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12 Best Garden Decoration Ideas

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It is said that gardening is the art which uses flowers and plants as the paint, and soil and sky as the canvas. A garden, apparently, is already decorated with the elements of nature; it doesn’t have to limit our imagination. While nature offers us with a gorgeous bounty of greenery and blossoms, how about adding our creative bonus to it as a gift back to the nature. If you’re in, here are some wonderful ideas you can use as inspiration to decorate your garden as well.

1. Tiny Fruit Trees

Dwarf trees are a great idea if you cannot grow a full-fledged fruit tree in your garden or balcony. After all, gorgeous gardens aren’t meant for big bungalows and tall houses, right? Potted and in place, these tiny tots can help you grow a vibrant variety in your open space including lemons, apricots, peaches, plums, oranges, dragon fruits among others.

2. Pocket Metal Planters

Metal pots as well as zinc pockets work well if you want to add plants to a tiny nook or a wall beside your porch, backyard or balcony. Greens and florals bubbling out of these metal pots will allow you to save space while adding the aesthetic feel as well.

3. Troughs & Containers

From metal trays in which you serve wine to your favourite coffee mugs to mason cookie jars; pretty much any container can be used as long as its material is not resistant to water. Another fabulous example is to have fresh flowers springing out of colourful colanders. Beautiful!

4. Succulents Wall

It’s time to bring the walls of your house to life. From flowers to succulent plants, cut-and sew assortments of nature into gorgeous tapestries and display them over one of the walls, or any wall for that matter. Add drama, sprinkle colour, and breathe freshness, and much, much more!

5. Magic Lighting

Turn your garden into a fairy garden space with scintillating setting of light. From basic string lights to contemporary wine bottle tiki torches, there are plenty of options to explore depending on the area of your garden. If you wish to add an element of vintage or rustic look, nothing better than lanterns can be recommended.

6. Hanging Garden

If you can’t maintain a full-fledged garden, a hanging garden offers the perfect solution, both indoors as well as outdoors. Whether you plan to add just one pot or a number of pots, you can suspend them from a point above, in your balcony, kitchen or drawing room. This can be accomplished using anything from ceramic bowls to terracotta earthenware pots.

7. Your Own Mini Garden House

Especially if you have kids in your home, you can create their own itty-bitty garden house which will take but a tiny corner of your living space or backyard. Combined with teeny-weeny accessories like a bird house, colourful rocks & pebbles, mini trees, powdered crayons and soil, you can create a magnificent centrepiece your kids will love, and your guests as well.

8. Pallet Display

Pallet garden is a simple way to introduce greenery in your house while minimizing your time and effort that it takes in building and maintenance. To create a pallet garden, you’d require a wooden pallet, some mini plant pots and plants including flowers of your choice.

9. Backyard Fountain

A water fountain doesn’t just act as the centrepiece of your garden but also as an element of calm and soothing relaxation. Imagine listening to the burbles and the babbles of the water flowing in your backyard, might be your drawing room too in case you plan to install an indoor water fountain.

10. Fullness of Foliage

Foliage to a garden is the ornaments to a person. When dressed properly, your garden can look incredibly gorgeous. Play with colours, contrasts and different kinds of foliage. If you want, you can add pathways of flowers too.

11. Tiny Pond

Just like the water fountain, a tiny pond in the centre of the gardenplace can instill a sense of charm and holistic beauty to your garden. Fill it with colourful pebbles, rocks or stones if you like.

12. Mirror Wall

After all, a mirror wall is not just meant for your powder room. If you have a considerably spaced garden, you can put a mirror or two on one side of the yard while they reflect the plants on the other side!

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Summer

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Feeling the heat? Summer is just around the corner. While you certainly have a lot of plans to go on trips to different places with your family, we hope you have made necessary plans for your home as well. Nothing is hotter than the stress you get from malfunctioning equipment or repairs needed for any parts of your home which could have made your summer lighter and comfortable. Well if you haven’t made arrangements yet, then you certainly need to read these five tips we have especially made for you.

