Check out these great tips for selling your home! Adding table lamps, floor lamps and lanterns will open up your space! Our Demijohn Table Lamp, Fasciati Glass Lantern and Gold Gothic Revival Floor Lamp are all featured!
The time is finally here! It is time to announce the big winner or our customers BEFORE AND AFTER CONTEST. We had some really great entries. I was truly impressed with our customers spaces, displaying such creativity and style! I wanted to show everyone our “winners” space as well as some very impressive “honorable mentions”
Let’s start with the winner. The before pictures of this space were the what I would call conventional, not a lot of excitement going on but a nice space none the less.
What a difference a rug makes. Designer Cindy Schwarz chose our Ming Hand-Knotted Rug for her client’s home. It really warms the room and gives it the color it lacked. The rug complements the lovely neutral furniture and picks up the colors in the artwork above the fireplace perfectly. It is amazing how much larger the space feels once the rug is added. The rug defines the space and grounds the center, giving a since of finish and relaxation.
Then Cindy added our Soho Chandelier over the client’s dining table. A clean, classic look, I love how the chandelier complements the lines in the dining chairs and enlivens the warmth of the wood tones.
Before & After
Nice picks and well done to our winner!!
Now some honorable mentions we just couldn’t keep to ourselves.
Maritza Strand redesigned her bedroom, furniture and all, but in the end found it was still lacking something. By simply changing the ceiling light, the room finally felt like the glamorous redesign she desired. We all hate those “builder boring” flushmount ceiling lights we inherit when we move in. Maritza chose our Organza Shade & Crystal Chandelier to take her room from “generic” to “dazzling”. Yes, you can hang a chandelier close to your ceiling in place of a flushmount!! We have tons of mini chandelier options for those low 8” ceilings.
A stunning kitchen transformation is always fun to see. Mandy Lark accentuated her amazing kitchen redo with our always popular Barcelona Pendant over the kitchen island. The accent lighting complements the space without being overwhelming. These pieces create fun light effects on the walls and ceiling, creating great mood lighting for entertaining. I bet some great parties are to be had in this space. Mandy says, “I feel like I got a whole new room!”
I want to thank all of our customers who sent in their “Before and After” pictures. We love to see what creative and stylish customers we have. It is both encouraging and exciting! Until next time.
Here in Virginia we have had a beautiful, crisp Fall. The weather has been so conducive to relaxing and focusing on getting ready for cooler days & warming up our homes.
The holidays are coming where we welcome family and friends into our homes for special times.
Here are our ideas to make your “roost” more inviting and a place to make memories. This week we are focusing on the outside; the most important spot to invite folks in.
Home IS where the light is; our Garden Gate Outdoor Post Light is perfect to illuminate the path to your doorstep.
Classic metal scrollwork takes on a modern feel against a contrasting crisp white glass cylinder on this Mediterranean inspired outdoor post light.
Companion Lanterns & Wall Sconce makes it the perfect choice to light up porches & all entranceways into your home.
For a coordinating look place our Cast Iron Black Oval Doormat Rug at your door steps. Oval blacked wrought cast iron doormat in a rusted flea market chic finish. Classically divine you will want for all doors!
Next week; once your guest have arrived we will have more inviting ideas to make it memorable. Plus, some tempting “comfort food” recipes!
©Shades of Light 2008
Thanks to everyone for entering our contest! Check back often for more giveaways!
We’re really loving pagoda’s right now (okay, we’re obsessed…and not just right now!) They really pack a powerful punch and are an easy way to vamp up your style factor without redoing your whole house. Our Pagoda Lantern offers two far-east inspired colors that easily coordinate with any décor style. This piece would be a great focal point in a decorative powder room or bedroom! And we are giving it away in stylish green!
We are seeing a growing lantern trend. Indoors or out, lanterns add spice to any space! Don’t be afraid to use them in unexpected places, such as the bathroom or bedroom. Here are some of our favorites (and our customers love them too)!
We literally saw the light when we spotted a beautiful antique mirrored glass hurricane candle holder not being used at full potential! Our creative minds told us that this piece would be much better on the ceiling as a hanging light for everyone to admire! We immediately got to work and came up with an ultra stylish design, better known as our Antique Mirror Bell Jar Lantern. It makes a statement in a foyer by itself or looks amazing when several are hung together over a kitchen island!
Who doesn’t love a classic Smokebell Lantern? They date back to the colonial days and were designed with a glass lid to provide the maximum amount of candle light without getting smoke stains on the ceiling. Ours is a very traditional, plain glass version, much like the original…a timeless choice for a style that transcends trends!
We’ve got spring fever and can’t wait for the warm air to get here already so we can head outside and put our decorative skills to work in our outdoor living areas. An outdoor hanging lantern is a must for impromptu backyard get-togethers or fancy soirees on the veranda! Our Richmond Hanging lantern was designed by us and crafted by local skilled artisans, practically in OUR backyard. It’s made of real copper with a perfectly aged finish and has versatile classic appeal that takes any porch from ordinary to fabulous!
We’re really loving pagoda’s right now (okay, we’re obsessed…and not just right now!) They really pack a powerful punch and are an easy way to vamp up your style factor without redoing your whole house. Our Pagoda Lantern offers two far-east inspired colors that easily coordinate with any décor style. This piece would be a great focal point in a decorative powder room or bedroom! And we are giving it away in stylish green! To enter, just comment on this post with the words “LANTERN LOVE” by Monday, March 30th at 8pm EST. Then go ahead and let us know what else you love about lighting and home decor! Limit one entry per e-mail address (our winner will be selected using random.org). Good Luck!