Hear Me Out: Bath Towels Are Completely Unnecessary

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I never, ever use bath towels. Not on my face, body, or even hair. Nope, none, nada. While everyone on one corner of the Internet was recently debating how many towels is the correct amount to have in your linen closet, I’ll just be over here on Team No Towel. I wholeheartedly believe that zero bath towels is the correct amount to use in the bathroom. Here’s why.

You simply do not need to touch a towel to your body, particularly in winter. It’s a very strategic move. So you know how it’s nearly spring, but still feels pretty cold outside? One of the main effects of a harsh, dry winter is parched, itchy skin. Your saving grace is moisture, in the form of body oil and lotion. Both are great at moisturizing, but body oil topped with body lotion is winter’s match. This is where not using towels comes into the picture.

Damp skin absorbs body oil significantly better. (On dry skin, the oil basically just sits on the surface.) So even dabbing your post-shower skin with a towel could take away that much-needed moisture you need for those products to really work to their full potential.  

Now that we have that squared away, implementing Team No Towel into your life is simple. In the shower, after scrubbing your scalp, using aromatherapy body wash, and double cleansing your face, turn off the water. Run your hands over your body to whisk away the excess water. Step out on your bath mat—yes, we all need bath mats—and do not dry off with a towel. This isn’t the most fun when it’s cold in the bathroom, but that moment is worth experiencing to have glowing skin. Grab a hydrating body oil and massage it in well, followed by body lotion to really seal in the moisture. This one-two punch is a dry-skin savior.

Just to confirm that I’m not crazy with my no-towel theory, I spoke to True Botanicals founder and president Hillary Peterson. “Body oil is the absolute best moisturizer, and I love to apply it immediately after a shower because it absorbs quickly on wet skin,” she confirms. Taking this concept even further, Peterson also uses body oil in her bathwater, so it can fully soak into the skin.

The same rules for your body apply to your face, although for different reasons. Towels get pretty dirty. Unless you’re changing them nearly every day, they can gather bacteria and fungus from the humid environment in your bathroom. Gently wiping your face with a towel once or twice a day could create blocked pores and acne. Not to mention how harsh rough towels can be on sensitive skin, making it feel dry, irritated, and flaky—yikes. If you subscribe to Team No Towel, you’ll find that the wetness on your face after washing is a gift you shouldn’t just wipe away! Try pressing your face with your hands to get a little water off, then let skin air-dry for a minute before applying toner on a soft cotton round or with your fingers. No interaction with a dirty or irritating towel required.

And for the pièce de résistance in this anti-towel movement—no towels for hair, either. Hairstylist Nicole Perteet taught me to drop that towel wrap forever. You know those little loops on your towel? They can loop around individual hairs, twisting them and causing breakage. Instead, I use a long-sleeve T-shirt. Yep, a simple T-shirt, preferably made out of cotton. Although you might be wondering how a T-shirt could possibly beat a towel, I’d argue it works even better. Zero breakage, and the shirt wraps up even sturdier: Put your hair through the neckhole, then gently twist the body of the T-shirt up into a top bun and tuck the arms in. It will take a minute to find the right tucking method, but once you do, the shirt will hold better, absorb just as well, and be healthier for your overall hair quality.

The only time I do use towels in the bathroom? To dry my hands.

If you’re considering joining Team No Towel, these are a few products that will help.

The Body Oil

This body oil has a higher viscosity than most oils, thanks in part to the sunflower, hemp, and chia seed oil blend, as well as a boost of antioxidants and essential fatty acids, which makes it not only hydrating but healing.

The Body Lotion

This lotion is somehow thick enough to deeply moisturize yet also absorbs quickly. It is perfect for applying on top of oil and contains some super-hydrating oils, like niacinamide for skin restoration, and a plethora of vitamins, antioxidants, and omegas.

The Hand Towel

Hand towels are the only towels that should appear in a bathroom, so make sure they feel super-luxe. These Brooklinen towels aren’t terribly expensive, but they still maintain their plushness after countless washes.

The New Hair “Towel”

Feel free to test out plenty of tees to find your perfect match, but these are fairly inexpensive, dry quickly, and wrap hair up nicely.

