Outdoor Walkway Lighting

One way to make your home safer while also increasing its aesthetic appeal is to install outdoor walkway lighting.  Installing outdoor walkway lighting is relatively easy to do and the options available for outdoor walkway lights can suit any style of home and come in virtually any type of lighting source. If you’re looking to buy outdoor walkway lighting and are unsure of what you want or what is out there, you’ve come to the right place!  We will provide you with some outdoor walkway lighting ideas to help you decide how best to light up the walkways around your home.

Solar Outdoor Walkway Lighting

One popular option to consider is outdoor solar walkway lighting.  Solar lights are an attractive option, not only because they conserve energy, but also because they’re easy to install.  With no electrical wires to run, solar outdoor walkway lights can be placed anywhere you desire with minimal installation needs.  The only requirement is that the lights get enough daytime sunlight in order to operate effectively at night. You can buy best outdoor solar walkway lights that come with stakes which are installed in the ground along the sides of the walkway.  If your walkway runs alongside a wall or fence, you can install wall mounted solar walkway lights to brighten up the path from above.  Another option is to install outdoor solar walkway lights or pathway lights right within the walkway.  These are square, rectangular or circular lights that can be placed into the walkway itself to light up the way.  They require no wiring since they are solar and can easily be put in place during the initial installation of the walkway.  If you have a walkway made from pavers or bricks, you can also remove some of the pavers or bricks to replace them with solar walkway lights of the same size at a later time. (more…)

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Backyard Getaway

Anyone who works has kids, or gets worn out by the daily stresses of life knows how crucial it is to have space where you can go and relax. Some people turn their bathroom into a spa or their bedroom into a relaxing retreat, but others would rather be outside. Sometimes nothing relaxes you like the natural surroundings of trees, grass, flowing water, and warm sunshine. Even a small outdoor space may be enough to help you create a retreat that beckons you when you experienced have had a stressful day, or you need a timeout. There are some ways to make your outdoor space feel like it is a million miles from civilization, giving you an opportunity to escape. From wind chimes to garden décor, there are some things you can do to make your space a unique retreat that the entire family can enjoy, or that you can use as your sanctuary. You can start small and add a few features to your outdoor space to make it more comfortable, or you can make drastic changes and create a whole new room in your outdoor area. There are several Ways to Create a Backyard Getaway we have discussed.

Begin by clearing out space.

Many people use their yards for storage, or they lack storage for outdoor equipment, and the backyard becomes a repository for tools, lawn mowers, grill and garbage cans. Consider purchasing a storage shed so you can put these items out of sight, or if there is not enough space for a shed, find a bench that offers both storage and seating. These items are necessary to keep your area in good shape, but there is no need to look at the things while trying to enjoy leisure time. Next, clean up the yard like weeding, mowing, repairing the exterior of your home and outbuildings, and clearing up yard debris. If you reside in an area with seasons that bring inclement weather, be sure you have enough seasonal storage space, so your items are not damaged. Once your space is clear and clean, decide how you will bring that Zen feeling into your yard. The key is to bring things into your space without creating clutter. Many people find that the sound of running water brings a feeling of relaxation so that a fountain may be a great addition to your outdoor space. Be sure to use the appropriate chemicals and use the fountain on a regular basis, so stagnant water does not draw mosquitoes. Also be sure to keep the fountain and the area around it clean. Fire is another element that brings a feeling of coziness to an outdoor space. There are fire pits and outdoor fireplaces that come in all shapes and sizes and offer a better way to bring warmth into your yard. Finally, be sure you have plenty of flora and fauna in your space. If you intend to create a Zen feeling in an urban outdoor space, you will need to add a few plants to bring green close to you.

Don't Forget Landscaping

Talking about your backyard, there are various ways you can enhance it. You can have a garden worked to your preferences. A portion of the alternatives incorporates butterfly gardens, xeriscape gardens, English greenhouses and oriental scenes. Transforming your yard space into something you can appreciate amid staycations takes watchful arranging and research. You ought to counsel with an open-air renovating master to discover what your friendly alternatives are and what it will probably cost.

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DIY Tufted Headboard

A tufted headboard not only brings glamour to your bedroom but it also gives comfort to your bed. The following highlights ways on How to Make a DIY Tufted Headboard

Tools Required

  • Scissors
  • Measure Tape
  • Iron
  • Utility Cutting knife
  • Staple gun (manual or electric)
  • 1/4 inch favorites
  • Drill (1/2 inch bit)
  • Black marker

Materials Needed

  • Half of the inch plywood
  • 3 inches thick foam
  • Quilter's batting (fiberfill)
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Spray foam adhesive
  • Button-making set up
  • Upholstery needle and thread
  • Finishing nails


Measuring and cutting the plywood

It is recommended to cut your plywood at your local hardware store or lumber yard, but if you want you can trim it yourself. In that circumstance, you'll need a circular saw or any other saw that you have available. Measure the width of your bed and add 2 inches. Then measure from the ground to the height you want your headboard to be and cut your plywood to these measurements. (more…)

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