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9, May

One of the best ways to save money at the grocery store is to buy in-season produce. Not only is it at the peak of flavor; it’s at the best price because it’s plentiful and available from local farmers. Get your carts ready: Here is a list of fruits and vegetables that are in season for May:

  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Blueberries
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard greens
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Turnips

 

29, Mar

Look Alike White Chairs

Genesis Chair from Crate and Barrel $2,299

Glimmering Heights, $849

A sleek oversized white chair adds a touch of glamour to your room, but it doesn’t need to break your budget. These two beautiful pieces are strikingly similar. Both have a comfortable pillow-back design, contemporary lines and legs that bring a reflective quality to your room.

One is the Genesis Chair from Crate and Barrel, which sells for $2299. The other is the Glimmering Heights Chair Art Van Furniture. It sells for $849 – a savings of 63%.

Glamour for a steal! Click here to grab the better deal. We’ve got the look (for a lot less!)

8, Apr

If you love statement pieces, you’re going to love Authentics from the Amish furniture maker Gascho. Authentics repurposes lumber and other materials to create one-of-a-kind pieces that will last for generations, and Art Van Furniture is excited to be the first retailer to carry this new line of reclaimed wood furniture.

Take a look at these two unique tables that are sure to generate lots of table talk due to their extraordinary style:

Gascho Barnwood 

Authentics Barnwood Table

This gorgeous table is made from solid hardwoods that have been reclaimed from American barns. The wood, which includes ash, elm, maple and oak, is sorted and hand-selected to create the special look and design. The boards are natural in their reclaimed form, but Gascho applies their catalyzed varnish finish to enhance their beauty. Each tabletop is distinct with characteristics like saw markings and distressing. Variations in size, splitting and knots add to the character of the product, and the power-coated bent steel base completes the striking urban look.

Gascho Barrel

 

Authentics Barrel Table

For something completely different, the Authentics Barrel Table will make a dramatic statement. The base is made using reclaimed solid white oak barrels from American distilleries. Each barrel is one-of-a-kind, and features a Rift sawn, distressed solid white oak top and base with glass insert. To preserve its beauty, Gascho craftsmen apply their special catalyzed varnish finish. Imagine the party that will gather around this piece in your breakfast nook, rec room or sunroom.

7, Apr

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Simply break it into smaller steps. Today, things are looking up. Literally. Get out your stepladder and tackle these four high spots to get your home ready for the season.

1. The top shelf. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Go through your home with an eye toward the ceiling, looking for high surfaces that never get any attention. Dust or vacuum them.

2. Ceiling fans. Ever look at the top of your ceiling fan blades? These things collect dust – lots of it. Wipe them down with a damp rag, and make sure your fan is in the spring/summer flow direction.

3. Crown molding. Just like your baseboards, crown molding can collect dust. Wipe it down with a damp sponge to rejuvenate the finish.

4. Your refrigerator. The top of your refrigerator collects grease that splatters when you cook, and that grease traps dust and dirt. Get a bucket of warm water and a mild detergent to break down the grime.

26, Feb

Bedtime stories shouldn’t stop just because you grow up. Reading before you go to sleep is a great way to unwind from the day by escaping into a good novel or inspirational piece of non-fiction. In addition to a good book, having the right lamp is instrumental. You need it to provide the right amount of light at the right level so you don’t strain your eyes.

Here are five things to keep in mind when choosing lamps for your bedroom:

Bedside lamp bedroom setting 2

1. Think about height. Choose a lamp that puts the base of its shade at about your chin level while sitting in bed, so it properly illuminates the pages of your book. If the light is too high it will create glare and that can be difficult on your eyes.

Bedside lamp bedroom setting 5

2. Consider table lamps and wall-mounted lights. From a decorative standpoint, table lamps offer the widest range of options, and they’re a great choice if your nightstand has ample room. Look for wall-mounted lights if you’re short on space or want a streamlined look.

Bedside lamp bedroom setting 33. Or pick a pendant light. Pendant lights can add a sense of drama to your room. Hang them on either side of your bed at the height that is chin level for you when you’re sitting in bed. Look for styles that gently diffuse light rather than simply provide a spotlight directly below.

Alton Collection

4. Pick the right shade. Look for opaque shades because they cut glare. You want to have just enough light to read but not so much that you disturb your partner or cause eyestrain.

Table lamp

5. Look for the switch. Choose lighting that is easily turned on and off when you’re in bed. You don’t want to have to strain to find the switch when you’re ready to go to sleep. And having a lamp that is hardwired into your home’s electrical system means you’ll need to get in and out of bed to turn it on and off.

25, Feb

If you’ve visited the light bulb aisle at your home improvement store, you might have walked away feeling a little dim. Don’t worry; it’s easy to be overwhelmed! In addition to knowing which type of bulb is right for you, you need to decipher terms that haven’t used since high school physics. The best way to judge a bulb is to look at its lumens. This indicates its brightness, and the higher the number the brighter the bulb.

 

Here’s a good rule of thumb from HouseLogic.com:

 

  • Kitchens: 5,000-10,000 total lumens
  • Bathrooms: 4,000-8,000 total lumens
  • Bedrooms: 2,000-4,000 total lumens
  • Living rooms: 1,500-3,000 lumens
  • Dining rooms: 3,000-6,000 lumens
  • Home offices: 3,000-6,000 lumens
23, Feb

Like the perfect necklace, pendant lights dress up a room and inject style and character. Not getting by on their good looks alone, pendant lights also provide task or mood lighting to a room. You can easily find a style that fits your home décor.

