Landscaping Rear Yard – Here’s A Simple Designing System

The process of landscaping a rear yard starts with the observation of the rear yard or the backyard. You can take notes of the existing features in your backyard on a small notepad that can influence the landscaping design.

There are many factors that will alter the design sketch such as presence of a big tree in the backyard. Also take not of external influential factors such a sunlight, shadows of the house building falling on the ground and their direction, wind directions and wind speeds, etc You do not have to be very scientific about this but these things are important.

After this is done you can note down your requirements in your rear garden This list may include a lawn surface, rock garden, swimming pool, play area for kids, outdoor patio, fishpond, etc. You can even ask your family members their own requirements about this. Even as your kids about it, because sometimes kids come up with great and unique ideas.

Now you have with you the facts about your rear yard and your requirements. The next thing is put a sketch plan on paper that will fit most of your requirements easily. You might have to compromise here some of the requirements. For example if the swimming pool is too big for your rear yard try replacing it with just a small fishpond with a fountain in it. Also while designing the landscaping garden keep an eye on the budget side of garden.

In this way you can go on creating many alternatives for rear yard landscaping design. Show this design to your family members, friends and see what they think about it. After this comes the stage of hiring a landscaping contractor or if you have the skills start executing the garden on your own.

This is just a small review of the kind of process through which you can go. This system will save your money and time by cutting down many disadvantages of poor planning.

Copyright Shrinivas Vaidya



How To Get Desktop Wallpaper – FAQs

Have you always been fascinated by desktop wallpaper but have had questions about how to use them, whether they affect the functioning of your computer or even about what 3D wallpaper is? The fact is that these wallpapers are very easy to install on your computer screen and can be a source of joy and inspiration while you are working on the computer.

What is desktop wallpaper? When you start up your computer and it loads up, the initial screen that you see in the background on which all your program or document shortcuts are placed. In most cases the wallpaper is a single color. However, you can replace this with another image either by downloading one from the internet or using one from your own collection. These images in the background do not decrease the speed or performance of your computer.

How does having a desktop wallpaper help? Is it really needed? While having decorative wallpaper is not necessary or compulsory, it is a choice that many people exercise to add a personal touch to their computer. This is done either through selecting a picture or image that means something to them or even having a quote that is a reminder or an inspiration of one’s philosophy or goals. Many look at it as a style statement.

Can I make my own designs for desktop wallpaper? This is a common question asked by users who do not know how to save an image as their wallpaper. Once you learn the simple process you can use your own photographs of your pet, children or even a favorite place and add it as the background to cheer you up when you are feeling down or low.

How do I add or change desktop wallpaper? The process of changing your wallpaper or background is so easy that once you learn how, you would probably change it at least once a week. All you have to do is select the image or photograph that you would like to use. This can be either free downloaded wallpaper from a website or a photograph from your collection. Once you make the selection, setting wallpaper is easy, right click the image and choose the option to set it as your background.

Once you learn the process and how easy it is, you can experiment with different screen resolutions, tiling or even 3D desktop wallpaper that offers lifelike designs or animations. You can find several websites that offer free downloads of unique designs, high quality images or even 3D animated wallpaper.



The Beauty of Large Wall Clocks

It seems like every time I walk into a really nice home I am sooner or later confronted by one of the hot new trends in interior design: large wall clocks. They are everywhere! And there’s a good reason why: they add a real magnificence to any home in which they appear. I am seriously becoming a big fan of this take on the typical smaller or medium-sized version. Go big, that’s what I say.

The first thing you need to consider if you want to emulate this design trend is if you even have the room to do it. You really only need one thing: a big empty space on a wall. That is all you will need. (And a little cash.) If you are very stylistically inclined then you might be able to kind of wedge a large wall clock in next to some other things on the wall such as photographs or paintings, or even light switches and TV’s. But most people will probably prefer to play it a bit safer and have some space on either side of the clock.

Most people agree that large wall clocks should be classified as being at least two feet wide. This alone is quite big, approximately a third the height of a human. But you may even want a larger one than this. If so, I applaud you. Just make sure you have the wall space and do your measurements before you make the purchase. A lot of us aren’t exactly intuitive when it comes to making visual approximations on measurements. (By the way, two feet equals about 0.60 meters.)