 

The Design Blogs Our Editors Are Reading Right Now

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Whether a clever IKEA hack, iconic minimalist furniture, or a colorful new office—we here at Domino aren’t short on inspiration. A favorite source is, of course, design blogs, where cool new spaces, renovation advice, DIY brilliance, and everything in between keep us checking back daily. And with so many talented creators out there, you are pretty much guaranteed to find someone who shares your affinity for a particular style.

Not sure where to start on bookmarking your must-follows? Presenting, in no particular order, the interior design blogs that continue to inspire us on the regular—including the up-and-comers you need to know. 

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Will Taylor, Bright Bazaar

Will Taylor’s affinity for color is nothing short of dazzling and his blog Bright Bazaar is a direct reflection of that passion. The travel-enthusiast is all about promoting accessible and modern design, which he seeks out through a vibrant lens.

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John and Sherry Petersik, Young House Love

The power couple behind Young House Love has renovated more than their fair share of homes, yet the husband-and-wife duo shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Follow along for inspired makeovers, total home renos, and a peek inside the Maryland-based family’s captivating life.

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Joy Cho, Oh Joy

At this point, Oh Joy is less a blog and more a veritable empire. Joy Cho has turned her graphic design studio of playful prints and vibrant hues into three successful books and a slew of product collections, ranging from a tile line to a range of disposable dinnerware to a capsule collection of stylish luggage. Still, her blog is still going strong as HQ for all her ventures, and we still love keeping up with her design tips and lifestyle guides.

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Historias de Casa

Okay, Historias de Casa is written in Portuguese, so you’ll have to translate it to read the stories (pro tip: use the Chrome browser and Google will translate automatically), but it’s worth it. The pair behind the Brazilian blog, Bruna and Paula, take us inside lovely, interesting homes, shops, and studios in Sao Paulo and beyond. Even if the narrative might get lost in translation, the images provide more than enough colorful, plant-filled inspiration that will make you want to move to Brazil, or at least channel the boho vibes in your own home (they offer some easy DIYs to do just that).

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Erin Boyle, Reading My Tea Leaves

Erin is a veritable small space expert, so the fact that her blog reading my tea leaves was named Domino’s 2017 Best Small Space Living Blog is really no surprise. Her blog combines all the best tips on how to style a tiny apartment with a commitment to promoting sustainability and conscious consumption.

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Carmeon Hamilton, Cohesive Randomness

The Memphis-based interior designer and stylist runs a successful design business (Nubi Interiors) in addition to a playful blog where she shares everything from snapshots of her home renovations to her personal style.

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Stephanie Watkins, Casa Watkins Living

We are in love with Stephanie’s “global eclectic” home; one look at her blog and you will be, too. Her style is super colorful, full of worldly finds that you’ll actually be able to purchase via the “shop” section of her blog. She also has a slew of easy DIY projects to try out on your next rainy day weekend.

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Emily Blanchard, Emily Everyday

Aiming to empower women through their homes, Emily Blanchard’s blog is dedicated to sharing her personal design journey. Check out Emily Everyday for helpful tips on things like where to buy the best vintage rugs as well as fun DIY projects.

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Amber Lewis, Amber Interiors

As the winner of our Best Interior Design Blog category in 2017, we have to include Amber in this list. Her cheery personality reads through every blog post, and her masterful grasp on the California-cool style always keeps us coming back for more.

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Katrina Blair

You might know our next blogger from her previous blog, Chic Little House, which she recently relaunched as Katrina Blair to encompass her new focus on sharing broader lifestyle content. In addition to her signature small space style tips, Katrina also posts articles on entertaining and travel.

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Julia and Chris Marcum, Chris Loves Julia

Another Design blog awards winner, chris loves julia is this renovation blog centered around husband-and-wife team Chris and Julia (surprise, surprise). Follow along as they undertake home improvement projects—plus don’t miss their podcast for a behind-the-scenes look at what it really takes to undergo extensive remodeling.

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Heather Bullard

For seriously dreamy inspo pics, Heather Bullard’s eponymous site is a must-visit. As a magazine editor and freelance prop stylist, Heather has a unique take on design and readily shares it with her readers (she also is a cooking aficionado, for any foodies out there). Her latest project? Building her dream home in southern California, which she calls “Grove House.”

