Social Networking for Amateur Home Decorators

Social networking for amateur home decorators is one of the newest trends on the internet. The social network provides a neighborhood where amateur home decorators can showcase their projects and receive feedback and inspiration from other members of the community.

We know what we like and aren’t afraid to do the work ourselves. We will usually tackle just about any project, no professional landscapers, interior designers or decorators needed.

A little bit of advice, suggestions and ideas are certainly welcome from professionals and other home decorators. But, that’s were it stops! We have fun and welcome the challenges that come with decorating our homes.

There’s definitely a lot of information to be found from remodeling a kitchen to refinishing a piece of furniture. We are lucky to have shows like HGTV and Martha Stewart that are full of creative people that share ideas, advice and suggestions.

BHG, Coastal Home, and Southern Living are just a few of the many magazines available. These magazines fill their pages with fabulous pictures, decorating ideas, gardening, and cooking ideas.

The biggest by far and my personal favorite is, social networking through the internet. Amateur home decorators are able to share our home decorating ideas with like minded people. Our ideas are shared through images, slide shows and videos. We communicate through websites, blogs, e-mail, Facebook and Twitter.

I’m an artist that has fun creating for our home. I have no interest in selling these creations or creating for other homes, but I do like sharing my ideas. Social networking has made sharing my home decorating and cooking ideas possible.

When I first began my website I was surprised by all the home decorating sites that are available. These sites consist of like minded people sharing all their secrets through images and content. Link parties have become very popular with site owners sharing their ideas in one location. This is a great opportunity for visitors to be introduced to other home decorating sites and to gather information.

There are other social networking sites that are similar to a club, but you join and become a member for free. All that’s needed to join and participate is an e-mail address and password. The sites are for site owners, professionals and visitors and offer opportunity for communicating and sharing ideas through a comment page and images.

The member sites offer a range of different opportunities. There are those that offer a way to store images, videos, photo albums and slide shows as well as communication with other members. You can also share your collection of images through e-mail, Twitter and Facebook. Site owners can embed and link images to their own website or blog.

I found slide shows work well on website or blog pages. I don’t know about you, but I like to see a lot of photos of decorating projects. The down side, web pages take a long time to load when too many photos are on a page. The up side to slide shows, the capability to show a lot of photos that do not take a long time to load.

If you like sharing and communicating with like minded people, than you definitely should try social networking with fellow home decorators on the internet. You will be able to gain a lot of information, knowledge and inspiration.

Landscaping Design – How to Beautify Your Garden for the Holidays

Holiday decorations say a lot about your design sense; if you have a yard outside your home then it will look absolutely wonderful if you do it up according to the seasons. As a matter of fact, you can bring a whole lot of life to your property if your landscaping design takes seasonal changes and important holidays into account. Your decorations for Thanksgiving and after that for Christmas and New Year will help make your house stand out in the block.

Seasonal landscaping design involves not just the use of the right kinds of plants. You can also make use of certain installations and decorations to bring out the desired look for your property. As a matter of fact, there are a whole lot of decorations you can choose from. Pole decorations and wreaths are very popular design ideas and so are decorative banners. Special lighting can also bring out the beauty of your property during the holiday season.

1. Use certain plants that will be in full bloom during that time of the year. A certain amount of planning will ensure that you always have the right plants ready.
2. Temporary holiday decorations can be installed by landscaping companies. They will be removed after the holiday season is over.
3. LED lights are a good option to traditional lights since they last very long and use up only a little energy. In addition, they do not require a great deal of maintenance.

It is not easy to beautify your garden for the holiday season, especially if you have extensive gardens or a very busy life. Besides, it is not easy to climb up and down a ladder in order to get everything in place (and remove it afterwards). The simplest thing to do would be to hire a landscaping design firm to take charge of the work. You’ll find that it gets done quickly and efficiently.

The right landscaping firm will design your outdoor holiday decorations after finding out what your requirements are. It should be able to bring your designs to life no matter how unusual they are. Needless to say, there will be a charge associated with this, but you can be sure that it will be completely worth it when you see the finished results. One way that you can bring the charges down is by entering into a long term contract with a landscaping firm and giving all of your business to it.

Fancy Birdhouses for the Bird Lover and the Birds

The fancy birdhouses available in the marketplace today lend themselves as functional works of art for the indoor or more frequently outdoor living space. The vast selection available allows the bird lover to choose the perfect design(s) and proper accessories to compliment indoor decor and outdoor landscape and architecture. The visual features of these fancy birdhouses should match personal taste and the design should be functional for the specific type of bird(s) that the bird lover wishes to attract.

Fancy birdhouses come in all shapes, sizes, materials, themes and designs. A growing number of these pieces are characteristic of the Victorian architecture found in the U.S. in the mid to late 19th Century. A large number of these birdhouses are miniature imitations of specific historic buildings. Other common styles of fancy birdhouses include representations of cottages, churches, barns, log cabins and lighthouses. Decorative, holiday birdhouses help stir the Christmas spirit with dreamlike snowbound settings just waiting for long lost relatives to walk in the door. Many of these holiday birdhouses are for indoor use only.

These fancy birdhouses range in height from less than 12 inches to greater than 27 inches. While the sizes of the openings and actual cavities are important to the potential avian guests, the overall size is often a function of the budget, existing landscape and taste of the bird lover. Consider that a birdhouse of greater than 24 inches will become the dominant feature in most back yards today. These birdhouses also vary significantly in price. The smaller pieces run less than $50 to greater than $250 for the most elegant birdhouses. They are a great alternative for gifts to and from any proud bird lover.

Types of material used to design birdhouses vary and the proper choice will provide an oasis for avian wildlife competing for shelter. Commercial development and the removal of damaged or diseased trees and shrubbery drive this demand from our feathered friends. Maintenance and durability of the material is also a key factor in your selection. Your choices can include:

  • Wood structure including finish work and shingles
  • Ceramic
  • PVC
  • Copper Roofs
  • Stained glass

A large variety of styles are offered to accommodate human tastes but most importantly, the entrance hole size of the birdhouse is the prominent consideration as its specifications will need to adhere to the species of bird you desire to attract. Most commercially made bird houses have entrances holes that range in size from 1-1/8 inch to 2-1/2 inches. Seemingly minor differences in the size of the opening, even 1/8th of an inch will have bearing on the type of bird you will attract.

Other practical considerations when selecting a fancy birdhouse include: ventilation, drainage and cleaning access. Suitable ventilation holes near the top of the birdhouse help maintain fresh air, a dry house and prevent the nestlings from overheating in the summer. Drainage is also an important aspect since in a downpour most likely rain will get inside. Birdhouses should be equipped with ΒΌ inch drainage holes in the bottom. Nestlings can potentially drown in standing water if adequate drainage is not provided. Also look for a birdhouse that allows easy access to examine nestlings and clean out old nests after your birds have fled for the season.

In reality, wild birds are perfectly happy to take up residence in the hollow of a fallen tree if given the choice. The beautiful detail, elegance and character of today’s fancy birdhouses do much more to satisfy the aesthetic taste of the bird lover or the new home owner. The good news is that these truly functional works of art can satisfy both the bird lover and the birds! You must be aware of the practical considerations for attracting your favorite wild bird before you choose a piece to complement your outdoor living space or indoor decor.