Who says that you need a large deck or spacious yard to enjoy an outdoor area that is comfortable and stylish? Small outdoor areas, such as a balcony or patio, can become the perfect outdoor oasis with cozy arrangements of furniture and décor that create an intimate setting for relaxation and entertaining. You just need to think outside the box!
Home Decor & Garden
Wallpapers are back with a bang and this time they’re here to stay. Although wallpapers had their fair share of mockery and ridicule in the past, nowadays they look nothing like their predecessors. They’re made from different materials and there’s a huge variety of textures, colours and patterns to choose from. It’s no wonder interior designers and decorators from all around the world changed their minds and started using wallpaper designs to beautify homes.
Investing in an adequate vanity for your bathroom is necessary as it impacts how much space you’ll have for toiletries and other personal items. But vanities are also designed with aesthetics in mind. Depending on your available space and style preferences, you can choose from six main types as to elevate the look and utility of the entire room.
Whether you’re preparing a special meal for a party or cooking just for you and your loved ones, in both scenarios you need to have some cooking skills, a number of well chosen ingredients, and a good recipe.
We all agree that rooms look better with a bit of greenery. But although we love the idea of filling our homes with lush greenery, the truth is, we often struggle to keep plants alive. When gardening indoors, there are a few steps we need to follow such as choosing the right plants, ensuring the proper light and providing them with the right amount of water. Learning how to manage all of these elements is essential for growing healthy and beautiful plants in your home.
Container gardening allows you to plant various different plants and it is perfect for both outdoor and indoor use. Concrete plant pots are the ideal choice for this purpose due to their beauty and the range of benefits they offer. Bigger sized pots are perfect for trees, shrubs and outdoor use while smaller ones are a great choice for planting flowers and herbs providing your living area with natural beauty. Concrete pots are one of the best ways to decorate your home. Besides serving as beautiful ornaments, the plants inside them will improve the quality of the air in your home. When it comes to pots, there are plenty of options to choose from. So, if you are wondering why you should choose concrete pots over other options, here are a couple of reasons.
If you live Down Under, then you’ve probably heard about alfresco dining or already have a dedicated space in your yard for cooking and dining under the open sky while enjoying the nice weather we are blessed with. But dining is not the only way to get in touch with nature, you can also take an alfresco soak. This experience that is usually reserved for guests of the world’s most luxurious resorts is also making its way into the backyard. So, whether you’re an exhibitionist at heart or you just want to get in touch with nature while bathing, or maybe both, here are some steps that will help you create your perfect alfresco bathroom.
Now that the weather is finally warm and pleasant, we all want to spend more of our time outside in the fresh air. And if you’re lucky enough to own a spacious garden, deck or balcony, you can literally move there for the whole summer. From a spot where you can lounge, do homework, cook and dine – with a few tweaks, an outdoor space can be everything you want it to be.
As more and more people notice the potential of outdoor spaces, alfresco kitchens are rising in popularity. And I’m not just talking about the basic set-up of a grill and a cooler. Most modern outdoor kitchens are designed to offer the same conveniences indoor ones do, and often come with a few extras. From outdoor cabinets to sinks, pizza ovens, microwaves and other state-of-the-art appliances – there’s no limit to the elements you can include as long as you have the space, budget and vision. If you already meet the first two conditions but lack vision – here are some tips on how to build an outdoor kitchen that’s functional and attractive.
Whether you’re a bicycle enthusiast or a business owner who wants to promote a healthy lifestyle and add an extra amenity to their bicycle-riding customers, a bike shed can go a long way in ensuring your bicycles, or those of your customers are stored in a safe area. There’s a wide range of bicycle sheds on the market today and as is the case when buying most things, you need to carefully consider which type will best suit your needs. With that said, here are the steps to take to choose the ideal bicycle shed for your space.
You won’t notice how something as trivial as blinds can affect your daily life until you have to live in an apartment with subpar blinds. Not to mention all of the health issues which can be caused by the low quality of the blinds. For example, PVC blinds include dangerous chemical additives. These blinds start to break down when exposed to heat and sunlight. While we might not notice, these toxins are dangerous when inhaled. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is harmful to human health and can cause cancer.
Another thing you should make sure is that the blinds are lead-free. Even short term exposure to lead can cause health problems, so it is best to avoid it altogether. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, lead can damage the nervous system of babies. Buying mold and mildew resistant blinds is also a must. There is a lot of condensation in the area around the window, which makes blinds the perfect objects for mold and mildew to grow on. Exposure to mold can cause lung infections, eye irritation, throat irritation, skin irritation, and coughing.
A great number of people find gardening a very satisfying and relaxing thing to do. But one of the main problems they face on a daily basis is the storage of gardening tools. In light of that, instead of keeping them in boxes in the basement or balcony and tossing them around, investing in a garden shed is the right thing to do. According to gardeners, this is the easiest, most convenient and smart way to keep garden tools safe and sound.
When it comes to choosing sheds garden tools you own and your personal preferences should be the things to take into account, especially the amount and size of your tools. Out of all available sheds garden options on the market, the metal ones are considered the most durable, versatile and weather-resistant type. They can be made of aluminium and steel and according to specialists in the field, both of them are a good option as they are light in weight, easy to assemble and affordable. Plus, they come in a range of sizes, shapes, colours and finishes which makes them the perfect decorative addition to any garden. Once you take your pick, the next step would be to organize the garden tools. Fortunately, this can be done in three easy steps.
