Sunday, June 10, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 6

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The 6 Best Stained Glass Designs to Beautify Your Home

The 6 Best Stained Glass Designs to Beautify Your Home

Using stained glass designs in your home can take your indoor decor to the next level. Check out these six beautiful ideas to get started.

Adding new windows to your home brings one of the highest returns on investment at nearly 85%. Even if you live with your new windows for years, you could end up getting 85% of the value back when you go to sell your home.

If you want to make your home more beautiful and add a little value, go one step further and consider some interesting stained glass designs.
Here are 6 design styles you should consider for your home.

1. Geometric

One of the most frequent styles of stained glass you'll find anywhere will have geometric patterns. Squares inside of squares or diamonds inside of diamonds is a common style of stained glass that looks beautiful in any home.
When you're working with a stained glass artist, they will likely have different drawings and patterns from previous projects. Choosing from a geometric pattern that they've worked with before will allow you to be sure you get something great and that it's done on schedule.

2. Landscape

Simple landscapes look lovely when interpreted in stained glass. A stained glass landscape can be reflective of the landscape you're in, or in a city home, be a beacon of calm that reminds you of another environment.
The great thing about stained glass is that a simple landscape doesn't necessarily have to be rendered realistically. Landscapes in stained glass can essentialize color in a way that gets right to the point of the feeling you're trying to invoke.

3. Figurative

Stained glass with simple figures or a stained glass portrait can be a lovely way to show tribute to someone you love or evoke a certain emotion. Stained glass figures in churches have been making people feel something for centuries. You could show the same respect for a loved one or an important figure in your life through stained glass.
If you're a religious person, this could be the opportunity to pay respect to your favorite saint. A stained glass window could be made in tribute of any religion at all, from the east to the west.

4. Mosaic

A simple mosaic pattern would work well in a home that had a contemporary style. Small squares of many different colors could be arranged symmetrically into rows that bring a colorful beam of light into your home.
A mosaic is a great way to engage a large window that gets lots of natural light or to fill a piece of interior molding the separates a space.

5. Modernist

Take a page out of a Frank Lloyd Wright book and add some modernist design to your home. Using muted colors, simple curves and symmetrical pattern, you can give your home a cool vintage style.
You could copy one of the many famous Wright designs or use his work as an inspiration to make your own unique window.

6. Floral

Floral patterns are a bright and whimsical way to design a stained glass window. While they may have had their heyday in the 60s and 70s, they're making a serious comeback.

Stained Glass Designs Bring All Kinds of Value

When you add stained glass designs to home, you bring more than just more financial value. You add a sense of warmth and calm that anyone can feel when they walk through the door. Make your home warm and creative with stained glass.
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Fascinating and Fundamental Part 5

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8 Tips for Choosing the Right Kind of Lamp for Your Space

8 Tips for Choosing the Right Kind of Lamp for Your Space

Choosing the right kind of lamp depends on a lot of factors like the room its in and how high you need it to be. Check out these helpful tips to make the right selection.

Lighting can be surprisingly important in the feel and atmosphere of any room.

Depending on how you want your house to feel, you need to decide on the height, color, brightness, and placement of lamps and lighting in your rooms. It can often seem easier to just go to a thrift shop and pick out a lamp that works.
It is actually very easy and affordable to hand pick a new lamp for any space. It just requires that you do some research and plan accordingly for installation. Even a light that needs to be installed can be taken care of with little to no effort.
You might not have a kind of lamp in mind if you're having difficulty deciding on lighting for your space. If you're in that position, here are 8 tips for choosing the right kind of lamp for your space.

Choosing the Right Kind of Lamp

1. Identify Lamp Position

The first thing that you want to do is determine where you are going to put a lamp. The typical locations are in corners and near end tables, next to couches, or just outside of doorways.
You may have luck trying alternative positions. Try and put a test lamp in any spot where an outlet can reach it. By doing this you open yourself up to think outside of the box.

2. Pick a Height

Not all lamps need to be at couch-level. You have a lot of different height options with your lamps. Again, do your best to think outside of the box. If a lamp would go exceptionally well above your couch, consider placing an electrical outlet in a spot where a chord would reach.
Another great way to extend the position of your lamp is to use a well-hidden extension chord.

