Outdoor Lighting Ideas That Will Lift Up Your Mood

For some, summer is their favorite time of year. Warm weather, wonderful company and barbecues every weekend if you’re lucky, and if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors, it’s a great time to get your garden looking great. Outdoor lighting enhances your garden and helps your garden shine, and in this blog post, we’ve put together a few outdoor lighting ideas to help uplift your mood this summer.

Mock-Bonfire

A Pinterest favorite of ours, this summer you don’t need a real fire if you don’t have the equipment. Simply arrange some wood in a basket and dress it up with a string of pretty fairy lights. Perfect for parties!

Door Lighting

Adding lights to your door not only make your home more inviting, but give a warm and sophisticated feel too. You could choose to either add spotlights or give definition to the pillars by adding some back lights.

LED Rope Lighting

Not only are LED lights longer lasting and more cost efficient, they can also be shaped according to your need in the form of light ropes. Why not use as a way to highlight the pathway leading from your back door to your garden, or alternatively as a way to greet guests at the front door up the driveway?

Object Lighting

Adding lights either inside your garden objects or around them is a great way of highlighting your garden’s best features and adding some definition and shadow. If you have a hollow object with cut outs, LED lights work really well on the inside, as do fairy lights.

What are your favorite outdoor lighting ideas? Share them with us in the comments below

4 Of The Best Outdoor Decorating Ideas to Try This Summer

With summer fast approaching, it’s time to make your outdoor nest cosy and beautiful. You don’t need to break the bank to give your garden a summer makeover – all it takes is a few simple touches. In this blog post, we bring you our favorite outdoor decorating ideas for summer.

Outdoor Lights Add Charm

We’re a lighting company, so the first recommendation on our list is choosing outdoor lights to add some charm to your garden, and with so many options to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice. Landscape lightings are great for trees, pathways, ponds and more, each adding its own personal touch to your outdoor space. You can even get creative with your own DIY lighting projects.

Make The Most Of Your Space

One of the main reasons people choose to do nothing with their garden is because of a lack of space. If you have a small outdoor space, go for a vertical garden, i.e. planting along a wall or fence. This way you can still make your garden look beautiful without creating a cluttered appearance. Summer is also a great time to grow edible plants, such as basil, parsley and mint.

Bird Is The Word

If you dream of birds singing on a Sunday morning, there’s no reason you can’t make this dream a reality. The best way to attract birds? With a bird bath. Concrete bird births are readily available to buy, or you can even craft one yourself collecting platters or plates from your kitchen and painting them. As well as enhancing the beauty of your garden, these will also be shallow and inviting enough for birds wanting to take a dip in the summer sun.

Add An Outdoor Water Fountain

What’s more refreshing on a summer’s day than the soft splash of running water? There are tons of water fountains available to buy, from small hanging fountains to large rock sculptures. Ceramic pot fountains are also perfect if you’re looking for a petite, yet attractive waterfall arrangement.

If you don’t have the budget, you can also get creative and find various DIY outdoor fountain ideas on the web.

What are your favorite outdoor decorating ideas for summer? Share them with us in the comments section below.

Increasing Number of Homeowners Are Embracing Outdoor Smart-Home Technology

An increasing number of homeowners are embracing smart-home technology, according to a Houzz Smart Home Trends Survey.

Of nearly 1,000 homeowners surveyed, around half are introducing smart technology into their homes, i.e. devices which can be controlled by smartphones, tablets, or computers.

Renovated homes are twice as likely to use a smart system, with around 30 percent controlled via a central hub.

When it comes to lighting, 11 percent of renovated homes include smart indoor lighting, and 4 percent include smart outdoor lighting.

Homeowners are using smart-home lighting to reduce energy consumption, improve the comfort of the household, and have the ability to change the mood or vibe of the home.

You can download the full 2016 U.S. Houzz Smart Home Trends Study here.