How to Incorporate Sandstone Into Your Home and Garden

Sandstone is a type of sedimentary rock which is composed of small grains of rock, sand and other minerals. Sandstone can be cut, sculpted and polished to create a number of products which are sure to add a touch of class and style to any living space. This article takes a look at several of the most popular sandstone products currently available on the market.

Columns

Sandstone columns can be placed on either side of the porch to provide a grand entrance to your home. They can also be used inside of the home to help to break up a large open space. Not only do columns look good, but they can also serve a structural purpose, as they can be used to support ceilings and roofs. Columns can be tailor made to your exact specifications. They come in a variety of styles, from plain and simple, to ornamental and decorative.

Water Features

Sandstone water features will improve the aesthetics of your home. A three tiered water fountain can be placed in the center of a large circular driveway, or in a garden, to create a glamorous centerpiece. Fountains also look particularly good placed at the end of an enclosed or walled swimming pool. If you have limited space in your garden, you can try incorporating a wall-hanging water fountain. Sandstone bird baths look great, and they will also attract more wildlife into your garden.

Planters

Planters are pots that can be used to hold trees, flowers and bushes. A popular way to incorporate sandstone into your home is to place two identical planters, each containing a pruned bay tree, either side of your entrance porch. They can come in all shapes and sizes, and they can even be custom made to your specifications. Urns are similar to planters, but they can placed onto a freestanding column to create a barrier or focal point.

Letterboxes

A sandstone letterbox will add a beautiful look to your front garden, and it will keep your mail safe and dry. Letterboxes come in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes.

Benches

Sandstone benches will make a stunning addition to any garden. Sandstone benches are timeless, and they are built to withstand almost all weather conditions. Wooden benches can easily deteriorate over time, while sandstone benches will continue to look as good as new for many years to come. Sandstone benches can be customized with ornamental etchings and decorations if required.

Tables

Sandstone tables can be built to match the sandstone benches, or they can be used with garden chairs. They will provide a beautiful area to sit and eat with friends and family. They look particularly good placed in paved barbeque areas.

When you are purchasing sandstone products, always check the quality of the stone. High quality sandstone will not only look much better, but it will also last for much longer. Always check you are purchasing from a reputable and trusted company before placing an order.

Enhance Your Home and Garden With Downlights

From the garden path to the foyer, today’s top landscape and home designers rely on versatile and affordable downlights to accent and add character to any indoor or outdoor space. “Downlight” refers to the direction of the beam of light, and downlights can be as simple as recessed ceiling lights added to a kitchen remodel, to delicate downcast lighting of a stone path in the garden.

Downlights are particularly appreciated by designers as a subtle way to add needed light without the use of wall-mounted lamps. Homeowners appreciate the affordability of downlights and everyone enjoys the gentle, flattering light they provide.

Downlights are the perfect lighting choice for a variety of areas, both inside and out. Concealed downlighting near stair rails adds comforting light to dark stairwells and much-needed illumination on outdoor steps. Artfully-placed downlighting is perfect for the entryway or foyer and can act as a subtle security feature on exterior and garden walls.

Downlights are the interior designer’s secret for dramatic effect in the garden. Sometimes hidden in trees, downlights can add an ethereal glow to bushes and other landscaping features, making the garden feel magical after sunset. Downlighting on water is especially lovely, and downlit waterfalls, ponds and pools take on an eye-catching brilliance that adds depth and drama.

Downlighting can also be very affordable. Many LED and low-voltage downlight fixtures are low-cost options that meet homeowners’ needs without breaking the bank. Available in a wide range of designs, downlighting can be simple and subtle, bold and dramatic, or delicate and whimsical. Affordable, functional and endlessly versatile, downlighting is the decorator’s secret for high drama at low cost.

Home and Garden – A Magical Place

Do you have a special tree in your backyard? One that is big enough to sit under? Perhaps big enough to sit under with several of your friends? We have a Chinese elm on our property that we have taken care of over the years. This particular type of tree is notorious for limbs breaking off over the winter and, for city dwellers, is considered a nuisance tree because of the falling branches, seeds and invasive roots. But for those of us that live in the country, the peculiarities of this particular species are easily overlooked. Especially now that we have cleaned up the branches and all the surrounding area and made it into a favorite party spot – not only our favorite but the favorite of our friends and family as well! Depending on where you live, it might be an oak, maple, sycamore or a hundred other varieties. There is nothing quite like a tree to add privacy, value and comfort to your home garden or patio.

