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Bring The Outdoors In For A Fresh Home



Do you ever feel like your home could do with a bit of a freshen up? You might be starting to get a bit bored with your current decor and think that it’s time to brighten the place up a bit. Not too sure what you could do to give your decor a new breath of life? You simply need to bring the outdoors in!


There’s nowhere quite as fresh and invigorating as the outdoors, and bringing aspects of features of the outside world into your home will be a great way to improve the house’s overall interior design.


Here are some great tips that can guide your outdoor-inspired decor.


Add Plenty Of House Plants


One of the quickest and easiest ways to make your home’s decor feel like it has been inspired by the outdoor is to add some house plants. You don’t need to add too many, or else your home might start to feel like a jungle! Instead, just a couple in each of your rooms should do. Why not add the types of plants that are renowned for detoxifying the air around them? These include peace lilies and aloe vera.


Use Natural Materials


If you want to add new countertops, flooring, or large furniture items, you should try and find new items that have been made with natural materials. For instance, wooden floors, granite countertops and bamboo furniture will help increase the overall natural feel to your rooms. Not only that, though, but they are also more likely to be eco-friendly compared to things made from manmade materials.


Go With A Natural Color Scheme


When it comes to painting and decorating your rooms, you should also try and create a natural color scheme. Use colors that you would find when you are wandering around outside. For instance, earth browns, refreshing blues, and deep greens will all work really well. You might even want to go one step further and paint a beautiful forest scene on a feature wall.


Use Fruits And Vegetables As Decor Features


It’s also a nice idea to add some fruit and vegetables to the decor. For instance, adding a large fruit bowl to the center of a dining-room table or coffee table can be a nice ornate feature. Dried fruit and vegetables will also work well dotted along bookshelves and in small nooks and crannies. Some vegetables can also give your home a nice seasonal touch, such as carved pumpkins in the fall. If you don’t want to use actual fruit and vegetables, you could always just use wallpaper that features them in the pattern.


Make It Eco-Friendly


Adding some eco-friendly features to your home will also be a great way to bring in the great outdoors. Plus, it will be doing the environment a big favor as your interior design choices won’t have a negative effect on it!


As you can see then, there are plenty of ways you can bring the great outdoors into your home. And you’ll feel a lot more relaxed and rejuvenated as a result!

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Unplugging to Camp!

Camping is a great activity that anyone can partake in. But for those new to camping, trying to figure out what to do while camping can be the hardest thing. How do you take a “plugged-in” generation, and unplug them and still have fun? It’s a difficult challenge that can actually deter potential campers because you never want anyone to not have a good time. Here are some camping tips that can ease the pain from moving a twitter-holic to the outdoors.

First, one of the biggest deterrents is leaving the comfort of one’s own bed. People hear camping and think Jim Bowie and Davy Crocket, sleeping under the stars on the ground, a stump as a pillow and a cow or deer hide as a bed. Worry not, although that sounds absolutely miserable, neither I or anyone I know have ever camped using a log as a pillow. Although there are various degrees of “extreme” that you can tell stories about, I prefer to sleep with a goose down sleeping bag, and my pillow from home. If that’s still too far removed from a bed for you, you can use an air mattress. That’s the best part about camping: you can choose the degree to which you’re wanting to go “outdoors.”

Secondly, not everyone is a hunter or fisherman. Bringing in the kill and hollering across the camp “Honey, dinner’s here!” and flopping down the kill or catch of the day is very cool, it’s not exactly the 21st century. Making sure how you and your fellow campers are going to eat can help ease people into a good time camping. Some people can enjoy the experience of cooking a steak over an open fire on a firepit grill where others would prefer that their food comes packaged and between two pieces of bread. Let your level of comfort dictate what food you bring. Start easy if it’s your first time. Bring sandwiches and pre-packed food in ice chests and just enjoy the away from the norm. If you like it and decide you want to be more adventurous the next time, bring a couple steaks, chicken, or hamburgers and cook them over the fire. Its easy and you feel more in tune with the outdoors. For those looking for true grit camping, find a place that allows you to catch or hunt your own food and go full Crocket.

The third point in getting your homebody to the outdoors in making sure there are activities that are going to hold their or your attention. During the day, the kids can play tag, hide-and-seek, or just enjoy the natural nature trails. If you’re at a camp park, you can more than likely find a jungle gym for the young kids to play on. If you have a kid who’s an animal or bug lover you can make a game out of how many

different types of animals or bugs you see. My personal favorites are always the Frisbee or football.  For your more rugged campers, you can pass the time fishing, hiking, canoeing, or take part in one of the many different campsite events that can be located on the camping website. Bring simple games to play at night. My favorites are a deck of cards which are as versatile as a swiss army knife. Playing some battle, go fish, spades, or hearts is a great way to spend quality family time together. Dominos are another easy, enjoyable way to pass the time away as food is cooking. This doesn’t include the all mighty smores’ cooking that has to take place around every fire. Scary stories, or maybe just some “back in my day” wisdom can be passed on around the seamless time around a warm campfire.

Camping is a truly refreshing experience that can help untangle the mess of one’s plugged in life. It can be scary at first, not being in the comfort behind one’s own 4 walls and sleeping in one’s own bed. But all of these steps can ease those “I don’t want to” campers into a fun-filled, bonding experience.

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