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Lifes a beach--a shore theme in your outside space - landscaping-gardening


Twentieth century American builder Phillip Johnson once said, "I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit on the beach?" Mr. Johnson evidently didn't how to relax, but as a new summer is slipping away, you can. Did you visit the beach this year? Do you wish you had? Any way, you can coin a coast feel in your al fresco space and enjoy memories of the shore at home! Here are some quick tips.

Color Your array of color will be the main stress-reliever in your home "beach. " The relaxing hues of the beach are sun-bleached and sand- and water-washed. Think cool and attractive water, lapping on the shore; the pale sand underfoot; the tall pale green beach grasses; the pale pink and coral of shells; the white clouds in a the blue sky.

For your blue, try Kelly Moore's Essence of the Sea or Sail Away, Beauti-tone's French Blue, or Benjamin Moore's Robin's Egg.

If you desire brighter ensign use cheerful pink or orange, chiefly in lined fabric or small garnishing such candles.

Furniture The beach calls for casual inexpressive seating. Try folding impassive chairs with full of character lined oil slings, set under a pale highlighted print umbrella that you've propped in a large pail of sand.

Fabric What do you take to the beach? Print tote bags, terry towels and flip-flops. Use these fabrics for cushions, throws and the seats itself. Bed in ornamental hooks on a wall, and hang beach towels as "art. "

Motifs Many beach goers arrival home with a assembly of shells, beach rocks and charming bits of painted glass. If you have such a collection, use them to good achieve in your outside space. Clean up your materials by in succession them because of a cycle of the dishwasher in the gadget basket. You can also rub baby oil into rocks to bring out the shine that you saw under the beach sun.

The most noticeable way to demonstrate your shells and gravel is in a clear glass dish or jar, or a flat plate. Try contents a plate with them and inserting a votive candle. Or if the shells themselves are large enough, pour candle wax about a wick in the shell crack itself. Shells can be used in appealing tic-tac-toe games, for stamping fabrics and many other purposes.

You can by far adjustment the feel of your beach theme by the use of altered motifs. Perch a sea-gull on a piece of wreckage draped with a piece of fisherman's net and use a lighthouse or two in another place in the space, and you'll be reminded of a coastal fishing village. Folding sling chairs, an umbrella and pots of beach grass give a recreational feel to your space. Or bloc the lighthouses with boat silhouettes for a more urban shore look.

Whatever kind of shore you prefer, use these ideas to remake it at home. Put on a copy of ocean waves lapping on the sand, kick off your shoes and enjoy the beach!

Debbie Rodgers, the haven maven, owns and operates Paradise Porch, and is dyed-in-the-wool to portion citizens build al fresco existing chairs that develop and enhance them. Her most recent how-to guide "Attracting Butterflies to Your Home and Garden" is now accessible on her web site. Visit her at http://www. paradiseporch. com and get a free account on "Eight easy ways to conceive privacy in your al fresco space".


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