Ideas To Improve Your Small Front Yard

There are many ways to improve your small front yard without uprooting your driveway or dialing back your front porch. In fact, with the right touches, small front yards can be just as appealing as large ones. Here are some ideas to make your small yard appealing year round:

#1 Take a symmetrical approach.

One way to make your small front yard more appealing is to use symmetry. Balancing the elements of your yard on either side of your sidewalk — grass, fencing, flowers, shrubs — will make it look grand and inviting; it will also cost less than it would in a larger yard, because you have less acreage to cover. You can also find a local landscaperto map out and implement a symmetrical yard plan for you.

#2 Make a seamless transition from yard to house.

Use materials like box planters, stone steps or retaining walls to blend your home and yard together. Potted plants on your front porch or patio will also extend the yard without cluttering it. Make sure you choose plants that complement one another, so you don’t have a lot of overgrowth.

#3 Use a hint of color.

If you want to wow people in your small front yard, pick a brightly colored flower, shrub or tree that stands out either on the porch or in the yard itself. Then use neutral colors around to make it stand out. This will be the eye-catching piece in your small yard that people will never miss.

#4 Hang basket flowers.

Hang flower baskets around your front porch or patio. They add fresh color and a natural element to your home without cluttering the porch area itself. You can change them every season or every year, depending on the flowers or shrubs you choose.

#5 Light it up.

Your front yard might be less appealing if people see it at night. That’s why you should add plenty of lighting. One option is to install standing, solar-powered lamps along the walkway; another is to hang lamps on your front porch to illuminate the plants there. It just depends on how much moneyand time you want to invest.

#6 Refresh your front door.

While not a traditional part of the “yard”, your front porch is still important to the beauty of the area as a whole. This means your front door needs to be appealing as well. Fix any cracks, scratches or other damage to the door. Also, think about revitalizing it with a new coat of paint. Choose a color that complements the exterior landscape.

Conclusion

These are only a few tips to help you improve your small front yard. You want to make it seem bigger, if not at least more comfortable. Adding a fence might be another option to consider, though you’ll want to lean towards an open design pattern like picket or chain link. Just keep your budget in mind and try not to clutter your yard while trying to redesign it. For more tips on making the most of a patio in a small yard, check out this post from HuffPost Homes.

WRITTEN BY ANDREA DAVIS

FOUR WAYS TO RID YOUR HOME OF NEGATIVE ENERGY IN THE NEW YEAR

It’s the New Year, and what better time to change the energy in your home?! Whether you’ve just moved into a new place and want to make sure you set the energy right from the start or just want to refresh your existing space, there are tips and tools you can use to easily improve the feel – and also the look.

A fresh coat of paint

You can change the feeling of your entire house with new paint, with minimal cost, especially if you do it yourself. When in doubt, go with the color of the sun.

“Color plays a pivotal role in your home,” said House Beautiful. “And, according to interior designer Ana Zuravliova, yellow neutralizes bad energy. “From an interior design viewpoint, this color will also make your space appear bigger and add a warm tone to a room.”

Declutter

Decluttering is tip No. 1 if you’re thinking of putting your house on the market. But the simple act of decluttering your home has also shown to be a great way to declutter your mind.

“The items you surround yourself with might be the result of years of thoughtless accumulation, but your environment can have a big impact on your health,” said My Domaine. “A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that clutter affects your ability to focus and overloads your visual cortex, while another suggests that people who live in a neat space are twice as likely to make healthier food choices.”

Start off this new year by giving yourself some room to move and some mental clarity by getting rid of stuff you no longer use, need, or enjoy. Need to know how to organize what’s left? These tips culled from professional organizers are a great start.

Apply a few Feng Shui tips

The art of Feng Shui is intended to help “bring happiness, good fortune and wellness into your life,” said Huffington Post. And while you don’t have to overhaul your everything and make potentially expensive and extensive changes to your home, there may be a few tips worth considering in “the ancient Chinese art of living in harmony with your environment.”

