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Christmas Decor for a Small Apartment

Living in a small apartment doesn't offer many options for elaborate holiday decor. With a little ingenuity, however, I've created a lovely holiday-themed apartment. A miniature lighted Christmas tree carefully placed on my side table greets visitors as they enter my home. Making good use of my front room window, I have adorned it with decor, using tinsel and garland, as well as miniature stockings hung with suction cups. As a festive alternative, you might try hanging shiny ornaments on the window in much the same way. If your apartment is designed with a staircase, decorate the banister. Use garland, tinsel, holly or even holiday greeting cards. Finally, if your apartment is furnished with a fireplace, decorate the mantel. I've placed a two-foot tall animated and musical Santa on my mantel. I hope my blog gives you some fun decorating ideas for your small home.


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Tips For Integrating A Fire Pit Into Your Yard

by Luke Patterson

A fire pit is such a useful addition to your yard or patio. Not only does it provide warmth in the cooler hours, but it provides light as well. What's more, a fire pit offers a natural gathering place for your family and guests. Choose a fire pit that adds value and beauty to your outdoor living space.

Start with Size

Fire pits can be small enough to fit on your table or large enough to serve as a bonfire for parties. If you want pure adaptability in your fire pit, opt for one of the table versions or a small floor model. However, this does limit how much heat gets put out. If you prefer an in-ground version, the Landscaping Network suggests a 3-foot fire pit for intimate gatherings or up to six feet for large groups. For a larger fire pit, consider having the wall built around a foot high to allow for propping your feet on the ledge.

Consider the Styles

Another major consideration for your fire pit is the style. Fire bowls are one of the most common designs. They are often made of precast concrete in a bowl shape, as the name suggests. They serve as a hybrid between a portable and built-in fire pit.

A bonfire pit is the standard for built-in models. Contractors make simple rings out of any fire-retardant material, such as concrete or stone. It's even possible to make the lip of the ring wide enough for seating.

A fire hearth is like a cross between a fire pit and a fire place. These are retaining walls with seating next to a built-in fire pit. Conversely, fire tables have the fire pit built directly into the table's surface. Both of these styles are more specialized, so they're suitable for large outdoor living areas with lots of entertainment spaces.

Select the Fuel Type

The three most common fuel types for fire pits are wood, natural gas and propane. Wood is traditional and provides a homey campfire atmosphere with lots of heat. It's even possible to roast over the open flame. However, you must monitor the embers and remove the ashes after use.

Natural gas fire pits are similar to the gas fireplaces in homes in that a simple switch brings the flame. There's no smoke, ash or sparks. However, you'll have to run a gas line to your pit.

Propane fire pits aren't quite as warm as natural gas and, especially, wood. However, they also light easily and create no sparks, smoke or ash. They run off of propane tanks, so there's no need to run a special line to the fire pit.

By adding a fire pit to your outdoor living space, you'll extend the enjoyment of your backyard. To learn more, contact a company like Hearth and Patio.