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Ideas for Outdoor Wedding Decorations

If you are looking at an outdoor wedding, there really are several advantages you have over a typical indoor church wedding. For one thing, in my opinion at least, you have a lot less to do with outdoor wedding decorations. My sister was very lucky in planning her outdoor wedding, as the location already had outdoor wedding decorations that she could use, and in fact were already in place so she didn't need to worry. If that isn't your situation, maybe you have to bring your own outdoor wedding decorations, or come up with how you want to decorate on your own. Sometimes that can be a little difficult, to wonder if everything will look all right. There are several things you can do for your outdoor wedding decorations. If you need some help coming up with ideas, then this is a great place to start.

Outdoor Wedding Decorations with Lights

My sister got married under a huge 200 year old oak tree which is just magnificent to look at. Since most outdoor weddings in Texas are done in the evenings, then adding lights to your outdoor wedding decorations is a great place to start. Christmas lights, of course are a given. The tree behind my sister and her husband had Christmas lights going up the trunk of the tree, and in pictures the lights were beautiful, twinkly and romantic. Another idea to consider using lights in your outdoor wedding decorations is to use candles. On some of the lower branches, my sister had looped thick white ribbon, and tied it to small glass candle holders, and lit the candles. The effect was beautiful and elegant. You can use this idea, and hang something different from the tree, but I think this is best since the candlelight is so romantic.

Outdoor Wedding Decorations with an Arch

Many couples choose to bring in some kind of arch for outdoor weddings, and decorate it with greenery, flowers or lights. This can make a beautiful addition to your outdoor wedding, as well as help to set apart an area that you both will be standing with the minister. Make sure that your arch fits in with the location though. For example, my sister got married under a huge 200 year old oak tree, and using an arch would have been definite overkill since the branches of the tree were several feet over their heads anyway. So be sure to consider your location before going with an arch.

Outdoor Wedding Decorations with Flowers

You will want to set apart some place to be the altar, instead of just open space. A great way to do this is with two pillars or other kind of stands. My sister used white pillars, and placed two large flower arrangements on them to help create an area where you and your fiance will be standing. Depending on your situation and location of outdoor wedding, you may need to do a bit more. However, if you are having an outdoor wedding, then the location you choose should already have some beautiful scenery for your guests to view. Another option you can consider for your outdoor wedding decorations is to place some small greenery or flowers at the feet of the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and out a little. This will also help to set apart the area that is to be your altar, or area where everyone involved in the ceremony needs to be.

One of the great benefits of having an outdoor wedding is that you may not need to do as much with your outdoor wedding decorations. The live nature around your guests, and natural beauty of it will add so much to your outdoor wedding.


Express Yourself: Adding Interest to Your Garden

There are many ways that you can add interest to a garden. Anything that becomes a focal point will add interest and that can range from garden sculptures to the types of plants you choose.

Adding block planting of a particular specimen can become a focal point in the garden. Even adding areas of variegated foliage can create a focal point in the

Seats are another item that can add interest to the garden and additionally they can offer a nice place to rest and relax while you admire your work.

Mirrors that are strategically placed can enhance the garden in many ways. They can bring reflected light to dark corners of the garden. They can also give the impression that the garden is bigger or alternatively they can give the impression that the open space is bigger. Placed at various angles, mirrors can add a lot of fun and interest to a garden and help to lead a visitor on to other areas.

Using hedges can also add interest to the garden while offering protection to the plants. Hedges are also an excellent way to gain privacy without feeling closed in.

Water features are a favorite for many people and the sound of running water in the corner of a garden can add an atmosphere of calm and relaxation. Water features can also be good for the birds in the garden particularly in the summer months when they might find it difficult to find water lying around to suit their

As with sculptures, stones, rocks and pebbles can add interest and offer areas where you can walk even when the surrounding ground might be too wet. Shells also make a good cover on the ground for paths that can remain dry in the wet season.

There are so many different things that you put in your garden to add interest. Everything from old cartwheels to wind chimes, aviaries or anything else you can imagine.

Gardens offer you one of the best opportunities to express yourself. You can often get a good idea of a person's personality just by looking at their garden. It can show you whether they are free spirited with color and plants splashed everywhere or prefer a more organized and regimented approach to life.

Planting your garden gives you the freedom to choose the colors that make you feel good. The colors and plants that make you feel happy.

You have the choice to add the flowers that have the fragrances that you love to smell or remind you of some place that you might have once visited.

You can change with the seasons just as your garden does and add color to a gray day. It gives you an excuse to get outside on a gray day and enjoy all the color that you might have missed inside avoiding the weather.

Adding colored pots and sculptures can brighten a winter and add more contrast to the colors of spring, summer and fall.

You can change the style and look of the garden as you make changes in your life so that one year is never the same as the next or you can choose to keep everything the same if you don't like change just as an old tree stands from one year to the next.