3. Choose a Shade

A lamp shade can adjust the hue and brightness of the light entering your space. Pick something that goes with the theme of the room, and don't just settle for the shade that comes with the base of the lamp.
There are a lot of abstract lamp shades that can be a great addition to your room. If you're having trouble selecting a good shade, try out something that fits with the color scheme of your furniture.

4. Decide on a Size

Lamps vary in size and weight. You can choose a tiny bedside lamp, or invest in a large lamp that can serve as a work of art. It really depends on the placement and function of your lamp.
If you're planning on placing a light near the entrance of your home, you might want to consider a larger lamp. If you're decorating a bedroom, you might find that a smaller light will do.

5. Bulbs

Bulbs, like shades, can come in a variety of sizes and colors. Some things to consider are color, type, longevity, and wattage.

6. Talk to Your Friends

Your friends and family have likely gone through the trouble of deciding on a lamp. Invite them over, get their opinion, and even try to go shopping for shades and bases with them.

7. Select a Lamp Base

There is a wide world of lamp bases out there, so it might be useful to refer to a home decor magazine or Pinterest for ideas. In any case, you'll want something that is expressive and fits with the feel of your room.

8. Consult a Home Decorator

If you're dealing with a highly refined, eclectic living room, your lamp might be of the utmost importance. It can be very useful to consult a home decorator in these situations.

Start Searching Now

You never know when your dream lamp will get taken off the market. Search around online to identify different parts that might work for you.
If you're experiencing difficulty doing this, you can always look out for websites that give advice on home decor and lamp specifications.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 4



Totally Awesome Room Decor Ideas You Should Try Now

Totally Awesome Room Decor Ideas You Should Try Now

Dull and drab can turn into lively and fab with these room decor ideas that you can incorporate into any room of your choice today!

Did you know you can improve your mood and productivity simply by adding indoor plants to your home?

The way your home looks impacts you more than you may realize. In fact, even the colors of the walls and furniture in your room affect your thoughts and behavior.
Redecorating is a fun-filled activity that allows you to express your creativity and bring your ideas to life. But now you have even more reasons to do it.
Looking to freshen up your living space by doing some redecorating of your own? Read on for 4 room decor ideas you can't afford to miss!

Navy Blue Walls

Blue is a relaxing color that elicits calmness and creativity. But navy blue, in particular, is the perfect color choice if you want to make any room look larger than it is.
To complement the navy blue walls, try incorporating mustard yellow curtains and pillows. You can also hang a mirror to make the room feel even more spacious.

Stained Glass Lamps

There's no easier way to inject color into any room than by setting a stained glass lamp on the table.
One of the best aspects of stained glass is its versatility. Designs vary substantially, from animal themes to geometrical shapes.
You can also use a stained glass lamp to create a focal point in a room that desperately needs one. They immediately attract eyes to them as soon as guests enter.
If you're attempting to add more personality to a room by creating a layered lighting effect, stained glass lamps can help you achieve that as well.

Floating Shelves

If you want to decorate your wall and save space at the same time, floating shelves have you covered.
To bring life to your room, you can fill the shelves up with small plants, photos, books, and vases.
However, floating shelves aren't just for the living room. They work well to prevent clutter in an office, and they can provide easy access to cooking utensils in the kitchen. You can even use one in place of a nightstand in your bedroom.

Indoor Hanging Baskets

Maybe you want to add houseplants to your home decor but lack the floor space to do so. Hanging houseplants are one of the best room decor ideas for this situation.
You can make a lively canopy above your dinner table with them. If you have an empty corner in a room, you can fill it with a hanging houseplant too.
There are a few houseplants that are particularly well-suited for indoor hanging baskets. These include String of Pearls, Queen's Tears, Devil's Ivy, and Satin Pothos.

Final Thoughts on Room Decor Ideas

On average, we spend 90% of our time indoors. A significant chunk of that is in our own homes, so we might as well spruce them up to our liking.
Since new decor trends are always emerging, it's a good idea to redecorate every couple years or so. This prevents the style of your home from becoming outdated.
What are some of the best room decor ideas you've come across? Do any of the ones in this article stand out to you? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below!

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Fascinating and Fundamental Part 3



6 Unique Home Deco Ideas & Tips

6 Unique Home Deco Ideas & Tips

Have your home match your quirky personality or just stand out amongst your friends as having the coolest home of all time with these ideas and tips!

