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

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.
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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!