Let There Be Light!

Most people always underestimate what lighting can do for their homes and the different rooms. You might not have much of a theme going on but by playing around with lighting, you could create a more diverse and deeper look. Any light will not do you any good. You have to know the tips and tricks that make the lighting work for you and what you have. To help you with this and ensure that you get the light shining for you, here are some great tips that you could use that will definitely get you a more dramatic, natural and alluring look.

Exploit natural lighting

There is no better lighting than natural lighting. However, even this has to be directed to the right rooms or you risk losing the touch that you would like to achieve. The goal here is to open up the rooms that are usually used during the day to natural light. It can have an inviting and adequate lighting. However, you should consider the passive source of light. However, before you go ahead and start ripping the walls up, be sure to check and see if the local building codes allow you to do this or whether you can add fenestration or other kinds of openings.  You wouldn’t want the extra light to come at such a huge expense.


Expose the right rooms

West, south and east facing windows in the northern hemisphere are the best for increasing natural light. They offer a unique hue at different times of the day. The north-facing windows might also be a great addition but typically, they might need plenty help from artificial sources. To let more natural light in, you should think of adding more windows to the southern face of the home. Remember that the positions require you to consider which face of your home receives light for the longest periods so that you can maximize on this.


Reflect natural light

Now here is a lighting tip that you might never have thought off other than getting larger panes of glass and moving the openings around the house. It is quite simple and straightforward you might smack yourself in the head for not having thought about it before.

Strategically placing windows around the house and use bright and natural colors will help you to get the best effect. The best thing about reflected natural light is that it has a nice and warm feel to it and one that you’re definitely going to love. Even better you should find it to have a nice shade that is not too bright. This trick will also save you from the trouble of having to rip out your walls. All you have to do is place mirrors across any available windows and they should do the trick for you.

This trick also works in areas that are hard to illuminate like the basement. The mirror bounces more light around allowing for more light into the room. Pretty clever right?


While using artificial light can be a great way of changing up the look of your living room, going natural usually has a better effect and offers more benefits to both you and your décor. Needless to mention, this is also a tact that offers a welcoming and warm feeling to your home.



George Nelson

Sorry guys been MIA for a while working on some design projects! Today I would like to talk to you about my favorite all-time mid century designer, George Nelson. He doesn’t get as much recognition as Charles & Ray Eames or Mies van der Rohe but it doesn’t mean he was any less brilliant.

George Nelson was multi-talented and excelled at everything he did. His diversity ranged from being an author and architect, to industrial designer and even a teacher. He was at the forefront of mid-century modernism and led the revolution in American modernism. His iconic Coconut Chair will never date and has a place in both an office setting and in the home. The Coconut Chair can be purchased through Herman Miller. Though very similar replicas of the coconut chair can be found online.


Nelson’s clean lines brought an angularity to functional furniture which identified the modernist trend perfectly. The sharpness of the angles was tempered by more flowing lines, so clearly represented by the Marshmallow Sofa. It is clear that this piece of furniture has never and will never date and has an enduring appeal for young and old. Although Nelson took credit for its design, it was actually another designer in his office, Irving Harper, who should have received the accolades.

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As with the other modernist designers, Nelson wasn’t afraid to use industrial materials in his design. Metal mesh and stainless steel didn’t escape his expert eye and were incorporated into a number of his designs. He married wood and leather with steel to produce comfortable yet functional furniture that could be married to existing décor elements.

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Nelson also found inspiration in traditional furniture and adapted it to the modernist trend.


Nelson was dismissive of the Office Cubicle but was right there to take advantage of the changing business needs, which was to wedge as many workers into the least amount of space. He designed furniture around this increasingly smaller workspace to optimise what little space there was. As with the Marshmallow Sofa, Nelson took full credit for this design and also won the Alcoa Award for its innovative design.

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Nelson’s design firm designed a number of items for the Herman Miller design company which marketed the items under their own name. Amongst those items were numerous wall clocks and the iconic Bubble Lamp.

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Ikea’s idea of furniture that could be shipped all over the world and which the buyer can assemble himself, didn’t pass Nelson by. He reimagined traditionally bulky items so that they could be easily transported and put together at home. The design from over fifty years ago is perfect for today’s requirements for functional home office desks and chairs. Running your business from home can still be done stylishly without having to revert to the usual mass-produced melamine monstrosities.


The bedroom didn’t escape Nelson’s attention either. Bed designs became cleaner to do away with any possibly of clutter that was so easily shoved under the bed. With this cleaner look, bed linen had to evolve from quilted bedcovers to crisply tucked-in linens.



