Monthly Archives: August 2018

Home And Garden Decorating

Decorating is most often done upon moving into a home whether it is purchased new or already established but it can also be done whenever the mood hits or one has outgrown a particular design. When decorating or re-decorating a room, the first question that should be asked is: What is the purpose of this space?

The purpose of a space may not simply be a functional purpose, it might also be what feeling or mood the room should emit. For example, the purpose of a dining room might be to provide a place to gather and eat a meal. This is true. But, the purpose might also be to make the extended family feel welcome and inspire conversation. Or the purpose of a bedroom might be to provide a place to sleep, but it might also be to provide a peaceful sanctuary from the hassles of everyday life. The secondary purpose of a room may vary
once the purpose of the room is decided; the next step is to find the pieces of furniture and accessories that will match that purpose. However, if the piece is made of synthetic materials, has a very unorthodox shape or color and is real cheap (or worse, way over-priced), it is probably not worth the money. One or two pieces such as this may be a fun and whimsical addition to a room–they can be traded out at any time–but an entire room like this will have to be redone sooner than later. Investing in quality pieces will save time and money and offer a higher resale price when changing them out.

The garden themes can be changed seasonally and the pieces can be stored in a dry place and reused in the following cycle of the seasons. A very practical way in curbing your expense, yet offer a periodic changed look.

A good place to find various types of these home and garden items that are theme oriented on the internet is at Family-eStore.com. They offer a good selection of items or gifts for you or for you to buy for someone else, to help you or your friends to decorate or redecorate with. They also offer very competitive pricing and you will also have a good feeling in helping someone else because they donate 10% of all their sales to various charities.

Reasons You Should Host Your Own Home and Garden

No matter what time of year it is, making their home and garden area comfortable, stylish and inviting is a goal of almost every homeowner. But for most of us, it’s difficult to even get started on a home or garden decorating plan.

What is the best theme for your lifestyle, budget and likes? How do you choose the right color scheme? What are the latest decorating trends? What goes well together? What are the best home décor choices that will spotlight your own individual style, tastes and mix well with your lifestyle?

Part of the problem is, we are faced with an almost endless variety of choices. And if you don’t have any training or background in home decorating, all those choices can seem more than a little overwhelming. Here are 7 reasons why you should host your own home and garden party:

1. Hosting your own home and garden party is a great way to find answers to all your questions in a fun and relaxed atmosphere and all from the comfort of your own home. Just think – no more driving all over town, hunting for a parking space, fighting crowds or standing in long checkout lines!

2. Best of all, your home and garden party consultant has received training in home and garden decorating. She knows the latest trends, and is familiar with many different products that are available. (She can also steer you clear of making glaring and rather embarrassing mistakes!) But more than that, on the day of your party, she will bring a wide variety of products, giving you and your guests the opportunity to see, touch and try different products together, so you can see how the different pieces or colors look and fit together!

3. Having a home and garden party is like getting the services of an expensive interior decorator, all for free! You can even ask decorating questions about different rooms in your home or outside in your garden. With everything from flower arrangements to framed art to candles, your home and garden party consultant can show you how to use the existing pieces in your home with one or two new accessories – and end up with new décor that perfectly expresses your individuality, style and decorating scheme!

4. Want to get your family away from the “boob tube” and outside enjoying the great weather of summer? Your home and garden party consultant can show you how to create an outdoor living or family room on your patio, terrace or garden area. Add a splash of color and whimsical accessories and your family and friends will be love spending quality time together.

5. Need ideas for holiday get-togethers? Your home and garden consultant can show you some wonderful and long-lasting accessories that you’ll enjoy using year after year!

6. Winter blahs got you down? Holding a home and garden party in the winter is a great way to lighten your mood. Not only will it help you to start thinking of the warmer days of spring and the fun you’ll have out in your garden, but you can also find many home décor items that will put some pizzazz back into the dark, dreary corners of your home. You’ll be able to see – and smell – the latest candle scents, find cozy comforters or wraps and even cute accessories that will brighten your days. And don’t forget being able to do all your holiday shopping from the convenience of your own home!

7. Planning a party has never been so drop dead simple! Depending on the product line, your home and garden party consultant can give you some great ideas for planning your party – things like themes, games, decorating ideas, even recipes for the refreshments. Your guests will enjoy the personalized attention, opportunities to win fun prizes and have a good time and find exactly what they’re looking for to make their own homes and gardens reflect their own tastes and styles.

