Thursday, July 11, 2019

Can You Tell The Difference?

When mixing artificial plants with real ones in an outdoor environment, it's hard to tell the difference where the live ones end and the artificial ones start. Take a look at one of our customers creations and see if you can tell the difference. Can you spot the artificial plants?


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

7 Of The Best Living Room Decorating Ideas


A living room is the heart of any home. This is the place where you spend most of your time and where your guests mostly sit. So, making your living room colorful and pleasant is inevitable.

However, you don’t necessarily need to spend a fortune when decorating your living room. Just some lifestyle and design changes can help you big time in setting up an awesome looking living room inexpensively.

          Here are some of the best living room decorating ideas that you can use to make your home more attractive.

Paint The Walls Differently:

           Use two to three colors for painting your living room walls and mix the things up. Add one accent wall and prepare it to hang some art pieces. This adds more class and uniqueness to your living room, and you don’t have to spend much money.

Use More Art:

    Use your living room to express and showcase your hobbies and personal interests. Make a gallery wall and hang some important key memories with it. Hang some decorative baskets with another wall to make it more useful. The main goal is to make one wall the focal point of your living room.

Go Green:

         Use this method to decorate your living room with some greenery; plants can also provide you with fresh morning air, they can filter out any harmful particles in your living room's air. Use plant pot on your center table or hang it to accent the main wall. If you don't want the maintenance of real plants then silk plants work beautifully in their place.

Use Symmetry:

    Humans love symmetry, so, you can use this symmetry method to improve the look of your living room without spending even a penny.

    The best and least expensive way to watch a video online such as the one below. Improve the balance, and you’ll start witnessing the results straight away.



Keep It Clean:

    Nothing is more satisfying than living in a clean house. Cleanliness costs nothing but your time, and the results are rewarding. So, keep the large pieces of your living room furniture clean and fresh looking. Use a duster to keep unsightly dust from forming on your furniture, you'll be surprised on how much this makes a difference.

    You should try to spend a bit more on the quality furniture that stands the test of time better than the cheaper versions. A strong, well painted and clean furniture piece automatically looks awesome and eye-catching.

Use Big Mirrors:

    This one might sound a bit obvious, but believe us, this works really well especially for relatively smaller living rooms. The reflection of big mirrors can make your living room appear bigger and more spacious. This works specially well if you place them directly across from a window that can reflect the natural light throughout the room.

    That’s a trick most of the home staging experts use when preparing the home for listing photos.


Use Popping Colors:

    Just like the three color palette technique most popular by designers when decorating kitchens, using some popping colors in your living room also helps big time. You can use some bright colored throw pillows on your couches or even use some colorful art on a blank wall to enhance the look of your living room.

You don't have to utilize all of these ideas but implementing one or two can make a huge difference when having guests into your home for a dinner party or gathering. Utilizing these elements can make for better functionality and conversation making your party a success.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

4 Simple Arrangements That Will Make A Big Difference In Your Decor


Floral arrangements have been a popular way to decorate a house, for hundreds of years and people spend hundreds of dollars in order to create beautiful arrangements for their homes. Each event demands a different kind of arrangement and you need to have a creative mind to realize which arrangement will suit the occasion. These ideas can make a big impact on your next party or just liven up your decor. Here are four simple arrangements which are suitable for different events and they help you make your home look beautiful for all seasons.

Arrangement with Pebbles and Glass Jars 





Normally glass jars and pebbles are not associated with floral arrangements, but they can create a cute combination, especially if you add small LED lights which create a stunning ambiance during the evening hours. Arrange a combination of flowers in a glass jar which is filled with pebbles at the bottom or you can arrange the pebbles around the jar.

These jars don’t occupy much space so they can be set anywhere in the house, making the choice of where to place them easier for you.

Use the Old Bottles 




In every household, you come across different kinds of used bottles having different colors, sizes and shapes. Normally such bottles are considered useless, but what if you are able to reuse them in a beautiful way? in most cases you only need to clean the bottles and place some seasonal flowers in them to give them a new look.

You can create different arrangements with the help of these bottles in your home. Wine and Soda bottles are ideal for floral arrangements and when it comes to flowers, lilies can look really elegant in bottles. Use your imagination when it comes to bottles by painting them in a color to match your decor. The possibilities are endless.

Flowers in a Basket





Flower baskets have also been involved in old legends and fairy tales because they add color to a situation. Different baskets can be used as flower baskets in your home for magnificent floral arrangements and it's also possible to paint these baskets with different colors to make the arrangement more attractive.

The combination of different colored baskets and different flowers can definitely make your home look more beautiful. In order to preserve the freshness of the flowers, you can put in a treated sponge as it does a wonderful job.