A garden can change your moods and make you feel good just being there with the beauty all around. It can make you realize that the important things in life are the little things that are all around us all the time.

There is life in the garden and the garden will always welcome anyone who wants to share in the beauty of that life.

It's no wonder that so many people love gardening, because there is so much to love about it. Doesn't that just make you want to get outside right now and get into the garden?


Real Cedar Adirondack Chairs Will Astound You

Cedar Adirondack chairs may be more than you ever considered them to be. Have you ever been to an ancient cedar grove? If not, you owe it to yourself to do that if you ever get the chance. Walking among those giant cedar trees, you almost feel transported back to a prehistoric forest where anything might be possible. You feel so small and insignificant, but also alive and exhilarated. You may even find yourself assuring yourself that the dinosaurs really are extinct, as every noise you hear sparks just a little shot of adrenaline through your body.

You notice many things in a cedar forest that heighten the senses, and intrigue the mind. The way the moss and lichen grow and hang, the green lush shade-loving forest plants, little trickling brooks and small streams, and of course one of the world's great mysteries, cedar Adirondack chairs that can be found throughout the forest in various stages of development. These wonders of nature are truly a spectacle to behold and confound our normal perceptions.

Scientists are unsure of how to explain the almost spontaneous appearance of cedar Adirondack chairs in these ancient groves. Some have even argued that they appear as a result of a rare bioprocess known as cedarchairusappearus. Of course, my wife thinks the fairies of the forest built them, but I tend to be a little skeptical so this explanation doesn't sit right. Most scientists believe that when a cedar tree reaches a certain maturity, the internal chemistry of the tree itself begins a radical transformation that causes the bark to peal back, the limbs to crack and flex, and the wood itself to deteriorate and fall away to mother earth, ultimately leaving fully developed and beautiful cedar Adirondack chairs.

In some studies, it has been shown that this miracle of nature can take up to 400 years to occur. If you are especially observant and lucky, you will witness this process midstream; an arm here, a leg there, a back rest over there. As the chair begins to reveal itself from out of the giant trees, you are humbled at the majesty and wonder of this amazing natural mystery. But most people do not recognize the parts for what they are and just believe them to be fallen limbs.

Imitations of cedar Adirondack chairs are found in workshops, stores, parks, porches and patios all over the world, but they can only hope to approximate the real thing. But that is okay. Wouldn't it be an utter violation of nature if people were sneaking into the magical forests and stealing the precious chairs away from their birth place. Indeed it would be. I, for one, am content to live with rough approximations. When I am relaxing on an Adirondack chair I take comfort in knowing that those phenomenal wonders of nature are in process right now in ancient groves across the land, and remain authentic and true.

All kidding aside, products like cedar Adirondack chairs do have a special place on our porches and in our yards, especially if you consider that they are made from a truly remarkable material. A tree is a precious thing, and the goods we derive for our use from them are equally valuable, or at least should be if we consider the source.


Foundation Plants - Adding Curb Appeal to Your Home

Adding curb appeal to your home's front yard not only makes it more sellable, but makes it more enjoyable driving into your driveway.

Foundation plants are shrubs, small trees, and perennials used for planting along the foundations of homes and building to soften their look, enhance curb appeal and tie it to the surrounding landscape.

Some considerations to keep in mind when choosing these shrubs are: - Style/Color - Size - Scale - Seasons

The style of your house should be one of the biggest factors in selection foundation shrubs. For example, a colonial house should have different plants compared to a house that is of southwest style or modern style. The colonial would have more traditional, tight growing greenery such as boxwood whereas the southwest style home would have spiky type plants to give a desert feeling and the modern house having open, more free growing plants.

Choose shrubs with colors that compliment the color of the house and don't blend into it. A red brick would absorb shrubs such as the Cistena Plum Shrubs with deep red leaves, yet those same plants would appear striking along side a white frame house. The gorgeous blooms of the Nikko Blue Hydrangea would be wasted planted in front of a blue vinyl sided house.

Typical anchoring bushes are generally smaller growing (under 6) and planted on the corners with somewhat larger growing plants. The length of the windows will usually dictate their height. If the windows on the house start at 3 feet above the ground, then select low growing shrubs that grow no taller than 3 1/2 feet. Placing taller greenery in front of windows is not good for security. Scale is a consideration most forgotten. Small houses should have smaller growing plants to keep in its scale and not overwhelm the house as these plants mature.

Large-scale houses can comfortably accommodate larger growing shrubs and trees without the house seeming to disappear. Anchor plants should offer color and texture for at least 3 seasons if not all 4. This is the reason that evergreens, both conifers and broadleaf, are often used for this purpose.

Try to plant at least 50% of the foundation plants in evergreens to keep greenery around the house year around. Planting all deciduous anchor plants creates a bare house over the winter months.

Select a few choice flowering shrubs or small trees, perennials and ornamental grasses to further extent color and texture in the other seasons. Soon, you will be adding great curb appeal to your home.


