Ariel Vanity Series – Cambridge

Cambridge Sku# A037S and Sku#A043S

Having to make a furniture purchase online can be a daunting idea. After all, how does one purchase something from thin air – from just a small picture on a computer screen? It’s difficult enough as is just ‘guessing’ if something will fit dimension-wise, much less to imagine it will manifest perfectly at the doorstep one week later. In our ‘ask about the vanity’ series, we hope to answer some customer questions before purchase point – so as to help our visitors to better grasp what it is they are buying, when physically seeing the item is not an option. We’ve broken the Ariel Vanity Series – Cambridge into a list of the most common of Q & A’s. Let’s review: Sku# A037S, A043S, A061D and A073D.

Is the vanity top sealed? The top of the vanity is not sealed.

What is the shape of the sink? The A037S and A043S have a choice of left and right offset oval sinks. They come in espresso, grey or a white finish.

Is the back splash attached to the counter top in set? The back splash is attached to the counter top in set.

Do the sinks come pre-mounted to the counter top? Yes, the sinks on the vanity set are pre-mounted.

How many faucets holes does the vanity top have? The vanity top comes with 3 faucet holes.

Can the middle hole handle a single faucet? Yes, a faucet can be placed in the center of the sink.

What type of metal is the hardware on the vanity? The hardware on the vanity set has a satin nickel finish.

Does the plumbing for the sinks come up through the floor or through wall on this vanity? This vanity has the plumbing come up through the floor.

Does this vanity set include the drain assembly? The drain assembly is sold separately.

Is the top marble flush with the side of the cabinet without overhang so it could be placed flush against a wall on each side? No, the counter top has a 1″ overhang on the sides.

Cambridge Series Sku#A061D and Sku# A073D

Can the vanity be purchased without the mirror? Yes

What is the distance between the holes that are pre-drilled for the handles? 5 inches

What is the distance between the center holes? The distance between the center hole is 8”

For the A061D-ESP – what is the height of the vanity without the counter-top? 33 1/2” without and 35” with

For the A037S-R-GRY – what is the width of the drawers for this unit? 9.8” wide.

How is the mirror to be hung? I see some rather custom brackets on the back. Do I need to hang from all 3 across the top and 3 across the bottom? Is there special hardware to attach to the wall or just use nails? Is there a template to measure the holes?   The mirror should be mounted using the wall-mounting hardware included with the mirror. If you are unable to locate the hardware, you can purchase wall screws and anchors from a local hardware store or call the manufacturer. All 6 holes should be used to mount the mirror for increased stability.

How is the marble top to be attached to the vanity? Does it just rest on it or it is to be silicone down or something? The marble top will need to be secured to the vanity top by using silicone. Ariel recommends Liquid Nail for stone counter tops.

The Cambridge Series from Ariel Bath is the perfect choice for those looking for a modern bathroom vanity. The Cambridge is available in single or double sink models with under-mount, ceramic sinks installed. These elegantly constructed units, with matching framed mirrors, are topped with Carrara white marble counter tops and equipped with satin nickel finish hardware.

Features include: Two doors with soft-closing hinges, Five drawers with soft-closing sliders, Carrara white marble counter top w/matching back splash design. All marble tops are finished by hand, pre-drilled for all 8” widespread faucets, and double-sealed for scratch-resistance and long-term durability, c UPC-certified round under mount sink. Click to view Cambridge Ariel Vanities.

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Earth & Home Decor – Interview w/Pablo Solomon

Sometimes spirit essence expressed through human form, can send out a subtle message that carries the beat of a higher resonance. Visionary work is not always a bluntly noticed thing. Evolved consciousness tends to flow within the gentler, quieter rhythms of this planet – usually for very good reason; to support stable human growth. We focus today on the husband and wife pioneer-artisan team of Beverly and Pablo Solomon. Aside from a lifelong dedication to the arts in one form or another, their work continuously emotes the messaging of our connection to Earth.


Stone bench blended with natural stone and other Pablo Solomon sculptures.

Over many months of querying designers for natural home decor tips and suggestions, and in noting his penchant for incorporating nature into home, we sent a few special questions over to Pablo Solomon. We wanted to find out what it was like to be carving life designs out on the edge of a fence, when most others of decades past had become fascinated with polymers, plastics and other man-made creations. Blending nature into home decor can be a genuinely satisfying and creative DYI endeavor. If one has ever visited a gem or mineral show – it’s crystal clear that Earth provides an endless supply of absolutely stunning, one-of-a-kind creations. Quoting Pablo:

“Stones have spirits. If you listen they tell you what wonders they have seen, what lessons they have learned. The stone has waited countless centuries to show the world the beauty hidden within. Like a surfer riding a wave, I never fight the stone. I allow the flow of the stone to guide me. I never remove any more material than the stone wants me to.”


View of a 160 year old restored courtyard–all stone, with a salvaged Mexican wood gate.