After treating our sacred Chinese Elm with the dignity it deserves (the clean-up), each year we string rope lights throughout its canopy. We like to think that the particular way in which we string them up is reminiscent of the Greek ferries that make their way throughout the Greek Isles, that trip being one of our favorites! Our guests are mesmerized by the effect as well. The lighting is just right. Not too bright but just bright enough that everyone can see each other and easily navigate around the site. There is a string of lights over the buffet table, another extending over the bar and strategically placed lights over the tables. Add a campfire to this scene and it’s just about perfect. Plenty of light and warmth plus just enough smoke to keep the mosquitoes away. In this setting, no one is in a hurry to run off because it’s “too dark” or there are “too many bugs.”

Because we live in the country, you might be thinking that the campfire is easy for us to do but that you can’t do that because you live in town or in the suburbs. Not so! A self-contained fire ring or fire pit, either of the wood variety or powered by gas, will allow you to achieve the same effect. One of these units will allow you to safely and easily integrate fire into your backyard patio or garden experience. We have had people of all ages sit around our campfire. It’s amazing how the conversation changes. Old, childhood memories of past camping experiences come flooding back, people wax philosophical about life in general and children are always fascinated by a fire. Sitting by a fire and staring into it just has a way of making us all more reflective and relaxed. It’s kind of like looking back into the origins of the universe… See what I mean?!

Now, to really put the finishing touches on your magical garden or patio experience, add the sound of falling water. Bringing the symphony of water into your space rounds out the experience of being surrounded by Nature. A fountain allows you the sensation of a river or waterfall without leaving your backyard. Sitting next to a fire with the sound of water gently falling in the background soothes the soul and transports one to that feeling of inter-connectedness that we can miss as we work to meet our busy schedules and take care of all the demands of our modern society. A fountain can be a simple, table top affair or it can be a centerpiece of your garden. Combining all of these elements into your backyard garden under your favorite tree(s) makes for a truly “magical” experience!

Using LEDs for Your Home and Garden

LED lights can be used for a wide variety of applications around your home and your garden. The save energy and space, so here are a few ways to incorporate these handy little lights in your home, garage, kitchen and yard:

Driveway Lights

Is your driveway always dark when you come home at night? When you drive up, having decent lighting is crucial to your safety. Use LED lighting products to line your driveway. They are especially handy when you have little space and few electrical outlets available in the area. You even have the option to use solar powered, motion detection or battery powered lighting for this application.

Security Lighting

Not just your driveway and garage, but just about anywhere around your home that is accessible to outsiders, are great areas to consider adding lighting for security purposes. Adding more lighting around your home is proven to deter crime. Think about it, if you are a burglar, you want to choose the easiest place to rob. If your home is well lit, even when you aren’t home, the chances of someone seeing a trespasser around your home is much higher if it is well lit. Criminals want to target homes that are dark and won’t draw attention to themselves when they are lurking around the place.

Pathways

Every pathway around your home, especially the ones that are well traveled like the path from your garage to your front door, can be dangerous to navigate in the dark. You can easily install LED path lighting that only requires the power of the sun to be lit. Solar powered lighting is especially advantageous when the area is not commonly used, but you still want to add some lighting.

Gardens

Your garden can benefit from lighting in its pathways as well. Not just for navigation purposes, but also for aesthetic reasons. You can show off your beautiful flowers or that massive watermelon you have growing. Solar powered lights are especially effective for this area, since they should get a good amount of sun during the day and last quite a while during the night.

Garages

Your garage can be a dangerous place. Make it safer by lighting it up. Even if you don’t have many electrical outlets in your garage, you can still use LED lights that are battery powered. Use them for all the little crevices where you are storing your items to light up and see what you are looking at.

Closets

Your closets are the #1 place to consider using LED lighting in your home. Closets in most homes rarely come equipped with any lighting. Your hall closet, bathroom closet or room closet can be dark with no lighting and that may make it difficult to find what you need. Use battery powered LED lights to light up those closets.