Great Gift Ideas for Dads…and Grads!

Gift ideas for those dad and grads in your life…

Forget the neck tie this Father’s Day, this Classic Craftsman island light would be perfect for any man cave. Created with incredibly fine craftsmanship and attention to detail, this fixture is timeless with its valiant bronze finish and would look great above a billiard or card table.

New for 2015, the Union Station table lamp is designed with steam punk inspired roots. The metal, mesh shade is transparent allowing the vintage bulbs to shine through. If your dad is up on the latest trends, he will love this vintage meets industrial style lamp.

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How Lighting Affects Alzheimer’s

As America ages, the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is becoming more prevalent. Research continues on both the cause and treatment of the condition, focusing on the best methods for increasing Alzheimer’s patient care and comfort.

In a recent article by Residential Lighting, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lighting Research Center has done extensive research showing that abnormal sleep patterns in Alzheimer’s patients are frequently caused by inadequate lighting levels which increase agitation, depression and intensified disease progression.

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What is Americana Style?

If you like to tweak your home décor on a regular basis, then odds are you’ll be taking advantage of the long Labor Day weekend to get ready for autumn. You can do this by introducing some Americana style elements to your home. Americana style tends to use the red, white and blue colors of the American flag as well as classic American farmhouse and colonial furniture. The following are some ways to add Americana style elements:

The Flag – There’s nothing more American than the American Flag. Hang one up on one of your walls, and be sure to light it well from above using recessed lights. Additional table lamps (as seen below) and pendant lighting can help bring out the details. Upholstery – Place a few white and blue pillows of different patterns on your red couch. Quilt – For an inviting Americana feel, hang an antique quilt with worn red, white and blue colors above your couch.

What could be more Americana than a tiffany lamp?  This piece pays homage to this timeless style collection which features a handcrafted, genuine art glass shade created in rich jewel tones.  Be sure to check out this lamp as well as Quoizel’s other Americana style decorative lighting.

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Escape the Heat to a Basement Retreat

When the weather is hot and you need a place to go to keep cool, a basement will usually give you some relief.  The days when basements were dark, uninviting spaces where the kids kept their toys and you stored tools……are over.  These days homeowners want to make the most of all their available space, and the basement is the perfect place to escape the heat and enjoy specialty rooms and have some family fun.

Most basements simply need to be properly lit to create a wonderful entertainment or living space. Here are a few lighting options to help you brighten up your basement while making it look like a well-designed space:

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A Professional Lighting Designer is a “Bright Idea” for your Remodel

When you are renovating, it is important to make sure that all of your contracting bases are covered which should include a professional lighting designer.  Decorative lighting is a major aspect of home décor and design. The design and placement of the lighting should reflect the design of the room and the lighting should enhance the room’s decorative elements.  Here are a few reasons why you should consider a professional lighting designer for your remodeling project.

With so much variety in lighting today, a professional lighting designer will help you navigate the different types of lighting available, ensuring the room achieves the look and atmosphere you are trying to create.  The professional will work with you to realize your lighting dreams on your budget. They will help you get the best quality light for that amount of money. 

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