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Athena Calderone, EyeSwoon

You know Athena as the entertaining and chef extraordinaire behind the hit cookbook Cook Beautiful, but the blogger has her roots in design. The decor section of her ever-popular blog is chock full of style inspiration and interior projects that you’ll be pinning for days.

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Ashley Rose, Sugar and Cloth

As the 2017 winner of our Best DIY Blog category, sugar and cloth obviously has an impressive catalogue of DIY projects. Seriously, Ashley has ideas on how to make everything from an abstract umbrella to fabric wall art. Also, there’s an entire section on her blog dedicated to macarons… which is something we can definitely get behind.

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Ursula Carmona, Homemade by Carmona

For a down to earth approach to decorating, check out Ursula’s blog. The mom of three is an organization pro with tons of tips on how to indulge expensive taste on a budget. This up-and-coming blog is definitely one we have our eye on.

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Shavonda Gardner, SG Style

An expert in both small space living and boho decor, Shavonda shares her signature style on her blog—as well as that of a few other similarly-minded design aficionados via home tours. She won our editor’s pick category for The Modern Maverick, and we can’t wait to keep up with the decor projects she has planned this year.

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Anita Yokota

And speaking of up-and-coming, we couldn’t not mention the winner of our Best New Design Blog category! Anita actually started her blog on Instagram, only recently expanding her platform onto a site that covers both a design blog and styling services. Her relatable voice makes her blog fun to read, and her mastery of the ever-trendy boho-California style is seriously aspirational.

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Sarah Gibson, Room for Tuesday

Our Best Lifestyle Blog winner for 2017, Sarah Gibson offers a wide range of content on her blog that spans everything from how to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate to the best wallpaper from Etsy. As she and her husband are currently renovating their second home, there’s plenty of firsthand design content, too.

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Niki Brantmark, My Scandinavian Home

Fans of minimalist Scandi-inspired decor, you definitely already know Niki. But if you don’t, her blog is about to become your go-to for style inspiration: my scandinavian home is essentially a catalogue of Swedish style, complete with styling guides and an inside peek at Niki’s own home. It’s no surprise that it’s the winner of our Best International Design Blog award.

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Jenni Kayne, Rip & Tan

Fashion-turned-homeware designer Jenni Kayne has already made a name for herself as the purveyor of simple, classic style, but did you know she has a blog as well? Rip & Tan is an insight into Jenni’s lifestyle, where the designer shares her favorite recipes, organization tips, and even some home tours.

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Medina Grillo, Grillo Designs

Medina is the winner of our 2017 Pinner’s Choice Award, which is fitting given that her blog is full of smart DIYs and upcycling projects that you’ve definitely seen (and probably even saved) on Pinterest. Go here for straight-forward tutorials and crafty hacks that even novice decorators can handle.

This story was originally published January 30, 2018. It has been updated with new information.

See more bloggers we love:

Our Favorite Wellness Bloggers to Follow ASAP
Introducing the Winners of the First-Ever Domino Design Blog Awards
12 Beautiful Farmhouse Decorating Blogs to Follow

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Slim Console Tables

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Last month, I bought an inexpensive black metal console table for my studio – I needed something slim in my tiny entry as a spot for dropping my keys and phone in the morning when I come to work. Underneath this skinny table I toss my shoes and backpack, I love having all my stuff in one place and easy to grab when I leave.

All of us come home with our keys and phone and packages in hand and need a drop zone for setting them down. It can be tricky to find a table for a small entry or foyer that serves that purpose, but I found a few more for you!

 

slim black console table

Standard depth console tables jut out into a space and can eat up more of a room than you wish them to. Slim console tables also serve another purpose: they are perfect for areas where you don’t need seating but instead seek to fill the lower half of wall space. Above them you can hang art or photography or a flat screen TV and below use the console for a minimalist display of decorative objects.

 

bronze & wood console

metal & faux marble

 

urban metal console

metal & maple veneer

Here are a few more consoles in slimmer profiles (15” or less) that will help anyone create a drop zone in a narrow foyer, or fill a blank wall without taking up too much space!