Reusing the Flowers 




Often the broken flowers from a bouquet are thrown away or broken flowers from an arrangement are displaced. These flowers can get a new life if you place them along with their buds in ceramic, steel, or a glass bowl. In Asian homes, it's one of the most popular flower arrangements involving floating flowers and mud made oil lamps floating on water.

It's also used in different kinds of temples because it gives a minimalist perspective to the whole environment. This flower arrangement is not at all expensive, but it impacts the onlookers because of the different use of flowers and involvement of water, which is one of the most important earthly elements in human life.

If you have a simple arrangement that helped impact your decor we would love to hear about it in our comment section. We hope this article will help you make small changes in your home that will have a big impact on your decor. Sometimes it's the small details that make the biggest difference.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Floral Arranging Tips and Tricks Of The Pros


A floral arrangement can be pretty tricky and difficult to handle. Normally you would see a beautiful arrangement of flowers in a floral shop, but after purchasing them and placing them at your place they Just don't seem to have the same effect.

Floral arranging is definitely an art and it is quite hard to become an expert in within a few days, but with some tips and tricks, you can definitely change the look of your place with such arrangements. 


You need just a little bit of creativity and imagination to pull this off and the rest of the guidance would be provided by us in this article so let’s start talking about the tips and the tricks that will help you out.

Placing the Flowers in a Wide Mouth Vase


If you're arranging the flowers in a wide mouth vase or a bowl you will face a certain problem in which the flowers will fall to one side which can make the whole arrangement look un balanced and quite literally pretty bad.

In order to prevent the flowers from falling to one side, you can use tape with the bowl to give support to the flowers to remain in that perfect arrangement.

Artificial Arrangers



You can find artificial arrangers in the market which are available in different shapes and sizes. You then place these arrangers on top of your vases or jars, and arrange flowers accordingly. They provide a certain shape and support to arrangements and will hold the arrangement together. You won’t have to worry about the flowers falling to one side or the other. You can even bend these arrangers and change their shape according to your own style which makes them even better. The ones above from Amazon are inexpensive and work well when arranging artificial flowers in faux water.

Using Jar Lids 




Different ideas attract the eyes of the different guests so you need to improvise in order to make your place look more beautiful. The jar lids designed for floral arrangements are one way of doing it. These lids can fit on different kinds of jars and you can place multiple flowers in them.

There is no issue of watering as you can take off the lids easily to add a touch of water. Changing the flowers are also not a problem and you will always find the arrangement in the perfect shape because of the support of the lid.

Using Leaves to Hide Stems 




The stems of some flowers and plants don’t look as beautiful in a floral arrangement, so you can use different leaves in the base of a vase or a bowl in order to make the arrangement look more elegant. If you don’t have such leaves you don’t need to use the see-through vases or bowls and you can use steel pots.

Different flowers in a vase with green leaves at their base will definitely add an element of high design whether you place them in your office or in your home.

Once you have created the floral arrangement that suits your style, you just need to do some slight maintenance such as cleaning the dust off once a month or so to keep it looking beautiful and fresh.



Sunday, June 23, 2019

5 Great Artificial Topiary Ideas You'll Love


Topiaries are well-suited plants for the interior of a home or office and any home décor is incomplete without the inclusion of topiaries. You'll definitely make your hallway, room, garden, or entryway more elegant if you can decorate them properly with topiaries. There are 2 different options to utilize these plants.

Either you can buy a real topiary or you can use artificial topiaries. Apart from being live or artificial the main difference between both these types is that you don’t have to take a lot of care of the artificial plants while the live ones require your attention almost on a daily basis.

We'll show you 5 great ideas on how to decorate your home or office space with the help of artificial topiaries.

1.      Using Herb Topiaries


The herb topiary is created by using the leaves of different kinds of herbs. In the artificial version you'll have to look at the leaves as they are generally made of plastic or fabric. The formation matters for artificial topiaries, so you'll need to look at the leaves and whether they look fresh or not. Placing one or two in an entry way can have a great effect when visitors walk into your home.

You can also place the herb topiaries in a group to create a stunning view point for a room.

2.      Faux Boxwood Topiary


The artificial faux boxwood topiaries are ideal plants for an entryway or a hallway. They are pretty tall and usually found in ball shape connected to one another. If you can place them in the light they start shining a bit, which makes them look more beautiful.

You don’t need a lot of investment to buy these plants so they won’t break the bank.

