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Archive for September 16th, 2010

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.

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