7 Ways to Upgrade Your Garden with Bamboo

7 Ways to Upgrade Your Garden with Bamboo

Give your backyard garden a little exotic flair by using bamboo in your landscaping. Keep reading to find out how to design your garden with bamboo and what works best. We promise you, it’s super easy!


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With the different varieties of bamboo, it won’t be difficult to find the one that’s perfect for your garden. Moreover, it is versatile enough to be used for a range of purposes. So if you are planning to upgrade your garden with bamboo, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list that provides a range of options to make sure that you won’t run out of ideas when upgrading your space. Check out our clever tips to use bamboo in your garden:

Use Bamboo to Keep Your Garden Secluded

Let’s face it, as much as you want to show off your beautiful home, you wouldn’t want strangers and even wildlife to find easy access to your place. Good thing, you can ensure your privacy by using bamboo as a privacy fence. But while there is an option to grow bamboo around your area to keep it secluded, a more convenient choice would be to find a ready-made bamboo fence that would just be perfect for your requirements.

Create a Wall Accent Out of Bamboo

This would be a clever idea if you want to add life to one corner of your garden and completely get rid of the coldness of your walls. Want a better idea? Add wooden decor in your corner to complement the green bamboo that is designed to grow against your wall.


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Add Bamboo Edging

While a ready-made bamboo fence can keep your garden free from intruders, you may want to add some warmth to the place where you’ll most likely seek relaxation. If you’re still clueless on how to do that without affecting your privacy, the answer would be as easy as lining the edge of the fence with real bamboo plants. This way you can keep some parts of the fence hidden while adding a comforting feel to your space at the same time.

Create a Place to Relax with Bamboo Furniture

What would be better than to have a nice garden design and lounge around whenever you want? Outdoor furniture is a must to upgrade your garden this summer and while metal furniture is a popular choice, you cannot deny the fact that in the long run, it will no longer look the same — or worst, you’ll spend a large sum for its repair. A better choice would be to use bamboo furniture instead as it can withstand changes in weather and even costs 20% cheaper than wooden furnishings.


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Revive Your Deck’s Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is a great way to update your flooring and give your home a whole new look. Bamboo flooring may reflect wear and tear as time goes by. If you’re worried that you don’t have enough budget to replace your flooring along with the upgrade, no worries. You can actually restore bamboo flooring back to its old shape through a range of methods, including the use of damp cloth, sanding down the bamboo, and using varnish and liquid wax for added protection and a layer of shine.

Stick to Pruning to Maintain a Nice Bamboo Landscape

Even without a green thumb, you can maintain a nice bamboo landscape by keeping it pruned regularly. You’ll be amazed to see how a bamboo landscape can add height to walls and of course, bring natural beauty to your space.


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Line Your Walkway with Bamboo

With proper positioning, your bamboo plant would make the perfect pathway towards a corner of your garden that you want enhanced. It will also work perfectly as a pathway to your home. Just keep in mind to arrange the bamboo plants in such a way that it will be placed in one line on both sides. Keep it trimmed and even add garden lights along the path for added design.

Ready to upgrade your garden? Keep in mind the tips mentioned above to ensure that you’ll get plausible results, just the way you want.

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Author Bio:

George Katsoudas is a Digital Marketing Professional. He works as the Managing Director of Low Cost SEO, a digital marketing firm in Sydney and a Digital Media Manager for House of Bamboo, offering Australia the most varied collection of classic and new natural materials.

Company Bio:

House of Bamboo is Australia’s trusted source of eco-friendly and high quality natural materials that can be integrated into contemporary setting. Our range encompasses high quality bamboo fencing, timber screens, privacy screens, decorative screens, ceiling panels, rattan cane webbing, fence panels, and pool certification.

Science-Backed Ways to Create a Productive Office Space

Science-Backed Ways to Create a Productive Office Space

When creating the ideal office space, every company strives for a suitable office environment that offers comfort, while also being a productive space where employees enjoy spending time and work well within. There are various elements involved in creating the perfect office space. Below offers a rundown of just some of the science-backed ways to change your office space instantly for more productive results.


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Good Lighting

We are all familiar with the importance of lighting in an office, particularly for workers who are constantly looking at screens all day. When first working out the layout of an office, or even before you have hired an office space, do consider how much natural light the office provides. Research has found that workplaces with good daylight had a 30%-40% gain in productivity and sales. This shouldn’t be the only contributing factor to your final decision, but natural light can do wonders for the general aesthetic and atmosphere of an office. Natural light sets our body clock, so aiding this process as much as possible through simply considering windows in the design or layout is a great place to start. The environment for workers will be more open and bright because nobody likes to work in dark environments with minimal natural light. It can also potentially save on energy bills too!


