Home Decorating With Flowers in an Arid Environment

No matter where you live, incorporating a little of your surroundings into your home décor is a wonderful idea. Arid climates provide a lot of unique and beautiful decorating elements. Some greenery you can add to your decor include bear grass, cacti, and grass horsetails. Be creative with your desert décor by adding rock arrangements or sand. Most of these combinations will have a light red or orange feel. If you have children in your home it would be a good idea to get a silk or artificial cactus instead of a real one, due to the needles. They are not extremely dangerous, but it would not be a fun afternoon picking out the needles after a child has pulled a cactus plant on top of himself or herself.

The Elegant Maple Tree

One of the most beloved trees is the breathtaking maple tree. Maple trees are most noted for their maple leaf, which can be found on the Canadian flag. These distinguished maple leaves have three main points with several smaller points jutting from their edges. To duplicate this in a silk maple tree is something of a craft miracle. Also, the amount of leafage on silk maple trees is much greater than with most other tree types. With so many leaves, the tree appears very verdant and fertile, but keep in mind that silk trees do need a periodic cleaning. Since cleaning the leaves of the silk tree realistically usually only happens once or twice a year, one should not judge this to be too much of a bad thing.

Getting in Tune with your Interior Design Self

Interior design can be just as addicting as any other hobby. If you are starting to feel an interest in redecorating your home, there are a few easy tips you can follow to become familiar with your own favorite looks. A good beginner’s step to learning the art of interior design is to find out more about the subject. There are books, magazines, books on tape, forums, and blogs on this topic, just to name a few sources of information. You would be surprised at how many simple, quick, and easy interior design tips you can apply to make your house look twice as good. Also, look at some great magazines like Home and Design or Better Homes & Gardens. It will not take you long to narrow in on your likes and dislikes in the home decor world. Once you have accrued this knowledge, it is time to undertake your first project. As you begin, the experiences you gain are more significant than the creation you come up with. After all, experience will teach you more than all the research you can do.

Home Decorating – A Family Affair

When you decorate your home, you use your own special artistic vision to create an environment which will be the backdrop of your families’ lives. This is a living expression of your own soul, which will start as a concept, but will almost immediately begin to grow and evolve around the daily activities of your family members.

This personal experience, while satisfying, can be expanded when you begin to incorporate effort and ideas from the rest of the people living in the home. It is great having a house that reflects the inner you, but it is even more rewarding when that house reflects the soul of your entire family, with special places, objects, patterns, or arrangements, each a reminder a the unique spirit of the person that suggested it. In a very real way a home which is built from the family up, has a much deeper and more special meaning than one that is the result of a single vision.

Besides it’s a lot of fun! You get to think creatively, spend time with the people you love, and change the whole world around you with your own two hands.

Sometimes you will want to start off by having a meeting. Bear in mind that this is not a military meeting; nobody should be coerced into doing anything that they don’t want to. That ruins the purpose of enlisting their help. Instead your meeting should be an inspirational event where you try and recruit ideas about how you can work together to make the home better. Pay attention and listen to their feedback, rather than trying to impose your will on the event. There will have to be some give and take, but nothing is permanent, and any decision can be lived with and changed multiple times over the years.

If you have spoil sports who aren’t excited about getting involved, and want nothing to do with the project, you can recruit them covertly by making the experience fun. Purchase some cool looking home decor pieces, or some funky lamps. You can even throw a decorating party, and have some friends over to make it an event rather than a chore. Buy food and drinks, and blast some fun music. If they still don’t want to be involved, at least you will have a bunch of other people who are willing to pick up the slack.

It may be difficult at first to create an integrated look throughout the house. As they say too many chefs can spoil the pot. However decorating is more of a process than a single event, and you can tinker with color and placement over the course of the year, to try and get the house looking more consistent. As the family grows your house will grow around them, holding them and comforting them in the warmth of their own creation.

Getting your family together to help with the decorating process can be challenging. Some won’t be interested in helping, and others will muddle up your visions for the space. However that is life. Trying to find beauty in the chaos is the purpose of humanity, and the nature of family living.