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Lamps Will Light Up Your Decor

23 Nov

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A beautiful selection of lamps will light up your decor.

Lamps are not just for lighting; they add a finishing touch of style to most any room. Often lamps are an afterthought lamps-and-lighting2to a decorating project when, but in fact, they can be the perfect fine-tuning for a room, creating a feeling of warmth and soft mood.

Of course, function is key when considering lighting for your home. That’s why it’s best to work with a expert who can help you plan your complete lighting scheme, including overhead lights, recessed lighting, lamps and more.

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As far as lamps making a fashion statement, they should complement the style of your décor, either blending into the background or adding a distinctive touch that stands out.

Lamps can be simple or ornate, masculine or feminine, traditional or modern. And there are so many choices in shape, size, color, material and shade style.

 

 

Think about adding lamps to create both a fashion statement and additional lighting: –

  • Next to a sofa, easy chair or stool –
  • On a nightstand or dresser –
  • Adorning a dining room sideboard –
  • Atop an entry hall console table –
  • On or near a desk in a home office –
  • Up on the fireplace mantel –
  • Even on the vanity in a powder roomlamps-and-lighting4

To add a sense of symmetry, use a pair of lamps on a buffet table, nightstands, or side tables on either side of a sofa. You can create informal symmetry by placing a table lamp on one side of a sofa or bed, and a floor lamp on the other. Focus on lamps this fall to create more intimate and engaging rooms.

For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

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Lighting Can Make All The Difference

29 Apr

Light – and the light fixtures you select – bring beauty to a room and its elements.Lighting3

At the same time good lighting is essential for functionality. One type of lighting isn’t enough for most rooms; layering lighting and thoughtful placement will make your rooms look beautiful and work optimally.

1. Start with ambient lighting.
Also called general lighting, this type of light washes over a room in a non-focused way – and even includes natural sunlight coming through the windows.
Ambient lighting includes ceiling light fixtures and chandeliers, lights on ceiling fans, track lighting and recessed ceiling lights that are not sharply directed, and torchiere lamps. Continue reading

The Perfect Lamp Will Light Up Your Rooms.

4 Mar

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Adding an Asian Touch Will Energize Your Decor.

18 Feb

Adding an Asian Touch Will Energize Your Decor.
Asian design can be neutral and calm – or ornate and colorful.
AsianPhoto2Many people think of Asian home design elements as simply Chinese rugs and Japanese screens. But there’s so much more. The continent also includes the countries and cultures of Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, and South Asia, primarily India.
These countries have both an ancient design aesthetic and a growing 21st century vibe. Today’s Asian design elements range from simple, monochromatic pieces to wildly patterned and colored designs.
bonsai-tree-3previewYou can start small with an ornamental bonsai tree, beautiful celadon dishware, painted lacquer ware or ceramic vases in many shapes and sizes. Or go bigger with a folding screen that acts as a divider between rooms, an accent piece sitting in the corner of a room, or a piece of wall art.

Japanese and Chinese ceramic stools are readily available, both in new versions and antiques, and add a beautiful Asian touch in your home or garden – to provide extra seating or a place to set a drink or snack.
Asian wall art offers so many possibilities, including ornately carved wood panels, landscape murals painted on silk, and wall hangings painted with calligraphy. And on the floor, there’s the possibility of oriental rugs, tatami mats and bamboo flooring.AsianPhoto1
Antique Asian furniture from almost all of the continent is fascinating, often with a blend of Asian design and European colonial influence. And in many countries, artisans are making new furniture out of recycled wood that originally adorned temples and houses.
Introduce a unique and beautiful element to your home décor this season by adding an Asian element – or two!

 

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Seasonal Affective Disorder Can Be Helped

14 Jan

Get Happy…Light

HappyLight5 Are you tired of all the grey outside? It’s not just the winter blues or postpartum from the holidays. It’s a real condition that is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, and is estimated to affect 10 million Americans. It generally starts after Daylight Savings, when the days get shorter and we get less sunshine, all the way through winter until spring. SAD is often classified as a mood disorder for those who exhibit good mental health throughout the year and then show signs of depression in the winter months.

