Life's a Beach--A Shore Theme in your Outdoor Space

 


Article by: Debbie Rodgers

Twentieth century American architect Phillip Johnson once said, "I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, , Wicker Patio Furniture - Buying and Maintenance Tips why sit on the beach?" Mr. Johnson evidently didn't how to , Choosing Gardening Tools relax, but as another summer , Easy Pond and Water Garden Construction is slipping away, you can. Did you visit the beach this year? Do you wish you had? Either way, you can create a seaside feel in your outdoor , Selecting the Right Roses for Your Garden space and enjoy memories of the shore at home! , Peonies 'Krinkled White' and 'Vivid Rose' Here are some quick tips. , Tulip Divisions - Garden Tulips and Their Identities

Color Your choice of color , New for 2006 - Granite Flexible Preformed Rock Ponds will be the biggest stress-reliever in your home , Orchids Plus More Newsletter - December, 2004 "beach." The relaxing hues of the beach are sun-bleached and sand- and water-washed. Think cool and inviting water, , y, Fun Garden Plants lapping on the shore; the pale sand , Orchid Myths -The Truth underfoot; the tall pale green , Garden Folklore: It Starts with the Soil beach grasses; the pale pink , Wicker Patio Furniture - Buying and Maintenance Tips and coral of shells; the white , Orchid Care - What The Leaves Tell Us clouds in a the blue , Easy Pond and Water Garden Construction sky.

For your blue, , Selecting the Right Roses for Your Garden try Kelly Moore's Essence of the Sea or Sail Away, Beauti-tone's French Blue, , Japanese Gardens – Basic Design Questions That Should Be Addressed or Benjamin Moore's Robin's Egg.

If you prefer brighter colors , Tulip Divisions - Garden Tulips and Their Identities use bright pink , Selecting the Right Roses for Your Garden or orange, especially in striped fabric or small accessories , y, Fun Garden Plants such candles.

Furniture The beach calls , Start Planning for Your Backyard Water Garden or Pond for casual wooden , Blowers seating. Try folding wooden , How To Choose a Landscape Contractor chairs with colorful striped canvas slings, set under a pale colored canvas umbrella that you've propped in a large bucket of sand. , Planting a Garden Pond

Fabric What do you take to the beach? Canvas tote bags, terry towels and flip-flops. Use these fabrics for cushions, throws and the seating itself. Install decorative hooks on a wall, , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 5) Plant Growth and hang beach towels as "art."

Motifs Many beach goers return home , Guide To Growing Annuals with a collection of shells, beach rocks and smooth bits of colored glass. , Teak Patio Furniture Is The Perfect Choice For Your Terrace If you have such a collection, use them to good effect in your outdoor , A Guide To Residential Bridges space. Clean up your treasures by running them through a cycle of the dishwasher in the utensil basket. You can also rub baby oil into rocks to bring out the shine that you saw under the beach sun. , Teak Furniture - A Cut Above The Rest

The most obvious way to display your shells and pebbles is in a clear glass , Roman Concrete - How They Did It dish or jar, or a flat , Start Planning for Your Backyard Water Garden or Pond plate. Try filling a saucer with them and inserting a votive candle. Or if the shells themselves are large enough, pour candle wax around a wick in the shell cavity itself. Shells can be used in attractive tic-tac-toe games, for stamping fabrics and many other purposes.

You can easily change , Roman Concrete - How They Did It the feel of your beach theme by the use of different motifs. Perch a sea-gull on a piece of driftwood draped with a piece of fisherman's net and use a lighthouse or two elsewhere in the space, and you'll be reminded of a coastal fishing village. Folding sling chairs, , Orchid Flowers an umbrella and pots , Orchid Myths -The Truth of beach grass , Plant A Simple Tea Garden give a recreational feel to your space. Or combine the lighthouses with sailboat silhouettes for a more urban shore look.

Whatever kind of shore you prefer, use these ideas to recreate it at home. , Choosing Gardening Tools Put on a recording of ocean waves lapping on the sand, , The Tools You'll Need for Gardening kick off your shoes and enjoy the beach!
Debbie Rodgers, the haven maven, owns and operates Paradise Porch, , Calla Lilies - Flowers for All Occasions and is dedicated to helping people create outdoor , Everybody Feng Shui Tonight - in the Garden living spaces that nurture and enrich them. Her latest how-to guide "Attracting Butterflies to Your Home , How To Choose a Landscape Contractor and Garden" is now available on her web , Hillside Landscaping-Proper Watering site. Visit her at http://www.paradiseporch.com and get a free report on "Eight easy ways to create privacy in your outdoor , How To Bring An Old Lawn Back to Life space".

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