1. Build an arbor or a pergola
First let us define and differentiate the two terms according to their residential use. The Spruce gives us these definitions: An arbor is a vertical structure in a landscape or garden that can provide shelter, privacy, shade, and serve as an accent. It is usually built as a walkway from the gate to the front of a house or leading to a gazebo, an altar, a pool, or any location in your property. It can blend in with the landscape or separate different garden areas. Its walls and roof consist of open framework to support colorful and fragrant vines. A pergola can be connected to a house on at least one side, consists of a series of independent columns supporting beams that form an open roof, or be a freestanding structure.
So, to transform your front yard, you can build an arbor and plant vines beside its vertical framework where those vines can climb. You can see a sample below.
2. Add a walkway
Another great idea is that you can make a walkway from your gate to your house. This is really a cool idea especially if you have a long space going to your house from your gate. You can do this by covering the pathway with paving materials such as crazy-cut stones like the one in the picture below. You can also use special or decorated stones or pebbles and spread them on the pathway. Another great idea is to cement the pathway and enclose it with railings or balusters.
3. Put plants in the living room.
Transform your living room into a beautiful sight! If your living room has a window it is a great idea to put plants before the window or place them strategically in the corners of your living room. You can also put one on top of the center table and keep the place tidy by putting mats or carpet and add a matching light like the one in the photo below. Just a warning, don’t overdo it! Too many plants in the living room would make it look more of a garden not a living room. Your visitors may even call it a forest if you put more than what is beautiful to look at.
4. Give the dining and kitchen a makeover.
If you have a spacious yard that can accommodate a dining set, transform that into a dining alfresco! In a shady area in your backyard, set up your dining by putting a table and chairs or a bench. To make it a little classy, cover your table, put a vase with a flower in the center and lay down your sumptuous meal! Take your seat and click! Voila! You have an Instagrammable dining photo!
5. Make your porch or veranda a haven.
The porch or veranda is the structure with a roof that is connected to the front of your house and it can be extended to one side or on both side.s It may be open or it can be installed with balustrade or railings. Sometimes your veranda looks just plain. You just see seats or benches that may be used for sitting when you feel like to. It looks boring if it is not kept or maintained. Why don’t you give it a makeover, as well, and transform it into a beautiful place for your selfie moments!
Clean it. Paint its walls or clad it with stones, bricks, or tiles to give it a makeover. Put plants on strategic locations like on the corners. Put a wooden sala set with a center table and you can put a flower vase to add beauty to the set. After doing that, you can stay there for your chatting sessions while you take selfie and post them right away on your Facebook, Instagram or blog sites!
Credits: Fine Gardening