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It’s believed that hibernation behavior still is a part of our animal makeup and that in the winters long ago, there was low calorie intake and less reproduction occurring so it was harder to survive. Now with more scientific research being done, we have also found out that winter also changes your circadian rhythym due to the light difference, which can also alter your brain chemistry.
SAD can be very daunting to deal with and can seem to last what feels like forever.

And there are many symptoms that can pop up along the way for SAD:

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However, one thing that you can do to help with this is phototherapy. It has been the most common antidote for those affected by SAD. Phototherapy (classically referred to as heliotherapy or light therapy) consists of exposure to daylight or to specific wavelengths of light using light-emitting diodes (LEDs), fluorescent lamps, dichroic lamps or very bright, full-spectrum light. The light is administered for a prescribed amount of time and,
in some cases, at a specific time of day.HappyLight3
And in the past, these light boxes and lamps looked very utilitarian…

But now you can find them with a modern twist so that they enhance not only your mood but the decor in your home…Check them out online, or locally at Gross Electric.

 

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Decluttering before you decorate will make your holidays trimmings pop!

11 Dec

Decluttering before you decorate will make your holidays trimmings pop!

Begin your holiday decorating with a clean start for maximum beauty and minimum chaos.
It’s so much fun to decorate the house for the holidays, but sometimes there’s just too much clutter once all the decorations are put out – so much “stuff” that people can hardly see the beauty of your holiday treasures.

Put away your “everyday” home accessoriesChristmasDeclutter1

Your first step before starting your holiday decorating should be to put away the other home décor items that usually adorn your house – sitting on table tops, mantles and furniture. This includes vases, candles, throw pillows and house plants. You can even store them in the boxes that your holiday decorations usually occupy! A clean start will help you decide where to display your holiday decorations for the most beautiful look and ensure that the decorations are the focal point of your rooms during this festive season.

Get rid of holiday decorations you’ll never use

ChristmasDeclutter2When you’re getting out your holiday decorations, take the time to purge, purge, purge. Take a close look at the decorations you aren’t going to use this year and honestly evaluate whether you’ll ever use them again. If it’s damaged, get rid of it. If you don’t love it, get rid of it. Think about passing your undamaged discards on to your children or other family members who are just starting their own households. Or donate them to a hospital, nursing home, homeless shelter or other charitable organization that could really use them to add some holiday cheer. After all, this is the season for giving.

Keeping your house clutter-free can be a challenge during the holidays. Try it and your house will look more festive and bright!

Fireplace warmth and style

14 Nov

Get ready to enjoy the cool winter months in front of a warm fire with family and friends.

The weather is cooling, and we’re all spending more times indoors. What a good time to refresh the fireplace, mantle and everything surrounding it.

A fireplace provides more than just fireplace2physical heat; it adds emotional warmth and ambiance. Your hearth-side experience can become the focal point of your entire house, whether your home is traditional or modern, formal or casual!

There are so many ways to make your fireplace area beautiful – and functional too, from the style and material of the fireplace and chimney to the design of the mantel and hearth, and even the décor and furniture near your fireplace.
Select stone, tile, brick, paint – the choices for materials are almost unlimited.

Purchase an antique wood or stone carved mantel and surround for a unique look.fireplace3

Don’t have a mantle at all! A fireplace can look beautiful with the brick, wood or stone extending to the ceiling.
Hang a mirror or beautiful piece of art over the mantel – or even your flat screen TV! You can even have your TV installed behind a remote-controlled piece of artwork.fireplace1

Add a unique fireplace screen for function and beauty.

Place big comfortable chairs near the fireplace or low ottomans for relaxing and warming up.

In the summer months, adorn the inside or edges of your fireplace with live or artificial plants or a beautiful “garden” of candles.

One of the biggest ways to change the look of a room is to redo your fireplace. Focus on your fireplace this fall and soon you’ll be basking in the glow of a beautiful hearth-side experience.

Fall Is the Perfect Time to Focus on Your Fireplace.
November 2014

Don’t Cut Corners When Decorating

21 Apr

Capitalizing on the corners
of your rooms will fill in your decorating plans.Corners

Corners can be a challenge, but they’re not wasted space. Decorate them thoughtfully to add interest and function to a room.

