Month: October 2019

Setting a Mood in the Garden

It can be tough deciding which colors look great next to others. If you want to create a quiet, restful mood in your garden, try using cool colors like blue, lavender, purple, rose and pink. Warm shades like red, orange, and yellow will give your garden a sense of excitement and visual pleasure. While, contrasting colors like purple and yellow, or orange and blue will add interest to your yard. If you are less daring and want to bring unity to your garden, use different shades of the same color, massing a single color of flowers together. This will create an elegant look that works great for small spaces like patios, terraces and window boxes.

With Shape

If you find the traditional 'rectangular' shape bed dull and boring, try coming up with a fun shape like a star or in a zig-zag design. Of course, you may want to try sketching it out on some graph paper first, then arrange plants to fit that form. Keep in mind, you are limited to how it will fit around the current landscaping in your yard.

With Size

Now, it's time to do the math. How much room do you need to grow everything in your imaginary garden? Your garden can be any size – from a kitchen herb garden in a window box, to a pumpkin patch in the backyard. A large, sunny place in the yard gives you plenty of room for growing a variety of plants, but a small container garden is great too – because it's easier to care for.

Conventional gardens, like those you have seen on a farm or the 1970's TV sitcom "Green Acres" with rows and rows of corn can take a lot of space. Here are three alternatives to gardening the traditional way:

Balcony gardens or container gardening can be done almost anywhere where there is plenty of sunlight – usually 6 or more hours a day. Depending on which direction your patio or balcony is facing will determine what type of plants and vegetables will do best. On a warm, light-filled balcony facing south or west, tomatoes and beans will grow best. If your balcony faces north or east and gets limited sunlight, lettuces and root vegetables will do well.

Raised gardens are small plots formed with soil into raised areas on the ground. Landscaping timbers may be used to frame the bed and can be filled with soil and compost. Raised beds are easy to maintain if they are 3-feet wide or less. This makes weeding and harvesting a cinch and by not walking on the bed, the soil stays soft.

Square-foot gardens are formed by framing and can be filled with soil and compost. Beds can be recycled and replanted once a plant has been harvested. With deaf beds, plants can be grown closer, allowing for a larger variety of plants.

With a little planning, you can create the mood you want in your garden, personalizing it, extending your home to …

Office Interior Design Ideas For Your Home Office

With the internet becoming more and more prevalent in today's society, it
comes as no surprise that many people now have the ability to work form home.
You are one of those people, and have allotted a room in your house as your
office space. However, the room is rather bare at the moment, and you want to
liven up your work space.

The first thing that you need to think about is the primary use of your home
office. For example, will it be the kind of place that you have clients come in
to visit? Or, will it be the kind of place that you use just for yourself? This
will make a difference in the overall theme.

If you are going to have clients in it, you will, of course, need to choose a
design that is professional. Thus, you should allot a certain area of ​​your area
to a couch or a couple of plush chairs, along with a coffee table and reading
materials. Ideally, leather is the most professional look for this area.

Regardless of whether or not you will be having clients, you should make the
atmosphere as comfortable as possible. For example, what is one thing that you
notice? If you answered fish tanks, then you have the right answer! Why are
there fish tanks in so many offices? The answer is that it is relaxing to watch
the fish, and it is also a stylish addition.

Thus, you should consider having a fish tank as well. If, however, you do not
want to deal with the upkeep of having one, you can also consider something in
the same area, such as a waterfall. However, while this office interior design
is a great way to make your home office more interesting, make sure the sounds
are not distracting you from your work!

The most important section of any home office is the workstation itself. You
will need a desk that can conveniently accommodate your PC as well as files and
other important supplies. However, make sure that the desk is not so large that
it takes up the majority of the room. You can find office workstations at your
local furniture store.

For more information on office interior design ideas, be sure to check out various business magazines. In those magazines are often pictures, and those pictures can give you ideas. Also, be sure to
search the internet, since there are many different websites that offer ideas. …

Where to Buy Your Teapots?

There are various places which you can go to buy teapots such as near retail shops as you will find a lot of them. It is a well known fact that some people love to collect teapots as part of their hobbies. They can collect from various places they visit. I know one of my closet friends and her house is full of these items. They range from expensive to cheap, modern to antique type of teapots. These items are one of the most popular collectibles and people who love to collect them have passion to look for various places where they can find these items from.

