Decorating Backyard for Fantastic Home design


Have narrow backyard? Make it as little garden, so you have a lot of advantage, and make your home comfortable. The first advantage is make sure that light enter your house easily, second, air circulation will better. Back and front aperture will guarantee cross ventilation happen.

Garden in the backyard also can become running away area, moment to escape from day to day work. Garden backyard makes our privacy increasing, not like front garden. You can unify backyard garden with kitchen, so id there is a party, guest can take food I the kitchen, then walk to garden to enjoy both of garden and food.

For example, below is picture of backyard garden:



That garden above, garden backyard decorate with small pool made from natural stones. The pool not too deep, and decorating with water spraying. And there is path, seem like float on pool. Pool positioned higher than land surface. Overflow water patches water canals that surrounding the pool.

Because there is space limitation, choose small plants. In this example garden, yellow clump plants (Neomarica Sp.) and Japanese grass. At corner of garden, Yang Liu plants planted. Yang Liu plants perfect for small garden because the physic feel light and waving. And finally, for pool resident, there is water plants.

Pink Saturday 10/30/2010

Welcome once again to Pink Saturday. Please visit with Beverly of How Sweet the Sound for more participants.

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And Happy Halloween, all your spookie chicks! I made this a couple of years ago and it still sits on my front porch all year round. I just wiped it down and added the sign for this weekend. I told you I don't "do orange" so this is my contribution to the autumn season.

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It's been a rough week for me. I'm always smiling and a truly upbeat person, but when I laid this body down on my masseuse's table on Wednesday I just lost it. I'm glad I was face down because the tears started falling the second Maria put her hands on my body. She's a very, very caring person, and I'm just glad she couldn't see the tears flowing. Just her touch relieved a lot of stress in this old body. And trust me, this has been very stressful trying to get relief from the fall I took.

Anyway, I thought I'd just ramble a bit today. The earth is taking making its autumnal glory for the year and that perhaps is one of the things that can depress the human spirit, realizing I'm in the autumnal period of my life.

Our last 2 tomatoes from the garden and the last gardenias from the plant. You can't believe how fragrant these smell. Beautiful.


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Random Thoughts:

I read recently where the schools are providing DINNERS for school children! My parents would have been appalled at this. Where in the world are their parents? We're paying for this with our tax dollars. I find this appalling that anyone even thought of this. Parents are stewards of their children, not anyone else. I fed my kids when they were home. I never let them starve. Just boggles my mind.
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Did you know that P&G uses supercomputers to make sure that Pringles go into cans without breaking? I just love high tech stuff!
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Why do models stand with hands on their hips in those photos of them attending events? Do they realize how stupid they look? Standard pose: Hand on hip, looking over their shoulder, one leg crossed over the other. As I said, stupid looking!
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AND some of them have such huge breast proportions that I'm wondering if the world is facing a serious silicone shortage!
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I love all the pictures I see of the English, Italian and French countryside but it's always perplexed me why they build them on hills or steep windy roads. Sheesh, there seems to be flat land around them. Why make it hard to build and to go to and from the grocers? Weird. Beautiful, but still weird.
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My friend and I usually announce the end of our phone calls by asking each other if we've solved all the world's problems lately. We generally answer each other with this statement: No, but we haven't created any world problems lately either! Gives ME hope. ;-)

Until next time, my sweet chicks.
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Lots of new-to-us furniture to show you at Jubilee Furniture this week!

How wonderful to have you stop by! This is my third (gasp -wow!) post this week (if you didn't see John and Deanna's beautiful new-to-old china cabinet or read about Outreach's newest website Hearts of Grace found at http://www.heartsofgrace.org/ - then fill up your coffee cup and scroll down and investigate!) and since I have over 40 photos (another gasp and loud cheers) to show you, I think we need to get right to it!

But first I want to introduce you to five volunteers who regularly serve at the store - and many of you have already met - but whom I haven't showcased on the blog before (though have mentioned by name).

Over the last year or so I have three volunteers who help every Friday starting at 1 when we open (remember our store hours are Fridays 1 to 8 and Saturdays 9 to 4) and stay for about three or four hours. Seriously, unless they're out of town or have a major conflict, they're there every Friday. Unbelievable and for that I'm extremely grateful. My Friday team consist of:


(from left to right) Barb, Ward and Joan (insert a round of applause here)!

With the exception of the second Saturday of the month - you'll find this husband/wife team in the store from when we open until we close. Yes, you read that correctly - every Saturday each month, except one, from 9 until 4 (seven hours). You'll find Mitch back in the shop area working on whatever furniture needs repairing while Nancy will either be helping customers or moving furniture (that woman knows how to use a dolly and isn't afraid to do so!) or cleaning or emptying boxes of knick-knacks and pricing and putting them out or...get the picture? When I'm thinking through if I have enough volunteers on a given weekend and remember Nancy - my thought is this: "Oh yeah, Nancy is on for this weekend. She's like three volunteers in one!"


