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The Beauty Of Metal Garden Decor

A metal garden decor is considered to be one of the oldest kinds of garden accessories in history. Artists have been using metal to create garden and home decors since the medieval times. However, metal decors are unfortunately becoming less and less visible in today's gardens. Many gardeners today seem to have forgotten the charm that these wonderful pieces create for garden spaces. So if you are interested in using them, read on a little more and rediscover the beauty of these kinds of garden decor and the different ways that you can use them today.

Steel is regarded as one of the best kinds of materials that you can use for outdoor gardens. The material is very sturdy, inexpensive, and versatile. Apart from that, steel exudes a unique and rustic kind of charm that goes perfectly with any kind of garden. Steel can also be painted, varnished or left in its natural state to create different kinds of looks. Today, the material is very popularly used for making various outdoor sculptures, lanterns, bed feeders and many others.

Another very common material used for creating metal garden decor is copper. Aside from its durability, copper is also naturally beautiful and attractive and can enhance its look over time as it oxidizes and rusts. However, if you do not want your piece to rust away, you can also cover it with clear coating to protect the metal from oxidation and preserve its luster and its shine.

Another very elegant material used for making metal garden decor is bronze. The metal has been used for hundreds, if not thousands of years. And even up until today, they are still as popular. Bronze is very well known for its elegant and classic look that can last for years and years to come.

Today, more and more artists are using recycled metal for making garden decor. These kinds of metals give your decors and accessories that uniquely modern twist. They are very cheap and easy to work with as well. Recycled metal can range from old drums, old bicycles, nuts, bolts and many others - a favorite choice among eco-designers and conservationists.

Aside from the kind of material, one very important factor that you also need to consider is proper placement of your garden decors. Always remember to put your pieces in areas that will highlight your entire garden.

There are plenty of metal garden artworks available in the market today, so you'll never have trouble looking for that perfect piece. There are a wide variety of styles, designs and sizes that you can choose from. However, if you like to create these metal garden decor for yourself, you can do as well. There are now plenty of DIY projects online which makes use of both recycled and new metal.

Whether you want to create that homey ambience or a modern and contemporary feel for your garden, a metal garden decor will surely help you pull off that kind of look. So invest in one or two metal garden decors today. This will surely transform your yard into one of the best focal points of your property.

 


Wood Porch Swings Come in Many Varieties

Porch swings come in a large variety of materials, including wood, wicker, wrought iron and man made poly resins. But today we are going to focus on wood porch swings. There are many types of wood in the world, and you can get a porch swing made out a a handful of these. Let's take a look at what woods are available and some of the qualities that each one offers.

Cedar is a great, year round wood for outdoor purposes. You can find cedar in fencing and home siding, so it makes sense for porch swings as well. One thing about cedar that many people like and many do not, it is purely personal preference, is that it slowly and naturally turns a silver gray color, taking on a very rustic look. Cedar is very durable and strong without being overly heavy, so it is easy to move when needed. Cedar naturally does not warp like many other woods meaning that it does not need a lot of extra, protective maintenance and care. For outdoors, cedar is a great choice, it basically comes down to whether or not you like its weathered look.

Teak is another very popular choice in outdoor furniture. Teak porch swings are also very durable in all weather conditions. It has a tight grain and natural oil so that it resists rot. Like cedar, you do not have to finish it with a spar varnish, you can let it weather naturally. Unlike cedar's gray, it turns a rich brown when exposed to air. Also, teak does not cause rust when in contact with metal. The down sides to teak is that it is expensive and, due to its dense nature, it is quite heavy.

Cypress, another wood known for its close grain and weather resistance to warping and shrinking, is known for its beauty. It is not used as much as cedar or teak, but is growing in popularity. It is heavier than cedar, but not as heavy as teak. Cypress can range in color from quite light to a rich golden brown, and it is also known to take an antique finish quite well.

Oak is a popular wood indoors, and can also be found in porch swings, but are definitely better used in weather protected areas. Oak is a hard wood that is quite heavy. Because of its open pores, it is affected by weather and needs to be protected with a weather resistant spar varnish.

I like the look of pine, but it is a soft wood that is better suited for the indoors. Many choose pine because it is more affordable than most any other wood, but it does not weather well. But porch swings are available in pine, so a spar varnish is a must, which should be regularly checked and maintained .

Regardless of the wood you choose for your swing, there are benefits of wood in general. Primarily that it does not hold the heat or the cold, so it is always comfortable to the touch. This is really nice because most other materials become hot during the summer and can deter users from enjoying a sunny afternoon relaxing outdoors. Also, any wood fits easily into the natural environment, regardless of the look and feel that you are trying to create.

So, consider the different qualities of the wood porch swings available, and choose one that suits your lifestyle and tastes best, you are bound to find one that you can enjoy for many years to com.

