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Add the Wow Factor to Your Lawn With Skilled Landscape Gardeners

Come summer, and people start making plans for their vacation. While people gear up for your holidays, they often end up neglecting the upkeep services of your property. Whereas some people prefer staying in their residence, others choose to trade it off in the coming days. No matter what you intend to do; proper lawn decoration and maintenance are a must.

Summer is the best time of the year to relax in your garden and enjoy every bit of our surroundings. Well laid driveways, colorful flowers, green plants and vibrant water bodies – everything contribute to the mood and ambience of your lawn. Sadly, a lot of homeowners fail at realizing the need of proper lawn maintenance. Nevertheless, once you’re aware of its benefits, you’ll consider it as a priority and not an option. For those who think that summer has its destructive effect on automobiles alone, they’re completely mistaken. The blazing rays of the sun lay its brutal hands on your surrounding vegetation as well.

An attractive and well-maintained yard is a treat to the eyes and has its healing effect on your brain as well. Besides, it boosts the marketable value of your house – one that proves helpful for you in the long run. So, for when you’re considering putting your property on sale, professional garden decoration is the sure-shot ticket to meet the desired price for it. When a professional customer comes to investigate your house, he/he will explore your entire property, including the garden or backyard. Remember, first impression matters a lot. Hence, consider making it as impressive as possible. If the backyard of your house is clean, well-organized and well-adorned, it’ll surely draw a lot of potential customers for your property.

Just watering your trees and loading them with fertilizers isn’t enough; a big and spacious lawn means proper maintenance and unique landscaping ideas. In case you have a huge yard to take care of, consider taking help of experienced landscape gardeners. Although a lot of homeowners prefer doing the gardening job on their own, they generally run short of the essential time and skills to complete the work to finesse. From landscape planning to décor accessories, these experts take note of everything.

These days, lawn maintenance companies offer a range of services – standard gardening, branch removal, lawn grooming, flower bed maintenance and fertilizing. Whether you need an attractive water body or decorative patios services, proper research and investigations are a must. These days, you’ll come across many lawn upkeep companies in the market. Although most of them are genuine, fraudulent practices exist as well. Hence, you must do proper investigations before striking the last deal.

Use the Elements of Tuscan Design – Stone, Earth, Wood, Water, and Light

Making a statement -

Are you prepared to break away from current decorating trends that emphasize ‘global’ or ‘universal’ styles and which are intended to appeal to the broadest possible range of home buyers? If so, get ready to add character, personality, warmth and the Tuscan design feelings of security, comfort, and ‘destination sanctuary’ to your home.

The Keys for Success

- Functional furnishings with a sense of solidity; rustic finishes and textures

- Balanced use of the elements – Stone, Earth, Wood, Water & Light

- Warm, nature-inspired, color palette

- Simple, uncluttered spaces without ostentatious or pretentious décor.

Understanding the pieces of the puzzle -

Designing “simplicity” can, paradoxically, be a complex undertaking. So, before diving in, let’s review the components and principles of Tuscan design so you can create a little bit of Tuscany in your home.

All found in nature, these four keystone elements . . .STONE – EARTH – WOOD – WATER… provide a foundation for understanding how one may replicate the beauty found in the hillsides of Tuscany. They comprise a true harmonic quadrangle and are the beating heart of Tuscan design. By drawing upon this quadrangle of natural elements, you may build your own haven of comfort, warmth and style.

A fifth unexpected ‘element’ – LIGHT – is also fundamental to adding the warmth of Tuscany to your home.

Stone is the ubiquitous foundational element used for building, for decoration, and for statuary. Types of stone used in Tuscan design will generally include brick, marble, limestone, quartz and granite. The most democratic of all building materials, stone can be found in humble farm structures as well as in elaborate castles, villas, churches, and cathedrals.

Soft, warm woods balance the strength of stone, creating harmony within the Tuscan home. The predominant woods found in traditional Tuscan furnishings, from antiquity to modern times, will be those that have always been a part of the Tuscan landscape; cypress, fir, chestnut, pine, walnut and oak…

This third essential element of Tuscan design is perhaps most easily and readily incorporated through the use of clay – bricks, roof tiles, and pottery. Terracotta (literally baked earth) is seen throughout the Tuscan region of Italy, easily recognizable by its earthy, rusty red hues.

There can be no life without water. It both sustains life and threatens it; that duality making water the most intriguing of the elements. How does water fit into the scheme of Tuscan design? Subtly, discreetly, and naturally. Water may become a strong element in your design plans through the use of decorative fountains in landscaping forms, or via a large ‘villa-esque’ swimming pool. The translucent qualities and movement of water act as a balance to the stronger (stone and wood) elements of Tuscan design.

When one thinks of Tuscan design, often a golden wash of light is the first image that comes to mind. Thus, light has been added as an element, even though not traditionally thought of as part of the elements of Tuscan design.

We know, intellectually, that stone, wood, earth and water are the key elements, and yet it is that ever-present golden light that draws us into its warmth. It is the light that we desire. It is the light that will wash over our stone, wood, earth and water design elements, and provide comfort within the walls of our home.

How can one achieve the light that is so strongly associated with the Tuscan landscape, especially in northern climes and regions not in any way similar to the hills of Tuscany? Perhaps one cannot achieve the light itself, but one can recreate ambient light in a room or even an entire home through the judicious use of color and lighting fixtures (and attention to natural light).

Excerpt from Decorating in the Tuscan Style, the 162-page eBook packed with tips and techniques (and lots of photos) to help you transform your home and garden into the heart and soul of Tuscany. To learn more about Tuscan décor, visit http://www.intheTuscanstyle.com

Winter Wedding Decorations and Favors

Every decision and every detail you have to consider leading up to your wedding can be far more stressful than the wedding itself. Taking bites out of your ‘to do’ list puts you one step closer to the ‘I do’. Choosing a specific theme for your wedding can be a big hurdle for many, however once you have made this decision it certainly speeds up the rest of the challenges. An example would be a beautiful wedding in January, after the holiday festivities are over and the ground is a blanket of snow. The theme using winter wedding favors and decorations can be breathtakingly beautiful. The choices and ideas you will see will insure that they compliment your theme and your desires for the day perfectly.

Many of the wedding favors would be classy and serve a variety of themes. Steel bottle stoppers, and small frosted finish pictures frames would assume the icy role of a winter theme when the rest of the décor dictated that trend. Several other items use the image of a snowflake making them ideal to use for the winter wedding favors and do a double duty as decorations to complete your winter landscape. Snowflake place card ornaments, with snowflake coasters, snowflake gel candles and the wine capped off with snowflake bottle stoppers. How pretty and festive that would be! Perhaps is a New Years wedding, and a tiny silver bucket with champagne bottle that is a functioning sixty minute timer is not only cute but rather practical too. A favorite of many would be the Valentines trend in frosty February. Heart shaped items are a plenty from bottle toppers, adorable little measuring spoons and coasters.

The selection is plentiful and will give you ideas so you make some decisions on your winter wedding favors and decorations. This will be a fundamental step in tying everything together and making it a special event, a fun party and the day you will remember as the moment you made your debut as husband and wife. The reception then should be an expression of you as a couple and your flair.