February 26, 2010, Newsletter Issue #155: Patio Fountains Add Flair to City Living

Tip of the Week

Living in the city often means personal outdoor space is limited to a patio or balcony. Take heart. Use the tips from a city girl to turn even a small patio or balcony into a serene city sanctuary:

Start with a plan. Measure available floor and wall space and diagram it to scale on graph or plain paper. Patio water fountains come in an array of sizes and styles from free-standing fountains to table-top fountains. Wall-mounted fountains are also an answer to limited floor space. Study patio fountain how to and decide which project is within your range. Choose a theme. Itís easy to match a patio water fountain to your decorating theme. Transform your patio or balcony into a Zen retreat, an English garden or tropical paradise. Decide on a focal point and build around it. For instance, a patio fountain makes a perfect centerpiece and the delightful sound of falling water mutes the noise of city traffic. Shop for furniture that makes the most of seating space surrounding the focal point. A small table and chairs is ideal for alfresco fountain-side dining.Add depth and interest with lush plants in interesting pots and hanging baskets.Escape the glare of bright sunlight with an umbrella, awning or shades. A sturdy folding screen also ensures privacy and protection on windy days. Donít forget lighting. A lighted water fountain, luminaries, lanterns and candles make nights magical.

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