Fast-Growing Shade Trees That Make a Statement

When your yard needs shade and there’;s little time to waste, the search is on for tree options that will lessen the sun’;s effect on your outdoor space! Today’;s post is dedicated to fast-growing shade trees, and the featured selections below aren’;t just filler trees. On the contrary, they each make a big impact in their own way! Read on for details and plenty of photos. Best of luck as you select a shade tree that’;s perfect for your yard…


Fast-growing red rocked Crape Myrtle

Fast-growing Crape Myrtle with white bloomsNatchez Crape Myrtle in front of a charming cottageBeautiful weeping willow treeWeeping willow beside an outdoor patioWeeping willow over an outdoor dining areaTall Tulip Tree in a front yardFoliage from the TuliptreeTulip trees in a charming gravel gardenThe Nuttall OakThe leaf of the Nuttall Oak treeLarge thriving Nuttall Oak

The Crape Myrtle

We begin with a flowering tree that often prompts people to say, “Look at those beautiful blooms!” Perhaps you’;ve seen Crape Myrtles in a range of colors, such as pink, red and white. Below we see a Red Rocket Crape Myrtle on its way to becoming a larger tree. [photo from Wayside Gardens]

Fast-growing red rocked Crape Myrtle
Fast-growing Red Rocket Crape Myrtle

Some Crape Myrtles grow faster than others. Like the Red Rocket above, the Natchez Crape Myrtle is a popular choice for those looking for a quick-growing option. [photo from Columbia County Magazine]

Fast-growing Crape Myrtle with white blooms
Fast-growing Crape Myrtle with white blooms

Did you know that Crape Myrtles have the power to bloom for 120 days?! They flower in the summer (and sometimes into the fall). That’;s right: they’;re low-maintenance and they love the sun! Here’;s another Natchez Crape Myrtle, which adds charm to the cottage below. [photo from Mozaic Landscapes]

Natchez Crape Myrtle in front of a charming cottage
Natchez Crape Myrtle in front of a charming cottage

The Weeping Willow

The Crape Myrtle is a tough act to follow, but the Weeping Willow sure can hold its own! The tree’;s characteristic “weeping” foliage is quite striking, and some say it adds a relaxed, serene element to any yard it inhabits. [photo from Temperature Climate Permaculture]

Beautiful weeping willow tree
Beautiful Weeping Willow tree

Since Weeping Willows grow quickly and definitely make a big statement, they aren’;t ideal for small outdoor spaces. But they sure do add a green touch to yards that can handle their stature. The Weeping Willow in the image below is 30 years old. [photo by Mark Schwartz, from Ron Herman Landscape Architect]

Weeping willow beside an outdoor patio
Weeping Willow beside an outdoor patio

Thanks to their weeping branches, these trees provide an element of privacy, creating a curtain of greenery (which can come in handy if you’;re trying to block out a view that is less than ideal). Plus, there’;s just something magical about Weeping Willows, don’;t you think?! [photo by Idha Lindhag, from A + B KASHA Designs]

Weeping willow over an outdoor dining area
Weeping willow over an outdoor dining area

The Tulip Tree

Despite its name, the Tulip Tree does not in fact grow tulips. But it does grow quickly! Yes, this is a fast-growing shade tree that adds a thick display of foliage to your yard, as shown below. [photo from StPaul.gov]

Tall Tulip Tree in a front yard
Tall Tulip Tree in a front yard

So just what is this tree named for? Its yellow tulip-like blooms! Note the interesting orange markings on the inside of each flower. In reality, the Tulip Tree is a member of the Magnolia family. [photo from Georgia Gardening]

Foliage from the Tuliptree
Foliage from the Tulip Tree

Tulip Trees can reach more than 100 feet in height (some can reach nearly 200 feet!), but the trees in the next image are still growing. We’;re sure you’;ll agree they’;re a lovely addition to the manicured garden below. [photo by Howard Roberts, from Liquidscapes]

Tulip trees in a charming gravel garden
Tulip trees in a charming gravel garden

The Nuttall Oak

Last but not least, we shine the spotlight on the Nuttall Oak, which is a low-maintenance fast grower that produces plenty of acorns. [photo by Michael Rivera (CC BY-SA 3.0 [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0]), via Wikimedia Commons]

