Decorative Accessories in the Garden

Garden figures are in great demand nowadays. Even stiff and reserved Englishmen and Germans decorate their gardens with them.

It’s believed that garden gnomes protect plants and they by all means make a garden look better. Most people maintain their gardens in good conditions but if you dream of a cosy and unusual garden where you could spend weekends then garden figures will be the best solution. Putting them in right order demands creativity. And if you’re creative enough you can turn your garden into an exclusive work of art.

Figures in form of ducks, gnomes, mushrooms, frogs, angels and fish can be easily mounted on a garden stone and will nicely decorate a rockery as well as a pond. Don’t forget about proportions. Big sculptures are for broad lands while tiny figures will look perfect in small cosy gardens. Garden accessories must attract your attention to the best parts of the garden. According to feng shui a classical garden must have some free space in the middle: a pond or a lawn.

Rockeries are the best place for garden gnomes. These garden figures are loved by children. Those who have small children can put figures of fairy-tale characters on the playgrounds or near them. But don’t jam up space. It goes without saying that you must be positively creative to turn your garden into something unique, something that would fill you with joy and inner peace. If you have old stumps and stubs in your garden try to use them as decorative elements as well.

A crocodile appears in many ancient myths as a symbol of the Earth’s support. This nocturne divine creature will be a perfect solution in exterior and landscape designing. A crocodile figure will add originality to the landscape bringing shades of South-African nature. Don’t you feel a gentle breathing of a hot African wind?

If a figure of an extravagant animal is not your cup of tea make use of garden signs. You can write a quote from your favorite book or just a catchy phrase on them. Animate your garden and let it speak to you.

Doll House Kits for Every Budget and Skill Level

I have to admit, I am very impressed, at what the miniature dollhouse industry has to offer. They have successfully replicated the natural (full-sized) world in miniature with doll house kits that fit almost every budget and skill level. In fact, I believe that if you will take a few moments to look at what they have accomplished that you too will be impressed at what you learn.

Dollhouses are not just for little girls or women. They have grown in popularity in just about every adult demographic. By taking a closer look it is easy to understand the growing appeal.

Doll house kits are available in just about any architectural style imaginable and they are easy to customize and accessorize. In fact, if you are particularly skilled at crafts you may want to forgo a kit and purchase blueprints which enable you to customize as big as you can dream.

For beginners there are also quick-build kits that, according to the advertisements, can be built within an hour. I am not so confident in the one hour time limit if you are a beginner but one of these kits may be an excellent place for you to start if this is your first dollhouse project.

Inside your kit you will find instructions, drawings, and the pieces for assembly. Manufacturers like to use the term “easy” when describing their instructions. However, that’s not always the case. Expect that there will be a few hitches in the construction process. Most pieces are precut although some will need to be punched out. The good news is that you won’t need to do any cutting yourself unless you are building from a blueprint or making some of your own changes.

Wooden construction materials seldom come pre-sanded so there will be some light sanding involved prior to painting. Painting, by the way, is optional but a good idea for adding authenticity to your project.

Some manufacturers also give you a choice on the wood that will come with your kit. Choices include milled plywood, MDF, and smooth plywood. Prices vary based on the material you choose. Assembly then is made with nails and glue that may or may not be included with your kit.

Once you have assembled your doll house kit you can then easily expand. Additional expansion kits are also available. For example you can add a conservatory or a wing onto your existing structure.

It should be pointed out that the term “doll house kits” is used interchangeably to include both dollhouses and accessories. For example there are accessory kits for bathrooms, living rooms, kitchens, porches, libraries, and dining rooms that coordinate with your architectural style. There are even outdoor kits that add to the “curb appeal” of your project.

When selecting your doll house project you will need to determine the scale that will be used that will remain consistent with the structure, accessories, and furnishings. The normal scale is 1 inch per life-sized foot. There is also a popular ½ scale which is scaled to ½ inch per life-sized foot. Neither of these scales are compatible with Barbie-sized dolls. For that you will need a 1/6 scale to accommodate the most popular dolls for play. I frequently make mention of this fact in my articles because it is the one place that people most often make mistakes on their dollhouse purchases.

Now, there is a good chance that you will need help. If you find yourself in that predicament you will be happy to know that many local hobby stores offer advice, construction support, specialized instruction, and even classes on electrification, interior finishing, decoration, and landscaping. Another excellent source for help is to check in on one of the dollhouse forums on the web. Hobbyists are generally more than glad to share their expertise.

The sky is the limit. Your hobby can be as little or as big as you want. Thanks to a very customer friendly industry there are doll house kits to satisfy your level of interest, expertise, and even your budget.

Traditional to Trendy – Indian Home Decor

In recent years, ethnic home decor has become increasingly popular when deciding on a theme for decorating. Among the first of the choices in cultural decor, is Indian home decor.

Indian home decor has become one of the most highly sought after themes, due to the versatility of design, rich color schemes, and the broad spectrum of elements in decor. There are different styles of Indian decor branching from the different regions of India, such as, Western Indian, Eastern Indian and even British Indian decor. British Indian decor usually consists of finely carved ivory, hand-crafted wood furniture, and fine art, balanced tastefully with heavy Victorian style drapery, and Victorian furniture, for a classical, yet ethnic appearance.

Many exporters of ethnic home decor can be located online, and there are many dealers from India. They can provide custom-design wooden furniture from an exotic variety of woods, such as, Shisham, Teak, Mango, and Acacia. Choosing the wood, and design will allow you to personalize your home, as well as give that “special touch” to your Indian home decor. Some accent pieces to consider adding are hand-carved chests, nesting-tables, and folding screens. Certain regions of India carve detailed floral designs into their pieces, and other regions carve elaborate pictures of people, and landscapes, as if to tell a story. These accents will give a wonderful depth to your cultural decor.

Fabrics are a creative option to add color, and texture to your Indian home decor, to really bring your space to life. India has an endless wealth of lush materials to decide from, such as satin, cashmere, and silk. India’s silk is very unique, being of a slightly rougher texture than silks in Asia, which adds a beautiful contrast when next to a sleek satin. Many colorful wall tapestries, pillows, and table-runners can be found with this elegant combination. Sari style window-drapes, bedding, and floor-pillows are also a sheik way to add colorful accents. Due to the materials available in a multitude of hues, such as, burnt sienna, fuchsia, apricot, turquoise, and autumn reds, achieving the color schemes desired in your cultural decor is possible.

Adding subtle additions, such as small bronze sculptures, vases, and wood-carved mirror frames will generate a warm, contemporary environment. Paintings can be imported from India, from locations like Patachitra, and Warli. The high quality silk paintings from these regions of India, are unique masterpieces, which would be a wonderful conversation piece.

Once you have seen many of the beautiful pieces to decorate your space with, you will realize how diverse your options are in obtaining Indian home decor.