Create an Entrance with an Outdoor Water Fountain

When I was a child, one of my favorite television shows revolved around a wealthy family. On occasions, someone would drive up the long entryway to the characters’ massive mansion. While I will never own a multi-million dollar estate, I would like to recreate part of the magic of the long entryway that I remember from the show.

I feel that the best way to accomplish this task is to install a breathtakingly beautiful outdoor water fountain in front of my stately brick home. As soon as guests start driving down the straight path to my home, they will take in this lush regal water feature! On this blog, you too can learn how to create an unforgettable entrance to your estate with an outdoor water fountain.

Common Questions About Maintaining Outdoor Metal Plant Stands

If you are an avid plant lover, you likely want to have plants throughout your yard and patio. Placing these plants on the ground may expose them to a higher risk of suffering damage, but you can minimize this risk by placing the plants on a plant stand. However, this stand will be exposed to various conditions that can damage it. After you understand the following answers to questions about common problems outside metal plant stands encounter, you should be better able to address these issues.  How Do You Safely Remove Moss From A Metal Plant Stand? As time passes, you will likely notice a layer of moss growing on the plant stand. This may seem like a harmless issue, but it can actually cause extensive damage to the stand if it is not removed. The moss will trap moisture, which can cause the stand to start rusting.  While there are many chemicals that can be used to kill moss, some of these substances can be harmful to your metal stand because they will weaken it or make it more susceptible to corrosion. To minimize this risk, you can mix baking soda and water to make a paste that will neutralize the moss. A few days after you have evenly applied this mixture on the moss, it should be dead and easy to pull off of the stand.  Is It Possible To Repair Rusted Portions Of The Plant Stand? Whether the rust is caused by unchecked moss or years of exposure to the elements, it can ruin the appearance of your plant stand as well as cause structural problems...

Charming Ideas For A Cottage Garden

Country cottages conjure images of rustic getaways. Central to that idyllic tradition is the garden. The essence of the cottage garden is a sense of artful disarray that stems from its informal design and dense plantings. No matter your home’s style, create a traditional cottage garden to add elegance and charm to your landscaping.   Bench A cottage garden should inspire you and your guests to linger awhile. A bench helps your garden achieve this purpose. While a rustic wooden bench is the classic in such a space, any garden bench will do. The idea is to surround the bench with beautiful, fragrant blooms. For instance, consider locating the bench next to a fragrant shrub such as mock orange or classic gardenia. Next, include traditional flowers around the bench such as daylily, daisy and iris. If desired, include hardy thyme as groundcover to release scent with every step. Arbor One of the hallmarks of a cottage garden is a rose-covered arbor, according to This Old House. Your arbor can be located over your bench for shade. However, the arbor can also serve as a gateway between flowers and an herb garden. While climbing English roses are the traditional plant for training over the lattice sides, don’t discount the charm of morning glory or honeysuckle. Herb Garden Cottage gardens were initially developed in England as a counter to the formalized gardens found at manor houses. As such, they commonly included practical plants. Most cottage gardens featured medicinal herbs since that was the most useful. However, consider planting a mini-garden with the herbs that you love to cook with. Bay laurel...

6 Memorial Gifts For The Garden

Funerals and memorials are difficult. You are dealing with your own grief while trying to comfort those closest to the deceased. Sending flowers or giving a monetary gift to the requested charity is a way of expressing your feelings, but there are more personal, and long-lasting ways to communicate this.  Gardens are often a quiet place to contemplate. If the deceased or their loved ones enjoy gardening, the suggestions below may bring some joy into this difficult time in their lives.  1. Tree: Giving the gift of a tree is special. Each year, as it grows, the family can reflect upon the life of their missing member. Eventually they can even relax under the shade of its branches. A tree is a special gift that reinforces the message that life goes on. 2. Fountain: Many people love the sound of running water; it has a calming effect. The gift of a garden fountain is a good way to enjoy this soothing sound. Fountains can be wall mounted, or you can order a free-standing unit for the center of a walkway.  3. Decorative Cross: Adding decorative crosses to a garden bed can be a subtle reminder of the love between those left behind and their lost loved one. It can have a place of prominence, or be tucked away in the corner of a flower bed.  4. Perennial: If the deceased had a favorite plant or flower, gift his or her family with one. Peonies, hydrangea, and even a pergola with wisteria to trail up it all make lovely gifts that bloom year after year and add beauty to the...

