Gorgeous Everyday Statues for Your Backyard

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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Creating a Tropical Look Indoors

One of the most frequent questions we get asked on a daily basis is “can I use your tropical decor for indoors?”  Although our popular bamboo products, pottery and thatch items are built to be able to handle the outdoor environment, their function is just as versatile indoors.  Here are some tips on how to create that tropical flare to any room.

Color and Texture
In our past articles we’ve mentioned that one of the first things before decorating anything or anywhere, you want to establish a color scheme.  Since your aim is a tropical look, you will want natural tones that exist in items such as bamboo, thatch or bamboo rugs and contrast them with bright and bold island colors such as red, yellow, pinks and blues.  Keep in mind that this does not mean to use every bright color palette available, it’s best to select a couple and work in variations of each.  Flowers, pottery, and fountains have a magical way of adding color without being overbearing.  Items such as bamboo poles and slats can add texture by acting as moldings along your ceilings and floor.  You can even turn your entire room into one big Tiki hut, by lining a runner roll of thatch along the wall ceilings.

Remember that since you are using neutral tones in your bamboo and thatch, that you want to use a contrasting paint color for your walls.  Dark chocolate browns, blues and greens work wonderfully against neutral tones.

Accents and Details

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“Hard to Kill Plants” for Your Home and Garden

In our recent articles “How to Create Your Own Backyard Tropical Paradise” and “Decorating a Small Space” we discussed how plants add life, color and deep textures to a space or landscape. Just like in any design or landscaping project, planting and gardening also presents many challenges and elements to consider. The myth is that plants need only water and sunlight to survive, which depending on the light is very untrue. Many plants are more sensitive to their habitats than others. Nutrients, amount of sunlight, types of water, climate and pests are all factors that affect the health of your garden. Another aspect is that many new home owners or residents in studios or apartments may not have a “green thumb” or know the basics on how to care for plants.

All of these factors often leave people thinking that they are unlucky with plants or do not have the time and patience to tend to them, when it could just be inadequate sunlight or improper climate for the particular plant they are raising. There are many plants for the home and garden that are classified as “hard to kill”, “low maintenance” or “easy plants”. These plants are often of the toughest species that are durable and can endure varying climate changes, sporadic watering, and even lack of sunlight. The following plants can help bloom life into your home and garden and still survive on days where you may be occupied with other tasks.

Baby’s Breath
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Often dried for potpourri or used to accent bouquets of flowers, these small white flowers can handle sunny conditions and dry to even sandy soil. When planted with other greenery or in bunches, the white clusters of flowers add quite the delicate accent.

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