Here are five places to hang a pendant light:

Odense Glass

 

1. The Dining Room. Pendant lights can be grouped together and used in place of a chandelier. Odd numbers – such as one, three or five – work best when you’re looking for balance. The number you choose will depend on the size of your table. A round table, for example, will look fine with a single pendant, while a larger rectangular table might need three or five. Hang the pendants 30 to 36 inches above the table.

 

Beck Glass

2. The Kitchen. Pedants look great when hung over a bar or island. Not only do they provide good task lighting, they enhance the décor. Hang your pendants about 30 inches above the counter surface. Just like in the dining room, you’ll want to choose an odd number for balance.

Isla Pendant

3. The Home Office. Instead of a desk lamp, consider hanging a pendant lamp to be used for task lighting. You’ll want to hang it about 16 inches from the work surface so you get the most amount of light.

Hunley Brass Spotlight

4. The Foyer. The foyer sets the tone for your entire house when you welcome visitors. Give it some personality by choosing a pendant light. If you have high ceilings, pendants add drama. You’ll want to be conscious of the height because you don’t want guests to hit their head. Be sure to hang it seven feet or more from the floor.

Otis Glass

5. The Bathroom. Pendants provide good task lighting in a bathroom, and they also add some style. Pendants are a good choice because they cast a flattering light by eliminating shadows beneath your chin and cheeks. Hang it about 18 inches above the center of your sink.

Do you have pendant lights in your home? Tell us where!

22, Feb

When you design a room, you should think in layers. From the furnishings to the scent to the textures, each element adds something special to the overall décor. One area that is often overlooked is lighting, and choosing the right bulbs can cast a new look and mood in your room.

 

Here are the four most common choices and some tips on each one:

 

Incandescent. Emitting a warm, glowing light, these are the light bulbs most of us grew up with. However, they’re being phased out because they aren’t energy-efficient.

 

Compact Florescent Bulbs (CFLs). These bulbs use 75% less energy than an incandescent bulb, and they last longer. They come in a wide range of brightness levels, which makes it easy to find the right one to fit your needs.

 

LEDs. These bulbs are as efficient as CFLs, but they can last up to three times longer. They provide a harsh, direct light, however, and are best used as task lighting.

 

Halogen. These bulbs give off the light that is most similar to natural daylight, and use 10-20% less energy than an incandescent bulb. However, they aren’t as energy efficient as CFLs or LEDs.

 

19, Feb

How to Mix Metals

Author: Art Van

Once upon a time, mixing metals was considered a design faux pas. You would never add a nickel-based lamp in a room with a chrome table or – worse yet – a brass chandelier. And if you purchased a piece of furniture with pulls in a different finish than the other items in the room, your first stop would be to the hardware store to swap them out for something that matched.

Fortunately, design rules have relaxed in recent year, and mixing metals is much more acceptable. In fact, it can look downright rich when done well. The key to making it work is to follow some basic guidelines. Here are five things you need to know about decorating with metallic:

Mixing Metals 3

Mix metals, match finishes. Look to the reflective quality when combining metals. Pairing polished brass with chrome, for example, will give your room a stylish effect. Or pair brushed brass with gold leaf. You’ll get maximum impact by mixing warm metals, such as gold and brass, and cool metals, such as silver and nickel.

Mix finishes, match metals. The opposite approach is also a good way to go. You can pair sterling silver with chrome, for example, keeping everything in the silver tone. Or mix textured finishes, such as matte, polished and hammered. The combination will add depth and interest to the room. Mixing Metals 2Choose a dominant metal tone. Then use a contrasting metal as an accent. The dominant metal will create an overall sense of unity, while the accent metal will add pops of metallic in certain spots within your space. This approach will help create balance in the room.

Choose a piece that marries the metals. An accent item such as piece of art or table that contains two metals will marry your mixed metal scheme. It can serve as an inspiration piece, and will make your mix of metals look deliberate.

Mixing Metals 4

Repeat the metals more than once so the combination looks purposeful. Stand back and take in your room as a whole, then play with the balance moving things around your space until it looks just right. If you have all gold in your room and a single silver tray, it might look like a mistake. Adding a small gold sculpture on the tray, however, will tie it all together.

 

18, Feb

Winter weekends are often spent inside, making this time of year perfect for indoor maintenance projects. Here are three more things to put on the schedule for this weekend:

1.  Check seals.

Frigid temperatures can make it easier to detect leaks around windows, doors, and outlets. If cool air is coming in, then heat is escaping. Seal these areas with caulk or weather proofing materials to help conserve energy.

2.  Maintain fire extinguishers.

You should have at least one fire extinguisher in your home, but if it’s not in working condition it won’t help. Inspect yours and check the date, and replace or refill it if needed.

3.  Service garden tools.

If you stored away your lawn mower, leaf blower, rakes and garden tools without giving them some care, use this time of year to clean and maintain them. Drain fuel from equipment that uses it. Take your mower blade into the home improvement store to be sharpened. And clean and polish shovels, spades and hoes. You’ll be glad you did once spring rolls into town.