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Signature Style: Creating Beautiful Interiors from Traditional Home Books

Signature Style: Creating Beautiful Interiors from Traditional Home Books

One of my favorite decorating books is Signature Style: Creating Beautiful Interiors from Traditional Home Books.

The book is about finding your own approach to design. All of the interiors are Traditional, but the eight different designers have very different approaches.

There are a lot of photos, as you would expect. But the designers explain their process. They let you know what to look for in each photo. Continue reading

Chain Pliers

  Chain Pliers  If you are hanging your chandelier yourself, you really ought to have chain pliers. The tips open the chain link easily, without scratching it.  The grooves on the other side of the spring close the link again.  They don't cost much and they will keep you from damaging the finish on your chain and save you time and trouble.  The ones I have are made by Satco, but they others look pretty much the same. - myDesign42

Chain Pliers

If you are hanging your chandelier yourself, you really ought to have chain pliers. The tips open the chain link easily, without scratching it.

The grooves on the other side of the spring close the link again.

They don’t cost much and they will keep you from damaging the finish on your chain and save you time and trouble.

The ones I have are made by Satco, but the others look pretty much the same.

Track Lighting – Lots of Light for Any Style Kitchen

Are you trying to get a lot of light where you want it in your kitchen? One option is track lighting.

Just replace whatever light is already there with track. You can aim the light wherever you want. You can even add more light.

You don’t want to overload the circuit. It’s not just annoying to be constantly popping breakers, it really is a fire hazard. Check how many things are already on that breaker. How many watts are on the light you are replacing? You know you can go that high. With new high efficiency LED lamps, you can get a lot of light with very little electricity.

An Ideal Setting by Annie Graves Jewelry Artist Carolyn Morris Bach transforms an overgrown 18th-century cape into a polished work-and-living space. Yankee magazine September/October 2017

An Ideal Setting by Annie Graves
Jewelry Artist Carolyn Morris Bach transforms an overgrown 18th-century cape into a polished work-and-living space.
Yankee magazine September/October 2017

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Split Ceiling Medallions, Easier than Ever to Install!

Split Ceiling Medallions, Easier than Ever to Install! Fits together easily, without completely removing your light, chandelier or ceiling fan. Simply slip down the canopy and secure the medallion.

Split Ceiling Medallions, Easier than Ever to Install! Fits together easily, without completely removing your light, chandelier or ceiling fan. Simply slip down the canopy and secure the medallion.

If you’ve ever wanted a ceiling medallion, now it is easier than ever to install one! With new two piece ceiling medallions, you no longer have to remove the light or ceiling fan! Continue reading

Perfect Measurements – Universal Rules for a Solid Floor Plan

Vern Yip’s Design Wise

Vern Yip’s Design Wise

House Beautiful June 2017 regular article Master Class is by Vern Yip.

Master Class
Vern Yip On Perfect Measurements

“I used to be a premed student and was deep in that world of science and math,” says the Atlanta designer. “I’m still equally left- and right-brained. People often tell me they feel design paralysis, thinking designers are magical unicorns pulling things out of the clouds – we are not! So much of what we do is standardized and logical, especially because most people don’t buy custom furniture. Whether you rent a studio or own a 60,000-square-foot mansion, these rules on dimensions are universal: You can lay out a solid floor plan.”

Vern Yip’s book, Design Wise has all the rules logically explained, with plenty of pictures to illustrate the point. You can search inside the book on Amazon. Continue reading

Coordinate Your Metal Finishes

From traditional to eclectic, no matter what style you choose, coordinating your metal finishes can make all the difference in pulling a look together.

There are more choices than ever in metal finishes. Brass, bronze, chrome, nickel and stainless in bright polished or matte brushed finish, each sets its own style.

Then there are custom painted finishes to really personalize your look.
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How to Easily Install a Ceiling Medallion

Ekena Millworks Ceiling CM19SP/162957 Ceiling Medallion painted and faux finished

Ekena Millworks Ceiling CM19SP/162957 Ceiling Medallion painted and faux finished

I love the look of traditional plasterwork and millwork. Now, you can get the look of fragile plaster in molded polyurethane – lightweight, easy to install and surprisingly inexpensive! You can install a ceiling medallion as an architectural focal point to your dining room, entry, bedroom, even over a bath!

You really can get a ceiling medallion for under $10.00! Really! Continue reading

Easy to Install Kichler LED Tape Light

Kitchen with Kichler® LED Tape

Easy to Install Kichler LED Tape Light

Kichler LED Tape Light is an excellent product!

  • Installer friendly
  • Plug-and-play power supply
  • 3M™ brand adhesive backing
  • Many available additional accessories
  • Dimmable tape light power supply
  • In-wall rated wires are out of view (and costs less than competitive wire options)

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New Monorail Kits from Tech Lighting

Monorail lighting is a great choice for many homes.

If you are looking for a simple monorail layout, a monorail kit might work for you. These kits have all of the hardware you need for most basic layouts and include pendants or fixtures.

Tech Lighting now has these great new kits!

Tech Lighting 800RAL28 Onyx Rail Complete Monorail Kit

Tech Lighting’s 800RAL28 Monorail kit has two pendants and two heads made with natural onyx. The metal hardware is finished in antique bronze. Continue reading