Landscape Decorating – Another Great Way to Add an Amazing View From Your Kitchen Window

We have already covered how to create a magnificent floral view from your kitchen garden window with a planter box, trellis, and vines. Here is another very attractive and even simpler way of creating a visually enticing view from inside.

We have all seen or even have in our patios a decorative and very functional pergola patio cover. Decorative for the numerous designs we can consider, and functional from the much needed shade they provide. As we will also sometimes see, miniature sized pergolas are often constructed and mounted directly over one or several windows of a home or garage.

With that in mind, why not mount a mini-pergola over your kitchen garden window to display hanging baskets on both sides? With slim top slats spaced enough to provide sunlight, you can still receive filtered light through the top slanted portion of the window. Note, you never want to mount hanging baskets over the top of the window for one reason. Every time you water, the dirty runoff will cascade down over your window, keeping it from every truly being clean.

The design is simple since the weight of the hanging baskets it will bear is minimal, and you will not be placing anything on the top of the pergola itself. Traditional patio pergolas are supported with 4in. X 4in. or larger posts. Our mini-pergola will not require this, and proportional to its smaller size, will use individually smaller wood framing members than our standard patio pergola.

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • 2 plant hanging corbel style brackets: These must be flat surfaced on two sides for mounting on the surface of the house just off both sides of the garden window, and for securing the wood pergola members on top. Be sure to use exterior brackets, or spray interior type brackets you want to use with a weather resistant finish. They should also have two screw holes on each flat surface. Two for mounting the brackets to the surface of the house, and two for mounting the mini pergola on top of the brackets.
  • Mounting hardware for the brackets appropriate for the surface of your house (e.g. concrete anchors for stucco surfaces)
  • Two smaller round or square hanging baskets
  • Wood slats proportional in size to the dimensions of the garden window: Use your own judgment, but slimmer slats than what you see on larger pergolas do work better and appear more pleasing to the eye.
  • Wood screws

Step 1: Measure the width of your garden window. Then, measure the diameter of your round hanging basket, or the square length of your square basket, whichever you decide to use. The goal here is to leave enough clearance for basket sway in the event of stronger than normal wind conditions. Your best bet is to take the measurements of your hanging basket and add about 8 inches of clearance from the rim of the basket to the edge of the garden window to allow for wind swing. Mark a spot directly above the center point of the basket on the house surface where you will mount the brackets. It should be at a height that allows for clearance of the mini pergola above the top frame of the window. Because the mini pergola needs to be level with the top of the window, make sure your points for mounting the brackets assure that. One suggestion is to have someone help you hold a 2in x 4in. or other long straight piece of wood connecting the points on each side. Use a level to make sure everything is indeed level before going ahead with the next step.

Step 2: Installing your pergola. Whichever size wood members you decide to use, you will need to pre drill two of them at the point where they will be secured to the top of the plant hanging brackets. They can extend beyond the width of the two brackets, but make sure they are centered before marking your place for drilling in to the wood. Prior to installing your wood framing for the pergola, it might be a good idea to seal, paint, or stain the wood to protect it from the elements. You can attach your two wood slats to the top of the brackets using the appropriate sized machine screws with washers and nuts.

Step 3: Now, once you have installed the first two wood slats, you will want to secure two to three shorter crossing slats that will hold the entire framework together to the underside of your first two longer slats that run along the top. Position them evenly where you think they should be attached, and mark your spot on the longer wood slats where you will need to drill to attach them together. Once marked, drill your holes, use a pencil to mark where to drill on the crossing slats by holding them underneath the already drilled longer slats, and attach all together with the appropriate sized machine screws. You can now easily attach any remaining longer slats to fill in the gaps between the first two longer slats that were already installed. Just position them in place, mark the spot on the top of the crossing slats where to drill, and once both connecting pieces are drilled, attach them with machine screws and washers and nuts. As an alternative, you can also attach all of the wood members with the appropriate sized wood screws. Your work is done. Find some nice plants and enjoy your new mini pergola!