What did it feel like to be on the pioneering – Eco friendly front decades ago when it was not in mainstream awareness back then?

Believe it or not, back in the 1970’s being Eco friendly was not just far from popular, it was met with open hostility. Unfortunately as we were coming out of the turmoil of the 1960’s some people associated being Eco friendly as being a hippie, being a communist, being anti progress, being anti business, etc. And to be fair there were and still are elements of the environmental movement that are anti capitalist. However, from square one I always felt that to get anything done required cooperation between business, private groups and government.

What was your environment of youth? 

I grew up in a multicultural home in a very poor neighborhood just blocks away from what may have been the most polluted waterway in America–Houston’s Buffalo Bayou which is the upper end of the Houston Ship Channel. While Houston is 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico it is the 2nd biggest port city in America. A channel lined with chemical plants and oil refineries was dredged over the years. When I was a kid it was not unusual for the Bayou to be bank to bank with dead fish and the water was often so polluted that the surface would burn. I could contrast this with stories my father told of when his family first came to the US years earlier that they would swim in and catch fish from the Bayou. However, with some federal regulations, a lot of concerned citizens and a committed business community, Buffalo Bayou has been cleaned up in a remarkable if not miraculous way. The Bayou is used for recreation and wildlife has returned.

Also in the early 1970’s was the first ‘Earth Day’. National Geographic featured me on the 40th anniversary in an article by Mark Anderson. At the time, I was actually teaching Earth Science, working at the Houston Contemporary Dance Theater and loading trucks while struggling as an artist and designer.  It is ironic that I got so much coverage in National Geographic as all I did was basically draw some posters. I think this is because so many of the real big shots eventually ruined their lives or went in various unrelated directions.


Solomon with some of his sculptures

How did you  merge a marriage and business successfully? And how did your visionary ideas then manifest in your work?

My wife Beverly and I got married in 1975. Before she got her big break with Diane von Furstenberg, she was modeling and working in communications for a big petro chemical company. Not as bad as it may first sound, as the owner was one of the biggest art collectors in the world. He would rotate great art –Picasso, Cezanne, etc. from museums to his office buildings. Her office had Persian rugs.

From day one of our marriage, we had a business furnishing cafes with antique furniture and collectibles. We were not beyond collecting furniture off the side of the road and from junk stores. Even back then, we used rocks and fossils for décor. In fact in addition to Beverly having been drop dead gorgeous, one reason that we were married two months after meeting at one of my art shows was that she loved to collect rocks and arrowheads. The first time I went to her apartment and she showed me her collections, I knew I had the right lady.

We still love to collect natural objects to use in our designs. We also love to build with stone and to incorporate it into landscape designs. Luckily we live on a historic 1856 ranch in the Texas Wine/Hill Country. We are in the middle of great rock and fossil hunting. Just down our road and over some hills behind our house is the tallest water fall in Texas at Colorado Bend State Park. (the property was once owned by Willie Nelson but he deeded it to the state in a legal settlement with the IRS).


Beverly Solomon, Owner and Creative Director of Beverly Solomon Design

How did you introduce your clients then, to try new and different things other than what the common trends were of those days?

Good design always sells itself. We were and are lucky to have clients that want design that is not  only great design, but design that works with Nature and not against it.

How does today’s decorating trends parallel with Eco efforts of pioneers of past decades?

Now the pendulum has swung as far to the Green end as possible. In fact, it has almost gotten silly. There are people selling and suckers buying anything that is promoted as ‘Eco friendly, sustainable, Green, etc.’.

What kinds of Eco friendly products do you notice your customers asking for now?

Rocks, minerals, fossils, salvaged architectural materials and décor, etc.


Pablo, Beverly and Beloved Feline Garden Guardian, Miro

Known for making the phrases ‘Green Freedom’ and ‘Vertical Greening’ household terms, Solomon has been featured in 29 books, dozens of major magazines and newspapers, TV, radio and film. He and Beverly live on a 1856 historic ranch in the beautiful Texas Wine Country near Austin. Their ranch was nominated for the highest award in Texas for Land Stewardship and Beverly was honored by the State of Texas for her work in Eco tourism. Thank you Pablo for sharing part of your journey with us! Visit them and view more of their work at: and

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A Look at Cavaliere Range Hoods

If you’re in need of a range hood, Cavaliere produces a beautiful line of them. Here are some tips, stemming from customer queries that we’ve received, regarding Cavaliere features and installation procedures. Sometimes buying online can present purchase problems via information misunderstandings. Knowing what kind of unit you need, and getting the correct dimensions and installation facts prior to purchase – can save a lot of hassle in the long run.