 


Traditional Architectural Style Roof Cupolas Add Beauty and Value to your Home

Roof cupolas are structures that vary in shapes and typically sit upon the main roof of a building, house, barn, or tower and are an architectural design that dates back many centuries. Roof cupolas were originally designed to serve a need or function, however, the majority of cupolas built and added to homes today are mainly for style or ornamental purposes. Cupolas are manufactured with a variety of materials which you can select from including a wood, vinyl, aluminum, or copper cupola for your home. Whether you are remodeling your current home or building a new one, roof cupolas will add style, beauty, and value to your home.

Historical and Modern Functions and Designs of Roof Cupolas

It is believed that cupolas date as far back as the Greco-Roman era and were modeled after the watchtowers utilized in ancient times. The additions of cupolas came to the northeastern part of the United States along with the early settlers and were used by the colonials for different functions. Cupolas were used for illumination as well as ventilation that allowed for warm air and moisture to escape while allowing cooler air to come in. Cupolas are also sometimes referred to as a "widow's walk" in reference to the belvedere styles popular in colonial days where they could be reached by a set of stairs and were used by individuals who could look out to the sea and watch for returning ships carrying their loved ones.

Many of these original cupolas still exist today and can be seen commonly at the top of older houses along the eastern seaboard of the United States. Today, roof cupolas are generally purchased for ornamental purposes and to add a more traditional or colonial style look to a home, however, some are still purchased and utilized for ventilation in the loft of a barn or attic of a home. Many cupolas are also used on other buildings or structures surrounding properties such as garages, carriage houses, and gazebos with some having a decorative weathervane on top.

Roof cupolas come in many different sizes, shapes, and designs including the most popular type of roof cupola which is an octagon shape made of redwood with a roof made of copper. Cupolas are also available in more modern and exquisite looking designs including the copper cupola which is made of solid copper. Vinyl cupolas are a popular choice due to their affordability as well as their ability to withstand the elements and be painted in the colors of your choice.

Choosing the Size of your Cupola

While the design and style of roof cupolas is typically a matter of personal preference, it is important to carefully select the right size cupola to compliment your home. For instance, if you choose a cupola that is too small for the roof it will have an appearance resembling a birdhouse. The recommendation for measuring your house for a cupola is to measure the footage of unbroken roof line and multiply the total by one and a half inches. For example, if your unbroken roof line measurement is twenty feet, the minimum size of your cupola should be thirty inches square. Roof cupolas make an excellent choice for home improvement projects as they not only enhance the exterior of your home, but also add to its value

 


Ideas for Outdoor Wedding Decorations

If you are looking at an outdoor wedding, there really are several advantages you have over a typical indoor church wedding. For one thing, in my opinion at least, you have a lot less to do with outdoor wedding decorations. My sister was very lucky in planning her outdoor wedding, as the location already had outdoor wedding decorations that she could use, and in fact were already in place so she didn't need to worry. If that isn't your situation, maybe you have to bring your own outdoor wedding decorations, or come up with how you want to decorate on your own. Sometimes that can be a little difficult, to wonder if everything will look all right. There are several things you can do for your outdoor wedding decorations. If you need some help coming up with ideas, then this is a great place to start.

Outdoor Wedding Decorations with Lights

My sister got married under a huge 200 year old oak tree which is just magnificent to look at. Since most outdoor weddings in Texas are done in the evenings, then adding lights to your outdoor wedding decorations is a great place to start. Christmas lights, of course are a given. The tree behind my sister and her husband had Christmas lights going up the trunk of the tree, and in pictures the lights were beautiful, twinkly and romantic. Another idea to consider using lights in your outdoor wedding decorations is to use candles. On some of the lower branches, my sister had looped thick white ribbon, and tied it to small glass candle holders, and lit the candles. The effect was beautiful and elegant. You can use this idea, and hang something different from the tree, but I think this is best since the candlelight is so romantic.

Outdoor Wedding Decorations with an Arch

Many couples choose to bring in some kind of arch for outdoor weddings, and decorate it with greenery, flowers or lights. This can make a beautiful addition to your outdoor wedding, as well as help to set apart an area that you both will be standing with the minister. Make sure that your arch fits in with the location though. For example, my sister got married under a huge 200 year old oak tree, and using an arch would have been definite overkill since the branches of the tree were several feet over their heads anyway. So be sure to consider your location before going with an arch.

Outdoor Wedding Decorations with Flowers

You will want to set apart some place to be the altar, instead of just open space. A great way to do this is with two pillars or other kind of stands. My sister used white pillars, and placed two large flower arrangements on them to help create an area where you and your fiance will be standing. Depending on your situation and location of outdoor wedding, you may need to do a bit more. However, if you are having an outdoor wedding, then the location you choose should already have some beautiful scenery for your guests to view. Another option you can consider for your outdoor wedding decorations is to place some small greenery or flowers at the feet of the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and out a little. This will also help to set apart the area that is to be your altar, or area where everyone involved in the ceremony needs to be.

One of the great benefits of having an outdoor wedding is that you may not need to do as much with your outdoor wedding decorations. The live nature around your guests, and natural beauty of it will add so much to your outdoor wedding.

 


Express Yourself: Adding Interest to Your Garden

There are many ways that you can add interest to a garden. Anything that becomes a focal point will add interest and that can range from garden sculptures to the types of plants you choose.

