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.

Bedroom Design – Useful Insights

When you’re planning a bedroom design for the first time, it can seem like a pretty straightforward task. After all, how hard can it be to move a bed into the right position and throw in a wardrobe and a few cupboards here and there? Actually, it’s not that easy. There’s a balance that you must get right if you want to create a warm and relaxing environment, which is the key to getting a good nights sleep.

Without going into a massive amount of detail, a well thought out bedroom design can broken down into four sections:

  1. Light
  2. Space
  3. Layout
  4. Decor

Let’s go through each one a discuss why it is so important to make the right decisions.

Light – You need as much natural light in a bedroom as you can possibly get during the day. The ideal situation is to have big windows that can illuminate the room and inject a real freshness into the space, making it feel a really nice place to relax in at night. When the sun goes down, you need to an artificial lighting system that creates the right ambiance. This can be easily achieved with a few lamps and your main overhead lighting. But make sure you spend time picking out a lamp shade for your main light that will give you just about the right amount.

Space – It is very important to know exactly how much space you have to work with for your bedroom design, especially when you only have limited room. Get a tape measure and write down all of the dimensions. That way, when you come to picking out a bed and all the other furniture you need, you’ll instantly know whether it will fit and where it might go. If you do only have a small bedroom, then you need to also think about space-saving ideas such as wall mounted shelves and under-bed storage, to name just two examples.

Layout – It’s all very well getting furniture that will fit into your bedroom, but how well will you be able to carry out day to day tasks? For instance, do you have enough room to open your wardrobe door? If there are two people sharing the room, can you access the bed from both sides? These kinds of things need to be thought about so that you create a bedroom that is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing.

Decor – Needless to say, how you decorate your bedroom will have a dramatic impact on its eventual success or failure. Come up with a scheme that is no more than 2 or 3 colours and make sure you know how well they will work together. If you’re not blessed with a great eye for design, keep it as simple as possible an use neutral tones. This will prevent you from creating a loud, over the top design that looks anything but relaxing.

Of course, these are just the basics of bedroom design, but it should give you an idea about how to start your journey.

Create a Warm, Inviting Home and Garden With Tuscan Decor!

Reflecting the long history and exquisite vistas of the Italian countryside, Tuscan décor is a lovely option for bringing a sense of antique charm and natural beauty into your home. If you hate stuffy, pretentious decorating and you want to design a cozy, lived-in feel for your house, you simply can’t go wrong with Tuscan décor. Emphasizing warm colors, natural materials, and simple details, Tuscan decorating exudes comfort, simplicity, and peace.

At its most basic level, Tuscan décor is a celebration of the beauty of nature (think vineyards and rolling hills) and the joy of food, friends, and family. That means you’ll want to emphasize:

* Rustic, country elements

* Earth tone colors, especially warm golds, terra cottas, and greens

* Natural materials like wood and stone

* Simple details, especially organic motifs such as leaves and vines

* Time-worn, aged, and distressed decor

Start by choosing several antique-look furnishings for your room. From leather topped benches to embossed wall medallions to brightly painted hall tables, the larger pieces of your décor will set the stage and help create that aged, Tuscan feel. Be sure that you steer away from modern lines and materials (including shiny metals) to maintain the time-worn country look you’re going for.

Next, work in appropriate accents. Decorative candlesticks are always a great option, as are simple urn shaped lamps. Also, consider displaying ceramic plates on a rustic hanging plate rack or grouping colorful earthenware vases on a table. Not only do these accents add splashes of Mediterranean color, they also draw on the importance of both food and simple materials in traditional Tuscan designing.

The same Tuscan style that’s perfect for your interior decorating can also make the outdoor spaces of your home seem cozy and inviting. Using earth tones, natural materials, and time-worn pieces, your outdoor Tuscan décor is an attractive, laid-back way to complement your landscaping and create that ideal outdoor retreat. By simply adding outdoor accents that fit within the theme of Tuscan decorating, you can take your garden, porch, or patio from basic to charming Italian-country!

The first step is adding a fountain. A key part of the landscape and home architecture in Tuscany, fountains integrate water into outdoor décor, becoming a featured focal point in practically every courtyard or garden. You can do the same in your outdoor space, creating an eye-catching accent and adding the soothing sound of water to the sensory experience of your garden. Opt for a simple tiered fountain in warm terra cotta colors or choose a more detailed pedestal fountain. Remember, simple and natural should be your two key criteria when selecting a Tuscan-style fountain-materials should look like stone or terra cotta, not modern metals, and detailing should be uncomplicated and reflect the beauty of nature in botanical motifs and patterns. Position your fountain as the center of attention in your garden, making it the heart of your outdoor space and the focus of your Tuscan décor.

You’ll want to consider statuary. With its storied history and ancient past, Tuscany is filled with exquisite statues from monumental architecture to simple country gardens. For the perfect Italian-inspired outdoor décor in your yard, a statue or two is a must. Keep in mind that any kind of statuary (in earth tones or natural stone colors) can work in your Tuscan decorating. Traditionally, Tuscan design would include classical forms-think the Venus de Milo-but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with traditional nudes. As long as your statue choice stays grounded in the fundamentals of Tuscan décor (natural materials, aged appearance, organic details), just about any statue can complement your Tuscan theme.

You don’t have to live in Tuscany to have the feel of a Tuscan villa. You can create that cozy feeling in your own home using warm colors, natural materials, and keeping it simple in design.