Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 20

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Then There Was Light: 4 Bright Ideas for Decoration with Lamps

Then There Was Light: 4 Bright Ideas for Decoration with Floor Lamps

Addling light to different rooms in your home can illuminate your home's decor. Check out these 4 bright ideas for decoration with floor lamps.

Winter time is nearly over, and do you know what that means?

Spring Cleaning.
No matter how much we wish it would stop coming around, spring cleaning time keeps showing up every year. And since we can't shake it, we might as well find a way to have some fun with it, right?
Spring cleaning time is the perfect time to rearrange and redecorate your home.
Redecorating your home will make your old furniture feel new again, and consequently, help you feel new again, too.
Get your ideas and styles ready before springtime rolls around. Add some fresh paint, new rugs, and try your hand at light decorations.
Whether you're decorating with floor lamps or learning new angles, playing with different lighting styles is a great way to brighten up any home.
So throw on your coolest shades because it's about to get really bright in here. Read on to learn how lamps can brighten your whole home.

Play With Angles

Many lamps come adjustable so that you can angle the light to fit particular tasks. Try to select lamps with a bendable goose-neck base or even lamps with a swivel-arm feature.
Point your lamp lighting at a particular painting, trophy, or any item that you want to draw attention to.
The more flexibility that your lamps have, the more flexibility you'll have.

Decorate with Floor Lamps

Floor lamps can be a great addition to any room. They add stability to a room and can also be used to fill in empty spaces.
Floor lamps are also great if you tend to keep your end tables in full use. Since they stand tall they tend to take up less space in a room.

To Be or Not to Be Shady?

Play with different lamps shades!
A new lamp shade can bring any old lamp back to life.
Most lamps have traditional colors, like black, brown, or grey, for their base. This allows you much versatility when interchanging lampshades.
Add some pink flair to accent a picture you love or try your hand at stained glass shades.
If you're going to play with stained glass, do some research first on color schemes. For example, light colors, like yellow, can make a room feel large and warm, while darker colors, like red, tend to give the room a smaller feel.

Location Location Location

Understand that location is everything. You wouldn't put your couch in the middle of the room, would you?
It's the same idea with lamps. Corners are great locations for lamps because, assuming you have the right color scheme, the light can bounce off of the paint on the walls and shine throughout the room.
You can also choose to mount lights on the walls if you feel your home is already crowded. This will keep you from tripping over cords and knocking cups off of overcrowded end tables.

Why Stop With Lamps?

You've got the lamp techniques down, but why stop at decorating with floor lamps and cool shades?
Add some new flair to your home with custom designed stained glass? Class up your kitchen, sun room, or sliding doors with your favorite colors.

Check out our stained glass selections to give you more style ideas that'll help you fall in love with your home again.

That's all for today!  May sunshine fill your day!

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 19

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Upgrading Your View? 3 Things to Know Before You Replace Windows

Upgrading Your View? 3 Things to Know Before You Replace Windows

Good windows are our home's view to world outside. If you're thinking of upgrading your view, here are 3 things to know before you replace windows.

Traditional aluminum windows have an expected lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Wooden windows can last up to 30 years.

While modern windows are designed to last, nothing lasts forever. Eventually, you are going to have to replace the windows in your home.
However, since the process of replacing windows is a huge undertaking and quite an investment, there is some important information you should know first. Keep reading to know what that information is.

1. Replacement or Retrofit?

If you are doing other construction on your home, such as replacing the stucco or siding, then true replacement windows may be necessary. This requires you to cut the siding or stucco, remove the flashing paper, and then take out the entire window.
A retrofit is when the exterior of your home remains unaltered and damage free. The old window frame's perimeter isn't removed. Instead, the new window is installed inside the old framework.
The new windows installed are slightly smaller. The good news is, you can barely notice this once everything is in place.

2. Window Frame Options

You need to choose a window frame that works for your home and your house. There are several options for you to choose from with the most popular highlighted here.

Vinyl Frames

These are typically white or brownish in color. These are low maintenance and simple to clean. This option is becoming popular for many homeowners who want a more durable frame.

Aluminum Frames

This type of material provides great insulation. They are also available in darker colors. This is a traditional frame type and is still popular today.

Fiberglass Frames

With this frame, there's no maintenance necessary. You can even paint the surface to coordinate with your home. These are one of the more expensive options, so keep that in mind.

Wood Frames

Wood window frames are still a popular option today. You can get these frames in an array of colors, but they have to be pained ever two to three years. Also, wood won't last as long as some of the other materials listed here.

3. The Glass

You can choose single glazed or double-glazed windows for your home. Each option has both pros and cons.