There is a wide range of collections for these teapots. Depending upon your choice and preferences, you can select the best one. Some of the best teapots have pictures of dogs, cats, flowers, sun signs and some of them have nice quotes. There are various sizes of teapots; however, if you are buying them for collection purposes; you must include teapots of every size. They will make your collection unique and you can proudly show them to others. These are the items which are affordable to every one.

If you want to view the different sizes of teapots, you must be aware of the fact that there are a lot of websites on the internet offering various styles and designs. All you have to do is make a search on search engines and the list of sites will be displayed in front of you.

There are a lot of theme based teapots available to you. You can even get discounts and special offers on buying them. You must grab an opportunity and buy them online. It is very easy process and you can make purchase in few clicks. You will get this item in few days after ordering online. …

Chives Are A Wonderful Addition To Your Herb Garden Or Container Garden

Garlic, leeks, and shallots have a little cousin, the chive. It is the smallest and non-odorize member of the onion family. The leaves sprout from a bulb that is planted in the herb garden or in a container garden. Chives are a wonderful way to spruce up omelet's or soups, even stews, chicken, or fish and its fat free, a healthy addition to your diet. A sunny windowsill can also be used to grow the chive herb. An added bonus, if you grow chives in your "in ground" herb garden, you are in the fresh air and are getting a little exercise. Can not hurt, huh?

The chive has been a native of Asia and Europe for over 5000 years. They grow much like grass, in clumps. They send up graceful hollow leaves that will flower into lovely purple puffballs. If you allow the chive in your herb garden to flower the flavor of the chive becomes harsher.

It is not hard to grow the chive in your herb garden or container garden. It needs six hours of sun, well drained soil, moisture, fertilizer and pinching back. The pinching back will make the plant bushy and lush. Always use a high quality potting soil when growing your herb in container gardens. If planting the chive in an "in ground" herb garden, add some organic mix. A seaweed based fertilizer is best for feeding. You can use your old coffee grounds to mulch around the base of the chive in your herb garden. When it's time to harvest the herb cut from the base to encourage more growth.

It is recommended that you harvest the chives before it flowers. If your chive does flower you can eat the chive flower but they are intense and should be dropped apart before use. They have a spicy, peppery taste.

As your herb garden or container garden ages, you will want to pull the plant up and divide the roots and then replant. The chive prefers a cool atmosphere so if you live in a hot area it is best to grow the chive in pots inside.

If you have an abundance of chives, make an herb salt by mixing one cup of sea salt with one cup of snipped chives. Bake in an oven for 45-60 minutes, seal tightly in a jar and place in a dark cabinet. This is a great way to spice up any culinary dish.

To dry the chase harvest snip into inch inch pieces, lay in thin layers on trays. Take them outside to a sunny spot and allow drying for 8 to 10 hours. An alternative method is to snip the chives, spread on a cookie sheet and dry them in a 110 degree oven with the door propped open for 4 to 6 hours.

Fresh chives can be store in the refrigerator for up to one week in a plastic bag. Do not wash or snip until ready to use.

Here is a recipe for an …

Driveway and Walkway Projects That Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Have you checked out the curb appeal of your home lately? Does your home reflect your style? Perhaps it’s time to plan some improvements to your driveway and walkways. An upgrade will make your return from work sweeter and impress your neighbors and visitors as well as yourself.

Adding paver stones will have a great impact on your driveway and walkways. Colors, textures and patterns tend to slow down traffic, while uniform surfaces and large paver stones will cause people to pass by without a glance. If you choose a smaller pattern, you may want to add a border or an additional pattern such as a slate seamless texture used in stamped concrete. To get an idea of how a paving pattern might look, visit sites with completed projects and have samples brought in and laid down as though they were already set. This will help you make pattern and color choices.

If you are on a budget, you can add natural stone or pavers in a grid pattern or as borders. Borders can be a contrasting or complementary stone inlay or a solid brick course along the edge of the walkway. Be aware that borders can give the illusion of a smaller area; they work well on driveways but probably should not be used on walkways under four feet in length.

Driveways and walkways don’t have to be straight. A long meandering driveway, especially through a wooded area, creates a feeling of privacy. If you want the convenience of driving up to the front door, the Governor style driveway has two entrance/exit points to the street and makes a half-circle in front of the house, creating an elegant and gracious approach to your home.

One way to personalize your walkways and steps is to add artisanal tile mosaics. While mosaics are hearty and durable, they also have a delicate quality that adds beauty and elegance to your walkway. Any mosaic installation must be done together with other stonework. It’s best to work with a mosaic designer or artist to create a tile plan.

