The DIY Birch Bark Outdoor Lanterns

The DIY Birch Bark Outdoor Lanterns

This DIY birch bark hanging lantern comes from the divine craftiness of the Ruffled Blog. This design was a type of evolution of design, that started with hollowed-log lights that Ruffled Blog had seen in Finland. The evolution part came after they attempted to make the log lights themselves. Using twine, peeled birch bark, light bulbs, some lighting hardware, and a few other tidbits this crafty crew was able to create their own glorious adaptation of the hollowed-log lights that they had...
Add Flair to Your Chandelier

Add Flair to Your Chandelier

Some people enjoy clean lines, very little clutter, and direct focal points. Some people are just the opposite, and whether this is personality or upbringing it can be hard to determine. Let’s face it some individuals just like to spice it up, and add a little flair to their decor. These chandeliers have been made-over with extraordinary glam and decorative accents that will add style and a little essence of holiday spirit to the lives of the beholders. Generous in color, texture, and accessories these nature inspired chandeliers are sure to rock the house with their peacock feathers, ivy strands, and noble twig...
Make a Candle from an Orange in 1 Minute

Make a Candle from an Orange in 1 Minute

Desperate times call for desperate measures, so if you find yourself in a situation where you just don’t have access to a good lamp try making a candle out of an orange and about a cup of olive oil. It will only take a minute. This YouTube video from the HouseHoldHackers currently has almost three million views, so surely it must work, or at least smell good. The video below gives complete instructions on how to make your own orange lamp. This is a very similar method to some of the first primitive lamps ever made that used animal fat and a wick to create an indoor lamp or lantern. Video: Make a Lamp from an Orange in 1...
How to Choose a Ceiling Fan

How to Choose a Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans express your style, provide comfort, beauty and even add to the energy efficiency of your home. Little may know that ceiling fans come in different sizes and that there are specific ways to determine which fan size is best for your space. Sizing a fan to better fit a room takes into account both the airflow needs and the overall aesthetics of the ceiling fan. Here are the sizing basics via Fanimation’s handy celing fan sizing guide: · Small room (up to 75 sq. ft.) = 36″ diameter fan · Small/medium room (76-144 sq. ft.) = 42″-50″ diameter fan · Medium room (144-255 sq. ft.) = 52″-54″ diameter fan · Large room (225-400 sq. ft.) = 54″-72″ diameter fan · Great room (400+ sq. ft.) = more than one 52″-72″ diameter fan Ceiling fans have advanced so much over the last 50 years that their is now a ceiling fan for any lifestyle. Visit our exclusive Ceiling Fan collection to find the fan of your...
Wired & Weird Baby Doll Lamps

Wired & Weird Baby Doll Lamps

If you just love dolls or are attempting to make that special gift for that favorite girl in your life this blog post may be right up your alley. Watch and learn, or just observe the oddities made from baby doll parts and light bulbs. Creatively unusual, this odd phenomena of unusually lit baby dolls is sure to draw attention with its irregular replacement of an average doll head via a common light bulb. Watch the video below to see how to make your own. Video: How to make a Doll Head Nightlight...
Can Lighting Save You Money on Air-Conditioning Bills?

Can Lighting Save You Money on Air-Conditioning Bills?

Sure there is more than one way to save money on your summer air-conditioning costs.  But what about your choice of lighting? Can your choice of lights and light bulbs save you money? The answer is yes! Air-conditioning designers use heat load calculations to determine the proper unit size needed to air-condition your space. A few of the general components for calculating a home’s heat load consists of windows, appliances, the home’s construction and lighting. An excess of lighting or high wattage light bulbs that release a generous amount of heat can effect the interior temperature of your home. Therefore requiring your air-conditioning to run more often and for longer periods of time. So if that’s the case then what type of lighting is best to reduce the overall heat load stimulated by high heat light bulbs? LEDs, CFLs and certain low wattage fluorescents can be used to create similar lighting characteristics of those higher watt, high heat light bulbs. The energy conservation company Energy Circle specializes in helping home owners reduce there overall carbon footprint by attacking those sometimes overlooked energy drainers. Just by replacing those old incandescent or halogen light bulbs with energy-effeicent CFL or LED lights, you can reduce the energy needed to light a room with far less heat. In older light bulb technology the heat output accounts for almost 90% of the energy used, not light. Energy Circle did a test of three different types of lights. They found that CFL bulbs ran at 167 degrees, halogen lights ran at 327 degrees, and an LED light was around 107 degrees. The cost savings of...