 

metalwork console / gold & faux marble

rustic a frame / curved console

metal & faux marble / hudson console

white and glass / acacia mid century

gold & walnut / white mid century

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This Tiny 290-Square-Foot Home Can Be Configured 20 Different Ways

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Italian architect Beatrice Bonzanigo of IB Studio is both a lover of good design and an avid traveler. Her latest creation, Casa Ojalá, effortlessly combines those two interests. Inspired by the untouched landscape of South America (she has spent the better part of the past few years traveling through Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay), Bonzanigo wanted to find a new way to live alongside nature while minimizing her environmental impact. An off-the-grid mobile micro home proved to be the point of connection she was longing for.

“It was a pity to go back to a centralized structure—even if it was a beautiful hotel—after a day by horse or jeep experiencing those wonders,” says Bonzanigo of her time abroad. That’s when the concept for Casa Ojalá came into question. “How can I respect nature with new architecture? Can I make it disappear on request? Can I break framed views? Can it function in the middle of nowhere?” she continues. 

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Set to debut at Milan Design Week this spring, Casa Ojalá spans just 290 square feet and can be configured in 20 different ways. Through a system of ropes, pulleys, cranks, sliding panels, and fabric partitions, the space can be customized to meet any needs the wanderluster might have. 

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All in all, the house includes two bedrooms, a bathroom, a terrace, a kitchenette, and a terrace.

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“Sometimes I want to look out at the Andes while having a hot bath,” says Bonzanigo. “Sometimes I need a wardrobe even if I’m in the middle of a desert. Sometimes the wind bothers me while I’m reading next to the ocean.”

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While we might have to wait awhile for Bonzanigo’s small-space dream to become a reality, the teeny abode is chock-full of small-space living ideas worth stealing now. Here are three big tiny living tips we’re taking into our own homes. 

Partitions are a wide-open room’s best friend

Part of the genius behind Bonzanigo’s design is the customizable partitions that extend from the outer circumference. Rooms can be merged together or separated with the simple switch of a faux wall. This divide-and-conquer strategy is one of our favorite ways to fake a makeshift bedroom in a studio apartment.

Knickknacks can be concealed with 360-degree shelving 

With a strong yet versatile core, Casa Ojalá’s central pillar takes care of all of the home’s storage needs (plus it also houses the fireplace). If you have limited opportunity for shelving, it’s often best to opt for function over form. Hem’s Hide Pedestal, however, is one piece that lets you have both. Thanks to its rotating outer shell, items in the interior compartments can be easily concealed with a simple rotation.

Furniture should be light enough to be moved around

Bulky furniture can really weigh down your chances for flexibility in a small space. Casa Ojalá can be configured to house two bedrooms—one with a double bed and one with a single bed. When used to host multiple guests, small stools and ottomans fill in as the essential pieces of furniture. While we aren’t saying that you should forgo your living room sofa for a pouf, investing in pieces that can be easily pushed aside at a moment’s notice or used as bonus surfaces during a party can instantly elevate a tiny space.

Casa Ojalá is designed to be assembled just about anywhere, so if the great outdoors aren’t your thing, you can squeeze this pint-size world of possibilities in your living room.

See more stories like this:
These Custom Tiny Homes Can Be Installed in a Single Day
Tiny Home Hacks We Learned From 200-Square-Foot Dorms
This Eco-Friendly Tiny Home Is Move-In Ready in Under 24 Hours

Read this Lighting Guide Before Shopping for New Fixtures for Your Home

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One of the quickest upgrades to make in any space is installing new lighting fixtures. This is a sure way to improve the ambiance and change the look of a room. Plus, it’s easy to control how dramatic the change is. There are so many gorgeous light fixtures out there it can be easy to get carried away when searching for a new one. As with so many aspects of interior decorating, a little planning goes a long way. We’ve pulled together a lighting guide to help you choose the types of fixtures — and bulbs — that meet your needs and have the look you want.

Function First

Before you start looking for lighting, you need to assess the space and determine what the illumination needs are. It boils down to how you use the space, what kind of mood you want to create and how much light you want. Even if a room with plentiful natural light needs the proper lighting to be functional after dark. The ways in which the room is used will dictate the types of fixtures needed, and after that, the styling is purely up to individual tastes. That said, we have one word to keep in mind, no matter what the kind of lighting: dimmers!

