Garden Decoration From Junk by Leeann MacKenzie

In recent years, flea markets, junk yards, garage and yard sales, basements and attics have all been recognized as treasure chests. These places are home to antiques, memorabilia and junk. For the people who have a vision of resurrecting cast-offs found in these places, The book Garden Decoration From Junk is one to read before setting out on your quest. The book will certainly brings new meaning to container gardening and garden accessories!

A little imagination, along with the unique suggestions from the pages of this book and your yard will have a character like no other. The operative word here is imagination and after reading this book, you will chastise yourself for throwing out some perfectly good garden accessories. Everything from tin cans to car springs and cutlery can be incorporated into your outdoor setting. Your deck, patio and yard can have unique pieces that will not be found at the local garden and yard decorating centers.

Visualize old garden tools as a support for clematis, scarlet runner beans or sweet peas. Metal containers such as pots, buckets and tin cans housing your herbs. Books and foot wear that have been damaged beyond repair or restoration once again come alive and will become the center of conversation when used as planters.

This book provides an abundance of pictures that will give you every opportunity to invent an end product that would add personality to your decor both inside and out.

The old adage that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure is confirmed in page after page in this intriguing book by Leeann MacKenzie.

Deck and Patio Lighting Thoughts

One of the primary motivators for the homeowner in considering a patio or deck area as an add-on to their home is its entertainment value. Cruise the neighborhood during the day and you will more than likely see only a few people using the patio or deck. However, as evening approaches the story changes. When parent(s) come home from work or when it’s the right time to plan a party for friends and relatives, the patio or deck is frequently used as the center of festivities that often last well into the night.

During the planning stages, it’s important to include a lighting plan to make sure that the patio and deck area are not only well-lighted but that the lighting design creates a magical effect for its visitors.

Starting with the most elegant (and usually the most expensive) deck and patio lighting we can take a look at lights that are built-in to the foundation elements of the patio or deck. These lights provide a soft uplight glow that can mark a pathway or just provide a non-functional source of beauty. The lights are generally installed by contractors during the patio and deck construction and are generally not a project that the average DIY should consider tackling. I’ve seen this type of lighting done in a variety of colors and have even seen systems that automatically change the colors during the course of the evening, providing a mood-altering effect.

Dimmers are also a worthwhile investment for ground level lighting, allowing the host to increase or decrease the intensity of the lighting depending on the mood desired. Ground lighting is very safe since the lights themselves are never in contact with the visitors. Contractors will make sure that the process for changing the bulbs is simple and straightforward.

Speaking of dimmers, it’s generally a good idea to keep your entire deck and patio lighting system under dimmer control. Bright moonlight can allow you to turn the lighting down a bit while dark moonless nights can prompt you to boost the light up a bit.

Ground level lighting can also be used to frame the patio or deck area particularly if you’ve planted shrubbery or other low plantings around the area.

Down lighting is another type of deck and patio lighting. As the name implies, this is lighting from above and can be used to simulate moonlight. Besides being a natural lighting source, down lighting also enhances the security of the area because a lighted deck or patio usually leaves the impression the there’s someone at home.

A creative way to use this as a security feature is to have your doorbell circuit tied into a switch that at least temporarily turns the down lights on.

Most down lighting is accomplished by the use of either or both floodlights and spotlights. The floodlight will provide more ambient lighting by illuminating the entire deck or patio area while spotlights can be used as task lighting to highlight such areas as stairways and entryways. Spotlights can also be used to accent special features such as fountains, plantings or cooking and eating areas.

Many deck and patio lighting is installed at the waist level to keep any glare away from the face and to provide an elegant touch. Some lighting can also be installed at the top of posts that are at the top of stairways or other areas that separate one part of the deck or patio from another.

Some homeowners use strip or rope lights to highlight the porch or deck railing or other areas that need special attention such as stair risers or seating areas. If you live in an area where you can use a deck or patio during the winter holiday season, give some thought to decorating the area with lighting that can be used year-round.

Have fun with your lighting plan for your deck or patio. Most of the lighting is relatively inexpensive and can be removed or modified relatively easily. You may want to divide your plan into lights, which need to be permanently installed, and lights that are movable and optional.

Please don’t get carried away with deck and patio lighting plans. This type of lighting is best understated although some decorative lighting such as hurricane lamps or tiki torches (used in moderation) are OK.

Bugs are often a problem at night and several manufactures offer lights that discourage or repel flying pests. Sometimes a bright light, strategically placed in a tree a bit away from the patio or deck will help keep these insects occupied elsewhere rather than with your guests.

Above all, keep in mind that you want to create a magic environment that will encourage visitors to congregate and socialize late into the evening.

Express Yourself With Bedroom Design Ideas

If you want your bedroom to be your own special sanctuary, you should have creative bedroom design ideas and practice them with decorating style. As there are many interior decorating methods, even with a small bed room can be easily made to look fabulous by the bed room design ideas.

You should focus your considered attention while arranging the pieces in the bed room. As easy access will provide a spacious look to the bed room, you can keep the furniture away from bedroom doorways. The decorating theme should include the accessories and furniture in order to give a spacious look to the bedroom. Modernized bedroom design ideas suggest that the living area and space in the bedroom should be highlighted in lieu of so many accessories fighting their place in the area.

You have to choose the color palette for your bedroom intelligently, since different colors may help the bedroom make it look more open. If you do not like a boring paint, you can choose a monochromatic decorating plan in beautiful color. Alternatively, you can match some colors to provide equal intensity to the bedroom. You can become subtle by choosing blue color palette, or else, you can choose pumpkin and brown to have identical tone and intensity. You can add depth to your bedroom by painting the wall in opposite to entrance with a deep hue. Pale tones will give a bigger look and bluish gray will give a great look to the small bed room. To avoid dullness, you can add cool colors such as blues, purples and greens or else make the room smaller with gorgeous colors.

Put only medium or small sized pieces of furniture in the bedroom to save more space. For example, you can consider putting a loft bed and desk underneath instead of using two separate pieces of bed and desk to sleep and for doing homework. If you feel that small pieces give a monotonous look, you can add more interest to the bedroom by adding some bigger pieces. For instance match the small bureaus with large sized chair or poster in the wall.

By using your imaginative and innovative bedroom design ideas, you can easily and effortless decorate your bedroom to give a charming look. You can start decorating your bedroom with the walls by adding beautiful and creative artwork. Populate your bedroom walls with colorful and thematic impression. Either you can place expensive wall hangings of famous artists or your own piece of artwork. There are different themes depending upon your mood and taste. You can have a chic, Victorian, shabby or feminine bedroom with feminine or floral artwork. If you want a modern bedroom outlook, you can do it best by adding sleek frames prints. In case you are interested in a tropical theme, you can consider putting prints of various exotic birds and animals or jungle style prints.

You should be positive with your bedroom design ideas to make the most out of the space in the bed room. You can stop making the bedroom clutter by avoiding accessories and instead add sufficient storage space to keep the stuff away.