Neighbours are most likely to copy our home décor

Trying to find inspiration for a new décor can be difficult at times, where to you begin to look? Well, apparently it’s in your neighbours home.

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modern comfortable interior

New research has revealed that we get most of our inspiration, everything from sofa colours to wallpapers and colour schemes to throws, from our friends.

More than a quarter admitted to copycat purchases that were directly inspired by furnishings and ornaments that they first spotted at a neighbour’s house.

But the research also discovered that most women would prefer to keep their style spying a carefully guarded secret from those closest to them, with only one in three admitting they come clean.

This ruthless pursuit of style emerged in a study of 2,000 women by Homesense to find the inspiration behind their home furnishing.

Keeping up with the Jones’ is nothing new. Stealing design ideas has been around since time began.

Jenny Spiers, Manager of Marketing, from Homesense, said: “Keeping up with the Jones’ is nothing new. Stealing design ideas has been around

10 Things that happen when couples try and take up gardening

You make the decision to become greener fingered- The weather is improving and you need a hobby to do together so you figure- it’s a no brainer.


Do no research beforehand- What can be so hard about caring for plants? You buy them, pot them and water them at regular intervals- done.

You buy everything that looks pretty and will match your fence stain- Regardless of if it’s indoor, outdoor, right for the season- as long as it looks the part- you buy it.

Spend a fortune- And figure the initial cost is always going to be the biggest- then a little bit here and there will keep your garden going.

Get soil all over your car- Because you haven’t lined it to protect it from the plant detritus. You’re glad you took your partner’s car and not yours- it takes them ages to hoover it out.

Spend hours getting it all in place- Your backs hurt, you’re both covered in dirt and by this point the novelty has already started to wear off.

8 Tips for Choosing Patio Furniture

Great patio furniture brings comfort and function to your outdoor spaces. With a spacious table and easy-to-use, comfortable chairs a basic brick patio is transformed into a sensory-rich dining destination. Outfit a cozy porch with a wicker sofa and a classic wicker rocking chair, both stocked with ample cushions, and the porch will quickly become a second family room during the warm weather months.


Don’t overlook the outdoor-living opportunities on balconies and in pocket gardens. When complemented with the right patio furniture, these petite garden getaways will beckon you outside time and again.

Check out the following tips for choosing the best patio furniture for your space. Thoughtful planning will ensure that your outdoor living space is inviting for years to come.

1. Make a List

Begin by thinking about how you would like your outdoor space to function. Would you like it to serve as a dining area on warm summer nights? Would you like to host your next dinner party or your daughter’s birthday party in the space? Is a

Three Reasons to Remove Trees from Your Property

Healthy trees are an asset to any home because they not only look beautiful, but they can also provide shade to help cool your home and reduce energy bills. However, sick trees can be a problem for homeowners because they can become weakened and die, posing a danger to your own or other people’s property. When a tree is sick or has died, it should be removed, for these and other reasons.

Diseased Trees

Tree diseases can weaken healthy trees, causing them to become brittle and easily damaged during high winds or accumulated snow and ice in the winter. The limbs can be easily broken and can damage your home or your vehicle if the tree hangs over your drive. If a tree is weakened by disease, then it may need to be trimmed to remove the dying portions or the entire tree may need to be removed.

A diseased tree should be dealt with as soon as possible because the disease can spread to other healthy trees and weaken or kill them. If you have trees that have been weakened by disease, then you need to have a professional tree surgeon trim it or

Organic Gardening – Tips For Summer Growing

Summer time is gardening time! Most of the gardeners do their planting in May and then when June comes they tend to the seeds. Here in this article you will receive some very useful organic gardening tips for summer. Below are some tips I recommend:

1) Getting rid of aphids

There is a very cheap and highly effective solution to get rid of aphids but it comes with drinking lots of orange juice. What you need are actually orange peels. The orange peels are the arch enemies of the aphids. So the next time any of the plants in your organic garden gets affected by aphids, use some orange peels. For example, if you have daffodils and aphids affected them then use some orange peels and wrap them around the affected area. You will see that within a few hours the aphids will be gone.

2) Problems with gardenias?

Sometimes it happens that the acid loving plants like gardenias and azaleas develop leaves which are yellow but the stem remains green. This has to do because of the lack of iron content in the plant. To support the iron content you can use

Organic Gardening Tips for Beginning Gardeners

Organic farming has become more and more popular these days partly due to increased knowledge about the benefits of organic foods. Even though organic farming has its benefits it is often a little trickier than traditional or chemical farming. In the following article beginning gardeners will get some very useful tips regarding organic gardening.

