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Garden Decor Bird Feeders

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Garden Decor Bird Feeders 
Bird feeders are a great addition to any garden. It makes a garden seem more alive when there are animals in it moving around. It’s also fun to sometimes just sit and watch them as they do their thing or listen to their songs. It’s also fun to just see how many different types of birds you can attract to your yard. Birds and animals in general are a great type of “live” garden decor.

Where To Put Them

Bird feeders go well out in your garden. It’s not a good idea to put them up close to your house because lots of times birds will fly into your windows not realizing there is glass and get hurt or killed. You can hang them from trees or other things. I would recommend almost hanging them from a post or pole because lots of times squirrels will try to eat out them as well and they’ll find it harder getting at your bird feeder if it’s on a pole. Also, with birds comes bird poop. You’ll definitely want to be sure that whatever you put your bird feeder, it’s not above something you don’t mind if it gets pooped on.

What To Feed

The types of birds you attract to your yard will depend on where you live and the types of feeders you put up and seeds you put in them. If you want to just attract a general all around set of birds, you’ll want to put up a feeder that contains Sunflower seeds. This will attract Chickadees, Nuthatches, Finches, Cardinals & Grosbeaks, Sparrows & Blackbirds, Jays, Woodpeckers, Titmice, among others… If you’re just starting out, I’d recommend getting just a basic feeder that looks like a clear vertical tube about 3 – 4 inches across, then just fill it with seed and hang it from a tree. If you notice squirrels and things getting into it, there are different ways to combat that like putting it on a pole or getting a special feeder that’s squirrel proof. You could even just get a squirrel feeder and they’d leave your bird feeder alone probably. 🙂 If you want to attract a wider range of birds, you can get more feeders and put different types of seeds in them. Also I would definitely recommend getting a hummingbird feeder. Hummingbirds are such amazing animals. They seem more similar to a bee than a bird the way they fly. When you set up your hummingbird feeder you definitely won’t want to use honey or artificial sweeteners for your feeder as these are bad for the birds and can cause mold.

Bird baths are a great thing to stick next to bird feeders. Just not right under them. 🙂 Anyway, it’s really fun to watch a bird drinking or even bathing in water. It’s interesting to me how they actually keep themselves well groomed and clean. You’ll just want to make sure that you keep it clean and maybe hose it down every once in a while if it gets bird poop on it.

Once you get it all set up get a nice pair of binoculars and get ready for some bird watching. It’s fun to keep track of how many different types of birds come to your yard. One thing you’ll want to do is just keep the feeder filled up regularly. Once the birds get used to coming to your yard, if you’re sure to keep the feeders filled, they’ll keep coming back.

Furniture Arranging Tips

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Furniture Arranging Tips

Different rooms need different arrangements depending on size and shape. However, there are certain guidelines that will help create a comfortable environment in a variety of spaces.

Living Rooms

The living room furniture should all be arranged around one particular focal point, possibly a fireplace or entertainment center. The focal point should be anchored to the wall, while the furniture, space permitting, should be moved away from the walls to create intimacy. In bringing your furniture closer together, just be sure to leave pathways several feet wide.

Seating arrangements are very important for comfort and socializing. To encourage conversation, keep chairs within 8 feet of each other. Also make sure that each seat has a table within easy reach. End tables should be the same height as the arm of the chair, and coffee tables should be 14-18 inches from the couch to allow plenty of leg room.

Bedrooms

Accent the bed as a focal point by placing a trunk or baskets at the foot. An attractive head board also helps draw attention to the bed. You can create balance by placing matching night stands on each side of the bed. For a similar effect with a sitting area, place side tables on each side of matching chairs or a sofa.

Placing the furniture at an angle will help create a more interesting set up. Placing the furniture diagonally also makes the room seem bigger.

Multipurpose Room

One of the most important functions of the furniture in a multipurpose room is to define clearly the different areas. A folding screen is one great way to do this. You can also give each section its own area rug. If one of the room’s uses is dining, be sure to leave at least three feet of space around the dining table.

Decorating Your Bathroom on a Budget

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Decorating Your Bathroom on a Budget

Maybe you ’ve just moved into a new house and you need to make your new bathroom bearable, or maybe you just need a new look for your old bathroom. Either way, it is possible to completely redo your bathroom while on a budget.

First of all, you may be surprised by how improved your bathroom can look just by getting some brand new bath towels and accent towels and bath accessories. And if you have a little extra money, a new coat of paint is nice, too. You don’t need to completely remodel your bathroom to make it look great – you may just need to redecorate.

Fabric can make a big impact on your bathroom. If you have a bathtub, a shower curtain can really add some character and disguise an unseemly bathtub. Window curtains can also improve the look of your bathroom. If you are crafty, you can even go out and buy fabric and sew your own shower curtain and window curtains out of the same fabric– then you just need to buy a shower liner to seal the deal, so to speak. And before checking out the fabric store, you may want to consider using a basic bed sheet – hey, you could even buy the same sheets for your bed and tie the two rooms together!

