Small Farmhouse Style Bowl Pendants

Three Farmhouse Blue and White Porcelain Bowl Pendants over a long table

Three Farmhouse Blue and White Porcelain Bowl Pendants over a long table

Use these small bowl pendants in a series for a charming farmhouse look. Blue and white porcelain pendants look like small bowls fitted with a vintage style cord and socket.

You could use them alone, but they are small enough to use as a series over a long table, bar or island.

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Blue Onion Pattern China

Blue Onion Pattern from around 1900
Photo by Manfred Heyde

If you collect Blue Willow, people will buy pretty much any dishes with a blue pattern on white. I had a friend who collected Blue Onion. When people gave her Blue Willow, she passed it on to me and I gave her any Blue Onion I found. Continue reading

Picture Lighting: The Basics

House of Troy Classic Traditional Picture Lights are available in LED or incandescent.
They come in 10 finishes in lengths from 5” to 42”. The head swivels and pivots. The arm telescopes from 5” to 7”.

Picture lights are ideal to highlight artwork or other special objects. It is functional and decorative.

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Blue and White French Bistro Chairs

French Bistro Chairs

French Bistro Chairs were traditionally made of bentwood, bamboo or rattan with a cheerful woven back and seat.

Newer versions can be found made with aluminum frames and PE (polyethylene) wicker that looks like wicker but can live outdoors without fading or rotting.

In blue and white, these chairs are country, coastal or traditional. Continue reading

Octopus Lighting

Blue and Purple Octopus Tentacle Coming Through a Porthole Wall Sconce Light

I was trying to find an octopus chandelier. I saw one, but I could not find it for sale anywhere. But, I found many octopus wall sconces and octopus table lamps in two styles and four variations.

There are a lot of octopus wall sconces available, but they all seem to be these three variations. Continue reading

Thomas Paul Octopus Area Rugs

nuLOOM Thomas Paul Octopus Vineyard Area Rug in Multi

Adding an octopus or three is a fun way to add some personality to your home. Whether they are realistic or futuristic, fanciful and colorful or something from a Jules Verne illustration, there are so many ways to add character to your home with an octopus. Continue reading

Get Rid of Dimmer Buzz and Hum

Is there an annoying buzz or hum in your house?

Do you have a buzz or hum? Here’s how to track it down and get rid of it.

I want control over my light levels and I love dimmers. I have them all over the house. But one problem with dimmers can be buzz. Even if the buzz doesn’t sound like it comes from the dimmer, the dimmer most likely is the culprit. Continue reading