Large thriving Nuttall Oak
Large thriving Nuttall Oak

It also produces some amazing color in the fall. In the spring, the tree’;s green leaves make a towering statement, offering plenty of shade and healthy growth. [photo from Christiana via Dave’;s Garden]

The Nuttall Oak
The Nuttall Oak

Behind every healthy leaf is a healthy branch, and this tree has no shortage of them. In fact, the Nuttall Oak is known for its branch development, even as a young tree. This means it has the power to look substantial as it becomes the tree it’;s meant to be! [photo from the Flickr account of Paco Garin via Houzz]

The leaf of the Nuttall Oak tree
The leaf of the Nuttall Oak tree

When it comes to shade trees, always do your research for details such as soil conditions, ideal climates, and whether or not a fast grower is meant for planting close to the house. Now tell us what you think: Do you prefer your shade trees to have seasonal blooms (such as Crape Myrtles and Tulip Trees)? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below…

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Greek Charm Infusing Villa Gracias a la Vida Overlooking Delos Island


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Welcome to a scenic holiday retreat infused with Greek charm! Villa Gracias a la Vida sits on one acre of land in Costa Ilios overlooking the Island of Delos. Its privileged position allows guests here convenient access to the nearby beach of Agios Ioannis and views of the colorful sunsets. According to the official description provided by the owners of the retreat, this property is divided in 2 sections: the main house (approx. 350 square meters) and the guest house (270 square meters). Both dwellings are furnished in tasteful Greek island style, with modern bathrooms and appliances.
design Mykonos villaWith enough living space to accommodate up to twelve people, this Greek refuge showcases a flexible layout encouraging interaction: “The main house features a large terrace with sea views, a pool house and a bean-shaped swimming pool. The spacious terrace features teak wood deck chairs, an outdoor dining area and a Greek-style BBQ. The modern, functional kitchen leads to a bright dining room and has an entrance directly from the pergola-shaded terrace. All 4 bedrooms have sea views and private access to a small veranda.” Alongside this main accommodation unit there is another guest house structured on 3 floors, which comes with a gorgeous bamboo-shaded veranda overlooking Delos Island.
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Easy Canopy Ideas to Add More Shade to Your Yard

During those scorching hot summer days, it can be quite a challenge to keep cool outside before deciding it’;s time to head back indoors where it’;s air conditioned. Your yard might be equipped with a patio set, a pool, or a beautiful garden, but with little shade during the hottest days, staying out there for a long period of time can certainly get pretty uncomfortable. Large trees, gazebos, and decks with built-in coverings are great for adding more shade, but they’;re not exactly the easiest or most affordable things to set up quickly. If you’;re looking for a more temporary solution for shading a specific area of your hard that doesn’;t break the bank or create an eyesore, take a look at some of these great DIY canopy ideas you can set up in a snap.


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Umbrellas are a popular choice next to the poolSmart and simple sun shade ideaReed fencing for a cool outdoor shadeEasy to design outdoor canopyWine barrels used to shape outdoor diningShade sail used to create an outdoor loungeAn ultra-simple way to create an outdoor canopyShade sail above outdoor dining roomRelaxing outdoor lounge with wine barrels and umbrellaCreate temporary outdoor shade with ease using sailsStylish umbrella planer adds greenery to the poolside area

Creative Covers to Shield the Sun

You might have everything you need already lying around the house for setting up a quick canopy. All you really need is a piece of fabric that’;s big enough to provide some shade, a few sticks or poles, something to act as the base, and maybe a few tools and extra supplies like string or rope. This lovely canopy idea from Bright Bold Beautiful shows you how to make one using 4 vintage milk jugs and a few other easy things you can get your hands on.

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Use vintage milk jugs for holding up your canopy

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Dress your canopy up with matching fabric and added plants

Here’;s another interesting one that involves installing pipes to hold up some reed fencing and sheets (or a dropcloth) as curtains. You can see exactly how to do it on Curious Details.

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Use reed fencing for a fun and outdoorsy way to add shade

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Use a painter’;s dropcloth or sheets instead of sheers

Got some large plastic containers lying around? Reuse them to create a cute little shaded sitting area in your yard like the one you see here. [Photo from Apartment Therapy]

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Reuse old containers to use as the base of your canopy

Some of the ideas presented above are great, but they’;re not exactly made for withstanding high winds or rain. If you want, you can secure your canopy better by driving sticks or poles into the ground and tying everything down to a wall or a building with some rope. [Photo from Martha Stewart]

Secure a canopy to some nearby walls or buildings with rope to withstand higher winds

Umbrellas That Aren’;t Just for Patio Sets

Maybe you already have an umbrella that came with your patio set, but don’;t let that stop you from using more umbrellas to create extra shade! These are especially useful around the pool. Check out these 2 ideas from The Red Gingham and Home Talk that use planters to hold up a few umbrellas.