Everyone wants their home to sing with personality, but it can seem overwhelming trying figure out where to start when working with a limited budget.

Breathing new life into your home deco can often be a simple matter of thinking outside the box and placing your focus more on creativity than your wallet.
Believe it or not, it's easy to make a little go a long way.

Home Deco Ideas for Inspiration

Have your home match your quirky personality, or just stand out amongst your friends as having the coolest home of all time with these ideas and tips!

1. Add Layers

When you think about layers in decorating, just use the same principles as you would in fashion. Something casual like jeans and a T-shirt can be easily spiced up with the perfect scarf. Apply the same thinking to home deco.
Use layers and color with pillows or a great throw. Rugs on the floor with different patterns add a cool vibe that your friends will envy.

2. Embrace Your Whimsical Side

Don't be afraid to let your whimsical side shine!
Why not consider using vintage wallpaper? This is especially great in a child's bedroom. It will give it an awesome throwback vibe that will make it a marvelous space for them to begin to dream as they drift off to sleep.

3. Use Vintage

Vintage is hotter than ever. Gorgeous pieces that have been rescued and repurposed can transport you back in time.
From turn-of-the-century chairs, mid-century modern dishes, flea market lamps to Depression-era flatware and coffee's a potential goldmine for turning your home into a deco wonder!

4. Add Storage

Don't be afraid to match odd pieces together around the dining room, which have the side benefit of providing added storage. Display cases with glass is a great way to show-off gorgeous vintage dishes.
Focusing on color is a way to tie it all together so that various styles form a seamless look that's pleasing on a number of levels.

5. Mash-up Styles

There's a real liberation in not limiting the look of a room or even an entire house to a single design scheme.
Pairing styles like rustic and Asian can turn a stale room into a delight for the eyes. Dip your toe into this decorating technique and you might soon find yourself mashing-up styles in every room!

6. Start at the Front Door

Setting the tone of your home at your front door makes a statement for the rest of the house.
Paint the front door a bold color like red, yellow, or orange. This is both fun and welcoming. Adding this splash of color projects joy and warmth to those who enter your home.

Achieve a Fresh Look on a Budget

It's fun to shake things up every once in a while and give your home a new, fresh look. This doesn't have to cost a fortune.
Adding life and vibrancy to any room is more about flexing your creative muscle than it is spending thousands of dollars on new decor.
Just remember to have fun and let your personality shine!

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Fascinating and Fundamental Part 2



8 Shabby Chic Living Room Ideas

8 Shabby Chic Living Room Ideas

Create a beautiful and unique space that you and your family will love spending time in with these shabby chic living room decoration ideas!

Do you need some shabby chic living room ideas?

The style first became a thing in London during the 1960s. The bohemian hippies of the time furnished their places with used furniture and art that happened to look pretty stylish.
Shabby chic fell by the wayside in the 1970s. It made a vicious comeback in the 1980s, thanks to Rachel Ashwell, who first opened up her Shabby Chic store in 1989. She slowly built an empire based off of the idea that good design can look lived in, be stylish, and affordable at the same time.
If you want to know how you can apply these design ideas to your living room, keep reading for the top 8 shabby chic ideas.

1. It's OK to Add Color

Shabby chic is defined by white. White walls, white furniture, white everything. You can add to this white look by adding accents of color. Your walls could have some color and the furniture can be white. Pastels are the top accent colors.

2. Upcycled Furniture

To get the top furniture, you'll have to know where the best vintage finds are. Garage sales, estate sales, vintage stores, and salvage stores are great places to start.

3. Be Patient

Creating a shabby chic living room can mean hunting down the perfect pieces at garage and estate sales. It takes time to find the right fit and look for your space. If you want to create an incredible space, it's time that's well spent.

4. Add a Little Bit of Modern

Shabby chic living rooms do lend themselves to a vintage style, but you can add touches of modern to create a timeless balance. Incorporating metal or iron tables can give a modern, industrial look against the backdrop of vintage style.

5. Make Your Small Living Room Work

A small living room can be great for shabby chic decorating. You can take advantage of white or grey walls to add colorful accents and layer different textiles and finishes. Top it off with natural light and vintage furniture, and you have a bright living room.

6. Be Bold with Accents

If you're going for an all-white look, you can add bold accents with the furniture you choose. For example, you can add a deep cherry coffee table that can make the room pop.