A little Rant About Blinds

Blinds4You get many different kinds of window blinds that use a variety of control systems. Window blinds are generally made up of several long horizontal or vertical slats of various types of hard material, such as wood, plastic or metal which are held together by cords that run through the blind slats. Window blinds are adjusted by rotating them from an open position to a closed position either manually or by remote control which allows the slats to overlap and block out most light.


Roller blinds are a good choice for any window treatment. Sun shades filter harsh sunlight out while still maintaining the view. For adding an element of privacy to any room, roller shades are also a great option. You just pull them down and relax while still being able to enjoy the light from your windows. A roller blind is a wonderful addition to any home as the designs range from fancy and decorative, to sleek and elegant. Keep these tips in mind while shopping for your new modern window treatments.


Roller blinds allow you to adjust the length of the window you want to cover, thanks to a spring mechanism that hangs across the top of the window. The clean lines of the roller blind sets it in a league of its own and will contribute to the overall aesthetics of the room.


The fantastic thing about roller shades is that they come in a variety of fabric choices. If you are looking for blackout roller blinds, there is fabric that allows zero percent of the light to filter through. Any fabric allowing 3-20% of the light through will work for privacy purposes or to block out UV rays, and although you might be able to see out of the window when your roller blinds are down, someone standing outside will find it more difficult to look in.


The amount of vertical space you will need depends on whether you choose an inside or outside mount for the roller blinds. The window should be measured with great care, in other words, taking the measurement from the inside of the window frame from top to bottom and from left to right; as well as the depth for an inside mount blind. Though for an outside mount blind, the measurements should be from where the shade is being planned to hang (horizontal), as well as to where it would be dropped (vertical). The general rule of thumb for an overlap is about 1½ inches.


Inside mount and outside mount are the two different ways to hang your vertical blinds. Which one you choose willBlinds3 depend on your aesthetic preference. The inside mount style sits inside the recess of the window so the shades are flush with the wall, while the outside mounting covers the entire window area because it hangs outside of the window recess. If you are considering inside mount roller blinds, make sure that your window is recessed at least 3 inches so there is room for the mechanis…


The Slumber Alternative

Sleeper5There is a surprisingly long history with sleeper couches, or sofas. In Ancient Egypt palms were strapped together to create a daybed, and it is said that Thomas Jefferson used a pulley and rope system to tie up beds in an upright position into a compartment in his home. Guests that slept over at the George Washington Mount Vernon home, is said to have used a settee that could be changed into a bed.


In the slightly later days of sleeper couch designs, the mattresses were generally uncomfortable to sleep on and not a very popular choice for guests, as this is what Sleeper6these items of furniture would be used for. Today, however, the modern designs of sleeper couches has evolved to such an extent that it has become a sought-after addition to many homes. They are now available in an extremely wide range of comfort, size and creative styles.


Modern sleeper couches come in a range of fabrics and colors that will fit into any home without “standing out like a sore thumb”. A sitting room or lounge is easily furnished with an entire suite that is elegant and enhances the room, though contains the “discreet” bed. These suites are available in the standard 3, 2 and 1 settee suites, corner designs, love seats as well as the single couch chair. There are designers and manufacturers that create a “one of a kind”, custom-made set, be it contemporary or traditional. The fabrics used in these designs extend from luxurious genuine leather, wool, silk, and cotton, to jute, rayon, polyester – to name a few, depending on your affordability.


The majority of the sleeper designs are produced with the standard features which include a mattress and frame, and are normally the size of the mattress, that being the single and double bed mattresses.


Frames are constructed from either laminated hardwoods or solid wood which are usuallySleeper3 moisture-resistant. Features such a locking mechanism that enables the couch to be upright for seating or laid flat for the bed; an adjustable headrest that provides comfort for reading or watching television; elevated leg rests, and some have the option of storage space underneath the bed section.


A sleepover for the children may gladly be hosted as a sleeper added to the child’s bedroom, incorporating the existing décor, is a preferable option to mattresses on the floor. A futon-style sofa is a favored choice for a teenager’s room. The room that is used as a study or an exercise room may be transformed into a guest room with very little fuss. Even people living in the smaller type apartments where space is a challenge, are now able to furnish their homes with style, and at the same time, have a comfortable bed to lay their head down at the end of a long day.


A good night’s sleep is imperative for everyone to function in a healthy way, no matter what type of lifestyle that is led, and every home deserves style. Incorporate a sleeper couch where guests are welcome without the worry and stress of providing them with comfort.