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Our home decorating blog offers interior design tips and lighting ideas for today's home! Enjoy professional interior design advice, home decor ideas and inspiration.

  • The World's Longest Running Light Bulb

    Incredibly, there is a light bulb in Livermore, California that has been burning since 1901. The aptly named Centennial Light serves as a nightlight for the firetrucks of the Livermore Fire Department. There is a live webcam on the official website of the Centennial Light. It has been declared the oldest known working lightbulb by Guinness Book of World Records.

    The Shelby Electric Company made the bulb. It was handblown and then outfitted with a carbon filament. It has about 4 watts of light.

    If you happen to be in Livermore, California then you can stop in and visit the bulb, depending on the availability of the firemen. If you go to the rear of the station and ring a bell then you can ask them to let you in. Otherwise, according to their site, "you can see the bulb if you look through the window up on the top of the wall to your left." The photo below is courtesy of the Centennial Light Bulb Committee. There are more of photos to be found here.

  • Tips for using mini-pendants in the kitchen:

    Kitchen Mini Pendant Lights Picture

    1. Add a dimmer switch to increase the versatility of the pendant lights. They can provide either task or mood lighting.

    2. Take into account the height of those in your household when deciding how high to hang the pendants. If they are hung too high then you may see a glare from the bulb.

    Kitchen Mini Pendant Light Picture

    3. Center the fixtures over the counter.

    4. Try to find a fixture that can complement the finishes of your faucets, countertops, and cabinets. Colorful mini pendants can tie everything together if chosen carefully. Visit our chandelier lighting page to see the full range of products and styles that are available.

  • Vintage Wall Clock

    Maitland Wall Clock

    With the daylight savings change-over fast approaching, vintage clocks caught my eye. On the first Sunday in November, Nov. 4th, clocks will be set back one hour at 2:00 a.m. local daylight time to become 1:00 a.m. 

    Managing your time is always difficult but staying on track should be made easier with the addition of this vintage wall clock. It harkens back to a simpler time when schedules contained less variables and one central clock was enough for each household.

    Take a look in our wall and desk clocks section for design that will keep you running on time!

  • Lighting in a Glass Building

    Planar Floor Lamp Room SceneGlass used as an architectural design element is perhaps the archetypal modern design statement.

    Glass walls, windows and even floors are showing up in townhouses, condos and suburban mega-houses with increasing regularity.

    The New York Times Home & Garden section recently ran a piece about this trend: The Stylish Terrarium: Decorating Under Glass.

    Choosing your decor becomes problematic.

    As one owner says, "It's like living on the inside out. Your furniture has to look good in the round."

    Floor lamps, arc lamps and hanging fixtures have the kind of sculptural quality that can work in such an open design. Lamps such as the Planar floor lamp have a visual line and profile that allow them to thrive under the glass microscope.

  • Feng Shui and Lighting

    Feng Shui and the BuddhaShelly Sparks is a wonderful designer who has been studying, teaching and practicing Feng Shui and landscape design for over 13 years.

    She believes that applying this traditional wisdom to modern life can bring healing, harmony and prosperity to a client's homes, businesses and gardens.

    Shelly says, "Lighting is very important to the Feng shui of a home. When a space is dark and under-lit the energy does not flow naturally. Light brings energy to a home and good luck to its owners."

    Have a question about Feng Shui? Use the contact-us link at the top of this page to e-mail us. We'll post Shelly's reply on this blog in the coming days!

  • Return of Vintage Hollywood Style

    Stacked Ball Table LampThe International Home Furninshings Market was going on last week in High Point, North Carolina. One big trend we've spotted this year is a return of the Hollywood glamour style in furnishings and lighting designs.

     Clear glass table lamps, such as this stacked ball lamp design, and lighting fixtures with clean, Art Deco-ish lines are in. The look is clean, urbane and sophisticated. Turn on the star power in your home with these designs.

  • Lighting Tip: Use a Plug-In Wall Lamp and Avoid Wiring

    Nickel Halogen Plug-In Swing Arm Wall LampRobert Louis Tiffany Iron Vine Swing Arm Wall LampPretty in Pink Plug-In Style Swing Arm Wall Lamp








    Plug-in style wall lamps are a great way to add lighting to a room without having to go through the hassle of hard-wiring a fixture. J

    ust hang the lamp on the wall, plug it into any standard wall outlet, then stand back and enjoy the view.

    These plug-in lamps are great for use in bedrooms on either end of a headboard or next to a reading chair.

    To find a look that's right for you, browse our entire swing-arm wall lamp collection.


  • The Beauty of Swarovski Crystal

    Swarovski always impresses with their Crystal Palace design fair displays. The London Design Festival recently showed five of Swarovski's celebrated designs at the reopened Royal Festival Hall.

    Wallpaper Magazine is currently featuring a slideshow capturing the setting-up of the crystal creations. You can see more about the London Design Festival and Swarovski's crystal palaces at

    To bring the luxury and visual appeal of crystal into your home, check out our selection of lighting fixtures made with exclusive Swarovski crystal. We have a number of different looks available. I am only including a small sample below.

    Swarovski Paris Flea 20" Flushmount Ceiling Light

     George Kovacs Swarovski Crystal Pendant Chandelier

  • Ceramic Artistry from Haeger Potteries

    Haeger Potteries - Cayenne Ceramic Tear Drop Table LampHaeger Potteries have been creating small masterworks in ceramic for over one hundred years. The company is located outside of Chicago and still uses artisan techniques in making their ceramic home accents and table lamps.

     We've been selling Haeger Potteries table lamps for some time now, but have just recently added Haeger Potteries ceramic vases and bowls. Among these Haeger Potteries Black Panther Ceramicproducts are several classic designs, including the famous black panther sculpture from the 1940s and several Frank Haeger Potteries Frank Lloyd Wright VaseLloyd Wright licensed creations. 

    We love the glazing and colors on these items. They make exquisite display pieces for shelves or side tables, and are wonderful gift ideas.

  • Picture Hanging Tips

    Wall Art Set - Picture Hanging Tips

    For our money, hanging wall art prints or a painting can be a challenging decorating task. It's not hard, but it's tricky to get it to look right!

    Here's a good rule of thumb to follow: when hanging a piece, measure the overall height of the frame, then divide the frame into three equal sections. The line between the middle and top sections should be 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 9 inches off the ground.

    This rule works in just about all cases, though you might have to fudge the hang line up or down a tad depending on the design of the artwork.

    Give it a try and let us know how it works for you! Read more home lighting tips, then browse our wall art and wall decor collection for a fresh new look.

October, 2007