While it may be tempting to go all out with a driveway and walkway upgrade, you do not want to detract from your beautiful landscaping. Don’t add an extravagant driveway or walkway if it will not blend well with your architectural design or landscape.…

Roger’s Christmas

Roger loves Christmas. Every year Roger and his Mummy and Daddy go to Nanny’s house in Fern Bay on Christmas Eve for a big Christmas party.

This year Mummy, Daddy and Roger got to Nanny’s just as it was getting dark. Mummy and Daddy went into the kitchen to help Nanny and Grandad prepare for the party. Roger stayed in the living room looking at all Nanny’s Christmas cards.

There were cards with Christmas trees, cards with robins, with snow scenes, with churches, with angels, and with Father Christmasses. But Roger especially noticed a card showing some children sitting around a Christmas tree all looking happy with their presents. The wrapping paper covered the floor. But in the corner was a little boy looking sad. He wasn’t holding a present.

Just as Roger was thinking about the card a big scream came from the kitchen. It was Nanny. Roger ran to find out what was wrong. Nanny was crying. She just realized she’d forgotten to buy a Christmas pudding, and now all the shops were closed for the holiday.

Roger felt sad. It wouldn’t be like Christmas without Christmas pudding. But he didn’t want to see Nanny upset, so he told her, “It’s OK, we can buy a Christmas pudding on Boxing Day and we can have a second Christmas dinner.”

Nanny smiled and hugged Roger.

Together they started laying out all the food and drink for the party. Nanny gave Roger a special job. He was to be in charge of playing the music.

Soon the people started arriving for the party. There was Uncle Bob and Aunty Jean, Aunty June and Uncle Bill, Uncle Fred and Aunty Freda, and Aunty Nelly and Uncle Sid. Everyone looked happy just to be there, and everyone told Roger how big he’d grown since last year.

Suddenly there was a loud knock at the door. It was an old man with a white beard who looked a bit like Nanny. At first Nanny seemed surprised to see him, then she looked happy and they hugged one another. Nanny explained it was her brother, Uncle Tom, and she hadn’t seen him for many years.

Uncle Tom gave Nanny a big bag, and he gave Roger a neatly wrapped present.

“Don’t open it until morning.” said Uncle Tom.

Nanny’s eyes lit up as she looked inside the bag. It was a great big Christmas pudding.

“How did you know I’d forgotten the Christmas pudding?” asked Nanny.

Uncle Tom smiled. “Remember when were children”, he said, “I always knew exactly what you were thinking.”

Uncle Tom was lots of fun. He danced more than anyone else, and then he started singing Christmas songs. Roger laughed as he sang his favorite carol, Silent Night.

Eventually the guests started to leave until only Roger, Mummy, Daddy and Uncle Tom were left.

“Won’t you stay tonight and have dinner with us tomorrow?” asked Nanny.

But Uncle Tom explained his daughter Barbara was already preparing dinner at home.

They …

Pros and Cons of Using Copper Cookware

Copper cookware is widely used by most professional cooks, especially with regards to heat conductivity. It is usually in line with nickel, tin, stainless steel or a combination of these three metals.

Copper is used on the outside and stainless steel is on the cooking surface. To distinguish its effectiveness in kitchen cooking, below are some pros and cons of having copper cookware:

Pros

It is widely used by certain industries. Copper is malleable and ductile. This is the reason why many companies chose copper to be used in kitchen wares.

It is popular among chefs and culinary experts. Copper cookware has gained popularity amongst professionals because of its stylish look. Pots and pans have a distinct appeal of elegance.

Its silvery white and pinkish luster enhances the cooking experience of most cooks in various parts of the world. Most French use copper cookware in their traditional French cuisine.

Excellent heat conductivity. Copper distributes heat better than aluminum. Its conductivity is ten times higher than glass or stainless steel. It quickly responds to temperature changes as compared to other metals.

The heat and cooking time is being reduced when using copper cookware. From this, copper cookware prevents burnt spots which show that the cooking equipments are sub standardized.

Saves on polishing. There are models that come up with a brushed texture. Cookware does not need to be shiny. Some prefer their cookware to be bruised or scratched. It gives an antique and classy look. However, shining may prevent a copper cookware from developing a patina or green look.

Easy to clean and maintain. The smooth structure of a copper cookware helps easily remove small pieces of food from the pan’s surface.

