Posts Tagged ‘Home and Garden’

Take Back the Basement!

Cluttered BasementHas your bottom floor gotten the best of you? Is it a monster, running out of control below your home? Your basement has the potential to be more than just an unfinished, bare-bones home gym – or worse, a stuffed-to-the-gills storage room! It might be a dirty, messy dumping ground today, but it could soon become a family room, a playroom, an office, a bedroom, or even a home spa! With just a few special touches, that forgotten floor of your home can become a relaxing oasis or a hub for family activity. Read on for some decorating and renovating suggestions from HGTV and This Old House.

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5 Decor Pieces to Get Guests Talking

Home Decor AccessoriesHome decor is a form of self-expression, just like clothes you wear and the words you speak. The way your home is decorated says a lot about you, more than just what colors you like. You want to choose pieces that make you smile to look at and that communicate your aura to guests as soon as they step into the house. Before you take your next trip to Pier 1 Imports, give some thought about what you want your home to say. Then, choose items that speak to you, and soon your guests will be doling out compliments like crazy.

Vacation Momentos

Have you taken a special vacation lately? Chances are, you’ve got tons of gorgeous vacation photos that are holed up in a memory card and a Facebook album. Let your memories take center stage by turning them into a work of art. At this website, you can turn your photos into multiple canvas prints that showcase your photography skills. Everyone will want to know the story behind your new work of art, and you can share tales of your traveling adventures with all of your loved ones.

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How Pond Dyes Can Help (Not Harm!) Your Pond

backyard pondMany nature-loving pond owners may balk at the idea of adding a dye to their pond just for aesthetic purposes, but there are actually many benefits to using such a product. Here’s a quick guide to how using a pond dye can improve the quality of your pond and why, if used correctly, it won’t harm any animal or human life in the process.

The Benefits of Pond Dyes

One major benefit of using a pond dye is control of algae growth. Pond dyes filter sunlight so that algae is unable to undergo photosynthesis, which drastically reduces the level of weed and algae growth in your pond. Pond dyes can also potentially be used to protect fish in your pond. A darker pond can, to some degree, shield fish from the watchful eyes of predators that attack from above or beside the pool. And although aesthetics are not the only benefit, pond dyes do help artificial ponds mimic the beautiful blues and reflections found in natural ponds. Dark dyes also help ponds to appear deeper through a beautiful optical illusion.

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5 Common Problems With Above Ground Pools

Above Ground PoolMaking the decision to put in a pool is fun and exciting. A pool can offer your family hours of enjoyment and fun. But above ground pools can come with some problems that you need to be careful to watch for.

The pool could be unlevel. You need to be very careful to make sure that your pool is going to sit level. This means taking extreme caution if you are installing the pool yourself or making sure that the company that you hire is qualified and knows what they are doing. Having an unlevel pool is not only an eyesore but places undue strain on the walls of the pool.

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Designs For a Log Siding Greenhouse

Domestic wooden tool sheds.

We love greenhouses, and since we like to think of ourselves as environmentally friendly people, we think everyone who has the space in their backyard should have one. Not only are they easy to build, they make your backyard look great, and they can be a great complement to your house. There are quite a few different types of wood structures you can purchase to help adorn your backyard. Among the many options are gazebos, sheds, pergolas, and of course-greenhouses. A wooden greenhouse can come in a variety of styles and sizes, so you can always select the one most appropriate for your yard area. A basic wood frame unit made to house only plants can be as compact as four feet by four feet. Many of these compact styles are designed to be placed on a patio area where you will have easy access to the materials and plants inside. The Sunshine Garden model comes with a redwood frame and interior shelves as well.

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