Garden Decoration From Junk by Leeann MacKenzie

In recent years, flea markets, junk yards, garage and yard sales, basements and attics have all been recognized as treasure chests. These places are home to antiques, memorabilia and junk. For the people who have a vision of resurrecting cast-offs found in these places, The book Garden Decoration From Junk is one to read before setting out on your quest. The book will certainly brings new meaning to container gardening and garden accessories!

A little imagination, along with the unique suggestions from the pages of this book and your yard will have a character like no other. The operative word here is imagination and after reading this book, you will chastise yourself for throwing out some perfectly good garden accessories. Everything from tin cans to car springs and cutlery can be incorporated into your outdoor setting. Your deck, patio and yard can have unique pieces that will not be found at the local garden and yard decorating centers.

Visualize old garden tools as a support for clematis, scarlet runner beans or sweet peas. Metal containers such as pots, buckets and tin cans housing your herbs. Books and foot wear that have been damaged beyond repair or restoration once again come alive and will become the center of conversation when used as planters.

This book provides an abundance of pictures that will give you every opportunity to invent an end product that would add personality to your decor both inside and out.

The old adage that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure is confirmed in page after page in this intriguing book by Leeann MacKenzie.

How to Use Wall Finishes in a Bedroom Design Project

Dear friends, any interior space is composed of some primary
architectural elements such as walls, floor and ceiling.
Depending upon the type of structural framework, the
construction method would change.

We always see experience and perceive any interior space
in elevation. This means that walls are the first things of
any structure that create an impact on our mind. The quality
and volume formed because of the walls define an architectural
structure.

When we enter a building, what we primarily and dominantly
perceive are walls. Let’s see how walls can be used as an
excellent element in a bedroom design project.

1) Exposed Brick walls.

In order to use these kind of walls it is necessary to preplan the
interior design schedule. Normally if a brick wall is to
be kept exposed (without plaster), it is built with high quality
bricks which are machine cut for high quality and accuracy.

Since bricks have their own color and texture, this option can
be used to create a color contrast by keeping only one wall
exposed and other with a contrasting color. This can add some
interest in the bedroom.

2) Exposed plaster walls.

An exposed plaster wall is a wall which has not been painted.

These kind of walls are very rarely used in interiors. Since
the plaster is a composite material using appropriate qualities
of cement, sand and aggregate, the final material has a dull
color. A dull color on a space like bedroom would express
a kind of depression, hence is not recommended.

But portions of a wall with preplanned design and sketching can
be used in association with exposed brick wall. Design
pattern with partly colored and partly exposed plaster can be a
good idea.

Or a completely exposed plaster wall with a design patter in grooves
can be used effectively.

3) Wall with tile cladding.

Tile cladding is what we see in kitchen above the cooking
platform. Tile cladding is also used in bathrooms and toilets.
These are normally ceramic tiles.

In a bedroom interesting patterns can be created to fake the
exposed brick wall mentioned above. Many excellent patters
can be used just like a jigsaw puzzle.

4) Paintings.

The word painting has two meanings here.

a) A wall with plane colors applied to it. This is done above the
plastered surface of the wall. Two or three coats of the desired
shade of the color and base material are applied.

b)Secondly, instead of using plane colors, the entire wall can
be used as a “canvas” to paint a story or mural. This is a very
good method to paint children bedrooms. Walls can be used as a
storyboard to create interest.

5) Wallpapers.

Applying a wallpaper is an excellent way to quickly change the
look and feel of the bedroom. Depending upon the “theme” of the room
many wallpaper patterns are available.

Wallpapers are very good in large bedrooms. In large bedroom
“emptiness” is a big problem. If there are not enough decorating
elements available, a room might look empty. Here wallpapers can
serve as fillers and quickly add some interest in the room.

6)Textured plaster walls.

These kind of walls need special techniques to create a textured
pattern on walls. Once a texture is applied any shade of
paint can be used.

One of the great thing about these walls is, when sunlight falls on
them, a very interesting play of light and shadows gets created.
Because of the undulations in the surface of the plaster, small
shadows form on the surface of the wall, giving it a visual
quality.

A wall in the bedroom which receives direct sunlight should be
chosen for this purpose.

This article shows you how various options to the existing wall
finishes are possible, that can enhance the quality of the
bedroom interior space.

I hope this article was informative to everyone.

Copyright Shrinivas Vaidya

All You Need To Know About Outdoor Ponds And Patios

Enhance the look of your home by including a small pond or redecorating the patio. The simple addition of a customized water feature, however small, can really enhance the beauty of your home from the outside. In any home improvement store or garden center, artificial ponds are easily available. There are numerous types of artificial fishponds available; concrete, fiberglass, or rubber-lined. Your imagination and budget are the only limitations to your creativity when designing your outdoor space.

Outdoor Ponds

Outdoor ponds may be a part of the patio construction, or separate. When thinking about adding a pond, keep in mind that you will need space for a filtration system, as well as other necessities. You don’t want your pond to overpower the entire garden. You need to keep your plant and animals’ spatial requirements in mind. Otherwise you may end up with stunted or sickly flora and fauna. This will not only look sad, but it will be hard on your pocket book to keep replacing all of the dead organisms. You want to be able to see your creatures clearly, and they will want a nice clean environment; a pump or water filter system is imperative.

Plants, rocks, and decorative statues can improve the pond’s appearance. Research what types of plants will do well in a pond environment, and go with those. Adding a fish to your pond will help it look and feel authentic. And who doesn’t enjoy the beauty a spectacularly marked koi, or the color splash a goldfish? They will give your pond personality and flare!

Outdoor Patio Information

A patio is a cement-covered part of the backyard or an interior yard, most often intended for feasting and other entertainment. Concrete or stone slabs are the most common building materials used for patio construction. A bed of dense stone chips, covered by a layer of sand, and then a layer of cement mortar forms the base. It should be both hard and sturdy since a weak base will end up in split slabs, and there goes your investment.

No matter how exotic it may look, you can find different patio furniture to suit your style. Make sure that any patio furniture you pick complements your home’s architectural style. Most importantly, be certain that it is comfortable to sit in for hours. The amount of rainfall and sunlight it will be exposed to is an aspect to keep in mind while choosing patio furniture. Some furniture is given a chemical treatment to make it last longer by resisting the effects of the weather.

Wood, plastic and vinyl are a few of the materials patio furniture can be made from. The most popular choice by far is wooden furniture. However, you should be aware of the fact that wood requires lot of maintenance before buying this type furniture. If you are set on wood, then your best option is to buy patio furniture made of Teak or Shorea. Age and extreme elements of cold, heat, and water will not be detrimental to these types of wood. They also stand up well against moisture, mold and pests. For those not exactly interested in the maintenance required by wood, furniture is available made out of easy-upkeep materials such as stone, metal and plastic.

Outdoor ponds and patios not only enhance the enjoyment of your home, but they also add significant resale value. Professional landscapers and home improvement outlets will have more ideas on how to improve the outdoor space around your home. Do some research, and find out what interests you.