Range hoods are usually defined by their type, such as wall mounted hoods, island hoods and under cabinet hoods. Wall mounts are range hoods that are installed against a wall. Since many older homes still have ovens that are positioned against a wall, either wall hoods or under cabinet hoods are usually needed. Under cabinet hoods fit directly beneath a hanging wall cabinet. Often ceiling cabinets are placed over a stove, in which case, the hood would fit directly under the cabinet, just over the stove top. In this case, width measurements are important. Island hoods are those that suspend from the ceiling, and hang just above a stove top that is positioned in the center of a kitchen. Let’s take a look at the Cavaliere range hoods:

Can the range hood be installed on a vaulted ceiling? This is something you will need to speak with your contractor about if they are able to do this type of install for you. The range hood comes with a telescopic chimney up to a 9 ft ceiling. You will need to purchase a chimney extension, but again you will need to speak with your contractor first if this type of installation will work for you. It is not recommended.

I want to install the range hood below the minimum height requirement. Can I do this? It is not recommended from the factory, but you can still do this. Please ask your contractor on the steps. You will need to cut the chimney.

My ceiling is only 7 ft and 7 inches; can I install this range hood if I mount it a little above the maximum mounting requirement? All Cavaliere range hoods require a minimum ceiling height of 8 ft. You have to have at least an 8 ft ceiling to install their hoods. If your ceiling is under 8 ft you will need to ask your contractor if he is able to cut the hood for you and make a proper installation that will work for you.


Does the unit come with a built in damper? If not what kind should I buy? The unit does not come with a damper, but the manufacturer has flappers you can purchase that will fit.   You can purchase an external damper from a local source.

Are the range hoods brushed or polished stainless steel?   Brushed stainless steel.

Is there an option for an external blower? Cavaliere hoods already have the blower installed inside the hood.

Does Cavaliere sell a trim kit to go around the upper chimney, like crown molding? No they do not.

How do I get a chimney extension for my Cavaliere range hood? You will need to know how high your ceiling height is. If it is above 9 ft, then you will need a chimney extension.   Cavaliere has chimney extensions that are for a 10 ft, 11 ft and 12 ft ceiling. Please note: the sizes of the chimney extension refer to the ceiling height; the chimney extension itself is not 10,11,12 ft, etc.

What gauge is the stainless steel? 19 gauge.

What type of stainless steel? 201

Are the lights white or yellow? The lights have a yellow tint to them.

What is the aluminum duct size? The aluminum duct is 6 inches for the 218 series and 8 inches for the AP238 series

What about the noise? On the highest fan setting, it’s about as loud as a running refrigerator.


Do they fit all cook tops? Cavaliere range hoods are equipped for all residential cook tops and ranges. The range hoods 6 speed levels will give you the option to control the settings airflow.

What is the difference between single chamber motor and dual squirrel cage? A dual chamber has two separate squirrel cage fan blades that will take air individually. The single squirrel cage fan blade uses one large blade only.

What is the difference between stainless steel baffle filters and aluminum? Stainless steel baffle filters are more durable in the long run and easier to clean. Aluminum will need to be changed out every 3-6 months depending on how much you cook.

Is there a re-circulation feature on under cabinets? Cavaliere under cabinets do not have a re-circulation option. All under cabinets must be vented outside.

What is the light bulb replacement? The model is a GU10 35 watt. If you get a GU10 LED bulb, you would lose out on the option of dimming the lights.

Can an under cabinet be vented out from the back? No, all under cabinets vent out from the top. Only the model UC200 can vent out from the back. It is only 280 cfm.

What is the distance from the stove to the hood for installation? Please refer to the installation pdf. It will show the maximum and minimum mounting distances one can install the hood at for the most efficiency.

Can the unit be sold without the vents on the upper chimney? No, the unit cannot be sold without the vents on the upper chimney. Some units have the option for a re-circulation kit. (sold separately)

Cavalier is a specialist in complete stainless steel range hood collections, incorporating the latest technologies with superior components, making them a leader in the industry. Cavaliere focuses on the design and development of every product utilizing a unique understanding of the kitchen environment, ergonomics, aesthetics and integration within the home or workplace. View all Cavaliere products.

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Water Into Whirlpool Therapy

Water is a magical property of life and the human body is filled with approximately 70% of it. So it’s a natural thing to desire to be near it, on it or immersed within it. Turning water into whirlpool therapy is a relatively easy thing to do these days. For those ready to make the big move of replacing their old tub, the possibilities are numerous. We often get some common questions regarding our ARIEL Platinum whirlpools. So we thought we’d offer some additional information for those considering the miracle of a great bath.


On the first tub pictured in image, (AM128JDCLZ) every hydro jet is adjustable for both flow rate and direction of flow, and depending on the jet, the water flow is adjusted by either turning the outside ring or the nozzle clockwise and counter clockwise. Though the tub does not come with a heat pump nor can it be equipped with a heat pump, the tub retains heat really well. The tub fills up through its jets and is equipped with a handheld shower wand.

