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{ILLUMINATION} BRING MORE LIGHT INTO YOUR HOME

As the days get shorter and we get closer to the long winter months, I tend to crave more light!  It's dark when I leave for work in the morning and dark again when I get home from work in the evening.    As an Interior Designer I am aware of how important interior lighting is to the design of homes as well as the energy of the homeowners!  This time of year it's especially important to bring more light into your home as the days get shorter. There are three main types of lighting in a home. Ambient Lighting (general lighting):  Ambient lighting provides an area with overall illumination.  This is a basic necessity for walking around, conversing with each other and identifying objects in essence keeping our environment safe. Task Lighting:  Task lighting provides a more concentrated source of lighting for tasks such as chopping vegetables, doing homework, shaving, reading, cooking and so forth. Accent Lighting:  Accent Lighting adds drama to a room by creating visual interest.  It is used to draw the eye to areas of interest like artwork, open shelves, and featured textures like glass tile or wallpaper. Ambient Lighting Natural light is one of the biggest sources of ambient lighting.  This gets tough for us in the Midwest with our dark, cloudy winter months.  However, a simple shift in window treatments can add more natural light into your space.   Instead of heavy curtains, opt for fixed panels that flank the window to allow the light in.  If privacy is a concern, add adjustable blinds for easy opening and closing.  TIP:  Fixed fabric panels flank the window to allow for more natural light to fill the room.   Paint choice is important too. [...]

{Holiday Entertaining} Hosting A Spooktacular Party

You know it's fall when the leaves begin to change color, the air has a chill to it and bonfires have a new purpose (we actually need the warmth of the fire).  It also means Halloween is just around the corner! Halloween is the first of several celebrations that lead us into the season of holiday entertaining. Usually Halloween falls on a weeknight and with that comes the mad rush from work to home, throwing dinner together, getting the children dressed in their costumes between answering the door to pass out "treats" to those early trick or treaters!  The good news is this year Halloween falls on a Saturday! Whether you have kids or not, this is a perfect time to host a Halloween gathering!  Typically Halloween is all about the kids....what if we "shake things up a bit" and claim a part of the weekend to celebrate Halloween Adult Style?  Count me IN! I hear from a lot of my clients and friends that the reason they don't host a party is because it's too much work or they don't have enough time.  My goal in writing this post is to give you a few easy tips to create a successful "spooktacular" Halloween party! Decor There is no need to go rummaging through your basement to dig out all the Halloween themed decor.     I love the idea of combining the natural elements of fall and Halloween to create a party with a rustic, elegant feel.  Reclaimed wood and barn wood are a great way to add texture and give your home an outdoor rustic feel.  To save money simply collect natural elements from your own backyard!  Natural grass, plants, branches from trees, pinecones, rocks and the addition [...]