Putting PASSION back into home decorating

Written by Veronyka Lau

For most people, they can countrepparttar times they redecorate their homes in a lifetime on one hand. It's a shame because this is not because they don't have great ideas about how they want their homes to be, but thatrepparttar 100185 thought of redecorating bringsrepparttar 100186 following obstacles to mind:

Where to put up if I am renovating? I have accumulated a lot of furniture and household items, how inrepparttar 100187 world can we integrate them with this ultra modern design I am interested in? We have spent all that money doing uprepparttar 100188 place when we moved in and now we have to do away with it? What a waste. It's one big financial outlay!

But our tastes change, moods change over time. New notions inspire us even after we completed our renovations. Is there a way to invest in our homes in a flexible, relaxing and manageable way? To be able to afford stylish home transformations year after year?

Yes! This does call for a whole new way of looking at home renovations, not as a singular large-scale undertaking but modular projects that keepsrepparttar 100189 design process fluid and fun.

Modular transformations: Where to start?

Amazing transformations can be achieved by changing colour and texture aroundrepparttar 100190 house with a new coat of paint, new fabrics or overlays. A homeowner is taken byrepparttar 100191 Asian resort-style at a holiday trip to Bali wanted to give his home that same feel in his home. What he did was to overlay wooden decking in a strategic section of his living room, added indoor landscaping and enhanced his lighting. The solution was effective and relatively cheap.

To be able to enjoy many years of such surface transformations at a whim without major hacking and construction work, you will need good planning atrepparttar 100192 start. A good home design is all about form and structure, storage planning and circulation of movement. These are important decisions that homeowners need to make and should not be based on preferences for style as these change over time, but on lifestyle, family timetables, day-to-day habits and future household needs.

Mow & Edge, The Basics of Lawn Care

Written by Jack Stone

You have permission to publish this article electronically or in print, free of charge, as long asrepparttar bylines are included. A courtesy copy of your publication would be appreciated.

Mow & Edge, The Basics of Lawn Care Article by Jack Stone Copyright 2003 by ProGardenBiz

Speed. Accuracy. Efficiency. For anyone who has a lot of lawns to mow these three things are very important.

Speed. Gettingrepparttar 100184 job done as quickly as possible. The faster you can do a job,repparttar 100185 more jobs you have time to do.

Accuracy. Doingrepparttar 100186 job rightrepparttar 100187 first time you do it. Having to do part of a job over wastes time.

Efficiency. Doing all parts of a job in a logical, convenient order, as well as usingrepparttar 100188 right tool or a better tool.

Let's apply these ideas to mowing and trimming a lawn. If you are like most gardenersrepparttar 100189 first thing you probably do when you arrive at a customer's house is mowrepparttar 100190 lawn. Next, you edge and/or line trim it. Mow and edge, that's what its called isn't it? Yes, butrepparttar 100191 procedure is not efficient.

The edger isrepparttar 100192 first tool you should use. It's used for trimming along hard edges such as sidewalks and driveways. It's more accurate and leaves fewer divots than a line trimmer. With a proper length blade and an established edge,repparttar 100193 edger is also faster than a line trimmer.

Next, userepparttar 100194 line trimmer. Use this tool in such a way as to causerepparttar 100195 trimmed grass to be thrown ontorepparttar 100196 lawn and not into beds, groundcover, and shrubbery. The line trimmer isrepparttar 100197 messiest ofrepparttar 100198 grass cutting tools you use.

Finally, mow. Not only will your lawn mower pick up grass from its own activity, but it will collect a good deal ofrepparttar 100199 trimmings created byrepparttar 100200 edger and line trimmer. This saves you raking, sweeping, and blowing time.

Some other ideas: Edgerepparttar 100201 entire perimeter of a lawn withrepparttar 100202 edger. Edge along hard edges as well as beds and tree wells. Since an edger cuts deeper intorepparttar 100203 soil than a line trimmer it's more efficient at cutting stolons or runners on such grasses as Bermuda and Kikuyu. An edger can also create a clean crisp straight edge along beds. This is much more attractive thanrepparttar 100204 typical wavy edge left by a line trimmer.

Don't let grass grow up against fence boards, walls, or plants. By maintaining a narrow edge with your edger or line trimmer you can prevent damage to these features as well as using less line.

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