The gardening technique and art form that we acknowledge these days as “bonsai” was shown to have originated in China in the 3rd century during the Chin Dynasty. It was during the T’ang Dynasty, nearly four hundred years later, that the art form first appeared in Japan. The Chinese used a phrase not familiar to the majority of us, pen-t’sai, to describe their art of creating extraordinary miniature landscapes using small trees, water, and rocks. The similarly sounding word “bonsai” in Japanese would mean “planted in a small basin”. Despite originating in China, it is the Japanese who definitely have popularized the bonsai and improvedRead More →

Those in the know will tell you, fall and early winter are the best times to start thinking about next year’s lawn. If you’ve always wanted the best lawn on the block, here are our picks for the best lawn enhancements you can start today. 1. Apply Fertilizer tells us, “By fertilizing your lawn this fall, you will be making an investment in your lawn’s root system that will reap considerable returns.” While many might regard cold weather fertilizing as “overkill,” 2 or 3 applications between September and December can be very beneficial to your lawn’s root system. This pays off big-time once theRead More →

Knowing how you want to use your kitchen, the features you would like to have in it, and defining priorities that fit your budget can make your dream kitchen a reality. With that in mind, you can minimize the anxiety and the potentially daunting task by building a complete kitchen design plan that helps to ensure getting the most value from your investment. Kitchen planning for your new or remodeled space will be easier to understand if you follow a few of the guidelines discussed below: Your Kitchen – Your Domain The kitchen is the heart of your home and has long since been moreRead More →

Have you ever tried to grow apple trees from seeds collected from an apple? It certainly makes good sense that they would germinate. They are seeds and seeds are supposed to grow, right? I’ve heard people say apples seeds collected from apples are hybridized and therefore can’t grow because hybrids are sterile. They are correct in that most commercially grown apples hold hybridized seeds inside. They are probably incorrect that this is the reason why your apple seeds don’t germinate. Bees bring pollen from one tree to the next. If the bee recently visited a delicious apple tree then visits a granny smith apple treeRead More →

Proper planning is always important with woodworking projects. Using downloadable woodworking plans mean that you always have the necessary details and steps required to make a really good job. The first aspect of woodworking projects is making up your mind exactly what you are trying to create. You must also decide on specific purposes that your intended product is to fulfill. You will also have to consider what design will be most appropriate. The planning is the most critical step in any woodworking project. Consider how much of your time you will have available and how much money you will have to spend. These keyRead More →

A yard offers enough room for kids to explore and grow without being too far from supervision. Installing a home playground is one way to encourage children to exercise and have fun outdoors. As with anything, however, the best backyard playgrounds are those that have been properly planned out. When changing the landscape of your yard to be more kid-friendly, there are a few things to consider. 1. Don’t Skimp on Open Play Areas One thing that some homeowners might forget when planning a home playground is to leave enough open space. A spacious, flat, grassy area that lends itself well to a wide rangeRead More →

With changing lifestyles, more people spend money on their outdoor living environments such that leisure time is spent cooking and lounging in a backyard or an open area which extends the traditional home. What are some of the most popular landscape and garden retreat ideas you should consider to make your home as lovely outdoors as inside? Outdoor Dining is high on almost everyone’s list. But it’s not just dining; it’s about creating a whole outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens can be pricey and extensive projects, as the notion is really extending your home’s living space to take advantage of your yard and better weather. IfRead More →

When most homeowners think of built-in furniture, bookshelves and cleverly disguised storage spaces come to mind. The truth is the sky’s the limit when it comes these space saving designs. Kitchen nooks, beds, built in desks, and entertainment centers are just a few of the innovations that built in furniture can bring to your home. If you’ve got a nook, cranny or even an entire wall that you’d like to transform into a more useful space, there’s a craftsman out there who can help you turn your dream into reality. Saving Space Perhaps the most attractive feature of this innovative furniture is how it utilizesRead More →

The benefits of the steam room have been known for thousands of years and throughout history countless people have been using steam to enhance their sense of well being and improve their overall health. At the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st a huge influx in health conscious individuals in western society has fuelled a vast growth in the health industry. In the past, steam rooms have been restricted to health clubs and gyms, and many think steam rooms are only used at home by the wealthy; however top steam room specialists have made this wonderful past time available toRead More →

When you’re looking for beautiful doors to decorate your home, you might want to consider frosted glass doors as one of your choices. Frosted glass can create wonderful, elegant and contemporary designs on the doors, and the benefit of frosted glass over normal clear glass is that frosted glass is difficult to see through, thus affording some privacy for your office, bedroom, or shower. Though the glass may be translucent, wonderful light still passes through, and a house full of frosted glass doors can be a very well-light sanctuary, with daylight flooding everywhere. Daylight has been shown to do wonders for your mood and productivity,Read More →

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