The Thermostatic faucet will adjust your hot and cold water. The water inlets will be labeled on the underside of the valve by color. Red will indicate hot. Blue will indicate cold. The unit is auto pipe cleaning. This means that the water jets are supplied water through the pipes. When the tub is drained, the pipes are left with water in them. “An auto pipe cleaning system will drain the water in the pipes to help dry them out while the tub is not in use”. There is no control button; this process starts as soon as you drain the tub.  The selector valve will allow you to choose the function desired. You may choose between the shower head, tub filler and off. The tub holds 90 gallons and is made of acrylic reinforced fiber glass. It takes around 15-20 min. to fully fill because it’s a deep tub.

The pump circulates water not air. Do NOT run any pumps unless the tub is filled with water to proper usage level, 4 inches (10cm) above the highest jet fixture. Damage due to dry running (running pumps without proper water level height) is not covered under any stated warranty. It has a 60 minute auto shutdown function which is a timer that is set on a computer after you turn it on.

The backside is covered with a square panel.  You will need 1/2” FPT (female pipe thread) steel braided hoses that will run from your home to the thermostatic valve. Your local plumber can provide you with what you will need for installation. This particular tub is not considered a ‘drop-in’. The front skirt is not removable. The voltage required for installation is 110v and 20 amp breaker. Holes are pre-drilled.


AM152JDTSZ 59” and 70”

For this unit, (top, middle image and just above and below) dimensions are available in: 59.06″ x 32.28″ x 25.6″and in: 70.84″ x 32.28″ x 25.6″. You will need to purchase a tub filler.  It can be standing, connected to the wall or a dropped down from the ceiling faucet. This unit is a free standing whirlpool tub with 8mm tempered glass. Everything is located underneath the unit. You will have to tilt the unit on a side angle.  All parts are underneath the unit. The tub is made of acrylic reinforced fiberglass. It is self cleaning. The water jets are supplied water through the pipes. When the tub is drained, the pipes are left with water in them. “Auto pipe cleaning system will drain the water in the pipes to help dry them out while the tub is not in use. There is no control button; this process starts as soon as you drain the tub.  This tub has a double drain system (patent design). The main drain allows water to leave the tub, and a second drain that’s hooked up that lets the water drain from the jets.  The 2 drains are intertwined.  They operate together. The secondary drain that allows the jets to drain the left over water.  The valve that opens up when the drain is open, so the water in the tub drains and the leftover water in the jet hoses drain.


Yes, you can remove the headrest with an Allen wrench. The backside of the headrest is covered. There are 6 massage nodes and 4 intensity options. This is referring to the jet system. You can turn on the air bubbles which add a little more pressure in the whole system.  The air bubble system has 6 settings.  (1 thru 4 is low thru high.  5 and 6 is pulsating low and high). This unit comes with a heater, which is actually a heat ‘pump’ where it maintains the temperature of the water you set it at. The tub requires a 110v and 30 amp breaker installation.  It is a free standing unit and can be installed in the middle of the room, corner or against the wall. It is not considered a ‘drop-in’ tub.


Whirlpool therapy has long been known to help heal various body ailments by encouraging the muscle system to relax. Water therapy can help to decrease swelling, control inflammation, promote wound healing, improve motion and decrease muscle spasm. From now on, when you crave water, just think ahhhhhhhhhhhh. Click to see our entire collection of whirlpool tubs.

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Multipurpose Wall Sconces

Wall sconces are often overlooked in the home décor arena as they tend to be thought to produce less significant light than chandeliers or ceiling task lights. Yet they are found existent in most homes, mounted in one room or another. Whether used to highlight a front door area, or just inside a secondary downstairs bathroom; they actually serve many purposes and can be utilized in multiple ways. Let’s examine how they can be used as task lights, accent lights or to assist in overall room illumination. Multipurpose wall sconces can add vital functionality to any location and are a cost efficient way of lighting a room.

A Sampling of Besa Task and Wall Fixtures

Sconce as a Task Light

Fixtures designed to focus a specific beam of concentrated light on a small working area, are called task lights. We tend to think of task lights as being the bendable and lightweight desk lights that we see in a Staples or Office Depot store. But wall fixtures can also be used for task lighting and they can serve as part of a room’s stylistic décor simultaneously. For instance, in a bedroom they can be used as bedside reading lights while also helping to create a relaxing and warmly lit environment.

In other rooms, when there is limited table space for lamps; such as in hallways, foyers and bathrooms, sconces are the perfect way to light a general area. In the bathroom, a wall light can eliminate facial shadowing often caused by a downlight vanity light that’s been mounted directly over a bathroom mirror. Placing one on an adjacent wall helps to reduce the side shadow effect and balances out the overall room light. Vanity lighting can often be harsh and uninviting. With the addition of a wall light, and then used sans the vanity light, a bath area becomes a soothing sanctuary for when one chooses to take a bath.


Sconce as an Accent Light

Accent lighting is a most creative use of light. An accent light can help spotlight a piece of featured wall art. It can create certain shadow effects in a room, where a little drama by light makes for an interesting part of the décor, especially when featuring a cherished statue or other object. Accent lighting causes a room to glow with a subtle sense of excitement and highlights chosen areas to help bring focus to that area. Therefore, it is generally a little brighter than the overall room lighting. Wall fixtures can not only help to direct accent light toward an object, they can actually be the object themselves, as many are now designed specifically to be decorative wall art.