Single-Glazed Windows

This type of glass is created with a single pane. This design makes them extremely easy to replace if they break. They are also easy to clean. The downside is that they don't offer very much insulation.

Double-Glazed Windows

Just as the name implies, these windows have two panes of glass and a layer of air trapped in between them. This design provides much more insulation than single-glazed glass.
However, it's important to note that the seal may fail after about 15 to 20 years. Also, having to replace a broken pane of double-glass is costly.

Is it Time to Replace the Windows in Your Home?


If it is time for you to replace the windows in your home, then make sure to keep the information here in mind. It will help you find the right type and style of windows for your needs.

That's all for today!  May sunshine fill your day!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 18


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The 7 Most Famous Stained Glass Windows in the World

The 7 Most Famous Stained Glass Windows in the World

Need inspiration before investing in stained glass window panels? Check out this great list of the 7 most famous stained glass windows in the world.

Some of the first known stained glass windows date back as far as 686 AD. They were in Jarrow, England at St. Paul's Monastery. 

Stained-glass windows are most often found in monasteries, cathedrals, and mosques. The windows are intricate works of art used to depict Bible scenes and other stories.
If you're investing in a stained-glass window, find inspiration worldwide.
Check out this list of the 7 most famous stained glass windows from around the world.

1. Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, France

The windows of Sainte-Chapelle in Paris top almost every list of stained-glass windows. The chapel is in the Gothic style and construction began in the 1200s. 
The stained-glass windows are the most famous feature and some of the most beautiful in the world. The windows depict scenes from both the Old and New Testament of the Bible.
The chapel sustained damaged during the French Revolution. But almost two-thirds of the windows are the originals.

2. St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic

Atop a hill, the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral towers over Prague. Construction began on the cathedral in 1344. Prague buried many of its greatest rulers here. 
Inside, sun rays shine through the stained glass bathing the pews in colored light.
The reconstruction of the cathedral finished in 1929. In 1931 a new stained-glass window by Mucha was installed in the north nave. 

3. La Sagrada Familia

If you're heading to Barcelona, Spain, La Sagrada Familia is a must-see. The architect, Antoni Gaudi, was a master of Modernista architecture. La Sagrada Familia is a late 19th-century masterpiece. 
The stained-glass windows reflect the modern style and range in shape and color. 

4. Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran

Nicknamed Pink Mosque and Mosque of Colors because of its beautiful stained-glass windows. The sun's rays shine through the windows and light up the interior in a dazzling array of colors.
They built the mosque in the 1800s. Be sure and visit in the early morning for the full experience of kaleidoscopic color. 

5. Chartres Cathedral 

This beautiful cathedral is southwest of Paris in Chartres, France. The church is a beautiful example of French Gothic architecture.
The flying buttresses allowed for gigantic stained-glass windows. The church features a huge rose stained-glass window. It bathes the interior in deep, rich colors. The stained glass windows in the cathedral are from the 14th century. 
The scenes in the stained-glass windows depict legends of the saints. 

6. Palau de la Musica Catalana Skylight

This stained-glass skylight is a masterpiece in three dimensions. It symbolizes the sun and sky with stained-glass windows in arches. The windows line both sides of the main concert hall.
Shades of gold and blue glass adorn the inverted bell shape that hangs down into the hall.

7. The Chicago Cultural Center Domes

The Preston Bradley Hall features a 38-foot Tiffany glass dome. It's the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world. Artist J.A. Holtzer designed the dome. 
They finished the building in 1897. It the central library for Chicago before becoming the cultural center. 

A Beautiful Stained Glass Window

If you're investing in a beautiful stained-glass window, there's plenty of inspiration. Look around the world at cathedrals, churches, and mosques!
From France to Spain to the United States, stained glass-windows enjoy a long and storied history. 

Looking for more home decoration inspiration? Find more inspiration here. 

That is all for now!  May sunshine fill your day!

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 17


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Classy Glass: 9 Sophisticated Ways to Decorate with Stained Glass Panels

9 Sophisticated Ways to Decorate with Stained Glass Panels

Stained glass panels add a touch of sophistication to any living space. Class up your home décor with these 9 awesome ideas for decorating with stained glass.

No longer just a feature in old churches, today stained glass panels add a touch of sophistication to any living space. 

Why not add some class to your home décor with these 9 awesome ideas for decorating with stained glass.

1. External Door Panel

Of course, the first place to start with stained glass is the most traditional - your front door. Use your entrance to set the tone of your home, and what's in store.
For security purposes, the stained glass window panels in your front door will likely be fairly small, so bold colors and compact designs work well here.