Here are Nancy and Mitch (second round of applause and some whistling for good measure)!

You often hear me say/write this and it's true - Jubilee Furniture would not exist without three key groups of people: my donors, my customers and my volunteers (insert crowd going absolutely wild - maybe some confetti raining down - you know the whole nine yards!). Thank you.

Ready to continue? Good so am I!


you might think this is a photo of a vacation shot taken at the New York Public Library - but it's not! - rather it's a glimpse of the shelves and shelves of books that we recently received for donation. We sell hard covers for $1 and paperbacks for 50 cents


this is a beautiful - but a little unusual piece - I would call it a lighted curio cabinet, glass across the front, mirrored back (see me waving at you in the mirror? what a geek I am!) with five glass shelves (four of 'em adjustable) and you access the things in the interior through doors on either side - know what I mean? - priced $235


it's interesting (at least to me) how each week there is a furniture "theme" that sometimes surfaces and that might be because the same donor - who would have a specific style and taste donates a lot of furniture - though it's often random. This week's theme would be glass and metal pieces - all of them gorgeous - all of them in excellent condition. Here are the first round of pieces. There are two end tables - and I tried to take a photo looking down through the glass top to show you the design of the metal - and are priced $145 each. The coffee table is $195 and since they're so beautiful and part of me would love to keep the set together (though might not be possible, I know) have a buy-em-all-and-save price of $425 (saves you $60). I would have guessed the doubled beveled edge to the glass is called just that - double beveled - but in a quick google search the edge is actually called ogee edge (you think that's because you would look at it and exclaim, "Oh gee - how pretty!"?). Oh, and the lamps in the photo are priced $35 each and there are two of them



here are some pretty Drexel retro pieces: the ONE piece china cabinet (a lot of china cabinets are two pieces which make them a little easier to move - this happens to be a one piece - fyi) is priced $125 and the matching buffet is $85

here are the next glass and iron pieces that I wanted to show you. There's the table which has a greenish marble (I think marble) center that supports the glass top and four chairs and the whole set is priced $325. The set is both gorgeous and heavy!


I love this green floral Smithe chair which is priced $60


our third glass and metal - this time brass - piece is this beautiful sofa or hall table and is priced $135


these amazing leather pieces are handcrafted by Hancock and Moore and are a dream to sit on! The chair is priced $225 and the sofa $325


these pieces are also nice though showing much more wear and I'm not sure they're real leather - so priced accordingly - sofa $85 and matching love seat $95 (love seat is in much better condition than the sofa)


another theme this week could be "beige" since here's our third set of tannish/cream/neutral furniture - these fabric Crate and Barrel pieces have great "bones" though both need to be cleaned - the sofa is priced $75 and the over sized chair and ottoman is $85 (and again in better condition than the sofa)


extremely pretty two piece china cabinet for $115

I first looked at this gorgeous sofa in one part of the store and thought it was green - then it was moved to another part of the store it looked gray - so I'm not sure what color it is! - but it's in excellent condition, has nice firm seat cushions and is priced $245


nice sofa for $85 and matching love seat for $65


here's our fourth and final glass and iron piece and I would call it a plant stand (a little high for an end table - but could be used as one) and is priced $45


beautiful - if a bit dated pattern - on this Marshall Field's sofa for $125


excellent condition wing back chair for $85 (and it looks really nice with the Marshall Field's sofa though they were not donated together)


really nice plaid Flexsteel couch for $95


this photo does not do credit to this beautiful drop leaf table with four chairs priced $155


this mint-condition counter height table and chairs are great - the only problem? - there are only two chairs (donor kept the other two) so is priced only $125 for the set

coffee table $25


eight drawer dresser with mirror for $50


retro nine drawer dresser with mirror for $45 (some damage to the top of the drawer)



I love, love, love this vintage bedroom set which includes: one nightstand for $45; dresser with two mirrors for $65; and armoire for $95. Look at the detail! Sigh. Love.




here's another nice set this time an armoire for $95; night stands $30 each

ANOTHER nice dresser with a mirrored hutch for $85

You still with me? Seriously, you deserve some kind of prize if you are!

I'm truly grateful to you, dear reader, for faithfully stopping by each week. Thank you. I hope you have a frightfully good weekend (Happy Halloween!)!

Remember to email me (sgalbraith@outreachcommin.org) your photos of how amazing your Jubilee Furniture furniture looks in your home and stop by again on Tuesday for my customer inspiration post!

Blessings and peace!
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