Watch out on the fire

Summer is notorious to make things hot even hotter. With the rising atmospheric temperature, any overheat equipment or plugged appliances and devices can ignite fire anytime. Make sure that your sockets are updated and that your circuit breaker is working to avoid housefire causing you too much grief and financial stress over the summers.

If you are leaving the house, make sure that everything is unplugged. If there are appliances or devices that cannot be powered off, make sure that necessary arrangements are made. Consult the Bureau of Fire and Protection for any tips that might work.

Do spot checking

One major cause of fire is outdated appliances. As much as we want to save in our spending, our family’s safety is way more important. It is a good practice to inspect the condition of your appliances. They have their own wear and tear. It would be a good thing to have their manufacturing information. If it is not available just based your projection on the date you bought it. After which consider disposing appliances which are past their expected using capacity. Anything beyond that is already harmful. It has a higher tendency of not just malfunctioning but encountering short circuits which you wouldn’t want. One last thing, you can opt to sell these equipment and appliances to junk shops so also earn from it.

It is time for maintenance

You wouldn’t wish to encounter AC problems in the middle of the Summer, right? Go and have these checked already. If they are working then look at the filter and other parts which you can clean so once Summer really kicks in, your AC is up and ready to keep everything cool down. You might also want to check on your fans as they can serve as your go-to in case of emergency. Also, though it is a bit advanced, you might have your roof and other parts of the house checked. Summer is usually followed by storms. They aren’t just normal storms in fact! Getting things prepared at an early date will reduce your stress level in the future.

Stockpile on your essentials

Summer is accompanied by many sale bazaars. Each mall has its own summer special for different needs and appliances. You don’t have to binge buy but you might want to consider piling up your drawers with all the essentials you would need. It will serve you well in a lot of ways. One would be unplanned summer trips with the family or friend and two it will be your stock for the rainy season. Nothing beats a prepared one. Aside from you are always on the go, you are actually saving a lot by grabbing on those promos. So be mindful of those promos!

Change those sheets!

Adapt an outdoor feel to your home. Summer is a time for going to places, mimicking that feel to your home creates a feeling of comfortability and lightness. Making your home more inviting and pleasant. Also, the atmospheric condition is extremely hot. Especially here in the Philippines where we usually experience El Nino. You wouldn’t have dark hues as the shade of your throw pillow or curtain. It will only amplify the heat and make your home feel tight. So, stick with lighter tones or even use the colors of Summer.

Summer is all about having fun. Creating a home that exudes that vibes will not only improve the relationship of your family but everyone’s daily mood as well under the scorching summer heat.

Practical Uses of Oak Barrels

Using oak barrels to ferment and store wine is a century old tradition. Oak was chosen over other wood products not just because of its durability but also because it improves the taste of wine by making it age slowly and gracefully.

As the years pass by, people learned to use oak barrels in making beautiful furniture and decorations in and around the house. Old barrels are being cleaned, sanded and varnished to make it look new but people who loves vintage use old oak barrels as it is. Below are charming and nostalgic barrel decorations.

oak barrels as seats
barrel chairs (picture from the web)
oak barrel display
barrel wall decoration (picture from the web)
oak barrel fountain
barrel fountain (picture from the web)
oak barrels
barrel bar tables (picture from the web)

There are endless possibilities of using barrels as decorations. Even the individual panels can be made into swing, trays, shelves, etc. All you need to have are creativity and resourcefulness.

5 Interior Design Tips for Newlywed Couples

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Building a home is not an easy task. After months of grueling expenses and stress from all the wedding preparations, the last thing you would want is to add to this. But purchasing and designing a home is very crucial for new couples. It is inevitable. It sets the tone of the relationship, it inspires couples to work hard and build a family, and it is the only sanctuary after a toxic, busy, and mentally draining day. It goes without saying then that going back home to a nurturing, comfortable, and enjoyable home is essential. But what does it really take to build a home especially in deciding what to add and not?