A Sampling of Award Winning Corbett Lighting

Sconce as Ambient Light

Ambient lighting sounds just like it looks in writing. It is a soothing and soft kind of lighting designed to help create a warm and inviting atmosphere. It is generally a more subtle and balanced type of lighting that you practically wouldn’t even notice as you move around a room. Most people think of using the dimmer when they want to create a warmer, more inviting room environment. But well placed sconces can help to create that ambient lighting, especially when mounted higher on several walls, where the bulbs remain far above eye level.

Multipurpose wall lights enrich a home’s environment and can be used in any room in the house. All one really has to do is decide which rooms would best be served by one or two of these handy little light sources. They come in so many sizes, colors and shapes now that no matter what the décor style of a room is, a complimentary sconce is sure to be found.

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Tips for Using Uplight and Downlight Fixtures

When considering a large scale room change – whether it is a compete re-paint, a furniture overhaul or even knocking down a wall to co-join two adjacent rooms; most people have a pretty clear idea in their heads about how they want their final room to look. So a lot of focus is placed on shelving, room function, paint colors and furniture styling. Perhaps a feng shui expert is even called in for a consultation. But in prepping a room for its ultimate function and look, most people place the idea of ‘room lighting’ at the bottom of the ‘to do or to get list’. Why?


Good light is imperative for making a painting look great on a wall. It is important for when one is preparing food in a kitchen. It is much preferred by those who apply makeup each morning in the bath area. It is necessary when one needs to enter the darkened basement to check the furnace or hot water heater. Correct lighting can help to create a dynamic room effect. Poor lighting will dull and darken an environment, and can cause an otherwise wonderfully decorated room to appear – dreary.

By thinking ahead on what parts of a room need to be lit for functionality sake, but also where any supporting light should be, it will make a huge difference in how the room ultimately appears. Here are a few tips for using uplight and downlight fixtures:


Lighting Areas with Glossy Finishes

Many people nowadays, prefer doing everything themselves. For DYIers, there can be great thrill in taking full ownership of manifesting one’s inner creativity by designing a room’s features from start to finish. But there’s often more to interior decorating than meets the eye. For instance, if several of your table or fixture surfaces are highly reflective; such as chrome, glass or glossy granites; then extremely bright LED down lighting may cause harsh glare spots that are exceptionally hard on the eyes. When working with glossy surfaces, by employing uplighting, especially when bounced off a bright white ceiling; the light will be diffused sufficiently enough to allow room brightness – sans harsh surface glare.


Properly Lighting Ultra-Dark Environments

Perhaps one’s personal taste lies in the area of rich, dark wood grains and deep maroon velvety surfaces, reflective of old world décor. A preference then might be for a grandly styled center hanging chandelier over an impeccably decorated dining table. Quite often, those who prefer the darker spectrum of home décor also tend to prefer subtle lighting as well. In this case, using a downlight chandelier might cause too much light to shower directly over a guest’s head. Crystal glasses, chrome serving ware and silverware can cause a cacophony of reflective glare. Uplight chandeliers with brighter bulbs, and a dimmer will enable a room to not only be well lit when needed, but will also allow for a certain subtle ambience, when dimmer light for dinner guests is preferred.


Lighting the Bath Mirror Area

Bathroom vanity fixtures are generally installed pointing down for good reason – to illuminate a face in the mirror. But that doesn’t mean that every bath area must have downward facing vanity lights. Most people point the mirrored lights down because pointing bright spots at the ceiling does nothing to create any sense of additional ambience. But sometimes, when installed correctly, an uplight fixture can bounce the light off the ceiling to help to diffuse a mirrored area in general, causing a lovely supportive lighting effect. And sometimes, straight down lighting pointed directly in front of one’s face in the mirror can also cast shadows that are not only non-flattering, but also hinder full facial visibility when needed. In this case, pointing an uplight wall sconce, on the wall closest to the down lit mirror can help minimize or entirely eliminate the shadow effect. While there is no hard and fast rule to lighting any room, the important thing is to figure out how to position the lighting for the appropriate room tasks. Sometimes all that is required is a little experimentation prior to installation.

Changing bulb values (temperature and wattage) can make a huge difference when the lighting appears too bright or harsh. Uplight vanities can be quite flattering, however, if not bright enough – one might consider using CFL’s or LED’s. But in a bath area where the lights are switched on and off fairly often by many family members, incandescents in the long run, are the most cost efficient bulbs to use, as CFL’s are less suited for short on/off bursts.

In summary: if you want a room with overall great lighting, ambient lighting, task lighting or with dimming ability, then you must plan for it – just like when measuring out the appropriate space size before buying the new bed, or choosing complimentary color combinations, before you purchase the paint. A little bit of forethought in the planning stages will net success and help to prevent common and costly mistakes reflective of beginner DYIer efforts.

