Monday, February 25, 2008

Lighting Your Home

One of the most fundamental elements of any home is light. From the natural light of the sun that enters our home through windows, doors and skylights, to recessed lighting and overhead lamps, there are many different and decorative ways to solve the problem of sitting in the dark.
The sun is usually the source of daytime lighting in our home. If you love lots of bright natural light during the day, this can easily be achieved by strategically placing large windows along one wall or installing skylights in the ceiling where you want extra light. In addition to extra light, windows and skylights allow the sun to warm our homes naturally using solar heat. While this can be an advantage during the winter months, you may need sufficient window coverings for the summer months that allow some light in but keep most of the heat out.
For artificial light, there are basically three types of lighting. These include general, task and accent.
General lighting consists of chandeliers, fan lights, ceiling fixtures, wall sconces, and recessed downlights, providing adequate illumination for the room or area.
Task lighting can include lighted mirrors or vanities, desk lamps, floor lamps positioned near furniture for reading and track lighting in the kitchen for cooking and cleaning tasks.
Accent lighting can be achieved by unique table and desk lamps, floor lamps, torchiers, recessed lighting, candles, lanterns and landscape lighting. Different moods or atmospheres are created using dimmer switches and bulb types.
When planning how you want to light different areas of your home, consider each room individually. The lighting requirements will depend on factors such as what type of activity goes on, what style and atmosphere are you trying to create, what tasks need to be performed, where will people sit, and what objects in the room do you want to emphasize. Lighting plays an extremely important role in creating the overall mood of any room.
For more tips on how to light different rooms in your home, go to and read the section on "Tips on lighting your home".

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Adding Style and Color With Hand Blown Art Glass

Glassblowing started around 50 B.C. with the Phoenicians and spread under the Roman Empire. It has evolved into what is today an art form requiring a lot of training, skill and intense concentration. Many individuals pursue glassblowing as a hobby and it happens to be one of the fastest growing hobbies in North America.
Modern art glass comes in as many shapes, designs and colors as you can imagine. Some of the patterns and designs created during this complicated process of heating, cooling, cutting, rolling and blowing are absolutely breathtaking. It is fascinating to watch an expert glassblower transform ordinary looking glass into a true work of art.
Art glass can be stunning as a collection, or as an individual piece. It takes the form of sculptures, vases, candle holders, perfume bottles, bowls, plates, paperweights, ashtrays and more. Art glass also makes a great and unusual gift.
Browse through our collection of hand blown art glass at . These colorful, unique works of art will work with many different styles of decor and look great in any room. A word of caution though, collecting art glass can be addictive!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Decorating Your Home With Cultural Influences

As we move into the new millennium with more of a global conscience, some of the latest home decor trends include authentic cultural influences. It is now easier than ever to shop online for custom handmade home decor and furnishings made worldwide by local craftsmen and artisans. In addition to adding beautiful cultural diversity to one’s design scheme, it also helps support and preserve the heritage of the local artisan community, many of which are found in impoverished countries around the world.
Helping support talented local artisans in Southeast Asia, offers handmade custom Asian textiles, including luxury Asian bedspreads, duvet covers, throws and decorative pillows. Beautiful hand carved rosewood furniture and other fine Asian decor from local craftsman in Southeast Asia are available on the site as well. These fine products are shipped directly from the warehouse in Southeast Asia where they are made, and there is no charge for shipping.
These Asian textiles and furniture can be found in places like the prestigious Kamalspa, a high end Ayurvedic Spa in San Francisco's famous Union Square, and boutique hotels in Mexico such as The Melville Hotel, and Hotel Machado
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