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Factors to Consider in Your Retail Interior Design

Do you feel your retail interior design isnt what it could be? Maybe its too drab or too cluttered. Perhaps the style doesnt suit your stores image. Its amazing how much difference a makeover of your retail stores interior design will make in the amount of customers youll attract and the increase in sales youll experience. Heres what you need to consider.

When it comes to interior design, there are two things you always need to consider: style and functionality. (If youre a small business owner you may also have affordability to consider.) It sometimes happens that style and functionality are at loggerheads with one another. What you think would be the most visually and aesthetically pleasing option for your retail interior design may also be impractical and dysfunctional. However, its not improbable for you to find a highly satisfactory compromise between the two.

The flipside to this is that style may draw in more customers.Think of all the examples of interior design in Melbourne where this is likely applicable: seeing a sleek skincare shop with Victorian era graphic design or a restaurant with a unique, contemporary ambiance created by its music, lighting, and furniture doesnt necessarily tell you the quality of the products or services offered. However, it does lend the credibility that they are on top of their game and will offer you the best the industry can possibly offer. Otherwise how would they have known the rhyme and reason of such visual nuances?

Humans have unconscious responses to the play of colors and lighting, and lack thereof. Depending on what you are selling and what kind of impression you want to make on your audience, the right choices can illuminate your business. Think of all the furniture stores youve been to that have an all-white interior design. Why do you think furniture business owners choose to do this?

Logic and proper flow in your retail interior design makes decisions for your customers easier and will increase your sales. For example, a famous home interior design store gives you a tour of their products for sale categorized by room. The store shows you the larger items and how they could be set up in one section, and shows you their smaller household goods in another (also showed according to the room theyd be used in). If this store placed their plates and cutlery right next to their laundry baskets, do you think their sales of either of those products, and perhaps their sales overall, would be as high?

Nothing reaffirms confidence in your customers like consistency in style and appearance. If your retail interior design matches or complements your business cards, which in turn match your shopping bags, your website, your staffs clothing, and your advertisement, the impression this is likely to leave on your loyal clientele as well as the public at large is that your business is one that has its act together, is confident enough to project its brand identity, and knows where it fits in the lives of its consumers. Uniformity bespeaks seriousness, professionalism, and expertise.

Retail interior design is no longer a luxury only to be considered by high-end establishments. Today people want to feel like theyre in somewhere special buying something unique to indulge themselves. Its true even for the most basic products. The proper interior design for your business will set your customers in the right mood for shopping.

Looking For Landscaping Ideas Online

If you’re wanting to create your dream yard but you don’t have a clue where to start, try searching online. You can find online design software programs for landscape design ideas that permit you to log on, mess with with different ideas and truly make the property you yearn for.

The benefit of internet design is that you are able to produce plans for your landscape from any computer, save it, and then come back to it at a later date if you are cut short. It has all the tools you require for whatever you want to do with your backyard. Whether you are looking to add a flower bed, some shrubbery, a few trees or you want to install a garden pond in your yard, internet landscape planning can give you everything you need for success.

An internet search will reveal various sites that offer this service. It might be a good move to search for a few free ones to start with. Be careful of those that you have to pay for. Confirm that the quality is good, make sure it gives you the flexibility you need and ensure you aren’t being ripped off by con artists who may construct phony websites solely to entice trusting would-be gardeners. If the website looks good and you have done your research, you should be able to locate a website that can give you the landscaping ideas you want to plan your dream landscape.

Internet landscape planning is simple and fun. Drag and drop a flower garden here, a hedge there, or cancel whatever you’ve just done and start afresh. These are only a few of the ways you are able to plan landscaping ideas on such sites. They are enormously cool to play with and most of them will provide you the freedom to do anything you desire. Subsequently, when you’re done you will be able to print off a schematic of your ideas which means you have a drawing to follow as you craft your dream property.

Planning your landscape on a website is only a part of what is necessary to build your concept. You also will need to be prepared to work hard to put your ideas in place. If you don’t understand the first thing about landscaping, you might need to hire a business to accomplish it on your behalf. Then again, if you want to be able to declare that you developed the picture perfect property from planning to implementation, get to work with the diagram you printed and in no time at all you will be enjoying the backyard you have always wanted.

And to think it all started with a handful of landscaping ideas on a computer display that you designed online.