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Use planters filled with sand to hold up umbrellas around the pool

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Use planters with flowers and garden decor to hold up an umbrella

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This particular planter has wheels, so you can move the shade around as the sun moves!

Planters are one great idea you can use to hold up large umbrellas, but barrels are another solution to consider. They’;re big, sturdy, and rustic — making them a perfect choice for adding some shade with an umbrella. This one originally from the French Inspired Room has the right idea, and you can even take it a step further by integrating it with your entertainment area — like this one from Hire Society and another from Encore Events Rentals.

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A regular barrel is sturdy enough to hold up an umbrella for extra shade

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Use barrels and umbrellas to keep the drinks cool

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Barrels and large umbrellas can help bring shade to any entertainment area in your yard

The Convenience of Shade Sails

Shade sails are popular for adding more shade to any spot, and they’;re a good solution if you’;re not in the mood for a real crafty DIY project like some of the ones presented above. You can get shade sails from Amazon or presumably any local outdoor/garden supply store. This example from The Garden Glove shows you can swap out a patio umbrella for shade sails instead while this one from DIY Ne2rk shows how you can use one to create a vertical wall instead of an overhead shaded area.

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Shade sails are very popular for easily bringing more shade to a yard

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As long as you can attach them to something, they work great!

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You can use shade sails to create a vertical wall

One last example from Stylizmo appears to recreate the same effect of a shade sail, but uses a larger white sheet in its place. Still looks fantastic!

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If you have an extra sheet lying around, you can create the same effect as a shade sail

How do you add more shade to your yard? Which one of these would you be most interested in trying? Let us know by leaving a comment.

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Remastered Mid Century by Montalba Architects

This remastered mid century home by Montalba Architects is dare I say “how I would do it”. Constructed in 1967 by Mortimer J. Matthews the house already had some fantastic architectural elements that made for a perfect expansion. If you take the time to click over to the Montalba Architects website and read about this project I bet it will make you as happy as I was reading it. You get the idea that there was some meticulous planning evolved with this mid century renovation and expansion. The roof line, is amazing and has to be my favorite part of this house. You get a wonderful cross feeling of old and new, stunning.


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Get Your Family to Put Down Their Phones During Dinner with These DIY Pocket Placemats


DIY Pocket Placemats Step to Put Phone Away During Dinner

Several months ago, I received a set of darling Anthropologie dish cloths as a gift that were so lovely I couldn’;t bear to actually wipe my hands on them. So they ended up sitting in a cabinet. Then, last week, IKEA provided me with the perfect solution to turn the too-pretty towels into placemats that will get a lot more visibility. The inspiration came in the form of the Swedish furnishing company’;s new limited edition SITTNING placemat, which has a little pocket that encourages your family to put their phones away and actually pay attention to their tablemates during dinner. If mid-meal texting is a pet peeve of yours too, help give your family and significant other a clue with my easy DIY placemat tutorial.

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DIY Phone Pocket Placemats

Here’s what you’ll need to make 4 placemats

– 2 dish towels (You could also use 4 rectangles of sturdy cloth cut to approximately 19“ wide by 14“ tall and hemmed on all sides)
– 4 smaller rectangles of felt for the pockets (see instructions for sizing details)
– Scissors
– An iron
– A needle and thread or sewing machine

DIY Placemats with Whimsical Embroidery

Step 1: Fold one dish cloth in half and smooth out any creases.

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Step 2: Carefully cut the dish towel at the crease using a sharp pair of scissors.

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Step 3: Hem the cut edge of your dish towel by folding a 1/2“ of it over and ironing the crease.

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Then fold it over one more time and iron again.

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Step 4: Use your sewing machine or a needle and thread to hem the edge.

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Step 5: Use your phone to measure out and cut a piece of contrasting felt for your pocket. The piece should be about 2“ wider and 2“ shorter than your phone. If you have a smaller phone, you may want to make your swatch wider just in case since phones seem to be getting larger and larger these days.

