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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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Successfully Incorporating Metal Art Into Your Yard

by Luke Patterson

Making your yard a more inviting area can be a simple way to increase your usable living space. The incorporation of decorative items into your outdoor design can easily transform your yard into an area where you want to spend time with friends and family members. By placing recycled metal art in your yard, you can decorate your outdoor space and do your part to help save the environment.

Here are three tips that you can use to ensure your metal art pieces help create a positive aesthetic in your yard.

1. If your yard is on the small side, consider hanging metal art.

While many homeowners think that metal art pieces can only be statues or fountains that take a significant amount of room when placed in a yard, you can actually incorporate metal art into your small yard quite easily.

The key to successfully integrating metal art into a small outdoor space is to view your fence as a blank wall. Hanging metal art pieces can be attached to your fence to add interest and character, without taking up precious square footage in your outdoor living space.

2. Adjust your landscape lighting to accommodate your new art.

It's likely that you spend time outdoors in the evening as well as during the day. In order to ensure that you are able to enjoy your new outdoor metal art, you should take the time to adjust your landscape lighting so that it showcases your art pieces.

Strategically place some solar lights to both spotlight and uplight your metal creations, and you will be able to easily view these art pieces no matter how much sunlight is streaming into your yard.

3. Keep your metal art in good condition.

Although the development of rust and other patinas can enhance the beauty of your outdoor metal art, you should ensure that the aging process does not compromise the safety and structural integrity of your art.

Regularly check the welds holding various pieces of metal together within your piece of art for signs of damage. Failing weld seams should be repaired as quickly as possible to prevent further damage to your metal art installation and to ward off potential injuries that may be caused by loose metal pieces.

When you understand how to properly showcase and care for outdoor metal art pieces from a retailer like Star Imports Wholesale, it becomes easier to incorporate these decorative items into your outdoor living space.