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If your home decor has a taste for travel and adventure, I suggest these travel wall art prints. Each is custom printed for you giclee style on canvas using archival quality inks, then set in an attractive black finish wood frame. Here are three of my favorites.
Up above is a classic design that celebrates the Bournemouth Belle. This was railway line in Great Britain ran from London's Waterloo station to the coastal resort of Bournemouth back in the 1930s. Bournemouth Belle Wall Art.
The speed and excitement of early motor racing is captured in this beautiful canvas print. Monaco Grand Prix Wall Art.
And last, to complete my unintended planes, trains and automobiles motif, I love this vintage airplane travel scene from Sweden. Over Stockholm Wall Art.
With winter fast approaching, we spoke with our friend Esther at Blinds.com about energy efficiency and window treatments. She offered these tips we think you'll find interesting.
"Like turning lights off and taking shorter showers, installing energy efficient window treatments makes a huge difference in your energy consumption.
Your house is not air-tight; there are tiny cracks between your walls and windows, just big enough for your costly heat to escape, or for frigid Winter air to creep in when you’re trying to stay warm. 5% of Detrimental Energy Loss occurs through those cracks. Unlike walls, which have insulation built right in, your windows usually need extra help. If winterizing your home is a priority for you this year (and it should be), consider thermal shades.
Enter the Super Insulating Triple Cell Shade from Blinds.com.
New to Blinds.com, this shade does an incredible job of keeping your home toasty warm in the Winter and blocking that hot Summer sun. Cellular shades are one of the most popular categories on the market, and all cell shades – also called honeycomb shades – do a fairly good job of insulating. The Super Insulating Triple Cell Shade, with its 3-cell system creates the best shield to Mother Nature on the market.
These shades have a very high insulating R-value (resistance to heat flow) of 3.66, more than doubling the energy efficiency of a double-glazed window and nearly quadrupling the efficiency of a single pane of glass. For older homes, they’re especially useful because older homes often have older windows, which don’t always do the best job of protecting the home from the elements, though all windows can benefit from this extra layer of insulation.
They’re easily customizable for homes with small children and pets and come in lots of designer colors. Parents love that they can be ordered cordless or with top down / bottom up, to preserve privacy but still let light in.For more questions about winterizing your home with blinds and shades, visit Blinds.com or call us at (800) 505-1905 and speak to a Design Consultant, who will help you pick the perfect product."
Thanks for the info, Esther!
Finding the perfect Christmas gift for dad is always a challenge. But it doesn't have to be that way. Here are some of the best holiday gifts for dad that will make him happy!
Up above is the Z Bar Red LED Desk Lamp (also available in black). Dad may not be as flexible as this lamp, but he'll appreciate its sleek looks, energy efficient designs and adaptability. He can easily position the lamp for reading or other tasks, and the design also comes with a built-in dimming system for even greater lighting control.
If he's into hobbies, get him this LED Magnifying Craft Light. The bright LEDs make a great work light, while the adjustable magnifying glass brings into focus close-up details. This particular model can be powered by batteries or the included AC adapter.
If Dad's the outdoor type, he'll love this LED Lantern. It collapses down into a small, compact unit, making it portable for camping trips, and has a non-slip, rubberized finish.
For techie-gadget types, there's the iChime Customizable Doorbell System. It comes pre-loaded with hundreds of doorbell sounds, funny greetings and chimes. Dad can also record his own greeting or upload an MP3 recording.
Here's more tech magic. This mini laser star projector is great for dad's next rave. It's a steal at only $99. Holographic Laser Star Projector.
Custom gifts are always nice, so use our Design Your Own online tool to make him lighting with a custom color shade, or customized artwork. You can make something to match his office decor or give him his favorite color in just a few easy steps.
Finally, accessorize his office desk and keep him on time with a desk clock. Pictured above is the special Bulova World Time Clock in a brass finish case.
Good luck shopping (only 37 days left!).
Found on YouTube, GQ's Adam Rapoport visits the Jonathan Adler's NYC showroom and pottery studio. The clip has a nice behind the scenes look at the Jonathan Adler empire, and there are a couple of related videos in the series. I always love seeing this type of thing about designers. I think you get a much better appreciation of their work and personality from a video. In this piece, look for some of the Jonathan Adler lighting designs in the store shots!
The polka dot first appeared widely in late nineteenth-century in Britain, and were named for a popular dance of the time. Back then, it was a popular clothing pattern. Today, they're on everyting from (itsy bitsy) bikins to furniture and consumer goods.
