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Decorative Accessories in the Garden

Garden figures are in great demand nowadays. Even stiff and reserved Englishmen and Germans decorate their gardens with them.

It’s believed that garden gnomes protect plants and they by all means make a garden look better. Most people maintain their gardens in good conditions but if you dream of a cosy and unusual garden where you could spend weekends then garden figures will be the best solution. Putting them in right order demands creativity. And if you’re creative enough you can turn your garden into an exclusive work of art.

Figures in form of ducks, gnomes, mushrooms, frogs, angels and fish can be easily mounted on a garden stone and will nicely decorate a rockery as well as a pond. Don’t forget about proportions. Big sculptures are for broad lands while tiny figures will look perfect in small cosy gardens. Garden accessories must attract your attention to the best parts of the garden. According to feng shui a classical garden must have some free space in the middle: a pond or a lawn.

Rockeries are the best place for garden gnomes. These garden figures are loved by children. Those who have small children can put figures of fairy-tale characters on the playgrounds or near them. But don’t jam up space. It goes without saying that you must be positively creative to turn your garden into something unique, something that would fill you with joy and inner peace. If you have old stumps and stubs in your garden try to use them as decorative elements as well.

A crocodile appears in many ancient myths as a symbol of the Earth’s support. This nocturne divine creature will be a perfect solution in exterior and landscape designing. A crocodile figure will add originality to the landscape bringing shades of South-African nature. Don’t you feel a gentle breathing of a hot African wind?

If a figure of an extravagant animal is not your cup of tea make use of garden signs. You can write a quote from your favorite book or just a catchy phrase on them. Animate your garden and let it speak to you.

Using Floral Tapestries To Decorate Your Home

Since the beginning of history, flowers have been used to add beauty to our surroundings and to express our feelings. Perhaps no other work of nature is so wondrous and so valued.

Artists of course, have also been drawn to flowers for centuries. It is one of the most popular and enduring still life subjects known. From floral baskets overflowing with precious and often exotic blooms to expansive ‘verdures’ capturing a wooded scenic in highly detailed splendor, floral tapestries continue to be one of the most popular choices for homeowners wanting to add a splash of color to their home.

Floral art tapestries can enhance a particular space, add a touch of romance to a bedroom, and can be used with other art works in any home. Here are the 3 top ways you can use floral tapestries to enrich any home:

1. Add visual interest with floral tapestries.

As with a large spray or bouquet of fresh flowers, they can create visual interest in any room in your home, whether it’s an architectural element, a landing on a stairwell or a dining room wall.

Finely woven flower tapestries have a real presence to them and they will become a focal point in the room they are hung in. Since there are dozens of beautiful works to select from, you can find something that not only fits your decor and color scheme, but your tastes in flowers as well.

2. Create romance in the bedroom.

Many homeowners want their bedrooms to be a very special place, a retreat from the stresses from the daily life. Floral tapestries can create a sense of peace in the room, adding a natural and organic element that is both colorful and always fresh. Some of these floral tapestries can look so real you’ll swear you can smell their scent.

In fact, you can choose a larger floral tapestry as the focal point and add smaller floral works on the other walls to enhance the theme, filling the whole room with flowers.

3. As a great addition to your other pieces of art.

One of the great things about floral tapestries is that they blend seamlessly with your other works, whether you like still lifes, landscapes or even fresh bouquets of real flowers. The floral patterns echo one another throughout the decor, creating a room that is inviting and filled with the natural beauty only Mother Nature can create.

4. Verdures offer a great alternative or complement.

In contrast to floral tapestries, ‘verdures’ offer you a highly detailed design of flowers, leaves and forests that will create contrast and vitality to your living space. Many of these verdures also include elements of landscape, so you can create visual bridge between the floral tapestries and other non-floral works in your home, as well as being a scenic nature piece all their own.

As you can see, floral tapestries can give your home a whole new look that is fresh and elegant. You can mix and match these tapestries with other elements in your home, including large pots, live flowers, small trees and other floral decor. Whether you live in the country or in a New York high rise, floral tapestries are a unique and elegant way to bring the beauty of the outdoors indoors.

Should You Hire Landscapers for a Small Courtyard?

If your only outdoor space is a courtyard comparable in size to a human scale postage stamp, you might think that there’s little purpose in hiring a landscaper to beautify your space. We’d like to urge you to reconsider, however, by detailing the various things a landscaper can do to make your courtyard the most irresistible ‘room’ in your home. When your landscaper is finished and has realised your garden’s potential, you might even find that your courtyard isn’t as small as you first thought!

Splash of Colour

Most people know that black is a slimming colour, and while this may be a fantastic attribute in fashion, it isn’t as useful to the landscaper. If your courtyard is currently a wasteland of greys, blacks and dark greens, you are probably in desperate need of a landscaper with a colour intervention. Your landscaper will carefully and expertly choose colours to suit your tastes and your home’s architectural style.

Party Potential

When was the last time you wanted to hold a party or entertain some friends but didn’t have quite enough space to make it really work? Even if your courtyard is compact, it could provide that much needed extra seating area to make entertaining at the drop of a hat as easy as pie. Your landscaper can create an effective space plan for you that includes features such as outdoor cooking equipment, dining areas and peaceful garden seats.

Inner City Retreat

Having a garden in the city is not only a nice lifestyle feature but also necessary to your health if you have a busy working life largely disconnected from the natural world. Hiring landscapers to transform a concrete courtyard to a green paradise, complete with hardy plants, cool foliage and soft textures, is practically a long term investment in your health and state of mind. Your landscaper can even establish a small vegetable or herb garden for you to enjoy the fresh tastes of home grown food.

Enjoy your Whole Home

If you’re still doubting whether it is worth investing in taking care of your courtyard, remember that the space was originally built for enjoyment, as courtyards are pleasure gardens more than anything else. Your landscaper will be full of ideas for decorating and planting on a small scale, and will help you integrate your courtyard space with your lifestyle and the rest of your home. Your landscapers will probably also surprise you with techniques you’ve never heard of to introduce a truly modern element into your home.