It is in lined with other metals for protection. High quality cookware is usually in line with other metals like stainless steel. The lining protects the food, avoiding copper to react with it. The combination also allows precise cooking time for food to become cooked evenly.

Thus, copper cookware also has its downside. Some features may not be adequate enough for most cooks, in which, manufacturers tend to get up with a solution for these shortcomings. Here are some of the cons of copper:

Cons

Easily scratched and is naturally soft. Copper, when combined with other metals, make it more durable. Its sandwich layers of metals such as tin and nickel are not as strong as stainless steel. Nickel may be reactive because it is hard and ductile, while Tin may become unstable at 45 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

Heavy. Copper cookware possesses the heaviest metal among all cook wares. It is more prone to dents.

Changes in color and appearance. A copper cookware may change its color, especially when cooking in deep pink, orange or purple colors. Hence, heat and humidity can alter the appearance of copper cookware, especially when it is not cleaned properly.

Prone to tarnishing. Acidic foods may lead to the tarnishing of copper. The metal may leach into foods and can cause illnesses.

More …

Interior Design Ideas For Kitchens With White Cabinets

White cabinets are standard in many kitchens. You might not want to repaint but you want to get a different feel. This is a very enduring style if you know what you are doing. Also, you might want to paint your outdated wood cabinets in a bright white for a modern or contemporary look. Here are a few tips or ideas for decorating kitchens with white cabinets.

Bring in color. You might have a tendency to go with a very dramatic color just because your white cabinets are so boring. This is an option as long as it is done correctly. This style should be decorated for a modern and contemporary room. You could even mix things up by painting your walls a daring black so that the white really pops. Then use a modern take on a very traditional black and white kitchen.

Another option for these color schemes is just to go with a neutral color palette. This way your white cabinets will really just blend in with the rest of the beautiful taupes and grays. You can draw out colors from stone or add in stone if you don’t have it in your room. Then just try installing a beautiful tumbled marble or ceramic backsplash. This can really give your room cohesion so your white cabinets won’t stand out any longer.

Add something special to the doors. In most instances you want to have a very plain door. This is really true if you have a small kitchen. However, white doors are neutral so they can handle a lot more carving and molding. You can also make a statement with your hardware. It’s very contemporary and modern to find a stainless steel knob that runs the entire length of the door to really give a lot of sparkle while keeping with the simple lines of this style.

Bring in sparkle. This is really important in a white kitchen. You will keep it from feeling too plain or cheap. You’ll want to bring in high end items. An easy way to do this is by investing in stainless steel appliances. You can also coordinate the white cabinets with a beautiful shell chandelier for a beach look. For more of a traditional feel bring in luxurious crystal pendant lights. Anything you put in a white kitchen is really going to pop even if it’s just crystal. This gives you the opportunity to explore different accent colors while still working within your budget and space constraints.…

7 Reasons You Should Host Your Own Home and Garden Party

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 do not 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 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 individuity, 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-togeters? 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 …

Decorate Roll Up Shades to Add Beauty to Rooms

Homeowners often install roll up shades when they first move in because they're an easy, affordable way to cover windows. However, just because they're inexpensive and convenient does not mean that roll up shades have to be dull.

Since most roll up shades are made of vinyl or cloth, they can be easily decorated using fabric markers, acrylic craft paint, ribbons, stencils or fabric cut-outs. Most roll up shades are white or some light neutral such as ivory, cream or beige. Think of this kind of shade as a blank canvas for your creativity. Even if you've installed colored shades, there's still plenty of opportunity to turn that open space into a work of art.

When choosing paint, spend some time planning the look you want. Whatever colors you might choose, it's important to complement the room's décor – unless you've given your teen-ager free rein to decorate his or her roll up shades as desired. Then be ready for some glaring colors and outlandish effects. (You might even want to set some ground rules about potentially offensive designs before your start).

For decorating purposes, the shade should be unrolled and held down using some type of clean, heavy weights. Without you plan to work in abstract, it's a good idea to pencil in the design before using paint or markers. The choice of design is up to you, so do not be shy; let your imagination roam freely.

Stencils can be a big help if you're not good at drawing. You could try a plant motif for a living room, fish or seashells for the bathroom, or blocks and teddy bears for a baby's room. Children especially like the chance to choose stencils for the shades in their rooms.

Put a finishing touch on your decorated roll up shade by attaching ribbons or fabric to the edges using fabric glue on cloth or spray adhesive on vinyl. Once the design is dry, you can hang your new creation with pride. …