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Finding the Right Fan Online

When it comes to the idea of buying or replacing a few ceiling fans, most people think it is as simple as picking out a style they like in-store or online and just purchasing it….period. Sometimes it is that easy. You just buy the fan and have someone else install it. But a growing number of homeowners and DYIers, who have been squeezed financially for every last dollar they own, are opting to do the work themselves. That includes the total demolition of rooms, the full renovation of rooms, the decoration of rooms, and so forth. Sometimes in the process of revamping an entire room, ideas and measurements and dreams become confused. And the eyes can’t always judge correctly what an exact dimension or measurement truly needs to be, in order for an installation of some sorts to work.


Furthermore, most homeowners are being forced to purchase their products online, as brick and mortar stores are folding and closing left and right. Just recently it was announced that Walmart, JC Penny, Macy’s and Sears were closing hundreds of stores. When it comes to purchasing fans online – suddenly the world becomes complicated. Most manufacturers sell their fans online in pieces. Why? Because consumers can now pick out their motors, blades, light kits and remotes at the click of a link, and thus, e-stores have managed to magnify the shopping experience to a whole new level of confusion. Consumers are given a wide array of choices online – yet sans the friendly in-store sales person to guide them, and without an ability to be able to ‘physically see’ and inspect the items they plan to purchase.

Is your ceiling sloped? What angle ratio does a sloped down rod allow for? Do you want a wet location fan? Do you need the hand remote or the wall unit? Would you like an additional light kit attachment? How many down rods come with the unit? Does it come with blades or are they sold separately? Must the fan be hardwired in? What does the canopy look like? Is the fan motor one speed or three speed? Is it reversible speed?  Is the light kit dimmable? What finishes does the fan come in? What are the replaceable parts? What’s the warranty? What are the glass shade choices on the light kits?

A lot of times, the ‘online details’ regarding all these questions are NOT provided by the manufacturers, nor the stores selling the products. And that’s because people are magically supposed to know what they want when they’re shopping – just by looking at the provided one or two web pictures of the ‘whole product’. A large majority of people never even think to ask half of the questions we’ve just listed. And quite often, customers will see the same picture listed for several different finishes and are then left to wade through the product details to make sure that what they’re looking at – is exactly what they’re expecting to get – because the description says black finish but the picture shows chrome. Yes, these days, finding the right fan online can suddenly become a nightmare project. What’s a human to do?

One could simply sit quietly for a moment with a notepad in hand…or cellphone for that matter, and make notes to oneself from within the room space one desires to put the fan. It would be ideal to list the things you think you want before you begin the online shopping process. Here are a few tips to start you off…


Do you want your fan to hang incognito or be a decorative room feature?
What are the dimensions of your room? How high is your ceiling?
Will your fan need to give off light? You’ll need one that can host a light kit.
Go for a high quality quality fan. Cheap fans wobble and don’t circulate air well.
Don’t know what a quality fan brand is? Review them at:
A fan should be elevated at least 8′ – 9′ from the ground.
Do you want a wall remote control? Some remotes are sold separately.
Find out how many down rods come with the fan and which sizes they are.
If you plan to add a light kit – make sure the circuit can handle both the fan and the light.
If your ceiling is sloped, make sure the canopy is designed specifically for sloped ceilings.
Be sure to look at the size of the fan blades. The full diameter is then usually (x2).
If the fan is hung high up in a double story room, get a remote and extra down rods.
If you are hanging it on a porch or patio, you’ll want a ‘wet rated’ fan.

Returns are no fun for anyone; not the customer returning it, nor the e-store selling it, nor the manufacturer receiving an item back. Doing a little pre-thought before rushing out to purchase online can save you lots of hassle in the long run. Most e-stores have ‘chat’ and provide a customer service phone number. Use those features. Sometimes one phone call or quick ‘chat in’ can nip any future purchase issues in the bud – by getting you all the information you need – before the point of purchase!

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Choosing the Best Desk Lamp

Sometimes, the work space you’ve created to do your computer work needs a little extra help when it comes to lighting. Not everyone can dedicate an entire room to become a formal and well lit office, especially if one is renting an apartment or is trying to combine an office area with a living room. As people downsize across the US, it is common now-a-days to use one room for two functions. But then how does one adequately light certain areas of the room and maintain an ambient environment for the whole room? Lets look at the difference between task lamps and table lamps for a moment, to help you in choosing the best desk lamp.


Desk lighting may not seem an important factor initially, but try working with insufficient light and it will become quickly clear that having the proper lighting is essential. Having a well lit space is not only for carrying out tasks at hand – but for general health as well. When your area is too dark, you may lean forward too much for extended periods of time, placing strain on the neck, back and even the eyes.

