Learn about Lighting

handmade rattan table lamp

handmade rattan table lamp

Need some help deciding what type of lighting will work best in your home?
An effective way to maximize the appearance and functionality of any space is to light in layers. Multiple light sources help balance a room by minimizing glare and shadows, while adding depth and dimension. A light layering approach also improves a room’s versatility. A well thought out lighting plan better accommodates the many different activities that can take place.

Types of Lighting
Ambient Lighting – Ambient, or general, lighting is the most basic of the four types. It provides an area with overall illumination – a comfortable level of brightness without glare. Ambient lighting can be accomplished with chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mount fixtures, track or recessed lights, and even table and floor lamps. Having a central source of ambient light in all rooms is fundamental to a good lighting plan. It’s the base upon which you add all other layers of lighting.
Task Lighting – Task lighting adds brightness to areas of a room where daily activities – like reading, studying, cooking or applying makeup – are performed. To enhance visual clarity and prevent eyestrain, effective task lighting should be free of distracting glare and shadows. It can be achieved by recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting, and under cabinet lighting, as well as vanity lights and floor, table, and desk lamps.
Accent Lighting – Accent, or directional, lighting is typically used to highlight certain objects or architectural features, such houseplants, paintings, sculptures, a decorative range hood or carved cabinet doors. It should always be about three times the general illumination level. Accent lighting should never be the focal point. In fact, it’s meant to work without being seen. Accent lighting can be provided by recessed and track lighting, chandeliers with dimmer switches, over- and under cabinet lighting, and wall sconces.
Decorative Lighting – Lighting itself can be a work of art. With today’s many choices in glass, fabric, finishes and profiles, decorative lighting has a style all its own and can lend that style to your room. In fact, you can change the whole feel of a space – from modern to classic – just by adding this decorative touch. Keep in mind, however, that decorative lighting should be used along with other lighting types for improved functionality.

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[Trade Show]-2013 Taipei Giftionery

The 2013 Taipei Giftionery is not only the most prominent gift and stationery trade platform, but also offers a peek into the new black of the industry. This year, 4 exceptional focal points are going to open your eyes and sweep you off your feet.

Oil Tung blossom series

Oil Tung blossom series

For starters, oriental aesthetic has always been a great inspiration to gift suppliers. It is safe to say that the spirit of Taiwan fully reflects the simple but sophisticated nature of oriental aesthetic. Cheerful Fashion Goods’ Clavier Hakka collection holds items from the Oil Tung blossom series, NEOPRENE series and the floral emblem series. These high quality items incorporate Taiwan elements and graphic art. To mention a few, the yummy Taiwan food matte, and the (Taiwan bird) T-shirt bags are both fascinating products with a pitch of nostalgia.

High tech gifts that cater to the more practical side of gift giving are now also pretty and artsy. MAGI WAY presents the Saturn products for Tablet PC and mobile phones. Made of beech wood, the holder is considered elegant and heart warming. XUAN design offers wooden mobile phone cases. Engraved with intricate laser print, the graceful case is both a treat to the eyes and the nose.

Recent years, Taiwan has gained recognition and appreciation through international designing awards. Taiwanese companies gradually switches from MIT (Made in Taiwan) to DIT (Designed in Taiwan). Many gift suppliers dedicate themselves to developing their own brands. For example, SOLIS proudly presents backpacks using Taiwan manufactured eco fabric (Polyester made from recycled PET bottles). Tone 40 sells Taiwan designed furniture and home accessories. Of which the cool collecting box and pen holder collections are highly popular.

At the end of the day, eco friendly gifts are still the all time favorite. Ecobook uses recycled paper. This Taiwan designed notebook is both eco friendly and fashionable. It allows A 4 sheets that are only printed on one side to become a part of our life again. Salute to Mother Earth!

Besides the 4 focal points, the nearly 700 booths total also reaches record high. Many foreign countries, including Bhutan, Nepal, and Indonesia, are all setting up country pavilions, adding to the attraction. The Cross Strait Exhibition Area also plans to make an appearance for the fifth year in a role. That would sure turn some heads this year.

source: cloud.taiwantradeshows.com.tw

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[Accessories]-Accessories & Decor

When you’re redecorating a room that’s in dire need of a fresh, new look, you don’t need to splurge on all-new furniture — in reality, all you need is a few inexpensive, well-placed accessories. Despite often being small, accessories can pack a mighty punch and can quickly change a blah room into a contemporary or modern trendy space worthy of a magazine cover.

There are a wide variety of products to choose from, and everything from a throw pillow to a wall divider can make a dramatic difference in your room’s overall appearance. So before you head to the furniture store, think about how accessories can help change your decor.

