Ideas For Creating a Beautiful Summer Patio

Patios offer a great place to create a warm, welcoming area to invite friends and family. The materials most often used for patio foundations are stone, cement, brick and wood. A really great way to get an inexpensive look that appears to be stone but is created with cement is with a stamp. While the cement is wet a stamp that comes in various patterns is stamped on the cement. This can also be done on cement that is tinted so the final product looks like pink stone or grey marble. This can be done professionally or by the home owner with a stamp purchased at a supply store such as Home Depot.

Patios can be decorated with lots of greenery and plants. The first step to creating a great patio is adding lots of flowers and greenery. Set a budget for your patio greenery and head out to the local nursery. Choose a variety of annuals such Geraniums, Coleus, Zinnias, Petunias. Add a few patio trees as well for greenery and beauty. A budget is important also so that you do not use a huge chunk of your overall budget on flowers and greenery and not have the funds left that are needed for furniture etc.

Furniture should be comfortable and easy to care for. Consider high winds and rain and be prepared to store or purchase covers for the seats so that they can be kept dry in inclement weather. An ambiance can be created by using patio fire pits. These pits come in a variety of styles and shapes. They are a great center piece for patio furniture. They can create a style that blends or have a unique look that stands out. They even come as fire pit tables. Solar powered fountains and lighting are also great ideas for patios. Driving around various neighborhoods can give you great ideas for patios. Searching online as well as looking through magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens is a good resource of ideas for patios.

Another great idea for patios is insect repellant. There are a variety of machines that repel mosquitoes. They work through misting and also through other means. Machine works in various ranges so check to see if it is strong enough to work for your entire patio area. Here is an idea for getting rid of the little villains: place Listerine in a small spray bottle and spray around the furniture and the swing or any other garden furniture that you may have.

Quality Patio Furniture – Building Your Retreat

Many people view outdoor living as an integral part of their lives rather than something to engage in only when people are visiting. Even in areas where the climate precludes all-year patio living, making the use of all available outdoor time is viewed as important for relaxation and entertainment. For those people, patio furniture and accessories become sought after items which require careful selection for price, quality and decorative attributes.

Patio furniture and accessories are now available in more styles and price ranges than ever before. From the extensive collections by Windham or Winston to simpler wicker and wrought iron models available even in discount centers, the variety of styles available is astounding. Even teak, famous as sailboat building material because of its durability, is available. Beyond the selections of furniture, propane fireplaces and other related accessories help to create a mood and extend the best seasons.

When selecting patio furniture and accessories, consider the climate and intended uses of the furniture. With such a wide variety of pieces available, picking furniture and accessories appropriate for local conditions should be easily accomplished. Materials like cast aluminum will stand up to almost any conditions, while wicker and rattan will show wear quickly when exposed directly to the elements. In areas of harsh sunlight, brightly colored cushions may fade rapidly. If used in a sheltered area, most exterior furniture will last for many years, but when left in direct sun for long periods, deterioration should be anticipated. Paints and fabrics used for frames and cushions simply can not stand up to consistently poor weather conditions.

Because of the rugged construction of better quality patio furniture and accessories, even restaurants are commonly using it to furnish their indoor and outdoor dining areas. When compared to the hard use in restaurants, furniture used on home patios will rarely duplicate the level of abuse seen in commercial applications. Put in simple terms, when a homeowner elects to purchase better quality outdoor furniture that furniture should be around for many years. Of course cushion covers should be expected to deteriorate faster than frames. Even those covers will last for a long time when quality materials have been used in the production of the cushions. Patio furnishings should help to add a finishing touch to the over-all decoration of the home and offer a wonderful place to retreat.

Decorating an Outdoor Wedding

Outdoor weddings are enormously popular in the summertime. Few of us can escape the months of June, July, and August without receiving at least one invitation to an outdoor nuptial ceremony. For those planning and coordinating these events, decorating becomes a special challenge. The great outdoors isn’t a clearly defined space like a church or reception hall. Where do you begin? In this article, we’ll cover some of the basics that you’ll need to know for decorating an outdoor wedding of your dreams.

In an outdoor wedding ceremony, there are three primary areas of decorating that need to be addressed: the entrance, the seating area, and the altar. By defining each of these areas with unique and meaningful decorations, you will help set the tone of your wedding and a theme, if so desired. We’ll address each of these areas separately.

The Entrance:
First impressions are everything. When your guests arrive, you want them to feel excited about the special occasion they are about to witness. This can easily be accomplished by creating a unique pathway to the wedding site. The beginning of the pathway should be marked and recognizable. Consider placing garden fountains on either side of the path or an arbor draped in flowers for your guests to walk through. Large urns of flowers can be used and also placed along the path to lead the way. If you are having an evening wedding, consider including landscaping lights to outline the pathway and provide lighting.

The Seating Area:
Seating is always a challenge at an outdoor wedding. You’ll likely have to rent chairs for your guests to sit on. You’ll want your guests to feel like they are part of an intimate setting, so be considerate of how the chairs are arranged. Make sure that each person has the best possible vantage point of the bride and groom. When decorating the chairs, consider using strings of flowers and ribbons along the backs of the last row of chairs to add an elegant touch to the seating area. If your guests are entering and exiting from a center isle, you might consider draping the outsides of the rows with flowers and ribbons, as well. Consider placing urns of flowers or even free standing patio trellises along the outside of the chair rows. This can add a burst of color, as well as some privacy for your ceremony.

The Altar:
The altar is arguably the most important part of decorating in a wedding ceremony. After all, the bride and groom should be the center of the day. It is important that your guests have the ability to see and hear you during the ceremony. If it will be a large outdoor gathering with more than 50 people, you may want to use a sound system so guests in back can hear you.

If the ground is relatively flat, you might also want to elevate the bride, groom, and officiant. This can easily be accomplished with a sturdy platform to stand on, and the platform can be decorated as desired with flowers, bows, and cloth. You may also want to create a special backdrop or surround for your vows. An overhead structure such as a wedding arbor or garden pergola can be a great option for this. Arbors and pergolas can easily be purchased as ready to assemble kits, and they come in a variety of colors, sizes, and configurations. After the ceremony is over, the garden structure can then be gifted to the happy couple for their new home.

Planning any wedding is a lot of work, but decorating an outdoor wedding doesn’t have to be. By paying attention to the three most important areas, the entrance, seating area, and altar, you will ensure that the event is beautifully decorated and your guests are dazzled on your special day.