Layering

Proper lighting is not a “one and done” purchase. If you’ve ever spent time in a space with just a single overhead bulb, then you know how harsh or insufficient the room can be. Relying on just one light fixture also does little in creating the right type of atmosphere. Designers and lighting professionals will tell you to think in layers when it comes to choosing fixtures. This is super important if the space happens to be a large, open plan area. Each type offers a different dimension to a room and combining a variety of types creates a room that is warm, welcoming and very functional. So what are these layers?

General or Ambient Lighting

Most of the time, ambient light means the general light in the room —  the ceiling fixtures that come on when you flip the wall switch. These fixtures can come in various forms (see below), but they provide the general, overall light in space. It’s also the foundation on which all the other layers will build, creating the final mood. Ambient lighting should be soft but bright enough that it allows people to walk around without tripping over things. In an existing space, the locations for ambient lighting are already determined, but if the budget allows for moving them, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional for the optimum placement.

Task Lighting

Task lighting comes from fixtures that are placed in a way that provides illumination for a particular task. Most of the time, this type of light is needed on desk or table or next to a chair or sofa for reading or other close tasks. Some styles are adjustable while others are not, and you might want to adjust the light source depending on the height of your seating. Lamps are also great for task lighting because they are portable and placement is key for the proper task lighting.

Accent Lighting

In the world of lighting, accent lights are the most fun because they can accent different elements in the home and be used to create a particular mood. Unlike old-school accent lighting, which most often meant installing sconces on the wall, the best modern accent lighting often involves fixtures that are hidden behind the scenes. Backlighting, underlighting and spotlights create a mood and focus the eye on particular features of the room, not the source of the light. LED technology has really expanded the options when it comes to accent lighting, so it pays to explore your options.

Lighting Fixture Types

Within each category of lighting, there are many different types of fixtures that can be used. Much of this depends on budget and style, because, for example, ambient lighting can be created with recessed fixtures or chandeliers. Obviously, a grand statement chandelier will cost more than simple recessed lights, sometimes called pot lights. With lighting, smaller budgets don’t have to mean less style. This range of lighting fixture types offers a wealth of options.

Pendant

Used in groups or singly, pendant lights are among the most popular types of lighting. Often used as a source of ambient illumination, they cast light downward, which is why they are predominantly used over tables, kitchen islands and other areas of focus. Pendants are available in an amazing array of styles and sizes, which means they can be as flashy or sedate as you like. It’s also easy to up the drama factor by creating a larger grouping that features different sizes and hanging heights.

Chandelier

Chandeliers have moved out of the dining room and made their way throughout the entire house. They are the perfect choice for creating a focal point with lighting. If you want to stick to tradition, choose a chandelier that spans across one-half to two-thirds of the table or any space you want to highlight. That said, recent trends have featured oversized chandeliers and pendant lights, which can really make a big impact.  It’s also important to consider ceiling height when choosing a chandelier so that it fits in the space and creates the right kind of ambient light and decor style.

Recessed

The best thing about recessed lighting is that depending on the style of light and the bulbs, it can serve as ambient or task illumination. Thanks to improved bulb technology, brighter lights don’t have to mean larger fixtures either. If you’re installing recessed lighting, it’s likely that you’ll need an electrician because these are inserted into the ceiling and require wiring, unless you are simply replacing a unit. Recessed lights are the most visually unobtrusive lights and are ideal for rooms where hanging lights would interfere with the view or other elements. They can also be used to highlight a particular area.

Track

Track lighting is a good alternative when recessed lighting isn’t possible because of beams or vents in the ceiling. The basic set up is a length of track attached to the ceiling that contains the voltage and the actual lights fit into the track and can be adjusted and moved. Track lighting is also easier to install than some other types. This type of lighting is best for shining a light on art, architectural feature or a portion of the room. Because the light is more focused, it’s not the best choice for a general ambient light source.

Backlighting

Backlighting is another method for accenting a particular area or piece in the room. It’s an easy thing to do: place lights behind the item you want to highlight. Not only does this type of lighting set off a feature, but it also creates a mood that is soft and stylish. New LED technologies and dimmers can up the ante on the cool factor in a room. Backlighting is great for mirrors, wall features, shelving units and headboards. With the wide range of LED fixtures, backlighting can be a good DIY project.

