How to Decorate your Outdoor Space without Breaking the Bank

 


Article by: Debbie Rodgers

Noted English clergyman Sydney Smith (1771-1845) is quoted as saying, "Economy in the estimation of common minds means the absence of all taste and comfort." But finding thrifty ways to decorate , Garden Statuary - Time for a Fresh New Look your outdoor , Garden Statuary - Time for a Fresh New Look living space doesn't mean you have to sacrifice either of those things. Here are some ideas to help you:



  • Forget trying to find that perfectly matched 9-piece patio , Is Your Fertilizer Poisoning You? set at the first garage , Feng Shui in the Garden sale you stop at. If a matched set is what your heart truly desires then by all means seek until you find. But you'll have far more success if you open your eyes to the possibility of mismatched pieces.

  • Consider all the sources of inexpensive pieces, not just garage , Landscape Lighting and yard , Secrets To Beautiful Shade Gardens sales. Browse flea markets, country auctions and thrift shops. Keep your eyes open when you pass the bulletin board in your neighbour store. Check the classifieds. Rove the aisles at discount retailers or dollar stores. If you're serious about certain pieces then be bold. Let your favorite restaurateur know that you love his patio , The Perfect Fern for Shady Gardens pieces and if any need replacing, you'll be glad to take the old ones off his hands. Ask your friends and family if they have spare pieces stored away. And don't overlook "curb picking"Ā¯ before a major trash pick-up. Many great items are put out because the owners simply can't be bothered with a minor repair , Abatement Conflicts with Eco-Systems or they just don't have the space to keep them.

  • Accept substitutions. Instead of one large dining table consider several smaller ones. Instead of a loveseat, use that great bench , The Perfect Fern for Shady Gardens you found or several different side chairs. , Garden Statuary - Time for a Fresh New Look Just be sure there's at least one GREAT comfortable seat.

  • Imagine other uses for common items. For example, use a large wooden , Patio Chair Covers toolbox as a magazine rack, a wooden door , Natural Gardens mounted on brackets for a shelf or table, or an old mailbox as a planter. Vintage garden , Foraging In The Forest: Finding Materials That Link Your Home To The Great Outdoors tools make interesting wall , Who Sells Flower Bulbs? art. Used wrought iron gates serve as a great patio , Super Foods from Home Vegetable Gardens wall. Old porch , Kirengeshoma palmata balusters can be fashioned into candleholders or table legs.

  • Fabric covers a multitude of sins. Pick up large fabric remnants at a salvage center or buy used sheets, bedspreads and drapes at a yard , Natural Gardens sale. New chair , Landscaping Tips covers, a table runner, and cushions created from this yardage tie all your odd furniture , Forcing Bulbs for Indoor Bloom: Even 'Brownthumbers' Can Do It pieces together. Hang some extra yardage as an outdoor , Who Sells Flower Bulbs? curtain and you'll wow your visitors.

  • Paint is also a unifier and will do amazing things to most furniture. , Hibiscus Spray paint , How To Improve Garden Soil Naturally a junk , Pond Liner Repair store chandelier and hang it filled with candles. Here's a set of 94 citronella candles that will allow you to fill and refill that great lighting fixture without breaking your budget. If you think that your furniture , Trust Your Plants - They Know How To Grow! odds and ends are just too, well, odd then try mixing and matching paint , Trust Your Plants - They Know How To Grow! color instead of painting , Garden Heating the Traditional Way all pieces identically. For example, try one chair , Planting for Wildlife with a green , Artificial Flowers – Are They A Solution? seat and white , Forcing Bulbs for Indoor Bloom: Even 'Brownthumbers' Can Do It legs, one with a green , Creating a Balanced Garden Pond back and white , A Guide for Servicing Your Chainsaw seat, and one with green , How Bat Houses Can Improve Your Backyard Experience and white , Foraging In The Forest: Finding Materials That Link Your Home To The Great Outdoors stripes. Celebrate diversity.

  • You might also think about using a certain theme for your outdoor decorating, , Growing an Indoor Herb Garden Year-Round such as French country or Caribbean. The design , Garden Heating the Traditional Way interest will draw attention away from any mismatching in your furnishings.



Economy in decorating , Types of Water Gardens your outdoor , How Bat Houses Can Improve Your Backyard Experience space does not have to result in the absence of taste or comfort. You might have to work a little harder but think how much satisfaction you will derive from a space that you made work for next to nothing.
About The Author

Debbie Rodgers owns and operates Paradise Porch, , Landscape Lighting and is dedicated to helping people create outdoor , Trust Your Plants - They Know How To Grow! living spaces that nurture and enrich them. Visit her on the web , Super Foods from Home Vegetable Gardens at www.paradiseporch.com and get a free report on "Eight easy ways to create privacy in your outdoor , Pond Liner Repair space"Ā¯. Mail to debbie@paradiseporch.com

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