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2015 Color of the Year : Marsala

It’s that time of year again where the Pantone Color Institute announces its Color of the year.. and for 2015 it is MARSALA

 “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth”

Leatrice Eiseman
Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute

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Photo From: https://www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21163&from=hp

Marsala has been a favorite color for some time and has finally been recognized for its warmth and drama.

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Photo From: https://www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21163&from=hp

You can pair Marsala paired with a variety of shades because of its burnished undertones. You can match it with both neutrals and vibrant colors. Check out Pantone’s website for the different color schemes.

Incorporate Marsala into your home today. Paint a wall, but furniture, rugs, pillows, etc. All are great ways you can add the color of the year into your home. The possibilities are enddless.

 

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Fireplace Safety

With winter still in full effect, many of us are utilizing our fireplace to keep warm and to create a nice warm atmosphere for the holiday.

To help keep your family safe, here are a few tips to remember.

  • Fires can have a life of their own. Its unsafe to keep them unattended. Make sure the fire is completely out when you leave.
  • Adult supervision of young children in front of an active fire is of the utmost importance.
  • Good practice to have your chimney inspected annually and to regularly clean and maintain the chimney and the log bed.
  • Prolong use of a fireplace is not encouraged. Cap use at 5-6 hours at a time.
  • Have a screen in front of your chimney to prevent wild embers/sparks from escaping. – they might, so you should have a nonflammable rug by the front.
  • Install a chimney cap – prevents wildlife and nature from making a home out of your chimney, which would essentially block the airflow from leaving the house. — leads to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Don’t just use any material to keep the fire going. You need to use seasoned hardwood.
  • Don’t forget to ventilate the area with the chimney when in use, you don’t want to inhale smoke.
  • Make sure to circulate air into the room by opening a window when the fireplace is in use. The incoming air will leave through the chimney.

Sterling Industries 51-10159 Star Panel Fire screen

Blue Rhino C-1765 1.5 Pound Fatwood In Color Carton

Blue Rhino S-1471 Single Panel Olde World Iron Screen W/ Doors & Cast Scrolls

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History of the NYE Ball

The ball drop in on December 31 in Times Square New York is synonymous with the beginning of the New Year. While the celebrations at Times Square has been celebrated annually since 1904, it wasn’t until 1907 when the ball was introduced, except for 1942 and 1943 to observe wartime blackouts.

The New Years Eve celebration and the ball drop in Times Square is a highly publicized event and is broadcast nationally. Over 1 million make the pilgrimage to  Times Square to watch the ball drop and millions more watch all over the world.

Throughout the years, the ball has improved and evolved to showcase the technological advances that have been made over time.  To this day, there have been four balls used during the celebration.

The original New Year’s Eve ball was in used from 1907-1919. The 700 lb structure had a diameter of 5 feet. It was made of iron and wood and lit with 100 25-watt incandescent bulbs.

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By 1920, the original New Year’s Eve ball was replaced by a new design. The new ball weighed in at a significantly lower weight at 400 lbs and was constructed solely of iron, but the diameter remained at 5 feet.

The ball had a slight makeover in 1955 when it was redesigned again to be made of aluminium to bring the total weight down to 150 lbs, but the kept the same 5 feet diameter. Typically, the ball used one light bulbs, but would change for special themes or circumstances.  In 1995, the ball was updated to have a computerized lighting system.  180 Halogen lights,  144 strobe lights and 12,000 rhinestones were added to make the ball shine brighter than it has in the past.

The fourth ball was used during 1999-2007 and was redesigned to ring in the new millennium. It was designed by Waterford Crystal and weighed in at 1,070 pounds with a diameter of 6 feet. The new ball had 600 halogen bulbs, over 500 crystal planes, strobe lights and spinning pyramid shaped mirrors.

2000 NYE

For the centennial celebration in 2008 Waterford Crystal again designed the new ball and again it had a diameter of 6 feet and weighed 1,212 lbs. The lighting aspect for the ball is the most modern and progressive out of all of the balls. It uses 9,576 energy efficient LED bulbs that consume the same amount of electricity as a toaster. That specific ball was only used once.

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From 2009 and on, a icosahedral geodesic ball by Waterford Crystal was introduced. It incorporated 32,256 LED light bulbs, 2,688 crystal panels, had a diameter of 12 feet and weighed a total of 11,875.

 

 

 

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Ceiling Fan Tips and Facts

Ceiling fan location is very important. Generally the best location for ceiling fans should mounted in the center of the room and be above the place where most people congregate the most.

With everyone being energy conscious these days, you want to make sure when picking your fan that it is airflow efficient. Since the blades make up most of the fan, the blades are the biggest factor in determining how efficient your fan can be due its aerodynamics. Its pitch, width, size, shape, texture, thickness and weight all affect it. Also playing a role is the type of motor found in the fan.

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While most people assume that the center of the room is the best place to mount a ceiling fan, they are incorrect. Ceiling fans don’t need to be in the middle, you just have to make sure that there is at least 12″ between the blades and the wall. Try to keep a 7′ distance between the floor and the fan ~ higher ceiling rooms should allow 9-10′ for optimal safety.