3.      Decorating with Jasmine Topiaries


Jasmine topiaries are ideal for placement near windows and even in gardens. Although you don’t need to place an artificial plant in the garden it definitely enhances the elegance of the space no matter where you put it. Some of our expert designers will place artificial plants along with live ones and you would be surprised at how well they blend in.

The live jasmine plant has a pleasant fragrance which can be duplicated using an essential oil such as the one below and the pot can be filled with pebbles to make it more beautiful.



4.      Moss Topiary


Now we're talking about the smaller topiaries and the moss topiary is one of the more popular ones. It's a pretty cute plant which can be placed in smaller pots as it doesn't look as proportionate in larger pots unless you can put 3 to 4 of them together. Even the artificial version is pretty fluffy and bright and hard to tell from the original.

All it needs is a bit of dusting in the name of maintenance.

5.      Shaped Topiaries


You can also create a shaped topiary such as the heart shaped one below by using a wooden frame or asking a plant provider to create a customized version of topiary for you. It's also very easy to create these topiaries in your home and all you need is a few supplies.

If you're new to arranging plants and flowers, don't worry, there are plenty of pre-made shaped topiaries available to you online or in store. Take a look around at our selection or if your feeling creative look at our stems and make your own. Either way you'll have a lot of fun creating something that will warm your home or office with beauty.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Decorating Your Place With Artificial Cactus


Cacti décor is one of the popular décor trends nowadays and you can do this with the help of a real or an artificial cactus. The artificial cacti are easier to handle because you don’t have to water them or trim them on a regular basis.

All you need to do is to place them in an area of your liking and then clean them once in a while. We've talked to different décor experts and created a list of ways in which you can decorate your place with artificial cactus so let’s take a look.

Place them in a Group 



Although you can place a single cactus at any place in a room and it will look good, recently placing a group of cacti in pots has become a trend. You can also place different cactus plants in different pots or place them together in a single pot to decorate a room.

Cacti don’t require much maintenance anyway and when you're using artificial cactus you don’t even require a little bit of maintenance. All you need to do is clean the plants once in a while.

Try a Terrarium 


Placing artificial cactus in a terrarium is another beautiful way to decorate your home. One of the biggest advantages of this technique is that you can also place real plants along with the cactus in a terrarium.

You can make the combination as simple or as complex as you want. Just keep in mind that the other plants should complement the artificial cactus plant. Place the terrarium at a place where people can easily see it and admire your sense of home décor.

Use Bigger Plants 


Normally people go for the small artificial cactus as they think that the taller plants wouldn’t be as attractive but this concept is sometimes wrong and larger cactus in a room can act as a tree would in your home. Instead of placing a number of smaller plants you can place a tall one and make the room, balcony, or the doorway look more beautiful.

The most important thing is the pot you're choosing for the taller plant as well as the placement of the artificial cactus. It would be great if you can place it next to a window if you have one in the room. Instead of placing it at a central location; try to place it in a corner of the room to make the room look more spacious.

Create a Large Planter 


Placing a group of artificial cactus plants in a large planter is another way to enhance your home décor. You can place small pebbles around the planter and also include a few original plants, giving a fresh look to the whole planter.

You just need to keep the artificial plants clean from dust and that’s all the care they need. No more spending hours to maintain your plants because the artificial cactus plants can be the central point of your decor.

Just purchase a plant according to the space in your room because you don’t want to buy a huge one for a small room as it wouldn’t compliment the overall look. Look at your overall color pallet and decide which color pots you would like to have. generally when decorating in the Southwestern style the more earthy tones tend to be more popular. It's really what makes you happy so experiment and remember you can always change things out if you don't like it.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

7 Best Ways To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient


We are undoubtedly living in an era of innovation, information, and technology. Today we can achieve pretty much everything we can imagine. With all of this innovation and technology thing going in the world right now, have you ever wondered why am I not living a greener, more energy-efficient life?

    An energy-efficient home saves you thousands of dollars in electricity bills, but more importantly, it helps you play your part to lessen the global warming phenomena. That’s why today we bring to you the best possible ways to make your home more energy-efficient.

      Keep A Check On Your Thermostat:

    The thermostat helps keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. While using the AC or Heater may be necessary when you're at home, make sure you adjust the temperature when leaving the home. This can save a lot of energy and can reduce your electricity bill significantly.

Save Water:

        Today many areas suffer from severe water shortages, and if we continue to waste water at the same pace, we might end up worsening this water shortage issue.

    Surveys suggest that with a little bit of modification in our daily habits, we can save the water from waste. Use low-flow showerheads while bathing, turn off the tap while brushing and run your washer with a full load of laundry. These minimal changes can make a huge impact.

