Saturday, February 23, 2019

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 22

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Just Add Character: 5 Unique Home Accent Pieces You Need to Try

Worried about breaking out of the cookie cutter mold? Check out these 5 unique home accent pieces that set yours apart from the crowd.
Home decor is big business, generating expected revenues of over $600 billion by 2020. But so many people decorate with the same boring home decor.
Why not use unique home accent pieces to express your individual instead? It's fun and doesn't have to be expensive either. 
Looking for some cool ideas? Check out these five unique home accent pieces that'll set your home apart. 

1. Statement Piece

The beauty of the statement piece is that it can be anything you want. It doesn't have to be art. Furniture, unusual wall decor, or an interesting lamp all fit the bill.
Small, medium, or large, it's a piece that captures your imagination and attention. The statement piece is the spotlight of the room. Design the room around it.
You probably won't find your statement piece in a big-box home store. But don't be surprised if you find it at a garage sale. Try a large mirror with an interesting frame on the biggest wall of your living room. 
Mirrors add light and interest.

2. Beautiful Lighting

We all need lights. But we don't need boring lights! Overhead lights are often utilitarian and uninteresting. Adding unique lighting to all your rooms sets you apart from the crowd.  
Try a funky modern chandelier over the dining room table. Or if your taste is traditional, find a beautiful old chandelier with lots of teardrop crystals. The right chandelier doubles as a statement piece.
Use lighting in a different way. Instead of a nightstand lamp, hang an unusual pendant light. It frees up space on the nightstand while giving your bedroom an unusual look. 

3. Display Collectibles

Do you have a collection? Don't box it away or keep it in the den. Install floating shelves high on the wall. Putting your collectibles on display is more fun than stashing them in the den or boxing them up. 
From vintage bottles to figurines, your collectibles add a personal touch. Do you collect baseball cards? Consider framing your favorites and creating a gallery wall. 

4. Try an Unusual Timepiece

Most people use their cellphone or the clock on the microwave to keep track of time. But a unique clock is functional and decorative. Find something quirky and fun and hang it in a prominent location. 

5. A Cool Room Divider

There are many interesting ways to divide a room. You don't always need a wall. Hang a decorative screen from the ceiling. Another great accent divider is an open bookshelf.
Use a tall, narrow bookshelf that's open on both sides. Put books and other decorative items on the shelf. Place the shelf between the two areas you want divided. 


Separate Yourself from the Crowd with Unique Home Accents

Don't decorate like everyone else. Set yourself apart with unique home accents. Put your signature style on the above ideas and be the envy of all your neighbors. 
Start with some statement pieces for the main rooms in your home. Use unusual lighting and fun clocks throughout the house. Divide a big room with a decorative screen or bookshelf. 
And don't forget to stage your collectibles! Looking for more great ideas? Take a look here-->https://www.stainedglasspanelsplus.com
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Fascinating and Fundamental Part 21

Light Up Your Life: 3 Qualities to Look For in Reproduction Tiffany Lamps

Stained glass lamps are prized for their beauty and character. Here's 3 qualities to look for in reproduction Tiffany lamps.
Picture yourself walking down the streets of Rome.
As you're walking, you discover a beautiful cathedral. You walk inside and look up.
What you see takes your breath away.
You see sunlight pouring through a beautiful stained glass dome. You must find a way to make this beauty a part of your home, but how?
Fortunately, this problem already has a solution. Reproduction Tiffany lamps - beautiful stained glass at your fingertips.
Be careful, though, not all reproductions are created equally.
Let's talk about how to spot a genuine reproduction so you can induce the same euphoric feelings in your home.

Perfectly Imperfect Glass

Genuine reproduction Tiffany lamps have beautiful, vivid glass.
The process of making stained glass is quite complex. The craftsmanship of the glass is unique to each piece. Therefore, no lamps are ever identical, contributing to the Tiffany lamp value on the market.
The glass will have small imperfections such as bubbles, lines and even cracks. Bubbles and lines can occur during the creation process while cracks can be caused by the heat of light bulbs over years of usage.
Cheap reproductions, however, tend to look perfect. However, this is a dead giveaway and a false impression.
Mass produced Tiffany lamps are made with low-quality glass. Sometimes they are even made with plastic. The lamp shade may appear bright and elegant, but the illusion fades once the lamp is lit. 
The poor quality glass or plastic pales in comparison to the true art glass genuine reproduction Tiffany lamps are made with.

The Base, Who Says Heavy Isn't Beautiful?

The base of Tiffany lamps is generally made with real bronze. Underneath the bronze is lead, to give the lamp its characteristic heavy, solid feel.
Mass producers of low-quality lamps are smart, however, and often use a cheaper metal coated in a bronze finish.
If you can't discern whether or not it's real bronze, try to find other clues that might determine it's quality or authenticity.
Similar to high-end purses and watches, faux lamp producers try to make their products seem more legitimate by placing stamps or signatures on them. Don't rely solely on these markers.

In the World of Reproduction Tiffany Lamps, You Get What You Pay For

Yes, the old adage is true. You get what you pay for.
If you want a beautiful, high-quality Tiffany lamp, you have two options.
First, you can buy an original. This is the more expensive option, as a genuine antique Tiffany lamp's value can soar up to millions of dollars.
If you're not a millionaire, however, a better option would be to buy a genuine reproduction. Reproductions also hold high values, sometimes ranging up to six thousand dollars, but are much more affordable.
However, prices and pictures of Tiffany lamps won't always tell you everything you need to know. Make sure you are buying from a reputable vendor that appreciates the product they are selling.

Beneath the Surface

If you are in the market for a Tiffany lamp, you already know that you are buying more than just a lamp.
Tiffany lamps are full of history and passion.
The craftsmanship and dedication put into each lamp make each one unique and special in its own right.
Simply put, a Tiffany lamp doesn't just add light to a room, it adds light to your life.
Contact us to find out more about reproduction Tiffany lamps or see what we can do to make your home brilliant at https://wwwstainedglasspanelsplus.com

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!