Is it esthetically pleasing or does it go unnoticed? Here are a few tips to improve the look of your home.

Consider replacing one or more downspouts with a Rain Chain. Rain Chains are an alternative solution to a boring downspout. They are available in cup or link styles and are made of copper, aluminum, brass or stainless steel. Rain Chains are affordable,  easy to install and instantly enhance the look of your home.

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If you have a small front yard with grass consider removing all the grass and add a garden with stepping stones, natural rocks and low maintenance shrubs and plants. Grass is time consuming to maintain and requires frequent watering to keep it looking at its best. A garden, in my opinion, is the best solution if you live in the city with a small yard. A look I have seen growing more and more popular is a rock garden where all the soil is covered by river rocks and there are only a handful of plants. This look reminds me of Japanese gardens and often has a Zen like feel to it but this is also a great solution for yards that have difficult growing conditions or roots from a very large tree that make it difficult for planting.

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For a standard garden choose one ornamental tree or shrub as your main focal point of interest. Japanese Maples are great as a focal point of interest. Japanese Maples come in many varieties – for smaller yards the cascading Cutleaf varieties are beautiful and for larger yards there are a number of taller Japanese Maple trees that are simply stunning. I would suggest placing your ornamental tree closer to the house rather than placing it in the middle of your yard. Remember to include evergreens such as low lying Junipers, Yews, Mugo pine, Nest Spruce etc, as they will provide winter interest. Dwarf Burning Bushes, Corkscrew Witch Hazels and Dogwoods provide winter interest as well. Plant annuals and bulbs in bare areas to add a pop of colour.

Accessorize your porch by adding one large potted urn by your front door or by the front stairs which instantly updates the entranceway to your home as well as adding additional colour. Update the plants in your urn each season to keep it looking fresh and interesting. Hanging baskets off the porch ceiling are perfect for injecting additional colour to your yard as well.

A seating area on your front porch makes your home inviting and welcoming. If furniture is not in your budget buy a Love seat or chairs from your local yard sale and spray paint them. Update old chairs with new seat cushions. Consider adding an outdoor rug as well. I have been very impressed with the selection of outdoors rugs available as of late and at very reasonable prices. Include accessories such as a beautiful iron door mat, outdoor lanterns, decorative plant hooks, landscape lighting, a stylized address plate, a beautiful mailbox and consider updating your front door with new hardware or perhaps paint your front door altogether. Red doors are a popular choice and can be very dramatic but red doesn’t work for everyone. Deep slate grey can be dramatic as well and works well in many settings but you really need to assess the colours of your house and make sure your door colour will compliment your house.

Keep your recycling bins in the side or back yard if you can rather than storing them on your porch or in front of your house. I find they can be distracting and visually unappealing. If you have no where else to store your bins there are storage units available in hardware stores which are specifically designed to conceal recycling and garbage bins. Keeping your porch area clean, tidy and inviting will enhance the curb appeal of your home.

One last very important suggestion is to keep your windows clean. Clean windows can have such a positive impact in your home. Not only does your home look fresh and revitalized, but clean windows will allow the sunlight to enter your home easier thus aiding in heating your home naturally.

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Did you know…

If your environment gets consistently cold during the winter or has extended periods of ice and snow that feeding wild birds during the winter can make a huge impact on their survival during the winter months? Winter storms can cut off many birds from their natural food supplies and can cause them to starve. Backyard feeding can make a difference.

Hanging Bird Feeders during the winter months not only provides the birds with easy access to food it’s rewarding and enjoyable for the whole family.

At City Home and Garden we are thrilled with our new collection of Bird Feeders. They are bright, fun and add a modern feel to any space.

 

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You’ve waited a long time to get outdoors to enjoy your backyard.  Your garden beds are ready, your planters look fabulous, your outdoor furniture has been pulled out of hibernation and staged to look like a photo pulled right out of House and Home magazine but something is missing. All your efforts to mimic the comforts from your indoor space are lacking one thing… lighting. Sure you have adorned your space with lanterns and patio lights but what you really need to complete the setting are beautiful made in Canada modern Torches.

City Home and Garden offers a wonderful variety of modern Torches suitable for all garden styles. Our Torches are made of high quality materials right here in Canada. Below is just a nibble of what is available.

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Absolute Torch $120

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Glacier Torch $120

Twig Torch

Garden Torch $120

 

For information regarding the fuel used for the Torches please visit our sister site Outdoor Fireplace Canada. Torches are available for purchase on City Home and Garden.

Check out the video below for a tidbit of what’s new for Spring 2013.

Here’s a little teaser to get you excited about Spring and Summer.

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Bee Napkin Rings

Bring some buzz to the dinner table with this endearing metal napkin ring, featuring an antique brass finish. Comes in a set of 6.

$22.50/6 pcs

To view all of our newest additions please visit City Home and Garden.

With the holidays just around the corner now’s the time to start thinking about your shopping list. We have a fantastic holiday special we think you will love. Purchase one Body Butter and one Butter Scrub from the same scent (Lavender, Beach, Marigold) and you will receive one free body wash and one free Marigold Lip Tint.

During the cold winter months ahead our skin is going to need some tlc so take advantage of this fantastic offer. Ordering is easy. Simply add one Butter and one Scrub of your choice to your shopping cart from City Home and Garden and we will include your free lotion and lip with your package.

Perfect for gift giving to a loved one or yourself.

     

Offer ends December 15, 2012.

For more information about these products or to purchase visit City Home and Garden. For a detailed list of ingredients please visit our blog for our Body Care Products .

City Home and Garden is thrilled to carry a new collection of fashionable handbag accessories known as Purse Hooks or Purse Hangers.
Purse Hooks are a practical and stylish fashion accessory that are appealing and useful to women of all ages. Our purse hooks or hangers are attractive accessories that sit securely on tabletops, so there is no need to have to place your valuable handbag on a dirty floor. Most importantly your bag is visible providing you with a sense of security.
Our Purse Hooks come in two forms, foldable and non-foldable. With the foldable styles the arm wraps itself around the centre piece allowing it to fit in the smallest places. With the non-foldable the arm does not fold or bend but will still tuck away easily in almost any handbag.

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Non-foldable Purse Hook

All of our purse hooks come with their own velvet pouch.

City Home and Garden offers many styles from classic to trendy to super chic. They make wonderful gifts for Mother’s Day, Birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s day, Graduations, Shower gifts, Bridal Party Gifts or just as a hostess gift.

Ladies, we all know how much you value your handbags, so keep your handbag off the floor with a beautiful purse hook.

To view our entire collection please visit City Home and Garden.

City Home and Garden is thrilled to offer our readers a chance to win $100 of Natural Skin Care products from our NBW line. It’s so easy to enter.

Here’s how,
Step number 1. Go to NBW’s facebook page and “like” their page.
Step number 2. Comment on NBW’s wall and say “City Home and Garden sent me”.
Please note you must have a Facebook Account.
Only available to Canadian Customers.
It’s that easy. NBW will select a winner from City Home and Garden entries. Contest ends September 30, 2012. Good luck everyone!