Archive for June, 2016

Garden Awnings

Awnings are the best items to use when you’re attempting to keep your patio or back porch cooled down. Many of us take pleasure in spending our time outside eating barbecue meals or simply just enjoying a great book. However for some of us the heat may get to us and drive us indoors on even the most breathtaking days. Merely because you’ll want to present cover and protection to certain areas of your property doesn’t suggest you’re detracting from the look or design of your home. Practical can also be beautiful.


Awnings must be manufactured from durable fabrics and also stand the varying climatic conditions and everyday use. Materials come in a number of colors and patterns, from modern and classy to bold and bright, thus there is sure to be one to suit your taste and décor. Fabrics ought to be coated with Teflon and an anti-mildew treatment to guard them from the elements, and strain resistant to ensure they do not shrink or twist as time passes. UV protection can be vital.

An important contribution that of awning is the luxury of possessing a cushy shaded area in your garden or yard. Which has a dependable outdoor cover in your garden or yard will assist you to devote more time outside even when the sun is still up. Actually, you can enjoy a great tea party outside the confines of your house no matter what weather condition occurs. In addition, a high-quality awning is proven to reduce temperature. Consequently, you can take comfort in realizing that your children can be risk-free outdoors.

Today, people are not only trying to find products with great performance, but also with a lot of variants, for them to select the one they love, which includes awnings. Thankfully, right now there are so many variations available in the market. Everyone can find which type of outdoor awning they love, according to shape, dimension, structure, length, design etc. Choosing the right one, everyone now can have not only a great functional outdoor awning, but also an even more customized one which, needless to say, boosts the value of their home. Many awnings are either in a fixed position, as a car port or a free-standing structure; or, a retractable type which can be closed and opened by either manual or motorized means. The retractable form of awnings are generally placed where they extend from the wall or beneath the roof line, and extend out over the patio or deck area providing shade to the entire area.

Whatever outdoor awning you decide on, you can rest assured that you will find something to match your house and your style. Far from being the rusty eyesores of the past, outdoor awnings can be an attractive addition to any property.


30 Fabulous DIY Organization Ideas for Girls

Do you spend too much time looking for things in your room because it is so disorganized and messy? If so, then you need some make-over. You will be surprised on how you can transform your room into a neat and uncluttered space.


We all know that some of us girls need help in organization. That is why we like to share with you some ideas that will certainly help. If you can’t organize your make up don’t panic there are a lot of ways to do that. Also if you always lose your jewelry you can resolve that problem by making some interesting jewelry hangers or holder. We present you 30 fabulous diy organization tips that will help you get organized…

30 Fabulous DIY Organization Ideas for Girls


30 Fabulous DIY Organization Ideas for Girls


30 Fabulous DIY Organization Ideas for Girls

4 Front Yards That Went From Sad to Stunning

For those that are not sure what hardscape is, it includes the heavier elements in designing your backyard like your patio, driveway, rocks, stones, stone benches, arbors, etc. It can surely transform your yard to something you’ve never imagined.


1. This Storybook House Has A Happy Ending

The front yard of Meryl Phillips’ 1920s storybook home read “really bland” — a flat, tired lawn and a few uninviting step stones to a plain concrete patio.

So the shelter blogger spent about $1,000 and installed strategic hardscaping to boost the curb appeal of her Oakland, Calif., home. The goal was to upgrade the front yard with landscaping that required only 15 minutes of maintenance each week, and almost no watering.

Storybook After

Image: Picardy Project

Here’s what Phillips did:

  • Replaced the lawn with drought-tolerant plants, including native perennials such as Shasta lilies and shrubs.
  • Upgraded the concrete patio with salvaged brick pavers.
  • Built up a section of the front yard with leftover soil from the backyard and surrounded the area with aretaining wall of interlocking landscaping bricks.
  • Widened the walkway and installed stepping-stones on a pea gravel base.
  • Refurbished and installed the home’s original iron gate.

The topper was a pair of mosaic planters flanking the gate, which Phillips constructed from plywood and covered with salvaged tile.

A year later, Phillips has an infant daughter and an easy-care front yard that looks great.

“We can still tend the yard without taking much time away from our child,” she says.

2. Combining Concrete and Grass Brightens a Historic Property

Driveway Before

Image: Madson Design

The sad-looking house in Rocklin, Calif., was, in fact, a historic gem. Built in 1946, the home originally was constructed with salvaged walls from an old railroad boxcar.