No one can really deny the magnificence of these items. They are a great way to really do something with a big wall. Rare is the person who can make an empty wall look good without doing anything to it. You really ought to make use of this space to show something off. Large wall clocks are a new and modern way to do this. Also, no one will ever forget what time it is! It sort of has the effect of diminishing the consciousness of time in a paradoxical way. It parodies time and our obsession with it. But beyond this it tells everyone who walks into your home that you do things in a big way and you are not afraid to take chances. This is an impression that I think most of us would like to make on our guests and visitors. (It also tells people you are a bit wealthy.)

So that is my little spiel about large wall clocks and how I have become a big fan of them. I suppose not everyone will echo my thoughts, but I just think they are great. The other side of things is that if you take this plunge you will probably want to (at least over time) re-emphasize everything else that is within vision of the clock. It would be a mistake to have your house be overshadowed by one single item.



How to Build Your Own Home – Lesson 3 – Your Plans – Draftsman/ Designer Vs Architect

1. The Draftsman/Designer

Draftsman/Designer’s have expertise with design of interiors, carpeting, furniture, paint, etc., in actuality; draftsmen follow the directions of an architect, engineer or designer to make (vs. create) the plans. They are not licensed, as an architect is, to stamp plans in order to receive city building permits – More on this later.

If you choose to hire a draftsman/designer, be sure to find one that has a good working knowledge of building. I knew a draftsman/designer that designed beautiful country homes but you could tell this designer was relatively new to the industry because some of her designs could not be built the way they were drawn. This is because designers often do not understand how the construction process works. This is a key difference between draftsman/designers and architects. Choose someone that has had experience creating drawings that have been successfully built from by homebuilders, and who comes highly recommended.

Another source for a qualified draftsman/designer is the American Institute of Building Design. You can locate member in your area by visiting their web site. If you see a home that you like, check with the owner to see if they know who designed it. If the home is fairly new, you could go to the building department and possibly see the plans on file, you can acquire the name of the designer from those plans.

2. The Architect

Architects have expertise in design but are especially helpful because of their knowledge of technology and structural aspects of how to put together a building. He or she has gone to school a long time and are licensed professionals who are qualified to offer clients a wide range of services. Working with an architect can give you someone to lean on from start to finish. He/she can help you with your site and landscape plans. He/she can help you select colors, furnishings, etc. as well. The architect can offer several other valuable services to help your construction plan go smoothly. For example, he/she can visit the site, monitoring and observing construction. The architect can be a valuable asset in reviewing contracts and helping you ultimately select a reputable contractor or subcontractor.

Another service the architect can provide is to walk through your plans with the city/county to expedite getting the necessary permits.

Keep in mind that an architect’s fees are going to be higher than those of a draftsman/designer, which makes sense considering all of the additional services and safeguards that you’ll get the benefit of. A good architect can charge anywhere from 7% to 10% of the final cost, or more. Fees may be negotiable, though. For example, I hire very qualified architects in the Atlanta area for less than a third of those figures, which, by the way, is a very cheap price to pay for someone that qualified to create your house, plans and see the job through to completion.

As always, when hiring someone, it is best to discuss the exact services that the architect will provide under the contract, so you know what services to expect for the fee you will be paying. Also, ask for references and examples of his/her work. Not all architects are wonderful artists. Perhaps their style does not mesh with our style, either. If you want an original work of art, a thing of beauty – just because you’ve gone to the expense of an architect does not mean you automatically will have hired an artist. I feel only one in three architects are true artist. For that reason, I have sometimes hired an artistic designer to design a home of beauty, and then I would hire an architect to do the working drawings.

Note: In many areas, you do not have to have an architectural stamp on a set of residential drawings. You could draw them yourself. I’ve seen some builders draw a sketch on a piece of scratch paper, hand it to the framing carpenter and say, “Make it look like the third house on the left!” Find out if you will need stamped drawings from your local government.

In many areas you could build a duplex [two unit building] or a triplex [three unit building] without an architectural stamp on the drawings. However, if you build four units or more, which in many areas is considered multi-family, or if you build commercial or industrial, you would be required to have an architectural stamp or a professional engineer’s stamp on the plans.

If you build anything unusual like a “foam home,” the only way you may be able to pass the local codes and inspections would be to have an architectural stamp or a professional engineer’s stamp on those unusual plans. Having a stamp is no guarantee, because the local government reviews everything and you don’t know what is going to pass.



