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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 January 21, 2020

          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

          Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

          your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

            Why You Need a Vision

            Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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            How to Create Your Life Vision

            Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

            What Do You Want?

            The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

            It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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            Some tips to guide you:

            • Remember to ask why you want certain things
            • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
            • Give yourself permission to dream.
            • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
            • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

            Some questions to start your exploration:

            • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
            • What would you like to have more of in your life?
            • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
            • What are your secret passions and dreams?
            • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
            • What do you want your relationships to be like?
            • What qualities would you like to develop?
            • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
            • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
            • What would you most like to accomplish?
            • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

            It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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            What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

            Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

            A few prompts to get you started:

            • What will you have accomplished already?
            • How will you feel about yourself?
            • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
            • What does your ideal day look like?
            • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
            • What would you be doing?
            • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
            • How are you dressed?
            • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
            • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
            • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

            It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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            Plan Backwards

            It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

            • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
            • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
            • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
            • What important actions would you have had to take?
            • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
            • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
            • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
            • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
            • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

            Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

            It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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