Here’s one last really good reason to host your own home and garden party – hostesses receive exclusive hostess gifts that aren’t available for any price in the catalog, and you can also earn other gifts or get great discounts for the products you want to buy – so you save money at the same time you create beauty in your own home and garden!

The Basics to Begin Your Container Garden

Container gardening is fun, easy to begin, inexpensive (you may even SAVE money growing plants or vegetables you would otherwise purchase) and really great for folks who don’t have much yard space for ground-bed gardens. There are few things you want to consider before you set off to the Home and Garden Supply store. Here are five.

1. What Type of Containers to Use. If you are simply thinking functional, then any plastic pot or even plastic bucket or other appropriately sized container will do. If you can re-use pots you already have, even better!

If you are thinking decorative you can use wood (a plastic liner is highly recommended), ceramic (can be beautiful but is fragile), terra cotta (they are porous and dry out quickly so you will need to water frequently) or standard clay pots (but be careful of staining on surfaces).

2. What Type of Soil to Use. For container gardening, you do not want to use regular garden soil, because it does not break apart well and usually does not drain well.

Use potting soil, especially in shallow containers, allows the plant’s roots to spread out easily and allows for proper drainage. If you choose to use a deep pot, still use potting soil but you can mix in a little garden soil, too. Any Home and Garden Supply will have the potting soil you need.

3. What Seeds to Use. Simply put, hybrid seeds are fine. The basic difference between hybrid seeds and heirloom seeds is that plants grown from hybrid seeds do not produce fertile seeds of their own. So, for most, buying new seeds each year at your local Home and Garden Supply store is very easy, but for those who don’t have this option available, choose heirloom seeds and harvest the seeds from the plants they produce.

4. What Location to Use. If you are one of the rare and fortunate souls that live in an area that is warm year-round, putting your containers on your deck or patio or yard is fine. Make sure you have good sunlight exposure (usually South or Southwest is best). If you need to keep your containers indoors, you can put them in a foyer, enclosed patio, sun room, or anywhere you get the best sunlight exposure. Make sure you are careful of wood floors or any other surface you don’t want stained.

5. What About Watering. The amount of watering depends on the plants you are growing. Watering frequency also depends on the porous nature of the container you are using. Material like wood or terra cotta, are quite porous and will dry out more quickly than glazed ceramic or plastic.

Your first watering should be a good one. If you have soil that is really dried out, even watering it well may leave air pockets. A quick trick is to submerge the plant and the soil under water briefly and gently press out the air bubbles. Only do this for a few moments so the soil doesn’t break down and dissolve. This helps remove the air pockets in the soil.

Container gardening is a fun way to grow beautiful flowers and plants, and it’s a great way to have lovely fresh vegetables during winter months. If you are new to container gardening, ask for help at the Home and Garden Supply store, and start out small. You will soon find container gardening a satisfying and healthy past time you can enjoy all year through.

Basics of Home and Garden

In our age of instant information, what is on television is a good barometer of what people are thinking about. With several programs scattered throughout both cable and satellite TV regarding domicile improvement and overall decor, it is obvious that home and garden decorating is on a lot of minds.

Sometimes, just making small changes can make a big difference. And you don’t have to have tremendous construction or gardening skills to update your environment. And it can be within budget.

Many folks decorate so that the home and the garden complement each other. Using color, fabric, and decor that can travel outdoors is one step in this direction. Of course, leather outdoor furniture is not an option, but an outdoor friendly fabric the same color will get you there.

If it has been a while, a fresh coat of paint indoors or out can freshen the outlook of your home. Outdoor wood items such as gates, fences, and decks can often use a good stripping and re-staining. Consider using a color close to woodwork in the house.

Trees, plants, and flowers add a lot of character to your home. These are often a reflection of the owner’s personality and should generate lots of color and warmth. If the plants chosen are not winter friendly, put them in a container that can be moved under cover for the cold months.

A timer controlled watering system is a great addition to your garden area. If it gets a bit toasty in your summertime, you know your plants are hydrated. You can adjust it seasonally to keep the plants and your water bill healthy.

Plant containers add a bit of character. Whiskey barrels and terra cota pots are a couple of suggestions. Keep the watering requirements of the plants in mind as you decide what to put them in.

Concrete walkways, a fire pit, a fountain, a built in barbeque, these are just a few of the things that will shape your garden area. Add some embedded lighting for night time use, maybe an outdoor stereo system as well. Solar outdoor lights come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors and can be used virtually anywhere in your garden area. Lighting always adds a warm ambience.

