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A Modern Look at Antique Lighting

dowager countess quoteSunday’s season première of Downton Abbey showcases the splendor of early 20th century lighting. From the brass candelabras that line the entrance hall to the ornate crystal chandelier that hangs in the drawing room, we’re greeted by elegance and luxury at every turn. A century later, we continue to see the echoes of this noble lifestyle in lighting decor.

In the early 1900’s electricity was still a relatively new concept and limited primarily to the very wealthy. For more than a century gas and oil had been the primary sources of artificial lighting fixtures. Intense heat, risk of combustion & carbon monoxide poisoning were all factors that pushed the modern world to pursue electric lights. (more…)

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Holiday Mantles that Shine

holiday mantles that shine

Whether shimmering, sparkling or softly glowing, incorporating light into your holiday mantle design is an instant way to add glitz. We have collected some gorgeous examples from Houzz designers where light played a role in creative holiday mantle decor, as well as simple ideas to make your mantle shine.

Quick tips for designing your holiday mantle:

  • Think outside the box (er, mantle) — If you don’t have a fireplace or mantle in your home, recreate the look easily and with just as much glamour using a large shelf or entry table.
  • Go outside! — A quick trip to the back yard can reap huge rewards for your holiday decor. Branches, twigs, holly and pinecones add to a rustic look.
  • Borrow baubles from the tree —  Extend your current theme by taking a handful of ornaments from the tree and scattering them throughout your design.
  • Get crafty – You’d be amazed at what a can of silver or gold spray paint and some glitter will do to make the mantle sparkle.
  • Add light! — Candles, string lights or just the simple glow from the fireplace are the finishing touches that can take your design from “Meh” to “Marvelous.”

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6 Incredible Thanksgiving Centerpieces

6 Incredible Thanksgiving Centerpieces

The Thanksgiving table has a very important job. For one special day, it hosts treasured recipes while families gather around and marvel at it’s bounty. Share your thanks this year with a beautiful centerpiece inspired by nature.

Rustic Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Rustic Thanksgiving Centerpiece via Blooming Homestead

White painted pumpkins, shining silver & frost-tipped pine cones adorn a wooden table runner in this Rustic Fall centerpiece.

Gold Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Gold Thanksgiving Centerpiece via Pinterest

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14 Inspiring Ways to Make Your Home Sparkle with Holiday Lights

14 inspiring ways to make your home sparkle

The jack-o-lantern is still on the porch and you haven’t even finished eating the good candy out of your Halloween loot — but Christmas jingles are already showing up in advertising. Are you ready to start stringing your holiday lights? This year, don’t feel limited by what you’ve always done in the past. With just a few products — maybe ones you already own — you can establish new traditions in your holiday decor with extraordinary lighting designs.

What’s Your Holiday Lighting Style?

For many homes, lights are the first decorations pulled out of the holiday storage box, and the last to put away. Perfect for Christmas trees, garlands and wrapping around posts, string lights are inexpensive, easy to manipulate, and are nearly limitless in their uses. LED rope and LED tape lights offer a modern take on a classic look with the flexibility to twist and mold into letters and shapes to express your holiday cheer.

From elegant to eccentric, take a look at some of the magnificent things people are doing with holiday lights. (more…)

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Diverse Design: When Mixing Up Your Lighting Makes Sense

diverse design options for lightingI’m reminded of a book that I once read to my children called “It’s OK to Be Different” by Todd Parr. In this colorful board book, the author takes us through a series of scenarios that often plague young and old alike. “It’s okay to be shy,” and “It’s okay to make mistakes,” he writes.  And though (understandably) he didn’t have a page dedicated to lighting, the message remains the same.  Read on for tips on how to successfully merge different layouts, styles & moods in lighting design, and when it really is “OK to be different.” (more…)

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11 Stunning Photos of Yacht Lighting

If you’re like me, you have a favorable reaction to yachts, perhaps without ever having stepped foot on one. I have absolutely no idea how I will one day acquire a yacht. All I know is that yachts and I are destined to be together some way, somehow. This amorous examination of yacht lighting exists, yes, because there are interesting things to note about yacht lighting design, but, if I’m totally honest, we’re in the dog days of summer; I’m landlocked; and I want to stare at yachts. Do you want to stare at yachts, too? Let’s stare at yachts in all their luminous glory.

1. In A Word, Yes. 

Yacht Lighting
via 2LUXURY2

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