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15 Ideas for an Amazing Backyard

backyard-Garden-Sml-(1)Your backyard should be your sanctuary from the world. To have an amazing backyard, it will probably take a little bit of work, but it will definitely be worth it. We’ve created this list of 15 ideas that can take your backyard from boring to amazing. Don’t worry about doing everything. Just work with the space you have and take things one project at a time.

 

1. Water Features

Small streams, waterfalls, or ponds can add a natural, soothing element to your yard. If you have the money and space, a pool can be a fun addition as well.

 

2. Levels

If your backyard is sloped or awkwardly shaped, levels can make the best of the space you have. They can also make your space more interesting.

 

3. Trees

Big trees can add shade to your backyard, and smaller trees can add visual interest. Either way, make sure you have the time for the upkeep. Raking leaves in the fall and pruning limbs in the spring can both take quite a bit of time that will need to be planned for.

 

4. Fire Pits

Cool evenings can become much more cozy when you have a fire pit to gather around.

 

5. Stones and Paths

If you want to add interest to your backyard space, you can add large stones, paths, or stepping stones. Real rocks can be a great feature, but artificial rocks can be a good idea if your yard has unsightly elements that you want to keep hidden. Paths and stepping stones can keep your lawn from excess wear.

 

6. Decks & Patios

If you use your backyard for entertaining, a deck or patio can help keep your landscaping from being trampled.

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Makeover Your Yard with Palapas

palapa bbq island mexican thatch

Create Your Own Tropical Oasis in Your Own Backyard

What are palapas? Palapas are open structures made from thatch commonly used for backyard or resort designs. They are related to umbrellas but they are not the same! These beautiful structures create a wonderful space to entertain friends and family during the warmer months.

four post palapa mexican thatch

Different Types of Palapas

There’s many different styles of thatch to choose from. Using different types of thatch creates a unique look for your palapa. Palapas can generally range between two posts to four posts. A two post palapa is commonly seen with BBQ islands or other dining entertainment spaces. A four post palapa is larger and sturdier which makes it great for adding lower chairs and tables. Guests can comfortably sit under this palapa while drinking and chatting with other guests.

Unique Types of Thatch

The Mexican palm thatch is a very popular style of thatch used to create palapas. This plush and luxurious style thatch is commonly seen in tropical resorts around the world. Another common style of thatch is the African reed thatch. This thatch is valued for its clean and structured look. If you’re looking for something that lasts longer, artificial thatch is a great alternative to natural thatch. Baja palm thatch is the artificial version of Mexican palm thatch while Zulu reed thatch is the artificial version of the African reed thatch.

No matter what style of thatch you end up choosing, adding a palapa to your backyard is a great addition to your lifestyle!

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Why You Should Use Bamboo Rugs in Your Home

Bamboo Rugs

Eco-Friendly

As more and more people learn about the benefits of living an Earth-friendly lifestyle, the market for alternative fabrics and building materials has exploded. People have started to look for ways to live their lives while trying to tread as lightly as possible. Due to the speed with which it grows and its low reliance on pesticides, bamboo has emerged as a popular alternative to many traditional materials. Bamboo is now used in everything from building materials to fabrics and dishes. Bamboo is now even used as a material in the creation of beautiful rugs. In fact, bamboo rugs are growing in popularity at a very fast rate with each year.

People who use bamboo rugs do so for a wide variety of reasons. Some of them enjoy the feeling they get when they do something good for the environment. After all, bamboo requires very little agricultural input to grow when compared to what it takes to grow cotton or develop wool. Since it is a natural fiber, bamboo is also much more environmentally-friendly than nylon-based rugs. All in all, a bamboo rug is going to be more environmentally-friendly than a rug made out of almost any other commercially available material.

Texture and Design

Other people enjoy the texture of a bamboo rug over that of a nylon or wool-based rug. Bamboo has a very unique and supple texture to it that isn’t entirely matched by other materials. In addition to their unique texture, bamboo rugs also express certain types of dyes exceptionally well. Cold-water reactive dyes are especially well-paired with bamboo fibers and this can create some truly brilliant designs. This is because there are many cold-water reactive dyes that are very intense in color. Thanks to the way bamboo fibers retain these dyes, the colors can be vibrant without being overbearing.