Talk things over

Before you even got married, you both know that you have different personalities and preferences. Now that you are married recognizing and respecting this is essential. It goes even in choosing almost everything in your interior. If you are into like colors while the other prefers darker hues, settle with something in middle ground. Either you get a color that is a product of those two or you set areas in your home which has this or that. Same goes with choosing the type of linen or furniture. With this, both of you will be comfortable at the design of your home and a culture of open communication is created.

Be Inspired

Most couples don’t really have anything they want, or they want something but cannot fully articulate what it is they like. Good thing there are a bunch of magazines available about furniture and interior design. What both of you can do is to sit down and leaf through several magazines and put on sticky notes the things both of you like. Afterwards, select which furniture, accessories, décor, or them that works well for both of you and are feasible within the budget that you have.

Save Some Space for later

Your family will eventually get bigger. New bundles of joy will enter you lives and the order you created at home will be challenged. This is the last things you would like to happen. Take this into consideration while planning, designate a room with multi-purpose furniture that can accommodate the waves of toys, clothes and baby stuff. These are normally available at home depots or furniture store. But if you have the budget you can opt to have it customized to your liking fitting the theme of you home and the size available.

The Past is your Future

Your memories spent together are good reminders of what the both of you have been through and the number of quality times you have made. Posting them in the hallway, the living room or at your bedroom will not just bring back memories of laughter and swirl of emotions but it will strengthen the bond the two of you have. It will also be goof way of narrating to your children the places you have been, the things that you did, and other stories that you are fond of making it good bonding ideas with the whole family adding new pictures to display.

Put much attention to your bedroom

The area that exudes passion and sensuality is the most important place at all for a couple. It goes without saying that beds do not just sustain the relationship’s intimacy burning but also creates a safe space for both couples to rest after a grueling day of stress at work or business. A combination of soft mattress and soft color palette will do the trick and if you add ample lighting then it will be as if the two of you are in a vacation every day.

Building a home is not a walk in the park. As with any other familial endeavor, communication and compromise are keys to keep everyone happy and feel included. Most especially at deciding the interior of your home. Differences must be settled and agreed upon to ensure that each has an equal say to what your home will look like.

The Advantages of Concrete Floor Covering Products

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Concrete floors and walkways are normally found in areas that receive a high volume of traffic and are exposed to elements that cause abrasion and wear. While concrete is one of the most durable materials that can be used for flooring, it requires a protective coating. Concrete floor covering products give floors a durable and shiny outer coat; this layer helps protect floors against the chemicals, weather, and bacteria they come in contact with. One of the best and most cost effective coating treatments is epoxy.

What are Epoxy Concrete Coatings?

Epoxy belongs to a group of thermoplastics that contains a curative and resin component. The strength of this polymer comes from the mixing of these two parts. Mixing the curative and resin components in epoxy forms a strong chemical bond. This strong chemical unit then bonds to the floor when epoxy is applied.

The process of applying an epoxy coat to the floor is a meticulous process that requires attention to detail. The surface of the floor must be thoroughly cleaned to provide a suitable substrate and primed with an epoxy primer. Next, the epoxy must be mixed with an electric mixer.

To ensure the maximum effects of an epoxy coat, these steps must be done to a professional standard. If you botch any of the steps involved in epoxy coatings, your floor could end up looking tacky and lack the durable qualities you want. Professional flooring companies can provide a valuable resource in this process.

Advantages of Epoxy Coatings

Epoxy coatings can greatly increase the lifespan of your floors without breaking the bank. These coatings have a multitude of benefits; epoxy is one of the most durable, resistant, and affordable materials on the market.

Epoxy resists essentially everything. The large majority of elements your floors are exposed to are protected by epoxy. These coatings resist chemicals, fluids, and a wide variety of harmful elements that cause floor damage.

The longevity of floors coated with epoxy is hard to beat. When properly installed, epoxy coatings greatly increase the lifespan of floors.

Concrete floors are commonly found in places that are exposed to the elements and receive heavy loads and traffic. The floors of industrial warehouse, garages, and even walkways often use concrete because of its known durability. While concrete alone is a strong material, the floors of these spaces require additional protection against their constant exposure. Epoxy is a great option for giving your floors the longevity and durability they need.


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