A Touch of Elegance: The Very Best Outdoor Decor

You can put in a cement walkway or build a walkway with pebbles or small stones–plant flowers, choose beautiful patio furniture, whatever reflects your taste best. And you can usually find good outdoor decorative items for great prices if you look in the right places for what you want.

· Shady business:

The best gardens will thrive in the shade. So your plants that are the most difficult-to-grow may be better off planted in the shady spots. This will likely leave more space in the sunny spots for outdoor home décor. But what kinds of things do you put there? If you have shade in your garden, consider yourself lucky. There is a lot more effort involved in the upkeep of a garden that is almost always in the sun. For such gardens or yards you may need certain outdoor home décor that will provide enough shade to make things easier.

You can make shade by extending an awning from the house. And, of course, trees are the best way to make shade. Another idea is to use a piece of outdoor home décor such as an archway etc.

Shade is also great for your outdoor home décor such as garden benches etc, to protect you from the sun and keep you cool.

· Stone and sculpture:

The look that certain items such as stone, gnome shaped figures and stone fountains or sculptures of marble, stone and other materials may work best in the sunnier spots for your outdoor home décor.

· Patio outdoor home décor:

The best outdoor home décor for your patio is the seating. Getting the right garden benches is essential to achieving the ultimate enjoyment of your patio. Other outdoor home décor for the patio includes things like pots for potted plants, chairs, tables ceiling fans and more.

· Landscaping and planting: The do it yourself outdoor décor:

Well, I suppose that you could hire someone to design your garden with natural outdoor home décor. Plants are our personal favorite kinds of outdoor décor because of their allure and fragrance. Here are a few types of plants and flowers that are very popular.

Plants that love the sun:

There are certain plants that thrive in the sun much more than others. Take ivy, for instance. Ivy can be planted in the sunnier spots of your garden. And if you grow your ivy in a certain way, your outdoor home décor can also serve to provide shade and cover for your more sensitive plants. If you create an archway around which the ivy or other vine-like plant can thicken and grow, you have created another shady spot for your garden. This outdoor home décor is practical, lovely, as well as a very stylish. Try making shade with plants that love the sun.

· Flowers are the basis of garden décor:

The kinds of gardens that seem the most decorative, elegant or pleasantly quaint are made so by the types of flowers and the style of landscaping used to create them. There are several types of flowers that are especially attractive when in season. And unless you are growing a vegetable garden, you care about the overall look of your garden.

You want your property to be as beautiful as possible, right? So among the very best kinds of outdoor decorations are the many colors and scents and landscaping design of the flowers themselves. Here are some very popular kinds of flowers to consider:

1) If you can get you hands on one, the Dwarf Japanese iris is a beautiful flower, but it takes a lot of attentiveness to keep healthy, so you can not neglect your garden décor if the Dwarf Japanese iris plays a part in the design. The delicate iris gracilipes is rare, but not impossible to find.

2) The yellow trillium as part of your floral garden décor is a wonderful flower with three mottled leaves and a flower top each stalk.

3) The primrose seeds, which are often sown by nature present a stunning surprise for your garden, and are great floral garden décor.

4) The hardy geranium is a spreading perennial, which blooms in loose spikes and will add a touch of beauty to any garden.

The perennials that bloom early, such as those above, paint the garden with flowers, then subside modestly to green or go dormant while waiting for the next spring. Planting perennials is one way to add an annual splash of color to your garden. Here are some more ideas:

5) The yellow ladyslipper orchid. This orchid is a hardy native that in and of itself makes an eye-catching show.

6) The variegated euonymus can serve as a floral garden décor that act as a ground cover, and brightens the shade.

7) Azaleas are early-blooming flowers that provide your garden with a delicate sense of personal style and can certainly serve as floral outdoor home décor.

8) The last I will mention is the foamflower. The foamflower is also a spring bloomer, but be careful to plant them wide enough apart because this ground cover spreads fast.

No matter what your personal taste in outdoor home décor, the possibilities out there are endless. There are chairs and tables, lights, lamps and swings to consider. As well as the decorative beautiful touch that floral outdoor décor can bring.

The type of outdoor home décor that you want all depends on the style of your yard or garden. But there is much to choose from. I have several suggestions right here for the very best outdoor home décor available.

The Advantages Of Having A Landscaped Exterior

When it comes to decorating their homes, a lot of people choose to go all out on the interior spaces such as the living room, bedroom, and kitchen. They spend a lot of time and money purchasing expensive pieces of furniture and equipment to furnish the interior that they often neglect what’s on the exterior.

What’s on the outside of the home however is just as important as what’s on the inside. After all, the exterior of the house is the first thing that people notice.

This is where landscaping comes in. There are only so many ways you can design the exterior and landscaping is one of them. One advantage of having a well-manicured lawn is that it can make the house appear grander than it really is, especially if you can incorporate a fountain or statue into your landscape.