Bridget Saraka, the Saskatoon-based owner of Feng Shui by Bridget, told them that the practice offers “life-changing benefits. “Feng shui is about creating a space that’s not only pleasing to your eye, but also pleasing to all your senses, so that your home supports and enriches your life. When you apply feng shui principles to your home, you can attract a great new year.”

Adding color to your home and decluttering are two principles of Feng Shui. Others include:

  • Making your front door “visible to receive blessings” by ensuring you have easy to ready house numbers and a clear path to your home
  • Bringing “plants and a water fountain into your home to improve your health and foster nurturing
  • Positioning “furniture for safety” by making “sure that the largest piece of furniture in any room is in a position where you can see the door”

Smudge it

The idea of smudging, which is burning sage in your home (or office), may sound odd and “out there,” but, smudging with sage is a practice that dates back thousands of years to indigenous Americans, and one that is used by all kinds of people to improve the energy in a room or structure.

“Mystics say the Native American practice of smudging, or purifying a room with the smoke of sacred herbs, can help clear negative energy from a space,” said Spirituality Health.” And the apparent benefits are steeped in science – when burned, sage and other herbs release negative ions, which research has linked to a more positive mood.”

Written by Jaymi Naciri

10 Home Decor Trends You Must Know for 2017

As seasons change, so do home decor trends, and the 2017 trend forecast will give you a whole lot to look forward to. Utility meets sustainability as more and more rooms integrate elements from the outdoors with a practical purpose. Think cork walls, plenty of plant life and organic materials in jewel-toned color palettes to make your style sensibilities sing. If your abode could use a little decor pick-me-up, this just might be the inspiration you’ve been looking for.

 

1. Bohemian Bedroom: Lucky for us, boho-chic bedrooms are going to be big in 2017, bringing all sorts of good vibes into the new year. All it takes is a few plants and colorful textiles to make the look your own. (via Style Me Pretty)

2. Cork Walls: Sustainability and practicality are popping up in home decor all over the place. Cork walls are not only a visually compelling choice, but they’re awesome when it comes to blocking out sound and posting to-dos on the go. (via Real Cork Floors on Flickr)

3. Furry Furniture: Maybe it’s the ultra-soft and cozy factor, or maybe it’s the pop of aesthetic interest. Either way, faux-fur furniture is making a comeback, and we should all celebrate its fuzzy return. (via Homedit)

4. So. Much. Green: From the runway to design studios, green, in all its glory, is making itself known. And with so many shades, tones and styles to choose from, it’s super easy to incorporate, no matter your style preferences. (via Glitter Guide)

5. Jewel Tones: With green hues and environmental sustainability making their way into decor trends, it only makes sense to add jewel tones to the inspired-by-nature theme. Think emerald greens, sapphire blues and amethyst purples tied together to delight all of your earthly senses. (via Dalliance Design)

6. Marble Tables: Equal parts luxe and glam, marble tables are here to stay. Invest in a large statement piece, or layer and nest like these beautiful coffee tables. (via Alexa Dagmar)

7. Organic Materials: The outdoors is making its way in, and the organic materials trend is no exception. Wood and stone can be beautifully integrated into a variety of aesthetics while contributing a soothing natural vibe. (via A Beautiful Mess)

8. Retro Lighting: A mixture of old and new never fails to give depth to a design. Retro lighting is perfect for adding a bit more character without going over the top. (via Planete Deco)

9. Terracotta Tile: Classic and warm, terracotta tile is making a huge splash in the decor world. It’s a perfect way to make an ordinary space Mediterranean-chic. (via El Mueble)

10. Terrariums: Terrariums big and small are taking center stage, and thank goodness for that. With so many styles and variations to choose from, you can hang ’em, place ’em, paint ’em and fill ’em with anything your heart desires. (via From Ezter With Love)