Most people will take a long time to select just the right desk chair – because they know that they will be sitting for possibly hours at a time. Proper back support, adjustability and the right size chair, suddenly become of paramount concern. But people tend to skimp on the lighting and consequently, can suffer physically as well. What does one do when the general room lights are not enough?

BLOG-DIMONDThink about the size ….

What size is your desk area? Is there room to place a lamp on a desk? Might a floor task lamp work better for the work area? Maybe your area double serves as a creative area for crafting where you need a brighter light source for doing detailed work. Will you need to move your light around on occasion or would you prefer one that clamps to your desktop?

Think about task light vs lamp light….

Lamps are generally created as accent lighting, to be used on side tables in bedrooms or living rooms. They tend to give off a softer glow than task lights, which are crafted to provide a stronger beam of light to a small area; specifically for reading or doing detail work. Standard lamps tend to have thicker shades which help to mask the eye from the bright bulb. They tend to be built from one non-flexible and decorative center stand, which can lend creative flair in terms of the color, or styling of both the fixture and the shade. However, lamps don’t offer as many options as task lights do.


Think about bulb type….

Halogen lights are energy-efficient and excellent as task lights. They have a tungsten filament, which gets hot and emits a great deal of visible light, whereas a normal bulb is not as efficient. However, halogens are twice as hot as standard bulbs. When outfitted with more delicate or fringed shades, it’s not always wisest to use halogen bulbs on standard lamps. Fluorescent lights are very efficient but tend to be more expensive than incandescent bulbs. Full spectrum bulbs emulate natural sunlight and are incredibly well-suited to task lighting applications. LED’s run cooler than halogens and offer another option for creating bright light to a small area.

Think adjust-ability….

Adjustable task lamps can have variable height settings so that you can control whether the light is sharper or more diffused. Therefore, some are crafted with flexible necks so that you can bend the light according to your needs. Some have dimmers that offer three levels of brightness. In any event, you want to be able to control the brightness of your work area, without having to squint from the bulb that’s emitting the light.

It costs very little to re-design a work space area and outfit it with the correct lighting. Sometimes all it takes is one extra, well placed fixture. Sometimes adding other lights to the area, such as a low hung pendant or a wall sconce in conjunction with a task light will suffice. So long as you feel comfortable and well supported by the light you need sitting at your workspace, almost any combination will do. Don’t be afraid to experiment over a period of a month or so, moving the fixtures you’ve purchased around to get them in just the right position!

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All About Wall Mount Lighting

One of the most difficult aspects of DYI home décor projects for home owners is in figuring out the proper lighting for each room. Every room in the home will have its specific needs and aside from having multiple bedrooms, (where one could repeat a pattern for installing lighting), almost every room requires a little pre-thought before ‘fixture purchasing’.


There are multiple considerations that can overwhelm DYIers and  often, those saddled with managing the room’s lighting task, if not a professional lighting expert; they tend to give up in frustration mid-way through a project. Consequently, a greatly furnished room may dim in comparison to its poor lighting plan. So how does one go about planning to adequately and properly light a room?

It might be helpful to first separate oneself from the trend that everyone follows and think more about if the room lighting will be task related or will be used more to create a certain ambience or mood. The popular trend these days leans toward installing dimmable, recessed down lights everywhere. It’s easy to see why there is a large scale movement to follow the trend. Recessed cans lighten up a room from above, while simultaneously removing the décor nightmare of having to figuring out just where to appropriately place the table and floor lamps.


Sea Gull Lighting

When household rooms are very small, the real estate is precious and ceiling lights are the most efficient way to eliminate the limited-room-to-store-things issue. People naturally think that by laying out two general light lines in a ceiling will cover the rooms lighting needs. But most people are not experts in lighting, and therefore they often make poor choices when selecting canned lighting. Perhaps they chose an inexpensive series, which can mean less sufficient light output. Or they find that after installation, that while the center of the room is lit, strangely, the walls are all dark. Recessed lighting has its merits. But more often than not, they require a little help from their side pals – mainly, wall sconces. When it comes to some rooms, some just may require wall mount lighting.



In a bathroom, wall fixtures are almost necessary. Down lights alone will cast shadows onto the sides of the face, which makes putting on makeup a bit of a tricky task. Wall sconces will minimize shadows from overhead. They can even out the walls in a large, high ceiling living room where recessed cans have been installed. Placing recessed cans too high up can cause a dark space in the center of the room, especially when they are not strong enough to stream light down far enough into the room. In a kitchen, where food preparation also requires bright light, overhead cans become almost the accessory, whereas task and accent lights are the true necessities.

Adding to the confusion, are the shifts and changes in the actual bulb industry. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 required most screw-in light bulbs to use 27 percent less energy by 2014. LED’s, CFL’s and some halogens began replacing incandescents. But then suddenly everyone had to begin to understand Lumens, Kelvin’s and the CRI (Color rendering index). Things used to be so simple.