Revealing The Top 5 UX Design Trends To Follow In 2017

Fads are meant to fade. Trends make entry to exit. Being concerned with the similar fashion, it becomes gruesome to follow the hierarchy of elements that binds a rudimentary design. Since 2017 is on the tip, and web design industry is also ready with the key changes and updates to roll out in the successive year. Here is the list aggregating the User Interface UI design trends that will make the developers think twice before using. Take a sneak peek.

  1. ODD COLORS AND BOLD TYPOGRAPHY

This year we all have used and seen the domination of super rich and bold color tones brightening up the user interfaces, the penchant of these vibrant hues has even confirmed its effortless presence in the leading year, thereby, opening the gateways for more bright interfaces, vivid color palettes, duotones and bold gradients in UIs.

Additionally, Typography is accentuating the tones and styles of the websites by giving the websites a personality. Prediction reveals 2017 will pick up handcrafted types in designs.

  1. MOBILE-FIRST DESIGN

Although mobile-first or responsive design is something which has been around for a few years, what we predict to see over the coming year is an even bigger uptake of responsive with the backing of progressive web apps and accelerated web pages.

Note: Progressive Web Apps describe a collection of technologies, design concepts, and Web APIs that work in tandem to provide an app-like experience on the mobile web.

  1. BESPOKE ILLUSTRATIONS

Forget the days when one had to research stock imagery, videos, and icons to convey a product functionality or service explanation. Today customers and users seek authenticity and immaculateness from the brands they use.

Infographics, vertical scrolling, icons, animated elements, and bespoke illustrations, creative visuals which are playful and friendly enough can add an element of fun while maintaining the authenticity.

  1. VIDEO WILL RULE

A moving image immediately grabs the users’ attention, taking them across the brands constructed message and story. Video is a versatile medium that plays a role of conduit in story-telling, marketing and vlogging. Above all, there is no need to read, search, or scroll for the information with it. It is dynamic and engaging.

  1. RAPID PROTOTYPING

Rapid prototyping is the process of quickly mocking up the future state of a system, be it a website or application, and validating it with the client and broader team of users, stakeholders, web developers and UI designers. Adopting this method saves hours of work and rapidly and iteratively generates feedback in the process, improving the final design and reducing the need for changes during development.

So, basically you will see a shift from prototyping to rapid prototyping, thereby, eliminating any pressing setbacks in the project.

All in all, there will be hundreds of trends going in at this time in order to chase the clean web design movement of 2017. The proliferation of mobile and tablet devices whose screen sizes used to dictate simpler navigation and layout options will now be more simplified to deliver the subdued experience to the users.



NLP – 3 Beliefs You Need to Design the Life You Desire

According to neuro linguistic programming, a belief is not a mere idea; a belief is an idea to which you adhere, an idea to which you consciously or subconsciously said ‘Yes! That’s mine!’ Following are the 3 types of beliefs you need to have to be able to design the life that you envision.

To the events, you give one or several meanings. These meanings give birth to some beliefs, beliefs regarding yourself, others and the world around you. All of this builds a set of convictions that will help you to realize extraordinary things or stop you in the search of excellence.

Following are the 3 types of beliefs you need to have to be able to design the life that you envision:

1. You need to believe in yourself. Self-confidence and self-esteem are often destroyed or lost by our different experiences in life. When one lost his self-esteem, he begins to play the “blame” game. People who have healthy and high self-esteem play the “I know I can do it” game or the “I deserve to be happy and successful” game. These attitudes will ultimately create a system that will attract the good that they desire. The games you play regarding yourself become self-fulfilling prophecies.

2. You need to believe in others. Self-confident people know that they need others to succeed, solve problems, grow, change and communicate. That’s the reason why you need to choose your friends very carefully. They will determine your future. The influence they can have on you can destroy you or create an enormous amount of positive energy that will have you achieve success faster than you ever thought possible.

3. You need to believe in God, the Universe or some higher power. People who are self-actualized believe in some sort of higher power, something or someone who is beyond them, that is in control of everything and that will give them everything they need, for their best and highest good. Believing that the Universe, source of all power, wants you to be successful, will give you the strength you need to pursue your dreams and turn your dreams into reality.

Now the question is: “On a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest, how much do you believe in yourself, others and the Universe?” Design your life now. Ask and you shall receive. You can apply many neuro linguistic programming techniques to achieve what you really want.