Decorating Your Home in the Desert

When you buy a new home the decorations may not be exactly what you want. This can easily be solved by putting your own time and effort into your decorations, but why take time out of your busy schedule by doing it yourself? This is where decorators come in. There are many different professional decorators around the Phoenix area and they are always happy to help you get your home exactly how you want it. This article will give you great ideas where to start when looking for a professional decorator, as well as detail the different types of decorators.

When you are looking for an outside decorator, you would want to call a landscaper for the job. Landscapers can work with many different types and sizes of yards, whether this is front or back. They can sometimes even install a sprinkler system, concrete, or wooden decorations. Here are a couple of the top rated landscapers in the Phoenix Area.

Clemente Design is a great one if you are looking for something to your exact specifications. Not only will they help you with what you want, but also will stick to the budget you give them. Outdoor Paradise Landscaping is also a great one for this. If you are looking for strictly grass and lawn work Way to Grow Lawn Service is a great choice. Landscapers are always willing to go step by step with you and get exactly what you want for your outdoor decorations.

For the inside, this takes more of a touch. Little things can make a big difference in your home. One picture or painting can make or break the beauty of a room, and an interior decorator can assist in the process of making your home a beautiful but useful showcase. Some interior decorators can work with what you already have and some can get the items you need to make the room extra special. You can follow a theme, you can be different in every room, whatever you want, get creative and enjoy your beautifully decorated home. Interior decorators are usually multi-faceted, where they can work on many different rooms. Your living room, your bedroom, and even your bathroom can be gorgeous with your own creativity or a professional. Some great professionals in the Phoenix area and the best in the valley are Luxury Residence Transitions who do a beautiful job with whatever room you have them work on for you. They will work with you and your budget and get exactly what you want. D├ęcor & You is one of the highest rated in Phoenix. This is because of their wonderful customer service and great work. Every detail is scrutinized with them and they will not leave anything out.

Your house is your haven, your special place, and most importantly, a home. You want to make the best of your home and stay within your budget so whichever way you go, do it yourself or hire a professional. The above decorators and landscapers will help you make your home something that you can be proud of. Make your house a home with beautiful decorations, both in and out of the house.

A Guide To Exterior Landscaping For The Homeowner

Landscaping is both science and art, and requires good observation and design skills. A good landscaper understands the elements of nature and construction and blends them accordingly.

Buying a house is usually one of the biggest decisions and investments a person takes during their lifetime and landscaping services, when done well, is an integral part of maintaining that investment.

The use of landscaping is known to be specifically focused on being able to offer a decorative design to the exterior portion of the home. This is a process that helps any outdoor portion of the house look well groomed and manicured which is often required for a great curb appeal. Many home owners find that the use of specific professionals is known to be the best idea possible in providing this decoration process to owners.

Landscaping your property is not a straight forward task as there can be legalities regarding planning permission to consider as well as implications to other aspects of your property such as drainage. Before you start landscaping, you must first develop a plan. The components of your plan could include deciduous trees and plants, coniferous trees and plants, walls, fences, sheds, and garages.

A landscaping plan is usually a graphic and written document containing criteria, specifications and detailed plans to arrange and modify the effects of natural features. A landscape plan consists of a site plan showing the boundaries of the property and the location of proposed plant materials, in relation to surroundings and improvements, along with a planting schedule and any additional specifications required.

If you are typing to sell your home but it is lacking in landscaping, you might need to do a bit more work before placing your home on the market. Still, unless all of the other homes in your neighborhood are beautifully landscaped and your yard is barren, this doesn’t mean you should invest thousands of dollars into landscaping your yard. Rather, adding a few simple bushes and replacing bare patches of lawn with sod may be all that is needed. Throw in a few potted plants filled with colorful annuals and your yard will be sure to grab the attention of potential buyers.

There is no doubt that proper landscaping has a number of important benefits, from increased resale value to greater enjoyment of the home. Many of us would like to create a beautiful landscape, but it can be hard to find the time, and the ideas, to bring that new landscape to life.