Fabric can be used in other ways, too. If you have a sink without a cupboard beneath, you can get instant storage space by gathering some fabric and attaching around your sink with something as simple as Velcro.

You can even get some Modge podge and decoupage pieces of fabric to containers that hold your cotton balls and tissues, etc. Of course, you may not want to use that same fabric on all of these items. Sometimes just having a few items that match can be enough – you don ’t want the decor of your bathroom to be overwhelming or gaudy.

You can always add a plant to your bathroom, too. You can replace hardware and knobs or faucets.

Changing your light fixture and properly lighting your bathroom can make a huge difference, too. Or maybe you want to focus on getting a beautiful mirror. Even when shopping on a budget, there are some items that are worth splurging on.

You probably can not afford to make all of these changes while decorating your bathroom, but even making a few changes can make a big difference.

Decorating with Clocks

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Decorating with Clocks

One great thing about using clocks as decorations is that they are both functional and attractive. An alarm clock in the guest room is a necessity, since the guests should always be able to wake themselves. So why not also use the clock as a decoration? Wall clocks are a great item for adding something to a small house or apartment. Or if you have some room to spare, try placing a clock on a bookshelf or tabletop.

Style Is Everything

Too often we think of clocks in utilitarian terms, simply as something to be used rather than enjoyed. If you’re searching for a new clock, try getting a unique, attractive clock that will fit with your decor.

There are clocks that will fit perfectly with any decor style. Kids’ bedrooms are the perfect place for a wacky, colorful clock. And what game room is complete without an Elvis Presley clock? For a more traditional living room or adult bedroom, nothing can beat an antique style wood clock.

Wall Clocks

Rather than simply sticking the clock on the first blank spot you see, place it in an arrangement with other items as you would a picture or a mirror. Items on the wall can be integrated by working from a virtual horizon. Don’t just think horizontal, though. The virtual lines can also run vertically and diagonally.

Something Different: Clock Arrangements

For a decor arrangement you don’t see everyday, try placing several clocks together. Simply arrange the clocks as you would pictures or other items. Create unity by choosing a common theme or color scheme. With all the hands synchronized and moving together, the sight will be impressive indeed.

Cabinet Refacing – The Do-It-Yourself Way

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Cabinet Refacing – The Do-It-Yourself Way

If you get bored with your current set of cabinets, then you will find that a little cabinet re-facing will help you to solve this problem. Many times the cabinets are in proper condition but they may look out of date and old because of their look and design. The methods given here would not only save both time and money, but will render any home looking in vogue and fresh once again.

A number of ways are available for you to choose from whereby you can re-face your home. There is no hard and fast rule to do it. Some ways will take a long time, and there are some ways by which any person can accomplish the task by himself or herself. If you have a long-term project in your mind, then you can do both the outdoor and the indoor. If the frames of the cabinet have not dilapidated much, then you can comfortably get along without this step.

One way of re-facing your cabinet is just to peel off the old varnish and put a new layer on it. This may take some time to finish, but it will exude the natural grain of the wood on the cabinets. You may also have to put more than one layer of new varnish on the cabinet. You can make this your own fun and fresh way of adding style to your kitchen décor.

You can also install new doors for cabinet re-facing. In case your doors have become cracked, dingy or at the point of breaking, then you may have to invest in new doors. But if you want to avoid buying new doors, you can either make them yourself or appoint another person to do it for you. There are many styles to choose from for your doors in your project of cabinet re-facing, and they are rarely difficult to fit.

A quick way to re-face that cabinet of yours is through painting. Some cabinets need to be stripped off their all the paint and start afresh. This would be required if the paint is cracking off or peeling. For some cabinets, you may have to begin with a coat of primer, and then add the actual paint. Needless to say there are a variety of colors you can choose from. There is a definite kind of paint for the cabinet, which you can use so that it remains good and nice for a long time. This paint can be easily procured from any ordinary shop that sells paints. This is an enjoyable and inventive way to add that extra touch to your kitchen.

With a little bit of re-facing your cabinet you can a lot of personal touch to your home. This would also make your home more beautiful than ever, where you will feel good to be. Again, your guests would feel welcome and good in the fresh and inviting surroundings. At the end of the day, all the effort would be worth it.

Bathroom Storage Ideas for Small Bathrooms

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Bathroom Storage Ideas for Small Bathrooms

One of the smallest rooms in our homes is usually our bathrooms. Finding space to store the “stuff” we want and need in a bathroom can be a challenge.The following ideas may be useful to you for bathroom storage:

1. Repurpose stuff – I use an umbrella stand in my bathroom to hold toilet paper, a plant stand to hold shampoos and bath stuff, and a pedestal fruit bowl to hold washcloths.

2. Decorate with your bathroom “stuff”. The obvious thing is to hang your bathroom linens on hooks on the walls (I made a set for my bathroom out of the lids from three wooden canisters I was not using. BTW, I used the canisters themselves as “lifts” in some of my tablescapes”).