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Step 6: Next, pin your felt rectangle onto your placemat. There’;s no right or wrong here but remember that your plate will need to go in the center, so you probably want to stick to the upper right or left.

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Step 7: Sew your pocket onto your placemat. Remember to leave the top side open so that people can slide their phones in during dinner!

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Do you think your family members will get the hint with these suggestive placemats on the table?

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Modern Cottage Design Flaunting an Inverted Floor-Plan


Val-des-Monts Cottage by Christopher Simmonds Architect

Modern cottage design can make you rethink your perspective on solitude. This modern family cottage with dark framed windows captures expansive views of the forest around. Built on a steep cliff’;s edge, the Val-des-Monts Cottage in the Gatineau hills of Canada captures arresting views of the nearby lake. Children will definitely learn to respect nature and enjoy its ever-changing beauty.

This modern lakeside family cottage imagined by Christopher Simmonds Architect stands on a stone platform that supports its smart inverted floor-plan.

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Boasting cantilevered family spaces upstairs, the home gathers stunning views of the surroundings. Private spaces were neatly tucked away in the land, resting on the sinuous lines of the landscape. Entering from the forest side, you move along the pathway into the home only to discover arresting lake views beyond the floor-to-ceiling windows.

White oak boards were used on the floor and walls to create a warm and comfortable setting. On the outside, the modern cottage design showcases dark frames on the windows, while the interiors are bright and cheery with matching white frames on windows. Dressed in white cedar cladding, the modern cottage design impresses with every turn you take. Photos by Doublespace Photography showcase the abruptness of the land and glimpses of the warm interiors basked in sunlight.

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We can see details like slabs of silver maple shaping the bathroom vanity or the way light filtered by the forest caresses the interiors and creates a close connection to the outdoors. Cool air rising from the lake naturally ventilates interiors, rising the physical comfort level to match the attractive visual appeal. If you liked this modern cottage design and want to see more, check out this modern cottage rising on old heirloom cottage grounds in Quebec, it boasts inspiring elements you will fall in love with.

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Transportable Modular Units Offering High Quality Living: Remote House in Chile


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Modular housing units are gaining more and more popularity, especially when they are built like this! Felipe Assadi envisioned Remote House, a prototype project for transportable and high quality living. This lovely home is located in Región de Valparaíso, Chile and was entirely built in the city in 45 days, moved in 4 hours, and installed in 6. With a total surface of 80 square meters, the module accommodates 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a pantry with a washing machine, a central living space, dining room and kitchen.
design modern remote houseAccording to the project developers, “the structure is made of iron and designed with pine wood in exteriors, interiors, walls, flooring and ceiling. In the final project, the client will be able to configure his own house based on different module alternatives via web, in a system that allows connections between such modules without further instructions than adding now, or in the future, the required enclosures”. All facilities are ready-made and installed on site, once the modules are set. From our end, this type of homes look extremely efficient. How do you find them?  [Photography by Fernando Alda]
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Surprising L-Plan House Maximizing Garden Views in Bangalore, India


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Looking to provide a high level of privacy as well as to maximize views of the garden, the architects at Khosla Associates design the L-Plan House in Bangalore, India. The residence was envisioned for a young couple and accommodates the living and dining area, a guest room, study, puja room and 2 kitchens on the main level, while the first floor has a master bedroom, child’s bedroom, yoga room and a family area: “Conceptually the house has 2 opposing faces, an introverted exterior facing the street in the east and south, and an extroverted interior elevation facing west and north. The street facing massing is more opaque while the garden facing elevations provide transparency and views”, explain the architects.
design modern residenceThe layout is flexible, encouraging family interaction: “Entry to the house is from the east through a rectilinear portal that frames a shallow water feature via a large picture window, thus establishing an immediate visual connection from the street to the garden. In the perpendicular direction the foyer opens up to a double height living room and then notches into an equally capacious dining area with an open kitchen. The family room on the upper level interacts with the double volume of the dining and living below”. [Information provided by Khosla Associates; Photography by Shamanth Patil J]
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15 Impressive Wall Mural Ideas That Bring the Outdoors In

Wall mural art can really make a big impact in a room if you do it right. In fact, there’;s probably nothing more striking than a big mural on a wall you can use to create really big and eye-catching focal point. And when it ties in together nicely with the furniture, accessories, and overall look you’;re really going for, anyone who steps into the room is certain to be impressed. There’;s an endless variety of theme ideas you can use for a mural, but I personally think that the ones that have been designed to recreate nature are among the most interesting to look at.


