Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Outside Living Rooms

You may be thinking about creating a more enjoyable outdoor living space to relax and entertain with friends and family.  Think of outdoor living rooms as an extension of your indoor living space. Regardless if your outdoor living room is a garden, patio, or balcony, it should be a place of rest and sanctuary; not a reminder of more garden chores you have yet to complete. Shown below are some very creative ideas for you to think about for your outside living room.

This outdoor space makes you feel that you could be in Thailand and the color is so vibrant with plenty of throw pillows to rest your head on.

This is a great design for a small garden by using vintage chairs, throw pillows and a low rustic wooden table. The plants are easy growing for less gardening work.

Throw Pillow Tips

Using throw pillows is a great way to add a little color and pattern to a room, liven up a boring sofa, or add comfort to a cozy bed. But when you're using throw pillows there are a few important tips to remember.

Make sure the pillows suit the furniture

Try not to use the wrong style of pillow. Make sure the pillows suit the furniture. If you have a really modern sofa don't accessorize it with embellished pillows (no fringe, tassels, etc).

Antique Trends and Styles

Buying antique furniture is just like buying a piece of artwork. The first priority is to buy something you will enjoy. To fully enjoy your new furniture you should consider your taste, lifestyle and, of course, your budget.

Furniture Trends for 2011

If you intend to buy new furniture or redecorate the room at home, you need to consider the trend of furniture that is happening. There is one style that is fresh, the contemporary style combined with fashion. Here is a furniture trend in 2011 that you can use as a guide before shopping.

Luxurious and Fashionable Sofa Classical Design by Moda Collection

A living room couch with an indulgent eye design, this piece of furniture is specially created to bring the timeless beauty of the past. This classic living room furniture collection was designed by Italian furniture company Moda collection. The sofa was developed with a classic style and high artistic value. Beautiful classic style combined with a variety of bright colors that provide a touch more lively decor.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


There are many ideas that you can use to decorate your outside living room, with warmth and appeal. Decoration on this one for example is the idea from Terinpirasi by Belgard Hardscapes  that works on real outdoor projects.

You definitely prefer to relax outside enjoying the scenery and breathe in the fresh air, this is the right choice manutti a collection of very contemporary and comfortable for you to use to relax with your family, set on edge Patio. The  water edge pools is in. Italy.

Easy To Care For Plants

If you've had no success with houseplants other than plastic ones, you need to give these easy to care for plants.

Philodendron Plant

Heart-leaf philodendron is a durable foliage plant that has long been the backbone of indoor gardening. It has pretty, heart-shape leaves and adapts well to low-light spots. It is often grown with stems trailing over the edge of bookshelves or large pieces of furniture.

Why We Rate It: The climbing stems can attach to a moss pole or bark slab making it easy to create an upright tower of green.

Name: Philodendron hederaceum oxycardium

Growing Conditions: Low to bright light; 60-80 degrees F.; allow the soil surface to dry between waterings

Size: Trailing or climbing to 8 feet or more

Note: All parts of this plant are poisonous and can cause severe irritation of the lips, tongue, and throat if eaten or chewed by pets or children.

English Ivy

In many areas, English ivy is commonly grown as an outdoor ground cover. But you can also use it indoors. Grow a pot of ivy on a mantel or shelf where its stems can trail down. For a more formal effect, train the stems onto a topiary form. It's also exceptionally easy to start new plants: Simply cut off a 5-inch-long section of stem, remove the bottom leaves, and pot it up in moist soil. If you keep it moist, the cutting should root in a couple of weeks.

Here's a tip: Spider mites love to attack ivy. Help prevent them by periodically washing your ivy in the shower or bathtub with room-temperature water.

Why We Rate It: It's a versatile vine plant with deep green or variegated leaves. We especially love using it to create topiaries.

Name: Hedera helix

Growing Conditions: Medium to bright light; 55-70 degrees F.; keep evenly moist

Size: Climbs or trails to 6 feet or more

Note: All parts of this plant are poisonous if eaten or chewed by pets or children.

Zeezee Plant
Sometimes called eternity plant because it lasts so long, succulent zeezee plant tolerates low light and neglect. The thick, fleshy leafstalks are so durable that you might even think it's plastic. It is a slow grower, so purchase a large plant if you want a big specimen. Cut stems remain green and healthy in appearance for several weeks, even without water.
Why We Rate It: This plant is so easy it's almost a challenge to kill it.
Name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia
Growing Conditions: Low to bright light; 60-75 degrees F.; allow the soil to dry between waterings
Size: 2-3 feet tall and wide
Note: This plant is poisonous if eaten or chewed on by children or pets.

Headboard Design Ideas

 Closet Door Headboard

A trio of painted closet doors dresses up a plain bed. To start measure your bed to determine the number of doors you will need. (We used three doors for a full-size bed.) Next, use painter's tape to mark off stripes. Paint all the stripes of one color. After the paint has dried, remove the tape. Repeat the process for each color. Once all the stripes are painted and dry, attach the doors with hinges or brackets on the back, lean against the wall, and brace with the bed frame.

Easy Canopy Headboard

Create this dreamy headboard from a DIY cornice, window treatments, and a padded board. To make the padded headboard, choose a piece of plywood the width of your bed, top with a layer of foam, cover with fabric, and secure to plywood with a staple gun. Find the center of the padded headboard and attach curtain panels to the wall at the center point. Use MDF to make a cornice. Cover the tops of the window treatments with the cornice. Arrange the panels to frame the padded headboard and pull back with window treatment hooks.

Decorating With Seashells

Tabletop Shell Glass Vase

To show off a shapely shell, pour sand into a glass cylinder vase. Arrange the conch to call attention to its natural beauty. Stand the vase on its own or rest another shell or two against the base.

Shell Shower Curtain

For an ocean-fresh splash in the tub, string denizens of the sea along your shower curtain. Nab shells from a beach vacation or purchase some from a crafts store. Drill a small hole in the starfish (no need to drill holes in the sand dollars -- they have one), string them on cotton cording, and loop the cording through the shower rings. You can also hang individual shells from lengths of twine or ribbon.