7. Keep the Design Simple

When you're designing the shabby chic living room, you may be tempted to fill it with furniture, tchotchkes, and other things. Don't do it. Remember, you want the space to be functional and stylish. You want the space to have a nice flow and be easy to maintain.

8. Follow Your Sense of Style

Your sense of style should dictate the design of the room. A shabby chic living room can be contemporary, vintage, all white, feminine, bold, or bright. It's completely up to you.

The Perfect Shabby Chic Living Room

Making a shabby chic living room perfect is a continuous process that requires time and patience. You'll need the time to refurbish pieces and make them your own. You're also going to need the patience to find that perfect piece of furniture for your living room.
It can be addictive and a lot of fun. It's rewarding to sit in your living room and enjoy the space after all of the hard work you've put into it.
For more great home design ideas, check out our blog.

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Fascinating and fundamental Part 1


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7 Chic Kids Room Ideas

Have the best of both worlds and maintain a beautifully designed home while creating a space your children will love with these kids room ideas!

Let's face it: kids don't give much thought to interior design. But you do. How do you make a bedroom chic, yet still fun for your messy little monsters?

Not to worry; we have the answers. Use these chic kids room ideas for room decor that everyone will enjoy.

Let Your Kids Help Pick the Color Pallet

It's their room, after all. Make it their favorite color.
If you are the creative type, let them pick their favorite colors, then come up with a harmonious color scheme to match. Let all the kid's room decor match this scheme, including sheets and bedding, curtains and valances, lamps, even wall paint.
It also helps to have a theme. Use a theme based on a setting, like jungle or fairy tale, or a character/TV show. But be careful: young children quickly outgrow what they like.
Try to pick a theme they won't outgrow for a while or else you'll have to redecorate in a year. Good examples: girls will probably always like princesses and unicorns and boys will probably always like Batman and LEGOs.
Or, to make it way easier for yourself, let your child pick out their favorite room set. Then, buy all the items that match the set, or add other decor that matches the same theme and color scheme.

Choose Soft or Fluffy Fabrics

Kids are much less tolerant of uncomfortable things than adults are. Make sure bedding, plush decor and other fabrics in your child's room are soft and pleasant to the touch.
Try to make sure you have at least some plush decorations. The best ones are big, furry throw pillows--children love them. Though, if your child has a lot of allergies, you may want to avoid plush decor.

Choose a Furniture Finish That Compliments Your Child

In addition to complimenting the room theme, you want your child's furniture finish to compliment your child's personality. Pale or white furniture has a more carefree, whimsical feel while darker furniture sets a more serious tone.

Everything Should be Easily Washable

Kids are messy. As much as you can, try to only choose decorations that are easy to wash. Never buy kid's decor that must be dry-cleaned.

Incorporate Lots of Storage

This will also help with keeping the room clean. Incorporate lots of storage into your child's room decorating ideas.
Obviously, you'll want one or more dressers and possibly bookshelves. But also, get a bed and/or sofa with drawers underneath. Or get a nightstand that's a cabinet.
Add lots of shelves on the walls. This is a great way to be creative and functional with your children's bedroom decoration.

Get a Rug

The floor is your child's main play area. Make it as soft and as fun as the rest of their room.
They will be more comfortable sitting or laying on a soft, cushiony rug or floor mat instead of shallow carpet. And you can get one that's really fun for their age.
A puzzle mat with numbers and letters is great for young kids. Or get a rug that looks like a city as a backdrop for playing with toys.
Rugs are especially important for a toddler's room. Tummy time is necessary for a toddler's development. Give them a tummy time surface that's stimulating the eyes and the touch.
As with the rest of your kid's decor, make sure to get a rug that is easily washable.

Include Meaningful Decorations

Remind your child what's important with personally meaningful decorations that match their room theme. Get matching frames for family photos or a matching pinboard for your child's artwork and awards.

How Will You Use These Kids Room Ideas?

These kids room ideas will make your children's rooms enjoyable for them and for you. How will you use them?

Check our blog regularly for more home decoration ideas.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Famous and Fascinating Stained Glass Windows through the years Part 15, 10 of the Greatest Stained Glass Windows

Hello Every Stained Glass Lover out there!

I have put together a group of 10 beautiful stained glass pieces adopted by the BBC piece adapted by  Jason Farago, enjoy!