Use Better Lights:

    By better, we mean more energy-efficient and economical bulbs and other lighting options. Use LED bulbs, they might look pricy at first, but think about how much they can save you in the long run (by consuming less energy). Throw away your old incandescent bulbs and choose the greener options.

Unplug The Electronics:

    Never forget to unplug the electronics (your DVD player, TV, mobile charger, etc.) when not in use. Because plugged electronics continue using energy even after you switch them off.

    Plugged electronics are called energy vampires; all of them collectively can make up to 10% of your total energy bill.

Solar Panels:

    This one is a bit different from the above-mentioned steps because this will need a considerable investment of both your money and space. Solar panels can easily reduce your electricity bills to half or even less by using the renewable energy of the sun.

    Some areas even provide tax cuts to the people trying to go green. But you have to talk to a a professional first to help you choose the best size and model for your home.

Buy Energy-Efficient Products:

    There are many efficient appliances in the market today that can save you thousands on your electricity bill in the long run. Buy TVs, refrigerators, Air Conditioners, etc. No need to buy them all at once, but gradually replace your old, less energy-efficient appliances with the more efficient ones.

Use A Laptop:

   According to several studies, laptops are shown to use 80% less energy than a desktop computer on a monthly basis. And since most of us use our computers daily and quite intensively too, we highly recommend replacing your old desktop computer with a laptop.

There are many more ways to save on your energy bill but these seven have proven to be the best we've found to give you the energy savings that can make a big difference. Please comment below to share what you've done to save energy and maybe we can help make this world a better place for everyone.



Thursday, May 2, 2019

5 Best Artificial Plants For Home Décor for 2019


Plants bring life to an environment and it can be difficult to grow real plants, but there is an option and you can easily decorate your home with artificial plants. There's no hassle involved in maintaining these plants so you don’t have to give a lot of your valuable time once you have arranged them properly.

There's no need for watering them, and they won’t wilt or die along with being attractive for a number of months or years. The artificial plants come in various shapes, colors, and sizes so you can easily find the right one according to the space you have in your home.

We've created a list of 5 best artificial plants for home décor for 2019 so let’s take a look.

Beebel Ivy Hanging Leaves

Silk ivy hanging plants are one of the best artificial plants for home décor in 2019 because the leaves look very real. These hanging vines will add delicacy and elegance to your home. Most leaves are pretty soft because they are made from special fabric and the stem is made from plastic making it long lasting.

There's only downside to this plant is the fact it won't grow, but you that's a benefit if you don't have a green thumb.


Artificial Japanese Fruticosa


It gives a minimalist feel but the sophistication and the elegance is what everyone looks for in their home décor in 2019. This artificial plant or tree is easy to handle and it can be placed anywhere. Usually, the original version of it is placed in temples all around the globe.

You can add your own pot and the leaves of this plant also look quite real. You can add some stones or moss at the base to make this small tree more attractive.


Artificial Sago Silk Palm Tree


Palm trees are pretty famous all around the world and you can easily spot them at different beaches making the view more esthetic. Now you have an artificial palm tree which can easily be placed inside your home and you don’t need sunlight for it to survive. This artificial plant has lush green leaves and it looks pretty lively.

Normally it comes with a small basket as a base, making it look more beautiful and it is also pretty lightweight so you can move it around to different areas without much effort.


Artificial Agave Plant

The agave artificial plant is an ideal choice for home décor with its lush leaves pointing in different directions and its lively appearance. Most people won't be able to tell whether it’s artificial or real and may want to touch it to tell the difference.

As it is lightweight so it can easily be set up anywhere and you can sprinkle some water every now or then on its leaves to make it look even more real. There is no maintenance required so you can keep it for months or even years without any hassles.

Artificial Boston Fern Silk Plant


The Boston fern silk plant is another great artificial plant for home décor in 2019 because everyone has such a busy schedule so finding time for maintaining a real fern is pretty hard due to the fact it like moist environments. This particular artificial plant is generally smaller in size, but looks quite elegant no matter where you put it.

It gives an exotic look with its lively leaves and once you have re-arranged the leaves you don’t have to do anything else in order to set it up in your home. It is easy to clean and requires minimal maintenance once in a while which isn’t difficult at all.

So there you have it, the 5 best artificial plants for home decor in 2019. We would love to hear what you have to think and what your favorite plants are for this year so be sure to leave a comment below and follow our blog for more tips and news.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

4 Best Ways to Change the Ambiance of Your Office




If you work in an office then you know that half of your life is spent in a building that you call your job. The environment of the office directly affects your mood and the effort you put into your work. If there's not enough light in your workspace you tend to feel drowsy and drab. On the other hand, if your workspace is too bright then it's hard to focus on the tasks you need to get done by the end of the day.