Adding block planting of a particular specimen can become a focal point in the garden. Even adding areas of variegated foliage can create a focal point in the
garden.

Seats are another item that can add interest to the garden and additionally they can offer a nice place to rest and relax while you admire your work.

Mirrors that are strategically placed can enhance the garden in many ways. They can bring reflected light to dark corners of the garden. They can also give the impression that the garden is bigger or alternatively they can give the impression that the open space is bigger. Placed at various angles, mirrors can add a lot of fun and interest to a garden and help to lead a visitor on to other areas.

Using hedges can also add interest to the garden while offering protection to the plants. Hedges are also an excellent way to gain privacy without feeling closed in.

Water features are a favorite for many people and the sound of running water in the corner of a garden can add an atmosphere of calm and relaxation. Water features can also be good for the birds in the garden particularly in the summer months when they might find it difficult to find water lying around to suit their
needs.

As with sculptures, stones, rocks and pebbles can add interest and offer areas where you can walk even when the surrounding ground might be too wet. Shells also make a good cover on the ground for paths that can remain dry in the wet season.

There are so many different things that you put in your garden to add interest. Everything from old cartwheels to wind chimes, aviaries or anything else you can imagine.

Gardens offer you one of the best opportunities to express yourself. You can often get a good idea of a person's personality just by looking at their garden. It can show you whether they are free spirited with color and plants splashed everywhere or prefer a more organized and regimented approach to life.

Planting your garden gives you the freedom to choose the colors that make you feel good. The colors and plants that make you feel happy.

You have the choice to add the flowers that have the fragrances that you love to smell or remind you of some place that you might have once visited.

You can change with the seasons just as your garden does and add color to a gray day. It gives you an excuse to get outside on a gray day and enjoy all the color that you might have missed inside avoiding the weather.

Adding colored pots and sculptures can brighten a winter and add more contrast to the colors of spring, summer and fall.

You can change the style and look of the garden as you make changes in your life so that one year is never the same as the next or you can choose to keep everything the same if you don't like change just as an old tree stands from one year to the next.

A garden can change your moods and make you feel good just being there with the beauty all around. It can make you realize that the important things in life are the little things that are all around us all the time.

There is life in the garden and the garden will always welcome anyone who wants to share in the beauty of that life.

It's no wonder that so many people love gardening, because there is so much to love about it. Doesn't that just make you want to get outside right now and get into the garden?

 


Real Cedar Adirondack Chairs Will Astound You

Cedar Adirondack chairs may be more than you ever considered them to be. Have you ever been to an ancient cedar grove? If not, you owe it to yourself to do that if you ever get the chance. Walking among those giant cedar trees, you almost feel transported back to a prehistoric forest where anything might be possible. You feel so small and insignificant, but also alive and exhilarated. You may even find yourself assuring yourself that the dinosaurs really are extinct, as every noise you hear sparks just a little shot of adrenaline through your body.

You notice many things in a cedar forest that heighten the senses, and intrigue the mind. The way the moss and lichen grow and hang, the green lush shade-loving forest plants, little trickling brooks and small streams, and of course one of the world's great mysteries, cedar Adirondack chairs that can be found throughout the forest in various stages of development. These wonders of nature are truly a spectacle to behold and confound our normal perceptions.

Scientists are unsure of how to explain the almost spontaneous appearance of cedar Adirondack chairs in these ancient groves. Some have even argued that they appear as a result of a rare bioprocess known as cedarchairusappearus. Of course, my wife thinks the fairies of the forest built them, but I tend to be a little skeptical so this explanation doesn't sit right. Most scientists believe that when a cedar tree reaches a certain maturity, the internal chemistry of the tree itself begins a radical transformation that causes the bark to peal back, the limbs to crack and flex, and the wood itself to deteriorate and fall away to mother earth, ultimately leaving fully developed and beautiful cedar Adirondack chairs.

In some studies, it has been shown that this miracle of nature can take up to 400 years to occur. If you are especially observant and lucky, you will witness this process midstream; an arm here, a leg there, a back rest over there. As the chair begins to reveal itself from out of the giant trees, you are humbled at the majesty and wonder of this amazing natural mystery. But most people do not recognize the parts for what they are and just believe them to be fallen limbs.

Imitations of cedar Adirondack chairs are found in workshops, stores, parks, porches and patios all over the world, but they can only hope to approximate the real thing. But that is okay. Wouldn't it be an utter violation of nature if people were sneaking into the magical forests and stealing the precious chairs away from their birth place. Indeed it would be. I, for one, am content to live with rough approximations. When I am relaxing on an Adirondack chair I take comfort in knowing that those phenomenal wonders of nature are in process right now in ancient groves across the land, and remain authentic and true.

All kidding aside, products like cedar Adirondack chairs do have a special place on our porches and in our yards, especially if you consider that they are made from a truly remarkable material. A tree is a precious thing, and the goods we derive for our use from them are equally valuable, or at least should be if we consider the source.

 




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