26
May

All About Better Homes and Gardens

images (62)Our home is our own private space.Whether you are building a dream home or just want to add a little spice to your existing house, all you need is a little time. If you have a garden, you can experiment with a lot of plants, colors, themes, fountains and more. Before venturing to discover whether you really have that ‘green thumb’, you need to study a little about garden plans, flowers, lawns, trees & shrubs, herbs & vegetables, house plants, landscaping, regional gardening, container gardens, garden guides, paths, pergolas, seeds, pests, fertilizers etc.

Just go through some planting guides and you will have a fairly good idea. I found the Better Homes and Gardens site offering useful Growing Zone Maps of USA spanning Northeast, South, Midwest, Mountain and Plains, Pacific Northwest, southern California to the Desert Southwest with the ideal locations for growing different plants.

Better Homes and Gardens is a popular magazine in the US Published by the Meredith Corporation, the magazine focuses on homes, kitchen, gardening, crafts, healthy living, decorating and entertaining. It began its course in 1922 when Edwin Meredith, the United States Secretary of Agriculture under Woodrow Wilson, founded the magazine. The magazine has kept in touch with the pulse of the changing times, and today it also has a website.

The Better Homes and Gardens website is quite interactive and user friendly. The site offers relevant information on topics related to food and recipes, garden, holidays, health and family and crafts. What I personally do not like about the site is, when you open the home page, there is are special offer pop up windows asking you to sign up. But of course, you can just ignore that, close the window and move on to navigate the site.

The website also has a section devoted to Garden Slide Shows. Here, you can view every garden slide show that the magazine has ever done. Tools and Guides is another a helpful section in the website. Arrange-a-Deck, Garden Flower Gallery, Garden Newsletter, Plan-a-Garden and Plant Finder are some useful features. The site also has a forum with a number of great sections but it does not appear to be too active.

The Expert Advice section of the Better Homes and Gardens is probably the most useful. You will find experts sharing their opinion on flowers, roses, lawns, pests and problems, trees & shrubs, vegetables & fruit and tips & techniques. If you have a doubt about something, just express it here and you will probably get your answer. The website also provides you with the option of joining the club to avail of weekly updates, weekly recipes, newsletters, home improvement ideas and other offers. If you are looking for seasonal e-cards or interesting desktop items or online gifts you may again stop at this site. Some of these offers are fairly priced while others are comparatively a little high.

 

26
May

Home and Garden Decor

images (61)Installing home and garden decor is a great way to make your home and garden attractive, appealing and a relaxing place to stay. Before you enter your home, you see the garden. By creating a welcoming and pleasantly inviting atmosphere in your garden, you are creating a welcoming introduction to your home. Not only that – there are times when you just want to spend time entertaining or relaxing in your garden, so it’s fun to keep it pleasing to everyone’s eyes

In choosing home and garden décor, first you have to know what you want and what style you are looking for. One way of determining which décor to buy is by setting a theme to your garden. Thin about what you would like your garden to look like – what accessories you would like to see, and what plants and trees you’d like to add. Here are some of the theme ideas that you can incorporate with your home and garden décor: butterfly, temple, sundial, Japanese, water, winter, and jungle.

After you choose your theme, you can now make a list of products that are wonderful items to compliment your home garden. Some of these items can be flowers and flowerpots, planter pots, birdhouses, fountains, wind chimes, garden shelves, incense, garden angels, plant stands, flower vases, and statues.

Decorating your home and garden can be very challenging and you have to use your aesthetic ability to come up with a truly pleasing home garden. But before you make any purchase, see to it that your home and garden décor items will be good together so that you will not waste money, time, and effort.

 

19
May

Some Poignant Ideas for Home and Garden Decor

images (60)Every home owner wants to ensure that their home and garden looks fabulous. For this they ensure that their home and garden are well maintained and also use accent pieces to decorate the space.

Themes

The accent pieces chosen to highlight and decorate the home and garden should have the same theme as the general design of the home and garden. For instance, homes and gardens designed in contemporary styles should have accent pieces and décor that are stylized and contemporary. The furniture and furnishings used should also match the same theme. On the other hand a home designed to look like a rustic farm house or seaside cottage should utilize home and garden décor items that reflect this theme.

Individual Rooms

Apart from using home and garden décor items that reflect the general style and theme of the house and garden, individual rooms should have accent pieces that reflect the function of the room or provide a unified decorating theme. For instance, kitchens in a contemporary styled home can use chrome or steel stylized utensils as décor items while a seaside cottage styled living room can use bookends and other décor items made of driftwood or seashells.

On the other hand, décor items for a bedroom should be more soothing and induce relaxation. Additionally, bedroom décor can be more whimsical and experimental, as they need to satisfy only personal tastes and are not meant for public viewing.

Conversations Starters and Interests

Depending on the general purpose of the room as well as the style of the home or garden décor items can also be used as conversation starters or to indicate the interests of the residents. For example, handcrafted, rustic, garden décor such as bird houses can be used to indicate a preference for recycling or a love of nature. They can also make excellent conversation starters or points of interest when guests are being entertained.

Budgets

While those who can afford it can opt for expensive décor items to give their home an individual and unique appearance, others can opt for handmade and artisan items that are less expensive to put together a special look that lends character to their home and garden. This can be done by blending a special theme with individual ideas and color schemes. One can also gradually enhance the appearance of a room or garden by deciding on the basic theme and keeping a look out for the ideal décor pieces that will complement it.

 

1
May

Tips From The Home And Garden Store

download (20)The home and the garden are, for many people, an extension of their persona. It is an expression of who they are and what they like. In the past, the opportunities for self-expression were limited as design and furnishing options were in short supply. These days, however, there is an explosion in the number of options for anyone who wants to populate their interiors and exteriors with funky, whimsical, striking or modern art decor.

Home furnishing:

As any professional interior decorator will tell you, each room within the house has a certain function and a certain character. It is necessary to recognize this innate character before one can go about furnishing the room appropriately. Indoor decor leans heavily on the right use of color, lighting and furnishing. For instance, the role of curtains, decorative rugs, objects of art and other decorative materials must be complimentary. Every object within the room must contribute seamlessly to the total effect.

Many homes these days, boast of stunning pieces of art that single handedly transform the look of the room. Funky, whimsical designs featuring themes and colorful artwork could well become the center of attraction of the room. When such pieces of art are combined cleverly with furnishing and color, the effect is breathtaking. A fitting example of such art is the Round Top Collection by Jeff Krause.

Thus, interior decor can be transformed from the staid and the predictable to glamorous and glitzy through the clever use of objects of art. Care should be taken, however, to choose quality over quantity. Hand crafted objects are more popular than machine made objects as the former contains unique objects that enjoy limited availability.

Garden furnishing:

The garden is typically the extension of the home. It is where we seek to establish an instant connect with nature. For many, it is the place dedicated to the pleasure of cultivation and abundant growth. Even homes in urban areas where garden space is limited make the effort to transform the garden into a haven of sorts.

The use of unusual, whimsical and colorful furniture and objects of art can transform the garden into something that is out of a fairytale book. For example, whimsically designed benches and tables are available in the most stunning colors. These pieces of furniture greatly add to the appeal of the garden. In addition to this, pieces of art may be strategically scattered around the garden to make it colorful and beautiful. By adding these pieces of art to your garden space, it is possible to achieve the perfect balance between beauty and utility that characterizes great outdoor spaces.