Reasons You Should Install Quartz Countertops Instead Of Granite

Stone countertops are very popular now. Many new and renovated homes list granite countertops as a selling point. However, engineered quartz may be even better. It has the same beauty as granite, but it doesn’t need as much maintenance. Here’s why you should consider having quartz countertops installed instead of granite. Quartz Isn’t Porous The big difference between engineered quartz countertops and granite is that quartz isn’t porous. While granite is hard and durable, it stains easily since it soaks up fluids if it isn’t sealed. Even water can leave a stain. That doesn’t happen with quartz. Quartz countertops are made from a mix of quartz and resin. This makes them hard and durable without the drawback of soaking up fluids. Since it isn’t porous, quartz doesn’t need to be stained every few years, which reduces the amount of maintenance required. And since fluids don’t seep into the countertops, they are more sanitary since germs won’t have a breeding ground. Quartz Comes In Many Colors Granite has a very distinctive look. It is available in natural stone colors such as brown, blue, red, and black. Quartz, on the other hand, is available in about any color you can imagine. That’s because the color is added when the countertop is manufactured. You can be more creative with your décor when you choose quartz. You can pick countertops that blend in well with your paint scheme, appliances, and decorating style. One point to consider is that the overwhelming popularity of granite in the last decade may cause it to look dated in years to come. You can avoid this by choosing...

The Best Luxury Apartment Features

You deserve to love where you live, even when you’re living in an apartment! Fortunately, these days, not all apartments are the cramped, uncomfortable spaces of the past. No, there are now beautiful, luxurious apartments meant for making your living experience truly spectacular. A lot of these newer luxury apartments even come with awesome features all designed to increase your enjoyment and convenience. As you shop around for the perfect home, you’ll probably be surprised at the selection of features and amenities you’ll come across. You can have fun exploring on your own, but you should also be aware of some of the most cool and coveted features that are available in today’s apartments. That way, if you read about something you can’t live without, you can make sure to find an apartment home that offers it. Private Theatres These days, it’s becoming more and more common for apartment communities to offer private theatre rooms. Most communities don’t put these in the individual apartments, but they do offer them as a shared perk to residents. Every community is different, but most offer a sign-up sheet for using the theatre on a given day, making it easy to plan fun viewing events with family or friends. A lot of communities also offer up regular movie nights for all the residents to attend, which is a great way to meet and mingle with your neighbors. Flawless Kitchens Kitchens tend to be one of the most complained-about features among apartment dwellers. Many luxury apartment communities have apparently taken these complaints to heart and are now offering state-of-the-art, upscale kitchens. With an updated...

How To Decorate Your Family Room With A Western Theme

Whether you are moving into a brand new home or you are redecorating your existing family room, choosing a western theme can result in a warm and cozy feeling. Here are some ideas that might inspire you to create something unique and lovely. The Walls – Consider pale shades of yellow, blue or green for your paint. Selecting any of these colors means that any other decor you select will work well in your room. If you want extra charm, consider adding a western stencil around the top of the walls. Stars, horses, dogs, boots, or anything else with a cowboy feeling would be perfect. Another idea is to get an expert to do faux painting that looks like leather. If you make that selection, consider adding dark wood chair railing around the middle of the room. The Decor – Consider going through western magazines to get ideas. If you’re buying new furniture, consider red or brown leather. If you’re reupholstering existing furniture, think about a sturdy gingham or denim fabric. Red or blue denim would both be darling, but red would stand out more. A floral design would be nice, too. Add throw pillows with western sayings on them. Some to consider are Howdy, Y’all, Saddle Up or There’s Nothing Like A Horse. Brass lamps with red or off-white lamp shades would be great with any of the choices you’ve made for your furniture. Consider framing old cowboy movie posters or pictures of stars like Roy Rodgers, William Boyd (of Hopalong Cassidy fame), and even a modern guy like Clint Eastwood. The Window Treatment – Consider that sometimes you’ll want a lot...