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Aesthetics

Aesthetics of an office are essential to get right, as being comfortable and relaxed will have a significant effect on your employees’ work ethic, focus, and output. After all, your employees will be spending a lot of time in the office, so ensuring your company provides a comfortable, welcoming setting where they enjoy spending time is vital. In the same way that having a clean and tidy house can benefit a person’s mental focus while at home, providing a pleasant work environment will naturally help create a highly productive office, full of happy workers. Functionality, layout, and design all play their part in curating an ideal office space, and you can easily make sure you’re on the right track by checking out 360degrees.uk.com to get you inspired.


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Airflow

Airflow in an office is another factor that can easily be overlooked in the day-to-day office environment. Having airflow is essential to avoid a stuffy office, which can send employees into a sleepy stupor. Airflow can help to brighten an office and freshen the air supply throughout the day, creating an ideal working environment where workers feel comfortable and at ease. After all, you are always least productive when you have unavoidable distractions, as would be created from an unpleasant working space with stagnant air. A fun and easy additional fix could be to add air-purifying plants to your office space, which will add to your overall aesthetic, too.


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Multi-function spaces

Another idea that can help a company create a productive office space is by considering multi-functioning spaces. Allow for private offices, meeting rooms and separate booths, so regardless of the type of work carried out or space needed, you can ensure your office can offer it. It also involves having the latest tech for your employees so that they can effectively do their job. Presentation spaces and areas for workers to separate themselves from work and take a break should also be considered and will help add to your general aesthetic, which will appeal to potential workers, clients, and customers. A company’s success is only as good as their employees’ output, so ensure your staff has everything in place to carry out their job properly, and you will soon see the benefits.

Boost A/C Efficiency With 5 Easy Steps

Boost A/C Efficiency With 5 Easy Steps

Get the most out of your AC system with these 5 easy steps that can make a huge difference and save you money in the long run!


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As the mercury rises, many homeowners look for ways to keep their homes cool and comfortable. If you’re like these homeowners, you probably have a pretty good AC system. However, there are some things you can do to boost your energy efficiency and performance. After all, the right combination of design and techniques can help you keep costs down while enhancing the look and comfort of your beautiful home.

One: Install a Whole House Fan

You don’t need to worry about replacing your carefully chosen lighting fixtures or the unwanted look of a floor fan. Modern whole house fans are installed in your attic where they run quietly while the air is cool, drawing in fresh, cool air and pulling that air smoothly through your home. These fans are more powerful than ceiling fans but typically use only a small amount of energy. These fans can reduce your home cooling costs and improve your efforts at conserving energy and reducing your carbon footprint.


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Two: Use Fans Where You Want

If you’re not opposed to placing some fans around the home, you’ll be pleased to know there are many attractive options on the market. Boost the efficiency of your AC unit with well-placed ceiling fans and floor fans to create cool spaces for your family and guests to relax at the end of the day.

Three: Maintain Your A/C Unit

During use, your A/C filter becomes clogged with pollutants and dirt. This lowers the output of your air conditioner and decreases its ability to keep your home cool. Regular cleaning solves this problem. The filter inside the unit is thin and lightweight, so it’s probably best to hire a professional to handle this chore. After working on the fan, the technician will probably give some focus to cleaning the coil. Regular professional maintenance is a great way to boost your energy efficiency and performance.


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Four: Upgrade Your A/C System

If you have an older system, you may be surprised by how much better newer units can be. Choose a reliable brand and replace your older air conditioner with a new unit. Review SEER ratings to be sure you’re getting the right energy efficient machine. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is a measurement of how much cooling is achieved for each unit of energy used.

Five: Plan Landscaping to Cool Your Home

Careful placement of trees, vines, and shrubs can reduce the amount of sunlight hitting the windows and walls of your home. As trees get taller, they’ll also provide shade for the roof. Work closely with your landscape architect to determine the best trees and plants for your property. Proper placement of landscaping fixtures can also provide shade for your air conditioning unit, so it doesn’t have to work quite so hard to keep the home cool. Just be sure there’s plenty of ventilation and that branches and other debris don’t get into the air intakes and filters.

The right fans, regular maintenance, modern A/C units, and planned landscaping can go a long way toward keeping your home cool when it’s hot outside. Take these steps to increase the efficiency of your A/C system and boost its performance.


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How To Design The Perfect Home Office

How To Design The Perfect Home Office

Are you decorating your home office? Here are some decorating ideas that will make you productive and stylish!