Portable

One of the best new product lines is the portable lamp. LED lighting and rechargeable batteries mean that you can take the lighting fixture anywhere you want, indoors or out. No cord means extra freedom to put the light in the most convenient location, whether or not there is an outlet nearby. Move it from table to desk to patio. While early styles were few, now designers have created a range of looks and sizes that work in any decor.

Decorative

Decorative lighting can take many forms. It’s like the frosting on a cake — beautiful but not entirely necessary. Decorative light fixtures are used in addition to ambient lights and task lights, purely for looks. These can take the form of table lamps, sconces, lanterns or artful light installations. With decorative lighting, it’s more about the art of the piece than the functionality of the light.

Landscape Lighting

Without landscape lighting, the backyard can only be truly appreciated in the daytime. The right landscape lighting can bring the yard to life, highlighting the best features of the area. Put the focus on trees, a statue, or an architectural element. Choose the best feature or two to illuminate because the play of light and dark is what makes the biggest impact.  A great example is this contemporary home in Boulder residence, where lights were used to make the artful stone steps appear to float from the sidewalk to the house.

Lighting for Walls

Once function and form are determined, various categories of fixtures are available for each location in a room. Wall lighting has most often been used as accent lighting because it is not a good source of ambient lighting. It can highlight particular areas or features in a room and is really useful for proper layering. Artful wall lighting can also serve as a focal point in a space. There are lots of kinds to consider in the full range of interior decorating styles.

Sconces

Wall sconces are one of the best choices for wall lighting, which is why they have endured for centuries. They work in any room, from the bathroom to the bedroom or the living room. Sconces are also ideal for layering with other types of lighting, such as recessed ceiling lights or other hanging lights, including pendants or chandeliers. A single sconce can certainly work, however, they have more impact when used in groups, particularly pairs. Traditionally, pairs of sconces are used to flank mirrors, fireplaces, doorways or other decor features.

Sconces and wall lighting can be ultra-modern too, becoming a true feature wall. This artful arrangement of round wall lights is more art and ambiance than functional light, creating an amazing focal point.

Free-Standing Lighting

Table and Floor Lamps

Probably the most versatile type of lighting, table and floor lamps are a must-have for task lighting as well as for decorative purposes. The style of lamp chosen can amplify a feeling, be an artful addition or simply light up a dark corner. Lamps are also key in high-ceilinged rooms to make them feel cozy. Before purchasing a lamp, it’s important to determine the proper size of the lamp and the shade for the location in the room. Placement is easy because they’re portable!

Lighting for Ceilings

Chandeliers, Pendants, and Flush Mounts

Ceilings are usually first on the list for lighting because these fixtures provide the general ambient lighting in a room. Included in the list of fixture types above are the three most common kinds of ceiling lights: Chandeliers, pendants and flush-mounted fixtures. Each of these can easily serve the necessary function, and beyond that, the choice depends on the specifics of the room and the look desired. For unobtrusive fixtures that provide light without calling much attention to themselves, flush-mounted lights are the best choice. At the other end of the style spectrum, chandeliers offer the most drama and will create a focal point wherever they are installed. Pendants are somewhere in between, depending on their size, how many are grouped together and their style.

Color Temperature

We don’t always think about light having a color or temperature. It’s more likely we call a light “bright” or “soft” but they do indeed have a color temperature that is based on science. Color temperature is a way to measure the type of light produces by a bulb and it is ranked on the Kelvin scale, from 1000 to 10000. According to Westinghouse, most residential lighting falls between 2000K to 6500K. Different color temperatures can lend the same room different looks and feelings, and the materials and style of the space can also be affected by the type of light used. Last, but certainly not least, various rooms in the house need different color temperatures to function and feel as they should. the best thing about light bulbs is that they are easily swapped out if the look is not right.

Warm

Those who grew up with old-fashioned incandescent bulbs know the dim, yellowish light that comes from a warm color temperature. “Warm” lights are those that fall under 3000K and tend to have a yellow or orange look to them, which is on the same realm as candlelight. These are the traditional style for bedrooms and living rooms because they make the space feel cozy and relaxing. Of course, warmer lighting can emphasize this range of colors in a space, which may or may not be the look you want. If something feels off, try light bulbs that are a little higher on the Kelvin scale.

