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Do you ever look out into your backyard and wish that that unsightly eyesore ruining your perfect landscape would magically disappear? Artificial rocks are a perfect to solution to any visual conundrum. With both natural looking and aesthetically appealing they are also durable, sturdy and ready for anything. As they come in a variety of shapes and colors, the ideal fit is not difficult to find. Here are some ideas for how to take your backyard or walkway from an eyesore to eye candy.
Hide Outdoor Plumbing
Use a rock to hide ugly centrifugal pumps, irrigation valves or septic lids or cleanouts. These outdoor necessities definitely have their purpose in our lives and we probably would miss them if they were gone; however, we donâ€™t necessarily have them in sight for them to do their job. Not only do they take away from the visual purity of our landscapes, but they can also be dangerous if located in a busy walking area or if small children play near them. A low to the ground rock is an easy solution. Not only does it eliminate the eye sore, but it can also completely change the focal point of your landscape. Now, instead of wishing the traces of indoor plumbing would disappear, you can easily forget about them.
Do people visiting your home ever complain that they canâ€™t read the faded address number spray painted on the curb or canâ€™t find the numbers hung next to the garage? Make things easier for everyone by installing an address plaque rock. The unique flat surface lends itself nicely to the addition of numbers or characters while the size, shape and color of the rock still look and feel like the real thing. Add a solar powered lighting source next to the rock and never hear a guest complain about driving aimlessly up and down the street looking for your house again.
The trend of eco-friendly living has spawned the positive trend of using Bamboo and a building material.Â Incredibly versatile, bamboo is being used commercially to produce everything from roofing and bridges to towels, bedsheets and cutting boards.Â What makes bamboo “green” is it’s ability to grow incredibly fast, unlikeÂ traditional woods.
We wanted to focus on one specific product that can be versatile to use in an infinite amount of ways.Â 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.Â The rolled bamboo fencing is connected by a sturdy galvanized wire, so bending it and customizing it to match various landscape terrains is easy.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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
One of the greatest things about this time of year, that can also be stressful is the back to back holidays.Â Right after Thanksgiving, in addition to tasty leftovers and an abundance of sales, comes the bittersweet task of planning for Christmas and New Years.Â Prepping your home for the holidays doesn’t have to be an expensive, time consuming or brain wrenching project.Â Here are some ideas on how to get the most out of your holiday decor and save money at the same time.
White twinkle lights are a perfect way to dress up your home or garden accents for the holidays and the best part is that they can be re-used all year round.Â Many gardens, restaurants and trendy neighborhoods use white lights to dress up trees and create a magical atmosphere.
To create your own backyard “candy cane lane”, line your thatch umbrella kit with lights to not only create a tropical holiday look but also light up a table setting or walkway.Â White lights, unlike the colored ones, are versatile to use all year long.
Instead of going the traditional route, merge classic iconic holiday items with a tropical twist.Â Add Holly or Poinsettias to Tiki Statues to accent an area, or make a wreath out of Bamboo and Thatch for your front door.
Don’t want to clean up after the holidays are over?Â The classic popcorn garland can bring the family together to make a yummy decorative treat.
If you don’t have a fireplace to hang stockings from and don’t want to put holes in the wall, line your wall with bamboo fencing and use hooks to hang decor and various items from it.Â This way you can re-use the bamboo for both indoor and outdoor purposes.
One of the most frequent questions we get asked on a daily basis is “can I use your tropical decor for indoors?”Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â Flowers, pottery, and fountains have a magical way of adding color without being overbearing.Â Items such as bamboo poles and slats can add texture by acting as moldings along your ceilings and floor.Â 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.Â Dark chocolate browns, blues and greens work wonderfully against neutral tones.
Accents and Details
Extending from Polynesian culture, Tiki statues have a magical way of adding island flavor and charm to any tropical design.Â Had crafted from authentic Coco Palm trees, each statue is made to represent and house different spirits to spread good luck, love, fortune and even protection.
Even though Tiki statues are durable and weather resistant their look can change as a result of the environment they are kept in.Â Here are some helpful recommendations to help keep your Tiki in top condition.
Just like any organic wood, elements such as rain, snow and sun will alter how the surface of how your Tiki looks.Â For areas with lots of rain, try placing your Tiki on top of a surface that does not house that much moisture, such as concrete or a stepping stone.Â You can also apply a water sealant such as “CWF”, that will help in preserving your Tiki’s color, and also give it a deeper finish.
Constant sunlight may cause your statue to fade or dry out.Â Mineral oils will not only help clean your Tiki but also prevent the surface from drying out and fading too much.
Because Tiki statues are hand carved, no two are alike.Â Each variation in the Tiki statue contributes to what makes it unique.Â If you wish to further accent certain details of your Tiki, you can use a propane torch to subtly flame the surface until you reach your desired darkening.Â Remember that your Tiki is made of a wood, so it can burn.Â If your Tiki does not have color, you can pick up a thick wood paint from any home improvement store.Â This is where your creativity is free to explore.
Autumn not only brings in the crisp air and colorful leaves but also a string of holidays to follow.Â Kicking off the fall season is a holiday that kids and adults can enjoy alike.Â Halloween is the one day a year where ghoulish identities and sweet treats flood the streets once the sun has set.
This Halloween we’re gonna give you tips to creating a Tropical Scare-ground that will have your visitors dying to stay!
AÂ Spell Binding Atmosphere
Creating atmosphere is one of the most important factors in throwing any get together or decorating for any themed event.Â For a “Tropical Halloween”, to start you want to think typical season colors such as Orange and Black, then expand upon that.Â Bold colors such as Red, Yellow with touches of Brown can also create an appealing flow for your color scheme.
Have a wooden or chain fence that clashes with the nightly warm atmosphere?Â Use bamboo fencing or thatch to line any surfaces.Â The greatest thing is that the surface textures will be great for holding any cobweb accenting, or dangling lights.
You can also use decorative pottery to evaporate dry ice to create the effect ofÂ a cauldron releasing smoke, or a dense fog along the ground.Â Tiki statues have novel expressions which will help add character to any surrounding.
Got a Tiki Bar?Â Use it to serve punch, candy or other bewitching treats.
Lighting the Dark
Although Halloween is about things that may go “boo” in the night, setting up ambient lighting can also create a haunting scare.Â The classic carved pumpkin with tea light candles never goes out of style and always works well outdoors along walk ways, stair cases and in the lawn.