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Landscape Design and Gardening

The taste, culture, and overall personality of an individual are reflected through a number of aspects, among which the residence is considered to be one of the most important. A cozy and warm home to return to, after a long tiring day is many people’s dream. A beautiful garden outside that home would be the perfect combination to relax. Therefore landscape design, plays a very crucial role in decorating and enhancing the beauty of a garden.

While designing a landscape for the garden, the first task would be to decide the area where the garden can be placed. It is also important to keep in mind to leave areas for other necessary activities such as space for the kids to play, place for the clothesline, and the way leading from the gate to the main door. Once the area has been decided, the next thing is to choose the right plants and herbs to decorate the garden based on the area. There are different plants for shady and sunny areas, and the soil type of the garden – you can find the specifics out from books, gardening Web sites, or asking for advice at a local garden center.

Apart from these two basic criteria, the elements used for designing a landscape for the garden would be the color, form, line, texture and scale of the landscape. A person can choose the color of the garden by the color of the plants, such as if a person prefers green color, planting evergreens can keep the garden green throughout the year. The form refers to the shape of the plants in which they are grown and maintained. These may vary from oval, to rectangular, and broad spreading, to columnar spreading. The line is the order in which the plants are grown, keeping in mind the eye movement of the viewer. The texture of the garden can be decided by the foliage or bloom of the plants, which might be soft or course in nature. Scale refers to matching the proportion of the garden with all the other elements surrounding it.

The most interesting part lies in the fact that the homeowners can landscape without professional help, by letting their imagination flow according to their taste and preference. Various courses and books are also available to learn landscape designing.

Social Networking for Amateur Home Decorators

Social networking for amateur home decorators is one of the newest trends on the internet. The social network provides a neighborhood where amateur home decorators can showcase their projects and receive feedback and inspiration from other members of the community.

We know what we like and aren’t afraid to do the work ourselves. We will usually tackle just about any project, no professional landscapers, interior designers or decorators needed.

A little bit of advice, suggestions and ideas are certainly welcome from professionals and other home decorators. But, that’s were it stops! We have fun and welcome the challenges that come with decorating our homes.

There’s definitely a lot of information to be found from remodeling a kitchen to refinishing a piece of furniture. We are lucky to have shows like HGTV and Martha Stewart that are full of creative people that share ideas, advice and suggestions.

BHG, Coastal Home, and Southern Living are just a few of the many magazines available. These magazines fill their pages with fabulous pictures, decorating ideas, gardening, and cooking ideas.

The biggest by far and my personal favorite is, social networking through the internet. Amateur home decorators are able to share our home decorating ideas with like minded people. Our ideas are shared through images, slide shows and videos. We communicate through websites, blogs, e-mail, Facebook and Twitter.

I’m an artist that has fun creating for our home. I have no interest in selling these creations or creating for other homes, but I do like sharing my ideas. Social networking has made sharing my home decorating and cooking ideas possible.

When I first began my website I was surprised by all the home decorating sites that are available. These sites consist of like minded people sharing all their secrets through images and content. Link parties have become very popular with site owners sharing their ideas in one location. This is a great opportunity for visitors to be introduced to other home decorating sites and to gather information.

There are other social networking sites that are similar to a club, but you join and become a member for free. All that’s needed to join and participate is an e-mail address and password. The sites are for site owners, professionals and visitors and offer opportunity for communicating and sharing ideas through a comment page and images.

The member sites offer a range of different opportunities. There are those that offer a way to store images, videos, photo albums and slide shows as well as communication with other members. You can also share your collection of images through e-mail, Twitter and Facebook. Site owners can embed and link images to their own website or blog.

I found slide shows work well on website or blog pages. I don’t know about you, but I like to see a lot of photos of decorating projects. The down side, web pages take a long time to load when too many photos are on a page. The up side to slide shows, the capability to show a lot of photos that do not take a long time to load.

If you like sharing and communicating with like minded people, than you definitely should try social networking with fellow home decorators on the internet. You will be able to gain a lot of information, knowledge and inspiration.

Tips To Improve Your Garden Decor

Gardens are not just places where one grows plants and vegetables. To complement the amount of effort you put in here, you should try and improve your garden decor so that your garden looks beautiful, even without flowers. Here are some tips to help you work on it:

1) Singular focus

One way to make a difference to your garden decor is to focus on one part of the garden and build the rest around it. This can be done by building a gazebo, an arbor, a rose pillar or any statues or sculptures of interest.

2) A sense of architecture

You can provide an architectural form and a sense of style to your garden decor by adding a bit of iron gate work, elegant metal topiary forms or concrete statuary to the garden. Simple garden ornaments and artful decor contribute tremendously to the aesthetic value to your outdoor living garden spaces.

3) Adding water features – a waterfall or a fountain

Building a waterfall or a fountain can add a lot of value to your garden decor. In fact, most Japanese gardens have a water feature, and the ones without water features have something that represents water, like grey gravel or sand. If you would like to be a little innovative, you can turn your whole garden into a water garden.

4) Collect and scatter

After having collected a variety of art and ornamentation to add to your garden decor, make sure you scatter it throughout the landscape. Some people place topiary, sculpture or tuteur forms in distant small landscaped garden spaces for maximum viewing impact. Try and frame ornamental pieces of art with easy-growing shrubs and low-growing flowers.

5) Correct use of planters and containers

For an elegant garden decor, you may need to carefully choose the planters and containers to hold your plants. Many kinds of containers are available, the popular ones being made of concrete, fibre stone, fibreglass and plastic. For earth tones, you might choose terracotta. Correct use of planters can also add height, shape and life to your garden.

6) Lighting

Lighting up a garden nicely also enhances the garden decor. Other than lighting up the pathway in your garden, you can also light up a specific tree by focusing light beams on it. Make sure you keep safety concerns in mind for lighting options.

7) Define your place – use varieties of height

Garden ornamentation will define garden spaces. Taller garden decor and sculpture can create pleasant and sprawling visual architecture in small spaces. Always try and place taller plantings toward the back of the garden. Try and use varieties of height to beautify your garden.

8) Block what you do not like

Block a part of the garden with climbers like ivy or vines if you do not like the way it looks. A trellis or obelisk can also be combined with the climbers to block the view. It will only end up enhancing your garden decor. You can also add a birdbath to your garden.

9) Temporary additions for special purposes

If you organize parties in your garden, they are some ways to improve on your garden decor. If you are on a shoestring budget, you could light the garden by candles, lanterns or string lighting. Clean up a certain area within the garden to provide a tidy place for your guests. Addition of fragrant containers would fill the garden air with a pleasant smell. Also, do not forget to get comfortable garden chairs for your guests.

Finally, no matter how you wish to decorate your garden, you should make sure that everything is harmonized. Utilizing all your resources with perfect balance can enhance your garden decor and make it your own piece of paradise.