Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Making Home a Haven with Domestic Pursuits - part 6

You only get one chance to make a good impression. What better way to do that than bringing beauty to the outdoors and creating curb appeal? Your home and yard is a reflection of you and your family. Creating an outdoor living space can be done inexpensively.
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The most basic thing you can do is to keep the yard neat and well-maintained with regular grass-cutting and weed-eating. Sweep the porches and driveways. Hang a birdfeeder and purchase an inexpensive birdbath to encourage feathered friends to visit.
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Hand a decorative flag to change with the seasons and holidays to add color and festivity. The mini-flags are very inexpensive and may be preferable if you're on a tight budget. Place pots of bright flowers on each side of the door and have a cheerful welcome mat.
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Name your home and hang a sign by the door. You can hand-paint it yourself. If you're not crafty, you can stencil the letters and use rub-on decals. Just be sure to clear coat it to protect it from the weather.

Hang a few windchimes. If you have a mail box, plant a climbing flower around it (morning glories are nice). Add monkey grass along the sides of the driveway. It fills in nicely and people often give it away for free.

Always accept plants and cuttings from neighbors, friends, and family. This is a nice way to build up your garden without cost. Often you can buy flower and vegetable seed packets at discount stores very inexpensively.

Create a little sitting area with a table and chairs. You can dine al fresco or just sit out there to enjoy the fresh air, watch the wildlife, watch the sunrise or sunset, or read a book with a refreshing drink in hand.

There are all sorts of things you can do outdoors to make the area both functional and beautiful. Be creative and have fun with it!

1 comment:

joan said...

Great ideas! Now if only my grass wasn't all brown from no rain around here. I had really great intentions this year to make the outside nice but the weather didn't cooperate!