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2017 Lighting Trends
What's Hot: Aged Brass w/Matte finishes
They said brass was dead. Over and over this was the cry in the lighting world. People felt shame over their shiny brass fixtures and went running to more exotic (read; non-brass) finishes like satin nickel, rubbed bronze, brushed pewter, oil-rubbed bronze, satin this, or Tuscan that, & on and on.
I have some good news for those of you who never gave up on the allure of brass. IT'S BACK with a vengeance. Maybe not exactly as you remember it, but it's definitely back. This is a great example of rediscovering a classic, and giving it a modern signature. Today's brass is aged & weathered, like it's been through something. That makes sense, because it HAS been through something... namely years of neglect from lighting showrooms coast to coast. Who's laughing now?
Hello, my name is Cody, and I am a reformed design junkie who likes to work strange hours. Sound familiar? Yeah, that's par for the course for many of my colleagues. I chat with my peers on a weekly basis.
Recently, at a coffee shop you haven't heard of (just kidding - it was through text messages), I proclaimed the Lift Bridge to be the best standing desk for graphic designers. After such a proclamation, I wrote this brief list of TWO things that make it a great fit for graphic designers.
Flowers are great. They liven up a room with color, show love, and look good in certain spaces. This is about more than just flowers though.
Get the ambiance right with ambient light...
Ambient light is the most pleasing, in that it’s soft, even, and easy on the eyes. Ambient light helps fill a space with a warmth, and an at home feel you’ll want to set the tone for any romantic evening.
Going well beyond the any trend cycle, home makeovers are here to stay. That said, they do evolve. Gone are the days of bright colored microwaves and ornate big, boxy TVs.
Get in the know with this post about contemporary home makeovers.
The holidays are quickly approaching and, if you’re anything like me, you have a really hard time figuring out what to get for people. I find that the longer I have known somebody, the harder it is to find something that shows how much you value who they are as a person and how much you appreciate your relationship.
Parents. I’ve known them my whole life, so why is it so hard to find something for them? Dads are the number one hardest demographic to shop for, in my opinion. I try not to repeat gifts, which has resulted in me actually making presents for the last year or so. It is hard to find the time to create these items. I can’t speak for everyone with a dad, but based on my dad’s interests and our location, I have narrowed down a few items that I think he might like.
Black Friday starts before Halloween and Christmas trees hit the shelves in September, which means by now you’ve been inundated with countless promos and countless gift giving options. This can lead to what I call “paralysis of choice.” I feel well equipped to help with this sort of ailment, being that I spend well over 40 hours a week getting to know our 30,000 plus items.
DIY Lampshade: Painting Lampshades
For this exercise, the creative team at LampsUSA salvaged some lampshades damaged in shipping. A whole box of scratch and dent shades is a whole lot of blank canvas ready for exploration and fun!
While searching for the next Practice What You Pin project, I realized that though I am not artistically inclined, I do enjoy making things, which led me to a DIY chandelier of sorts. For those in a rental living situation, this is a perfect solution to cover up ugly or boring apartment flush mounts.
I went to Hobby Lobby, walked around for about 45 minutes - there is just so much stuff! - before finally obtaining the FOUR things I went there for.