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Now that spring has sprung, everyone will be looking for ways and means of introducing cheerful colours and the refreshing spirit of the outdoors into their homes. The most basic and supremely effective way to achieve this is to decorate the main spaces as well as all the nooks and crannies with an array of gorgeously coloured flowers, either straight from the garden or else from a local supplier. Interior design is all about maximising possibilities and exploring new and exciting concepts to heighten one’s sense of well-being, harmonising functionality and ambience, and essentially liberating an interior space’s soul, its life force. At this time of the year, flowers are the ideal medium for doing precisely this.
Although it’s true that large floral arrangements and designs can create amazing focal points in any room, the quickest, simplest and easiest way of enlivening a living space through the use of colour is to use smaller blooms arranged in tasteful groupings. As a typical example, take a small bouquet of anemones with bold hues of orange, red and yellow, and set it on a plain wooden table to instantly transform the room with a rustic simplicity and striking contrast that would please Vincent van Gogh.
Alternatively, create groupings of wildflowers and heavenly scented lilac in small glass jars and place them along the windowsills for a touch of countryside cheerfulness and picture-postcard charm. Use a selection of vases of different sizes and designs, but make sure you use the same colour to maximise the impact of the varied blooms. Carefully selected vintage vases can also often bring out the full beauty of flowers.
A bouquet of tulips at this time of year is always guaranteed to transform a room and brighten it up, and daffodils placed in a glass jar on a windowsill that receives direct sunlight is enough to thrill the Romantic poet in any of us, with the natural light thoroughly bringing out the full brilliance of the flowers. Mason jars and glasses are also useful for keeping small branches in, or for single flowers. This is probably the easiest way of introducing vibrant accent colours to a living space, either positioning them along windowsills or on shelving in the kitchen or study.
For a sophisticated colour palette that doesn’t hit you straight in the face but rather heightens the spring mood through the use of carefully selected garden elements, try combining purple, white and pastel pink blooms for a more subdued but intimate and subtle effect. Orchids are very good for this, although they tend to require extra care in terms of watering, placement and feeding. For a more soothing effect, concentrate on flowers that have predominantly softer colours such as white and lilac, as even when used in relatively small doses these can transform and soften the ambience of a room.
You could also consider taking a course in flower arrangement, which the ultra-aesthetic Japanese masters of the art recognised long ago as an effective means of bringing out the living spirit of a place in a way that purely inanimate accessories usually fail to accomplish.
David Bell is a freelance writer and blogs about travel, interior design, online marketing, telecoms and small business solutions. Follow him on Twitter @DavidBellWriter
A dull and barren lawn could somehow influence your mood for the day. Just imagine waking up every morning and you’d be welcomed by such an unpleasing sight. Surely, you would feel lifeless as well and you might bring it at work. Seeing greens along with your newly installed driveway gravel is a great idea.
If you’re worried about not having the magical green thumb, then you can make use the majority of your humongous space into a permeable paving and just place some full grown flower beds on the sides or perhaps bushes.
See to it that you already know the things that you want to see in your front and back yard. Each home owner has their own preferences when it comes to garden landscaping and paving. Others would want to walk along fresh and well trimmed grasses while some would want the hard and solid ones placing all the plants on the sides.
You should also familiarize the wind patterns in your place as well as the angle of the rays of the sun. You might want to transform your lawn into a grilling space wherein you host barbeque parties or similar events. If the wind blows hard in that area, then it isn’t a perfect place to grill anything. The rays of the sun would also matter. Make sure that your fully transformed mini-nature-park lawn won’t be receiving the longest sun exposure until it sets because it won’t be suited in the afternoon wherein people would most likely relax and sit outside. Nobody would want to face the sun the entire and get sun burned.
If you don’t how to start the beautification of your yard, start looking at home magazines or perhaps search the internet on unique garden landscapes and from there you will get an idea on how you would like your yard to look like. You consult a professional landscaper or watch do-it-yourself videos if you really want to do it on your own.
When relocating a moving company to transfer your company to a new location, it is important to take into consideration several factors. The reputation of the movers is one followed by the price and timeline followed. Research the moving company to know if they are a good match for your needs.
Check with your local Better Business Bureau or other agency that tracks complains of businesses. Stay away from any moving company with negative reports because they are not worth your time or money. Professional movers will have outstanding reports and flawless reputation. This is the moving company you need to use because you only want the best when it comes to relocating your business.
If possible, talk to the mover’s prior customers. The customers will tell the real story about the abilities of the movers. Ask questions regarding the condition of the goods shipped when arrived at the new location, the moving company’s ability to stick to the time frame set for the moving, and any other questions that you feel are important.
Review at least two moving companies. Find out the costs for the moving, the costs for delivering heavy objects inside the new location, possible delays that may happen, refunds offered if not satisfied with service, and if you need to reserve the time for moving in advance. Plan out the move with all possible factors prior to the time so you can rest easy your company will be moved in the timeframe you need and want.
Before the move, consider the location of the new building. Is it located in any crime area? Is it located in an area that offers good parking or transit for your employees? Is it located in a location where your customers or clients can reach easily? How is the security of the building during off hours and business hours?
The safety and security of the new building is very important to the employees, clients, and business data and information. You do not want to lose the security offered to the employees and clients to save money for operating the business. You need customers to make your business function just as you need employees that feel safe for business operations.
Talk to the local law authorities about the crime rate and any crime reports of the area. This will give you a good idea of the crime associated with the area. Find out if the building has security alarms or security devices to protect the building and employees. The cost is worth the security offered so make the point of knowing the security of the new location.
The visibility of the building is important. Your clients needs to see the building if they are going to come there for business. A hidden building or one that is hard to find from a major street loses business and is open to the risks of crime. Is the new building close to another business? This is important to help the flow of traffic to you business. Make sure you have enough parking to allow for the flow of traffic and customers expected to frequent the business.
Make the new location well worth the move when you research the best moving company, location of the new building is easy to access, and the new building is safe and secure for employees and customers.
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