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Wildberry Highly Scented Candle Appropriate Anywhere.

posted by Bonnie @ 10:00 AM
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The trend is: less is more.

Still, how many times do we purchase elaborate candle holders with large candles just to get hours of burn time? We really are not in need of anything quite so elaborate, we aren’t looking for anything but the ambiance of the candlelight and a light fragrance for the room. Why not go with an elegantly uncomplicated enhancement that is appropriate most anywhere.

Highly Scented Candle - WildberryScented jar candles are long lasting and highly scented. This cheerful bright red candle enlivens a room with the sweet scent of nature and a dash of color, yet takes nothing away from the decor you have in place. Highly scented candlescan be purchased in a wide assortment of fragrances. Nature scents and florals are always popular, but you can purchase richly scented candles that smell of different favorite foods for your kitchen as well. You have to love it: comfort food without the calories!

Decorative Candles Help You Relax.

posted by Bonnie @ 11:27 AM
Sunday, June 27, 2010

When you have had a tough day at the office, or the kids just wouldn’t behave, you need to allow yourself at least 30 minutes of down time before you try to sleep.

Fire and Water FountainAn easy way to do that, is to place a decorative candle fountain in your den. Start the fountain, light the candles and lay back and close your eyes. You may feel that you cannot afford to take time from your day for this, but you will find that you will go to sleep much faster, and you will sleep much deeper if you take the time to relax and unwind before you go to bed. The decorative candle doesn’t hurt your decor either.

This decorative candle works well in the bathroom as well, if you get the chance to steal away for a relaxing bath, as it has no electric cord and runs on batteries.

Tiffany Lamps Are Worth the Investment

posted by LampsMakeTheRoom @ 2:57 PM
Thursday, June 17, 2010

The original antique Tiffany lamps designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany are rare and prized commodities among collectors, but you should consider more than just the name on the lamp to decide if the item is fairly priced and worthy of your investment. For those who are just about to start a collection of these timeless lamps, here are some tips to consider:

~Try to stick with shades and bases from the same company. While you can mix and match shades and bases from several makers, collectors tend to prefer only one company per lamp.

~An unsigned stained glass lamp can have better overall quality and overall appearance, raising value considerably for the piece even without the signature from the artist.
~No two stained glass lamps are exactly the same.

~Buy the best lamp you can afford. Lower-priced lamps do not appreciate as quickly as a higher quality more unique lamps will.

~Stay away from damaged lamps or lamps which have undergone repairs. They tend to always remain well below the value of undamaged lamps.

Tiffany Pendant Lamps Give Additional Space

posted by Bonnie @ 10:00 AM
Saturday, June 12, 2010

If you have a bedroom in your home that is the size of a large closet, I have an idea that may give you the needed space and still allow ample lighting.

When you find yourself with barely enough room for a bed and dresser, the dilema becomes how do I light this room without the need for nightstands. Usually a room this size will have limited wall space. One wall will have a window, another a closet, and you need a door to enter! So you effectively look to the heavens for the answer. Low and behold, you realize that tiffany hanging pendant lamps not only will eliminate the need for the nightstands, but add dimension and color to the room.

Tiffany Style Iris Pendant LampYour tiffany pendant lamp may not come with chains long enough to bring the lamp down to a height usable from the bed, and when reading in bed, you don’t want to have to get up to shut off the light, but pendant lamps are built to easily convert to swags by changing the cord and chain.

Candleholders – Classic Combo – Black & White

posted by Bonnie @ 5:29 PM
Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Life is more sophisticated in black and white. Words you can live by, especially if you live in rented quarters, when you aren’t allowed to paint your walls. Add an instant focal point which is removable.

Take a hall table (black or white), add a narrow table runner (red or bright yellow for a dash of color), place a black birdcage candleholder on one side of the table and a bright colored birdhouse on the other side of the table. Following me so far? Now take a removable graphic wall decal like the singing bird decal shown here, and center it above the table on the wall. Birdcage Candleholder - 38651Winery Birdhouse - 35146

Singing Bird Graphic Wall Decal

With all the wall decals available to the public, there are millions of combinations you could come up with. Candles and candleholders come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Replace the birdhouse with a statue, books with decorative bookends, picture frames, vases with brightly colored flowers, the alternatives are extensive.

Regardless of what you decide to do, both you and your landlord will be pleased. You have the focal point needed with stark white walls and they have no marks or holes to repair in the walls when you change your address. Win/win situations are always good solutions.

A Look at Stained Glass

posted by LampsMakeTheRoom @ 11:23 AM
Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Stained-glass gifts, such as an ornate Tiffany pendant light, are among the best presents to give and receive. Their traditional sensibility and unique look make stained-glass pieces a cornerstone in art. But how did stained-glass come about initially?

Colored glass has been produced since ancient times. Both the Egyptians and the Romans excelled at creating small colored glass objects. In the Early Christian churches of the 4th and 5th centuries, there are many remaining windows that are filled with elaborate patterns of thinly-sliced alabaster set into wooden frames, giving a stained-glass like effect. Muslim architects in Southwest Asia achieved similar effects with greater embellishment using colored glass rather than stone.

In the 8th century, the Arab chemist Jabir ibn Hayyan (Geber) scientifically described 46 original recipes for producing colored glass in Kitab al-Durra al-Maknuna (The Book of the Hidden Pearl), in addition to which 12 recipes were inserted by al-Marrakishi in a later edition of the book. Jabir also described the production of high quality colored glass cut into artificial gemstones.

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