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.

 

25
Apr

Better Homes and Gardens Magazine

images (58)Today, “Better Homes and Gardens” magazine is one of the most popular home magazines sold. For years it has been showing people everything from how to get clutter out of a house to which plants can be grown in doors. It also has shown countless recipes and quick-fix meals. Various crafts have also been show cased.

History

This magazine actually started off under the title of “Fruit, Garden and Home” in 1922, and was published by the Meredith Corporation. This was a family and home service magazine. Then in 1924 the name was changed to “Better Homes and Gardens”. When it first hit the newsstands one could buy it for $.10 a copy. The price for a subscription for a year was only $.35

Several years later in 1930 to be exact, a cookbook under the same name of the magazine was published. Building Ideas was published as a special interest publication under “Better Homes and Gardens” in 1937.

Then in 1978 a real estate service was launched under the Better Homes and Gardens name. Also the Australian version of the magazine was published. A quilting magazine under the Better Homes and Gardens name came out in 1993 offering even more information for people on home activities.

Circulation

The latest circulation figure for this magazine is a whopping 7,688,000 people. Now that is quite a following!

Content

Since early in the publication of the magazine the content has been based on the home and its garden areas. Included in the topics for the home have even been craft ideas people can make on their own. Also various ideas on home décor have been included to help one decorate their house. Tips on planting seeds and taking care of plants are even included in one current issue of this magazine.

From a 1940’s information on how easy ironing was then to January 2010 article on how to cut down the clutter in the house among other things, this magazine strives to be of help to people. This magazine has had recipes on various items from cookies to bread puddings.

The recipes are all kitchen tested to make sure they work. This magazine has offered even a food guide in the past. It is quite a job to plan meals for a family and magazines like this one make the job much easier.

In the July 1963 issue had an article “How to Stay Young and Look Great”. It seems like the public does not change in what they need to read since many articles are written today on that same subject. In 1965 an issue came out showcasing which campers were the latest on the market.

23
Apr

Buying Furniture For Home and Garden Online

download (19)Home and garden furniture can be bought through the various websites selling them. Garden furniture includes seating arrangements for porch or garden like chairs, rocking chairs, tables, benches, picnic tables, etc. Home furniture can be anything from bedroom packages to living room tables, sofa sets, dining tables, chairs, cabinets, nursery furniture, beds, cots, cupboards, kitchen cabinets, etc.

It is interesting to purchase furniture for home and garden over the Internet, since there is a wide range of products available as well as display of these products in various settings giving rise to new innovative ways of using these pieces of furniture. Most websites which sell furniture pieces for home and garden have articles made of different materials ranging from, wood, metal, alloys, fiber, natural fibers, etc. Shoppers can take their pick after reading the reviews of the products as well as response from other customers. Reading about what other customers have to say about a particular product or their experience with it is very revealing and it is the best way to decide whether to buy a product or not. Availability of such information is not possible if you go to a shop personally. Moreover, you would definitely not find everything in one place. You might have to go to another store for items made of fiber and yet another one for checking out pieces in metal.

Do Up Your Garden

If you are planning to do up your garden which is very spacious, you can check out the various pieces of furniture that can be used to remodel it as well as beautify it. You might want to check out pictures of what other people have done in their gardens and decide. Such information is very rare but access to Internet shopping websites can even give you a tutorial on doing up your garden. You can try out garden bridges; gazebos, etc. in consultation with your gardener and order it from an online store. You would get your delivery within a couple of weeks with complete instructions.

New Furniture For Your Home

Your home and garden require a few new pieces of furniture to keep it interesting. Online stores have catalogs for the discerning customer. The catalogs provide details of various types of furniture. The descriptions of items and their prices are quoted so that the customer can make an informed decision. The rates can be compared with other sites and the best deal can be selected based on quality of product and its value.

Discounts are available from time to time and people who surf the Internet frequently can avail these sales and buy some new furniture for their homes. Hence if it is time to change your bedroom décor and you want to go for a new look, start browsing, and you are sure to find something that you like which falls within your budget too. Furniture can be bought through package deals which offer you extra few pieces for the same amount. These can be taken advantage of to redecorate your home and garden without burning a hole in your pocket.

19
Apr

Take a Look at That Yard! Home and Garden Accents That Will Revamp Your Lawn

images (59)Summer is around the corner and a quick look around prompts you to want to find some home and garden accents that will revamp the lawn. Since homes are not selling as they had, many home owners are looking to better what they have. Whether it is inside the home or outside, curb appeal is making a huge comeback. After all, that is what attracts a passerby to look at your home as they drive by.