Hunter Valley Gardening – Roses

Winter is over and Spring is in the air. The sights, scents and sounds are all around with the garden coming back to life. Trees are coming into leaf, the blossoms are out and the roses are budding up ready to commence their 9-month flowering spree.
The rose is one of the most widely grown of all plants and dates back to ancient times, there are even fossil evidence discovered in Colorado dating back 35 million years.
The domestic rose most likely originated in Asia around 5 thousand years ago and has made its mark throughout history as symbols of love, beauty, war and politics. In ancient Egypt the rose was considered the most sacred of all flowers and was used as offerings to Gods as well as being used as wreaths in tombs. In 1492 a crew member on Columbuss ship picked a rose branch out of the ocean which was a sign of the presence of land and the next day Columbus discovered America, while in England in during the 15th century the rose was used as a symbol for factional fighting. Known as the War of the Roses- the white rose symbolised York and the red rose symbolised Lancaster. In the 17th century roses were in such demand that royalty considered roses and rose water as legal tender and Shakespeare refers to roses over 50 times in his works.
In modern times the rose continues to make its mark with the Netherlands being the world leader in the export of roses with over 19,000 acres under rose cultivation while Zambia being a small nation has 80 per cent of its cultivated land dedicated to the production of roses. The rose is also the national floral emblem of the US and was signed in by law in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan.

So what does all this mean? Not much really except that the rose has stood the test of time, not only due to its beauty and elegance but also because it is one of the toughest plants around. Full sun, a little fertiliser and some water and the modern rose will reward the even the most novice of gardeners. The biggest problem people face these days is which rose to grow. Roses come in all shapes, sizes and colours (except blue!) and the range can be a bit confusing – Bush, Climbers, Standards, Ramblers, Pillars, Hybrid Teas, Floribundas and landscape are few types but all will do well in our climate.
If you have never tried to grow roses before and not sure what to grow, here is a list of the top 10 we grow at Hunter Valley Gardens. All these varieties are tough, disease resistant and very free flowering and will reward with months of colour.

Apricot Nectar – A floribunda rose with large, very fragrant apricot blooms with pink tints. A compact bush with strong stems. An excellent cut flower.

Chameleon – A floribunda miniature rose with flowers that change colour as they mature on the plant. Starting at a mid yellow with the outer petals changing to pink while the centre changes to white.

Double Delight – A large flowering hybrid tea rose. A very fragrant rose with high centred double flowers. Creamy white with red streaks around the edges of the petals.

Fiona’s Wish – A vigorous hybrid tea. Large vivid pink petals flushed with a white underside. A full classic rose with fragrance. Bush. Excellent for cut flowers.

Iceberg – The best rose available. A white flowering cluster floribunda with slightly scented flowers. A very free flowering rose that will show colour all year round.

Just Joey – A large flowering hybrid tea. Full petalled flower in tones of fawn, copper and buff. Very fragrant in warmer climates with extremely large flowers that fold out.

Peace – A vigorous large flowered hybrid tea. Very large flowers are a bright yellow flushed with pinkish-red at the edges and are lightly scented.

Pierre De Ronsard – A pillar/climbing rose with very full double cupped blooms with a slight fragrance. Flowers are centred with mid pink and fade to white on the outer petals.

Seduction – An open flowered floribunda rose. Buds start at mid pink and fade to a white. Flowers open completely to expose stamens. A delicate, elegant flower.

Simply Magic – A spreading floribunda rose. Very heavy flowering variety with carmine-pink clusters of open petal flowers. A low and spreading variety with a very long flowering period.

For those who enjoy their roses or want to try something new, there are some exceptional new releases available for 2008 that are sure to inspire.

Tequila La Savillana A floribunda with bright yellow-orange flowers blending to pink. Loose medium flowers that offer a continuous display.

Blooming Miracle Highly perfumed repeat flowerer with apricot, cream blooms. Very hardy.

Fire & Ice A hybrid tea with a white petalled flower with cherry red tips. Excellent disease tolerance and dark glossy green foliage.

My Hero A Classic shiny pink flower that will not fade and is self-cleaning. Massive flowers borne above dark glossy foliage.

Love-In A psychedelic rose with swirling lemon, pink flower that ages to a rose colour. Voted the most disease resistant rose at the 2006 rose trials.

Make sure you visit your local garden centre to see all the latest releases and enjoy the spring weather and Happy Gardening.

