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.

source: http://www.kichler.com

[Trade Show]-Living Variety—Green and LOHAS Is The Way

A dazzling array of houseware and home living products are ready to take over the household! From cups to lamps, great pickings of all sizes crowd this exhibit area.

bathroom accessories

bathroom accessories

For starters, confronting the threat of ozone depletion and climate change, general manager Yeh of Simpla Bio Tech leads the research in developing non-toxic, healthy and eco-friendly products. The 100% biodegradable PLA kitchen and home living items are corn based and uncompromising.

Talking about safe and relaxing dining experiences, Layana is without doubt the go-to Company. Approved by ISO 9001, SGS and TUV standards, all lines of food containers are sturdy and machine washable. By consensus, the most popular utensil series goes to the 12 zodiac animal signs spoon collection. These purely Taiwan style soup spoons uses 18/8 stainless steel. Ancient Chinese characters for each animal are engraved onto individual spoons, adding sophistication and grace—a guaranteed choice as a gift or for personal use. This year, as it is the year of the snake, Layana launches the golden snake antique chopsticks and spoon set as a compliment tradition.

When it comes to eco friendly ways, reusable shopping bags has always been a preferred substitute for one-time plastic bags. Perennial Cuts & Sew International offers OEM and EDM machine sewed bags. PVC bags, pencil bags, make up kit container, weaved bags—take your pick! They are trendy, waterproof and easy to carry.

Established in 1961, Sun Yang Glass focuses on glassware. The seemingly ordinary glasses are essential to every household. With the right touch, even water glasses, wine glasses, or dessert glasses can make your day. Through molding, printing, coloring and other manufacturing processes, Sun Yang turns simple glass into brilliant design.

Home living items are all about practicality, as the Wonson Taiwan thermal lid will testify. The quality aluminum construction keeps food steamy and fresh, allowing mothers to put on a whole table of warm food for the family. Not just a pretty face! The gorgeous item really adds splendor and flavor to the dining table.

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.




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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[Tapes]-DIY decorating with masking tape

masking tape

masking tape

I love to peel and stick things.  Here’s an easy way to customize plain ceramics: apply decorative tape in colors that match your home, your party decorations, or your current bouquet of flowers. Dress up inexpensive vases for DIY wedding table centerpieces or showers. And when you get tired of your design, just peel it off.

Stick tape onto a piece of wax paper and slice it into thin strips to make asterisks or bunting strings. Cut the other shapes off tape rolls with a scissors.

source: http://howaboutorange.blogspot.tw/2011/05/diy-decorating-with-masking-tape.html

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The New Bill’s in Midtown

Overheard: The Lion, the Crown, and the Billy Goat—The New Bill’s  in Midtown

Research at steakhouses in Hong Kong and Doha, hunting for antiques in Paris and Sicily—exhaustive background work has been logged in the name of Bill’s Food & Drink, a reimagining of the midtown institution that opens this Monday. Under the direction of business partners John DeLucie, Sean Largotta, and Mark Amadei and interior designer Meg Sharpe —the same team behind hotspots the Crown, the Windsor,  and the Lion—the town house that was home to the original Bill’s Gay Nineties for more than 80 years has reclaimed its Old New York ethos.

An original mural, hidden behind drywall since the forties, has been rediscovered, and the miniature jockey statue that vigilantly has stood guard on East Fifty-fourth Street for nearly a century have been maintained. The menu, supervised by Gotham Bar and Grill chef Jason Hall, is a study in Manhattan steak specialties: The 40-ounce, 35-day prime porterhouse served with béarnaise and pommes soufflé promises to be a carnivorous adventure.

There are plenty of new elements at Bill’s, as well. A glass-roofed atrium is a forthcoming addition to a downstairs bar, upstairs dining area, and sumptuous private room. Works by contemporary artists Michael Coombs, William Bennie, and Maxwell Snow can be found interspersed with nostalgic photographs and lithograph prints. And a taxidermic billy goat reclaimed from one owner’s Pennsylvania country house has become the restaurant’s de facto mascot, his likeness appearing on everything from the menu to the water carafes.

“We as a group enjoy curating more than creating,” Largotta says of his partners at Crown Group Hospitality. “The Lion is our rollicking West Village place. The Crown is our subdued uptown place,” DeLucie adds. Both geographically and in spirit, “Bill’s is sort of right smack in the middle.”


