Thursday, May 15, 2008

Bamboo Tiki Bars

Want a variety of bamboo tiki bars? Are you getting the spring fever bug? Looking forward to spending time outdoors and entertaining friends and family? I hear ya, I love decorating my outdoor living space and there is no time like the present. Click here for more information on bamboo tiki bars!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Outdoor Garden Rooms For Relaxation

Are you looking for a way to leave the hectic world behind you, even for just a few hours? Then a private garden retreat is the answer to your stress free dreams. Follow these tips and create an oasis that exudes peace and tranquility.

When you look out into your backyard or bare garden, are you instantly taken to a more tranquil place - where the stress and worries of the workday disappear before your eyes? If not, then you need to create a personal retreat where you can unwind, relax and enjoy nature. Creating an oasis can be very rewarding and simple to put together. With just a few key ingredients, you can be reap the benefits in no time at all.

The first thing to consider is the area in which to house your new retreat. Ideally, your location should be quiet and peaceful with the least amount of distraction. If your yard is all open space, the a small fence and an arbor could be well served. Once you have explored your options, it's time to add your personal touches. Here are some ideas of how to improve the look and feel of your garden retreat.

Seating should be at the top of your list. You need comfortable outdoor furniture that will suit your particular needs. Do you want to sit down and read or lounge in the warm breeze? Either way, you should choose furniture made from woods like bamboo, teak and wicker, all of which simultaneously blend with nature.

Metallics are too hard and will take away from the natural look of your new space. Black should also be avoided because of it's ability to absorb the heat and bright colors are too busy and will distract you. However, for just a splash of color, try adding some of you favorite annuals in a light color of your choice.

Use a color scheme to unify your space. Cool colors like blue, green, gray and white are known to have calming effects. You can easily add this color palette to your decor. Plantings could include tall grasses and silver foliage. If digging up your backyard is not part of the plan, then place decorative pots and urns in a pattern or randomly throughout the area for a whimsical touch.

Are you looking to attract wildlife for a true nature inspired theme? Attract chirping birds or chattering animals native to your environment by providing their basic habitat, feeding, and cover requirements. Suet is a good choice for attracting insect-eating birds such as nuthatches and woodpeckers. Nectar will attract hummingbirds and orioles. Don't forget to provide them with a bird bath.

Now that you have spent all that precious energy working on the visual beauty of your garden, adding various flowers, furniture, maybe an arbor, how about some soothing sounds? Running water gently trickling over rocks or out of a fountain and a set of elegant and lacquered bamboo wind chimes completes your quiet, peaceful, stress free sanctuary for you to relax.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bamboo Wind Chimes and Positive Chi

For 3000 years the Chinese used Bamboo wind chimes in religious ceremonies, today, it is used in Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the combined power of water and wind and is considered the fundamentals of life. It is believed to bring balance to one's home. Bamboo wind chimes are used for this purpose. To capture the energy of the moving winds to create positive chi. The low resonant tones of the hollow bamboo are much like drums lost somewhere in the rain forest. Very soothing and relaxing as well. Retire you hard day at work to the gentle sounds of bamboo wind chimes this summer.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Benefits Of Bamboo To You

Horsetail  a PlentyImage by ...-intherough-... via FlickrIs bamboo a part of your home? You probably have something or another that is made from this versatile plant. If so, great! However, do you know that bamboo is far greater than just aesthetics? If you want to learn more about this great plant and how it can benefit you and your family, then check out this bamboo article for more information.

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