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Country Style Kitchen Decorating

A popular style of decorating in this day and age tends to be the country style kitchen. No matter whether you live in a small apartment in the middle of a busy city, or whether you actually do live in the country; a country style kitchen can make any home look inviting. However, there is one exception and that is if you follow an overly modern theme in the rest of the house.

Creating the Perfect Country Style Kitchen

When you are decorating your kitchen with a country theme in mind, you really do need to ensure that it will fit in with the rest of the home. This means that you need to ensure that you are not decorating the rest of the home in a modern theme. The countryside is all about tradition and simplicity; it is not about modern city decor.

There is also something else which many people misunderstand when it comes to country style decorating and that is that it can include anything which is handmade. This is simply not the case and whilst some accent pieces are okay, others will completely throw the whole look to make it appear unbalanced. So you do have to be careful with what you include in the setting and what you don’t.

Start with the walls whenever you can. By adding things to the walls it can instantly make a difference and it does not take too much effort either. You could add photo’s of landscapes. The countryside is all about open spaces and greenery. So by adding pictures of beautiful landscapes into the kitchen, you will automatically add a touch of the countryside.

A classic country accent piece is pottery, particularly pottery shaped like roosters or cows. An iron doorstop in the shape of a rooster could be added to the kitchen or wall plaques of cows could be fitted too. Another thing which is important in a country style kitchen is a large wooden table. In the country families sit around the table and they eat home cooked meals. So a table is quite an important part of country life.

Overall the main aim in a country style kitchen is to make it look inviting and open. Do not overcrowd the decor and try to include picturesque, bright decorations wherever possible. Slightly old fashioned furniture would also look really good. So keep that in mind if you are planning on replacing the furniture.

Budget Minded Landscaping – Landscape Design

The cost of landscaping depends a lot on the elements you want and the types of materials you plan to use to create them. Looking at some of your neighbor’s beautifully meandering pathways, flowering ground covers, and perfect lawns can make you feel that a classy landscape is out of reach. For most of us that may be true if we had to do the entire project all at once. However, it is possible to have an enviable yard and landscape even if you are on a budget.

Let’s begin by looking at what it takes to really pull your yard together. Truly beautiful landscaping includes a balance hardscape which might include pavers, fountains, gates and softscape; vines, shrubs, trees, ground cover and anything else that grows. It’s usually the hardscape that most people on a budget think they can’t afford.

There are a lot of resources available where you can get inexpensive or free building material if you have a little patience and perseverance. If you search on Craigslist.com under the heading “free” you’ll discover all kinds of treasures people need moved off their property. You can find everything from stone and brick to hoses and lawnmowers. Of course some of these freebees might come with a small price. You may have to dig up the stones or remove the bricks from their backyard. You can also search Craigslist under the heading “materials” where you will most likely have to pay something for the brick or stone, but you might have some help from the seller loading it into your vehicle.

Habitat for Humanity can be found in most major cities and they have outlet stores dedicated to selling donated building materials to raise money for the organization. Much of what they’ve been donated is used, but they also receive a number of donations that are overruns from larger commercial jobs. Prices in these outlet stores are really great and the merchandise turns over so often that you’re bound to find just what you’re looking for if you look often enough.

There are also fantastic deals to be found right in your own neighborhood. Check out garage sales for things like pots, toy wagons and decorative items like weathered wooden benches. These can either be spruced up with a coat or two of paint, or left as is depending on the look you want to achieve. You’ll also be able to find gardening tools and if you ask, your neighbor just might have some left over bricks or supplies from their own landscaping project.

Great prices can be found for the softscape as well, but you have to have your timing right. Look for sales at your local large hardware stores. The best sales, as well as the largest selection of merchandise, are usually at the beginning of the growing season. Also, look on the internet for nurseries. You can find sale items at all times of the year. Request catalogs and very often you will find pages and pages of sale items that can be delivered right to your door. Plant bulbs! They’re cheap! And many come back year after year.

Budget minded landscaping is a labor of love. It requires patience, persistence and ingenuity. But over time and with a little tenacity, one day your neighbors will tell you how much they envy your yard!

Representing Character Through Wall Decor

Wall decor is an all important aspect of interior decoration. The walls in a house are expanses, empty canvasses that be worked on to completely change the feel and design of a room. Modern Interior designing allows for a mix and match of art forms, art designs, – merging, sometimes, unsuccessfully, the different designs available. Decorating wall space has been around for centuries. The oldest castles boast of the more detailed and skilled paintings, murals and tales of war and conquest depicted by the artisans of the age. It has to mentioned though, that Art has always fluctuated between the high culture, and popular culture and then between utility and show.

Art versus Culture

The art versus culture debate is deeply entrenched in one’s understanding and recognition of the words in themselves. Culture, for one, denotes a mass participation -A way of life or a choice of existence that has happened over time, decided by a group of people. Art is arguably, the representation of that culture, since art requires an inspiration and a starting point. In most art forms, be it paintings – oil paintings, water colors etc, murals, theatre, dance, film – the inspiration is always the milieu, in some form or the other. There we can safely say that one’s choice or art, in a true sense, represents that person’s tastes – which are in turn, influenced by background, culture, exposure etc.

Your soul on the Wall

Most interior designers who design living spaces will interview the residents of that space. It is important to get a sense of the person’s likes and dislikes, so that the designs in the house can, in a way, represent their characters. In the modern world of design there are at least a hundred different types of art to choose from. If you choose to go with the more traditional form of wall art – such as a painting, there are so many genres of paintings to choose from -The older landscaping to the more modern abstract art. What you finally put up on your wall should be something you relate to, something that is soothing to the eyes and relaxing.

Functionalities

The choice of art work depends on which room it is to be placed in. A living room space should typically have decor that is formal yet person. The living room is also the room that a family receives guest in. Therefore, decorating a living room wall should be done with car. The best option would be to keep the wall hangings simple and traditional, matching it with the colors of the draperies and the upholstery. It is important to maintain a sense of symmetry in the room, as symmetry creates a more formal feel. However, there are no hard and fast rules about wall decor. There are people who go completely out with their living room wall decor and still manage to get it right.

An office space would demand a completely different sort of wall decor. It would be better to keep the wall hangings to a minimum in the work space. A simple oil painting or water colored landscape should do. Again, this depends on what sort of office it is. For mainstream offices, the colors should be neutral and the wall decor must not be distracting. An advertising or film office can, on the other hand can afford to be more colorful and artsy.