2. Entrance Panels

Depending on your home, you may have 1, 2 or even 3 glass panels flanking your stained glass front door. Why not upgrade your décor and create a set by changing the plain glass to stained glass instead?

3. Internal Doors

Your internal doors are perfect for stained glass, and give you a whole host of options and color choices depending on the way you use your room. Think about the feel you want your room to have when choosing a stained glass design.

4. Above Internal Doors

The space above an internal door is a highly underrated yet effective way to draw light into a room. Adding panels above your internal doors brighten up a hallway, too, and add a stunning feature piece to your home.

5. Feature Wall

Stained glass panels make for an impressive feature wall in any room. If you have a beautiful garden or outside space, why not design your feature wall to frame that view, so you can enjoy the outdoors whatever the season.

6. Kitchen Windows

The kitchen is the heart of a home, and what better way to add warmth than giving it its own stained glass windows!
Stained glass in a kitchen allows for the colored light to dance along the surface of your kitchen units, and really bring the heart of your home to life.

7. Staircase Window Panel

The staircase in your home and the space it takes up is often fairly uninspiring and a little boring, if we're being honest.
Stained glass won't just add interest, but it'll draw the eye and make coming downstairs a joy, rather than a chore.

8. Stained Glass Ceiling

Another way to add elegance to your home is by installing a stained glass ceiling. The way to do this is to have it in a single-story part of your home, like a conservatory or extension.
A stained glass ceiling provides the beauty of color and light and will provide a wonderful talking point for your guests, too.

9. Shower Screen

Finally, what better way to set off your home than by installing a stained glass shower screen?
The panel won't just be beautiful, but it'll be functional, too, and give you something to admire while performing your daily ablutions.

Stained Glass Panels - Show Off Your Style

Stained glass panels make for a stunning display of elegance in any home. Used effectively, the beauty of stained glass can show off a room or draw the eye outside, all while being functional at the same time.
Any home can utilize the beauty and sophistication that stained glass brings. Why not contact us, and see how we can help you show off your stained glass style at home.

That's all for today...May sunshine fill your day!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 16

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Can Stained Glass Windows Add Value to Your Home?

Can Stained Glass Windows Add Value to Your Home?

Are you looking for a beautiful addition to your home that can also add value to it? Here are a few reasons to consider stained glass windows.

So many homeowners watch home improvement shows, see how much value people get from their renovations, and decide it's a great investment. Did you know the wrong renovations can actually reduce your home's value, though?

You don't have to be one of those cases. The key is researching what projects will add value to your home and then complete them in the right way.
Sure, there are obvious improvements like new flooring or a more open concept. You can also go for a more original design feature like stained glass windows. Here's what you need to know about the value boost they can bring. 

How Can Stained Glass Windows Add Value to My Home?

Customizing your home's design can make your house feel more like your own, but it can add value to your house too. Stained glass windows offer both of those benefits.

Valuable Artwork

The obvious way stained glass windows bring value is because they carry a value of their own. Each assembled window is a work of art, whether you commission a custom one or buy a pre-assembled option.
Much like hanging a painting, your stained glass window has its own value and as part of your home, that value goes into your home's sale price.

Unique Detail

Have you every gotten shopping fatigue? You're looking for a particular item and after a while, all the options blend together in your mind.
That happens to house hunters too, and your home can fall through the cracks if it doesn't stand out to prospective buyers. By serving as a unique detail that sticks in a buyer's mind, a stained glass window can lead to a more successful sale.

Customized Charm

Most homeowners have a specific style or feel that they want to create in their home. Maybe you want an urban, trendy vibe or that of a cozy cottage.
While most people think of stained glass windows as an old world and traditional design feature, they have far more variety than that. You can use a stained glass window in any style you choose.
This gives you a more cohesive and immersive feel throughout your house. Buyers love being able to define a home in their minds, so this is a great way to add value to your house.

Getting Great Value from Your Stained Glass Windows

If you want to carry your personal style into your home while also gaining value from the house, stained glass windows can be the perfect way to do it.
The key is to identify the right design, invest in quality, and limit the windows to accents. If the entire house is full of stained glass windows, they could lose their appeal attention-grabbing features.

If you're ready to start looking for the perfect stained glass windows for your home, shop our stained glass windows to find the ideal fit for your home and your style.

That's all for today!  May sunshine fill your day!

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 15


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5 Great Ideas For Incorporating Stained Glass Lamps Into Your Decor

5 Great Ideas For Incorporating Stained Glass Lamps Into Your Decor

Do you want to start incorporating new lighting into your home? Here are some great ideas for how to work stained glass lamps into your decor.

