Through the centuries, bird enthusiasts and other people have been putting up bird houses all over the country and all over the world. These bird houses are designed to attract different kinds of birds, and they are very helpful in enhancing your bird-watching experience.
One of the most intriguing and captivating birds to watch is the hummingbird. Hummingbirds are generally found in South America, and they are the smallest birds in the world. They are the only birds in the world that are able to fly backwards. Because of these characteristics, hummingbirds are among the most sought-after creatures of bird watchers everywhere.
In order to spend hours watching this delightful little bird, you would have to be able to make it stay in the same place for a long time. You can do this by creating a hummingbird house in your own backyard. This is a bird house specifically designed for the unusual hummingbird species.
You do not need to spend a lot to put up hummingbird houses. You can even make them yourself. Hummingbird houses are small, so you can use small boxes or even tin cans for this. When building hummingbird houses, just remember that if your open hand can fit in the box, then it is big enough for the hummingbird.
In order to prevent other birds from crashing your hummingbird house, make sure that the opening is only big enough for a hummingbird.
Hummingbird houses are quite tiny, and it is rather hard to see them once they are in position. Typically, hummingbird houses are placed on the trees themselves, very near the tree trunk. However, they can also be put up practically anywhere else in your backyard, such as under the roof of your house, or on other tall plants in the garden. Just make sure that the hummingbird houses are out of reach of cats and other house pets on the ground.
The best way to attract hummingbirds, though, is to place your hummingbird houses near flowering plants. Hummingbirds like hovering near flowers because they feed on the nectar of the flower. These birds are most attracted to colorful flowers like the trumpet vine and honeysuckle.
Your hummingbird house will also be more attractive to the tiny critters if you put hummingbird nectar inside. Make sure you do not offer them sugar water because this might cause fungus on their beaks, and could even be potentially lethal to the little birds.…
Farmhouse kitchens have become timeless classics that are now replicated not only within spacious country properties, but have also become a popular choice amongst city dwellers, looking to bring some of this relaxed country style to their properties' interiors. Depending on your point of view, this style has never been completely 'on-trend' or has never been out of vogue so you can be safe in the knowledge that a farmhouse kitchen is a shrewd investment.
Classic farmhouse kitchens tend to combine a good mix of natural materials, earthy granites, oversized thick timber tops and chunky end-grain butchers blocks. The cabinetry tends to be in-framed but simple, sometimes with a chamfer or small cock-bead detail around the frame, often hand painted in buttery cream tones. This may also be complemented with the occasional oak piece. However, the detailing tend to be kept simple with the focus being on natural products.
When it comes to handles, pewter drop sometimes with porcelain inserts and pewter knobs are a popular choice given their practicality. Timber knobs can also be used to complement the laid back look of the kitchen and tie in with any areas of timber worktops. An increasingly common introduction to the farmhouse kitchen is granite worktops, which are often used with timber in high use areas around a Range or Aga and often teamed with a chunky end grain chopping board.
Often a period style mantle shelf will be the main focal point above an Aga or Range, as this helps to frame the main cooking area as well as being a practical feature by providing extra shelf space to house pots and ornaments.
Another key feature of the farmhouse kitchen is a large / double Belfast-style ceramic sink, with a bridge tap over to make maximum use of a practical sink area.
Most farmhouse kitchens also have a separate free-standing welsh style dresser, often with a timber top, which may present the opportunity for further shelving space. This reinforces the main concept of the farmhouse kitchen, that most kitchen items are in sight rather than stored away.
The overall farmhouse look is gained by a large number of cabinets with a generous area of worktop, often with decorative features such as bookshelves and plate racks as this helps to give the kitchen a real lived in feel without requiring much effort.
Introducing a few farmhouse elements into the home can make a potentially unwelcoming modern kitchen seem more homely and appealing. However, the complete farmhouse kitchen is set to remain a popular style, especially amongst families and those with large eat-in kitchens as it is an easy to live with practical choice. The style also suits most types of house, from the modern house through to period properties and barn conversions. …
Home office design and decor often comes down to a space battle but the truth truth is the home office is somewhere the one place in the home where space should be the first and foremost consideration and anything but the final frontier. Whether for a small home business, a homework area, telecommuting or for a start-up venture, the home office is intended as a productivity center and whether the benchmarks are higher grades, revenue or venture cap, a dedicated space can prove much more than sufficient, it can be inspirational or even motivational.
First and foremost, create a home office space that holds as few distractions as possible. As a general rule of thumb, high traffic areas are not ideal so forsake the family room or the kitchen table. And while some people function better with white noise than others, that particular stimulus should absolutely be of your own creation and on your own terms. The opening and closing of the fridge door or pot lids can prove beyond distracting lending itself too easily to frustration. The same holds true for the family room.
Having decided on the space most appropriate to the task or tasks at hand, the next consideration is a work surface. A banker's desk, no matter how regal or austere could well overwhelm your productivity space leading to an uncertain and an ineffable sense of intimidation. By the same token, too small a work station can lead to frustration and the urge to will yourself away from the task at hand. For urban spaces accident with studios and lofts where the battle for space is nothing if no incessant, consider a table with multiple height and format settings. Brookstone offers raised-top coffee tables while Calligaris takes the concept a step further, offering a surface with five settings and is also expandable with the ability to go from the discomfort of a coffee table to a desk to a full dining table. Talk about multi-tasking.
The next consideration is lighting. First and foremost, employ all the natural light you possible can, bearing in mind light changes with the weather and as the day wears on. Overhead lighting is imperative and a desk lamp to better assist you in literally focusing on the task at hand is also an absolute. If your work surface can not facilitate a lamp, a floor lamp makes a functional and suitable alternative. A functional chair is also a requirement and will complete your desk ensemble.
If client contact is a requisite for your home office environment a separate and functional seating area should be created. Consider a contemporary couch and a functional table. As with the desk area, task focused lighting is an absolute. To complete the setting and help give it the sensitivity of being to itself a simply area rug can provide a visual border to better define the distinct space.
The final home office decor essential comes down to those personal touches. A family portrait if you're so …