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Give Your Backyard a Complete Makeover

Some people spend most of the year outdoors, greeting their guests in their backyard rather than in their living room, while others seldom even visit the place. “Why is this so?” you wonder. Well, some people simply enjoy spending time outdoors more than others. Still, things may not be so simple. You see, sometimes, it’s up to the yard itself to persuade you. A pleasant, oasis-like backyard might lure you out with its charms, while a messy and overgrown back garden may repel you. In order to get the most out of your backyard, here are a few tips that will help you give it a complete makeover.

1. Start from your deck

In the introduction, we suggested that your backyard could double as an alternative living room during the warmer part of the year. For this to work, however, you need a proper patio. Start by building a deck or revamping your old one, and furnish it with appropriate outdoor seating solutions. In this way, you will have all the basics. Next, some people decide to outfit this deck with a shade-providing solution, yet this is completely optional. Nonetheless, it does save you quite a bit of time on the furniture sheltering and maintenance.

2. Go with companion planting

Those willing to start a vegetable garden in their backyard might want to explore the option of companion planting, in order to make it as self-sufficient as possible. For instance, beans get along quite well with cabbage, carrots and cauliflower, while they are definitely to be kept away from garlic, onions and shallots. Needless to say, this isn’t something you are supposed to learn by heart or even apply in your everyday life. All you need to do is take a brief look at the list and your gardening efforts will become a lot more efficient.

3. Children’s playground

A lot of parents are devastated that their children refuse to play outside like they used to, but would rather stay indoors with their computers and smartphones. Instead of trying to force your kids to play outside, why not try something a bit subtler and more persuasive? Why not rearrange your backyard and create a particularly stimulating children’s playground that will draw them out on its own? You can start with something as simple as a chalkboard wall in one section of your fence or even set up a backyard tent. Those a bit more courageous might even feel like going with a zip line.

4. Go with a bit of luxury

So far, we’ve discussed standard backyard remodeling options, but now, it’s time for something completely different. For those with enough money and imagination, there are so many exciting backyard makeover ideas to explore. There’s nothing preventing you from using a section of your backyard to make a small yet efficient lap pool. Needless to say, you would be surprised by just how little space such a project requires, and the difference it makes is astronomical. Those willing to go one step further might even consider installing a luxury spa on their property.

5. Utilize the terrain

In order to make a bit of a contrast, we should mention a creative and frugal option of utilizing the terrain to your benefit. Let’s imagine there’s a tree that needs pruning or even a complete removal. In the latter case, you might be even required to pay between $50 and $500 for this service. Instead, why not use the stump to your benefit and turn it into an organic flower pot? It’ll be your backyard’s own little landmark.

6. Wrap it up with a DIY hammock

Finally, in order to turn your backyard into a proper outdoor haven, you need to hang up a DIY hammock between two trees or posts, and proclaim it your official outdoor getaway. Most importantly, however, try to provide as much shade as possible, seeing as how falling asleep in the sun during the greatest heat of the day might be something you will soon come to regret. All you need for making a hammock is a sturdy fabric (one that can withstand your weight) and a couple of ropes.

Conclusion

With these several simple steps, you can turn your garden around and make it into the absolute hotspot of your home. Sure, some may argue that sometimes the costs of this may be substantial, yet they are nothing when compared to the overall resale value boost that these projects may bring to your property. In other words, apart from investing in your own lifestyle, by remodeling your backyard you are also making a financial investment that is bound to pay off in the future.

Five Tips for Decorating your Dream Wedding

Depending on your wedding, you are definitely going to want to customise every aspect that you possibly could. And if your venue doesn’t allow for sweeping changes, especially if it’s a museum or historic wedding venue, then every small detail can go a long way. There are plenty of ideas that can alter the ambiance of a wedding, and allow you to personalise it as much as possible, without having to pay high-maintenance changes. Here are a few easy to implement ideas that can make a big impact on the wedding.

Drape the ceilings

With just a small amount of fabric, you can have some fantastic effects. You can reinforce the formal and elegant style with white drapes, or if you’re looking for more lively moods, then you can choose bright and vivid colours. If you opt for this approach, you can go light on table décor and still get that complete look that your reception deserves.

Use patterned pillows

If you have a lounge area in your venue or have thought of using your own or rented furniture, then a great choice is to have pillows. The best way to decorate those pillows is to buy patterned fabric yourself, and then decorate them the way you see fit. And since you’d be the one buying fabric rolls, you can also use it for any other low-key decoration, whether it’s for chairs, tables, or some more eccentric dress design, it’s up to you.

Hang your flowers

Instead of arranging flowers on the tables like everybody else, consider suspending them above the tables. This way you would create a much more intimate space for the guests. This way, their view is bound to be much more focused on the flowers, rather than the ground or their dinner plates. Experiment a bit with the height, and since it’s such an easy décor to implement, get ready for the compliments from the guests.

Use coloured glassware

Instead of focusing on a very intricate centrepiece, which most of the guests won’t even interact with, you can opt for getting coloured glassware that your guests will be using nonstop. You can choose a colour scheme that goes with everything else, or if you prefer something more festive and playful, use different colours for every piece of glassware. Only make sure to not have an explosion of colours, as that can detract from a wedding rather than enhancing it.

Order calligraphed menus

Instead of printing generic and simple menus, you can make good use of calligraphy to add an extra touch of flavour. There are plenty of different scrips that you can choose from, and all sorts of styles that can go along with every type of wedding. You can use traditional copperplate for black tie formal, or even something more free-form for a more playful setting. It’s up to you.

A wedding doesn’t have to be decorated by previously set standards. Making good use of your imagination can go a long way towards hosting a wedding that will be talk about for years to come.

come.come. Simply make sure that you’ll enjoy it yourself, because that day is for you.