Though often neglected décor-wise, bathrooms are rooms that deserve the same if not more attention when it comes to the style because we spend considerable time in them; just think about it, you wake up, you go brush teeth, take a shower, prepare for work, shave, put makeup on, then end the day by taking a relaxing bath.
Like it or not, the décor still affects us and playing the decor game is easy when you know you can count on the help of greenery, fixtures and playing with styles, though one aspect that’s not to be underestimated is brightness.
In the modern world of today where we’re always rushing somewhere, finding the time to unwind and relax in the comfort of our homes is sacred. Having a home spa where you can refuel with good energy is a luxury that only the luckiest ones can experience. It is an investment in your well-being that encourages you to take time for yourself. And although it is not the most basic essential of every household, home spas are truly your ally to pure indulgence and relaxation. And although nobody really needs a hot tub spa, nearly everyone wants one. Here’s what to keep in mind when choosing your new home oasis.
Home spas come in a variety of shapes. You can choose from square, rectangular, oval or round spas. Although you can’t really go wrong with any shape you choose, round spas are the most popular model. They are typically smaller than other types so you do not need too much space to install it in your home. The round shape helps to maximize your available space while providing you with all the benefits of a spa. Smaller models provide space for one or two people but bigger ones can easily accommodate four to five persons with generous seating room providing you with a perfect hydrotherapy spa. Also, there are some models that can be inflated with gas which makes them a good choice for limited spaces. Once you decide on the shape, some of the other things to consider are your budget, style, and placement of the spa.
Style is another important consideration. The hot tub is a piece that you buy once but will enjoy it for the many years to come. For that reason, your best bet is investing in a timeless model that you will like even after a decade. Modern hot tubs come with dozens of features such as LED lights, waterfalls, drink platforms, built-in pillows, music playing capabilities, massage jets, etc. You can also buy one in a colour that will match your decor and design. When it comes to style, consider how you are going to use the tub. If you are buying it to use it for hydrotherapy, you should consider a hot tub with numerous jets and reclined seats. If you prefer to use it for everyday relaxation and social gatherings, consider a spa with built-in trays for beverages and food.
Decide upfront how much you are willing to spend on a hot tub. The unit itself is one thing but you will also need to invest in some other things as well, such as a flat concrete surface or a pad and other accessories such as stairs, cover lifts, etc. Take the price of all these items into account so you can approximately calculate how much your new home spa will cost you.
The shell of the hot tub can feature different materials including vinyl, acrylic and others. Most of them come with acrylic, but there are some brands that use wood or thermoplastics. This is also an important thing to keep in mind as different materials may affect the performance and price of your tub. Once you select the hot tub that suits your lifestyle, you need to ensure you place it in the right spot. Once installed, you won’t be able to move the spa easily, so make sure you choose your location wisely so that you can enjoy your new investment for years to come.
Valves allow pool owners to control the flow of thousands of gallons water with a simple twist of a handle and I bet the only time they wondered how they worked was when they didn’t work. These pieces of plastic and metal have various designs and applications suited for particular jobs, and the key is knowing in which cases to use which valve. Let’s take a look at the different types of swimming pool plumbing valves and help you out choose the best ones for your needs.
With succulents being one of the trendiest and most versatile plants, as a business owner they might have caught your eye already and you may have thought about featuring them into the design of your cafe or restaurant. If that’s the case, you’ll be happy to know that there are many nurseries that operate with wholesale succulents and can stock up your space with different types of these fleshy and lush plants. However, once you get your bunch, you need to think of different ways of arrangement so that you can make the most of them. Here are some ideas.
Succulents are slow growing and easy to maintain and that makes them perfect for vertical display. You can, for instance, create a living picture frame on a white or black wall and simply take your plant game up a notch. Another way to do it is to add volume and density by hanging a lot of succulent baskets.
Succulents come in an amazing array of colours and leaf textures and combining them is very easy. Plus, many nurseries that offer wholesale succulents provide them in the form of packages that include more than one species. In order to achieve a unique eclectic look, you can place the different species in pots that differ in material (metal, glass, and wood) and colour. You can also combine your succulents with some potted flowers, top the surface with stones or crystals and place them high and low all over the place to create a visually rich display.
If you don’t like to group plans together, but still want to add some of that natural greenery into your place, placing a succulent on each table can make for beautiful, decorative centrepieces. You can place the succulent in an eye-catching holder and pair it with a candle in a complementing colour. If your restaurant features longer tables, you can adorn them with several centrepieces apart from each other and to add more interest, make sure the succulents you use are different from one another.
No matter which way you choose to show off your succulents, it’s easy to take care of them. Remember to use well-drained soil and as a general rule, the more natural indirect sunlight and the less water, the better. If you properly look after them, they will last for a long time and some of them even reward you with beautiful bright colour flowers.
A shed is a great addition to any garden. It is a piece that offers plenty of storage for household and gardening items and can be a great work space for handymen. The need for extra space is a common problem that many homeowners have. When buying their homes, many think that they have enough room for all their utilities, but eventually, they get a bicycle, a lawnmower, a ladder, they decide to have a garden and then all of a sudden they lack space.