Online Shopping For Your Home and Garden

Shopping for your home and garden decorating needs can be time consuming and frustrating. Going from store to store, seeing many of the same products and trying to remember their prices can be downright discouraging. Even if you look through the sales ads before you leave doesn’t guarantee you will find what you are looking for. You see just the right statue or bird house, but when you get to the store, they have sold out of it or didn’t get that particular item at that location. You have now wasted your time and are ready to forget about buying anything at all.

Online shopping, on the other hand, is much easier and satisfying. The old saying “time is money” really applies in this situation. You have saved the time you would spend looking through the papers and driving all over town. You have saved more money by not using up your gas. In today’s economy, this is a big deal.

Purchasing from an online store has many advantages. You don’t have to leave your home. You don’t have to deal with inclement weather. Your purchases are safe and secure. You don’t have to carry it to your car. Most stores accept many different types of payment for your convenience. The choice of stores is fantastic and not limited to your local grocery or gardening stores. The amount of products to choose from is amazing. You can look for something as simple as a wind chime, garden sign or stake to more elaborate items like statues and fountains. Whatever you are looking for, you will find it online.

Most online stores will charge for shipping, but the amount is usually small. Plus, it is delivered right to your door. You probably would have spent more in gas driving around from store to store. Waiting for an item to go on sale? Trying to get to that store before the item is sold out can be difficult. Some online stores will let you register your email with them. You can let them know what item you are looking for and they can let you know when you can get a great deal. Almost every online store runs some type of sale or special all the time.

Garden decorations are generally available only during the spring and summer at your local stores. They are always available online. You can shop anytime, day or night, 7 days a week. Your purchase will be confirmed by email almost immediately, unlike online auctions, where you have to wait to see if your bid won.

Save yourself time and money. Look for your garden decorations online and bring your home and garden up to date quickly and easily. Your friends will want to know where you found such fantastic items. Refer them to your favorite site. The online store will be happy to serve them just as efficiently as they did your purchase. Have fun shopping online. Soon it will be the only way to find exactly what you are looking for.

Feng Shui Tips – How to Create Balance Between Home and Garden

When I teach people the practical application of Feng Shui I always stress the importance of creating a balanced environment where everything works together in perfect harmony. If you have created a balanced and harmonious environment you are half way to creating one that is filled with positive Feng Shui. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot more to creating positive Feng Shui than creating balance but this should always be your starting point. And creating a balanced environment is easy if you understand the principles of yin and yang.

Yin and yang are the opposite forces that make up the universe. Yin is dark, quiet, restful, still, curved and natural whilst yang is bright, light, loud, active, angular and manmade. Yin is the time between when the sun dips it head below the horizon to when it wakens at the start of a brand new day whilst yang follows the sun as it moves through the sky between dawn and dusk. Yin is autumn and winter when plants give of their fruit before sleeping and regenerating themselves and yang is spring and summer when plants start to grow before showing their full glory. When looking at the environment in the context of your home and garden, houses being manmade structures represent yang energy. It is therefore important that gardens are kept relatively yin to bring about that sense of harmony and oneness.

To ensure your garden is predominantly yin it should be kept as natural as possible, it should be a garden which works with the environment as opposed to one which seeks to create an environment. Flowers, bushes and trees should always be kept as natural as possible and allowed to flourish without being aggressively pruned, colours should be kept predominantly muted with brightness kept to a minimum and any pathways or terraces should be kept curved and flowing. Any structures, such as raised beds, sheds or pagodas should ideally be made out of natural materials and covered with plants that are encouraged to grow over and around them. To help your home blend with the garden the sharp corners of the house should be disguised and covered with trailing plants or bushes so that the whole sense you get when you look at your home and garden is one where they look as though they belong together. The lines between where the house ends and the garden begins should be blurred and indistinct.

Sadly a lot of gardens that you see in the UK nowadays don’t seem to adhere to these principles, meaning that any Feng Shui cures or enhancements that people make have to work twice as hard to have the hoped for effects. In an attempt to create more time for ourselves we strive to create attractive gardens that are low maintenance but quite often these gardens look unnatural and take a huge amount of our personal energy to keep them looking good. Many gardens today are landscaped to include ponds, patios and pathways, there is an abundance of pots and garden ornaments and the predominant fashion seems to be for lots of shingle and concrete and large decked areas. But what they lack is greenery and balance. These gardens look like an extension of the house, attractive, modern, well cared for but ultimately artificial. With neat, sharp lines and heavy use of manmade materials such as concrete and brick gardens like the house are full of yang energy.

