Browse Month: July 2018

Thought of the Week Lights from the Kitchen

The kitchen is among the most difficult rooms to light. Not only are there plenty of nooks and crannies that need to be lit for practicality’s sake, but in addition, it is important to light each working surface for safe and effective cooking. Many kitchens rely on recessed lighting to light countertops and other workspaces. However, several modern kitchens are utilizing daring and striking fixtures to help create a unique atmosphere.

ZeroEnergy Design

In this eco-friendly Massachusetts house, interior designer Lisa Kauffman Tharp installed several pieces of bold lighting from the kitchen. The pendants over the island are stunning — but what really caught our attention were the two-armed wall lighting over the top cabinets. Instead of installing recessed lighting underneath the cabinetry, Tharp decided to provide the kitchen a lofty, almost art-gallery like look.

ZeroEnergy Design

Even though they’re normally employed as wall-mounted lights, Tharp decided to install these fixtures on top of the cabinets. The wiring moved into a gap on top of the cabinetry where the gabled roof stops. These lights not only highlight the cabinetry, but if you pull them forward, they light up the countertops below perfectly.

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Circa Lighting

Boston Functional Library Two-Arm Wall Light – $420

Available in bronze, polished nickel, antique nickel, and brass, these fittings can only adjust in a downward way — which makes them ideal for this above-counter lighting repair.

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Guest Picks: 20 Finds for Staging Your Home

Readying your home for sale can be a daunting job. After you’ve cleared out any clutter, bringing in a few inexpensive items can include lots of character — the fantastic kind, which is — to your house.

No reason to wait patiently until you’re selling your house though. These finds will include style, whimsy and charm whether you’re moving or not! — Vanessa from Decor Happy


Sisal Chocolate Rug – $29.95

Remove small, utilitarian front door mats in favor of these indoor sisal rugs. They are hard-wearing and fashionable, and most entries can manage the 4′ x 6′ size. I have one in a discontinued blue colour in my foyer and it seems just as great now as it did five years back.

The Home Depot

Outdoor Wall Lantern with Motion Sensor, Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish – $44.97

Replace builder standard outside lighting with these oil rubbed bronze beauties. Flanking front door or front door, that they are sure to make a statement.

Dash & Albert Rug Company

Marina Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug – $41

I have long admired Dash and Albert rugs for their routine and colours. These jaunty, striped indoor/outdoor rugs could add character to front porch or portico. Perfect for high traffic areas, they’re scrub-able and hose-able!

The Home Depot

Yada Cube Planter – $44.99

I recently used these planters for a blogger charity backyard makeover and I must say they looked stunning when filled with colorful annuals. They seem weighty, but are made of lightweight fiberglass. Two of these on front porch dripping with crops say,”Come on in and watch the rest of my lovely home!”

West Elm

Textured Ceramic Spheres – $14

Purchasing cheap accessories like these textured balls will include a lot of character to a bookcase or piled together in a massive wood bowl.

West Elm

Cozy Throw – $69

Magazine stylists are fond of placing throws in photos and it is no wonder; these high tech throws add oodles of texture and warmth.

Tonic Living

Flatiron Grass Outdoor Throw Pillow – $29.95

If your couch is looking a bit tired, then wake them up with these picture, chevron pillows in a new, grass shade.


GULLAN BLOM Fabric – $5.99

Once most of your personal photographs are removed, what to do with your bare walls? Cheap fabric like this floral stretched on canvas (available from art supply stores) is a cheap, eye catching solution.


Fairytale of New York Dreamy Travel Photograph by Irene Suchocki – $30

Art can transform a room. I’d hang four similar photograph prints at a grid above a console table in a hallway. Placing them in cheap off-white frames will provide a wonderful contrast to the sepia tones of the photograph.


SOLBRÄND Tablecloth – $14.99

If your dining table has seen better days, cover it up with one of these vibrant, fun tablecloths.


Footed Fruit Basket – $14.95

Green apples in a bowl on the kitchen counter is a common staging tip because it always seems fab. This footed cable bowl is practical and adds vintage charm into a kitchen, and would look amazing piled high with Granny Smiths.


SOCKERÄRT Vase – $24.99

This vase/pitcher will add colour to an all-white kitchen. Grouping it with different vases on a counter or shelf will produce a pleasant statement.

Felt Storage Bin – $24

Soft yet durable, these felt bins may be used to store virtually anything that has to be tidied away — believe papers, toys and odds and ends.


BYHOLMA Basket – $12.99

I picked up a few of these baskets for my daughter’s room to corral all her miniature things that little girls tend to possess. The gray color is a wonderful change and the baskets may be used to house all those important papers that you want at the ready but don’t wish to get out for buyers to view.

West Elm

Stripe Shower Curtain, Citron – $39

Who doesn’t love stripes? This shower curtain with bold yellow stripes is guaranteed to add pizzazz to any toilet.

Pottery Barn

Pearl Embroidered Guest Towels, Set of 2 – $19

I’d whip out these fairly linen/cotton guest towels whenever possible buyers were returning to see the home. Just don’t let anyone use them!

Lee Valley Tools

Spa Hardware – $5.60

Why not replace the hardware on your bathroom vanity with these aqua handles? A little update like this can make your house memorable to buyers, and that is the goal when selling.

Pottery Barn

Grand Embroidered Duvet Cover & Sham – $15

There’s nothing like crispy, white bedding to produce a bedroom feel clean, fresh and calm. Doing away with vibrant cartoon character bedding in children’s rooms in favor of white bedding seems more visually attractive.


GOSA TULPAN Pillow – $11.99

It is surprising how many homeowner’s keep the same cushion for 10+ years. They are usually flat and dead. Invest in four cheap, fluffy pillows to groom your bed, placing two side by side with 2 on top. It is going to immediately seem more put-together.


Two Soft Green Pillows – $48

These throw pillows will add a touch of whimsy as well as the cute element in a child’s room. The cost given is for 2 cushions — can’t beat that!

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