Spring is just around the corner and with it comes warmer temperatures. The arrival of spring generally means that spending more time outside is now possible and the smell of barbecue is not far away. Over the winter many homeowners have neglected to maintain their backyards, so here are tips on how to make your yard ready for spring and summer.
Make family, friends and guests want to spend time outside by extending the range of your wifi. Having internet connection that extends outside will make your backyard more inviting. You can extend your wifi range by installing wifi range extenders and boosters. These can be found online or your local computer hardware stores.
Now that you have wifi, make your backyard more attractive by adding comfortable chairs. There are many kinds of good outdoor furniture made from iron, rattan and poly rattan that is easy on the back and buttocks. You can also add a few cushions and throw pillows to make the area or chair more inviting.
Warmer weather is when the sun comes out. This is good because it raises temperature but sun exposure can also be damaging for the skin. Protect the skin from sun damage by providing shade. You can use outdoor umbrellas, pergolas or shade sails which are easy to install and come in many different colors.
Don’t be afraid to accessorize and decorate your backyard. Some great additions include fire pits and barbecue grills. They can come in handy when you want to grill meat or make smores. Other accessories to consider include tiki torches, ornamental plants or a sun dial.
Don’t forget to show your personality by adding an art work or two. You can choose from different forms such as pottery, iron works or sculptures. Forget about flamingos and gnomes because those are too common and cliché. You can find the right garden art work by browsing online or visiting your local art gallery.
Dark backyards are gloomy and sometimes scary. Make your backyard bright by installing solar lights, garden lights or even string lights. This will make the area more warm and inviting. You can also include some porch lights to make the area well lighted.
Modern homes in cities like Las Vegas and Houston are usually exposed to warmer weather all year round compared to cities like Vancouver. However this does not mean to say that those in colder climates should neglect their backyards. Hopefully these tips will make you consider spending more time outdoors even if it is just in your backyards.
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A nice and beautiful modern home in the suburbs of Las Vegas, Scottsdale or Houston needs a bit of sophistication. For some home owners this means the best interior design they can afford. For others it means decorating their home with art work. The art can be paintings, sculptures, frescoes, photographs and many more. One of the great things about decorating with artwork is that it could appreciate in value over time. Here are some great ways to decorate your home with art.
In Book Shelves
Break down the monotony of having just books in your bookshelves by adding a framed painting or two. They can serve as focal points for your bookshelves. They can also serve as ice breakers when guests notice the unique placement of your artwork.
This is a great idea if you have a lot of framed photographs or paintings and a big empty wall space. You can opt to have a console built into the walls or just leave the walls bare. The idea is for the room to exude a casual atmosphere by arranging your paintings or photos in an overlapping manner. Some smaller ones could lean against bigger paintings or photos.
Buying repurposed art is a great way to decorate your modern home. They are usually recycled, reused, upcycled or reclaimed pieces and then made into artwork. Most pieces of repurposed art are made into sculptures. These works of art are also used by many artists to promote awareness of social issues such as global warming and various social concerns. By doing so they are not only giving their causes attention but they can also generate money to aid them.
Give your kids some love and show your pride by displaying their artwork prominently. You can ask them to make a big one for a wall and have it framed. This is a great idea for young families living in big modern homes. You can enhance the artwork further by adding some lighting fixtures which will make it a bit sophisticated.
A double frame is a great way to make a small painting or photograph look bigger. It is essentially a framed artwork or photo that is centered in a bigger frame. The outer frame usually has no glass. This is especially important if you want to put it in a big blank wall.
Create Your Own
Why not be the artist of your home? Just get a brush and paint “love” or “home” on your wall using bright colors. It does not have to be fancy or even neat. Having your own artwork in your home gives it a unique touch that is truly yours.
There are many places to buy artwork. There are also many painters you can commission for personalized art. Some of the great places to buy art are those specialized galleries and showings where they give some of the earnings to social causes.
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For the longest time, art and artists were valued because the art’s ability to change the world – as athletes were valued for their own physical abilities. Ever since the first art pieces were created we have had the chance and the privilege to learn about the time when they have been created and to discover the cause why they have been created.
In fact, there is more it than just one way in which art can be used to support a cause and to try to make a change in the world. Here are just some of the ways in which art can be used to support social cause and make a change.
- Selling Art
The first thing which comes to everyone’s mind is of course selling pieces of art at options and giving the money to charity. This is perhaps one of the most transparent ways in which it can be clearly seen that art can make a social change. When of art is used for social causes, it is often sold to people who collect art and enjoy art, and in return the money is used to help to support a cause. People who are financially blessed, often delight in the art pieces and artwork, but also that they often just want to help and support of cause, too. And sometimes the art can be pretty strange for these types – think luxury rowing machines meets Andy Warhol.
2. Pointing Out To Social Problems
Another way in which art and artists can change the society, is that they can point out and highlight the social problems. Through history artists have been pointing out two problems and diseases in the society they have been living in. Of course, not all pieces of art had been made with the intention to awake the sleeping society and open its eyes in order to see the problems. However, more often than not artists have been those who have pointed out to key problems in a society.
- Leaving A Legacy
Artists often want to leave a legacy through their art. Furthermore, they are often motivated with documenting the present the reality, and leaving a legacy four future generations. Had they are not been for art and artists we wouldn’t have known much about history, and the things which have occurred in the past. For centuries art managed to shed a completely new light on history which is often wrote under strong political influences, and therefore easily manipulated. On the other hand, art has always been a way for artists to freely express their opinion and give a comment on the social issues.
4. Freedom Of Opinion In Oppressed Regimes
This is especially true for art created in the oppressed regimes. People have the need to express their opinions, their creativity, their satisfaction or dissatisfaction. Often when they are not able to do such things with the support from the current, present-day regime, they do so covertly and use a form of art to express their true feelings and opinions of the regime. It has not been rare that these artists were even executed in the dark times of human history. Therefore, yes, art can very much be used for a cause, just make sure you use it for a good cause, too.