Take advantage of your walls. In a room where floor space is limited, it’s important to make the most of your walls by using every inch. If yours are looking a little barren, spice them up with colorful artwork or picture frames. Creating your own photo collage can add a personal touch to any room, while mirrors can give a small space an added boost. If storage is an issue, use wall shelves and stack them with fun trinkets or flowers. Don’t forget about the wall itself! Add some flavor with a colorful patterned wallpaper or go for a brightly painted accent wall.

 

pillows

pillows

Bring new life to tables and countertops. If your living room needs a lift, liven it up by adding a few thoughtful accessories. Pictures always make great additions, but keep them interesting by mixing up your frames — getting too matchy-matchy can make the room look boring. When lit, candles add a romantic, relaxing feel, and coffee table books about travel, home design, fashion or photography make for great conversation starters with guests. You can also show off your green thumb by adding a plant or a vase with some flowers.

Get your whole family involved. Ensure that everyone feels at home by letting each family member pick something out. That way you’ll get a wider variety of products, which leads to a more interesting, unique room. Let the kids pick out a funky clock while you choose a handy magazine rack or an accent rug. And make sure to remember the dog accessories!

Don’t forget the fabric. Since most of us have neutral-colored furniture, one of the easiest ways to punch up a look is through the fabric you display. Swap out throw pillows and blankets to liven up a dull foundation, and don’t be afraid to go bold or try mismatched patterns. Because of their size, floor-length curtains can make a dramatic difference in a room and can transition a room from traditional to contemporary all by themselves.

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[Decoration]-Decorating Cell Phones – Charms Covers Crystals

 

cell phone case

cell phone case

Cell phone decorations are no longer just for looks; some would say that these have become a reflection of who you are. You can buy decor

for your phone from the vast array of ready-made choices or you can use do-it-yourself methods of  for unique personalizing.

Charms in Every Imaginable Theme: One such ready-made choice would be cell phone charms, which are widely available for purchase and, with the array of themes available, can be changed with your every mood, to show your current emotions or to let the world know what your favorite things are.

Peel and Stick: Ready-made peel and stick cell phone decorations are available in a seemingly endless variety of themes, to fit your own interests. You can even get them in words or phrases like “Way to go” or “You are my sunshine”.

Decorative Straps: You can even make a fashion statement with the strap of your cell phone, as beautiful straps are available with themes such as butterflies, jeweled poodles or Cinderella’s magic shoe.

mobile phone straps

mobile phone straps

The strap itself may be woven with a themed design but cell phone straps also often include an attached charm as part of that theme.

Fun Covers: Fabric animal-shaped covers that stretch to fit most bar style cell phones can reflect your love of your pet or show off your favorite animal, insect or amphibian. Sports enthusiasts, you might be happy to know that these come shaped like a football, basketball or other sports equipment too.

Face plates, Skins: Other types of covers are face plate covers and phone skins. These can be found in animal prints, many design themes and bright, muted, shiny or most any other type of finish in solid colors.

cell phone cover

cell phone cover

Do It Yourself

Crystals, kits and other supplies are available for you to create your own design that you glue directly to your phone’s surface.

Source:  sandimarshall.hubpages.com/hub/Cell-Phone-Decorations

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[Handmade]-Handmade Jewelry Projects

Cute-as-a-Button Earrings

Put the focus on even the tiniest fabric motif with this easy jewelry project from Micro crafts

handmade earrings

handmade earrings

Step 1: Purchase a cover-button kit, which contains metal button parts as well as template .

Step 2: Lay your fabric on a flat surface, right side up, and choose the pair of motifs you plan to highlight. Working with the kit’s template and a
vanishing fabric marker, trace a circle around each motif. Cut out both circles, then set excess fabric aside.

Step 3: Flip one fabric circle facedown into a button shell and top with a button blank. Fold any excess fabric over the blank, then top with a flat back, pushing the pieces together until you hear a pop. Repeat for second button.

source:  www.countryliving.com

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Fabric-Covered Journals

Use remnants of vintage fabric to cover handmade journals.

(Edina Van Der Wyck)

Instructions: Fabric-Covered Journals

To create these linen-covered journals, you will need a hardcover journal or notebook, preshrunk linen, needle and thread, and a length of 3/4-inch ribbon long enough to go all the way around the journal plus 12 inches extra.

Instructions:
1. Lay the open, flat journal on the fabric, allowing 1/2 inch all around for hems and about 3 inches at each side for the pocket flaps. Center the journal on the fabric and mark where the top and bottom of the covers start and finish, from end to end.

2. Cut a 1/2-inch vertical slit at each point, fold the fabric twice, and hem.

3. Make a double hem along each end of the cover. Neatly hem all around the fabric, mitering the corners.

4. Place the fabric right side up with the journal on top of it, fold over the flaps, and pin them in position. Remove the journal and sew the top and bottom of the flaps securely.

5. Turn the cover right side out and fit it on the journal. Cut a length of ribbon, fold it in half lengthwise to mark the center, and stitch it securely to the center of the spine to bind book.

(This article is from http://www.countryliving.com)

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