*If you do not have a flush mount ceiling fan, you can use down rods to adjust the distance to make sure the minimum is met.

Kichler Lighting 339220WH Sterling Manor Select 52 Inch 5 Blade Indoor Ceiling Fan With Pull Chain Blades Downrod And Light Kit

If you have sloped ceilings, you need to check the compatibility of each fan to make sure it can mount. Most ceiling fans can accommodate a slope of 30 degrees. Anything more needs a kit.

Here’s our guide to help you to find the correct size ceiling fan for your room

Check out EliteFixtures.com to find ceiling fan needs and more.

 

 

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Outdoor Patio Furniture – How to Choose the Material

Your outdoor living space is an extension of your home. So, why not back it both comfortable and stylish? To make sure its comfortable and stylish, the way your furnish your outdoor living space is important. You need to ensure that your furniture is made with good quality because it is exposed to so many different elements. The material you choose matters, different materials require different maintenance, so it is important to choose one that fits your budget and lifestyle.

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Aluminium, Plastic, and PVC Furniture

  • doesn’t rust
  • light weight
  • cheap/affordable
  • easy maintenance

Steal and Wrought Iron

  • heavy duty
  • sturdy
  • needs upkeep will rust if not weather proofed or painted periodically

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Rattan, wicker and natural grasses

  • long lasting if treated and up kept properly
  • need weather proofing every few years

Wood

  • sturdy
  • requires regular treatment with preservatives
  • may require UV protection – or else might fade
  • Choose teak, redwood, cypress or cedar

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If your furniture requires textiles, such as coverings or pillows, always make sure to pick a material that can withstand the elements. Make sure that it can repel water and if it does somehow absorb any water make sure it is made of material that allows for quick evaporation. Make sure you pick a material that does not fade quickly or at all, so its best to find one that is UV protected. Check out the outdoor living furniture and more at EliteFixtures.com

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Stunning Holiday Light Displays From Around The World

Here at Elite Fixtures we’re obsessed with lights. Not just the kinds with shades you put in your living room, but all kinds of light displays. It’s hard to not notice all of the incredible Holiday displays around the world, and we wanted to share our favorites with you. Enjoy!

Pssst – make sure to make it to the end for a cute surprise ;-)

Hays Galleria, London, Holiday Light Display

Hays Galleria, London, Holiday Light Display – via Flickr

Christmas Tree Light Display In Marunouchi, Tokyo

Christmas Tree Light Display In Marunouchi, Tokyo – via Wikimedia

Market Square, Pittsburg, Holiday Tree Display

Market Square, Pittsburg, Holiday Tree Display – via Flickr

Disneyland Christmas Tree

Disneyland Christmas Tree – via Flickr

Main St, Disneyland, Holiday Light Display

Main St, Disneyland, Holiday Light Display – via Flickr

Osborne Family - Disneyland Holiday Ornaments and Light Display

Osborne Family – Disneyland Holiday Ornaments and Light Display – via Flickr

Disneyland Holiday Lights & Decorations

Disneyland Holiday Lights & Decorations – via Flickr

Hollywood Studios, Disneyland, Lights Display

Hollywood Studios, Disneyland, Lights Display – via Deviantart

Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA

Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA – via Flickr

Albero di Natale Milano Dicembre Holiday Tree

Albero di Natale Milano Dicembre Holiday Tree – via Wikimedia

Brampton, Ontario - City Hall Light Display

Brampton, Ontario – City Hall Light Display – via Flickr

Milan Piazza - Holiday Lights

Milan Piazza – Holiday Lights – via Flickr

Albert Square Manchester, UK - Holiday Lights

Albert Square Manchester, UK – Holiday Lights – via Geograph

A Private Residence In Marshall Michigan

A Private Residence In Marshall Michigan – Beautiful! – via Flickr

Rockefeller Center - New York City

Rockefeller Center – New York City – via Flickr

Rockefeller Center - New York City

Rockefeller Center – New York City – via Wikipedia

Rockefeller Center - New York City

Rockefeller Center – New York City – via Flickr

The White House, USA - Holiday Lights

The White House, USA – Holiday Lights – via Wikimedia

House Of Parliament, London - Christmas Tree Lights

House Of Parliament, London – Christmas Tree Lights – via Flickr

Notre Dame, Montreal - Holiday Lights

Notre Dame, Montreal – Holiday Lights – via Flickr

San Antonio, TX - Riverwalk - Stunning!

San Antonio, TX – Riverwalk – Stunning! – via Flickr

Trafalger Square, St Martin, Christmas Lights

Trafalger Square, St Martin, Christmas Lights – via Flickr

Lafayette Paris, Christmas Tree

Lafayette Paris, Christmas Tree – Gorgeous – via Flickr

Venezia Rome, Piazza - Holiday Lights

Venezia Rome, Piazza – Holiday Lights – via Flickr

A Santa Pug!

A Santa Pug! Not lights, but was so cute we had to include him :) – via Flickr

All photos used via Creative Commons license.