Using Interior Design Concepts, Decorative Paper Towel Holders And Other Accessories To Breathe New

Have you ever thought about doing some changes in the way your bathroom looks and feels? Whether its adding modern artworks such as decorative paper towel holders or wrought iron wall mirrors, designing your bathroom interiors can actually be a fun experience. You can follow a few tips to help you with your revamping project.
Widening Small Bathrooms and Tight Spaces
If space is scarce in your bathroom, then you can trace some steps to help make it look wider and more spacious. Using light-colored tiles and paint can help create the illusion of expansion in your bathroom. Having a window by the ceiling where natural light could pass through coupled with a wall mirror would render this endeavor more effective. When plenty of light are allowed to enter a room and the mirror is large enough to reflect a big part of a room, the result is artificial optical-widening. Doing this will help ease the stress generated from tight spaces as well as remove the claustrophobic feel that very limited spaces can give off.
Accessorizing your Bathroom
There are many types of accessories that you can purchase for your bathroom. They are not only beautiful and trendy, but they are also very functional, such as a bath mat with a rubber support which can help prevent you from getting accidents from slippery, wet floors. Other kinds of accessories would be soap and shampoo racks which come in different designs and sizes. Some, you can hang, while there are also the kinds that you can fasten on your walls and fit in shower corners well. You can opt to have a shower sliding glass installed, or if the budget forbids doing so you can settle with a shower curtain. The beauty of having a shower curtain is that it comes in various designs that can match different motifs, especially if youre the type of person who likes matching the theme of their bathrooms with the four seasons or are occasionally shifting bathroom motifs. Making use of decorative paper towel holders will also add a distinctive flavor into the over-all appeal of your bathroom. You can choose from several kinds such as marble, iron and wood.
Bathroom Interior Decoration
If you plan to do a total bathroom interior decoration make-over, then it would be wise to incorporate both widening techniques and adding accessories to achieve the perfect ambience that you would want your bathroom to have. Just make sure that each element will work well with the other and will not seem out of place. For instance, you can contrast light-colored walls and tiles with plain black wrought iron decorative paper towel holders and wall mirrors with modern, abstract metal frames. You can also accent the floorings with earth-colored rubber mats or create a focal point on the wall with an iron bathroom accessories rack or a wall vase with floral arrangements hung right above the toilet. For a relaxing, spa-like feel, the presence of candles and potpourris at the corners of the bathroom are going to be very effective.
By merging these two concepts of interior designing, you can make your bathroom look more attractive than it ever was.

What Are Xeriscape And Hydroponic Gardening

Xeriscape (pronounced “zera-scape”) gardening is a water efficient method of gardening. While the term Xeriscape gardening can sound intimidating to some, it is actually a simple method of gardening that can be used for many different types of gardening. Rather than replacing the way you currently do your gardening, think of Xeriscape gardening as an additional technique that will make your water usage more “green” by using less to grow more.

Using the principles of Xeriscape gardening will allow you to plant and maintain your annuals, perennials, vegetables and trees in the most water-wise manner possible. Now, you will not have to use as much water for the same numbers of plants that you would like to grow in you garden or lawn area.

With as much as 25% of our water supply being used to maintain lawns and gardens, it is becoming increasingly important to learn to plant wisely, taking into account the type of soil you have, the sun exposure needs of your plants and the water needs of your plants.

There is no need to simply go without a plant that uses water heavily however, planting heavy water users all together will help save water and will also make the low water users in your garden happier. This method is one of the key elements to Xeriscape gardening.

You should also become familiar with the hydroponic method of gardening, which uses no soil.

With hydroponic gardening, nutrients are introduced directly to the root systems of the plants without having to be fed through the soil. This allows the plants to put less growth energy into the root system and more energy into producing foliage and fruit. Foliage plants will be bigger and fuller, and vegetable plants will produce more and larger vegetables.

Hydroponic gardens do not require large amounts of land or yard space. A balcony, deck or even an inside room can be used to grow large amounts of foliage and vegetable plants.

While the cost of setting up a hydroponic garden may be higher than planting a traditional garden, the results will more than make up for the initial investment.

Landscaping Tips-why Lining Up Palm Trees So Close Limits Your Landscaping Options

The tropically faint of heart may want to defer to another article, or adversely, read with an open mind. For they are about to experience a visual and educational awakening when it comes to proper placement of palm trees within a yard. Here are some tips on properly spacing the planting of palm trees within your own yard.

Now, I have nothing against palm trees. In the home we own, we just happen to be struggling with the decision a previous owner made to plant 7 towering Queen Palms in a small backyard space. Were in not for the fact that we peer out our first floor windows at nothing but tree trunks, rather than beautiful tree foliage, I would not be writing this article.