What’s a homeowner to do? It won’t hurt to first just go online and look up e-commerce lighting stores. Extract ideas from images you see on Houzz. Search the top brand manufacturers and view their webpages. Most of them have inspiration galleries. Look at the way designers promote their design skills on their websites. Just where do they tend to place the lighting in a room? If you notice, many of them incorporate several lighting sources per room. Try to find a room image online similar to the room you want to light. Use the extensive visual galleries to gather your ideas. Take a look at not only the layout of the ceiling lights, but where the accent and wall lighting is as well. Look to see how the light streams from each fixture. One can take a lot of great ideas just from pictures alone. Most importantly, consider the benefits of a wall sconce. They remain on the wall, up off the floor. They provide all the side lighting you’ll need. They come in thousands of styles and colors. They can be dimmable. And by adding in a few wall lights, you can have greater control over your room lighting, by having separate controls.

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Crystal Chandelier Cleaning Tips

Remember the day you installed that beautiful foyer chandelier and how excited you were to step back and take in the exquisite view? It cost a pretty penny but it was worth it because you knew you’d have it for many years to come. And it changed the entire look of your entrance way – made the doorway area much more inviting and appealing to arriving guests. Maybe you purchased a stunning dining chandelier and have spent many months having family meals under it’s showering light.

Crystorama Chandeliers

But months later you’ve noticed something has changed. The fixture doesn’t dazzle you as much as it originally did. At first you can’t figure it out. Was it just your excitement over having something brand new that overrode the fact that it wasn’t as beautiful as you initially thought? It still looks clean on inspection, but somehow it’s…well, it’s just duller! It doesn’t sparkle like it once did. Something has happened to the luster of the crystals and now it’s really noticeable… maybe not to your invited guests… but to YOU! What happened? How did it loose it’s initial shine? Can something be done to get back it’s initial sparkle? The answer is yes! Here are some easy crystal cleaning tips to regain that original shine:

Though your fixture does not appear caked in dust and dirt, every home has floating air particles that carry elements of debris. You’ll usually recognize it as ‘cooking grime’ in the kitchen, when you find yourself cleaning the greasy film off of your appliances. That grease comes from cooking elements (oils that precipitate out from steam), which settle often on the range hood. But in a dining room or a foyer, it’s not grease that is the culprit; but actually very fine specks of general house dust that first begin to adhere to the crystals. Outside debris from nature might even be partially to blame when a foyer light is constantly exposed to the outside elements via the doorway. Over time, the crystals accumulate a light film of this microscopic debris, clouding the original luster of the crystal teardrops. There is a relatively easy way to regain that sparkle – without having to separate and scrub each crystal. You may have to pull out the ladder if it is hanging in a foyer, but the rules for cleaning are the same whether it is located in a dining room, a bedroom or a foyer.


Here’s the things you will need:

1 large plastic sheet (for covering tables or floors)
1 roll of 1 inch masking tape
1 box of plastic baggies
1 bottle of apple cider vinegar
1 empty spray bottle
1 cup of  water

To be completely safe, turn off the power where you will be working, at the breaker box. Spread directly below the chandelier, the plastic cloth; to protect a table, furniture or just to keep your floor area clean, if it is a foyer fixture you are cleaning. Cover all the candelabra light sticks with a plastic baggie. Wrap the baggie around the candlestick, and secure the plastic at the bottom of each candlestick lightly with a piece of tape. (Do not wrap the tape so tightly around the stick that you can’t later easily remove it). This will protect the sticks and bulbs from getting wet. Then, add in to the one cup of water, one additional cup of apple cider vinegar and pour the mixture (equal parts) of both into the spray bottle. Lightly spray the entire chandelier, concentrating more on the dangling crystals which hang below the candlesticks. Give the chandelier a good rain bath, lightly saturating the crystals with the vinegar-water mixture. For full coverage, you should move all the way around the chandelier, spraying as you go, and moving the ladder to do so if you must. Try not to twist the chandelier. If it is a relatively new chandelier, there is no need to wipe the crystals. Just let it air dry. When it dries, you will see that the crystals now appear as clear and sparkly as the day you bought it.


Besa Lighting

If you haven’t cleaned your chandelier for a year or so, you may need to use a lightly sudsy washcloth to gently rub each crystal teardrop. Over time, grime can build up and make it tougher to get the crystals clean. After gently rubbing them, respray them with the vinegar mixture. (A second option would be to re-wet the chandelier with a second or third dose of the apple cider mixture to see if repeated sprays help dissolve the grime film.)

When fully dry, remove the tape and baggies and restore power. There was no scrubbing. There was no painful disassembling of each individual crystal. There was no arm sore chore of re-hanging the separated but now-clean crystals. All you really did was safely give your chandelier a gentle rain bath. The apple cider vinegar did the actual work for you. Recommended cleanings of this type are three to four times a year. If you wish to stretch out your cleanings to only once or twice a year, then purchase a fluffy dusting stick and lightly dust every month. This will help to keep all of your chandeliers as bright and beautiful as the day you bought them!

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