One of the best things about summer, as far as I’m concerned anyway, are the casual get-togethers that just seem to fall into place. With kids out of school and a more relaxed routine in place, summer fun includes friends popping over for a bite and a chat while the kids play outdoors till dusk. If you’re looking to spruce up your gathering places for these informal festivities, consider switching out your pendant lighting to bring a fresh look without spending a lot of time and money on extensive remodeling.Read More
Whether your lighting up your home foyer or kitchen island, or trying to illuminate your covered porch, hanging pendant lights are a practical way to brighten a space and add stylish accents. Because our custom collection of pendant lighting showcases light styles ranging from stem mounted to cord hung, many customers inquire:
“What is the difference between stem mount and cord hung lights?”
In a nutshell, cord hung pendants offer flexibility and versatility before, during, and after installation, while stem mounts are better suited for long-term, fixed settings. We also offer our warehouse shades in cable & cord (studio) and chain hung ceiling mount styles. Depending on the spacing and unique needs of your project, you may find using a specific ceiling mount more advantageous.Read More
When you want more space you can either move or knock down some walls. Lori, of Newton, North Carolina, chose the latter when she tackled a home renovation project.
“I knocked out most of the wall between the kitchen and the family room,” Lori says. “I had to leave the center column because apparently my house would fall down if I didn’t.”
The result is a more open floor plan that connects her busy kitchen and family room in her ranch-style home. Lori was going for a rustic farmhouse look which can take some effort in a newer home like hers.Read More
They say the devil is in the details. Not sure who “they” are, but I tend to agree! The details, like those last few items on your punch list that the contractor just can’t seem to finish, can drive people to distraction when trying to complete any task. The last two percent can be the most difficult.
When your task is selecting new lighting for your home or office, getting the details right can mean the difference between ending up with a basic fixture or one that adds the wow factor you want when you walk into the room.Read More
With their only daughter married and living on her own, Bob and Susan pondered the question many empty nesters face. The couple have lived in the family farmhouse, affectionately known as Earle Manor, in central New York state for all of their 29 married years and Bob has lived in the house since he was born — as his own father did. After several months of consideration, they decided to embrace the family history and stay. But a kitchen remodel was in order.Read More
Congratulations! You’ve decided to buy some new lighting! If you’re like most consumers shopping for lighting, you concentrate on the obvious — pendant, wall sconce, gooseneck? Does my home have a retro spin, a vintage vibe, or a modern, minimalist mood? Do I need three 10″ shades or one 16″ shade to adequately light the kitchen counter? And the biggest question of all — what color will make my heart sing every time I see it?Read More