Exterior Design

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Sometimes the design of your mailbox can count more than you think. The mailbox can complement the entire appearance of your home and, more than that, it can be another opportunity to show your creativity and skills.

Train mailbox

Many people don’t consider that the mailbox design is an important part of their exterior home decoration. However, this is yet another occasion to manifest your imagination or to represent whatever styles you like. Although it’s a small detail, it can nicely complement the general appearance of your house. Here are some creative ideas for your mailbox design!

Star Wars. If you’re a fan of this Sci-Fi saga, it’s a great idea to decorate your mailbox so that it resembles one of the characters. It will be unique and original, plus everyone will love it.

A house. You can make your mailbox a small house. You can of course buy different house of different shapes and sizes, but it’s a special feeling when you put some effort into it and use your imagination. Extra tip: you can make it to resemble your own house!

Animals. If you have a favorite animal, don’t be afraid to use it as inspiration for decorating your mailbox. You can use drawings or stickers for it, or you can be creative and imitate a real size bird.

What about an old carriage? Yes, it is a bit unusual, but imagination is the limit, and some people use their creativity to the fullest.

Pressurized can or nuclear missile. If you have a cylinder and some paint, that’s all you need to create an original and very funny mailbox. Your neighbors will be impressed!

Anchor. Fans of the sea and sailors are invited to try their skills and create an anchor mailbox. Who says you can’t use a real anchor for that?

Statuettes. Try incorporating your mailbox into a bigger statuette. You can have the statuette show exactly what you want, but be careful with the materials you use, since it should be pretty resistance to harsh weather conditions.

Animated characters. Whether you have kids or you’re simply a fan of cartoons, it’s a good idea to transform your mailbox design into one of the characters, like Mickey Mouse.

Metallic mailbox. Sometimes, less is more, and a simple metallic mailbox may actually be more suggestive than many of the mailboxes you can buy around. Plus, it’s more masculine and minimalist, not requiring lots of work to make it look pretty.

Mailbox from pallets. Pallets are extensively used in furniture production, especially for modern, light furniture, so why not use them also for the mailbox outside, to make a nice match?

Elegant mailbox. If you have a very nice and elegant house, you must choose your mailbox design to be an elegant and special one. Try a combination of colors such as black and gold or discreet decorations applied to it.

Incorporate it in a tree. A tree can be a nice support to incorporate a mailbox into, and the design is really natural. However, careful so as not to hurt the tree or damage it in any way. If you care enough, you can even play around with the tree bark and paint it or sculpt it in a funny way.

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The great part about having and designing a garden is that you can use your imagination as freely as you wish. This way, you can be sure that your garden will be unique and stylish and more than that, it has been designed by you.

Flower arches

Given the hot climate in UAE, there’s no wonder so many people have extraordinary beautiful gardens here. The array of colors, patterns, arrangements and combinations is absolutely incredible, and every garden is carefully grown and trimmed. However, if you want to have one yourself, there is a very important question you have to think about: how to decorate your garden? The possibilities are endless, but this is exactly what makes it so hard. Let’s have a look at the possibilities.

Flower patterns. What can be more beautiful than making flowers… with flowers? You can plant different flowers in different places so that when they will grow and bloom they will form a huge flower with petals in different colors. Also, you can make every petal from different lines of various patterns and colors, for a truly special effect.

Arches. Arches are a really nice way to decorate your garden. You can choose to paint them white or a more sophisticated color with complex decorations. Also, depending on every person’s taste, they can be decorated with flowers or garlands of your favorite flower. Arches are great for transforming boring pathways throughout the garden.

Vertical decorations. There are specialists who can create real works of art out of garlands and flowers. They can create vertical poles, butterflies, hearts and any other shapes you can think of. Sometimes these vertical decorations are exactly what makes the difference between a normal dull garden and an absolutely wonderful one.

Palm trees. Don’t forget about the things specific to this place! Every garden in the UAE needs to have at least some palm trees. They help you decorate your garden, but they also keep some shade for you to relax and to hang around during the extremely hot hours at lunch time, for instance.

Statues. If you want to be truly original in decorating your garden, you can choose unusual, but beautiful statues. Some people choose statues representing their religion, others simply opt for beautiful women statues and others go for modern minimalist ones. It all depends on your taste and creativity!

Fountains. What can be more refreshing on an extremely hot day than seeing and perhaps even playing around in a fountain? They can really bring a fresh touch to your garden, making it look more exotic and it even helps in cooling the air around. Also, here are endless possibilities: you can play with lions that spit the water, children that splash each other, rivers or any other thing you like. The best part is that you can include your favorite things in the fountain and still it will look great!

