Finding the Ideal Wind Bells and Windchimes for Your Taste

p-681__31691.jpg Select simplified wind chimes in order to stay away from likely clashes in decor styles. This way they will blend in perfectly wherever they are placed. And remember, the importance of sound is more significant than the visual when it comes to wind chimes. In fact, many of the more decorative types of wind chimes are not made in such a way that allows for the same pristine sound quality as those of a simple aluminum design. When creating your wind chime garden, chimes can be installed at different heights. Wind chimes, for instance, can be set up in a number of spots such as a sundeck, in a small line of trees, as well as amid flowers. The blowing breeze will produce a sound that will emanate around your whole garden. Hanging wind chimes in your eyeline so you can appreciate the sunrise and sunset will allow you to take pleasure in their visual aspects. Wind chime gardens made of aluminum fit well with stone decor, cascading water (including a waterfall or a birdbath) and evergreens.

The Roman Water Fountains of Michelangelo

Two Florentine masters by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati created the oldest Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. The earliest fountain Michelangelo created came in 1536 with the building of the Campidoglio in Rome which was to make part of the Palazzo Senatorio's façade. A conduit from the Aqua Felice was built later and it brought water to the Capitol making a more lavish water effect possible. Expecting this, Michelangelo had added a more substantial basin styled on the late Cinquecento.

Did the introduction of wall fountains begin with the famed artist? The sculptor’s designs definitely impacted the future style of fountains in Italy. Today, this structural style is found at the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone arranged among the stairs on the principal axis of the Villa Pratolino.

Regrettably, Michelangelo was destined to put his own brilliance aside and combine conventional elements into fountains based on Roman styles. The Florentine master was asked by Julius III (1550-1555) to design a one-of-a-kind fountain to be placed at the top of the passage of the Belvedere in the Vatican. A marble statue of Moses striking a stone streaming water was to be built as embellishment for the fountain. However, an ancient sculpture of Cleopatra replaced the statue of Moses because the latter would take too much time create. A design by the well-known artist was thought to be too time-consuming, therefore, an ancient figure placed above the fountain seemed to be a better option.

Ways to Incorporate the Benefits of Feng Shui to Your Backyard

Introducing feng shui design into your yard will help circulate its energy into your home and your life.

Do not be concerned if your yard is considered too small for feng shui design, as size is relatively unimportant. A sizeable area is great for those fortunate enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

The principal feng shui tools can be used for your interior decor as well as your garden design. As the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your home's bagua, you will need to begin by understanding the bagua of the house.

Before getting going, make sure you comprehend the five elements of feng shui so that you can optimize their energy.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast section of your garden because that part of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. This could be the ideal place to put a meditative Zen garden with some beautiful stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

Give some thought to incorporating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).


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