Mediterranean Interior Design Spells Warmth

The hardware tends to be heavy and often burnished, and the florals and greenery abundant in Mediterranean interior design. Walls are usually textured and the delightful and colorful mosaic tiles are often used as flooring or as backsplashes. That same mosaic pattern can be stenciled on the flooring, walls or furniture. The furniture influence is a combination of Spanish, Greek, Italian and French Country. Furniture may range in style from an informal simple look, to a very formal effect. Because Mediterranean interior design is a soothing, comfortable style of interior design, it comes as no surprise that it is one of the more popular styles today.

Your Own Decorating Project

Many people who have visited the Mediterranean, have fallen in love with the region. It’s not difficult then to bring a little of the Mediterranean interior design back home with you. With this style being so prominent in the design world today, it is a simple job to find accessories, furniture, paint and fabric to help you achieve this look. While it may prove a challenge to mimic the textured walls of a Mediterranean home, with the paint colors available today, there is no reason why you cannot achieve a Mediterranean interior design feel in your living room.

To succeed with this theme in your own home, begin with the paint choices. Depending on the size of your room, you may want to choose a rich terra-cotta color. If this is too dark, go with a golden yellow or perhaps a French blue. After deciding on wall color, the next step is furniture arrangement. Will the sofa stay or go? Usually, it stays. That means the search is on for the perfect fabric. After furniture and fabric is decided upon, look for accent pieces, such as tables and lamps. Coffee tables with black wrought iron legs will work perfectly and matching table lamps can go well together.

Do not omit functionality when choosing the lighting and placing the furniture. If mosaic tiles are out of your price range, consider stenciling a mosaic design on the fireplace or on the walls around door openings. Having a touch of the mosaic tiles in your room will help to achieve your Mediterranean interior design look. Try using a beautiful flower arrangement to pull together all of the colors in the room and add plenty of greenery to finish your mediterranean interior design look. It really is not a difficult task to complete. If a new upholstery project is not in your budget; let the paint and accessories do the work for you. Mediterranean interior design is a beautiful, relaxing style and fairly easy to accomplish if you have the time and the patience.



Things to Look Out for in a Website Design Agency

With the increase in popularity of websites nowadays, more and more businesses are striving to find that expert website design agency that will be able to provide them with a professional-looking website that is sure to catch the attention of clients both old and new. There are lots of different websites popping up the internet and with the demand steadily increasing; competition among all the website design agencies is fierce.

As a consumer, that makes you think what the fuss with websites is all about. Not many people realize that these online sites are virtual shopping places for customers who just want to conveniently shop within the comforts of their own home. The constant use of these websites now put question on how much will the return of investment amount to for the business owner when his virtual shop is designed as well as hosted on the internet by a website design agency. It is expected that there will be costs involved for their services but the question lies in how much will the costs be.

The revenue incurred in running and maintaining a website depends on the initial stages of the visits. Yes, the business owner received more income depending on the number of visits to his website per day. This is the reason why preparing a budget for an attractive and professional-looking website is essential for marketing your business as well as advertising your products. A reliable website design agency will be able to provide you with these. You can actually propose a budget and the both of you will work out the terms as well as the products and services that you want included. Do your homework and look for the most cost effective website design agency that will provide you with the personalized service and will as well cater to all your requests.

It can be a possibility that big web design agencies will charge more. You need not need to pay a lot for a website. There are medium sized website design companies that are just as good and provide the same services that those in the big league offer. Just because the smaller companies cost less does not mean that their services are inferior. They merely do not make use of lots of employees and marketing costs that add up to the service price.

Before hiring one, look into their backgrounds first. Your business will depend on that agency that will take care of your website. Their reputation is yours and this is what you should also look out for. Web design companies make use of advertising gimmickry just to attracting customers and clients. There are those who claim of affordability with high quality service. While they may seem to be true, it is still best that you look into these claims.

Be cautious at all times. Nothing is free these days and those that market free website design agency services will only be misleading. Do remember that anything that is cheaper and affordable is already sort of free and you can never get a greater deal than that, not unless you make the website yourself.



Why Should You Hire the Services of a Professional Logo Design Company?