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Everyone has some need for a home office. This might be because you work from home every day, because you occasionally telecommute, or just because you like to have a space where you can pay bills and do household admin. Whatever your reason for having a home office, it needs to be comfortable and specific to your needs so that you can be as productive as possible. Here are some things to think about when you’re setting up your home office.

The Location

It’s likely that you are going to be spending a lot of time in your home office space, especially if you always work from home. Therefore, you need to work out the best place to have your office that is going to help you the most. Consider the other people in your home and how you will need to work around them (don’t use a room where other people can disturb you, for example, or somewhere that is used as a thoroughfare by lots of people – unless a busy atmosphere is how you work best, of course). It should also be somewhere that is big enough for you to be comfortable in. It may seem as though tucking yourself into a small spare bedroom or understairs space is a good idea, but when you can’t function there you’ll need to think again.


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Make It Colorful

There are many different opinions when it comes to what colors are best used in an office environment. Some say that the more neutral and natural the better because it promotes calm and tranquility, whereas others says that a splash of color is a good idea as it encourages the brain to work faster. The important thing is to make sure your office is a color you enjoy being around. Start with this in mind and work from there. Some prefer a bright and cheerful color such as lime green or sunny yellow, and others find that they are happier when surrounded by deep, dark purples and blues. What works for one won’t work for all, so do what makes you smile (and keeps you productive).


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Have Enough Storage

It’s good to be able to tidy everything away at the end of the day, especially if your office is not a room to itself but is actually a small part of another room that the rest of the household want to use. That’s where having enough storage comes in; the more storage you have the better, because that way you always know where everything is. Whether you have invested in the best headphones for mixing, a state of the art laptop, have important documents that must not be mislaid, or anything else, being able to store them all away when you’re not using your office space is a good idea, just in case anything were to happen to them. 

Get A Good Chair

Sitting in an uncomfortable position for a long period of time can cause pain in the shoulders, neck, wrists, arms, hips, and back. In extreme cases this can even mean having to take time off work. Although ergonomically designed chairs are more expensive, they will last a long time and they won’t leave you in pain either.

5 Kitchen Decor Ideas For Your Home

5 Kitchen Decor Ideas For Your Home

Shine some new light on your kitchen decorating with these easy but trendy kitchen decorating ideas!


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1. Paint Your Cabinets A Shade Of Blue

You can replace “blue” with any color, because the purpose of this aesthetic choice is to modernize your cabinets and, in turn, your entire kitchen, as well. You don’t need to install new kitchen countertops, painting your cabinets is enough to make a huge impact. Most kitchen cabinets are white, and this is a very plain, very boring, look for a kitchen. Instead of sticking to plain old white, you can use blue or green or red, which makes your kitchen pop out and look inviting and very sleek and stylish!

2. Put In A House Plant Or Two

House plants make your kitchen look inviting and very natural. They invite feelings of nature and trees and grass, while putting out a very fresh scent into your home. On top of that, they have been proven to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, which only aids in making your kitchen even more inviting and even more relaxing and soothing, rather than inviting feelings of stress and anxiety and clutter.

When you put in a house plant, you should also make sure that the space of your kitchen itself is clean and free of any clutter or disorganization. That way, you can put the plant anywhere, allowing it to grow with incredible ease! 


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3. Place Amish Furniture In Your Kitchen 

Amish furniture is a type of furniture that is designed to be an heirloom, passed on for generation after generation, giving the recipients an idea of what life was like, many years ago. As you can imagine, Amish pieces of furniture – such as Amish bookcases and Amish kitchen hutches – are made of incredibly durable materials. They are meant to last for quite some time, and that is, indeed, what they do.

The real reason that this is a great idea, however, is because Amish furniture is incredibly beautiful. Made with fine materials, and stained delicately, these pieces look great no matter where you put them! 

4. Place A Chalkboard On Your Fridge

This is a fun and cute little way to spruce up your kitchen and give it a timeless design! You can use this little chalkboard to add notes, to write things down, to make little drawings, and as a way of organizing your to-do list, or to write down the ingredients for a recipe! It’s simple, and you can find small ones for incredibly cheap these days, but it’s also a great way to have some fun! And if you have kids, your kids can – and most likely will, in our experience – make little drawings for you, which is always pleasant to see when you walk in your kitchen!


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5. Put Up Some Posters And Pictures

Depending on the size and scale of your kitchen, this option may be less practical and useful to you. You can use posters to add some visual flair to your kitchen and to really breathe some life into a space that may, otherwise, be rather dull.

You can frame family photos and put them in your kitchen, and you can buy posters and prints that speak to you and put them up, as well! Whatever you like, put it u