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4 Fabulous Ceiling Fixtures to Instantly Boost Style

4 Fabulous Ceiling Fixtures to Instantly Boost Style

One of the best ways to update any home is through lighting. If your home was built in the last ten years, chances are that it has builder lighting throughout that is less than fashionable. If you’re looking for an instant facelift that doesn’t break the bank, we recommend looking at new lighting options. From flush mounts and chandeliers to thoughtful pendant light placement, refreshed lighting gives your home plenty of oomph. Below are four of our favorite styles to recommend to clients who are looking to spruce up their space.

1. Flush Mount

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    One of the simpler lighting choices, flush mounts are the ideal choice for something subtle yet stately. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find one that fits your home’s interior style. To make a bold statement, we like to use flush mounts featuring cut-outs and metallic details. This type of lighting looks best in transitional settings, as it doesn’t distract from the design. If you’re looking for more glamour, we suggest looking to semi-flush mounts that feature similar designs to chandeliers. Flush mounts with a little extra bling nod to luxuriousness without the intricacy of a cascading chandelier. That style’s brilliance and sophistication plays well with traditional or transitional homes. If you’re looking for something more masculine or industrial, flush mounts come in an array of options featuring matte bronze coloring in angular shapes and configurations. They look particularly beautiful in an office or living room with a dimmer setting.

    2. Chandeliers

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      For those of us looking to add some glitz and glamour to our everyday routine, a chandelier is the perfect solution. Gone are the days when a chandelier meant an overbearing light fixture imposing glassy and obtrusive light on everything around it. With innovative designs and updated technology, we’re seeing a flurry of new chandeliers with a contemporary take on lighting. These chandeliers anchor a space without stealing attention away from the thoughtful design of the room. Options like beaded chandeliers provide subtle light with intricate detailing, while a wood chandelier is perfect for a luxe cottage setting.

      3. Pendants

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        Pendant lighting has become a very popular choice for nearly every room in the house. Whether hung over a table or dotted above a kitchen island, pendant lighting is the perfect way to illuminate a kitchen. A large drum hung over a kitchen table provides ample light (and style) for a dinner party or just enough to finish working after dark. Hanging multiple pendants above a bar or island helps properly light the entire surface, which is necessary for food preparation and midnight snacking. Pendant lighting also looks beautiful as an anchor in an entry way or hallway, dramatizing the room around it. With different finishes, textures and scales available, you’d be hard-pressed to not find one you absolutely love.

        4. Unconventional Fixtures

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          Oftentimes, we reach for lighting fixtures that don’t necessarily fit in any of the boxes above. They borrow characteristics from flush mounts, chandeliers and pendants to create a new and innovative design that lights up an entire room. The unconventional features that always steal our attention feature geometric designs, interesting angles, bold metallic accents and gravity-defying configurations. From designs boasting straightforward bulbs dotted in a row or simple Edison bulbs dangling from an industrial chandelier-pendant hybrid, we love adding these interesting and creative lighting solutions to homes for instant style boosts. Because they are so attention-grabbing, this lighting style is best suited for rooms with neutral color palettes and subtly designed furnishings so the light fixture can be the sole focus.

          What are some of your favorite ways to create statement lighting with ceiling fixtures? 

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          Last Updated on December 9, 2019

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

          Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

          Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

          1. Get Rationally Optimistic

          Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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          This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

          In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

          The result: no more mental stress.

          2. Unplug

          Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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          How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

          It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

          Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

          3. Easy on the Caffeine

          Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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          Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

          4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

          That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

          How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

          • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
          • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
          • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

          While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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          5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

          This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

          The result: mental stress will be gone!

          So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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