Did you know stained glass has been used for thousands of years and dates back to the ancient Egyptians? It was later used in the 7th century on monastery windows and became more popular.  


Around the late 1800s, this concept was used to make the first stained glass lamps. Tiffany lamps, one of the most popular kinds, were all the rage around 1895.Â

In 2018, stained glass lamps are not common in most homes. Which is why it will set your home apart from the rest! Â

But how do you decorate a modern house with something that was popular over a century ago? Don't worry. In this guide, we'll give you five ideas for how to incorporate stained glass into your home decor.  

5 Ways to Use Stained Glass Lamps in Your Home

1. Library or reading corner. The soft lighting and beautiful colors can instantly make your reading space a lot cozier. Shelves full of old books and some dim lighting create the perfect place to relax and do some reading. This is a classic library look that will never stop looking good.

2. Game room or man cave. Similar to the library, a man cave does not need to have a ton of bright lights. All you need is some mood lighting or enough light to see what you are doing. A stained glass hanging lamp over a pool table is a timeless look. A small lamp on a table next to your favorite sports memorabilia is another classic look. 
A standing lamp in the corner will give enough light to the room will spreading those stained glass colors across the walls for a cozy retreat.

3. Highlight other antiques. A great way to decorate with a stained glass lamp is to put it on a small desk or table with some other older items. If you have any older pottery, picture frames, candles or other objects the lamp is a great way to bring them all together in a cozy little collectibles nook.

4. Focus on the lamp. Even if you don't have any antiques or anything that would match the decor, don't worry about it. Something as elegant as a stained glass lamp doesn't require any help. Just display the lamp out in the open or on a desk or table that puts it in the spotlight. This focal point of the room will definitely be a conversation piece when people come to visit!.

5. Let there be light. You actually don't need any interior design experience to decorate with stained glass lamps. Just put the lamp in any room along with your regular lamps and the extra pop of color creates some comfortable mood lighting.

Start Decorating with Stained Glass Lamps 


As you can see, a stained glass lamp is easy to incorporate into your home decor. Anywhere that it can add a bit of light and color will look good.Â

If you want to buy stained glass lamps, then there are many options available. Just decide where you want to put it and then choose something with the size and colors you want, or contact us if you want help deciding what would work best for your house.

That's all for today, may sunshine fill your day!!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 14

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5 Reasons to Consider Stained Glass Windows For Homes

5 Reasons to Consider Stained Glass Windows For Homes

Stained glass isn't just for churches. Here are some great reasons you should consider stained glass windows for your home.

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Are you considering stained glass windows for your home?
Stained glass windows are popular in churches but they can also make a beautiful addition to your home. They were popular in the Victorian Era because of their unique style and are still very popular today throughout the United States.
But how will stained windows make your home different?
Read on to learn 5 reasons to consider stained glass windows for homes!

1. Make a Statement

Stained glass windows make your home stand out in a unique way.
That's because they make a statement about your home design. Each window tells its own story, which makes them a talking point for you and your guests.
Visitors will be drawn to the colorful designs and be curious about what made you pick those over other options. Since each window tells its own story, this makes them a talking point for you and your guests.

2. Artwork on Windows

Stained glass is much more interesting than the windows found in an average home or office.
That's because they are often designed by artisans that bring your ideas to life. This makes your windows a piece of artwork and a great way for you and your family to personally express yourselves.
Stained glass is also full of colors, which can help them the centerpiece of your home's artwork. This allows you to forego purchasing other expensive pieces of art to accent your home.

3. Extra Privacy With Natural Light

Stained glass for windows gives your home extra privacy while also not sacrificing natural light.
With standard windows, there is no color which allows someone to see through them clearly. This can create safety and privacy concerns for you and your family.
Because of this, homeowners with standard windows often buy window treatments like blinds, shutters, or curtains.
Besides being expensive, these window treatments also prevent natural light from entering your home unless they are open.
Stained glass has enough color to block visibility while also being naturally translucent.

4. Increase Your Home Value

You can increase your home value by adding stained glass windows.
According to the Independent, you can add between 5 and 15 percent of value in your home by installing stained glass windows.
But, how?
Stained glass windows are built to withstand the test of time. This allows them to maintain the integrity of your home.
They also give your home period authenticity because they are indicative of the era when they were installed.

5. Be Creative

Your home is a reflection of you and your family's personality. Stained glass is a creative way to express yourself while also thinking outside the box.
For example, you can choose stained glass windows that are based on themes for each room in your home.
This way, no window in your home will be exactly the same.

Wrapping Up: The Best Stained Glass Windows For Homes

Stained glass windows for homes are a fun way to express your style and make your home different.

That is all for now...may sunshine fill your day!