Lamps Can Warm Up Your Home This Winter

Across the country, winter has proven to be pretty brutal, and we still have a long way to go before Spring.  There have been dramatic changes in temperature from one day to the next, and if your part of the world hasn’t seen record-breaking low temperatures, you’ve seen record-breaking rain fall. 

As the temperatures continue to drop, we move indoors to seek comfort and warmth, and the one thing that you have control over is what’s happening inside your home.   A lack of light will make your home feel more like a cave than a retreat. Lighting plays an important role in being able to see, but it also affects our mood too. Finding the right lighting can be the solution to creating an inviting home for your family and guests. 

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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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Tips for Lighting Artwork in your Home

Using artwork in your home is a great way to introduce a personal and unique element in your interior design. Because a good piece of art is so unique to your home, you’ll want to emphasize its placement within a particular room. The best way that you can do this is by lighting up that art. Not sure how? We’ve got a few tips and ideas for you!

  • For work such as photography, prints, pastels and watercolors, use UV-blocking glass to frame it. This will prevent the pigments from fading over time.  Avoid using fluorescent lights, which contain UV rays.

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Choosing the Right Bedside Lamp

The master bedroom is a crucial but often overlooked space in the home. After a long day, this is where you should be able to relax, unwind and recuperate. For some people, this may include curling up with your Kindle or playing a game on your iPad.  The light from these devices are never enough, and so that’s where your bedside lamp comes in.

A bedside lamp adds style and elegance to your home.  It gives you direct light while not being too intrusive as you’re trying to prepare for a good night’s sleep.

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