The Bold Revival of Luxury Bedding

The Bold Revival of Luxury Bedding

Your bedding shouldn’t put you to sleep - unless it's bed time! More and more people use their bedrooms for reading, watching TV, or even working on a laptop, so the room should reflect that lived-in nature. Your room can be a retreat where your bedding is cozy, inviting, and fun. If you have high-quality sheets and a comfy duvet, who’s to say you won’t sleep well when they’re a bright color? The all-white and grey neutral trend is on its way out, according to designer Joy Coulter, and your bedroom is a great place to show off your bold...

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4 Outdoor Lighting Tricks to Make Small Yards Look Bigger

4 Outdoor Lighting Tricks to Make Small Yards Look Bigger

With some trends leaning toward smaller homes, today's families are expanding their living areas outside. Now, savvy homeowners enjoy outdoor 'rooms' filled with the same style and comfort in furniture, fabrics, and lighting as they have indoors. While 2018 outdoor lighting trends can easily be incorporated in any size yard, smaller yards ultimately present more challenges when creating landscapes and outdoor living areas with truly captivating lighting. By carefully choosing landscape and outdoor lighting, you can make a small yard look more expansive. Read on for four clever outdoor lighting tricks to make your small yard look bigger! 1. Curved &...

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A Tour of Bathroom Lighting for Your Dream Spa

A Tour of Bathroom Lighting for Your Dream Spa

Well chosen bathroom lighting can create a soothing, relaxing ambiance in your dream bath. Not to mention, well-planned bath lighting will not only enhance the mood of your space, it will increase versatility and of course, highlight significant features which may otherwise go unnoticed. To achieve the perfect light balance in your bath, look no further than the lessons found in light layering. Layering light within a bath generally involves three types of light – ambient, task and accent lighting - to give you the ideal lighting mix for every aspect of optimal living.

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Choosing the Ideal Bathroom Vanity Color

Choosing the Ideal Bathroom Vanity Color

You’ve been thinking about updating the bathroom vanity, but if you are like most people, there are a few big questions you still have to answer. Hopefully you've already answered the question of what size bathroom vanity you need - generally a great starting point. Next, you might want to round out your decision with other considerations like whether you need double or single vanity, what style you prefer, what sink design is ideal, what vanity base and top you love, and other major questions. For all this and more, you can pay our Bathroom Vanity Buying Guide a visit. This leaves...

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7 Pendant Light Shapes & Where They Look Best

7 Pendant Light Shapes & Where They Look Best

Pendants hang gracefully from the ceiling, encasing light with shades made of glass, ceramic, plastic, wicker or wood. They add shine and sparkle, warm up dark spaces, and contribute to the overall theme of a room, bar, or entryway. Pendants create symmetry while also serving the important function of providing light where it’s needed most. Some pendants are large and elaborate enough to be classified as chandeliers, but others are small enough to sit in the palm of one hand. Many models fall in between those two extremes. Different Pendant Shapes To maximize the potential of pendant lighting in the...

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Demystifying Lumens, Kelvins & Other Lighting Terms

Demystifying Lumens, Kelvins & Other Lighting Terms

When it comes to understanding lighting terminology, it’s all too easy to feel left in the dark. If you’re confused about which bulb is right for your needs, have no fear. We’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to common lighting terms with the help of Jeff Dross, the Corporate Director of Education and Industry Trends at Kichler Lighting. Highly respected in his field, Dross has over 40 years of experience in the lighting industry and regularly conducts professional workshops all across the country. From lumens and Kelvins to correlated color temperatures, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about the...

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5 Unique Chandelier Designs That Define Any Space

5 Unique Chandelier Designs That Define Any Space

The decor you choose for your home naturally expresses who you are. Chandeliers make one of the grandest statements of all! Traditional fixtures with glistening crystals and elaborate details are classic choices that transcend time, but there are several unconventional alternatives that you may have overlooked. In fact, today’s vast assortment of design options is filled with pieces that can instantly define any room to suit your lighting and styling needs. Whether you’re looking for a new addition to your foyer or something special for your bedroom or dining room, the right design is more than just a focal point; it’s a direct...

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Wabi-Sabi: Your Guide to Imperfection

Wabi-Sabi: Your Guide to Imperfection

A Japanese aesthetic with Buddhist roots, wabi-sabi is a worldview that thrives on the beauty of imperfection. Pointing to nature as proof that growth is beautiful yet fleeting by design, wabi-sabi offers two sides of a coin that's constantly flipping. The impermanence and wild beauty of organic materials makes room for asymmetry and weathered objects. In the same breath it rejects aspects of a synthetic culture, preferring raw, unspoiled materials. As one of the top trends of 2018, wabi-sabi pushes back on the stark white of minimalism with an imperfect, natural aesthetic. Through earthy colors and organic materials, you’ll see...

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Light Layering Tips for Texturing Outdoor Lighting

Light Layering Tips for Texturing Outdoor Lighting

If you want your house to look great at night, texture and light-layering techniques are the best place to begin. Landscape professionals know that brick, wood, concrete, stone, glass, stucco, and iron are art canvases full of potential. Outdoor lighting is also a good investment — what you pay for in fixtures and their installation is returned with a higher level of safety for your property, a better-looking house, and a landscape that inspires your neighbors and guests. The creative possibilities and rewarding results of layering and texturing are one of the few home improvement projects that can cost as...

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Avoiding “Matchy-Matchy” with Coordinated Wall Sconces

Avoiding “Matchy-Matchy” with Coordinated Wall Sconces

Just like shopping for furniture, choosing the right lights for your home requires some planning. While it’s tempting to settle on a single fixture style and fill each room of your house with pieces from the same collection, doing so will only make your home look boring… fast. One of the best ways to spruce things up is with a coordinated approach to light layering. Whether you prefer minimalistic design themes or love more eclectic décor, mixing and matching your light fixtures can help you enhance a room’s beauty and build upon your favorite aesthetics. From blissful unions of metallic...

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