James Madson, a residential designer, worked with his brother on the renovation that …


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Choosing clear furniture is ensuring that the visual density is reduced and this gives the room an effect that makes it look larger than it really is. Usually, clear acrylic furniture is matched with some old pieces and this usually gives rise to an electric look which is very interesting.


Lucite, Perspex, Plexiglas, and poly(methyl methacrylate), or PMMA, whatever the name Acrylic Furniture has become a real alternative to wooden furniture due to its incredible yet simple property of being, well, clear and transparent. This thermoplastic represents a cheaper choice of furniture material, reflecting light, emphasizing the interior decor and merging perfectly into any interior design. The quality of being transparent makes acrylic furniture seem like it take little up to no space, being thus perfect into small interior spaces and helping you maximize that space. Of course it may have it downs too: its see- through,therefore, you have to clean up more often and keep things organized which can actually be a plus if you think about it. Acrylic furniture can be represented by everything from coffee tables to office furniture and dinning room furniture. But although you can find almost everything in acrylic form, you should pace yourself and not go overboard, otherwise you risk transforming your home into a club or something really tacky. Further on we will present you a few examples of acrylic furniture and ways of merging and combing it with the rest of your furniture in order to maximize your small space.


Acrylic coffee tables are truly space savers if we refer to the perception of the space. Their similarity to glass adds an elegance to the ambiance and their transparency empowers the surrounding decor, reflecting it and letting the colors and texture of rugs and carpets come through. The Peekaboo Clear Coffee Table fromCB2 and Peekaboo Clear Media Table are a classical elegant ensemble of acrylic coffee tables. You can add another tables next to the first one to enlarge it if you own a bigger room.

CB2 Acrylic Tables


Peekaboo-Clear-Coffee-Table homesthetics


Alexandra Von Furstenberg,  a promising designer with interesting acrylic furniture has drawn our attention with  the Bullet Acrylic Coffee Table, which was inspired by the designer’s love for emerald-cut diamonds the Radiant Acrylic Coffee Table,a touch of color in your interior design, both customizable for your own taste and style and to suit your space size.

AVF-Bullet-Acrylic-Coffee-Table homesthtics


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Plant and Care for Zoysia Grass

Although Zoysia is a low-maintenance type of grass, it still needs proper care and maintenance to make sure they maintain their appeal and good condition.


Zoysia is a great choice for warmer climates. Zoysia grass is a soft, dense, attractive home turfgrass option. When established and properly cared for, zoysia is heat- and drought-resistant and can stand up to heavy foot traffic.

Zoysia Grass.

Zoysia Lawn Features

 Zoysia is a warm-season, perennial, turf-type grass that spreads by stolons and rhizomes. Its dense turf is characterized by stiff leaf blades. Zoysia exhibits exceptional wear tolerance, good drought tolerance and moderate shade tolerance. Zoysia has a low-water and nutrition requirement. Once fully established, it resists weeds well due to its dense growth pattern. Zoysia does turn brown after the first hard frost but resumes growth as soil temperatures return to 70˚F. Note: Zoysia turns dormant earlier in the winter than other warm-season grasses and may remain brown longer. Other zoysia characteristics to note include:

Daily Sunlight Required: Adaptable to full sun to partial shade (six to eight hours of sunlight)

Sun Tolerance: Excellent

Shade Tolerance: Moderate

Grass Color: Dark green in season, tan/brown when dormant

Grass Texture: Medium

Drought Tolerance: Good

Disease Resistance: Good

Traffic Tolerance: Exceptional

USDA Planting Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (may not be adaptable to all areas within each climatic zone).

Recommended Planting Dates: Mid- to late spring after the last frost or early fall, depending on your specific location

Average Germination: 14 to 21 Days

Mowing Height: 1.0 to 2.5 Inches

Seeding Instructions for Zoysia Grass

The ideal time to plant zoysia is in mid- to late spring (after the final frost) or early summer. It can also be planted in fall, a minimum of 60 days before the first frost is expected. Beyond this point, any seed planted may not survive the winter, due to insufficient time to establish in the ground before cold weather arrives.

Seeding a New Lawn

Step 1

Start with a soil test to be sure your soil has the proper nutrients it needs for a healthy lawn. The pH should be between 5.8 and 6.5. Apply fertilizer and soil amendment at the …


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