Regardless of the size of your home, there are so many advantages to hiring a contractor to landscape your exterior. Aside from the aesthetic value it brings, a landscaped exterior can also increase the value of your house.

Plus, landscaping is a great way to maximize the space you already have. With a landscaped backyard, you can create useful spaces outside your home that you and your family can enjoy. It can literally expand your house without the necessity of having to erect walls.

Of course, the choice of what to make of the space created is entirely up to you. You can choose to convert the landscaped lawn into a lounge area by adding chairs, tables, and lamps. Just make sure that the chairs are sturdy enough to withstand the changes in temperature. On the other hand, there are a lot of beautiful lamps available that can brighten the area and serve as a decorative piece for when you host barbecue parties and the like.

When it comes to landscaping, you can also choose to surround your home with plants. Having a lot of plants can help keep the heat down so you can save on electricity.

Not to mention, a garden can be good for your health. Plants can lessen the carbon dioxide in the air so you can breathe fresher air.

Landscape Decorating – Another Great Way to Add an Amazing View From Your Kitchen Window

We have already covered how to create a magnificent floral view from your kitchen garden window with a planter box, trellis, and vines. Here is another very attractive and even simpler way of creating a visually enticing view from inside.

We have all seen or even have in our patios a decorative and very functional pergola patio cover. Decorative for the numerous designs we can consider, and functional from the much needed shade they provide. As we will also sometimes see, miniature sized pergolas are often constructed and mounted directly over one or several windows of a home or garage.

With that in mind, why not mount a mini-pergola over your kitchen garden window to display hanging baskets on both sides? With slim top slats spaced enough to provide sunlight, you can still receive filtered light through the top slanted portion of the window. Note, you never want to mount hanging baskets over the top of the window for one reason. Every time you water, the dirty runoff will cascade down over your window, keeping it from every truly being clean.

The design is simple since the weight of the hanging baskets it will bear is minimal, and you will not be placing anything on the top of the pergola itself. Traditional patio pergolas are supported with 4in. X 4in. or larger posts. Our mini-pergola will not require this, and proportional to its smaller size, will use individually smaller wood framing members than our standard patio pergola.

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • 2 plant hanging corbel style brackets: These must be flat surfaced on two sides for mounting on the surface of the house just off both sides of the garden window, and for securing the wood pergola members on top. Be sure to use exterior brackets, or spray interior type brackets you want to use with a weather resistant finish. They should also have two screw holes on each flat surface. Two for mounting the brackets to the surface of the house, and two for mounting the mini pergola on top of the brackets.
  • Mounting hardware for the brackets appropriate for the surface of your house (e.g. concrete anchors for stucco surfaces)
  • Two smaller round or square hanging baskets
  • Wood slats proportional in size to the dimensions of the garden window: Use your own judgment, but slimmer slats than what you see on larger pergolas do work better and appear more pleasing to the eye.
  • Wood screws

Step 1: Measure the width of your garden window. Then, measure the diameter of your round hanging basket, or the square length of your square basket, whichever you decide to use. The goal here is to leave enough clearance for basket sway in the event of stronger than normal wind conditions. Your best bet is to take the measurements of your hanging basket and add about 8 inches of clearance from the rim of the basket to the edge of the garden window to allow for wind swing. Mark a spot directly above the center point of the basket on the house surface where you will mount the brackets. It should be at a height that allows for clearance of the mini pergola above the top frame of the window. Because the mini pergola needs to be level with the top of the window, make sure your points for mounting the brackets assure that. One suggestion is to have someone help you hold a 2in x 4in. or other long straight piece of wood connecting the points on each side. Use a level to make sure everything is indeed level before going ahead with the next step.

Step 2: Installing your pergola. Whichever size wood members you decide to use, you will need to pre drill two of them at the point where they will be secured to the top of the plant hanging brackets. They can extend beyond the width of the two brackets, but make sure they are centered before marking your place for drilling in to the wood. Prior to installing your wood framing for the pergola, it might be a good idea to seal, paint, or stain the wood to protect it from the elements. You can attach your two wood slats to the top of the brackets using the appropriate sized machine screws with washers and nuts.

Step 3: Now, once you have installed the first two wood slats, you will want to secure two to three shorter crossing slats that will hold the entire framework together to the underside of your first two longer slats that run along the top. Position them evenly where you think they should be attached, and mark your spot on the longer wood slats where you will need to drill to attach them together. Once marked, drill your holes, use a pencil to mark where to drill on the crossing slats by holding them underneath the already drilled longer slats, and attach all together with the appropriate sized machine screws. You can now easily attach any remaining longer slats to fill in the gaps between the first two longer slats that were already installed. Just position them in place, mark the spot on the top of the crossing slats where to drill, and once both connecting pieces are drilled, attach them with machine screws and washers and nuts. As an alternative, you can also attach all of the wood members with the appropriate sized wood screws. Your work is done. Find some nice plants and enjoy your new mini pergola!