Must-have lights to winterize your home

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Depending on where you live, the temperatures of wintertime can start to encompass you before the season has even had a chance to set in. That’s why it’s incredibly important to be prepared, especially when it comes to your outdoor lighting.

Upgrading your outdoor lighting is one of the best ways that you can winterize your home. After all, the chilling months ahead are only going to bring longer periods of nightfall, bitter weather conditions and maybe even a few huge snowfalls.

With these conditions on the horizon, you should start your upgrades rather quickly. Let us help you make your illumination upgrades!

Install some garden lighting

During winter, garden lighting offers homeowners numerous benefits — it’s beautiful to look at, it provides security throughout your property and it accents different garden elements (tree, hedge or statue). Although garden lighting is more of a decorative feature, many people enjoy getting creative with its placement and position within the garden space. Without the appropriate lighting, your garden is merely an inaccessible, black space that disappears as soon as the sun goes down.

Grab a few flood lights

Flood lights are the most versatile form of outdoor lighting. They can be placed in front of your home, alongside a path leading into your backyard, or creatively aimed in various directions throughout your garden. These lights are often use for an aesthetic appeal, so that when you glance through your window into your backyard, you’re able to catch a glimpse of the scenery. Needless to say, they are also used for security purposes. Homeowners often place flood lights on the side of their homes pointing into the darkest corner of their property so that they have a full scope of the area.

Distribute some path lighting along your walkways

Probably one of the most recommended forms of outdoor lighting that is encouraged during the winter months is path lighting. Mainly because it enables your guests to see their way to your doorstep, but also since daylight is becoming scarcer, path lighting will provide you with a little extra illumination as you make your way up the driveway to locate your home’s entrance.  

Submerge some pond lighting

This suggestion probably sounds strange right? The reality is that if your backyard has a pond or even an outdoor pool, pond lighting should be an essential purchase before the winter months. It’s incredibly dangerous to venture into your backyard in the dark, or even on snowy days, especially if you’re unable to see where your water source is situated. By illuminating your underwater feature, you’re not only lighting up the backyard with a gorgeous, warm, glowing glow, but you’re taking the proper precautions to ensure that you can be safe in your outdoor space. Just remember to get ahead of the game by installing these top-of-the-line lights before the water starts to freeze.

Do you know of any other way that outdoor lighting installation can help to winterize your home? Tell us in the comments section below.

How to create a welcoming entrance for your home

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When considering a home renovation most people look to update their bathrooms, kitchens or living room spaces. Although it seems more economic to renew these extensions of your everyday living, it’s equally as important to create a welcoming entry. As the first thing your guests see, your porch and entrance way should reflect the same beautiful, warm and welcoming atmosphere that the inside of your home does. The front entrance to your household should not only be approachable, but it should also be intuitive, alluring and refined. Needless to say, we have a few ways that you can create the most sublime home front.   

Pump up your foliage

Most people have an emotional connection to plants. Maybe it’s because flowers, cacti and shrubs are organic instead of mechanical? Needless to say, plants have the ability to brighten up any outdoor space by harnessing their beauty in a dramatic way. Try dangling a few floral creations around your porch, making use of your planters or extra buckets to scatter around some herbs or simply placing your favorite succulents and cacti in rainbow-colored containers and delicately distributing them along your steps. Then take a few steps back, all the way to the road if you can and consider how it looks from a distance. After all, first impressions usually happen from further away.

Include accessories and seating

Outdoor decorating can be a fun way to get artsy with your home, especially if you’re using it as a way to complement your front entry. Sometimes an elegant stone statue or a simple trickling fountain can really add a gratifying look when placed on your front porch. Although it’s best to keep in mind that the type of accessories you add should embellish the vibe of your neighborhood. You wouldn’t want pink flamingos in the lawn with garden gnomes if your home resides on an older, more charming block. Furniture is also another way to glam up your entrance if you have the room for a little bench. It’s important to not only make your porch pleasant for your guests, but also for yourself. Your porch is your outdoor living room, which means you want it to be a comfy enough ambiance to enjoy the first sips of your morning coffee.

Add some outdoor lighting

The benefits of outdoor lighting are endless and range from safety and security to a stunning night time display. Although most homes possess a single, boring porch light, your home could be glammed up with a little extra illumination. Step-deck lights are an ideal upgrade choice when you consider your guests, as they allow them to see front your steps easily. Path lighting is another must-have suggestion, because you’re able can to use almost like a map to layout the most ideal walking path. Needless to say, directional lighting has the most advantages when it comes to creating a big welcome with lighting. Directional lighting can be placed in your entrance as decoration, beaming into the sky, or as a way to accent the darker areas of your front yard. Outdoor lighting really adds the perfect drama to the exterior of your home.

How do you plan to upgrade your entry space? Tell us in the comments section below.

 

Decorating ideas to highlight your garden fountain

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There is a certain hint of elegance that resonates when you hear the sound of a slow trickling stream echoing throughout your garden. Garden fountains are beautiful additions to any outdoor living space and come in an array of designs and styles. Placing one of these statement pieces in your garden has the ability to turn your backyard into a magical oasis, though there are many ways to add unique touches that highlight your garden fountain.

Plant flower beds around your fountain

Adding flowers is always an ideal way to decorate any garden but planting a colorful variety of flowers around your fountain will really make it stand out from a distance.

Aside from making sure the flowers you select will grow well in the area around the fountain, you may also want to consider the maturity height of them. You wouldn’t want your flowers to grow above the fountain and hide it from your field of vision! Ideally, you’d like your blossoming beauties to compliment the space and accent the garden with their natural charm.

Don’t be afraid to add a little greenery

Although your garden is already popping with various shades of green and deep brown tones, the more greenery you plant in and around your fountain, the more natural your outdoor space will look. Ivy is always a flawless choice as it has the ability to climb the finish of your fountain and camouflage the base. Remember, just like flowers, keep in mind your greenery choices because you don’t want them to block the fountain.

Use herbs to spice up your fountain

Planting herbs around your garden is both beneficial for the look of the area and growth of the plants. Herbs provide a different visual view of your garden and the simple splashes from the trickling fountain also provide them with the suitable amount of moisture that is needed to help them grow. Another bonus is that herbs don’t usually grow too tall, making them the perfect plants to highlight your garden fountain.

Accompany the area with vegetables and fruits

Vegetables and fruit add a sweet touch to any backyard garden, but they also add a tasty bit of color. Just like ivy, strawberry and bean plants also weave themselves around the fountain base.

Construct a pathway to your fountain

While plants and flowers with vivid colors create a visual pathway, constructing a physical pathway creates a finished look and allows an easy access to your fountain. Also consider installing some path lights to light your way when the moonlight isn’t doing the trick.  

Figurines gives your fountain a personality

Garden gnomes and ceramic mushrooms are a few wildly popular choices when it comes to garden figurines. These objects give your garden a personality and they provide visual accents when you are trying to highlight your garden fountain.

Take a seat and enjoy the sounds of nature

If you really want to immerse yourself in the beauty of your garden, providing the appropriate seating will allow you to enjoy the fascinating elements for longer periods of time. Read a book, take a nap or simply bird watch as nature unfolds before your eyes.

Outdoor lighting with make your fountain glow

We’ve already made it pretty clear how you can enjoy your fountain when the sun is shining brightly, but how about when moon comes out? Adding some twinkly directional lights to your outdoor fountain will really accent the piece at night, while placing some well lights can also add character to the landscape surrounding the fountain.

Make your fountain something that you can enjoy around-the-clock.

How do you plan to highlight your garden fountain? Tell us about it in the comments section below.