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Bamboo Fencing DIY for Condos and Apartments

bamboo fencing diy for condos and apartments

Bamboo Fencing DIY for Small Spaces

Decorating small patios and areas for condos and apartments can be frustrating at times. Fortunately, Bamboo fencing DIY is the perfect solution for creating a beautiful yet space saving design. It can also be the easiest DIY you have ever come across. The only hard part is deciding the height, thickness,and color of your bamboo fencing!

The first step is to decide why you need bamboo fencing. Are the walls or balcony unsightly? Do you need more privacy? Or maybe you just want a new look to your outside area. Whatever your reasons are, these factors will help you choose the best type of bamboo fencing. If you would like more coverage and privacy, 3 or 4 foot fencing is perfect for smaller balconies. Some condo or apartment associations may allow up to 6 feet of fencing but if you live on the second floor, a 3 or 4 foot fencing is sufficient.

The thickness of bamboo poles is a personal style choice. Thinner styles are subtle and blends into the background better than thicker style poles. Thinner poles are more versatile in style while thicker poles look more tropical in style. Bamboo fencing makes a great backdrop for your design needs. Unsightly patio bars or aging drywall can be easily masked by propping up bamboo fencing. Dress up your patio space with some clean and modern planters or a small patio furniture set.

Bamboo fencing comes in various shades. Natural, Natural Black, and Mahogany are all very popular colors when it comes to making over your patio or balcony space. Natural Black and Mahogany are beautiful contemporary shades that will work with many designs. Natural is a warm and neutral color that would also be a great addition to your condo or apartment.

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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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Bamboo Ladybug Feeder DIY!

Welcome to our first DIY of the year! There are plenty of garden accessories that you can buy, but why not create your own? Gardening is a hands-on activity so create some neat items to accentuate your garden! Ladybugs are known to be a gardener’s best friend. Why not create a sanctuary for them to relax in your gardens? Today we will look at an extremely easy DIY: the bamboo ladybug feeder.

bamboo ladybug feeder diy

A Gardener’s Best Friend

Aphids are a common garden pest that are difficult to control even with pesticide. Stop spraying your gardens with chemicals and lower the aphid population with a natural and green solution! Ladybugs are known to devour dozens of aphids per day. Ladybugs seek out aphids in hard to reach places. Ladybugs also prey on other pests such as mealybugs, scale, leaf hoppers and mites. They also pollinate your plants since ladybugs are always moving around flower to flower.

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A Green Solution

With more ladybugs in your gardens, there is less of a need for pesticides. Get rid of pests the natural way! Bamboo is a wonderful sustainable material as well. It is a durable and strong material that will last long time. Attract and keep these environmentally friendly insects with the bamboo ladybug feeder. The raisins in the feeder will provide food for the ladybugs when aphid populations are low. This will also keep the ladybugs in your garden.

ladybug bamboo feeder

Bamboo Ladybug Feeder How-To

The ladybug bamboo feeding station is an extremely easy DIY. All you need is a piece of bamboo pole and some string. Use a bamboo pole that is at least 1 inch in diameter. Ideally a 2 inch diameter bamboo pole is best.

Tools Needed:

  1. Saw
  2. Drill
  3. Bamboo Pole
  4. Garden string
  5. Raisin or other foods to attract ladybugs
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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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Fun DIY Weekend Projects

Lately I have been obsessed with DIY crafts because there seems to be one for everything from home health remedies to building your own everything.  There seems to be more and more sites popping up all over the place and each seems to be unique in their own way. Pintrest for example is a site that seems to be like a cork board with a bunch of pictures on it and you are able to click on a picture and most always be connected to where it came from so you can see step by step directions on the DIY. The projects on this site are more of little cute tasks such as how to make your own lip gloss out of crystal light. To create your own lip gloss, all you need is Un-petroleum jelly and mix in Crystal light or whatever you choose and mix them together until you desired color. Wait about an hour for the granules to dissolve and pucker up.

Another cool idea especially for a hot summer night with nothing to do is to make a flying paper lantern. I must warn you to choose a safe area to let them go so you won’t start a fire because it does use an open flame.  The original paper lantern was launched about 2000 years ago in China and was constructed from a bamboo hoop with thin sheets of paper. To make this amazing paper lantern using these step-by-step instructions.

A great idea to decorate any space is to get a few glass jars and paint the inside of them making a amazing item that looks like you bought it at a designer store. You can find glass jars around your house or even at a thrift store for very cheap. The

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How-To Fix Backyard Blunders

There are many issues we face with our backyards, how to make them pretty, usable  bigger, etc. With all these issues, we tend to feel overwhelmed but don’t fret, Backyard X-Scapes is here to help.

Let’s face the most common issue, how to make a backyard feel bigger. If you are someone who got the lucky opportunity to have a rooftop or balcony as your backyard then feel proud. You get the opportunity to think outside the box. If you are dealing with a small space, you are not trapped. A lot of people forget that you can always build your creativity upwards and outwards. This means that you can purchase planter boxes and place them on a wall using the space you were given. Another great idea is to paint coffee cans or glass jars on a small table with herbs in them for cooking. This is a great way to have garden fresh food by utilizing your small space. Painting the containers would also give a nice homey touch to your “backyard”. To make sure you get the shade you need in this space, I recommend a rooftop umbrella with a heavy iron base to keep it from flying away in high winds.