Home and garden decor ideas come from all over. TV programs, magazines, internet, and even seeing a home in your area that is landscaped to your liking. Your home is your castle and there is no real right or wrong when it comes to home and garden décor. But please keep the front yard within the HOA cc and r’s if you have one.

Depending on how massive a project you plan, it may be necessary and a great idea to consult with a landscaper or patio construction specialist before starting in. Sometimes these pros can get you started in the right direction, saving you time and money and you can finish it up yourself. One of the great things about owning a house is the pride of getting home and garden decor done to your own design and goals.

All About Better Homes and Gardens

Our home is our own private space.Whether you are building a dream home or just want to add a little spice to your existing house, all you need is a little time. If you have a garden, you can experiment with a lot of plants, colors, themes, fountains and more. Before venturing to discover whether you really have that ‘green thumb’, you need to study a little about garden plans, flowers, lawns, trees & shrubs, herbs & vegetables, house plants, landscaping, regional gardening, container gardens, garden guides, paths, pergolas, seeds, pests, fertilizers etc.

Just go through some planting guides and you will have a fairly good idea. I found the Better Homes and Gardens site offering useful Growing Zone Maps of USA spanning Northeast, South, Midwest, Mountain and Plains, Pacific Northwest, southern California to the Desert Southwest with the ideal locations for growing different plants.

Better Homes and Gardens is a popular magazine in the US Published by the Meredith Corporation, the magazine focuses on homes, kitchen, gardening, crafts, healthy living, decorating and entertaining. It began its course in 1922 when Edwin Meredith, the United States Secretary of Agriculture under Woodrow Wilson, founded the magazine. The magazine has kept in touch with the pulse of the changing times, and today it also has a website.

The Better Homes and Gardens website is quite interactive and user friendly. The site offers relevant information on topics related to food and recipes, garden, holidays, health and family and crafts. What I personally do not like about the site is, when you open the home page, there is are special offer pop up windows asking you to sign up. But of course, you can just ignore that, close the window and move on to navigate the site.

The website also has a section devoted to Garden Slide Shows. Here, you can view every garden slide show that the magazine has ever done. Tools and Guides is another a helpful section in the website. Arrange-a-Deck, Garden Flower Gallery, Garden Newsletter, Plan-a-Garden and Plant Finder are some useful features. The site also has a forum with a number of great sections but it does not appear to be too active.

The Expert Advice section of the Better Homes and Gardens is probably the most useful. You will find experts sharing their opinion on flowers, roses, lawns, pests and problems, trees & shrubs, vegetables & fruit and tips & techniques. If you have a doubt about something, just express it here and you will probably get your answer. The website also provides you with the option of joining the club to avail of weekly updates, weekly recipes, newsletters, home improvement ideas and other offers. If you are looking for seasonal e-cards or interesting desktop items or online gifts you may again stop at this site. Some of these offers are fairly priced while others are comparatively a little high.

Lawn and Garden Decor

Lawn and garden decors are in great demand today with the increasing attention on the landscapes of houses. There are many choices available in the market. Planting is a worthy option, flowers, fruits and even vegetables are a good sight. But it is not just planting that can be used, there are lights, furniture made of metals, fountains, ponds, etc. Many of these are available economically. Statues are used by many. These could be religious statues, animal statues, Greek statues, oriental statues etc. Religious statues are commonly used to decorate both indoor as well as outdoor. Statues of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Angels, Francis, etc are the all time favorites. Animal statues like camel, giraffe, deer, bird, dog, fish, lion, tiger, dolphin, duck, goose, penguin, turtle, squirrel, frog, alligator, elephant, etc. Oriental statues like that of Buddha, Pagodas, lanterns, Dragon, Gargoyles, etc. Greek statues like Diana, Venus and Neptune, etc, are also commonly found.

Of these statues animals are easy to get and cheaper. Alligator lawn ornaments are liked by many. They are of small as well as large size. Kept near some water body it makes more sense. Alligator along an artificial pond or fountain would be beautiful. Many are fond of having a real alligator as well. It is dangerous to have one as they bite. But a concrete or aluminum alligator that looks real could be good enough for your fancy.

Some even use them as a protection against evil eyes. Alligator lawn ornaments are not the favorites of all. It is always best to select something that is liked by everyone in the family having a pleasant feel about it. To decorate your lawn is a painstaking job if done by own, but the joy that brings along while selecting the lawn and garden decors, maintaining them and giving proper care and attention. Being noticed by others and a word of appreciation for the lawn and decorations, could be worth the trouble taken to make it beautiful. After all its your home, it is your creativity that shows up in it.