Garden Decoration From Junk by Leeann MacKenzie

In recent years, flea markets, junk yards, garage and yard sales, basements and attics have all been recognized as treasure chests. These places are home to antiques, memorabilia and junk. For the people who have a vision of resurrecting cast-offs found in these places, The book Garden Decoration From Junk is one to read before setting out on your quest. The book will certainly brings new meaning to container gardening and garden accessories!

A little imagination, along with the unique suggestions from the pages of this book and your yard will have a character like no other. The operative word here is imagination and after reading this book, you will chastise yourself for throwing out some perfectly good garden accessories. Everything from tin cans to car springs and cutlery can be incorporated into your outdoor setting. Your deck, patio and yard can have unique pieces that will not be found at the local garden and yard decorating centers.

Visualize old garden tools as a support for clematis, scarlet runner beans or sweet peas. Metal containers such as pots, buckets and tin cans housing your herbs. Books and foot wear that have been damaged beyond repair or restoration once again come alive and will become the center of conversation when used as planters.

This book provides an abundance of pictures that will give you every opportunity to invent an end product that would add personality to your decor both inside and out.

The old adage that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure is confirmed in page after page in this intriguing book by Leeann MacKenzie.

Perfect Bedroom Design Tips

If you’re thinking about remodeling your bedroom, it’s a good idea to plan first – this way, you’ll save yourself time and money. Using computer-aided software is the best way to plan. You can plan your room to its actual dimensions and you can see exactly how your room will look so there aren’t any last-minute time-consuming rearrangements. Bedroom design software allows you to put everything in place to its actual dimensions, whether it’s a built-in wardrobe or a vase on a bedside table, the accurate software will create your room so you can be confident everything is where is should be when it comes to redecorating.

Planning

Hopefully, you’ll have used interior design software to plan the fundamentals of your room – where to position your bed and how to maximise space-saving furniture efficiently – you will need to consider what you’ll be using your bedroom for. There are no set rules about what you can and can’t have in your room, some recommend not having a computer space or television so you can keep your bedroom as a place to wind down, but others prefer to have a laptop in their room – it’s completely down to your personality. Your bedroom should be a respite, a place to go to relax and wind down after a hard day’s work.

Decoration

The colour scheme is important, remember the bedroom is your own space and also a space you spend a lot of time relaxing so the colours should reflect this. You can either opt for warm or cool colours – warm colours are reds, yellows and oranges whereas cool colours are blues, creams and pastels. Cool colours tend to be more relaxing and give the illusion of the room being bigger, which is why these are a favourite for bedrooms. That doesn’t mean you can’t opt for warm colours as well, these colours tend to bring everything closer so make a room look smaller – an option for spacious rooms to make them feel more cosy. Choosing the base colour for your room is an important decision – colour can act differently in different types of lighting – an age old trick to test how the colour reacts is to paint the inside of a shoebox in your chosen shade and see how the colour changes. This gives you a bird’s eye view of how your room will look.

Flooring

Your choice of flooring should be comfy enough for bare feet and should ideally cushion out any noise. You could opt for floorboards, which are practical and purchase a colourful rug to cover the majority of floor space. An accessory as simple as a rug can have a huge impact on the overall look of your bedroom, and by simply changing the colour every now and again, you can transform the way your bedroom looks. Try and remember to keep your room as clutter-free as possible by maximising storage space and making sure everything in your room has a place – and not on the floor!

Planters Accent Your Home and Garden

The right planter in the right setting brings style, function and beauty to any indoor room or outdoor location. Planters can be used as a unique focal point or a graceful accent in any garden, patio, porch or room. The secret is finding the perfect planter – one that reflects the owner’s personality and surroundings while maintaining lasting durability. 

Planters come in a large variety of shapes, sizes, designs, materials and price points, which makes some planters a better choice than others. In today’s market, the unlimited assortment can also create unlimited indecision. Knowing a few useful tips can simplify the decision-making process and help consumers purchase plantersthat will bring years of pleasure. 

Considerations Before Purchasing A Planter   

o Location (shade, sun, extreme weather)                                                                                        

o Maneuverability                                                                                                             

o Size, Shape, Style, Color, Finish, Texture                                                            

o Drainage Hole and/or Self-Watering Options                                                                     

o Durability & Longevity                                                                                                     

o Artistic/Decorative Impact                                                                                               

o Reflect Personality of Owner/Home/Surroundings                                                                                                  

o Materials (Learn the advantages and disadvantages of planter materials such as clay, terracotta, concrete, metal, wood, resin, fiberglass, etc.)                                                                                                                

o Storage Concerns

A great way to get started is to purchase a matching set of various sized planters ranging from three, five or seven in total. Five containers used in a corner of a patio will help define your entertainment space. This grouped planter display can provide privacy and help tie in your overall outdoor living area. Don’t be afraid of using bright and vivid containers such as oranges, iridescent blues and reds. These colors can help liven up outdoor spaces.

Combining plants is a fun part of container gardening. Try mixing and matching different plants such as annuals, tropicals, perennials, trees, shrubs, vines and vegetables. Before planting, arrange the new plants in or around your container while they are still in their small pots to see how they fit best. A good rule of thumb is to plant the tallest upright foliage plant in the center. Next, plant the shorter and more compact flowering plant to the side of the center, near the edge of the planter. Leave enough space between these plants to allow for growth. Finally, place plants with trailing or semi-trailing growth habits around the planters’ outer edges leaving enough space for adequate spreading and trailing.

A word of caution: Also remove new plants from their nursery pots with care. Never remove them by pulling on their tender stems. Gently loosen or untangle the bottom inch of each plant’s roots before carefully spreading them out in your planter. This helps give young plants a better start. Additional potting mix can be added to ensure the soil covers the roots of each plant. When your planting is finished, the soil should be at least an inch below the rim of the container.

Gardening with planters is a great way for beginning and experienced gardeners to dig into the botanical world. And best of all, you can take your planter garden with you when you move.