Polka dots can be bold or subtle, brightly colored or earth-toned. Whatever form they take, however, they are always visually interesting and fun! Here are some cool products with dots for you to add to your home decor.
To get started, a little polka dot eye-candy in the form of this cute little accent table lamp. This design is also available with red, green, blue and black lamp shades. Orange Dot Accent Table Lamp.
More color, this time from these fun accent pillows. Set of 3 Adalyn Embroidered Dot Pillows.
This pink polka dot pattern would look wonderful in a child's room or as an accent for a dressing area. This pendant design is available in a wide range of polka dot colors. Mini Dots Pink Pendant Light.
Switching to black and white, here's a mini clip-on shade with a bold dot pattern. Use them to give a chandelier a whole new look. Polka Dot Black Set of Four Clip-On Shades.
This hand-tufted rug shows off more monochromatic black and white dots. Distill Black Handmade Rug.
How about a Hello-Dotty area rug?
This table lamp has a silver-on-silver pattern and crystal accents. Silver Polka Dots Crystal and Metal Table Lamp.
Finally, a fun nightlight with a white polka dot pattern. Red High-Heel Shoe Night Light. Dots all folks!
Here are some recent links, posts and articles from around the Web for your reading pleasure. Enjoy! Got a link of your own to recommend? Leave a comment and let us know!
Blogger Flutterings included several of our designs in a favorite table lamps post.
A tween room design in this Polyvore post uses our pink star wall mirror.
L.A. blogger CocoCrazy used our Blue Martini Glass Table Lamp (see above) in her "cheap to Chic" post.
Design Is Magazine fell in love with the Quoizel Franklin Desk Lamp in their contemporary lighting blog round-up.
A Stroll Through Life blog has posted some wonderful ideas for traditional Thanksgiving table decorating.
Have a great weekend!
I noticed that we have a good Deal of the Day going on today. Its for an LED BBQ clip light and the price is only $14.95. These are great for grillin' after dark, and at this price you can buy some as gifts and nab one for yourself as well!
Remember, the deal is good for today only or until the supply runs out, so take a look before this deal goes away!
In today's contemporary and transitional room, the angular and straight-edged tends to predominate. It's nice to mix in elements with curves to play against this trend. Which leads us to globe table lamps! These designs offer a play of round form that works well with any number of room designs. Here are three for your Thursday!
The design above has two globe forms and a cylinder shade up top. The highly polished brushed steel base creates even more visual interest. Double Globe Brushed Steel Table Lamp.
This globe table lamp has a more traditional look. The lamp has four crystal globes that reach up to an empire-style stretched fabric shade. The shade and the footed square base reinforce the traditional aspect of the design. Stacked Globes Crystal Table Lamp.
Finally, how about a little color on those globes? This lamp features four hand-blown globes with a repeating geometric pattern and an off-white shade. Aqua Hand-Blown Glass Table Lamp.
Rapper Vanilla Ice is back, but not in the way you might think! He has a new home renovation show called (not surprisingly) The Vanilla Ice Project. It airs on the DIY Network every Thursday at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).
From Ice Ice Baby in the early 1990s, Mr. Ice, aka Robert Van Winkle, moved to buying property and flipping houses. The TV show follows Ice and his crew as they renovate a 7,000-square-foot Mac-mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.
The episode I watched had him installing high-end landscape lighting and updating the garden lights and backyard pool. We'll have to see if the house turns out more metal or more hip hop!
Click the video above for a peek at the show.
From Veronica, our home decor buyer, here are some ideas to give your Thanksgiving table decorations extra holiday spirit this year.
"Dried and silk flowers always strike a festive note. I also really like the fact that they can be reused year after year. This arrangement has wonderful Fall, Thanksgiving colors with silk hydrangea and ranunculus flowers." Hydrangea and Ranunculus Faux Flower Arrangement.
"Candlesticks are a welcome addition to any Thanksgiving table. Move them to a side table or buffet for the main seating. This set of three has a lovely distressed finish." Bronze Urn Candle Holders.
"A decorative bowl is a quick way to add interest to the center of your table. You can display fruit or seasonal items like mini pumpkins and squash. The one I've picked (seen above with matching items and wall clock) has ornate detailing with a bronze finish and crackle amber finish accents." Bronze Crackle Scrollwork Decorative Bowl.
"Finally, I always like to have a supply of serving trays nearby on Thanksgiving day. Use them to move things to and from the table, or to serve after meal coffee and desert. They come in handy for clean-up, too! The set of three I'm showing gives you even more flexibility." Set of 3 Hanley Trays.
Thanks for the input, Veronica! Look for more on our home decor page.