April 22nd, 2012
Decorating with pattern indoors is so simple and easy. The same thing goes with color. Outdoors though it’s a whole different story. Usually if you’re on a budget you’re stuck with cement. I think going with more of a natural stone look opens up your color palette and also patterns.
I was looking through all of the different patterns that are available at System Pavers. My favorite pattern is actually the herringbone look. I’ve seen it plenty on indoor flooring and it’s nice to see it outdoors too. Plus it’s a classic take on the chevron pattern that’s so popular on fabric too. Even subtle differences like getting a tumbled look on your patio pavers makes a big difference because this is on such a large surface.
You can also get a free consultation through the same basic process. As someone who spends a lot of time looking at interior design magazines and TV shows it’s difficult to show me new and innovative ideas for landscaping. This site definitely accomplishes that though.
The other cool thing about this site is that you can get a free rendering so you know more about how the paving stone is going to look on your specific driveway. You just have to submit a simple form to get it for free. Focusing on pavers makes a driveway, patio, or walkway so much more interesting than just using concrete stabs.
February 7th, 2012
One thing that always interests me about interior design is what everyone else in the world is doing. I was going through the Robert Inwood Flooring site today and saw the selection of new flooring. There seems to be a wider range of colors than what I’m used to seeing.
The company is located in Wellington New Zealand and also sells vinyl flooring, tile flooring, and secondhand carpet. They also put a big emphasis on safety and if you’ve ever gotten new carpet installed you know how important this is. Plus, they give free quotes. The other thing this company does that I’ve never heard of is 24/7 installation which will come in handy if you run a business. They even move your furniture out and back in for free. It’s nice to see an emphasis on service no matter which country it’s in.
January 22nd, 2012
If I know I’m going to be single on Valentine’s Day I try to plan ahead just the same way I would if I was with someone. Then I’m not just trying to get the day over with. I usually buy myself a present. I know some people even order flowers online for themselves. At least then you get to pick the exact blossom you want and one that matches your decor. Serenataflowers.com had several sunflower arrangements. Most florists usually just have one or two. They have modern vases and traditional styles too.
Plus, I can learn about the different symbolism of flowers but I don’t have to follow it. I don’t have to analyze what it means to a relationship. Instead, I can enjoy the flowers for what they are which is beautiful. I had no idea that poppies are an appropriate flower for funerals in many cultures. What are you doing this Single Awareness Day?
January 12th, 2012
One big reason I didn’t want to move to Southern Utah is the landscaping. However, I love the lifestyle of being able to hike so that won out. Since it is a desert there aren’t a lot of green living things around. Instead, people just have gravel in their front yards and decorate with large boulders instead of plants. It just doesn’t seem to give a lot of useable yard space. Plus it looks cold and boring because it’s in everyone else’s yard too. Since sometimes people may only have one or two trees in their yard it makes sense to show it off with the proper landscape lighting installation.
The one thing that stands out is if anyone actually has grass in their yard. Some people are looked down upon for it because of its impact on the environment in the desert. Plus, it never really looks that healthy especially in the hot summer months. When I do see a house with a lawn though it just becomes a huge visual relief.
I love on the System Pavers site that that they have options for an artificial lawn. A lot of the things that used to be a problem with products in years passed are gone. These included water sitting on top of the turf or it discoloring. This is taken care of by the proper installation of this new product. The Systems Pavers site also has instructions for installing artificial grass.
It not only works great if you live in the desert but there’s lots of other applicable situations. You might want to have your weekends to yourself instead of spending it mowing your lawn. You can finally have it all even if you live in the desert.