Finally, for sure some of these ideas will prove useful to you when you will want to decorate your garden. A great side is that there are no strict rules when it comes to designs and patterns, so once you decide what you want, you can hire a specialist and the result will certainly be exceptional!

See also: Exotic Plants to Have in Your Garden

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Candle lights in pool

If you’re interested in changing a bit the aspect of your pool, you might want to find out more about some interesting pool decorations. Who does not want to relax in a pool on a long hot day? And who doesn’t want to have a beautiful pool?

One great idea to embellish your pool is to place flowers in it. Whether it is for a special occasion or simply because you want to feel good, some colorful bouquets can really do wonders. However, careful with the substances you place in the water, so that they will not affect the flowers.

Pool decoration stickers are another wonderful idea. Not only that they can complement the rest of the design surrounding the pool, but it can also make swimming much more interesting. Plus, you can change the sticker whenever you get bored with it.

Among the interesting pool decorations we must include the wooden decks. Especially if you choose a reddish shade for the wood, the contrast between the planks and the water will be gorgeous! However, wooden decks require special care and more attention, so think it through before choosing this option, because nobody wants ugly wooden decks around his or her pool.

Small waterfalls are also a great idea for embellishing your pool. There are some systems on the market that allow you to create various types of waterfalls in or around the pool, but if you are creative you can adapt it or built it yourself according to your own ideas and needs. Furthermore, you can decorate the system of waterfalls itself so you can play with different decorating elements in this wonderful space of relaxation.

Sprinklers! For extra fun and a touch of nice decorating around the pool, you can add some sprinklers. Not only that you’ll have lots of fun standing in the pool with the sprinklers around, but they will also look great if you enhance the effect with some special lighting.

Don’t forget about underwater lights! They are really cool and create a fun atmosphere at night. You can limit to only one color or play around with various, depending on what system you are planning to buy. Also, you can choose the light color according to the other decorations you have around the pool.

Perhaps the newest trend in interesting pool decorations are the LED balls. They are very fun to see and to play with (even if you’re an adult!) and the idea behind them is very simple. Don’t worry, they are waterproof and safe, plus you will have a lot of fun throwing them around. It also saves you the trouble of finding some lighting around the pool and you can also use them for exercising in the water.

LED balls

For a romantic night or just one for relaxation, don’t forget about candles. Whatever lighting sources you may use, candles will always keep a magical air and a special atmosphere. You can place them in glasses and let them float around the pool. Either way, after reading these ideas, you will definitely need to choose the one that you like most!


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UAE is a modern and dynamic country and although influenced by the Western architecture, it preserves and restores its traditional values in an original, sumptuous style.

palm house decoration

A courtyard house is one of the first choice when it comes about family in UAE.

Among beautiful and sumptuous houses touched by a contemporary design, we see how courtyard houses rise again in the exotic United Arabian Emirates. Traditional gardens and courtyard houses restore the genuine feel of this magic place and are being brought into contemporary era therefore advantaged by nowadays architecture materials and techniques.

Although we’ve seen modern, sci-fi trends getting hold of the region, for the past years, we think that the Arabians never forgotten their cultural values, which in a way or another reflected themselves in the new UAE architecture.

Courtyard houses feature thick external walls and rooms orientated towards an uncovered central area – the garden – arranged on several floors. The courtyard is often provided with a fountain as we’ve seen at Dubai Garden Center, that creates a proper micro-climate. Deciduous trees but also tropical plants are a common choice for the people in this region which also help creating a welcoming and healthy environment.

This type of architecture is thought of protecting the intimate space of the owners while ensuring appropriate ventilation to entire domestic dwelling. Still, as you’ve probably noticed, modern architectures tend to reinterpret the courtyard and turn it into an open space for kids to play and other members of the family to spend some quality time together. Lush gardens are often touched with a more structural and geometrical style, letting auxiliary buildings like cooking facilities slip into the landscape.

UAE is a modern and dynamic country and although influenced by the Western architecture, it preserves and restores its traditional values in an original, sumptuous style. We can see a perfect balance between traditional and modern styles at some recent residential and commercial dwellings designed by Jadis Interiors and spectacular GAJ Architects.

Another beautiful example of modern, beautiful courtyard is the one we’ve admired at Hattan villa – The Lakes, Emirates Hills – with tastefully designed indoor and outdoor areas and beautiful finishes such as over-sized windows facing the courtyard.

Modern houses in this area are filled with luxurious touches such as onyx-paneled bathrooms and cutting-edge technology. In this precious assembly, the courtyard garden provides a grounding element, that remind the owners of the villas to reflect on the beauty of the environment – a healing meditation also well received in the Western countries.

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