1) Keep it low

Don’t just spend all your money on expensive organic fertilizers, name brand organic products and other top notch tools. If you spend too much money on the luxuries then you will end up with very expensive vegetables. This goes against the whole concept of organic growing. Organic gardening is not only supposed to be chemical free but it is also supposed to be cheaper when compared to the chemical gardening.

2) Find the right spot for your plants

You must know what kind of environment your vegetable need. Some vegetable plants need more sunlight compared to others. Some need to be located closer to water resources. If you are not sure about the differences then do some research before placing your vegetables. If you place the vegetables in the best environment then you will have

Five Fall Gardening Projects That Take 15 Minutes or Less

Fall is a great time to winterize your home and prepare for winter. However, you may put off gardening tasks because of all the other work that needs to be done around your home.

Believe it or not, it doesn’t take that much time to winterize your garden. In addition, large gardening jobs can be broken down into a series of smaller tasks. In this way, you can get a lot done.

    • September is a perfect time to feed your lawn. When you fertilize or feed your lawn in the fall, you will give it time to repair the damage that was done from the hot summer. Of course, you’ll make sure that your lawn is healthy before the cold winter weather arrives. This will mean that your yard will be more attractive and healthier when spring rolls around next year. For information on the best product for your particular situation, you can stop by your local gardening center or hardware store.
  • Re-seeding your lawn will also help to keep your lawn looking good year after year. To do this, simply choose a good quality grass seed and use a seed spreader. For the best results,

Garden Maintenance in Spring – Get a Colourful Garden

The spring has again arrived and it is time to take some good care of your beautiful garden. Most landscapers plan it in such a way so that the flowers seed in the autumn. By the time spring arrives, the ground looks messy and obstructs other seedlings. Spring is the best time to prune the plants. Cut the dead branches when the new leaves are about to born.

Spring – the season of fresh air and new growth

This is the season when we love to roam in the garden with our near and dear ones. It is worthy to devote time in spring garden maintenance so that you can enjoy the summer. Reap the benefits and save money in the coming seasons.

Get a clean lawn

Primarily, the lawn should look good. Hire a landscape maintenance professional who will remove the dead grass, weeds and moss. Sow new grass seeds, water it adequately and keep the birds off during germination.

Plants grow in warm weather and make sure the professional applies water-soluble fertilizer. Go slow if there is frost as it tends to kill new growth.

What should you do

Bonsai Care for Beginners Basic Things to Know About Maintaining a Bonsai Garden

Have you ever thought of starting a bonsai garden at home? Indeed, the sight of different bonsai trees is very pleasing to the eye. However, it is slightly intimidating to maintain a bonsai garden. From collecting plant sources to the actual growing of bonsai trees, you will need a lot of skills, patience, and discipline.

Interested to start a bonsai experience? Here are some pieces of information about bonsai care for beginners:

What is bonsai?

Before the actual maintenance of a bonsai garden, it is important to know the meaning of the term bonsai. It is the art of growing miniature trees in containers. The term was coined in Japan, although the art was derived from the Chinese penjing. There are different forms of bonsai, and such forms are challenging to do. In order to maintain the artistic shape of a bonsai, you also need to have some trimming skills. You will need to consult an expert in order to hone such skills.

How do you maintain a bonsai garden?

As said earlier, maintaining it requires a lot of intelligence, diligence, and discipline. Different measures should be strictly observed to prolong the

10 things you can ‘upcycle’ in your home

You’ve probably heard a lot about the concept of ‘upcycling’ over the past year. Upcycling is the process of turning something broken or useless into something practical or useful.

It’s been around for about ten years, but only really made headlines in 2011, with the increasing fashion for eclectic or quirky decor, and with the economic climate meaning people are less likely to buy things for their home.

You can get your craft on with these simple projects, meaning anyone can get the rustic upcycled look. Just make sure that you don’t end up ‘non-cycling’ – a term coined by blog Regretsy, where rubbish is turned into something equally useless.

1. Use a cupcake tray to store your jewellery or small items. The individual sections of muffin cases make them ideal for storing necklaces, bracelets, and any other little things you don’t want getting lost. You can also use an ice-cube tray to keep even smaller items, such as rings, in their place.

2. Hang some old keys together as wind-chimes. If you tie some keys together that are broken or no longer unlock anything, they can make a fabulously rustic-looking wind-chime. Thread some

Kate Gould guest blog: designing a small garden

Most small gardens and particularly town gardens have to be practical as well as visually appealing. The garden featured for instance had to accommodate four children and a large dog, so base plants were kept to a minimum and seating maximized.