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Gorgeous Everyday Statues for Your Backyard

 garden statues

Statues are the perfect accent to any home or business decor. It can instantly update the look of any room, entryway, or garden. Statues can range from small tabletop sizes to large stand-alone sizes. They come in many different design styles ranging from contemporary to classical styles. The texture, color, and type of stone can also change the whole look and feel of the statue and the design space it is in.

garden statue goddess

Statues for Every Area

If you have an empty spot that needs to be filled, use a statue! Small to medium statues work well in creating added interest and texture to any room or outdoor area. Larger statues work well as a focal point to any space. Smaller Buddha head statues work well on table tops, counters, or shelves. Classic busts are great for pedestals and for indoors as well. Add garden spheres to add unique look to your outdoor gardens. Place them individually or in clusters of three.  For a classical style garden, Roman gods/goddesses are a perfect accent or focal point. Feel free to add statues to entryways or by the front door outside. Have fierce lions or Foo dogs greet guests on your front pathway.

buddha statue head bust

Statue Design Styles

There are many different styles of statues to choose from. For zen and Eastern look, Buddha statues are the most popular kind. You can either place a Buddha head or a whole calm Buddha meditating. You can also add animal statues for a woodland feel to your gardens. Deer statues, frogs, dogs, and garden fairies are all wonderful additions to your garden. Classic styles such as Roman gods and goddesses add an elegant and luxurious touch. They come as busts, torso, or full body length. For a beautiful and modern look, the garden spheres are an excellent choice. Obelisks with its clean and simple lines work well in a contemporary chic garden. Elegant post balls can be added on top of pedestals and columns for a finishing look. With many styles to choose from, it is easy to add that special and extra decor for your home or business.

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Beautiful Spring & Summer Lighting and Matting

tiki torches and thatch tiki hut

With spring and summer coming up soon, start preparing your outdoor area for relaxation and entertaining! With the correct type of outdoor decor, your backyard can become a wonderful place to escape to! Matting contrasts nicely with spring and summer colors such as turqoise,  coral, red, yellow,  and white. It makes for a beautiful and subtle backdrop. Flickering candles and torches also create a warm and magical atmosphere.

tiki torch metal table top

Summer Lighting

Flickering candles and torches create a magical warm glow during summer nights. Tiki torches are perfect for your outdoor gathering or romantic dinner. This outdoor decor is a great addition to warmer nights. Not only is it functional but serves as a beautiful design piece. Torches can come in a variety of materials and shapes. The hammered metal torches make a wonderful choice when it comes to decorating your backyard. Made from nickel, copper, brown patina, or red metal, these torches will fit into any design scheme. Die cast aluminum torches are another wonderful choice. Subtle and elegant, these torches are made with classic lines. These torches can also be placed table top. These decorative torches come in a variety of colors and are great for creating ambiance for outdoor parties.

synthetic viro matting

Outdoor Decor Matting

Matting is a great choice when it comes to outdoor decor design. Matting is usually made from eco-friendly dried leaves such as the Lauhala leaves. They are expertly woven together into unique patterns and designs. For a longer lasting matting, we also offer synthetic viro matting as well. Use matting to enhance your outdoor parties. Place matting as table runners for a refreshing and organic look. Feel free to cut matting into unique and individual place-mats. Because of its neutral colors, matting complements any design color scheme. For a more permanent design solution, coat the matting with resin so that it lasts longer while giving it a glossy sheen.

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A New Year and a New Space

We hope everyone has a healthy and happy New Year!

We hope everyone has a healthy and happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! With the start of the new year, we are back to updating our blog to bring you great DIY ideas, current events, and indoor/outdoor inspiration! The New Year is also a wonderful time to make new resolutions- big or small. How about updating your yard or maybe adding a small accent indoors? At Backyard X-Scapes, we offer many products that will help you reach your goal!

Come by and check out our Pinterest page!

Come by and check out our Pinterest page!

For indoor and outdoor inspiration, head to our Pinterest Page! What is Pinterest? It’s an image based website where you “pin” images that catches your fancy. We organized all our image pins into organized boards that will help you pick out what you need such as our Bamboo Fencing Pinterest Page! It shows a comprehensive image list of what we offer. We also have a Garden/Outdoor Inspiration, Home/Indoor Inspiration, and many other boards that will give you some great ideas to get your new look started!

So what catches our fancy? It ranges from amazing backyard re-modeling with modern bamboo fencing and sculptures to simple decor changes such as bamboo poles in vases.

bamboo poles in vase

Not all changes have to be substantial! Little changes here and there can really update the look in your home or business. Adding bamboo poles in vases is a very easy DIY that will fill up empty corner spaces or give that extra decor accent that will bring a room together. It is a very modern and elegant design idea that will surely update your area. Another great resolution could be updating your fencing and borders. Bamboo fencing is an eco-friendly and beautiful solution for a new backyard look. Completely update your fencing or attach bamboo fencing to existing fencing to cover up old or unsightly fencing. We offer many colors and sizes that will suit any design project you had in mind.

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Make It Your Space!

Buying a new space or remodeling the old to new can be a difficult task. Many are overwhelmed by the fact that you can create so many different things in just one space, so where to start? Well for beginners, you need to decide what you would like to get out of the space. Some would prefer to get the most use out of an area while others would just like an artistic mural.

