Backyard Wonderland: Creating a Kids Play Space In Your BackyardBackyard Wonderland: Creating a Kids Play Space In Your Backyard

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Backyard Wonderland: Creating a Kids Play Space In Your Backyard

Having children made me look at my home's backyard from a whole new perspective. As my little ones started walking, I began to see how I could turn my backyard into a playground that was safe and secure for them to play. After spending a lot of time researching the safety and stability of the play structures and materials that were out there, I built a play area that's secure and fun for my kids. I created this site to share all of the ideas that I had as well as some other things I've found over the years to help other parents create the perfect play space to bring the family together at home.


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If you've lived in your home for many years, it is probably time to remodel your kitchen, isn't it? Or, it might be that you have bought an older home and you knew from the beginning that you'd want to make big changes in the kitchen. Have you decided that you want to establish a contemporary design in your new kitchen? If so, from selecting stainless steel cabinets to choosing the other decor, here are some ideas that might help you.

Stainless Steel Cabinets - One really good way to establish a contemporary feeling in your new kitchen is to select stainless steel cabinets. Besides being gorgeous, stainless steel cabinets will be very easy to clean. You'll just need to make sure you don't leave streaks when you clean them. First, go over them with a damp rag, and then dry them with a regular kitchen towel. If the cabinets are greasy, use a gentle cleanser on them, and they'll look like new.

Maybe you want unique knobs on the stainless cabinets. If so, think of buying a metal rabbit design or selecting sea stones for the cabinet knobs. Another idea is to select brass doorknobs, which will give some contrast to the design. If you want to keep the total stainless look, choose polished nickel or chrome doorknobs.

Think of the inside of the cabinets, too. For example, if you do a lot of baking, you might want vertical sections in the cabinets so that you can easily store things like cookie sheets. If you have extra-large cookware, say a pan that is suitable for baking a turkey, or a large crockpot, then select cabinets that have some space for those large items. Perhaps you'd like at least one turntable and some pull out drawers as part of the cabinet design. 

Decide ahead of time exactly what you want for your cabinets. The salesperson will know which cabinets will best suit your needs.

Select The Other Decor - Consider selecting metal for your kitchen table and chairs. Or, if you want some contrast, buy a kitchen table and chairs that have very sleek, simple lines as the design. One idea is to choose a red table. Still stick with the metal chairs to go with the red table, just to keep the modern look you want.

Buy contemporary art for your kitchen, too. For instance, frame black and white photographs or posters in contemporary frames. If you selected a red table, choose red plastic frames for the artwork.