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Archive for September, 2012

Decorating a New Apartment

posted by LampsMakeTheRoom @ 3:12 PM
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I recently moved into a new apartment and I’ve been having some trouble figuring out how to furnish it, because this is the first time I’ve ever lived on my own. I’ve always mixed and matched furniture with whatever roommates I was living with at the time, but this time it’s my own place and I want to be sure that everything about the apartment fits who I am as a person.

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted for chairs and tables particularly. One easy choice I made was picking up a few Tiffany style table lamps to brighten up the place. I thought those fit my style quite a bit. The next thing I’ve got to work on is decorative items for the walls and tables.

No Lighting at Home

posted by LampsMakeTheRoom @ 3:12 PM
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

My apartment didn’t come with very good lighting. Most of the rooms don’t have previously installed light fixtures in the ceiling or really anywhere, apart from a dim one in each of the bedrooms, a few in the bathrooms, and one in the kitchen. This can be a little annoying, especially in the winter, when it’s darker outside and there’s less natural light coming in.

The worst offender is the living room. Without the TV on, there’s really no light in there at all. I do, however, have a Tiffany desk lamp that lights up the room. It makes reading a lot easier and if I’ve got any work that I’ve brought home, I can do it in the living room instead of having to shut myself away in my bedroom.

National Cathedral Houses Auxiliary Window

posted by Bonnie @ 11:59 AM
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

the inscription - third panel

I am a member, and a big fan of the the American Legion Auxiliary. In 1981, an anonymous donor pledged $50,000 if the American Legion Auxiliary could raise an equal amount. The money, per the donors request, was to be used to endow the placement of a stained glass window with the Auxiliary emblem in the Washington, D.C. National Cathedral.

Auxiliary Stained Glass Window - National Cathedral - Washington DCThe challenge was accepted, and in 1986 the money was collected.

A well known stained glass artist, Roy LeCompte, was commissioned to design the window depicting the suffering of Job, a metaphor for families that have lost a loved one in war.

Before a crowd of more than 2,000 gathered in the National Cathedral for a service on February 23, 1986, the Job Clave Clerestory window was dedicated. This window was once again the center of attention, gazed upon by the masses when a crowd of Legion and Auxiliary members gathered during the Washington D.C. Conference in 2012.

If you would like to know more about the window and the history of the National Cathedral, visit for a more indepth article.

Now most of us don’t personally have the means to have a commissioned stained glass window in our homes, but each and every one of us can afford the elegance of a Tiffany style stained glass panel to place in our window. For that matter, a Tiffany style stained glass panel can be hung anywhere in your home. Treat your Tiffany style stained glass panel as the piece of art that it actually is.


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