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Mary McDonald Pythagoras 16 3/4" Wide Brass Pendant Light
"This pendant is a chic accent to any modern décor."
- D. Morgan, Interior Designer
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Satellite photos show an increase in evening light during the holidays.
It appears that all those holiday lights we put up have a measurable effect on the nighttime sky, according to measurements taken from NASA's Suomi satellite. In the photos above and below, green represents an increase in average evening light output during the holidays.
All told, American cities and suburbs can be as much as 50% brighter than normal between Thanksgiving and New Year's. That's a lot of holiday cheer. And it means a lot of extra electricity flows through the grid during the holidays.
So how can we offset that with energy savings the rest of the year? Simple. Use outdoor LED security lights (preferrably ones with motion sensors) to keep your property secure at night:
Hedley White 7 1/4-Inch High Security Light, Wynnsboro Black Aluminum LED Outdoor Up and Downlight
And to offset light pollution, so our cities don't look like radioactive blobs when viewed from above? Try dark sky lighting around your property:
Hatteras Bay Bronze 9-Inch Wide Kichler Outdoor Wall Light, Modern Atlantis Titanium 24-Inch High Hinkley Outdoor Light
And while we're at it, now is a great time to replace your current Christmas lights with a colorful string of LEDs. We promise you won't miss the annual bulb replacing that accompanies those old incandescent strings.
Image from Ultralinx
Start your year right, with productive and stylish office products.
Most of your focus is probably on the holidays, which are just around the corner! But we suggest, if you can, looking just a bit further to the new year and start thinking about your home office...
There are some easy additions you can make to boost your productivity and style in 2015, like LED task lamps and wall clocks.
1. This black LED desk lamp will keep you organized with its own calendar.
2. A metallic gray wall clock will keep you on schedule and in style.
3. Everyone needs bookends, why not make sure they add stylish interest too?
4. Fresh flowers in this modern white vase will keep your mood elevated while you work.
5. Modernize your work space with this aluminum world globe.
Image from John Dunfee
These gifts for the animal lovers in your family will have everyone smiling.
Time is running out for holiday shopping! We're here to help you finish your search from the comfort of your own home. Here's some gifts for animal lovers that you can easlily purchase on-line!
Now, we know there's lots of dog lovers out there, or you at least know one. Here's some gift ideas for the dog lover...
Pet lovers (and even those who don’t own pets) can enjoy modern canvas wall art or plaques and panels featuring animal friends that lend great style to any room. You could satisfy someone's unique tastes with gorgeous animal sculptures for tabletop and floor designs.
White Ceramic Set of 2 Howard Elliott Dog Statues / Tail Never Lies Plaque Framed 10-Inch-H Giclee Wall Art / Artmax Beloved Dog Copper with Silver Sculpture / Dog ll Square Keepsake Shadowbox Wall Art
Image from Zontale
Fun gift ideas for animal lovers.
Let it be known, we love our felines just as much as dogs! So, for all you cat lovers, here's some cute gifts for your cat-loving friends.
Beadworx Gray Cat Hand-Crafted Night Light / Cool Cat I Framed 18-Inch Square Giclee Wall Art / Sitting Cat Ceramic 9-Inch-H Haeger Potteries Sculpture / Cyan Design Up-Cat Iron with Rustic Sculpture
Image from Lonny
Blue is a soothing, classic color for a modern dining room.
One of the most perfect colors, and soothing colors, is blue. It's especially perfect for the dining room as it calms the mind and allows you to relax while you eat with loved ones. This is even more important during the holidays...
These two modern dining rooms features a blue palette done right. The top image does an amazing job pairing a blue rug with modern art to tie the room together. While the space below features distinctive blue dining chairs and artwork.
Something else they have in color, besides blue, are stylishly contemporary chandeliers.
Image from Emily Henderson
Modern dining room designed by Emily Henderson.
While we agree lighting is important in the dining room, as well as every room, we can also respect the simplicity of this space below.
Image from Remodelista
Minimal, modern dining room with blue accents.
The minimalism of this room is beautiful, it only includes what you need and nothing more. We especially love the blue accents and extra storage provided by the buffet seating!
Image from Daily Mail
Ideas for gifting your stylish grandparents.
The most important people you should be shopping for this year are grandparents and special elderly people in your family. We're here to help you spread some holiday cheer by sharing some great gift ideas.
Gifts for grandparents with style could be found in a few different categories, such as modern picture frames, pretty animal wall art and especially floral home decor. These gifts are lovely year-round and something they may not necessarily splurge on themselves.
We think we've put together a nice little list of gifts for grandparents... Enjoy!
Cassidy Jeweled Silver 8 1/4-Inch-H 5x7 Photo Frame / Carlotta Silver Jeweled 7 3/4-Inch-H 4x6 Photo Frame / Calais Mother of Pearl 11 1/4-Inch-H 5x7 Photo Frame
Tulip Flowers in Clear Glass 12-Inch-H Vase / Purple Faux Orchid in Silver 21-Inch-H Pot / Single Stem Modern Yellow Faux Orchid in White Ceramic Pot
Lemur 21 1/2" Framed Giclee Wall Art / Pawprints Plaque Framed 10-Inch-H Giclee Wall Art / Shell II Coastal 22 1/2-Inch Square Giclee Wall Art
We also shared some ideas for great gifts for entertaining here...!
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