Monthly Archives: July 2017

Garden Design and Garden Decor

Most all homes have a driveway leading up to the garage, carport and then to the house. Sometimes there is also a sidewalk that takes you to the front door. I love garden decor that borders the driveway or sidewalk because it finishes the drive and gives a sense of movement toward the house as it becomes home where wind chimes sing and welcome your return. Envision your home and how a border would add that flow and give a welcoming sense to your visitors and friends. A little garden gnome can sit at the head of the border as one of the garden statues giving a welcome.

There are several types of borders you can use:

  • Flowers give the border area a softer more refined look.
  • Bricks or cobblestones can act as a border alone or outline the flower bed.
  • A small fence makes the front yard seem more private.
  • A small hedge such as miniature box elder can frame a home for your favorite garden statues.

If you are going to use a flower bed as your border, there are several things to consider.

  1. What time of year will your flowers be blooming? You can start the spring season with bulbs that were planted in late October or November. Add spring color with pansies or ranaculas. Rotate blooming flowers into your beds after the early bloomers have begun to fade. During the winter months your garden statues may stand alone.
  2. You need to consider the comparative height of the flowers in your border. You could, for example, use purple lobelia as your outside border or surround the be with white sweet alyssum. The center could be planted with taller snapdragons, geraniums, or lavendar. If you are going to add garden statues make plans for them to fit into this area.
  3. Think of the colors of the blooms and how they will complement each other and your home. You can go with opposites on the color wheel using yellows with purples, or a theme of red and white or go with varying shades of blues to give you a monochromatic color scheme.

Do you want to have your garden decor more formal looking or more of an old fashioned whimsical garden area? If you are going for a formal look you will want to keep colors uniform in the outline of the garden bed with the center area having a complimentary color and also either the same color all the way up the drive or walkway or a pattern of color. Angel garden statues or water fountains can make an impressive show at the head of these borders. A very formal border is a hedge of miniature box elder. They will take a few years to fill in so don’t trim them for a couple of years but once they have filled in it is an easy task to keep them trimmed into a nice box hedge that will not over grow as a border.

Then there are borders of stones or fences.

  • Stones could frame a garden area or create a rock garden effect along your drive or walk-way but you need to concentrate on a natural flow with any rock garden area.
  • Fences give a clear definition of space thus making a statement of privacy.
  • Fences you could use are a white picket fence, a black wrought iron fence, a rough wood cross bars fence or a short bamboo fence.
  • Tall gates with arbors where roses climb and wind chimes sing may lead you up the walkway.
  • Fences are one area you should hire a contractor so you get excellent quality.

Find Chandeliers in Your Local Home and Garden

Many houses can be improved by the addition of the right chandelier. These attractive lighting fixtures make a great focal point for any dining room, great room, or other larger, more formal area of the house. However, the wrong chandelier looks out of place and makes the whole feel of the room a little strange.

Whether your old Victorian home has a sleek, modernist fixture, or a simple Cape Cod home is burdened with an ornate brass model, the wrong chandelier seems out of character. That’s why it’s always important to choose a chandelier that goes with the general architecture of your house, not just your decorating scheme. Fortunately, if the past owners of your home weren’t so smart in their choices, or if you’ve never had this kind of fixture, you can find chandeliers in your local home and garden store.

Most large hardware and home stores have a lighting section. The exact selection will vary by retailer, but chances are that they’ll have a good variety of chandeliers for you to choose from. You can even sometimes find a crystal chandelier at your home and garden store.

Of course, you shouldn’t by the first one you see. Your choices will often seem overwhelming when you first go shopping. You can choose from teacup chandeliers, crystal ones, stained glass chandeliers, quirky modern styles, and lots more. Plus, chandeliers aren’t just for dining rooms anymore. You can also pick out some for kitchens, bathroom, bedrooms – even foyers and breakfast nooks.

Of course, it’s important to pick out a chandelier that’ll retain a classic look, unless you want to replace it every single time you redecorate. The right size is also important, to keep your room from being overwhelmed, or the chandelier from seeming lost. Measure your room’s width, and choose chandeliers from your home and garden store that are two inches in diameter for every foot the room is wide. That means you need a twenty-four inch chandelier for a twelve foot wide dining room. You can also add your room’s dimensions together, and get a chandelier of that width: a twenty-four inch chandelier for a twelve by twelve room, for instance.

Remember that style can have an effect on apparent size. Very ornate chandeliers look larger, and can appear to dominate a room they measure correctly for, or can do well in a room they might seem to small for. Ornate features offer a type of visual weight. Of course, if you’re having a lot of trouble picking the right chandelier, just make a cardboard model, roughly to scale, and see how it looks. While this might seem silly, it can tell you whether a given chandelier at your home and garden store is too big, too small, or just right. That way, you can make the perfect choice.