Let the Entertaining Begin!

The holidays are here and that means hosting parties for your family and friends.  You may not have a lot of time or money for major renovations, but if you want to spruce up your home, changing your lighting is something relatively easy and will have the quickest results.

Replacing your dining or kitchen lighting fixture with one of Quoizel’s best-selling items will enrich the beauty of your table setting.  Quoizel’s Downtown Collection has a cool, sleek sophisticated design.  Gleaming glass ball accents complement the opal etched glass drum shade, and the shiny chrome finish will add a glow to your holiday decor.

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Designer’s Personal Retreat Nestled on the Peaks of the Appalachian Mountains

EAGLE’S PERCH

Asheville, North Carolina

Todd Phillips, BOD and Senior Designer, has transformed this vacation home into a beautiful, secluded dream!  A warm arts & craft mountain home inside and out, this home was purchased five years ago.  Todd spent the next two years restoring and redecorating this wonderful home which is just one mile from the center of the town of Asheville, North Carolina.

Asheville is nestled between the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains.  This vibrant city filled with stunning scenery, eclectic eateries and unique history is the third largest craft meca in the country and represents arts, music and performing arts.

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How to make the lighting in your house flattering

Have you ever gone out for a night on the town, feeling great, only to take a glimpse of yourself in a mirror at a restaurant and think “what the heck happened?” It’s not you! It’s the lighting. People can’t control the lighting in restaurants and commercial buildings, but we can make the lighting in our homes flattering. Here are tips on how to create flattering light.  Each tip is illuminated with an image from Quoizel.

  • Living Room: According to Elle Décor, table lamps and floor lamps are great because they are at eye level. Alabaster or warm-toned frosted glass shades (like the Quoizel lamp below) diffuse the light and give a soft, warm glow. This ambient lighting sheds a healthy golden light on a person’s skin and conceals imperfections. Another good option that achieves a similar affect is fabric lamp shades lined in cream silk.

             

  • Dining area: Frosted alabaster-toned glass shades are used here as well. Avoid bulbs that have a blue or green cast. Flourescents used to have this reputation but now there are some options on the market that are dim-able and frosted, with a warm cast.
  • Bathroom: Top lighting behind you is okay because it fills in the highlights in your hair. You should not have top lighting directly above you because it will cast shadows. Somewhere in the bathroom, have light that simulates white, bright natural daylight. This bathroom has a window so that the homeowner can see what her hair and makeup will look like outside. 
  • Powder room: Rely on candles for a warm, glowing affect. You and your guests aren’t really using a powder room to do hair and makeup, so gentle mood lighting is perfect.

We here at Quoizel love providing architects, homeowners, builders, and designers with lighting and home accessories that make us all look good.

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Dreamier Bathroom Lighting

From a design perspective, we know that the bathroom isn’t always the most exciting, glamorous room of the house—especially not when there are far more elegant rooms like the dining room, family room and kitchen to compete with. After all, those are the areas that usually get the fancy light fixtures, rugs and furniture. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that can be done to liven your bathroom space up a little bit. While there’s not usually anything particularly luxurious about a bathroom ceiling light, there are lighting options available out there that can make them a little more exciting. These options include dimmers, chandeliers and decorative wall sconces, low lights and high lights.

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