No matter which you are, this is the place for you. Say you have a basement that you would like to remodel but don’t know what to do with it. If you have children who have been bugging you for a space of their own then I recommend constructing this in your space. You can take a simple unused room and create a space for your children to play with their friends while still being able to keep an eye on them. A great idea is to make bunk beds with their own little space like the picture below. The kids will love that they get their own bed rather than having to sleep on the ground and it may even make them want to go to bed earlier than usual so you can have your night quit and worry free because you know your kids are safe and having an amazing time.

If you are expecting but don’t want to go with the traditional blue and pink colors, try going with a very neutral palette such as browns and grays. These colors create a warm and comforting feeling. If you are daring enough, you could also incorporate a bright color such as turquoise or orange to stimulate the room and put a new modern twist on the traditional.

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Use Bamboo Fencing Indoors

Most of us think of bamboo as an “outside only” decorative device. However, with a little creativity and some DIY know-how you can use bamboo fencing and bamboo borders indoors for a resort style home whether you are out enjoying the sunshine or in hiding from a storm. Here are a few tips to give inspire and guide you:

Form and Function.

Obviously, you must first decide what look and feel best suits your tastes. Bamboo is perfect for creating an authentic island getaway or just for splashing touches of the tropics around your home. For example, if you are striving for a tropical hut-like atmosphere, consider covering an entire wall or ceiling with rolled bamboo fencing. Only choose one wall or the ceiling, too much covering will make the room feel smaller; plus it will take as much as 4 inches out of a rooms open space.
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If you are simply adding some tropical accents, consider using parts of a bamboo fence as shutters as opposed to traditional blinds over a window. To do this, attach the fence piece to the outside of the window frame for more privacy or the inside frame to allow more light to penetrate.

Divide the Space. Use a fence to create a border, divider or hiding space. Literally fence off your work space to physically separate home and work or cover an unsightly air conditioner or furnace. Short bamboo fences or bamboo borders work well in small spaces like bathrooms while taller fences make great room dividers.

Easy Maintenance. When using bamboo indoors, there is no need to keep the bamboo from touching the floor (as with outdoor fencing) and the attachment does not have to be as secure, as there is no wind or rain to worry about. The color of the bamboo will not fade if it is not placed in direct sunlight so the overall effect will make a lasting impression for years to come.

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The Many Ways You Can Use Bamboo Fencing

The trend of eco-friendly living has spawned the positive trend of using Bamboo and a building material.  Incredibly versatile, bamboo is being used commercially to produce everything from roofing and bridges to towels, bedsheets and cutting boards.  What makes bamboo “green” is it’s ability to grow incredibly fast, unlike  traditional woods.

We wanted to focus on one specific product that can be versatile to use in an infinite amount of ways.  Here are 5 different ways in which Bamboo fencing can be used.

In Place of Traditional Fencing

Rather than going through the hassle and costly efforts of replacing an old fence, bamboo fencing is a cost effective way to give your old chain link fence or brick wall a brand new look.  The rolled bamboo fencing is connected by a sturdy galvanized wire, so bending it and customizing it to match various landscape terrains is easy.  Installation takes a fraction of the time that installing a new fence would, and bamboo offers a unique look which is different from the traditional planked wood fencing.

Accenting Your Patio

Your front or backyard patio serves as a place for you to escape from the rest of the world and relax on those beautiful Sunday mornings or after a hectic day at work.  Rather than the typical white picket fencing, try adding a bit of tropical flare by using bamboo as fencing for your front porch, or even as a roof for your patio.  Typical awnings and wood floorings are not only expensive but can be costly and time consuming to replace or maintain as well.

Adding Feng Shui to Your Home or Garden

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Getting the Tropical Look Indoors

Summer may be long behind us and with that means cooler temperatures perhaps less time in the backyard.  This doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy a tropical getaway within your very own home.

Many of the elements in which go into creating your outdoor paradise can also be applied within your very own home.

The best way to start is to pick one room in which you can escape and relax to and create your getaway there.

Coastline Candle Photo Courtesy of MauiDeanOnline.com

Your senses have a magical way of reminding you of fond memories and affecting your status or mood.  The above candle has a fresh coastline aromatic scent to fill your room and give you that beachy feeling.  The best part is that it’s flameless so you don’t have to worry about letting it burn too long and it’s safe around kids and pets.


Bamboo Curtain Photo Courtesy of MauiDeanOnline.com

Next up is your visual senses, paintings or even the above bamboo curtain can help give bare walls the illusion of a tropical place, while also giving your room dimension and atmosphere.  You can also use the curtain to accent open doorways.

One of the best accent materials for indoor and outdoor purposes is bamboo.  Bamboo has this natural appearance and exceptional durability which makes it so versatile.  In addition to these features, by purchasing bamboo products you are promoting the use of a sustainable resource.

Visit http://www.mauideanonline.com/homeandgarden.html for some beautifully crafted home and garden bamboo accents such as photo frames, serving trays, bicycles, clothing racks, jewlery boxes and more.

Summer may be gone, but island flavor can always be here to stay!

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