Home and Garden Accents

Major landscaping is not needed to make a difference and a huge difference is not needed to create a pleasant lawn. Just some home and garden accents and a new look is formed. Flowers to brighten the area around your home and that pretty much will be all that is needed to add major curb appeal.

Start with a keen eye to creating a flower garden. If you also want to grow a vegetable garden but don’t have the room, why not plant some vegetables in your flower garden. Lots of showy colors will help offset a green lawn and you will even be able to harvest fresh vegetables. The first thing to do is to mow your lawn in the spring. Apply weed killer and fertilizer. Then turn to creating that flower garden. The size will depend on the size of your lawn.

Next would be some home and garden accents. Perhaps new address numbers on the house and a new porch light. Solar lighting around your newly laid flower garden will be a nice added touch. Already built water fountains add the sound of soothing waters trickling over rocks.

Clearing a small area around all the trees and laying down bark will tidy up even the most untamed place. Wind chimes gently moving in the night’s breeze add to the charm of your landscaping and your hard work will be have been rewarded.

 

2
Apr

What’s So Amazing About The Better Homes And Gardens Magazine?

download (18)Better Homes and Gardens is a great magazine if you are looking for ideas to update your home, cooking recipes, or even gardening. The articles are well written and you have new, breathtaking ideas every month. Better Homes and Gardens magazine takes care of your inspirational thoughts from the inside of your home going out.

There is never a dull article and you will always get the 411 on new products that will help benefit you, your family, or the inside or outside of your home. Maybe not all articles in one magazine will benefit all readers, but at least one article in every magazine will benefit a reader. Plus, even if an article doesn’t benefit you; you may find it can benefit your mother, sister, friend, or even neighbor. Everyone is always looking for fresh ideas to update their home, garden, even cooking.

What to expect from this magazine?

You can expect from Better Homes and Gardens magazine to get the “know how” on how to perform certain projects. You will see ideas that will compliment your home very nicely and great recipes for dinner parties. You will find that you can have your home a little more organized if it is currently unorganized or see modern décor to bring out your current scenery. You will read about exquisite plants that do well in your region and information on planting them.

Plus, you will read on about the different plants that go well together and you are given pictures to help stimulate your ideas. They will also write articles on how to protect your skin during all seasons and give you recommendations. They compare products and give you the outcome on which product did best, so you don’t have to waste money finding out for yourself. They offer beauty tips and health tips that have been tried, tested, and loved by others.

Why I Recommend It to everybody?

I recommend Better Homes and Gardens magazine because every month they have fresh ideas. People are constantly updating their home, whether they are moving around their furniture, painting their walls, or completely renovating their home, this magazine gives the ideas and new products that will give their home a look they will not only love, but guest will also compliment them on.

You can also get yourself the Better Homes & Gardens Landscaping Software. It is a extra software developed by Better Homes & Gardens to help you even more in your gardening needs.

When you want to landscape your yard, you typically hire someone to come out and give you a quote. However, what if you could do it all yourself with Better Homes & Gardens landscaping software? You’re probably thinking that you don’t have the artistic ability, or the know how to landscape your yard yourself. However, with Better Homes & Gardens landscaping software, you don’t need to be artistically inclined, nor do you need any knowledge of how to landscape a house or yard. All you need is a computer, a mouse, and a little time and a lot of imagination. With Better Homes & Gardens landscaping software, the sky’s the limit as far as what you can create, not to mention it’s a lot of fun to create the yard you want.

User Friendly

Better Homes & Gardens landscaping software is very user friendly, which means you’ll be creating the moment you load the software onto your computer. You merely tell the software what kind of dimensions you’re working with and then you can play around with the options available by the software program. For instance, with the click of a mouse, you can add a bush here, a rose garden there, or you can even put in a little man made pond, the choices are all up to you. Playing with the different options available is all part of the fun. Of course, the best part is when your vision is actually realized and when you finally get the yard you’ve always wanted.

If you like landscaping, or if you’d like to try your hand at it, pick up Better Homes & Gardens landscaping software today and finally get that yard you’ve always dreamed of. Even if you’ve never picked up a shovel before in your life, using the software is easy and fun and you just might find a skill you never knew you had before.

 

27
Mar

DIY Dried Flowers: 3 Techniques for a Timeless Decor

download (17)The artistry of a flower does not end when it starts to wither. You can actually save your bouquet’s grandeur through drying them up for a lasting home decoration. Even past their heyday, dried blooms still make an ideal gift as they bring joy all year round.