How Staging Can Help Sell Your Home Fast

It hardly matters whether you own a condominium, manufactured home or a small family home, staging can always add attraction to it. It is one of the simplest ways to arrange your home in such a way that buyers imagine themselves staying there. Many times even the slightest cosmetic change can help you sell the home fast. Studies suggest that staging can increase the sale price of the home to be sold by seven to ten percent.

Spending a little on a simple fresh coat of paint can bring brilliant changes to the look of the house. Even a slight cosmetic change done to the house can help you sell your home very fast. Mostly buyers do not want to clean the house before settling down in the new house. They believe that the new house would already be clean and perfect to settle. A coat of neutral paint can quickly brighten the room and remove all the fingerprints that your kids might be responsible for. Besides, you may also opt for minor modifications like mending peeling paint or the drainage system of your house.

Generally, the interior of a house is connected with peoples emotions and it is also associated with the underlying physiological response to several design details like colors, textures, designs and furnishing. A house well presented with such things can be very effective in selling your home fast and getting the complete worth of the house. In fact, the emotions attached to the house determine the choice of home. People often believe that it is the price that mainly makes a difference in the choice of house, but unlike the common notion, it depends upon how a person feels while visiting a house.

Colors are considered to be one of the most important factors that brighten the house. The right kind of color combination makes a lot of difference, which can either attract or repel. Color certainly reflects the moods and emotions of people. So, as a seller you need to choose bright colors for interiors, so that it gets a lively ambience. The choice of colors also depends upon the class of people you want to attract. If you want to sell your house to a wealthy or highly educated class, you can opt for muted and complex colors. However, earthy colors tend to attract low-income groups or comparatively less educated people.

While staging your house, you can modify the color scheme according to different moods of the room. It helps the buyer to identify an attachment to the house, which can increase the chances of selling home fast. If you want to make rooms spacious, you can clear all the clutter. You can even increase the kitchen space by removing extra appliances like the dishwasher. You can fit in more clothes in the closet by selling or donating unused clothes.

Make sure that the lighting in the house is proper. If possible buy high voltage lamps and tubes to brighten up the ambience. Besides, it is important that all the rooms should have furniture. You can include a new set of cabinet hardware and update your kitchen or bathroom. It is one of the most inexpensive ways to attract the attention of potential buyers.


6 Tips to Sell Your Home Now

Sellers must be able to attract and deal effectively with buyers in today's real estate market in order to sell their homes now. Dealing with buyer's agents is a very important step in getting the property sold. Consider the following tips when listing your home for sale. Listing the property in the MLS, pricing the property right, paying a competitive real estate commission, offering a bonus to the buyer's agent, making the property easy to show, not talking to buyers directly are the 6 tips to sell your home now.

1. Listing in the MLS - Listing the property in the Multiple Listing Service is essential in order to generate the most exposure to sell your home. Chances are the listing agent will not sell the house. The buyer's agents are the ones who will bring all potential buyers to see the property. Buyer's agents get the list of properties available for sale from the MLS. If you are not listed on the MLS you are missing out on the whole real estate market selling process.

2. Right Price - Pricing the property right is essential. If the sales price is too high the buyer's agent will not show your home. The seller and the listing agent set the price. Don't overprice the listing price and assume the buyer will make an offer for less. In most cases the property won't be shown at all if the price is too high.

3. Competitive Commission - Don't discount the commission offered to the buyer's agent. The buyer's agent won't even show your listing if you are paying a lot less than the standard commission. The seller will generate a lot of activity if the commission is higher than the standard commission. Sellers must pay a real estate commission that is competitive.

4. Bonus to Buyer's Agent - Offer a bonus to the buyer's agent. Your house will be shown first on the list if you offer a bonus to the agent who sells it. This bonus is in addition to the already establish sales commission in the MLS. The bonus is an incentive to Realtors to show and sell your house to their customers.

5. Easy to Show - The property must be easy to show at anytime. Sellers must be open and flexible with the showing times of their property. Don't require a 24 to 72 hours window for showing appointments. The average Realtor will make the appointment with only 2 or 3 hour notice. If the property is not easy to show the agent will skip it and show the next one. Consider placing a lockbox on the door so that the buyer's agent can show the house at anytime.

6. Don't talk to buyers - Sellers should not talk to the buyers directly. Also do not give buyers your business card or other contact information. If possible the seller should not be home at all when the property is being shown. The buyers will feel more comfortable and preview the property more at ease when the sellers are not there. The potential buyers won't feel like they are intruding and came at the wrong time if the seller is not home.

Selling your home in today's market is a continuing challenge. Don't try to do it yourself. Sellers must deal with buyer's agents in order to get their homes sold now. Do not underestimate the buyer agent's role in selling real estate. Buyer's agents play a crucial role in the real estate sales process.


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