Category Archives: Home & Garden

Creative DIY Herb Garden Ideas

If you love cooking with fresh herbs, than the best way to have the freshest, most delicious and inexpensive herbs is to grow them yourself. Herb gardens can easily fit in your kitchen or right outside your home. An herb garden right in the kitchen not only allows you to have easy access to all the fresh herbs for cooking, but it also looks fantastic in your kitchen. See why below.

A physic garden is a type of herb garden with medicinal plants that later developed into botanical gardens as we know it. Modern botanical gardens were preceded by medieval physic gardens that originated at the time of Emperor Charlemagne. Gardens of this time included various sections including one for medicinal plants. Pope Nicholas V set aside part of the Vatican grounds in 1447 for a garden of medicinal plants that were used to promote the teaching of botany, and this was a forerunner to the University gardens at Padua and Pisa established in the 1540s.
Some of the earliest physic gardens included:
1334, Venice; and at Salerno, founded by Matthaeus Silvaticus
1544, Pisa, begun by Cosimo de’ Medici
1545, Padua
1547, Bologna, founded by Ghini
1560, Zurich, founded by Conrad Gessner
1570, Paris
1577, Leyden, under direction of Carolus Clusius
1580, Leipzig
1593, Montpelier, by Henry IV

Tree Stump Ideas for the Garden

Tree stumps are an ideal material for nature-inspired garden art and unique yard decorations. A rigid, dead tree stump can become one of the assets of your garden, a striking focal point that can impress your guests.

Modern Kitchen Design Ideas

The kitchen is undoubtedly one of the most important spaces in the home and is the centre of activity in family life, a place to create, feel and live. Every person that knows how to cook as well as enjoys to, also knows that it is very important to have a neat and organized kitchen. A kitchen must fit your overall home interior and exterior design style, as well as it has to be tailored to your likes and preferences. Current design trends mark the introduction of new materials into different kitchen components, such as glass countertops, fronts or shelves, and designs adapted to meet storage needs, with pillars, tall cupboards and integrated domestic appliances. In this collection of modern kitchen Ideas you are going to see marvelous, new design ideas of contemporary kitchen interiors.

Kitchens in Antiquity

The houses in Ancient Greece were commonly of the atrium-type: the rooms were arranged around a central courtyard for women. In many such homes, a covered but otherwise open patio served as the kitchen. Homes of the wealthy had the kitchen as a separate room, usually next to a bathroom, both rooms being accessible from the court. In such houses, there was often a separate small storage room in the back of the kitchen used for storing food and kitchen utensils.

In the Roman Empire, common folk in cities often had no kitchen of their own; they did their cooking in large public kitchens. Some had small mobile bronze stoves, on which a fire could be lit for cooking. Wealthy Romans had relatively well-equipped kitchens. In a Roman villa, the kitchen was typically integrated into the main building as a separate room, set apart for practical reasons of smoke and sociological reasons of the kitchen being operated by slaves. The fireplace was typically on the floor, placed at a wall, sometimes raised a little bit so that one had to kneel to cook. There were no chimneys.

Early medieval European longhouses had an open fire under the highest point of the building. The “kitchen area” was between the entrance and the fireplace. In wealthy homes there was typically more than one kitchen. In some homes there were upwards of three kitchens. The kitchens were divided based on the types of food prepared in them. In place of a chimney, these early buildings had a hole in the roof through which some of the smoke could escape. Besides cooking, the fire also served as a source of heat and light to the single-room building. A similar design can be found in the Iroquois longhouses of North America.
In the larger homesteads of European nobles, the kitchen was sometimes in a separate sunken floor building to keep the main building, which served social and official purposes, free from indoor smoke.

Apartment Balcony Decorating Ideas

Despite the balcony’s small space, you certainly adore it. It’s thanks to this place that you can enjoy the outdoor air while living in the city, and it allows you to relax under the sun without even leaving your apartment. In city apartments, the balcony may be the only outdoor place where we can enjoy some fresh and natural air. Give a cozy and arm look to your balcony by adding couches, a small coffee table and some plants. There are a lot of extraordinary mesmerizing and yet simple ideas that you can use in your own home. Here is an extensive collection of gorgeous balconies and inspiring ideas.

Most European apartments are small and the balconies are even smaller, but it doesn’t have to feel claustrophobic. In fact, it can be very cozy indeed if you put some time into designing it properly. Small balcony designs can provide charming outdoor seating areas and beautify apartments by extending rooms and increasing flat sizes. Balconies connect home interiors with nature and encourage people to spend more time outdoors.