Tired Of Pictures And Paintings? Here’s How To Shake Up Your Wall Art

Although family photographs, pictures of landscapes and paintings might be the standard for decorating your walls, you could be looking to do something a little different. Luckily, there are a few different options that you can try. By mixing things up and decorating with different types of wall decor, you can make your home look great while still appreciating the photos and paintings that you already have. Decorative Wall Plaques Decorative wall plaques, which are often made of wrought iron or a similar material, come in all different shapes, sizes and patterns. They make great centerpieces for photo collages, or they can be used to decorate a boring wall in a totally different way. Framed Paper or Fabric If you just want to enjoy a pop of color without adding something too “busy” to your walls, you can always try framing pieces of pretty fabric or scrapbook paper. They’ll add the perfect burst of color without being “too much.” Wall Sconces Wall sconces have been popular for a very long time for a good reason. They look great, and they’re also fully functional. If you’re looking to add a little more light to a room in your home and want to decorate your walls at the same time, consider looking for wall sconces. Some use candles, but many of them are powered by electricity as well. Mirrors Mirrors make great wall decor. Not only are they functional — for example, a mirror in your entry way can make it easy for you to give yourself a final one-over before you walk out the door — but they are also...

Do You Want To Learn How To Sew?

Learning how to sew is a very smart way to save money. The trick is to learn the techniques that will make your garment look like it came right out of a store. Here are some tips to help you along the way: Look For A Class – There are many ways you can learn how to sew, of course. At your local library there are great self-help books that will give you step-by-step instructions on making your first article of clothing. However, consider taking a class. Your local extension service might offer sewing lessons, and you can often find great classes at fabric stores, at your community college or even at your library. Another great idea is to simply as a friend or a family member who is already a seamstress to help you get started. Find somebody who is patient! Getting Started – Whether you take sewing lessons or learn by yourself, it’s really smart to start with something very simple. And, remember that simplicity can also equal loveliness. Just imagine Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy whose styles were actually quite basic. Their great look came partly from the gorgeous fabrics and the fact that their designers knew exactly what styles would look good on them. If you’re in doubt as to what to select, go to a store and try on several different outfits to see which ones look best on you. At the beginning, stay away from fabrics that need to be matched. One example is a plaid. Stay away from patterns that have a lot of detail on them. Making a Peter Pan collar...

A Natural Way To Freshen And Clean Your Carpets For Spring

There’s something about starting the season with a freshly cleaned home that makes spring feel even more renewing and exciting. If your floor is carpeted, it is one of the largest and most challenging areas in your home to clean. Neglect it and your whole home will still smell musty and stale from the long winter. The secret to cleaning and freshening your carpet for the spring is to use ingredients that absorb lingering odors and moisture but not commercial products that will leave chemical residues. For a carpet that smells naturally clean, follow these steps: Step 1: Remove spots and stains. Even if you blotted up spills after they happened, they may still be contributing a bit of odor to your home. To permanently remove their stench and hopefully the last remnants of discoloration too, spray them with a mixture of half white vinegar and half water. Let this sit for about 15 minutes and then blot up as much liquid as possible with a clean towel. Step 2: Deodorize and loosen dirt. Once you’ve treated stains, grab a big box of baking soda and sprinkle it over the entire carpet. You don’t need to use special scented baking soda made for carpet cleaning – the plain kind sold for laundry and baking is just fine. Be liberal; baking soda is not expensive. Let the baking soda sit for at least 4 hours. You can wait a whole day if you have the time. Then vacuum it up. Make sure you take the time to vacuum thoroughly, going over the same piece of carpet 2 or 3 times...

Learn How To Work Smarter, Not Harder, During Your Upcoming Move

Moving from one home to another can be a very time-consuming, strenuous, and labor-intensive task. Thankfully, while there is no magic trick that can turn this daunting task into a day at the park, there are several ways that you can help lighten the load. Below, you will learn more about one of the most effective ways to minimize the stress that comes along with your upcoming move. Only Move It Once The trick to saving time during a move is to work smarter, not harder. One of the most effective ways to do this is to avoid moving the same items more than once. For instance, rather than moving all of your boxes into the living room when arriving at your new house, move these boxes directly into the rooms where they belong. This will allow you to avoid sorting and moving these boxes again once the moving crew has gone home. The only problem is that your moving crew will not know where to put each box unless you provide them with direction. The good news is that there is a simple way to solve this problem without standing watch over every box that is brought into your home. Get Colorful When Labeling Your Boxes When labeling your boxes, assign a different color label to each different room in the house. For instance, all boxes with a purple label belong in your daughter’s room, while all boxes with a green label belong in the master bedroom. If you don’t want to invest in self-adhesive labels, taping a piece of colored paper to each box will work just...