Friday, April 27, 2018

The Dining Room Table

Buying a new dining room table set can be a lot of fun.  We know that the typical pieces are the table and the chairs - anywhere from two to twelve chairs depending on how much space you have available.  Also, there are other accent pieces you can consider - the side table, buffet, a china cabinet or a hutch (maybe a corner hutch?).  The amount of space in your dining room or kitchen will determine what pieces to add to your dining room/kitchen set.

There are many dining room tables available for purchase.  Some experts say to buy only the solid wood tables because the medium density fiberboard construction have soft surfaces and can chip easily.  Also, the finish can come off pretty easily on these tables.  Therefore, these don't seem to be the best investment for you in the long run.  The wood sets are preferred for their durability as well as their beauty.

There are glass top tables that are very popular. They are made of tempered glass to assist in their durability.  The metal framing and legs on these dining room/kitchen tables gives your kitchen or dining room a modern look and feel.

Usually a kitchen set is used more that our dining room table sets.  The dining room tends to be a more formal setting than your kitchen set depending on your taste.  The casual or kitchen set is used more in the kitchen area than in your dining room. 

Before you buy, make sure you  go to a store and feel the wood, ask questions about the product construction and quality of materials, then choose the best one for your sense of style and budget.  Many believe it is better to purchase a set already assembled than to order online and have to deal with the assembly - may save you some time and money.

Have fun looking and purchasing your new dining room table set.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Office Lighting

Office Lighting is a great way to get all the light you need for your home office and can be found in many stores and online.  They are not overly expensive, so you can get the light you need by shopping smart and for not a whole lot of money.  At least two sources of light or maybe three are needed to adequately light your home office.  Remember, the type of lighting affects your mood,  reflects your style and personality and affects your productivity.
Your office tasks are different from other areas of your home.  You need to be able to create a comfortable working area and the right illumination needed for the office.  A floor lamp along with other lighting fixtures will make your productivity and accuracy more evident while also reducing the eye strain and fatigue.
There are basically three type of Office Lighting.
1)     General or ambient lighting helps to reduce shadowing in the work area - includes wall mounted sconces, floor lamps, torchiere lamps or pendant lighting.
2)     Task lights are just as the name suggests - lighting for the task at hand and may be a table lamp, an adjustable floor lamp, a wall mounted light, a clip-on light or ceiling mounted.  The bulbs used in these lighting fixtures can be incandescent or fluorescent bulbs which can make a lot of difference.
3)     Accent lighting provides a focal point giving your eye an initial point of interest that creates interest in your working area - floor lamps or the torchiere  lamps are especially useful in this area.
You can find any of these lighting products that will make your office beautiful and productive.  They are available in any number of stores and online.  Specialty lighting stores are usually the best place to start as they are more lighting oriented as opposed to a sales oriented store/person.

Have fun making your Office Lighting the best there is!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Decorating the Living Room

I recently started thinking about redecorating my Living Room.  Not sure of the challenges I would face, I looked on the Internet and found several articles that were a great help.  I found out that I could do this myself and not have to hire a professional decorator.  This will save some money, I'm sure.
First suggestion was to sketch my living room (to scale) and then sketch in the furniture where I want it.  I like this because it will save me from having to move the actual furniture when I get it ready to place.  A good thing about the sketch - I can change the placement of my furniture all I want on that and save my back!
Another suggestion was to figure out my decorating style.  Do I want the more Traditional American style or do I want to go with the more Modern or Contemporary design? 
With the Modern or Contemporary design, I need to choose accents and fabrics that are more light or breezy.  The more satiny fabrics, chintz, silk fabrics and other smooth fabrics carry out the clean modern look in my Living Room. 
The more Traditional American decorating style is usually the solid woods in natural shades. With this style, I would probably go with accents and fabrics more prone to a more rugged nature.  Calico, cotton, leather - even nubby rugs can be used.  This makes for a more natural, maybe even an "outdoorsy" style of decorating for my Living Room.
Of course, there are other things to consider but I thought this was a prelude to doing my own decorating.  So I can decorate my Living Room myself without the professional.  Checking the Internet for solutions was a good way to get me started in the right direction for decorating my Living Room.  I can't wait to see how this looks when I'm finished!