Backyard Retreat

What do you do with the old shed in the backyard or pigeon coop from days past? Use it as a home office or playhouse for your kids. For gardeners, convert the shed into your own personal greenhouse or garden shed. Design a space away from home to use as your personal area to relax and do business. Having a separate space creates a private retreat away from the main living are.



unique centerpiece

Think outside the box and come up with an interesting centerpiece for the upcoming holidays. Design something that will create a new conversation or one that can be eaten (my favorite kind!). Take a look around your home for interesting containers you could utilize. One really neat way to display your favorite flowers is with old baking pans. Antique cake pans have an aged patina that contrasts nicely with deep purple and raspberry colored flowers. You can use any old baking pan and even old cheese graters. To create the design, fill up the pan with wet florist foam, which can be found in all crafts stores. Wedge the piece of foam inside the container and begin adding your flower stems. The foam will hug around each stem and ensure a secure fit in your arrangement.

Cheese graters are also perfect for adding height to your table. Simply add a thin clear vase inside the grater filled with water. Use flowers in the cheese grater or consider using fresh vegetables like asparagus and carrots. The orange and green colored veggies create a vibrant and interesting centerpiece. A trick is to gather the vegetables beforehand and tie them together with string to secure the bouquet. This will keep them looking tall and balanced in the containers.


Seasonal Trellis

Creating a focal point in your backyard space is the perfect way to update the look of your home. One way to utilize your outdoor area is by building a trellis for growing your favorite flowers and vegetables. Use natural items that evoke the feeling of being outdoors, like twigs and branches. Scout your backyard for old tree limbs and branches you can recycle into a rustic trellis. If you have a small patio, you can plant the trellis into an outdoor container.

During the summer months, plant tomatoes and cucumbers to meander up the structure. When you have limited space but love to garden, a trellis is the perfect vertical structure that does not take up a ton of space. In the cool months of fall and winter, plant vines like grapevines and jasmine that will produce sweet fruits and colorful blooming flowers throughout the winter.

If you don't have space for a trellis, you can also use the side of your home for supporting colorful vines. Electric blue morning glories creates a stunning design and focal point to your home. Train them to grow around an outdoor window or set of french doors for a stunning look. Wake up early and enjoy watching the blossoms pop open. As the day progresses, the blooms will begin to swirl to a close.
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