It seems that space is always the issue even if you have a large yard because some people choose to build a pool and deck and get carried away with such large items and when they are complete they realize it makes their backyard smaller then it was. An easy way to fix this problem is planter boxes. Make sure you use the right kind for your area, plastic for year-round, clay for full sun plants, metal for dry plants and wood to let plants breathe. Placing a few of these around your pool or on your oversized deck with make your backyard into a garden paradise and remember that the closer plants are planted to each other, the more water they will need.

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Happy Fourth of July!

Everyone knows that the fourth of July is a day of celebration and fireworks but some fail to realize what we are celebrating. July fourth, also known as Independence Day, is a day where we celebrate our rights in America “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” We gained these rights because in 1776 at the 2nd Continental Congress declared the separation and independence of the 13 American colonies from the Empire of Britain.

There are many ways to celebrate this day of independence such as pool parties, BBQ, etc. but most choose to celebrate with fireworks. It’s only natural to think of fireworks when you think of the fourth of July because they are lighting up the skies every year but have you thought of where you will go for fireworks this year. The most convenient way is to find a school near you that is celebrating this day. Most schools will have an hour+ showing on their field.  Another way is to find out what is located near you by searching it online. My favorite place to watch the fireworks is to sit by the beach and see the fireworks from SeaWorld. Or avoid all the traffic and watch it on the TV.

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Green Living ideas

Some people may think that living green means you have to give up a lot of luxuries and this is quite untrue! Everyone has that one piece of furniture that they claim in the house as “their chair”, and wouldn’t that be great if that piece was Eco-friendly as well. Great ways to make this happen is to go to your local thrift store, friends or even use that old chair that you never thought of using in high-traffic rooms. Step two is to find a fabric and maybe some studs or buttons because you are about to make the chair of your dreams. Take these items to your local reupholster store for less hassle (don’t forget the chair) or be even more proud of your chair by doing it yourself. If you aren’t very good at sewing and still want furniture you can be proud of try reclaimed wood. There are wood pallets everywhere or even old pieces of wood furniture could work (such as old box springs or cabinets). All you need to do is have a few handy man skills and some wood stain or gloss. If this seems like a bit too much work then try Bamboo furniture, it is also an amazingly Eco-friendly product because of its durability and its neutral palette is ideal in any home.

Being Eco-friendly is meant to reduce our carbon footprint but what people don’t realize is that we can do that while still leaving our handprint behind. By this, I mean our creativity. There seems to be a lot more artists these days that are taking this idea and making a great living off of it. Some ideas are to take broken ceramic, glass, etc. and make a mural, vase, drink coaster or spice up that boring picture frame or mirror. If you don’t consider yourself savvy enough then the simplest way to be Eco-friendly is by reusing something old and give it a new life with paint. You can show it off at your home or office or even give it as a gift.

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Staying Healthy This Summer

There are a lot of ways to stay healthy this summer and we know you want to rock that summer body with confidence.

A good way to start off your health journey is by eating right. Picking up food, especially junk food from restaurants is tempting and easy. Grocery store shopping is daunting task but it can create a positive impact on your life. But what most people don’t realize is that it really isn’t as big as it seems. When grocery shopping you should stick to the perimeter of the store because that is where the fresh foods are located such as fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats and fish. The real hazards that can make you regret your shopping trip is in the center aisles where all the junk food and cereals are.  When buying foods you should look for as natural as you can get such as 100% fruit juice or whole grain items. No over processed foods. Reading the back label is key and if this seems like too much work for you then you can simply head over to a Sprouts or Whole Foods or even your local farmers market. It is very easy to find healthy substitutions in these places.

When you finally have your food, the second and most important part is to know how much to eat. The government issued a health guideline on food proportions called the my plate. This shows a wide variety of items and how much you should eat of each. Fruits, grains, protein (meat or meat substitute), vegetables and dairy. Although the dairy is on the side of this my plate, this does not mean it has to be a glass of milk. You can choose anything from low fat yogurt to calcium fortified orange juice.

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How to Create a Tropical Backyard Paradise

Redoing your backyard can seem like an intimidating, endless and costly project. But it doesn’t have to be. With a few helpful tips, creating a tropical themed backyard can actually be fun and easy.

Get started simply by evaluating the size and shape of the space you have to work with and chose an area of focus. This space could be the patio, the garden, a specific area designated for relaxing or entertaining or even just the center of the yard. Once defined, make this section your vision of a Backyard X-Scape: add a table and chairs for outdoor dining, place a tiki bar for convenient adult entertainment, build or inflate a pool for your guests and children to play in or erect a palapa for relaxing in the sun. Within the focal area, decide how much and what type of furniture you will need: how many chairs and tables, what types and styles and how tall are all important questions when choosing backyard furniture.

Once the focal point is established, you can fill out the rest of the space. Remember, when decorating, less is more. Fill in barren areas not with more furniture, but with exotic vegetation like palm trees and tropical flowers. Island culture is rife with bright colors; the more variety the better. The lush environment and vibrant colors will create a warm and inviting feel.

Next, decide how you wish to light your backyard. First, consider potential hazards and light them immediately along with walkways and other high traffic areas. Then, light the main focal point – where you, your family and guests will be spending most of your time. Once the main points are sufficiently illuminated, you can choose interesting features like shrubbery or artwork to spotlight. Use tropical lighting ideas like tiki torches, lanterns and fire pits. Additionally, white or bright Christmas lights can contribute to a festive and colorful atmosphere.

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