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Tips To Decorate The Pool Landscape

If you have a pool in your backyard, you can consider yourself lucky enough and make the best out of it. With a little hard work and efforts you can make the pool and the patio area the most relaxing and comfortable place in your backyard itself. Decorating these areas with accessories and ideas can be fun. To begin with you could light up the pool with pool lights and give it a complete new look.

Landscaping around the pool area

Decorating and taking a little effort to do up the surroundings of your pool can add life and charm to an otherwise shoddy and dull pool. Materials such as plants or wild flowers can add a dash of color and vibrancy. You can further decorate the blank spaces between the plants or pots by adding decorative pebbles and stones. Adding mulch can also serve as an addition to enhance beauty and sophistication to your pool landscape.

Decorating the outdoors is as important as decorating the interiors of your home, especially if you are someone who loves the outdoors as much as the indoors.

Placing your furniture

Placing your pool furniture and accessories carefully can make a huge difference to the overall look of the pool landscape, even the pillows placed on the pool furniture can add to the warmth and coziness of the pool area. Using accessories like garden statues, potted plants, candles can contribute to the beauty of your pool landscape.

Canopy for your pool

Adding a tent or a canopy over the deck or the patio is a good idea especially if the pool is located in an open space. This canopy or tent will be useful especially during outdoor parties or get-togethers since it will protect you even in case of sudden change in weather.

Gates and Fences

The safety aspect in the installation and use of a pool should never be undermined. Fencing and installation of a gate with a lock is important, more so in the case of in-ground pools. Such fences and lock gates also prove an important safety measure in case there are small children in the family. Fences and gates can add to the overall beauty if the patterns and colors you select coordinate well with the décor of your home.

Privacy for your pool area

Privacy becomes a very important factor, especially when you have the pool in your backyard. Adding a high fence with close slats will help you create a sense of privacy and comfort while lounging and enjoying the sun and the pool with your family.

Pool Storage

Just like our homes, storage arrangements for your pool area should also be a part of your planning and design process. Pool cleaning involves the use of chemicals and accessories which have to be stored at a convenient place. Floats, toys, loungers, inner tubes which are used by your family can also be stored in these storage units. Though storage units made from plastic are readily available in the market it would be better to use your creativity to design your personalized storage unit.

Doll House Kits for Every Budget and Skill Level

I have to admit, I am very impressed, at what the miniature dollhouse industry has to offer. They have successfully replicated the natural (full-sized) world in miniature with doll house kits that fit almost every budget and skill level. In fact, I believe that if you will take a few moments to look at what they have accomplished that you too will be impressed at what you learn.

Dollhouses are not just for little girls or women. They have grown in popularity in just about every adult demographic. By taking a closer look it is easy to understand the growing appeal.

Doll house kits are available in just about any architectural style imaginable and they are easy to customize and accessorize. In fact, if you are particularly skilled at crafts you may want to forgo a kit and purchase blueprints which enable you to customize as big as you can dream.

For beginners there are also quick-build kits that, according to the advertisements, can be built within an hour. I am not so confident in the one hour time limit if you are a beginner but one of these kits may be an excellent place for you to start if this is your first dollhouse project.

Inside your kit you will find instructions, drawings, and the pieces for assembly. Manufacturers like to use the term “easy” when describing their instructions. However, that’s not always the case. Expect that there will be a few hitches in the construction process. Most pieces are precut although some will need to be punched out. The good news is that you won’t need to do any cutting yourself unless you are building from a blueprint or making some of your own changes.

Wooden construction materials seldom come pre-sanded so there will be some light sanding involved prior to painting. Painting, by the way, is optional but a good idea for adding authenticity to your project.

Some manufacturers also give you a choice on the wood that will come with your kit. Choices include milled plywood, MDF, and smooth plywood. Prices vary based on the material you choose. Assembly then is made with nails and glue that may or may not be included with your kit.

Once you have assembled your doll house kit you can then easily expand. Additional expansion kits are also available. For example you can add a conservatory or a wing onto your existing structure.

It should be pointed out that the term “doll house kits” is used interchangeably to include both dollhouses and accessories. For example there are accessory kits for bathrooms, living rooms, kitchens, porches, libraries, and dining rooms that coordinate with your architectural style. There are even outdoor kits that add to the “curb appeal” of your project.

When selecting your doll house project you will need to determine the scale that will be used that will remain consistent with the structure, accessories, and furnishings. The normal scale is 1 inch per life-sized foot. There is also a popular ½ scale which is scaled to ½ inch per life-sized foot. Neither of these scales are compatible with Barbie-sized dolls. For that you will need a 1/6 scale to accommodate the most popular dolls for play. I frequently make mention of this fact in my articles because it is the one place that people most often make mistakes on their dollhouse purchases.

Now, there is a good chance that you will need help. If you find yourself in that predicament you will be happy to know that many local hobby stores offer advice, construction support, specialized instruction, and even classes on electrification, interior finishing, decoration, and landscaping. Another excellent source for help is to check in on one of the dollhouse forums on the web. Hobbyists are generally more than glad to share their expertise.

The sky is the limit. Your hobby can be as little or as big as you want. Thanks to a very customer friendly industry there are doll house kits to satisfy your level of interest, expertise, and even your budget.

landscaping and Decorating With Cement Sculptures

Sculptures have been used to decorate gardens and homes since this art form first developed. The earliest sculptures were made from chiseled rock and clay. As the art form developed new mediums were used like marble, granite and bronze. The labor intensive process of creating sculptures has traditionally made them very expensive and unattainable for most homeowners. However, today we have access to less expensive mediums and molding technologies that make owning sculptures more affordable, especially cement sculpture.

Cement sculptures are an affordable option for garden decorations and landscaping. Small cement sculptures can even be used in your home. The affordability of this type of sculpture is due to the low cost of cement and the re-usable molding technologies used to create these sculptures.

To create a cement sculpture an artist needs to first create the prototype of the sculpture in clay. This sculpture is then used to create a negative mold for the cement sculpture. This mold is treated with resins so that it will not stick to the cement. After the negative mold has been created it is allowed to cure and harden. Once the mold is ready to use it is assembled and filled with cement. The mold may be rotated to help work out air bubbles. The mold is then stored in a stationary position to allow the cement time to dry. Once the cement has hardened the mold is removed and the sculpture is allowed additional time to dry out. After the cement sculpture has dried completely the rough edges may be filed down and imperfections are removed. At this point the piece is either ready to go to the showroom or it is sent to the painting department to be finished.