Daylight

As lighting technology improved, bulb companies started creating versions that have a far brighter, white color temperature that mimics the look of full daylight. These bulbs fall above 4500K. These are very bright and are best for places where seeing clearly is important such as bathrooms, kitchens and offices or in spaces where you do a lot of reading or work that require seeing a great amount of detail. Most people consider it too harsh for nighttime lighting in living rooms and bedrooms.

Cool

Falling between the yellow glow of warm lights and the star brightness of daylight are “cool white” color temperatures. These bulbs range between 3100K and 4500K and have what many consider to be a neutral white light with just a hint of blue. Dimmer versions can be useful as accent lighting and brighter types work in the kitchen and bathroom where you want a “whiter” vibe.  On the other hand, these too can feel excessively energetic for a bedroom reading light or relaxing family room setting.

Forget About Wattage and Look at Lumens

Before the advent of LED technology, we chose light bulbs purely based on wattage because that was the only way to pick the brightness of a light. Actually, wattage is the amount of energy a light bulb uses, not the amount of light it puts out. Compact fluorescent lights and LED bulbs have lower wattage than traditional incandescent lightbulbs, but they put out the same amount of light.  This is why you see phrases like “60 watt equivalent” on a package of LED bulbs.

Today’s lightbulbs mostly use Light Emitting Diodes — LEDs. They don’t generate the heat of incandescent bulbs, are more environmentally friendly and last longer. They also put out more light for less energy usage. Most packages of bulbs now also include information on the lumens, which are the amount of light a bulb emits. The more lumens, the brighter the bulb. A 60-watt bulb puts out about 800 lumens and a 100-watt bulb about twice as many at 1600, for example.

Choosing a light bulb is not as basic as it once was, but that also means better lighting, more style and ultimately an easier time on your wallet and the environment. With a little advance planning, a trip to the home store for lightbulbs will create a more pleasing and functional space for the entire family.

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Theatre in Review: Chick Flick: The Musical (Westside Theatre)

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Chick Flick: The Musical — with that title, this is a series that knows its target audience and the way to woo it. A girls’-night-out amusement around a girls’ night out, it’s almost indecently poised to appeal to fun-seeking females in the…

Swap your blinds for a different design in seconds with this genius new range

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Tired of looking at the same old roller blind but can’t be bothered with the hassle required to change it? Help is at hand with Bloc Blinds’ brilliant new collection.

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Thanks to a clever new design called Fabric Changer, you can now swap out the fabric part of your blind without having to wrestle the entire roller bar from your window frame – perfect for people who fancy a new look in a flash.

Buy now: Designer Collection Ivy Green blackout blind with Fabric Changer, from £38 for H130xW101cm, Bloc Blinds

How does it work? Well, thanks to clever hook-on-hook fixtures, all you need to do is unroll the blind fully, unfasten the existing blind, hook on a new one and roll the whole thing back up again. Available on a variety of fittings, from standard roller blinds to Easyfit (drill-free installation) roller blinds and even twin rollers (for a layered look), the Fabric Changer collection comes in a wide range of colours and patterns to suit all styles of kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms so you’re bound to find a style (or five!) that you’ll love.

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Buy now: Designer Collection Crafty Leaves blackout blind with Fabric Changer, from £55 for H130xW101cm, Bloc Blinds

And the best bit? Ordering is super easy – each individual roller bar will be labelled with a QR product code that holds your blind’s unique measurements – simply scan it with your phone and order a replacement blind.

What’s more, you can order up to five fabric swatches, free of charge, to help you choose the right colour and pattern for your space.

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Buy now: Designer Collection Triangles Teal blackout blind with Fabric Changer, from £55 for H130xW101cm, Bloc Blinds

They’re an excellent choice for kids’ rooms, too, not just because you can swap the designs as they grow, but you can also opt for blackout lining to ensure you might just get that lie in on a Sunday morning.

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See QVC’s most colourful homeware collection yet – we’ll all want the wall hanging!

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Today marks the launch of the new Erica Davies collection at QVC. The leading retailer has teamed up with stylist Erica Davies to produce a homeware collection. The 17-piece range offers everything, from bold garden furniture and faux plants to beautiful wall hangings.

In Erica’s own words the ‘colourful and bohemian’ collection is intended to help ‘add personality to our homes’. As a connoisseur of colour it’s no surprise the collection is bursting with vibrant brights and playful patterns.

