Are In and Outdoor Garden Designs Being Under Thought?

Are In and Outdoor Garden Designs Being Under Thought?

Now here’s a thought… do domestic garden designers feel compelled to ignore past garden designs. Are vertical gardens a better design solution than a garden redesign makeover? Here at In Home Decor we focus on limiting time spent maintenance and are interested in decreasing time spent controlling the aesthetic outcomes of a space via maintenance. This problem extends to all landscape types. Public and private spaces are all subject to the vagaries of landscape maintenance. In State Government organizations (such as VicRoads, Victoria Australia) maintenance design techniques are widely used and are referred to as intervention levels. The higher the intervention level the greater the maintenance. And of course the greater the expense. When any garden lacks a strong theme or feel maybe a Vertical Garden solution is all that is required. Best thing is they can be used both in and outdoors! What About Your Garden? Consider your garden. Maybe a good weeding is required to bring back an old garden bed. It may be a lot cheaper and far more compelling than spending thousands on new plants, new edging and fancy timber work, to consider turning it into a low maintenance feature with vertical gardens.  http://smarturl.it/verticalgarden On occasions, a good clean and weed is better than installing a brand new vertical garden, deck or flower bed. Garden clean ups may be the panacea you seek to improving your outdoor space? Or are you just fooling yourself. Is a mix better for you based on your lifestyle, the area you have and your time? High intervention level landscapes or gardens tend to be neglected over time…that’s a fact! Public...
Plantation Shutters: The ultimate upgrade.

Plantation Shutters: The ultimate upgrade.

It’s that time of the year again, when people are madly trying to get their property “sale ready” for the market and focused on entertaining. Are you one of these people, do you work with client’s who are? When potential buyers are looking at a home, there are a number of improvements that you and your clients can make, to get their attention. Floor tiles, fireplace, well dressed windows, decluttering, and tile backsplashes are some popular additions to any home, to give it a loved look and feel. One upgrade, however, really makes homebuyers take notice and stands out above all of the others. That upgrade is plantation shutters. Plantation shutters are interior shutters installed inside a window. Though the name is often used to describe any interior window shutters, true plantation shutters feature that are 60mm 89mm and 114mm wide. The panels can be adjusted as needed to let in light or to keep it out. They are even a big winner in media rooms, because they give you total block out. Not only do they add shade to a home and can even help reduce the energy bills. Shutters also add privacy in areas that require it. For this reason, many people install plantation shutters in large windows over the bathtub or in the bedroom. Many people also use plantation shutters in windows facing the street. Plantation shutters can be used in every window in the home, and the overall effect is simply stunning. Plantation shutters are available in a range of timber and PVC materials. Customers looking for a stained look should consider wooden shutters as...
Gas BBQ Cooking on the Rise in Australia

Gas BBQ Cooking on the Rise in Australia

Australians have always loved a good BBQ, but a recent survey has revealed that many of us are going gourmet with our BBQ foods. BeefEater Barbecues and Kid Magazine conducted the study, which found that more that 50% of those surveyed said they’re experimenting with more gourmet style meals, including delicious rubs and sauces, yummy sides and innovative menus. 37% of respondents said that taste was the main reason they use their BBQ, while 27% said it was a fun way to spend time with family and friends and 25% believe it’s simply “a part of the Aussie way of life”. Interestingly, 70% of those surveyed own a gas BBQ, due to their ease of use. And more and more people are looking for complete outdoor kitchens when they’re purchasing a new property. BBQ enthusiast Ben Farley, from the BBQ Cooking School in Sydney says that these outdoor kitchens are about Australian culture, and simply the way that Australians like to hang out and entertain. “It’s easy to make a big mess at your barbecue station and a big mess in your kitchen and then cleanup for two hours”, he says, explaining that people are spending more money on these outdoor kitchens which have equipment like pizza ovens, fridges, granite bench tops, and of course, a gas BBQ. Jess Pryles, founder of the Carnivore’s Ball and known as the Queen of Barbecue in Melbourne, compares buying the perfect BBQ to buying the perfect car, and says it’s best to do your research. “People are looking for accessories around them (their BBQs) such as fancy knives, native hardwood chopping boards...
Indoor Plantation Shutters…the pièce de résistance of windows

Indoor Plantation Shutters…the pièce de résistance of windows

Indoor Plantation Shutters…the pièce de résistance of windows As you would know, indoor plantation shutters look like large, wooden blinds, but there are significant differences to your traditional blinds that you may have grown up with. Blinds are often narrow, made of aluminium or vinyl, and the slats tilt based on a gear and pulley mechanism. In comparison, indoor plantation shutters have wide compound louvers that fit into a frame and are controlled by way of a wooden rod running up the middle. When they aren’t needed they can be swung away on hinges in the same way traditional shutters do, except on the inside. Planning to do some redecorating in your own home or are you planning on doing renovations for a client? Are you looking for some great home interior design facelift elements for that new property or are you wanting to breathe freshness and life into a tired property? Are you wanting to dress up a property for selling? Installing indoor plantation shutters will increase the market value and appeal of one’s home. They are durable and aesthetically pleasing characteristics giving a bonus to property valuations. Whatever your situation, be it property owner or contractor, the part of any property that you can liven up and refresh would be the interior window dressings. There are many different styles to choose from when deciding on revitalising indoor windows. You’ve got your typical draperies, blinds and shades. However, if you want a fresh, modern, warm feel you can opt to use indoor plantation shutters. These kind of shutters are a classic yet modern choice that ooze elegance and class no...