Exquisite and rustic, nature-themed wall mural

Colorful Autumn forest wall mural adds orange to the bedroomPerfect wall mural for cat lovers!Dine next to the beach indoors with this stunning wall mural!Fantasy forest wall mural seems inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Nights!Lighting adds to the magic of the Panda Wall MuralMural brings the charm of a green forest indoorsExciting Spring or summer-themed forest wall muralSpring forest wallpaper muralSnow-covered forest wall mural for the contemporary bedroomMoose woods mural wallpaperCaptivating wall mural for those who love the cosmos

Seasonal Forests

Imagine having your very own forest right inside your home. With the handmade wall murals you can get from StyleAwall, it’;s possible! You can get forest-themed settings according to the different seasons, and since they’;re so easy to remove, you can easily change it from spring, summer, winter, and autumn as often as you want.

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Spring or summer-themed forest wall mural
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Winter-themed forest wall mural
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Autumn-themed forest wall mural

Out of This World

A space-themed wall mural might suit your style if you’;re serious about creating a look that’;s truly out of the ordinary. You can find murals with stars and galaxies like this one offered by FromEUWithLove, or others that feature planets and their moons — like this second one from DreamyWall.

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Space-themed wall mural featuring a galaxy
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Space-themed wall mural featuring planets and moons

Jungle Fever

Yes, there are wall murals you can get that make it feel like you’;re on an African safari, or some other sort of wildlife expedition. These wall murals offered again by FromEUWithLove via Etsy feature everything from panda bears and big cats, to penguins and polar bears.

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Wildlife-themed jaguar wall mural
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Wildlife-themed panda bear wall mural

Lakes & Oceans

If you don’;t have the perfect ocean or lake view, why not recreate it with a wall mural? The ones you can get from HomeArtStickers feature lush forest lakes and breezy Caribbean beaches that might as well make you feel like you’;re as far away from the city as you can get.

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Forest lake-themed wall mural
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Caribbean beach-themed wall mural

Painted Trees

All of the above murals are made to look very realistic. If you like the idea of natural outdoor setting for a mural, but don’;t exactly want it to look too real, you can have a look at the gorgeous works of art below from DreamyWall on Etsy. They bring much more of an artistic painter’;s touch to your home.

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Painted wall mural featuring trees and colorful light orbs
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Painted wall mural featuring trees and plants
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Painted wall mural featuring a birch tree forest

Wildly Rustic

For a cabin or a cottage, one of these rustic-themed mural designs again from DreamyWall might inspire you. The colors are kept light and earthy toned, with images of trees and forest animals like deer and birds. Similar to the painted tree murals above, they bring more of an artsy decorative feel compared to some of the ultra realistic ones previously shown.

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Rustic-themed wall mural featuring shadows of forest animals and trees
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Rustic-themed wall mural featuring lightly colored trees and birds
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Rustic-themed wall mural featuring simple shapes and colors of trees and deer

Would you ever consider putting up a wall mural in your home like any of the above? They’;re all removable and reusable, so you can rest easy knowing you don’;t have to stick to a permanent design for good.

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15 Impressive Wall Mural Ideas That Bring the Outdoors In

Wall mural art can really make a big impact in a room if you do it right. In fact, there’;s probably nothing more striking than a big mural on a wall you can use to create really big and eye-catching focal point. And when it ties in together nicely with the furniture, accessories, and overall look you’;re really going for, anyone who steps into the room is certain to be impressed. There’;s an endless variety of theme ideas you can use for a mural, but I personally think that the ones that have been designed to recreate nature are among the most interesting to look at.