Erica has been very conscious to create things people will love, all at affordable prices as not to exclude any budget.

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This morning I went along to meet Erica herself to talk about the colourful new collection…

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‘My collection started with the ideas that inspire my own home; typography, colour, print, textiles and vintage pieces. I receive so many messages from my social media followers about the things in my home – those requests were my starting point.’

Erica Davies at QVC

Which piece is your particular favourite?

‘It has to be the Love wall hanging’ Erica replies, without missing a beat. ‘It’s based on a vintage set of letters I have in my hall that I found in the window of an antiques shop. I get asked about them all the time. They make me smile every day and I really wanted to share the LOVE!’

Buy now: Erica Davies Canvas Hanging Scroll with Love Print, from £15, QVC

Here’s the inspiration behind the wall hanging from the new collection…

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What do you look for when shopping for your own home?

‘I am constantly on the look-out for pieces that will work hard in my home. I want things that are practical but look beautiful too.’

Erica Davies at QVC

These new pom-pom trim baskets are the perfect example of how practical pieces can be decorative too.

Buy now: Erica Davies Set of 2 Weaved Belly Baskets With Pom Poms, from £17, QVC

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What part do plants play in a rooms decor?

‘For me, plants are an integral part of a room’s overall design and I really wanted to include lots of different sizes and styles in my collection – from faux plants to bold prints.’

The collection is filled with thoroughly realistic faux plants – all of which are UV treated so they can be used indoors or outdoor.

Buy now: Erica Davies Faux Plant with UV Protection, £84, QVC

How do you use rugs in your own home?

‘Rugs are everywhere in my own home,’ Erica explains. ‘The colours and texture of this rug make me so happy! Pink has become such a universally popular colour and it works beautifully with contrast brights. I also love that it mixes so well with darker colours and ‘heavier’ fabrics such as leather and velvet.’

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This rug is making a real style statement, especially in the larger size. Berber rugs are still very much on-trend. In keeping with Erica’s love of colour this design shrugs off the traditional monochrome pattern to incorporate more vibrant shades of orange and hot pink.

Buy now: Erica Davies Hand Woven Geometric Style Tassled Rug, from £87, QVC

Erica Davies at QVC

‘I love the bright orange patio set – it’s a simple, streamlined, comfortable set, but designed in a knock-out colour that was inspired by my own dining table.’

Buy now: Erica Davies Steel Outdoor Bistro Dining Table, £99, QVC

The tropical print cushions and outdoor rug are great ways to add an instant hit of colour and pattern, indoor or out.

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Erica’s Instagram feed gives fans a glimpse into her stylish home. Seeing how heavily this has influenced her own designs makes the collection feel thoroughly authentic.

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AD I started decorating my future home aged eight. Virtually, obviously, from the pages of my mum’s catalogues – where I’d cut out pictures of bedspreads, rugs and cushions for my scrapbook, while deciding on the colour of the kettle for my future flat. Slightly strange child, perhaps – but the love for interiors was – and is – still strong! And while I went on to pursue a career in fashion, home design and decor has ALWAYS been my passion project. So I am BEYOND EXCITED to announce something I’ve been secretly – and very happily – working on for over a year. On March 8th this year, MY VERY OWN INTERIORS COLLECTION WITH @QVCUK WILL LAUNCH! I KNOW! I feel SO proud and excited and SO sick with nerves, all at the same time! Working with the team has been a creative dream from the start (and they didn’t even seem to mind when I produced a twenty-page mood board presentation!) They completely understood my passion for adding colour and personality to a home, so my collection is all about those little details that can create a real impact, through colour pops, print and sophisticated fun! And to be honest, YOU have all been a huge part of the process. Your support, questions and encouragement through me sharing my own home have really contributed to this first collection – so I really hope you love it as much as I do! MARCH THE EIGHTH! ONLINE! I WILL SHARE MORE SOON!! 🥳 #EditedByErica #EricaDaviesForQVC @qvcuk 📷 @eleanorskan

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I can confirm there is a second collection already in the pipeline – Erica confirmed this herself, yay!

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If this range is anything to go by, more affordable colour accessories are on the way to jazz up our homes.

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