Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Contemporary Flower Pots/Privacy Shields

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I would have a really difficult time watering these, but they are quite striking and add alot of visual interest to an outdoor area.

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I love how it looks at night.  Very romantic!
Made of Aluminum by Bysteel.

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Monday, 16 April 2012

Pools in Harmony with Nature and Lifestyle

I have always wanted a pool in my backyard.  But there has always been a reason against it.  When the kids were young we lived in High Park with a postage size backyard.  I bought a swim spa and we kept it running year round.  It was amazing to go out in the winter with the steam rising and the kids could actually swim in it.  I could do laps. But it was an eye sore. When we sold the house the new home owners did not want it so we had to find a way to get rid of it. 
I have been told time and time again that a pool has a negative impact on selling your property and there is a significant cost to putting one in.  As a result, if we were going to get a pool we would buy a house with one. That house has never come along.
Last year I looked at putting a pool in our backyard, with landscaping it was going to cost around $100,000 for nothing extravagent.  I couldn't justify it.  I am getting older and less thrilled about putting on a bathing suit, that will only get worse with time.  The kids are older.  Then I came across the concept of a Green Swimming Pool.  I loved the idea.  It really becomes a water feature in your backyard, vs a swimming pool.
These pictures are more swimming oriented but you could make it to look very much like a pond- so you could swim or just have a beautiful landscape

A Boating & Swimming Pond with a Stream 2

Apparently these are big in Europe but rarer in Canada.  There is a company in BC that does a fair number of these pools withwaterfalls, streams and bridges.

All insects and pond life find a balance so there is no need to fear infestations of mosquitoes or an invasion of frogs - any small creatures that do exist live in the plant zone while you relax in your own swimming zone.

A shady spot beside a garden pond

Small and Simple

The concept is

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Can Furniture Bring a Family Closer Together?

Outdoor Spaces Decorating Ideas by Kettal-5

A few years back I bought a double lounger for our cottage.  It was one of the best investments I ever made. In the afternoons I would stretch out with my magazines, some pillow and a cool drink and invariably I would have company on my lounger. One of my boys would join me their book, my husband or the dog.  The only problem was generally the dog was wet and smelly and was trying to get warm after a swim in the lake.  It is funny how a piece of furniture can bring a family closer together..

Outdoor Spaces Decorating Ideas by Kettal-2