8 Tips for Giving Your Outdoor Garden a Rustic Makeover

Everyone has a preferred style, and not everyone enjoys the prim and proper look of a garden. A rustic garden looks wonderful with older style homes, setting off specific characteristics!

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A rustic garden blends together beauty and messiness, flowing naturally, rather than taking a trimmed, maintained look. For many people, this wild-type of gardening fits their personality and tastes.

Don’t confuse a rustic garden with an unkempt one. Gardeners who pick a rustic garden do so purposefully. The foliage might look messy, but it is done so with purpose. Rustic gardens appeal to those who want low maintenance, and those who might want to complement their historic home. A century ago, a clean-lined garden would’ve been a rarity.

If this style of gardening appeals to you, here are some tips for creating a rustic garden.

Allow Overgrown Plants

Remember that your rustic garden should be low maintenance, with a controlled carelessness. Overgrown plants help you achieve the look you want. For best results, you want some fast-growing plants. Try to integrate colorful flowers and small trees. You can even use planters to get the look you want.

Look into native plants for your area. Try adding herbs as well in between tall grasses. Herbs such as chamomile and echinacea look lovely wherever you plant them.

Add Some Furniture

You should want to relax in your rustic garden and adding furniture is an important part. You can’t relax outside without somewhere to sit and enjoy yourself. Add some furniture with colorful pillows to create a relaxed look. Don’t force the design aspect too much.

Using refurbished wood in tables and chairs is a trademark of the rustic style and should be used as a staple material in the garden. You can pick them up cheap at flea markets or used shops. All you have to do is add a few layers of new paint! A local craftsman would be able to create you the benches or table of your dream. Mix and match the style of chairs.

Repurpose for Decor

Don’t run to the nearest home improvement store for new decor. Salvaged materials make the best decor. A thrown-together shed has a purpose and acts a decoration. It’s a great time to use up your spare materials laying around! Pallets are typically free; there is so much you can do with a few pallets!

Pallets can be made into benches, vertical gardens, vegetable gardens, tables, and more. If you do decide to use a pallet as a planter, be sure that it wasn’t treated with harmful chemicals.

You can use old steel pots as planters. You can grow plants in almost any type of container, even old boots! Don’t limit your creativity and ideas. Other options for planters include tin cans, zinc buckets, stone sinks, animal troughs, and wooden crates. You just have to make sure you can make drainage holes at the bottom.

An old ladder can act as a plant stand. You can paint it or leave it untreated! Ladders are actually great for plants because it helps to increase the air circulation around each one. Flea markets tend to have plenty of old, wooden ladders.

Plant Creepers

Creepers are a quintessential part of a rustic garden. They blend in well because of their long stems. Creepers can grow over arches, posts, and up the side of your house. Many of them have lovely, scented flowers. Orange blossom and jasmine are two creepers with a wonderful fragrance. You can train plants, such as ivy, to grow along fences. It gives the rustic, cottage-style look that you desire as if you’ve lived there for decades.

A Deck Adds Interest

A deck is a rustic element that helps to expand the living space in your garden. It gives you a location for your planters, as well as giving you a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Entertaining your guests on your deck will become your new go-to activity each weekend.

Use a wood with a raw finish, one that uses timber to match the design of your rustic garden. You want the deck to blend in with other areas.

Non-Concrete Walkways

Instead of using a classic, concrete walkway or sidewalk, try making a walkway with gravel or stones. You can lay pieces of pallets with pebbles in between for a rustic look. Try adding bricks in a different pattern for a sidewalk as well. Place pavers with spaces between them, allowing grass to grow up between them for a relaxed look.

Build a Country-Style Fence

Building a rustic, hardwood fence can last for years and add that old-style charm that you desire. Wooden stakes can be placed in a line, attached with twisted wire or nailed to a horizontal bar. Pallets can be used to create a rustic-style fence around your garden!

Encourage Visiting Wildlife

You want local wildlife to stop and visit your garden. That’s part of the beauty of a rustic garden! Try installing a few birdhouse and birdbaths. Make sure you place bird feeders throughout your property as well. You can add an insect hotel to encourage beneficial ones. You can plant milkweed to attract monarch butterflies.

A rustic garden makes your house look like you’ve lived there for decades. You can imagine placing a rocking chair on a deck, overlooking your garden, where the birds play and butterflies dance. With these tips, your rustic makeover will be a success.

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These Chandeliers From Kenneth Cobonpue Look Like Aerial Acrobats

Chandeliers not only bring light to illuminate a space in the evenings, they often also serve as important centrepieces that draw the attention of anyone who’s visiting for the first time!

Should you decide to hang a chandelier in your living area or right above your dining table, the piece better be good and attractive. Kenneth Cobonpue is an internationally renowned Filipino furniture designer. He made headlines when Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reportedly bought artistic pieces from him.  

This amazing artist surely does not limit himself to chairs and tables and sofas. He has also artfully developed lovely chandeliers that look like acrobats performing in mid-air. Aptly called Limbo, his collection has three variants, and each brings with it an amazing aura that will surely leave a lasting impression on guests.


The first variant is composed of a conventional chandelier that looks like it’s being used as a trapeze by an acrobat who comes from a slightly elevated starting point. The figure, according to the designer’s website, is made of gossamer wires woven by hand to create lattice patterns. The whole presentation perfectly captures the instance when the acrobat grabs the chandelier, tilting it a bit toward her. The acrobat’s body, which looks like that of a fit woman, curves elegantly towardly the ground. This masterpiece is perfect for living areas where worthwhile conversations and activities happen.


The Trapeze variant is perfect for places that need focused lighting such as dining areas and study rooms. The gossamer figure appears to be hanging from an ordinary trapeze, and she only relies on the strength of the back of her knees to support her weight. In each hand she holds a dome lamp that neatly focuses its illumination to the space right below it. The figure’s back is slightly arched so that she can hold her head up and face her audience, who most likely are in awe with how amazing her position is.


While all three masterpieces portray acrobats performing in mid-air, it is the third variant that deserves the name ‘Acrobat.’ This rendition perfectly captures the image of an aerialist who hangs from the ceiling with only her midsection supported. She balances in her mouth two candlesticks, and she also holds two candlesticks in each hand. To make things a bit challenging, this elegant figure also balances on each of her feet two candlesticks. It’s as if her whole body becomes the chandelier on which the light sources are attached. A chandelier like this one is perfect in areas that the front door opens to.

Kenneth Cobonpue’s creations are nothing short of amazing, and they are perfect for homes and offices with high ceilings. As such, installing them is going to be a bit challenging, especially if you want to go DIY. At the very least, you should ensure your safety by wearing a harness. Just make sure though that the harness is attached to sturdy materials such as Fall Protection Pros anchors to prevent any accidents while installing your beautiful new chandelier.

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