3. Use the back of your bathroom door for storage. Humble chicken wire makes a great storage unit. I saw this last weekend, where a door was covered with chicken wire and when hooks were hung off the wire holding lots of things, including baskets holding stuff. This I will be doing myself soon. You might think this would only “work” in real primitive decor, but that wasn’t true in this case. The baskets hanging off the wire were very contemporary making the end result look contemporary as well.

4. Your over-the-toilet and under-the-sink storage will vary with each bathroom design. No matter what your sink design is, storage can be “made” if none exists by skirting the sink to hide things under it, or by putting baskets, boxes (even hatboxes) or tins under it in full view.

A good wall mounted storage unit (perhaps over the toilet) is a video/DVD stand, mounted on its side.

5. Look up. Can you mount shelving over the door or the mirror? Do your current cabinets go all the way to the ceiling? Mine don’t and I store stuff on top of the cabinets.

6. Can you maximize the storage you have? I found I could store more by separating “stuff” into baskets and stacking them inside the closets/drawers.

7. Would taking the doors off your cabinets/closets make more storage? This may be counter-intuitive, but it did work in one of my bathrooms. I was able to use some of my collections (baskets, aluminumware, milk glass) as both storage and decor.

8. Can you mount storage on the SIDE of cabinets or closets in your bathroom? Maybe a magazine rack on the side of a cabinet near the toilet or shelving near the sink and/or mirror?

9. What about shelves UNDER the cabinets you have?

10. Can any storage be made INSIDE your tub or shower stall? I found a rack that sits across the bathtub (from side to side) that I store bath stuff in.

Arranging Wall Decor

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Arranging Wall Decor

When decorating, people often put a lot of time and effort into arranging the furniture and very little into arranging the wall decor. Yet in reality, wall decor, like furniture, greatly affects the feeling of a room and should be arranged different ways depending on the desired effect. Here are some of the primary factors to take into consideration.

Weight

Bright, dark, oddly shaped, or strikingly patterned items look heavier and larger than solid, pale, small, regularly shaped items. If an object has sufficient visual weight, it will be better displayed alone.

Balance

Balance is the even distribution of visual weight. The most obvious example of balance is symmetry, though balance is possible with asymmetrical arrangements as well. Without balance, a display will appear uneven and clumsy.

Hierarchy

Hierarchy occurs when one dominant item (the focal point) is used with other subordinate items. This arrangement is especially useful for creating unity in themed displays with diverse items.

Repetition

By arranging copies of an item in a pattern you can create beautiful displays. One good thing about repetition is that works in many different situations: inexpensive and simple objects, pictures, and 3-dimensional items will all work.

Lines

A single line is not usually that interesting. But by grouping several lines together you can create a modern display. Get creative by varying the width, length, and spacing.

Negative Space

Negative space is the blank wall area between items. By correctly positioning wall art, you can turn the negative space itself into a design. This task is more easily done when the color of the items contrasts with the color of the wall.

5 Flea Market Finds for Decorating Your Kitchen

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5 Flea Market Finds for Decorating Your Kitchen

Shopping at flea markets and yard sales is a great way to get inexpensive items that you can use to decorate your kitchen. In addition to being light on the budget, oftentimes you will find unique items that add a special interest to your kitchen and can even act as conversation pieces. Here are 5 things to look for that you can use to add unique decorative flair to your kitchen.

1. Vintage Linens.

Vintage linens are unique in the way that they were printed, the colors they use and even the subject matter. You can look for table cloths and dishtowels from days gone by that will add charm to any kitchen. Use the table cloths on your table, and hang the dishtowels from your stove and cabinet handles to make a unique display.

2. Vintage Canister Sets.

Old canister sets are quirky and unique. Some of them, like the old Jadite sets are actually quite valuable. You can buy most of the tin canister sets from the 50s and 60s for under $20 and they’ll add a unique decorative touch to your countertop.

3. Salt and Pepper Shakers.

Adding a collection of salt and pepper shakers that you display on shelves or even on your countertop can be a great way to add some kitsch to the kitchen. Look for whimsical sets, or sets that match your particular kitchen theme. These can be fun to collect over the years as you can always be on the lookout for something to add to your collection.

4. Vintage Hankies.

While you might not think of hankies as something you could use in the kitchen, they can actually make a great valance that is interesting and unique. What you want to do is collect a bunch of hankies that have similar colors or themes. Perhaps a set of hankies that have embroidered flowers or plain white ones with fancy lace edges ( also known as bridal hankies). Then fold them over in quarters and attached them to each other, overlapping them a bit. Now you can sew the channel in them so that they can fit on a curtain rod and be used as a unique valance.

5. Mismatched Tureen Covers.

Go to any yard sale of flea market and you’re bound to find a bevy of beautiful old porcelain and china covers that have no matching bottoms. While these might seem useless, they actually have great decorative appeal. Hang them in plate racks on the wall in groupings and you’ve got a beautiful display that will remind you of days gone by. But the best part is that you can pick them up very cheap!

When you shop at yard sales and flea markets, always have an eye out for unique decorative items that you like. If you can buy them cheap enough then why not take them home and figure out how you can fit them into your decorating scheme? This way of decorating is not only inexpensive but it’s a lot of fun too!