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Archive for September, 2010

Remodeling the Office

posted by LampsMakeTheRoom @ 8:06 AM
Thursday, September 30, 2010

Making the office a comfortable environment for employees can increase productivity and ensure they’ll stay at their desks longer, and work more. One idea to consider is to bring in plants or small trees. This not only makes the office more aesthetically pleasing, but increases the production of oxygen, allowing for more oxygen to reach the brain, and increasing mental productivity. Another idea is to replace your existing lighting panels with sky-scapes, which have colored prints of the sky, ocean, or popular characters like Dilbert. While having no scientific benefit, these add an artistic appeal to the office. You can enhance the ambiance even further by strategically placing a Tiffany floor lamp or two around the main areas of the office.

I also invested in some wholesale fragrance oil so that the office always smells great. In addition, simple changes like free coffee a couple days of the week or doughnuts from the bakery on Mondays never hurt.

Lighting Shows Off Your Space To Its Best Advantage

posted by Bonnie @ 1:19 PM
Sunday, September 19, 2010

How many hours did you spend picking out the paint for your room? Now, how long did it take you to decide on the lighting? No other single element influences what we do and how we feel, yet we overlook this element of design.

Each room in your house is unique and needs to be illuminated to  meet your needs day and night.

Ambient lighting is the base from which all lighting is layered. It is the natural light from windows and those lights that fill the space with an overall glow. These usually include ceiling fixtures, pendant, track, recessed lights and wall sconces.

While a pendant light might be your first choice for over the breakfast bar, don’t forget what they can add to a living area, entry or stairwell. Pendants can be hung in pairs or groups for added effect.

Tiffany Table LampTask lighting is illumination for a single activity. This is achieved by using desk lamps, table lamps, under-counter lights, pendants and swing arm lights. You should use this type of lighting near your sewing machine, office desk, kitchen counter or any place you may sit to read.

Accent lighting will give you shape and depth. This type of lighting may show off a particular piece of artwork or lighten a dark corner. Wall sconces, torchieres and pedestal lamps would be appropriate fixtures for this type of lighting.

Chandeliers and wall sconces with dimmer switches can provide accent or mood lighting as well.

Decorative lighting is a design element. It is meant to look good while providing a little light as a bonus. Unique candle stands and novelty lamps work well here. Your choices are almost unlimited.

Beware of the common mistake of using one overpowering bright overhead lamp. That is usually harsh and unflattering to your decor. Instead, use a varity of lamps and lighting fixtures that will give you soft and warm light.Punch Pattern Lamp

If you have high ceilings and want to cozy up the room, use light shades with pierced patterns that will cast patterns on the wall or tiffany style lamps that throw off varying colors.

A Tabletop of Memories

posted by LampsMakeTheRoom @ 4:04 PM
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Many years ago, while shopping at a gift shop, my parents fell in love with a marble-topped table that had a carved, wooden base. When they could find a marked price and asked the shop owner how much it cost, the owner told them that it was his table and it wasn’t for sale – it was simply displaying other items for sale. My parents know it would be a perfect end table for our living room and didn’t want to go home without it, so they made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. That table still sits next to a recliner in their living room.

The table has become a fixture in my childhood memories not so much for the table itself, but more for what was stored on it. My mom always kept two Tiffany desk lamps on the table but the rest of the home accents would be rotated throughout the year. We would have snow globes in the winter, eggs in the spring…you get the picture. Now that I’m living on my own, I’ve purchased a similar table to serve as the focal point in my home.

Single Women Are The Fastest-Growing Homeowner Group

posted by Bonnie @ 11:18 AM
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Single women – a diverse group that includes childless women, single mothers, divorcees, 20-somethings and seniors – are now the second largest group of homeowners according to one study by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. Unmarried women make up 22 percent of all homebuyers. That constitutes approximately 1.5 million women. Single men trail at 17 percent, and the largest segment is still married couples at more than 60 percent.

Owning a home is one of the best investments you can make, and more women are investing in homes, but it is often scary for them to take that plunge.

For many unmarried women, location is a top priority. The single mothers need to be near the schools and tend to stay near other family and friends who can supply support. Single women also like being close to retail stores and entertainment venues. Looking at existing homes, women prefer to buy one that doesn’t require a lot of renovation. They work and don’t want to spend their days scheduling repairmen.

However, decoraEiffel Tower Candle Holderting their new homes has never been a scary thought. This is their space and they thrive on making the entire home reflect a part of themselves.

The avid traveler may pick unique candle lanterns such as the Eiffel Tower candle holder shown here. This lantern would lend support to the travel photos displayed on the walls and the exotic vases, statues or trinkets displayed throughout the room.

Lighting is what shows off a space to its best advantage. Because there are so many layers of lighting – ambient, task, accent and decorative – we will be doing a special series on illumination. Check back often to be sure you do not miss these informative articles. Each lighting layer has specific purposes and fixtures that provide each lighting layer will be explored.

We will also be presenting information on how to present your artwork and photos in a professional way. Dressing up rooms is easily achieved by hanging artwork on the walls so check back with us often.

Warm Your Home For Fall

posted by Bonnie @ 12:09 PM
Monday, September 6, 2010

Now is the time to transform your home into a cozy nest where friends and family want to gather.

Fall Welcome WreathMake visitors feel welcome from the moment they walk through the door. Decorate your front door with a seasonal accent and an attractive door mat.

Rearrange your furniture and create a conversation pit in front of your fireplace. If you don’t have a built-in fireplace, many electric fireplaces are available on the market that give the same feel and warmth with no mess or outside venting needed.

Light the candles. Choose candlesticks in metallics or warm colors. Gold is popular now. Or purchase votive Partridge Nest Tealight Holdercandles, colored and scented, and place them into gourds or apples you have hollowed out using a votive carver, making your own unique candle holders.

Add fall color pallets by selecting fabrics in shades of browns, reds, oranges and yellows for throw pillows and table runners. These same colors can be incorporated into the area rugs, which are cheaper to replace than the carpet.

Take down the summer sheers and add some substantial curtains, consider thermal window treatments which will help keep out drafts.

Crystal Tealight HolderA touch of black adds sophistication to your home decor. Use it sparingly, a few picture frames, a ceramic vase, a unique candle holder because too much black looks dreary.

Decorate using nature as an inspiration. Continue the theme using fall flowers, or artificial flowers, set about in unusual containers. Try china pitchers, ceramic teapots or watering buckets instead of your normal run of the mill vase.

With these few changes, you are ready to entertain family and friends. Fall is the lead into the holidays. Don’t hesitate, there is no reason to wait for the holiday’s to make decor changes that will uplift your spirits.

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