However, it is not just our struggle from which these tips come about, but the hundreds if not thousands of current and future palm tree purchasers and planters who will fail to understand the growth habits and space needs of some of the larger varieties. Or, a similar hundreds if not more thousands who know the growth habits, but insist that lining up palm tress like dominoes along each side of their driveway is a good thing.

Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding to plant palm trees in your landscape scheme, some for aesthetic reasons, and others for prevention purposes:

Never plant too close to the house: It would seem common sense, but you cannot imagine how many homeowners I have encountered that are paying the physical price for planting a younger palm that eventually grew in to a tropical monster and is now devouring the roof edges and damaging the house. Know the growth rate and mature size of the palm you consider purchasing. We had to have two in the front of our house removed for that very reason, as did our next door neighbor. Both previous owners must have had tropical fever back then.

Try not to go overboard: In the same way we find lovers of certain colors going to extremes in both the garden or within the home, it is not uncommon to find some palm tree lovers trying to justify why they should be able to place one anywhere they can find a space. Wrong! Unless you are planting a palm tree grove for resale purposes, too much of any one thing is just that, too much.

Mix it Up: Okay, so you still want to plant palms in your landscape scheme. Very well, let us look at a way of complimenting those palms rather than making them the ruling greenery of the yard. Using the famous rule of 3s, try planting 3 palms if it is in the budget; and, rather than planting in an evenly spaced cluster, position them for a visually pleasing arrangement that will enable you to compliment the surrounding plantable ground nearby with tropical and perhaps Mediterranean style foliage. Adding color to the mix is what will bring everything to vivid life. Visit a local knowledgeable nursery for varieties of annuals and perennials with similar and complimentary foliage and colors that will share the landscaping with those palms.

These were just a few key things to keep in mind when selecting palm trees for your landscaping that will prevent tropical sorrow down the road years from now.

Happy landscaping!

Traditional Mexican Interior Design Ideas

When it comes to using interior design from around the world, it happens to be something that is quite popular today. You often see people use interior designs from around the world for many reasons. They might simply like the way the designs look, and they also might like the traditional ideas that such cultures are associated with. Either way, traditional designs like Mexican interior design is something that is becoming more and more popular.

Elements of Design

There are many different elements that incorporate the Mexican interior design as a whole. First of all, the use of bright and strong colors is something that a lot of people really like about the Mexican interior design because each of the designs will focus on these colors. Because they are warm colors, like reds and oranges, many times doing a Mexican theme in your home is going to allow you to capture that feeling. This is why a lot of people choose to use Mexican interior design, because they can enjoy the warm and homey feeling that goes along with the colors and the designs in Mexican interior design.

Another thing that Mexican interior design really speaks strongly of is tradition, and this is another reason that a lot of people are turning towards Mexican design. They really enjoy the ideas of tradition that go along with the Mexican interior design, whether it is the religious aspects, or simply the strong family and community ties that go along with the Mexican interior design.

Find Good Help

No matter why you are interested in a Mexican theme for your home, you should find someone who really understands it that can help you. Otherwise, you run the risk of doing something that doesn’t look near as nice as the traditional design. There are people who have spent a lot of time learning how to do Mexican interior design and they can help you create just the look you are going for. When you are looking for someone to do your interior design it is always a good idea to get someone that has ties to that culture, because in Mexican interior design there are many places where certain things mean something, and you are going to want to make sure that if you use these things in your home you understand what they mean and whether you are using them right.

The Quiet Integrity Of Japanese Interior Design

The key point of all Japanese Interior Design is natural serenity, unostentatious refinement or, wabi, as the Japanese call it. While bright, bold colors are still used everywhere in Japan, they are done with restraint and they are used to express a profound awareness or concept of ying and yang. Colors, as well as other elements that are opposites, must work together in harmony. The balancing of light and space is the beginning element for all Japanese Interior Design.

Light is diffused and living and sleeping areas are flexible and usually have moveable screens. Some sleeping areas are futons put on the floor at night, then packed up during the day and stored for more living space. This might seem very strange for westerners, but it is the Japanese way of life. Japanese Interior Design is a simple form of design if you understand the underlying principles. Ignoring these principles will make Japanese Interior Design very difficult for the average Interior Designer.

The Japanese Home

The Japanese home is a private sanctuary hidden away from the chaos and hectic challenges of the world outside. The traditional dwellings are made from natural, organic materials, such as clay, straw, paper, woods (both hardwoods and bamboo) and stone. Japanese Interior Design also makes use of water, natural light and greenery. Again, the use of the ying and the yang are seen as the inside dweller is bringing the outside in to live in harmony. This timeless design is still a fascination to most designers.

