Tricks to Sizing Your Dining Room

Tricks to Sizing Your Dining Room

Working for Bellacor made me realize how much there is to consider when buying furnishings for your dining room. Not only do you have to worry about budget, color, and personal taste, you also have to consider size. Figuring out the best size table and the perfectly proportioned fixture for your needs can be confusing. Here are the tips I use to direct people to their best pieces. Sizing Your Dining Table The table is the heart of the dining room. Whether you use your dining room for every meal, or only special occasions, the following tips will help you...

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When selecting a lamp, consider its shade

When selecting a lamp, consider its shade

When shopping online for lamps, we tend to look at certain styles to narrow down our search and choose the best option. But I've found that style is not the only factor we should consider. Choosing the right lamp shade is essential and can determine whether your lamp serves its purpose well. Determine what kind of light you need More than likely, you aren't just buying a lamp to use it as decor; you're buying a lamp because you need light. The question is, however, what kind of light do you need? Are you planning to use your lamp for...

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Lighten Up This Summer

Lighten Up This Summer

Although home design evolves at a more leisurely pace than runway fashion, the 2014 Dallas Lighting Market tradeshow revealed an array of trends that mean big changes for the year ahead. And what better time than now—a season of renewal—to refresh your abode with cutting-edge lighting products and accessories? This season, be on the lookout for innovative technology and materials, new takes on tradition and playful explorations of scale and detail. Whether your home has a contemporary, transitional or traditional vibe, you’ll discover a wealth of on-trend luminaires for every style of décor. Check out some of our new favorites:...

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What’s Bright Now: 4 Ways to Add LED to Your Home

What’s Bright Now: 4 Ways to Add LED to Your Home

We’ve rounded up some great ideas to help you induct LED lighting into your abode—and the best part is that you don’t need to be an expert to tap into lighting industry’s coolest, cutting-edge technology. Here’s a short list of exciting new ways to update your living spaces with LED fixtures, from effortless and affordable to artistic and innovative. 1. Make the switch Changing an ordinary household light bulb is just about the easiest task imaginable, and the same holds true with replacing common lamping options like incandescent or compact fluorescent with Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). Once you make the...

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4 easy tips for living large in small spaces

4 easy tips for living large in small spaces

Moving to a smaller home or apartment? If you’re starting to panic at the thought of downsizing, you should know that living in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a stylish or organized home. Anyone can design a space to be comfortable and attractive, even those who are working with limited room. Here are just four simple ways to maximize the space you have so you can create a home that is both stylish and functional. 1. Look for dual-functional furniture The fewer furniture pieces you have, the less cluttered a room will appear. Look for furniture...

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Creating a Clean and Contemporary Office Work Space

Creating a Clean and Contemporary Office Work Space

Most employers allow a certain amount of workstation “flair” that employees can decorate their offices with. While some may choose to adorn every square inch of their walls with pictures of friends, family, and pets – this constant reminder what you’re missing can become rather distracting. Creating an optimal, yet inspiring workplace requires the right balance of visual pop with as little clutter as possible. With slight exception to tech companies and ad agencies you can fully expect the average workstation to be gray, beige, or the international color of boring…taupe. There is no better way to counter the void...

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10 must-have items to complete your dining room look

10 must-have items to complete your dining room look

Do you have everything you need to complete the look of your dining room? Consider these 10 must-have items and give your dining room a stylish, put-together look. 1. The right-sized dining table: When picking out a dining table, consider how much space you have and how many people you need to sit. Do you have a small family, but like to entertain? Size-adjusting tables often come in handy when you need some flexibility. 2. Chairs that make a statement: Dining chairs are more than a place to sit. They can also revamp your room’s interior design and give it...

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The benefits of hanging a chandelier

The benefits of hanging a chandelier

Many homeowners, maybe including you, tend to think of chandeliers as being “too fancy” or over-the-top; light fixtures that wouldn’t fit in with their home’s style or design. Because of this notion, you probably have never even considered hanging up a chandelier in your home. If that’s the case, then it’s time to learn a little bit more about the benefits of hanging a chandelier and why you should consider one for your home. A chandelier: Saves space Decorating a room to look more appealing can be tricky if you’re working with limited space. If you hang up a chandelier,...

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The Cure for House Envy

The Cure for House Envy

Have you ever walked into an acquaintance’s house and immediately felt jealous of their superior interior design? We’ve all been there. House envy is pretty common among homeowners; no matter how much time you spend decorating your home, there’s always someone there to top it. It’s time to stop feeling envious of other’s homes and finally feel at peace with your own. Just make some of these minor updates in your home and watch how they transform your interior design! Door handles You probably spent hours deciding which furniture looked best in the living room or what bed was most...

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The art of lighting

The art of lighting

Lighting is often overlooked in interior design and it shouldn’t be. If you’ve spent an ample amount of time decorating your home, don’t you want each room to look its best? The right lighting allows you to see clearly, creates an inviting atmosphere and highlights design elements you want to feature. Living room Living rooms are multi-purpose rooms and therefore require a variety of lighting options. While you want the living room to be bright and inviting during the day, a softer light would be appreciated after a stressful day at work. Install dimmers to make your overhead lights work...

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