Have you ever wondered why people want the seat right next to a window on a bus, train, or even in a plane? Because we like the openness and like to see a view filled with different colors. If you're an employer or manager it's important to work on the environment of your office so it feels welcoming and keeps your employees energetic.
                         

We've talked with experts and found the 4 best ways to change the ambiance of your office.

Using the Space


If you've got space in your office you should use it in a positive and more productive way apart from putting more office supplies or machines. Put some pictures, books, greenery, or a lamp to change the look of the place. You should own your place and it should represent your personality and style.

Put your favorite quotes in front of your table, take your favorite photograph and place it right next to your computer, or you can put a small plant on your table. If you're an employer you should give freedom to your employees to arrange their office space according to their own choice as it increases productivity and makes them feel at home.

Utilizing Windows


Have you ever been able to sit for long hours in a basement with no windows? Well, most people can't unless it has some interacting items in it such as a TV or games etc.

Windows bring a sense of life in the environment and with the help of sunlight entering through the whole outlook of a place can change. Even if you don’t have a window you can use plants inside your office space to keep nature near you. It definitely impacts the ambiance of your office in a positive way.


Beauty is in the Details



No matter if you're bringing plants, furniture, a painting, or any other decor inside your office always pay attention to the detail. The size, design, and color of the decor should match with the other items such as furniture and paint color. Even if it is in contrast, it should be suitable and compliment each other.

                                             

I don't recommend bringing a full grown tree into your office or a huge wall painting that covers the whole wall that doesn’t relate to any of the colors or decor in the office.


Pots With Plants Are Your Answer


If you have no idea how to change the design of your office you can simply purchase some plants in pots in different shapes and sizes and arrange them in your office. You'll be amazed at the change these plants can bring to the environment of your workplace.

Nowadays the geometrically shaped pots are trending so you can shop some of the new designs found online. Make your workplace more friendly, creative, and productive because you have to be there all day long and plants can be a perfect answer to make it as stress free as possible.

Monday, April 22, 2019

5 Best Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home


It's much easier to increase the value of your home than you think. Simple designs and various cheap accessories can help you win a higher price for your home even if you don't have any design experience. Just follow these simple steps to help your home sell for more.



Make An Upgrade Plan:


    Upgrading and increasing the value of your new home is like a marathon, not a sprint. So, you should carefully write down all of your upgrade plans before starting anything, then gradually prioritize them based on your needs and spend accordingly. Don’t just dive into every upgrade, take your time and list the most important things first, finding the must-have things and then you can move to the fancy, decorative upgrades later.

    If you’re planning to sell the home immediately after making some upgrades, then I recommend contacting an expert and only spend your money on the most valuable and cost-efficient upgrades that will bring you the best ROI. For example, a pool can be a useless upgrade in northern areas where the weather is colder, while in sunny/ hot locations it can prove to be a huge selling point and draw higher and multiple offers on a home.

One Room At A Time:

    This is an important rule to live by because you can easily get overwhelmed if you look at the whole house. Once you’ve made your list, choose one room at a time depending on your time frames and budget, finish it and then jump to the next one. This way you’ll keep things under control, and your whole house won’t be a mess if anything gets delayed.

    One room at a time strategy helps you keep your spending under control, you can paint one room in a weekend, another one can be tackled on the next and so on.

Break It Down Into Two Lists:

    Make two lists, fill the first with all the small upgrades that you want for yourself, on the second list, write all the upgrades that’ll actually increase your home’s value.

    Once the lists are done, you should start on a major upgrade, and then finish the smaller ones in the next couple of weeks or months. This enables you to save a little money and stress on major upgrades by taking breaks in between and completing the minor tasks. Apply this strategy and you’ll find out that your stress levels will decrease while your home value increases.

Keep It Clean:

    Is your home up for sale? Then remember this, many clients prefer moving into the cleaner, more welcoming homes rather than a cluttered, unclean house. Cleanliness of your home also shows the buyer that you have a sense of pride in your home, and that you've taken care of your home. A clean home increases your chances of securing a higher price big time.

The Kitchen:

    Many home buyers are particularily interested in a homes kitchen. If you think about it this is where we spend a good part of our lives entertaining, cooking and hanging out. So, no need to go cheap on the kitchen, because it usually returns every penny of your investments with considerable interest if done right.

    You can use faux wood in the cabinets, make it look unique and fresh by changing the color and maybe add some DIY decor to further improve the beauty and presentation of your new home. You can give your kitchen a personal touch but keep in mind clutter is not good when showing a property. Remembering these 5 tips can help you get more interest and better offers on your home.