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By Roelf Nel

Water Feature Ideas to transform your garden

Change the ambiance of your garden and add a feature that can help you feel relaxed after a busy day.  A feature that will bring life and a peaceful sound as the water gushes over the rocks.  This can be a pond, a fountain or waterfall.

Transform your garden into a peaceful retreat with these water feature ideas

  1. Consider a free-standing self-contained water feature. The classical option is the pouring lady statue.  Grace your garden with dignity and culture as this feature streams water into a pond or bowl.  The options include the large classic ball, large modern antique limestone with a bronzed ball, ornate two-tiered in antique stone and white limestone, two-tiered candy twist traditional design and beautiful water jug lady statue. These types of designs easily fit in the architecture of every garden.
  2. For the larger garden area, look at the in-ground water feature. These fountains are ideal if you want a low key fountain to blend into its surroundings. These fountains are installed inside the ground and decorated with lavish garden beds and features.
  3. Pond fountains add elegance and tranquility to any garden. There are so many options to consider. Go for a partially above ground water feature.
  4. Having a water wall creates a space to relax in listening to the falling water. Give your water wall a natural look using rough stones. But if you like something more modern, choose an installation with lights and beautiful jets of water.
  5. A more traditional feel is to have a water fountain sprouting out of the wall gushing into a bowl or pond.

Have a discussion with a landscaper and get their opinion on how to change your garden into a peaceful haven.  Visit showrooms and see what beautiful features are offered for creating a water feature, or visit our Pinterest Board and get some ideas.  Dream and develop a plan to create a tranquil place to come home to after a busy day at work.

By Roelf Nel

Stylish Interior Doors

Interior doors offer you a design opportunity to enhance the look and feel of your room.  There are so many options you can consider from creating an elegant dining area, to a sophisticated lounge or a fun room for your kids.

Add style and beauty to your room design by using a modern interior door.  Simple and creative door decorating ideas, like paint, wallpaper, ornaments or crafts decorations make interior doors look unique and attractive, bringing more color and decorative accents to room design.

Ideas for selecting interior doors

  • Using glass panels in your doors can enhance brightness into your home and have natural light flowing into the room. Glass doors not only creates more light in your home, but offers a sense of space.  Where privacy is important, the use of frosted or obscure panels offers a perfect solution.
  • When selecting doors for your main living area, consider pairing the style of the exterior doors with your interior doors to create a more harmonious flow and feel to your home.
  • When selected your interior door, consider the overall architectural and décor of your home so that the doors you select complements this style.
  • Consider opening up your living area by adding in bi-fold doors or sliding doors.
  • If you live in a contemporary home, flush doors, like a veneer finish provides a sleek, minimal finish. To create more depth, you might consider a paneled door.
  • If you are wanting to create a retreat in your home a sound proof door helps keep your sanctuary peaceful.

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By Roelf Nel

Bringing the Cinema to your home

Most households are impacted by the fluctuation of the fuel price, the steady increase in the cost of living, and the budget cuts we normally consider are the luxury items.  To take a family of 4 out to the movies could be an expensive outing.  Two Adult tickets, two kids’ tickets, popcorn and a drink, or don’t forget the chocolates.  It becomes an expensive family outing.

With technology becoming more affordable, an attractive alternative option is to carve out a dedicated space with a flat-screen televisions, surround sound and an iPad control panel.

So what do you need to consider when creating your “Home Cinema”?

Lighting

The lightening plays an important role in creating the ambience in your home Cinema.  Your lights should be dimmable.  Choosing modern lights such as colour changing LED and fiber optics can create a unique feel to your room.

The Equipment

Just remember when choosing your equipment, sound is more than half the experience. Many people cut their budget short and focus mostly on the screen. One expert advised that you divide your budget into three equal parts to cover the screen, sound and the room. It’s not the image that causes you to respond, it is the associated sound.  It is advisable to have an expert view the room and offer advice on equipment to purchase that is best for your cinema.

Basics of your home theatre system:

  • A large-screen television (at least 27 inches across, measured diagonally) with a clear picture.
  • At least four speakers.
  • Equipment for splitting up the surround-sound signal and sending it to the speakers.
  • Something that plays or broadcasts movies in surround-sound, preferably with a clear picture.
  • Make sure your wiring and connections are hidden.

Seating

Seating helps set the mood and experience of your home cinema.  If you have created a special room for your cinema, then seating is generally arranged in rows, facing forward to replicate a movie theater. This way, everyone fully experiences the impact of the sound and picture.  In most cases, the media room will be used as a cinema – comfy chairs are a must.

Now all you need is a popcorn and a few good movies.

 

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Water Feature Ideas to transform your garden
Stylish Interior Doors
Bringing the Cinema to your home