Often the only private area a client has to relax in, it may serve as a ‘room outside’ as well as a garden and therefore needs to work extra hard to provide year round interest. This ‘all season interest’ encompasses both the hard landscaping which realizes the design and the soft landscaping which should always be designed with plants that span the seasons. Nandina domestica and Heuchera provide the all year round effect here.

The hard landscaping often needs to be a material that can tolerate the shade, although it is asking a lot of a stone or wood not to naturally turn green with algae in areas of low light. The power of nature can only be defied so far but with careful selection of products the ongoing maintenance of the scheme can be minimized. Think low maintenance, rather than no maintenance and a happy balance will be achieved.

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Why gardening is good for you – not just the environment

Gardening is something that not a lot of people find fun. It’s something they look at as a chore, to be done a couple of times a year or, if they can afford it, something to pass on to the gardener.

But gardening has unfairly got a bad image. It can be something that’s fun to do, and it’s brilliant for your health.

The most obvious health benefit from gardening is the hard labour. One hour of hard gardening can burn up to 300 calories, and can help reduce heart disease and strengthen muscles. The fresh air is great for you, and you can also get some sunlight, which will boost your vitamin D levels.

But it’s not all about the physical benefits. Gardening has been proven to help mental health too, as the work can reduce stress. You can also get social benefits, if you can talk to your neighbours while you garden, or if other members of your family work with you.

If you grow your own vegetables, then this will encourage you to eat healthier, and you can save lots of money from not having to buy groceries. It’s also great

Add Luxury and Space to Your Home With a Beautiful Garden Room

Not all of us want to move home, but often, we are keen to create more space and enhance our homes so they grow and develop with us. One way to achieve this is to build a beautiful garden room, gazebo or pavilion in your garden.

Garden rooms and sheds for our homes are excellent ways of creating the additional space we need. And even a shed can provide a certain level of luxury! The days of old dusty, draughty and leaky sheds have gone. Now you can have outdoor storage which is well lit, comfortable and safe from all the elements. And pavilions or rooms can be used for a huge variety of purposes. Relaxing reading rooms, home offices, play rooms, guest suites, exercise suites, pool rooms, and saunas – the list is truly endless!

If you are looking for some more space and want to add to the facilities and luxury in your home, you should seriously consider the addition of a hand-made building in your garden. They are an extremely economical and innovative way of adding space and comfort to your home by utilising unused land.

And for many people, the

How To Choose The Right Lawn Equipment

Lawn Care Equipment encompasses many different products that when used properly will give the operator a fantastic result worth bragging about.

One factor that affects most of us is the cost of a piece of turf care equipment, most times like with everything else in the world the more you are prepared to spend the better the result will be.

This for the most part holds true, but this pertains mostly to the comfort and ease of use for the operator than how well the grass looks when the cutting is complete.

The size and terrain involved in mowing can dictate what type of lawn mowing products should be used also. Is the lawn merely 20ft by 20ft square on completely flat land or is it an acre made up of 20% flat land and 80% steep hill that has trees dotting the slope?

What would work there in an ideal world, push mower, ZTR rider or a self propelled walk behind mower?

Then again while looking at the size and terrain of a lawn the size of the cutting deck and horsepower (strength of the engine) in the mower make a

Benefits Of Sitting Down With A Bunch Of Gardeners

When you sit around with a bunch of gardeners, you are sure to hear some impressive garden tales. This is because serious gardeners always have something interesting to interject into conversations. They can explain how and when they started their first garden, which plants they included and how much trouble it was getting things just right.

The good news about visiting with successful gardeners is that they have already gone through the trials of figuring out how to create the right mix of soil, fertilizer and moisture to harvest favorite varieties of produce. Anyone who is just starting out as a newbie gardener would be well served to spend some time with those seasoned in the craft.

Although, it is true that getting advice from others is a great way to go about implementing plans to start gardening, this is not always the way it goes. Some people are just so sure they have what it takes to go it on their own. While this may be a fact, having what it takes in the way of muscle, time, and desire are not the only things needed for successful gardening.

Time, talent and energy

Homemade Garden Row Markers Are an Easy and Economical Choice

With spring approaching it is a great time to think about one very popular use for the stirrers -that of a garden row marker. For planters, it is always good policy to somehow mark or label a new planting. Whether we’re considering about a row of newly sown seeds or new spring nursery plants -if it is not identified, chances are good you will be puzzled at some point trying to figure out what you planted.

There is a wide selection of garden row markers available that are at once fancy and practical. They can also put a dent in your pocket book. Some are not all that cheap. Many gardeners make their own from available materials readily found, that are cheap when compared.

Identifying rows of radishes or some brand new plants can be more interesting using decorative “store-bought” markers and, that’s nice if you have too much money and are looking shed some of the load.