Dried blossoms are a pleasant and inexpensive substitute to crisp bouquets. Some flowers like roses and lavender exude a natural odor and can last for a long time. Primarily, you should harvest blooms at their best. They will not be good for drying if they are already past their prime. You can gather posies from your garden early at dawn or during a cold evening when they aren’t exposed to the sun. If you don’t have one in your backyard, you may visit a local flower shop or simply order flowers online.

The simplest drying method which involves plainly arranging the stalks in a vase with water and leaving the liquid to evaporate does not produce a good result to all variety of flowers. You can apply these drying techniques to your favorite bunch of flowers.

Air Drying

This is an easy method appropriate for floral arrangements. This method goes best with grasses, herbs, larkspur, lavender, roses, strawflowers, tansy and yarrow.

    1. Using a rubber band, group and bind bunches or cut flowers together and remove their bottom foliage. You will notice that once those blossoms start dry, the rubber band will set to constrict.

 

    1. You can utilize wire coat hangers, clothes lines, ropes to hang the flowers, as long as they are draped inverted in a well-ventilated area. Leave them far from sunlight and make sure there is a space between bunches for proper air circulation.

 

    1. Depending on the humidity of your location, you’ll have to wait for several days for your blossoms to dry.

 

    1. Once the blossoms are wholly dried up, store them evenly and wrapped in a tissue paper.

 

  1. Store them in boxes or any ventilated containers and place them in a cool location. The blooms are expected to diminish by about a half or more. They also tend to have darker colors.

Silica Gel

Silica Gel is a sandy substance used as a medium of preservation that produces a more accurate version of dried flowers. You can purchase this in any handicrafts store that sells floral products. Take note that this method works well with sturdier posies like roses, zinnias, dahlias, daisies and peonies. Blooms considered to be feeble and have thin petals may not be able to endure this procedure.

    1. Get a big container ready and place enough Silica granules inside that will completely sink your flowers.

 

    1. Soak your blooms in the container for several days or up to a week, depending on how they dry up.

 

    1. Carefully remove the flower and remove any sandy residue to uncover your beautiful dried posy. Similar to the air drying procedure, the color of your bloom will look different, it may even have a slightly darker shade.

 

  1. Keep your Silica Gel as it can still be recycled for another “dried flowers” project.

Pressed Method

    1. Gather flowers free from spots or blemishes

 

    1. Get an encyclopedia or any other heavy book.

 

    1. Mark a page with a parchment or wax paper then place the flowers face down without overlapping them.

 

    1. Close the book for seven (7) to ten (10) days, weigh it down and leave it untouched.

 

  1. Check if the flower has a papery feeling to make sure that all the moisture is gone. You can also use your pressed flowers as a lovely bookmark or stationery.

Apply these 3 techniques in order to lengthen the beauty of your posies. Remember to keep them away from high humidity and direct sunlight to prevent them from breaking down.

22
Mar

DIY Interior Colours Made Easy

download (14)Interior walls have a unique purpose in either brightening the environment or it can give you a warm feeling of comfort. In choosing the right colours it is important to know the different variation of colour tones such as your analogous from monochromatic shades, complementing undertones that go well in your living rooms, bedrooms and other areas. A few great ideas for those who can’t quite afford to hire a professional, why not seek out interior designing schools and request for their students? They will be eager to assist with some fresh new ideas and usually come with a fraction of the cost or even offer to help for free on their uni project.

As you start to research the many themes and look that will sit well with your personal style, have an idea of what you are inspiring to achieve and work your way through each individual rooms and decide if you are going to blend the elements or have each room play out a different story. Colours are all about bringing life to an environment so choose from the thousands of colour options available when shopping for paint and always seek the expert advice of your friendly colour consultants and sales people.

When setting up your space what do you consider as the easiest option when cleaning up and tidying up after a project? Do you use a bucket of soap and water or do you chuck everything in the bin? By the use of the right cleaning agent, you will prolong your brush life span so that it is not an additional cost on your next DIY and how can you save money when buying your resources? Colour mixing is a great way to cut cost as combining two shades can give you a completely different feel for your next room. If you have three areas you want to work with then it will be much more cost effective to get creative and combine the two remaining paint!

Once you start learning about colours and how to identify their variations, how to avoid common problems and equip yourself with correct gear and tools, it will be easier to do it every year when redecorating and you only need to learn these steps in the beginning and as you become more in tune with your colour preference you will be able to show off your skills at dinner talks. A few themes that are popular today are your sleek and minimalist look, bohemian styles and many others depending on your personal touch. So enjoy painting and I hope your walls will reflect the best in you by the end of your new project.