Claudine Berry Backyard June 05th, 2018 - 23:38:57
These glass garden accents were popularized during the Victorian period when 4-inch hanging balls of either gold or blue were used to scare off witches. Miniature gazing globes are designed to hang in the air along a garden path or beside a pond. Today's globes are typically ten to twelve inches, but globes as small as five inches and as large as twenty inches can also be found. Blue and green globes capture light well, but if you want a clear reflection of your backyard, go with silver. Warm colors like red or gold work well near seating or above plants of a similar color. Gazing globes can be placed directly on the lawn or in a flowerbed, but they reflect light better if mounted on a stand. Stands are often works of art in themselves, ranging from classical Greek columns with scrolls and acanthus leaves to whimsical designs with animals, fairies, and other figures.
Another theme many choose is to make the yard look like a day at the beach. This can be accomplished with bamboo torches, tiki items, canvas chairs, colorful lights, shells, sand, garland, and festive tables. The Bamboo torches and tiki items gives a tropical island feel. The canvas chairs, shells and sand give a more traditional beach feel.
Next is the addition of stylish outdoor furniture. Don't buy that vinyl cushion covered junk that your grandmother had in the 80's. I am talking about quality wooden furniture that is hand crafted.
The chairs or loungers are available with or without cushions. These make them very comfortable as well as offering the opportunity to have a special fabric design which blends in beautifully with the surroundings. These are very comfortable for guests as well as relaxing in the afternoon or evening hours. Stretching out on a lounger with matching ottoman provides a perfect place to rest at the end of a busy day.
You may prefer a private backyard retreat for just yourself and your spouse. This could be designed in a small, secluded area of your backyard, near the beauty and tranquility of your garden, or surrounding a relaxing hot tub. The furnishings in your personal backyard retreat can range from a comfortable garden bench, a hammock, or a rejuvenated love seat from indoors.
Lighting is a very important part of your backyard design. If you do a lot of outdoor entertaining at night, you will want bright lights that illuminate your yard well, especially near your dining area. Coleman's propane powered tabletop torches are easy to use and perfect for the backyard. Smaller patio lights are ideal for walkways or sitting areas and simple tiki torches provide an inexpensive lighting option as well.