Augsburg Cathedral, late 11th Century
The practice of staining glass for decorative purposes dates to ancient Rome, but the oldest examples in situ are from this Romanesque church in Augsburg, Germany, in the heart of Bavaria. Portraits of Moses, Daniel and other biblical figures gaze down from the south clerestory – the prophets stand rock-solid in their hats and robes, ringed by marbled borders that have grown more elegant with age. (Hans Bernhard (Schnobby)/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0)

Christ of Wissembourg, late 11th Century
Stained-glass windows served as a ‘poor man’s Bible’ in the Middle Ages, allowing believers who could not read Latin to learn the story of the Gospels. This portrait of Christ, now in a museum in Strasbourg, France, is believed to have come from a Benedictine abbey in the north of Alsace, where its somber expression and harsh frontal gaze would have had a terrific force. (Cancre/Head of Christ from Wissembourg/Wikipedia)

Chartres Cathedral, early 13th Century
Demand for stained glass reached its height in the late Middle Ages. The cathedral at Chartres, France, features sturdy flying buttresses that allowed for huge windows, including the glorious rose window detailing the birth of Christ. The density of the compositions bathes the interior of the cathedral in a deep, colorful glow. (Eusebius/Rosace Nord/Wikipedia)

Sainte-Chapelle, mid-13th Century
To modern viewers stained-glass windows may seem purely decorative, but in the Middle Ages they illustrated not only biblical narratives but also local history and political authority. The 15 tall windows of Sainte-Chapelle, on Paris’s central Ile de la Cité, depict tales from the Old and New Testaments – and also holy relics being brought to Paris by King Louis IX – now known as Saint Louis. (Michael D Hill Jr/Sainte Chapel Stained glass Interior/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0)

York Minster, 15th Century
One of the greatest of all European cathedrals, this Gothic masterpiece of northern England incorporates a giant east-facing window that is the largest expanse of stained glass anywhere before the modern era. Designed by John Thornton (the first named artist in British history), it features at its heart an intense depiction of the coming apocalypse. It’s currently undergoing repairs. (Asterion/York Minster West Window/Wikipedia/CC BY 2.5)

King Arthur and Sir Lancelot, 1862
Stained glass went into decline during the Renaissance, when the techniques we now call “Gothic” came to be seen as naive if not barbarous. It wasn’t until the 19th Century that artists began to look afresh at the medium. William Morris, an innovative designer and a radical socialist, executed not only religious scenes but secular commissions like King Arthur and Sir Lancelot for the Gothic Revival buildings of the day. (William Morris/King Arthur and Sir Lancelot/Wikipedia)

Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained-glass window, 1912
America’s first great architect believed in the total unity of the design of a home, and that included not only the building and the furnishings but the windows as well. Directly inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement of Morris and others, Wright’s Prairie style sought to create an organic, seamless architecture through abstract glass compositions. (Frank Lloyd Wright/Richland Center, Wisconsin 1867–1959 Phoenix, Arizona/

Brown Memorial Church, 1915
Louis Comfort Tiffany’s career spanned nearly every medium in the decorative arts, from jewelry design to pottery – but it was stained glass where he made his deepest impact. By blending colours while the glass was still molten, his studio could produce milky or opalescent effects. It permitted greater pictorial sophistication than ever before, and defined the look of the American elite for a generation. (James G Howes, July 26, 2007/Annunciation to the Shepherds/Wikipedia)

Vence Chapel, 1949-51
Amid the stark white expanses of the small Dominican chapel, Henri Matisse’s three sets of stained-glass windows are ablaze with the colours of the south of France: sunny yellow, deep green and a bright Mediterranean blue. While the palette has some liturgical significance (blue is the colour of Mary, yellow stands for the light of God), Matisse opts for abstract compositions; he lets the solid panes of coloured glass do the ecclesiastical heavy lifting. (Hemis/Alamy)

Grossmünster Zürich, 2006–2009
The slippery polymath of postwar German art, currently subject of an outstanding retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, spent years designing new windows for Zurich’s thousand-year-old cathedral, which was stripped of its ornaments during the Reformation. While five of the windows depict biblical scenes, the most breathtaking are Polke’s abstract compositions made of thinly sliced agate, which break up the church’s solid walls with pools of light. (Ikono TV)

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