I, for one, always try to keep things as simple as I can -like a ‘back-to-basics’ policy or, waste not, want not mentality.

Also, once the plants grow to mature sizes, the row markers will

Vegetable Garden Shade and Shelter

Shady and sheltered are terms often used to describe desirable situations for certain garden plants, but without exception, the subjects under discussion are never vegetables. No vegetables will produce satisfactorily if subjected to heavy shade for several hours per day. Light is important to plant growth as it is essential for chlorophyll formation and for the manufacture of carbon compounds by the leaves. Potatoes, particularly, are adversely affected by shade and this is not hard to understand if one remembers that the tubers are simply storehouses for surplus starch produced by the leaves in conditions of high light intensity. When planted in shade of any degree the leaves barely make sufficient starch for plant maintenance and growth and therefore tuber production is depressed. No amount of fertiliser, manure or any other type of soil plant food can compensate for the lack of sunlight.

If shade is unavoidable for a few hours daily in parts of the garden try to plant these areas with cabbage, lettuce, Swiss chard and any other leaf crops that appear to tolerate such conditions for short periods. Even theses crops, however, require several hours’ full sunshine a day if they are to

Raised Bed And Container Gardening The Inexpensive Way

Raised bed and container gardening, how often do you hear those two terms spoken of in the same conversation? I must say that I simply do not know since I occupy my own little corner of the world and am not privy to every discussion. However, I do know that they go hand in hand with each other. While one person may be more interested in creating gardens in containers and another one in raised beds, they do seem to be different sides of the same coin.

You see; a raised bed garden is only a larger version of a container garden in that it typically takes up more space. Still, it is possible to build a raised bed that is any size the individual wants. On the other hand, one is pretty much stuck with the containers on hand in which to put your container garden.

Well, maybe that is not exactly true. What I mean is that some people build custom containers. Yes, I did say that containers can be constructed according to the desired size. Not all containers used for gardening purposes need to be made of ceramic, terra cotta, cast stone,

Top 7 Tips to Cut Down on Garden Works

Improving and maintaining the garden consumes great time. It is exhaustive if you really don’t know how to make your work easier. To cut down on your garden works, here are top 7 tips to help you.

    1. Install automatic watering systems. They can be programmed according to the times of the days you want to water the plants. These systems are ideal for individuals who are frequently outside the house and have occasional time to focus on garden care.
    1. If you like potted plants, it will be better if you will keep few large pots than keeping numerous small pots. Smaller pots may consume little spaces but they are generally harder to keep and will consume more of your time during pruning, watering, and cultivating.
    1. If you are into an edible garden theme, you better stick to low-maintenance fruit trees like persimmon, guava, pomegranate, mango, avocado, and macadamia.
    1. If you like a vegetable garden but has restricted time to perform hard garden work, then crops like spring onions, garlic chives, lettuces, and parsley are good options. They require low-work maintenance and care.
    1. Long-flowering annuals are your ideal choices for an ornamental garden.

5 Common Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

Apart from being able to look at beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees, the other wonderful thing about having a garden is the birds, butterflies and bees which come to feed on the nectar and pollen from your flowers. One bird variety that is attracted to domestic gardens is the gorgeous hummingbird with it’s lovely green plumage and, depending on gender and variety, shocking pink throat, however, you will need to plant flowers that attract Hummingbirds.

The hummingbird is a tiny creature, weighing between 2 and 20 grams (less and one ounce) and they are found all over North, Central and South America, from mountains to deserts through grasslands to cities, from snow to hot sunshine. There are more than three hundred varieties of hummingbird and they live quite happily as long as they have a mate and plenty to eat and drink. They have a prodigious appetite, considering their size, eating around sixty percent of their own weight per day.

Hummingbirds are tolerant of people and curious too, so once they know they can trust you, they will come right up and drink from a hand held container.

If you want to create a

Before You Plant An Herb Garden

Planning an herb garden is a complicated task best. It is best to break the task into smaller tasks. The first task is to look at the proposed site for your herb garden from objective eyes. There may be a structure that cannot be removed, or the terrain may be unsuitable for where you initially had planned to place the garden.

The next step is to draw up a set of plans. Using a scale of 1 to 50 is typical for an average size garden. On the plans include the location of the house, any other outbuildings, trees, and structures such as stone walls, garden fountains or ponds. Use an arrow to show direction, as this is important to know the amount of light your garden will receive.

The location of the garden will influence the types of plants that will flourish. Aromatic herbs need an open site with full sun and relatively free draining soil. Salad herbs prefer a richer soil and are able to tolerate some shade.

Watch your garden during the seasons. Note where the shade is and for how many hours, note too where the sun is and how