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Why Striped Cushions and Pillows Are the Best Choice for Outdoor Living Spaces

Why Striped Cushions and Pillows Are the Best Choice for Outdoor Living Spaces

Striped cushions on seats in the deck area, patio or the porch appear awesome, particularly during summer. They come in various colors making it easier to get the right match for different kinds of exterior decor. From zebra stripes to earthy tones, they are made to blend with the rest of exterior design elements. Pillows and cushions are necessary inclusions on seats and chaise lounges. Without them, wooden furniture will be merely for decoration. Nothing changes the outlook of the exterior living spaces than striped pillows and cushions.

Here is how to use striped pillows and cushions in the outdoors

Use cushions on wooden furniture

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Recreational Exterior Designs

Recreational Exterior Designs

Recreational time for the great outdoors and your external design provides a great opportunity to set aside areas for some outdoor activities.  You may not have the space for tennis or badminton, but you could easily set up your own swing ball set. This is great fun that can be enjoyed by the entire family.  Of course if you have a spacious lawn, then make the effort to install poles and a net for some badminton or volley ball.  You can plant creepers around your poles so that they remain attractive fixtures and then it is just a matter of setting up that net and playing daily. Good exercise and not much effort involved.


Paint or tile a hopscotch project for a further exercise option.  Situate your hopscotch spot leading up to your front or back door or turn a long pathway into a “one-step, two step” exercise routine.  Your hopscotch spot can be stylishly tiled with subtle greys, carbon and black squares or choose contrasting earthy tones. Instead of tiles you could paint your squares on whatever suitable surface you have.  Go for a marbled look or a brightly colored circus design. Get the kids involved too.


Become creative and develop a mini golf course on your property. You have been complaining for years that you don’t get out enough. Use the space you have wisely and you might end up with several short runways with some challenging obstacles that encourage you to get off your couch. Select paved areas around your home or create new pathways in your garden that increase the challenge and add a water feature or rock installation for more fun. These are a few ideas that you can expand on that will get you out into the fresh air.

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Indigenous Flavours

Indigenous Flavours

Are you bored with the same old, same old and you have a limited budget to work with? Then indigenous art is an original mode with which to spruce up those dull, boring old outdoor spaces. Many folks have those areas that they know they should have attended two years ago but somehow never got around to.


For those homeowners here are a few ideas that might get their creative juices flowing. There are many indigenous art forms around the globe that may grab their attention and fit their skills set and encourage action. The ancient art of Venda home paintings from South Africa were originally colored by hand in rich earthy tones using local materials and later developed into the more popular colorful artworks we see today. They are extremely eye catching and can be completed in a short space of time to give those old outbuildings an exotic flavor. The subdued earthy tones provide a subtle picture if you prefer to blend in whilst the colorful tones are more suited to the extroverts out there. As with many art forms from indigenous cultures, these contain hidden messages and codes to express indigenous values and some are considered sacred forms of communication. You too can utilize these hidden messages garnered over years of family life together to express yourself and make a statement of your exteriors.


American Indian flavors such as totem poles may be more suited to your style. If this is the case then you can source old pieces of wood in and around your home and either paint them or simply attach sentimental family items to the raw wood that will withstand the elements over time.  This is another means to preserve some family history and make your space more unique. These totems can also be placed at specific points in gardens, patios or pergolas or hung from tree branches to add a natural feel to the surrounds.

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Lawn and Garden Designs

Lawn and Garden Designs

A beautiful scenery and am emerald beauty near your house will always fascinate people who live around and even create a soothing environment. With such effects, many people are presently getting concerned with landscaping and lawn edging. Lawns and gardens normally give homeowners a private area where they can have time with Mother Nature. The gardens also provide a good place for relaxing while enjoying the sunshine.


Landscaping does not just entail having a beautiful backdrop but also acts an efficient way of enhancing the land areas near the residences. Lawn and garden designs also assist in enhancing the total value of the property. If the value goes high due to it, the homeowner will reap great profits especially when selling the home.


In order to have a good lawn and garden design, you can plant various flowers and shrubs and have a splash of colors. Whether curved or straight, you can design them in your style and have a comfortable area to lighten up your mind.

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Exterior Wall Tiles

Exterior Wall Tiles

Most homes look good when furnished with exterior wall tiles. It is a design nowadays referred my most home owners. Being part of architecture for a long time, exterior wall tiles in many ways differ from the regular floor tiles. The floor tiles are heavier and less durable as compared to the wall tiles. Thus, it is difficult to work with floor tiles. Currently, there is a variety of exterior wall in the market. You can choose the style you want. You can also select the kind of beautiful motifs you many want printed or carved on these wall tiles. Such assortments are also readily available.
Variety of Exterior Wall Tiles
With many varieties of wall tiles in the market, one needs to choose wisely so that he/she gets the right thing. The most common types of wall tiles available in the market are grade one, two and three wall tiles. The grade one is of very high quality and can stay for several years without breaking. Grade three wall tiles do not have any guarantee that they last.
When choosing exterior wall tiles, ensure that the water absorption level is not high. If it is high, the tiles will absorb water from the air and get moldy. You are advised to avoid such a problem by going for impervious wall tiles that are known to be highly resistant to water and can keep the house beautiful for years and years. The normal tiles, mostly grade two, can damage easily.
The perspective to take when considering what tile to buy is the fact that exterior wall tiles are a life time investment for your house. Therefore, one needs to make the choice wisely. With many varieties in the market, one can easily get a variety that best fits their budget, as low as possible. Despite that, beware that the cheap is expensive!
The grade one tiles also has many varieties nowadays. Because  of their durability and prolonged beauty, they are the best. When choosing a grade one, you can opt for a variety that fits your pocket and also fulfils your exterior requirements. The wall tiles also have unusual shapes and sizes that can suit the requirements of all customers and provide stylish exteriors. However, when acquiring one, always beware of the material for you should not compromise. 
Choosing the Best
Retailers present many varieties to consumers thus making it easier for the people to make a choice. Through sufficing the websites, you can find some unique and artistically designed exterior walls tiles. The websites will also give you knowledge on the topmost retailers in your area. With that kind of information, one can know where to purchase something stylish and reasonable. You can also make a selection from websites and go ahead to buy the tiles without any difficulty. Therefore, make the right choice for the exterior wall tiles and make the exterior of your house look great. A good choice will serve you for many years without any regrets!

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