The Japanese room is known for its clean lines and uncluttered look. There is furniture in a Japanese room, however, not very many pieces. The colors of Japanese Interior Design are usually quite subdued, showing preference for colors that are soft and quietly restrained. These colors are drawn from neutral palettes, incorporating grays, beiges, browns and off-whites. The majority of Japanese color schemes are monochromatic and lend themselves to dark hardwoods, polished concrete, bamboo or stones and pebbles.

The sliding doors in Japanese Interior Design are known as shoji screens, fusuma doors and ranma transoms. Another standard in Japanese homes are their floors. These innovative floors are a tatami mat flooring system. The tokonoma alcove is another element of the Japanese Interior Design home. This alcove is a spot for family treasures and artwork or seasonal decorations. You might find a bonsai, hanging scroll or ikebana displayed in the tokonoma alcove. This alcove serves as a similar role to a mantle over a fireplace in a Western home. If you are interested in reading an interesting interior design book, than a book on Japanese Interior Design is the book you should read as the Japanese are indeed a fascinating culture to study.

Hiring Experts for Commercial Landscaping

Do you want to bring your official building into limelight? If so, then you need to pay special attention on area that surrounds the building. You can consider having eco-friendly surrounding for which you need to think about landscaping. Now-a-days, many organizations, big or small prefer to have beautiful lawn in their official premises. The idea of landscaping has become a popular way to impress the employees as well as prospective business clients.

In order to create an attractive lawn in the commercial location, it is good to hire landscaping services from licensed professionals. The skilled landscape contractors will help you to measure the spacious area in-and-around the official building and will offer you the best designing ideas. Moreover, you can share your own landscaping ideas as well as your budget that you can allocate for the construction of lawn. There are some landscape professionals who are able to implement your ideas into reality and can offer you the best landscaping designs in least possible time.

A major benefit of seeking assistance from landscape experts is that they have adequate knowledge about the type of plant species that need to be grown in the lawn. They also suggest those shrubs, flowering plants and grasses which can withstand change in climatic condition all the year round.

Besides getting landscaping ideas, some companies are known to offer commercial services including fertilization programs, aeration seeding soil, lake care, plant maintenance, weeding mulch and soil installation, shrubbery and tree trimming, lawn mowing and edging at regular interval of time.

One possible way to find experienced landscape professionals is by searching some authentic websites of landscaping companies. By undergoing in-depth research over the Internet, you might find some companies which deals with providing commercial landscaping services. You can compare the landscaping services and can make best choice.

If you are in Orlando and are looking for commercial lawn care services in Orlando, then look for those companies which can provide you the best landscaping services at unbeatable prices. You can consider taking services from those landscape contractors which are able to provide you with landscape installation services. In addition, you can ask the professionals if they can provide landscaping services as per your scheduled timings.

A clean and green environment creates an everlasting impression. So, make a decision to hire landscape professionals who can offer you the best commercial landscaping at affordable rates. For sure, your official building will receive great attention from your business clients as well as from the passerby.

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Where Are the Best Interior Design Schools

Any serious student who wants to pursue a career in interior design has the same question — where are the best interior design schools? In the past, you were only limited to attend schools by physical location. However, some of the best schools these days exist on the Internet.

In this article, I will give your guide on how to find the best Interior design schools both online and offline.

The fact of the matter is, even if you want to attend school physically, you can start your search online. Here, you can get an idea of all the different types of programs that are available to you, and which cities and states are offering these different programs.

Depending upon what you wish to get out of your interior design education, you’re choices will vary as to what the best interior design school for you is. However, there are variety of different programs and courses out there that are available to you, to help you determine which schools to consider.

For example, if you are going for it certification program, then the best schools are probably going to be those in your local area. This is because a certification program is not meant to be used more than to help you with common design aspects, so you do not need the latest technology and the highest level of expertise from your professors.

However, if you’re going for a bachelors of science degree, then you should be a bit more picky as to the school you decide upon.

New York City offers some of the best interior design schools in the United States. In fact, just going to New York City and studying the interior design of the different buildings is an education in itself. The Big Apple is a great place to explore, and look at the different schools that are available. It definitely has a reputation of having some of the top design schools around.

Then there’s the other side of the coast — California. There are three different cities in California that offer excellent opportunities for interior design schools. These cities are Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Ana. Los Angeles has more of a focus on fashion design as it relates to interior design, whereas San Diego and Santa Ana have schools specifically created for interior design, and focus on those needs.