small table fountains, solar fountains, expensive fountains and fountains you can build yourself. The list is endless so why not treat yourself and find out how much enjoyment can be had.
You will see from the extensive fountain choices that there should never be a home without a water fountain for lack of design. There should also never be a pricing issue that would not allow you to have at least a small water element in your home – bringing with it a relaxing atmosphere that will give you many, many hours of contentment.
Most people find it relaxing and satisfying to sit in front of a the flames of a fire. No wonder we find so many homes with fireplaces. In the last few years many have discovered they can enjoy that same feeling out in their back yard or patio by choosing from a large variety of outdoor firepits on the market today.
During the more pleasant outdoor months of the year weather-wise, people try to enjoy the outdoors as frequently as they can. Unfortunately they have to work during the day and usually they time they have to spend outside is in the evening when it often is dark. Outdoor firepits make such a situation something to look forward to and provide a savings in electrical lighting costs. If you are not enjoying such an experience, imagine sitting by the fire’s glow with the kids in bed, enjoying good company sipping on your favorite beverage.
Imagine further the romantic ambiance with the special person you love sitting close the dancing flames and watching them together from a garden bench or swing. Outdoor firepits are a very stylish and convenient way to create such an atmosphere for such an experience that can be repeated as many times as weather will permit.
If you enjoy camping and roasting hotdogs and marshmallows over the camp fire, this doesn’t have to replace such trips, but allows you to have many of the benefits you love from camping conveniently right in your own back yard with your outdoor firepit.
As spring starts coming around and you are anxious to get out and enjoy the outdoors, but the temperatures are still uncomfortably cool in the evenings, an outdoor firepit can take enough of the chill out of the air to enjoy your back yard earlier than without one. If you have a hard time giving up the summer as autumn comes around it can fill the same purpose.
Backyard firepits allow you to have a fire in your back yard safely without concern from the fire chief. They are self contained and very safe. Some are quite permanent, being made of rocks in a hole or a large boulder rock with the pit carved in the top, but there are many varieties that are light and portable. You can take them with you when you move or even to another location for a party.
Outdoor firepits are mostly quite simple to clean and maintain. They make your yard a popular gathering place for the kids and their friends, your own family and friends and neighbors. Your yard can be the envy of the neighborhood and a way to keep your family home and together more.
Landscaping is a great part of every private properties and public buildings. While some home owners employ the services of professional landscapers, other home owners choose to have the whole control in developing their lawns. For instance, housewives have made garden landscaping their hobby and a form of leisure time. In most cases, home owners have all the capacity to maintain the plants and other landscaping elements, but they lack the ability to make a design for their lawns. But with some helpful tips for landscaping, you will get some ideas on how to design your lawns.
The first thing you have to consider is the focal point that will be the center of attraction in your lawn, and afterward you can plan for the smaller elements. The focal point should draw the attention of visitors and it should be the highlight. For example, an old oak tree in a big landscape will be eye-catching and a fountain or a pond will be attention-getting in smaller areas. Even if the focal point should stand among all other landscaping elements, it still has to be connected to the whole landscape design. Relativity and harmony have to be maintained.
In deciding what type of landscape you will be using, try not to go with a formal landscape type because it is more complicated and difficult to maintain. Example, if you are putting a hedgerow and then a plant or two will die, this will spoil the look of your landscape. It is not good if you will replace those that died with new plants (while other plants are already full-grown), sometimes the only choice would be to replace the entire hedgerow.
Another tip for landscaping is to use geometrical shapes in your landscape. The best shape is a curve one, just like a long curvy path or an amoeba-shaped pond. Keep in mind that shapes are good but too many kinds of shapes will make your garden messy. Aside from curvy paths, you can also put steps on areas of your landscape, like in patios where you have to climb some steps. Steps contribute to the good appeal of your lawn.
The success of landscaping relies on the harmony and balance of all elements in your landscape, both nature and man-made objects. Just follow the tips for landscaping which were discussed above, but do not limit yourself to those tips. Widen up your imagination and pursue what you think is best for your lawn and follow what can satisfy you.
A great patio doesn’t have to be something that costs a lot of money. If you’re thinking about your own little slice of paradise that is well within your reach every time you step out into the backyard, then you definitely want to think about getting a few things on the cheap.
The most overlooked area is patio roofing. If you’re living in a climate with a lot of sun and a lot of heat, shade isn’t just going to be something that’s nice to have — it’s downright necessary! You don’t want to sit out on a patio and have to deal with the heat all summer long without any shadow. Beach umbrellas add to the atmosphere of summer fun, but a good roof will help seal the deal even in the rainy months of spring. You can still enjoy the views of the great outdoors without having to suffer through the elements.
Of course, you might wonder where you can get the components for your perfect patio. Instead of trying to rush around from store to store offline for tikis and other outdoor items, why not go online? If you don’t live in a city that has a lot of variety, then ordering online is definitely the thing to do.
No longer do you have to deal with lack of selection in your own area, or the hassle of trying to find transportation suitable enough to haul things from the store to your house. Delivery charges are cheaper than they’ve been in a long time, and this means that you won’t have a problem getting things delivered right to your door.
Getting what you want and having extra money to spare really is the name of the game — why not check it out for yourself?
Regularly cleaning your oriental rug is very important to keep its beauty and attractiveness. Some people uses the services of some carpet cleaning company to clean their rugs, but it often requires you to spend a lot of money. You can actually clean your rug yourself since actually it is easy and simple enough to do. Besides, you can also save more money since cleaning the rug yourself is lot cheaper. If you are interested to try, you can try these easy steps in cleaning your carpet properly.
First, you need to vacuum the both side of your rug. You can do it while the rug is still in its existing position. Then, find somewhere in your home that will be appropriate to hang the rug. Hang it properly to easier you beat any dirt and dust out easily. Then, you can go looking for clean and flat space that allows you to wash the carpet easily. You can take advantage of your garage floor, patio, or your clean driveway to do this step.
Now, you can start to wet your rug down with cool water. Take your mild rug shampoo and try to apply some of it in any small hidden are of your rug. It helps you a lot to check whether your chosen shampoo is mild enough for your rug. Usually, inappropriate shampoo will make the colors of your rugs run or even damage the material of your rug.
If your shampoo is safe enough for your rug, you can start to shampoo the entire part of your rug including its front and back. Then, you can use a soft and long-bristled brush to brush the rug so the dirt and dust could be easily removed.
Do not forget to clean the fringes of your rug as well. You can use soapy water and soft brush to brush them gently. Make sure to brush it carefully and lightly so they will not be damaged. Repeat this step until the fringes are clean.
Now, you can rinse the rug with running cool water from your hose. Rinse its entire part out completely to remove the residue of the shampoo well. Clean the front and back part as well as the fringes of the rug easily. Make sure you completely rinse out all shampoo from the front, back and fringes. Then, you can use clean rubber squeegee to remove the standing water in your rug. Remove all the excess water and dry your carpet by laying it flat.
By following those steps, you can save more money to clean your oriental rug. Therefore, your carpet could bring its great appeals to enhance the beauty of your interior decor.