The main dining room of the reimagined Bill’s Food & Drink maintains the overall template of the original restaurant, with thoughtful embellishments. The preexisting exposed timber beams were bolstered by more wood, for instance, and a smattering of vintage wall decorations were collected from “literally all over the world,” says interior decorator Meg Sharpe.

Photo: Adam Kane Macchia 


A collection of silver-dollar coins on the floor of the restaurant’s foyer is one of several original elements that Bill’s new partners left unchanged in the restoration.

Photographed by Taylor Jewell 


This early-twentieth-century mural, not seen since the 1940s and almost perfectly intact, was discovered underneath six layers of wallpaper, paint, and drywall.

Photographed by Taylor Jewell 


Diners choose their knives from a selection brought to the table by the waiter. Sharpe said she was inspired to use antique safety-deposit boxes as knife-display cases after seeing the elaborate presentation of cutlery at a Hong Kong steakhouse. And the craftsman responsible for building the velvet inserts? Partner John DeLucie’s brother.

Photographed by Taylor Jewell 


Taxidermy adorns the walls of the masculine space. This particular goat, fittingly named Billy, has become the de facto mascot; his image can be found everywhere from the water carafes to the menus.

Photographed by Taylor Jewell 

(Source: http://www.vogue.com/culture/article/overheard-the-lion-the-crown-and-the-billy-goat-the-new-bills-in-midtown/#1)


Bill’s Food & Drink, the latest stylish restaurant and bar venture of Crown Group Hospitality has opened in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Situated at 57 East 54th Street, Bill’s offers a modern take on the traditional New York steakhouse in a clubby, art-filled setting.

The multiple floored restaurant that comprises a stunning nineteenth-century townhouse takes inspiration from its former tenant and is indicative of what the space used to be: one of the most infamous speakeasies during the Prohibition Era. Knowing that the building had such a rooted history, Crown Group Hospitality Partners Sean Largotta, John DeLucie and Mark Amadei wanted to expose as much of the original details as possible to celebrate its storied past.

According to Sean Largotta, “Original beams and the former Bill’s Gay Nineties piano can be found in the bar downstairs while original moldings appear in the main dining room. Murals on the first floor can be dated back to the 1940s and round silver dollars are still imbedded in the
bar’s tiled floor.” Designer Meg Sharpe, known for embodying classic details with a playful edge, transformed the five-story 1890’s brownstone into a chic and fashion-forward restaurant with a masculine feel. With a large fireplace, taxidermy and framed oil pieces sprinkled throughout the space, the restaurant takes the form of an old fashioned club in a new, lively home. A private event and dining space makes up the third floor with deep blue walls and a bathroom covered in crocodile wallpaper.

The menu at Bill’s features dry-aged meats, seafood, homemade pasta, and an array of salads and sides all of which are overseen by Executive Chef Jason Hall. Chef Hall was most recently the Executive Chef at Crown and the former Chef de Cuisine at New York’s iconic Gotham Bar & Grill. Hall—who has a passion for American classics— continues to creatively push the boundaries of contemporary American cuisine at Bill’s.

Some of Chef Hall’s reinventions of classic dishes include the Manhattan Shellfish Chowder with Jumbo Prawns, Oyster Crackers and Saffron; Atlantic Fish Fry with Preserved Lemon, Parsley and Malt Vinegar Mayonnaise and Bill’s Bolognese with Tagliatelli and Cabrito. Bill’s also offers fine steaks dry-aged for 28 days that can be paired with a number of sides including Yukon Potato Puree with Cheddar and Chives, Pommes Souffle with Parsley and Black Pepper and the Cremini Mushrooms with Escargot Butter.

Ben Scorah, Crown Group Hospitality’s Head Mixologist brings classic, Prohibition style cocktails to the menu. Ben has received critical acclaim for his modern take on classic cocktails, extensive knowledge and artful delivery having been named “Most Inspired Bartender” by GQ in 2009. Using original, early 20th century dated recipes that are referenced on the menu; Scorah has revived Bill’s cocktails using organic, fresh ingredients that appeal to the present day drinker. Specialties include Bill’s Royal Rickey — Aylesbury Duck Vodka, Cedia Acai Berry, Chartreuse and fresh Ginger Lemonade; Hanky Panky – Dorothy Parker Gin, Sweet Vermouth and Fernet Branca and the Gingerbread Sazerac – Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Aged Cognac, Gingerbread Spice, Peychaud’s Bitters and Absinthe Wash.

Bill’s Food & Drink offers a warm, convivial atmosphere, impeccable service and an unrivaled culinary experience.