Exquisite and rustic, nature-themed wall mural

Colorful Autumn forest wall mural adds orange to the bedroomPerfect wall mural for cat lovers!Dine next to the beach indoors with this stunning wall mural!Fantasy forest wall mural seems inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Nights!Lighting adds to the magic of the Panda Wall MuralMural brings the charm of a green forest indoorsExciting Spring or summer-themed forest wall muralSpring forest wallpaper muralSnow-covered forest wall mural for the contemporary bedroomMoose woods mural wallpaperCaptivating wall mural for those who love the cosmos

Seasonal Forests

Imagine having your very own forest right inside your home. With the handmade wall murals you can get from StyleAwall, it’;s possible! You can get forest-themed settings according to the different seasons, and since they’;re so easy to remove, you can easily change it from spring, summer, winter, and autumn as often as you want.

forest mural wallpaper 11
Spring or summer-themed forest wall mural
snow forest mural wappaper 12
Winter-themed forest wall mural
autum mural wallpaper 13
Autumn-themed forest wall mural

Out of This World

A space-themed wall mural might suit your style if you’;re serious about creating a look that’;s truly out of the ordinary. You can find murals with stars and galaxies like this one offered by FromEUWithLove, or others that feature planets and their moons — like this second one from DreamyWall.

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Space-themed wall mural featuring a galaxy
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Space-themed wall mural featuring planets and moons

Jungle Fever

Yes, there are wall murals you can get that make it feel like you’;re on an African safari, or some other sort of wildlife expedition. These wall murals offered again by FromEUWithLove via Etsy feature everything from panda bears and big cats, to penguins and polar bears.

jungle cats mural wallpaper 10
Wildlife-themed jaguar wall mural
panda bear mural wallpaper 2
Wildlife-themed panda bear wall mural

Lakes & Oceans

If you don’;t have the perfect ocean or lake view, why not recreate it with a wall mural? The ones you can get from HomeArtStickers feature lush forest lakes and breezy Caribbean beaches that might as well make you feel like you’;re as far away from the city as you can get.

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Forest lake-themed wall mural
beach mural wallpaper 16
Caribbean beach-themed wall mural

Painted Trees

All of the above murals are made to look very realistic. If you like the idea of natural outdoor setting for a mural, but don’;t exactly want it to look too real, you can have a look at the gorgeous works of art below from DreamyWall on Etsy. They bring much more of an artistic painter’;s touch to your home.

fantasy forest mural wallpaper 4
Painted wall mural featuring trees and colorful light orbs
spring forest wallpaper mural 6
Painted wall mural featuring trees and plants
autumn forest mural wallpaper 7
Painted wall mural featuring a birch tree forest

Wildly Rustic

For a cabin or a cottage, one of these rustic-themed mural designs again from DreamyWall might inspire you. The colors are kept light and earthy toned, with images of trees and forest animals like deer and birds. Similar to the painted tree murals above, they bring more of an artsy decorative feel compared to some of the ultra realistic ones previously shown.

reinder woods mural wallpaper 5
Rustic-themed wall mural featuring shadows of forest animals and trees
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Rustic-themed wall mural featuring lightly colored trees and birds
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Rustic-themed wall mural featuring simple shapes and colors of trees and deer

Would you ever consider putting up a wall mural in your home like any of the above? They’;re all removable and reusable, so you can rest easy knowing you don’;t have to stick to a permanent design for good.

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Sustainable Clover Villa in India Set Within a Golf Field


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Designed by Mistry Architects, Clover Villa is contemporary home set within a golf course development on the outskirts of Bangalore, India. The aim of the architects was to maximize views to the vast surrounding greenery and provide a comfortable living space for the owners. Featuring 3 bedrooms, a home theater and a rooftop terrace complete with bar and seating area, this generously-sized home provides plenty of spaces for entertaining with friends.
design modern residenceHere is an excerpt from the virtual tour, as provided by the designers: “A stone walkway meanders through the lush landscape of the home to take the visitor up to the entry. Pass through the sky lit entrance foyer and the spaces of the home then unfold outwards into the landscape. A reflective pool with skylights that create varying light and shade through the day connects both the floors with its high ceiling, double height windows and accent lights. There is a layering of spaces that merge the living and family to the semi covered deck spaces and then to the garden and the golf course beyond.” Sustainable features of the residence include a water harvesting tank and photo-voltaic panels. [Photography by Anand Jaju]
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Vanguard Way by Joshua Rice

The Vanguard Way project by Joshua Rice design is a wonderful example of a minimal color pallet. The walls, materials and other pieces are utilizing a nice black-white ratio while the art found through out the house ads the needed piece of color. The wood pieces, mostly the cabinets ad a nice amount of warmth into the place. I like the texture on the polished concrete floors, it ads a dimensionality to the surface of the floor. If you haven’;t seen the work of Joshua Rice I suggest you take a moment and look through his projects.


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