Just about whenever you have four walls, a corner is created. Corners are seldom the heart and soul of a room. Sometimes they’re charming and engage us to decorate them beautifully. More often they create an awkward space, especially when the corner doesn’t include 90-degree angles. And often they fall totally “under the radar” of decorating plans. But an empty corner can make a room look unfinished and unbalanced.

Corners2Don’t think of your corners as wasted space; embellish them to add flair to your home environment and even add function to a room! Most important of all, don’t let corners become spots for clutter to accumulate.
Here are some ideas:

  • An interesting small table can be topped with a unique art object, striking lamp or beautiful vase.
  • A large houseplant or tree can sit on the floor, adding nature and beauty, and even refreshing the indoor air quality.
  • An extra-tall vase filled with tall branches or grasses can sit on the floor.
  • A small desk can provide an additional work area or computer space.
  • An easy chair and good lighting can create a cozy reading space.
  • Small wall art on one or both walls of the corner can provide a point of interest to engage visitors.
  • Display shelves can hold family photos or treasures collected on adventures around the world.

 

Don’t cut corners in your home decorating! Make it a point to focus on enhancing these challenging spaces in your house.

 

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Ten Things To Consider Before You Schedule A Designer

3 Mar

If you are considering working with a designer or decorator for window treatments,  think about what you would like to achieve with your new window treatments.  We like to be helpful in getting just the right treatment for the right situation and have found it helps to eliminate confusion from all the options and possibilities that exist.

Here are some questions to get you started:

  • Have you noticed sun damage on your furniture, carpeting, rugs or flooring?
  • Would you like to cut down on the ultraviolet rays from the sun, but yet see out of your windows?
  • Does the sun create too much heat in one or more of your rooms?
  • Do you need to cut the glare from the sun on your television or computer screen?
  • Is privacy a concern for you?
  • Do you loose heat through your windows?
  • Would you like to soften the lines of your windows with draperies or valances?
  • Have you considered what style and color of drapery or valance you would like? If not, we are happy to help you with pictures and sketches.
  • Have you thought of incorporating decorative hardware?
  • Do you have a budget, and are you willing to share it with your designer?

These are answers that will help your designer narrow choices to what is best suited for your and your needs. Sharing your budget is so important because it helps your designer find the right product from the beginning of the project. It’s good to know if you need a treatment for privacy, or just to help with energy efficiency.

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What You Need To Know About The Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

11 Feb

Are you aware of the incandescent bulb phase out?

Incandescent light bulbs are in the final stages of the phase out.- they are said to be less energy efficient that their replacement counterparts, the  (compact fluorescent lamps) or the LED (light-emitting diode).  As of January 1, 2014, the US will no longer manufacture or import incandescent bulbs. Store may still sell their stock, but when they are gone, they are gone forever.  75W and 100W bulbs were phased out out 2012 & 2013 and the 40W and 60W as of January this year.

We’ve discovered that a lot of folks don’t yet realize this, so we thought we would attempt to help sort out the differences the alternatives to the incandescent bulbs now available.

The CFL bulbs that have been highly touted as the next best thing have both pro’s and con’s. Some consumers complain that they don’t last as long as advertised. They are somewhat fragile and they can succumb to overheating which can shortCFL Bulben the lifespan. They also contain Mercury , sometimes called quicksilver, a highly toxic heavy metal. It is especially toxic to the brains of both fetuses and children.  According to Scientific American , it’s best to use sticky duct tape, a damp paper towel or a wet wipe (using gloves) to gather the material together, then scoop it up with a stiff paper into a glass jar with a metal lid to avoid toxic fumes. Brooms and vacuums should be avoided as they can spread the material to other rooms. Recycle these bulbs- do not put them into a landfill. On the plus side, CFL’s use about 75% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb, and their lifespan is around nine years!

LED BulbLED bulbs are considered the most energy efficient. These are the bulbs that have been used in electronics for many years. LED bulbs also do not emit nearly the heat that any other bulb does, which helps to reduce cooling costs as well. This type of bulb is very durable, it does not have a fragile shell or a filament that can shatter as the old style incandescent did. The down side is that they are considerably more expensive than CFL’s. But, considering you will rarely, if ever replace them and they could save you as much as 85% on your energy bills, they may well be worth the initial investment!

With any of these options, check the packaging to see if the bulb works with a dimmer, if you have dimmer switches in your home. Not all of them can be used with a dimmer.

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