Nowadays, there are many ways you can go about getting your website logo design created. There are hundreds of companies that offer logo designing services but, you must be able to tell the difference between a professional logo design company and an amateur freelancer. Most of the time businesses just search for the most affordable service without knowing the huge difference between an average designer and a good designer service. There are many reasons you should hire the services of a professional designing company, as can be learnt here.

Remember that your website logo sketch acts as the identity of your business and it is used in order to promote your company to your audience. So, it is most important that you take the sketch seriously and get it designed from a professional designing company. An amateur, freelancing or cheap designing service simply means that your business image is also going to look cheap and unprofessional. A professional company would have all the tools, applications and the expertise required to create the most effective logo for your company.

A company that is not a professional logo design service is going to compromise on a multitude of factors so as to save costs. And, the result is going to be a cheaper design. For example, many freelancers and cheap companies use clipart, whereas the professional ones use entirely original images. You can expect a professional designing company to use only Pantone colors that produce the best colors and the best printing results as well. This technology is used by printing and designing companies so as to produce precisely the same color used on the software.

When designing your website logo sketch, professional companies keep an eye on color psychology. For example, certain colors are more effective for the promotion and representation of certain types of products. And, some colors are a clear turn-off for customers. It is the job of a professional designer to know what colors are going to work for a given type of business, and he/she would know how to get the maximum impact for your business.

The unique thing about a professional logo design is that it should look the same whether it is printed on a 10 meter tall signpost or as a 1 cm logo on a stationery. Expect a professional designing company to create a logo for you that can be used in different formats, with JPG, TIFF and PNG being the most widely used formats.

However, it is also important that the logo be received in the EPS vector format as well. A vector file can be resized to any size without the logo losing its quality. So, the logo can be resized to create a large banner and it is not going to get stretched and look blurred. However, that is something which is not possible in the case of other types of files. Therefore, it is most important that you get your website logo design created only from a professional designer.

Are you trying to find a professional logo design company to handle your logo designing job. Make sure to visit the website given here to find the right website logo design firm.



Lion And Wolf Tattoos – The Most Popular Animal Tattoo Designs

Animal tattoos have become very popular in the recent times. Different animals like butterflies, snakes, turtles, spiders and dolphins are being inked on the body parts of human beings nowadays. Lion and wolf tattoos are also very popular. Although wolf tattoo designs are mainly popular among men, still women are also having it on their skin nowadays. Here in this article we will deal with these two popular animal tattoos for women.

A wolf tattoo generally comes in two definite designs-realistic or portrait looking style and cartoon like prints. Realistic style is more preferred by women. It has a deeper meaning and significance. Energy, power and aggression are some of the most significant meanings associated with a wolf tattoo design.

Wolves are generally considered as evil and menacing and thus you will find this kind of tattoo design only on those who are fascinated by fierceness of a wolf. This animal is also used as a mythical character and appears in many fables and folk tales. This adds charm and mystery as well as an element of danger. This creature is also related to cunningness and cruelty. These characters make the creature more bewitching and captivating.

However, many positive meanings also associated with this animal. It has an important role to play in the lives of North American tribes. It even symbolizes guidance and intelligence. As wolves live in pack, they even symbolize loyalty and unity.

Various designs of wolf tattoos are available. Some of the most popular one’s include only the head of the animal, the entire body of it, a wolf near the moon, a pack of wolves, howling wolf, snarling wolf and a wolf looking through the paws. All these different designs are imprinted on the body using colors such as white, black, red, dark blue and many others.

There are many places of imprinting this animal design on the body. If you plan to imprint a pack of wolves, the most preferred place on the body includes the stomach, back and shoulders. If you wish to have the head of the wolf marked on your body, you can make it done on your leg, arm, back of neck and waist. Wolf tattoo designs are usually donned by adventure lovers, bikers and hippie culture followers.

Lion tattoos have always been preferred by women because this design represents female superiority in its highest form. Most of the women who choose to go for this design want to show their place in the stars, meaning it is just a symbol of astrology.

Different designs of lion tattoos are available. Most of the women prefer to go for pattern that depicts a realistic lion. The design of this approach focuses the lion either on a distant object or focuses its captivating eyes and flowing lines of savanna from where it came and beckons you with its eyes. Some of the designs are done so beautifully that you won’t feel like moving your eyes from it. You can literally spend hours gazing into the design. Some of the other designs of this tattoo art include tribal styles and cartoonish lions.