An environment that is predominantly yang will cause energy to move too fast in a jerky, disjointed motion. If your environment is too yang you may find yourself living life moving from one crisis to another, constantly living on the back foot and trying to find an extra hour in each day. If this describes your life, rather than immediately reaching for a Feng Shui enhancement or cure first of all assess your environment to check that your home and outside space adequately reflect the principles of yin and yang. And if your garden is full of neat lines and an abundance of concrete let nature start to take over. Creating the perfect balance between yin and yang is the first step in your journey to filling your environment with positive Feng Shui.

You Can Find Chandeliers in Your Local Home and Garden Store

Many houses can be improved by the addition of the right chandelier. These attractive lighting fixtures make a great focal point for any dining room, great room, or other larger, more formal area of the house. However, the wrong chandelier looks out of place and makes the whole feel of the room a little strange.

Whether your old Victorian home has a sleek, modernist fixture, or a simple Cape Cod home is burdened with an ornate brass model, the wrong chandelier seems out of character. That’s why it’s always important to choose a chandelier that goes with the general architecture of your house, not just your decorating scheme. Fortunately, if the past owners of your home weren’t so smart in their choices, or if you’ve never had this kind of fixture, you can find chandeliers in your local home and garden store.

Most large hardware and home stores have a lighting section. The exact selection will vary by retailer, but chances are that they’ll have a good variety of chandeliers for you to choose from. You can even sometimes find a crystal chandelier at your home and garden store.

Of course, you shouldn’t by the first one you see. Your choices will often seem overwhelming when you first go shopping. You can choose from teacup chandeliers, crystal ones, stained glass chandeliers, quirky modern styles, and lots more. Plus, chandeliers aren’t just for dining rooms anymore. You can also pick out some for kitchens, bathroom, bedrooms – even foyers and breakfast nooks.

Of course, it’s important to pick out a chandelier that’ll retain a classic look, unless you want to replace it every single time you redecorate. The right size is also important, to keep your room from being overwhelmed, or the chandelier from seeming lost. Measure your room’s width, and choose chandeliers from your home and garden store that are two inches in diameter for every foot the room is wide. That means you need a twenty-four inch chandelier for a twelve foot wide dining room. You can also add your room’s dimensions together, and get a chandelier of that width: a twenty-four inch chandelier for a twelve by twelve room, for instance.

Remember that style can have an effect on apparent size. Very ornate chandeliers look larger, and can appear to dominate a room they measure correctly for, or can do well in a room they might seem to small for. Ornate features offer a type of visual weight. Of course, if you’re having a lot of trouble picking the right chandelier, just make a cardboard model, roughly to scale, and see how it looks. While this might seem silly, it can tell you whether a given chandelier at your home and garden store is too big, too small, or just right. That way, you can make the perfect choice.

Choosing Material for Your Home and Garden Furniture

The easiest way to define home and garden furniture is to say it is furniture that you can use indoors or outdoors. This type of furniture may be used in areas where people have chosen to enclose a patio within glass or screen, place indoor-outdoor carpeting on the floor, add a fireplace, ceiling fans, and an air conditioner. This area may be right next to the house or it may be a separate structure. Home and garden furniture, or casual furniture, is the type of furniture to use for this area. You may also choose to add houseplants to this area, but you would choose the larger ones for an enclosed patio.

Wicker Home and Garden Furniture

Wicker and wood are the most common materials for home and garden furniture. Although you can be used metal or plastic garden furniture, they are not appropriate for this area of your home. You would furniture that is not too formal but not too totally casual, either, and it needs to coordinate with the d├ęcor of the room you created. When you enclose the patio or porch, you show visitors this is another room in your home, and as such, you want the room to portray the look of casual warmth and comfort. The room should give the impression it is a place to relax and enjoy yourself. Wicker home and garden furniture have simple designs that give them a classic appearance that also gives them the feel of romantic comfort. Care of wicker home and garden furniture should be easier since it is made for the outdoors, but make sure you cask the retailer about maintenance instructions and requirements.

In addition to being casual and comfortable, wicker furniture is also durable, thus making it a good investment for your home’s future. It comes in many different styles, designs and colors from which you can choose your dining sets, or sofas, loveseats, and chairs. The conversation area of the room is not complete without wicker tables, and you can also add a porch swing or some comfortable and quiet seating for lovers or friends.

Wooden Home and Garden Furniture

If you aren’t fond of wicker, you can also choose home and garden furniture in many varieties of wooden pieces or sets. If you prefer furniture that is easy to move, teak wooden furniture may be your best choice. Teakwood has a reputation for being both lightweight and strong with a natural finish of a golden color. Like the wicker variety, wooden home and garden furniture is constructed to be strong and long-lasting. You have the choice of the same pieces you do with wicker including dining room sets and conversation sets that include loveseats or sofas. The wooden line also gives you the option of purchasing a porch swing. Make sure you check with the retailer for maintenance and care instructions for your wooden home and garden furniture. Wooden home and garden furniture also makes a sound investment in your home for the future.