Tips to improve the quality of your outdoor space and patioWritten by Nicole Martins
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Creating a sense of enclosure
Creating a sense of enclosure is a great way to make your outdoor space more intimate; it is also a great way to create separation and privacy from your neighbors. Think of walls and ceilings inside your home: walls are vertical plane and ceiling is overhead plane. Outdoors these vertical and overhead planes help create foundations to an outdoor room. While you donít want to overdo it or completely enclose your outdoor space, adding elements: shrubs, trees, arbors, trellises pergolas and such in a careful way can improve atmosphere of your patio space.
Buying patio furniture and accessories Once youíve measured your outdoor space, done site analysis and figured out area where you will be putting your outdoor furniture itís time to begin reviewing outdoor furniture and accessory options. If your patio is very small, you may only want to buy 1 or 2 chairs or loungers for conversation and relaxing, and a small bistro table with chairs for snacking. If your space is large, you may be looking for a larger seating arrangement: sofas, chairs, coffee tables, in one area and a patio set with umbrella in another. There are many options and styles available and you can learn more about materials and brands available by visiting a local patio furniture store or by shopping online. Popular furniture materials include: outdoor wicker, teak, wrought iron, cast aluminum, recycled plastic and casual aluminum. You can buy this furniture individually or as a set such as a dining table complete with chairs. With many patio furniture options to choose from you can easily create an outdoor space that will be well used. Additional outdoor decorating accessories such as patio lamps, fire pits, garden arbors and trellises, and outdoor heaters fit in well to create a great atmosphere outdoors as well as being extremely functional. For example, outdoor heaters will greatly extend your time outside, allowing for more time to enjoy yourself outdoors later into fall, and earlier into spring. Outdoor fireplaces such as: chimeneas, fire pits or even a gas outdoor fireplace create a great atmosphere and focal point, as well opportunity to grill, heat, or just enjoy hanging out by fire.
Nicole Martins is the editor of Everything Patio Furniture, a patio furniture and accessories review site, which provides valuable tips and information as well as great products for your outdoor space. You can visit this site at http://www.everything-patio-furniture.com
Home Furnishings and ShelvingWritten by David Kunstek
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that smallest project involving shelving will take us too much time or aggravation. In fact, shelving units have become much easier to install. They also come in all different types to allow you to find best option for your area. Whether you are planning to install shelving in a closet, in garage, or a decorative unit in your living room, there are plans and designed shelving units you can choose. Many of these shelving units are even carried in your local home improvement stores. What's more, if you can't find just right shelving unit for your home, you simply need to check online for more options. Lastly, if you feel that shelving unit installation is just not for you, you can hire on handyman down street or even guys at hardware store to do it for you. Adding shelving to your home can be a good experience and a great addition in home furnishing to your home.
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