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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.

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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Bring The World Into Your Backyard With Exotic Patio Settings

by Scott Gordon

Patio furniture has a boring reputation of being little more than metal chairs around a basic round table and pop-up umbrella. Today, though, you can give your home and yard a spark of personality with outdoor spaces filled with just about any type of fun, eclectic, classy or chic furniture that you want. You can even create exotic spaces that evoke faraway lands, foreign cultures or dream vacation spots.

Here are a few ways to easily make a space that takes you away from it all.

Moroccan Comfort

Outdoor settings in a Moroccan style bring a sense of drama and richness to any patio space. With elegant upholstery and rich colors, it can create a unique and relaxing outdoor area in even the smallest yard. Start with basic wood furniture that features large cushions in a neutral palette or deep single colors. Add in more big cushions with complementary geometric or arched patterns, including cushions for the floor. Hang curtains behind the lounge furniture to create a 'room' feeling that faces outward into the yard. Finish off with a few lanterns and some Mediterranean-style plants placed around the edges, along with some traditional Moroccan table decorations on a low center table.

African Adventure

Creating an outdoor safari for your home starts with deep, rich wood furniture in bold sunset colors or a brown palette. Complement the wood with bold pillows with an African theme or simple zigzag or square designs. Once again, hanging curtains along the inside wall to create a tent-like feel will add a lot of the exotic feel without a lot of work. Decorate with baskets and carved wooden figures and finish off with Savannah-appropriate plants recommended by a local nursery.

Tropical Dreams

You can personalize a tropical-themed patio to reflect a particular area (such as Hawaii) or create the feeling of a lush beach resort. Begin with a cabana-style patio sofa that faces out into the yard or a hammock. Add in some over sized lounge chairs that invite visitors to relax. Choose blues and neutral colors for a resort feeling or bold colors for a Caribbean style. Bamboo tables and a small beach-style bar create a fun and easygoing feeling. Light torches at night and add a low fire pit in the center. Finish off with some tropical plants and a fountain to bring water into your setting.

Creating a space that feels a world away doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming if you focus on the right elements. At places like Janis' Gift Shop, look for sofas and chairs that evoke the feeling you want, then add decorative touches that get the most bang for your buck (such as plants, curtains and table decorations). Sit back and enjoy your stay-at-home vacation. 

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