Life’s a Beach – A Shore Theme in Your Outdoor Space

Written by Debbie Rodgers

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Motifs Many beach goers return home with a collection of shells, beach rocks and smooth bits of colored glass. If you have such a collection, use them to good effect in your outdoor space. Clean up your treasures by running them through a cycle ofrepparttar dishwasher inrepparttar 100117 utensil basket. You can also rub baby oil into rocks to bring outrepparttar 100118 shine that you saw underrepparttar 100119 beach sun.

The most obvious way to display your shells and pebbles is in a clear glass dish or jar, or a flat plate. Try filling a saucer with them and inserting a votive candle. Or ifrepparttar 100120 shells themselves are large enough, pour candle wax around a wick inrepparttar 100121 shell cavity itself. Shells can be used in attractive tic-tac-toe games, for stamping fabrics and many other purposes.

You can easily changerepparttar 100122 feel of your beach theme byrepparttar 100123 use of different motifs. Perch a sea-gull on a piece of driftwood draped with a piece of fisherman's net and use a lighthouse or two elsewhere inrepparttar 100124 space, and you'll be reminded of a coastal fishing village. Folding sling chairs, an umbrella and pots of beach grass give a recreational feel to your space. Or combinerepparttar 100125 lighthouses with sailboat silhouettes for a more urban shore look.

Whatever kind of shore you prefer, use these ideas to recreate it at home. Put on a recording of ocean waves lapping onrepparttar 100126 sand, kick off your shoes and enjoyrepparttar 100127 beach!

Debbie Rodgers, the haven maven, owns and operates Paradise Porch, and is dedicated to helping people create outdoor living spaces that nurture and enrich them. Her latest how-to guide “Attracting Butterflies to Your Home and Garden” is now available on her web site. Visit her at and get a free report on “Eight easy ways to create privacy in your outdoor space”. Mail to

Secrets of Discount Patio Furniture – An Easy Way to Get the Best

Written by Nicholas Webb

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The internet is a fiercely competitive battle ground that often pushes retailers to offer their goods at interesting prices. You can often find discount patio furniture at prices that evenrepparttar end-of-season sales at your local store can’t beat. The thing to know here is to have a good idea of what you want before your start surfing. Just don’t sacrifice quality when making your decision and you shouldn’t have any problems. We have posted guides and tips on most kinds of furniture and accessories throughout our website. Take a look around, you will certainly find some useful tips in your quest forrepparttar 100116 best.

Whateverrepparttar 100117 method of getting discount patio furniture, it will be even more enjoyable because you know that it hasn’t stretched your budget. You may have to do a little more ground work, butrepparttar 100118 effort will be worth it!

Nicholas webb is the owner of A site that providing user-friendly patio furniture and patio accessories consumer tips and buying advice for the outdoor lover. Check it out before parting with your money.

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