Life’s a Beach – A Shore Theme in Your Outdoor SpaceWritten by Debbie Rodgers
Twentieth century American architect Phillip Johnson once said, "I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit on beach?" Mr. Johnson evidently didn't how to relax, but as another summer is slipping away, you can. Did you visit beach this year? Do you wish you had? Either way, you can create a seaside feel in your outdoor space and enjoy memories of shore at home! Here are some quick tips.
Color Your choice of color will be biggest stress-reliever in your home "beach." The relaxing hues of beach are sun-bleached and sand- and water-washed. Think cool and inviting water, lapping on shore; pale sand underfoot; tall pale green beach grasses; pale pink and coral of shells; white clouds in a blue sky.
For your blue, try Kelly Moore's Essence of Sea or Sail Away, Beauti-tone's French Blue, or Benjamin Moore's Robin's Egg.
If you prefer brighter colors use bright pink or orange, especially in striped fabric or small accessories such candles.
Furniture The beach calls for casual wooden seating. Try folding wooden chairs with colorful striped canvas slings, set under a pale colored canvas umbrella that you've propped in a large bucket of sand.
Fabric What do you take to beach? Canvas tote bags, terry towels and flip-flops. Use these fabrics for cushions, throws and seating itself. Install decorative hooks on a wall, and hang beach towels as "art."
Secrets of Discount Patio Furniture – An Easy Way to Get the BestWritten by Nicholas Webb
By: Nicholas Webb
Buying discount patio furniture can be a very economical way to obtain quality furniture for your patio ... if you know how. Many department stores offer patio furniture at discounted prices towards or at end of summer season. Many people can obtain quality teak or cedar furniture to enhance their patios by watching advertised sales from department and hardware stores. You can save yourself hundreds of dollars by just waiting a month or two for that special piece of patio furniture you have always wanted. You don’t have to buy cheapest furniture just to be able to enjoy your patio.
There are disadvantages to buying discount patio furniture. Ensure quality of workmanship of pieces you buy so that you are not buying junk furniture that will fall apart first time anyone sits on it.
When shopping for discounted patio furniture, you should always look for chairs or benches made from solid wood. This kind of patio furniture is durable and well worth money you pay. Solid wood patio furniture never goes out of style and matches any décor. Having wooden patio furniture, discounted or not, makes a statement about your patio without you saying a word.
It is also possible to buy discount patio furniture at moving sales. Many people get transferred in their jobs and cannot afford to take all their patio furniture with them, or they may simply not have room for it at their new location. This is a great opportunity to get quality for less. People who are moving generally ask a minimal price for furniture they want to sell, just to get it out of their way. When you buy discount patio furniture in this way, you can be sure to save lots of money.