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.
If you have a patio where you love spending time, then it makes sense to invest a little more in that space. One way to do that is to add an awning to your patio. Here are a few advantages of having an outdoor awning added to your setup.
You'll be protected from UV light
Sunshine can feel nice on your skin, but the UV rays in the sunshine can lead to sunburn, skin damage, premature aging, and worst of all, an increased risk of skin cancer. You don' want those to be the consequences of spending time on your patio! An awning will block those UV rays so you can stay safe while still seeing the sun beat down around the patio.
You can spend time outside when it's raining
The moment the rain starts falling, your patio becomes a lot less enjoyable. Sure, you could sit out there in the rain, but you probably don't because you don't want to get wet! An awning won't shield you from driving, sideways rain, but it will shield you from the average rainstorm or rain shower. You don't have to cancel your plans of barbecuing on the patio or reading a book out there just because of some rain.
Your patio will stay cleaner
Outside, where it is exposed to the elements, a patio tends to experience a lot of wear and tear. An awning can reduce that wear and tear. It will reduce the amount of rain that falls on your patio, which will reduce the formation of rot in a wood patio or will reduce the risk of eventual cracks in a concrete patio. These benefits are most apparent with a permanent, metal awning that stays up all of the time.
Your energy costs will be lower
In shielding your patio from sunshine, the awning will also shield any windows that are on the wall facing the patio. It will also shield the one outside wall of your home. In doing so, it will decrease the amount of heat that leeches through the home's wall, which will decrease your energy bills, particularly in the summer when the AC is running.
If you have a nice patio, it deserves to be complemented by a nice awning. Shop around for various types of awnings, and look for one that coordinates well with your home. In addition to enjoying the benefits above, you'll get to enjoy the awning's beauty.Share