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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Tips to Create a Backyard X-Scape

Transforming your backyard into a tropical escape from reality doesn’t have to be a monumental and intimidating project. A few simple tips can save you time, energy and headaches.

First of all, calculate the space you have to work with. This will keep you from buying too much outdoor furniture or too many accents.

Secondly, select a focal point or area. This can be a central location for serving drinks and food, like a tiki bar, a place to sit and talk or eat, like a patio set or a place to play like a pool, hot tub or outdoor swing. The focal point is where you will spending the most time and should be considered highly functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. We recommend eco-friendly outdoor furniture options like a bamboo tiki bar to provide a setting for entertaining or a thatch umbrella kit with furniture for relaxing under. These items don’t have to take up too much space, require little upkeep, are eco-friendly and provide an interesting visual scene.

Next comes the decorating. Remember that with accessories, usually less is more. You want to keep your outdoor escape simple and inviting. Bamboo rugs are an affordable accent and bamboo fencing is extraordinarily versatile, durable and visually appealing. A bamboo fence can be used indoors and out and can therefore extend the look of your home to the backyard. Use a bamboo or reed fence outdoors to cover an old fence, create a privacy screen or add shade to a patio. Thatch can also be used to create shade and provide insulation to an outdoor room.

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What are you doing this Thanksgiving?

Every year it’s the same old thing: driving to parents, in-laws or other relatives houses for the same old turkey dinner, the retelling of the same old stories, the asking of the same old questions. Why not do something different this year? Something out of the ordinary? Something to shake things up? Travelling is a great way to “spice things up” and get out of the same old boring routine. Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of a long weekend and, if you do it right, can be cost-effective and hassle-free. Here are some great destination ideas as well as some travel tips to make sure you have a Thanksgiving experience that is anything but ordinary.


First, narrow down your choices by considering things like weather, school stress for children, celebrations and American History. For example, if you live in a chilly climate, a tropical vacation might be for you or if you live in a desert or temperate climate (such as San Diego) you may want to visit a cooler “holiday” destination. Also, remember that just because your kids are allowed a long weekend does not mean that they are free from homework, studying and projects. Don’t plan a long or exhausting trip if your student is just going to be more stressed out upon your return. Cities with special Thanksgiving celebrations are also a good option, such as New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or Chicago’s Thanksgiving Parade or pick a spot rich in American history such as a road trip through the 13 colonies or a trip to your favorite President’s hometown.

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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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How to Care for Your Tiki Statue

Extending from Polynesian culture, Tiki statues have a magical way of adding island flavor and charm to any tropical design.  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.  Here are some helpful recommendations to help keep your Tiki in top condition.

Maitenance

Just like any organic wood, elements such as rain, snow and sun will alter how the surface of how your Tiki looks.  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.  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.  Mineral oils will not only help clean your Tiki but also prevent the surface from drying out and fading too much.

Customization

Because Tiki statues are hand carved, no two are alike.  Each variation in the Tiki statue contributes to what makes it unique.  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.  Remember that your Tiki is made of a wood, so it can burn.  If your Tiki does not have color, you can pick up a thick wood paint from any home improvement store.  This is where your creativity is free to explore.

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BOO-tify Your Backyard this Halloween.

Autumn not only brings in the crisp air and colorful leaves but also a string of holidays to follow.  Kicking off the fall season is a holiday that kids and adults can enjoy alike.  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!

A  Spell Binding Atmosphere

Creating atmosphere is one of the most important factors in throwing any get together or decorating for any themed event.  For a “Tropical Halloween”, to start you want to think typical season colors such as Orange and Black, then expand upon that.  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?  Use bamboo fencing or thatch to line any surfaces.  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 of  a cauldron releasing smoke, or a dense fog along the ground.  Tiki statues have novel expressions which will help add character to any surrounding.

Got a Tiki Bar?  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.  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.

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Labor Day Weekend Festivities

What makes Labor Day such a great holiday is that it is one of the rare holidays where you know exactly which day of the week it will fall on, a Monday, which is quite the added bonus to what is usually a two day weekend. This September 7th, with some creative thinking you can add some spice to your typical bbq, or make your beach or park outing into a memorable event.

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Rather than your just winging a backyard BBQ with friends or family that may “stop by”, plan out a themed event such as “Tiki Totem Party” or “Tropical Labor Day Getaway.” The idea of throwing an organized party may seem like a lot of work, but a little pre-thought can actually help in many ways. By officially inviting guests and planning an event, guests are more likely to commit to the time and event, which also provides you with a good idea of how many people to provide food and drinks for. Your theme could also be a potluck which would relieve a lot of the preparation work from you, and also allow for a variety of tasty items from all your guests. Having guests show up in themed wear such as Hawaiian shirts or Sarongs will add life to the event and will help in bringing everyone together in the festivities.

Decorating does not necessarily require a big budget or weeks of setting up. Decorative items such as Tiki statues, bamboo fencing, or thatch, instantly add a dash of tropical flavor to any setting, without requiring much installation and once the event is over, the same décor can still be used for your home and garden. Table cloths, napkins and disposable cups and plates are inexpensive ways to add color to your table setting and compliment your theme.
For entertainment, you can play island music in the background, have a Tiki Bar set up serving drinks, or even add in some games.

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