Wednesday, September 26, 2018

6 Ways to Boost The Aesthetic Appeal Of Your Backyard

People often spend a long time getting the aesthetics of their home in order, but usually, there’s an obvious problem; they only focus on the interior, and forget to take control of the backyard! It’s understandable on one level, as people spend more of their time inside their house than sitting just outside of it, but if you take the time to make your outdoor space aesthetically pleasing, you’ll be more inclined to spend time there. By getting it into shape, you’ll effectively be adding another room to your house. Below, we take a look at seven easy to enact ways you can beautify your yard area.


Focus on the Seating Area

When it comes to improving a yard, people usually look at the vast amount of empty spaces and assume they’ll need to take on a big project. Not true. If you’re short on time, then just focus your attention on your outdoor seating area. If you take the time to add some modern outdoor furniture, then the area will be immediately improved. To draw the eye to this part of the yard, you can add drapes around the edges.

Update the Patio

Be aware, however, that the seating area you’ve carefully crafted will only dramatically improve the look if the patio flooring is in tip-top shape. If your current patio is full of weeds and all-around looks worn and battered, then the space isn’t going to look as good as it could do. As a solution, look at getting liquid limestone concrete installed at It’ll make the space look modern, cleaner, and, as it doesn’t crack, you won’t have to worry about weeds poking through, now or in the future.

Clearly Defined Borders

There’s a simple trick that makes your yard look less like a wild mess of outdoor life, more an organised concentration of outdoor life. It’s all in the borders. Defining a clear edge between your grass and fence will, for starters, give you the space you need to get a few plants and flowers in the ground. Once you’ve got your borders, you’ll want to focus on having clearly defined “sections” of the yard. That means a space for the child’s play area, space for the seating area, grass, flowers, and so on.

Take Care of the Grass

Of all the areas of your yard that can have a big impact, none are quite as easy to manage as your lawn. If it’s left to its own devices, it’ll quickly run out of control, and begin to make your yard look more like a wild jungle than a family home. It doesn’t take long to cut the grass - unless you have a football field-sized plot - and is a good excuse to get out into the garden. If you’ve cut your grass and it’s still looking a little worse for wear, it might be that it’s lacking the things it needs to look at it’s healthiest, greenest best. Give it some TLC, and it’ll quickly begin to improve.

Basic Gardening

No-one’s saying you need to go big and build an award-winning garden, but it’ll be well served by adding a few flowers. If you’re really short on time, then research the flowers that are native to your area. They’ll only require a little bit of maintenance, and will make your yard look much more interesting. But who knows, once you’ve discovered some of the benefits of gardening, you might just find that you’re happy to spend more and more time with your hands in the dirt at the weekend.

Remove the Debris

Finally, take care to remove the things in your yard that don’t belong there. When the leaves begin to fall and the wind picks up, our green spaces can end up full of debris such as leaves and trash that’s somehow made it onto your property. Also, remove the items that are sometimes used there - like children’s toys, tools, and the BBQ - when you’re not using them. It’s easy to leave them out there, but they’ll only unnecessarily make your green space look messy and will also leave the items exposed to the elements, damaging them before their time.

Final Thoughts

It does require some effort to get your yard into a healthy shape, but it’s worthwhile taking the time. You’ll be much more inclined to go enjoy the outdoors on your own property if you like what you see out there, and so will your friends and family!


Turn Your Child’s Bedroom Into Hogwarts!

Harry Potter is a magical universe created by JK Rowling and it is without a doubt one of the most successful children’s book series of all time. If you have a child who loves all things magic and enjoys Harry Potter and all things Hogwarts, it could be a fun project this year to create a Hogwarts inspired bedroom. Here is what you can do.

A castle mural

The main feature of Hogwarts is that iconic castle which towers over the landscape and looks beautiful from afar. You can use the wall behind your child’s bed to create a castle mural which can be as simple as a black silhouette of the castle or as detailed as you want. You might even be able to find Hogwarts Wallpaper to use instead.

Create a magical chest of drawers

Your child likely already knows what house they belong to, and depending on what they choose you can have a certain theme running through the room. If you have a plain chest of drawers to play around with, you can make a magical chest of drawers which look like a suitcase pile in the room. The top drawer can be painted to be the house colours, the middle can be painted as a wooden suitcase, and the bottom can be painted black and grey to seem like a different style of suitcase. Create a cardboard name tag and place it on the bottom drawer and you will have a stunning set of ‘suitcases’.

Create a quilt

The Hogwarts common rooms and dorms have a very old fashioned English feel to them and because of this a lot of the design is simple and in block colours. One feature of the beds in Hogwarts is the colourful patchwork quilts which you can make yourself this weekend. All you need is a bunch of square pieces of fabric in different colours and a needle and thread or sewing machine. Patch the pieces together to make a colourful and quirky quilt for the bed.

Make the bed magical

The beds in Hogwarts are magical and regal looking and they have four posters to make the child feel safe and secure at night. If you want to make a Hogwarts style bed for your child, you can either buy a four poster bed and look at the online mattress store for the rest, or you can make four posters and hang some fabric off them yourself. It is a simple craft to do and you can transform the look and feel of the room instantly by doing this.

Hang house banners

Of course, no magical room can be complete without hanging a few large Hogwarts House banners from the walls. You can either buy these or make them yourself with some fabric and fabric paint. Your child’s room will be instantly transformed into a stunning magical dormitory and they will feel as if they have just received their Hogwarts letter for the first time! It will be amazing and it will feed their imaginations for years to come.