Mixing, Matching and Coordinating Furniture: Tips for Amateur Designers

You can buy a fully coordinated furniture set, and for some people, they love nothing better. However, I like to mix and match things. Hi. My name is Connie, and I love the challenge of pairing different types of furniture together. I like mixing different woods, different sizes, different time periods and different patterns together. It is a bit of a skill and art, and I want to share tips and ideas with others. If you need furniture ideas, you have come to the right place. I invite you to grab a cup of tea and a snack, get comfortable and start reading. I hope you leave this blog inspired.

Garden Water Features You Can Consider For Your Home


If you are looking for a way to make your yard more interesting and visually appealing, you should consider incorporating a garden water feature. A misconception some homeowners have is that these water features are only reserved for yards that have a significant amount of space. The truth of the matter is that you have an array of option to choose from so you can rest assured that you will find something that suits the size of your yard as well as your needs. Here are some of the garden water features that you can consider for your home. 

A reflecting pool

This type of garden water feature is best suited for a large yard. The pools typically have a geometric shape and a walkway built above them to enable you to cross from one side of the pool to another. Since the pool is supposed to be reflective, it will have to be considerably large. Additionally, when looking to construct a reflective pool in your yard, ensure it is located in close proximity to a decorative feature in your yard. This way it can vividly reflect this feature in its clear, glassy waters. 

An ornamental pool

Another option you can consider, if you are looking to incorporate a garden water feature, is an ornamental pool. These types of pools are typically located adjacent to an entertainment area as they work toward enhancing the aesthetics of the space. They will typically come with a fountain feature that cascades water. The sound of the water bubbling out of the fountain and into the ornamental pool is supposed to have a calming effect. Ornamental pools can be as small or as large as you want them, making them suitable for any type of yard. 

A water garden

As the name suggests, this is a garden with water being its main feature. This does not mean that you simply pour water into your yard. Instead, your landscaping contractors will create an entire aquatic ecosystem. Water gardens can be made up exclusively of plants that come in a variety of textures and colours to add some character to your yard. However, if you would like to make it more visually interesting, you should consider also including living creatures into the water garden. These could range from uniquely coloured fish such as koi fish or gold fish to turtles. This makes your water garden a living garden feature on its own. It should be noted though that a water garden will need regular care and maintenance to ensure the aquatic life thrives. 


14 June 2016