Hardware Store Decor: DIY Industrial Pendant Lamp

by Chris Gardner

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Sometimes, there are those DIY projects that are perfectly timely and just hit every right spot there could be. This DIY pendant lamp is one of those indeed: its industrial look and home center-only supplies make it a perfect project to go alongside Curbly's latest publication, Make It! Hardware Store Decor, and it works well in a dorm room, making it a great back-to school how-to. AND! Curbly and video host Meg Allan Cole are working on a fantastic new series to debut this fall. What could be better?

Meg says, "This is the industrial pendant light we made. It is perfect to hang by your bed for reading, writing, or crafting at night while your roommate sleeps. Customize yours to be the size, shape, and color you want to represent your individual style in your new dorm room. As mentioned in the video, you can drape some cool fabric over your bed, and hang the pendant light inside, giving you some privacy and a fun, fort-like nook."

Check out the post on Craftzine for a video how-to, as well as lots of great dorm decor tips from Meg.

Happy fall!

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Two Silver Leaf Lamp Makeovers

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Two Silver Leaf Lamp Makeovers

As far as I know nobody but nobody decorates with shiny brass anymore. That means there's a boatload of cast-off brass lamps available for transformation. Abby saw beyond the brass, got to work with some silver leaf, and spruced up this reject to a more understated elegance. Now it coordinates with another one of her rescued lamp makeovers.

So these are the BEFORE pics.

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5 Ways to Make Colors Pop

by DIY Maven

5 Ways to Make Colors Pop

Our amigos over at GE sent along some hints on how to make the colors in our homes pop. Here're the deets:

  • Find the right balance of color. Many home design experts live and breathe by the 60-30-10 rule. That is, divide your color choices into percentages: 60 percent of the dominant color, 30 percent of the secondary color and 10 percent of the accent color. This is helpful when choosing paint, window treatments, furniture and accent décor. 
  • Organize rooms by a single hue. Rather than mixing the colors of trinkets and gizmos, decorate various rooms around the house with your favorite hue, such as blush pink or robin’s egg blue. Already spent a small fortune on this year’s MP3 player? Many gadgets now offer custom skins so you can update their look, or try dyeing plastic computer parts.
  • Highlight your favorite piece of artwork. You spent a lot of time and money picking out the perfect piece of art to fill the space on the wall, so why not really make it stand out? Use a GE Energy Smart® LED to spotlight the colors and dramatize the difference in shades.
  • Determine your color personality. Not sure whether to paint your room sizzling orange or neutral beige? Consider things like your favorite season, what qualities you bring to a friendship, your favorite flower, etc., to paint the picture of your matching hue and create a haven you’ll love coming home to.
  • Enhance beautiful exterior brick. Add a dramatic touch to bold brick on the exterior of your home with the GE Reveal® Floodlight. Use a wall washing technique called “grazing” by placing lights 6 to 8 inches away from the wall and 12 to 30 inches apart for greater emphasis and an eye-catching visual effect.

 

For more tips on designing with light, check out gelighting.com.

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Live Plant Lamps

by DIY Maven

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No, nobody shoved a light up a plant's yahoo to make this lamp. It's actually an orb with Tillandsia, aka air plants, attached to it. The plants need no soil to survive. Just light, air and a spritz of water every now and then. I'm guessing the orb is

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Ugly Lamp Upgrade

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

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Finally, here's a way to reuse those ugly, shiny ceramic lamps from the thrift store. See how Erin of Lemon Tree Creations cleverly upcycled these two ugly dogs into two sweet nursery lamps with raffia and spray paint.  The design is modern and grown up enough to use in any room of the house.

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Ikea Unveils New Line of Solar-Powered Lights

by Chris Gardner

Is Ikea a pioneer in ecologically sustainable business practices, or just another corporation capitalizing on a fad? Their infamous flat pack approach has to cut down on carbon emissions besides just passing the savings onto you. Their bike trailer movement in Scandanavia is excellent, and they were one of the first large companies to say no to plastic bags.

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And in a few weeks, they're bring solar powered lighting to the masses.

  

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