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Sage Classic Water Cooler

Bringing a Sage Classic Water Cooler into your home or office will not only bring you both cold and boiling water to your fingertips, but also the water will be quality clean and great tasting.

Americans consume nearly 10 billion gallons of water, which amounts to an annual spending of $11.8 billion. Breaking that down per person, the average person consumes on average 167 bottles of water and spends $348 annually. The Sage Classic Water Cooler will help save a family of four over $1,000.

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The Sage Classic Water Cooler sits atop of your counter top for easy access and has the capability to reach between the range of 41 degrees F – 208 degrees F and can filter up to 1,200 gallons of water

The Sage Classic Water Cooler has an advanced comes equipped with an advanced filtration unit and UV light. Together, they remove 99.99% of bacteria and microbes residing in your water.

The Sage Classic Water Cooler is easy and safe to use :

  • Digital panel to easily dispense any temperature water you want
  • Programmable LCD Interface for programming the temperature of water you want
  • Child Hot Water Safety Lock Programming
  • Has Sleep & Timer Functions
  • Can put into Energy Saving mode
  • Will notify you when its time to replace the filter or UV light.  (Depending on usage, can be between 6-12 months)

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The sleek and modern Sage Classic Water Cooler can be found in nine different finishes: black, blue, green, orange, purple, red, red metallic, silver and white so it can fit in any decor.

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You can eliminate the costs of water ordering, delivery, shopping and storage. Also, you can reduce your carbon footprint by not using plastic water bottles.

Find Sage Class Water Coolers, filter replacements and UV light replacements and more at EliteFixtures.com

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Sizing Your Chandelier

Chandeliers should complement and not overpower the room it is placed it, but it should also be large enough that it provides the adequate light that is necessary.

Can’t figure out how big your chandelier should be? One general rule you can follow is to just take the dimensions of your room (length and the width) and add them together. The resulting sum will be the diameter of the chandelier that best fits the space.

Troy Lighting F3136 Old Silver Menlo Park 8 Light Chandelier with Glass Insulator Shades

When installing your chandelier, you need to leave the perfect amount of pace between it and the floor. Try not to have no more or no less than 7′ between the floor and the fixture. You can easily obtain this by adjusting the chains and wiring that come with the chandelier. If you need more chain, typically they are available for purchase.

If you have a huge room where the ceiling is higher than normal and using a one tiered chandelier makes it seem like there s a lot of empty space, try finding multi-tiered ones. They can help disguise that.

Kichler Lighting 2523TZ 15 Light Dover Chandelier

Be proud of your chandelier! Center in in the middle of a window so it can be seen from outside and everyone can admire it.

Chandeliers are often found in dining rooms. Since it is an area frequented by your guests, make sure that you leave enough head space so that your tall guests don’t hit it when standing up. 30″ of space between the tabletop and the bottom of the chandelier should provide comfortable headroom for everyone.  Also, since dining room tables are the focus of the dining room, place the chandeliers in the middle of it and the chandelier should never be wider than the table itself.

Iberlamp by Golden Lighting C166-06-CH 6 Light Pendant Chandelier Lisa Collection

Remember, layer, layer, layer! Your chandelier should not be your only light source. Supplement it with pendants and wall sconces. Usually, chandeliers have wall other light fixtures in the same design family, so finding complimentary light fixtures will be a breeze.

Shop chandeliers and more at EliteFixtures.com like this 14 Light Alhambra Collection Chandelier Designer Fountain or this 3-Light or this Peruvian Bronze Mademoiselle Crystal 6 Light Chandelier from Murray Feiss

 

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Decorating with Mirrors

Mirrors come in all shapes, sizes and designs and are often an underrated design element that people don’t think to use when decorating a room. Mirrors are a great style element that can help brighten, add depth and add style elements to any room.

If a room in your house does not allow room for much natural light in it, add a mirror. Mirrors can help with that if you add one across the room of a window. Placing a mirror across a window will reflect the natural light from outside and make the room seem larger.

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Mirrors reflecting light from light fixtures also has a positive effect when placed in rooms or hallways with no windows. It helps disguise the fact that you are in a dark room or cooridor.

Tip – When using a full length mirror to add space to a room, make sure the mirror is at least ¾ the height of the wall

There are so many bold and decorative mirrors out there today. Their frames and shapes almost make them seem like art pieces. You can buy one huge mirror and buy multiple small ones and play around with their placement to create a nice piece of wall art.

Mirrors can also accent different things in a room, such as a fireplace. If you want to show off your fireplace, you should place a mirror above the mantel so everyone’s eyes can get drawn to that direction.

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Tip – Remember that scale is important and to use small mirrors with small walls and large mirrors with large walls

Mirrors aren’t only for walls anymore. Place one on your dining room table, that has no frame, so you can have a cool reflection of whatever you put on top of it. It’ll provide a cool sight and a conversation starter if you’re entertaining.

Browse our online selection of beveled mirrors, crystal mirrors, designer mirrors, oval mirrors, rectangle mirrors, round mirrors, and more and complete your order online today! EliteFixtures.com

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Chandeliers – More for than than Just Your Dining Room and Foyer

Historically, chandeliers were used as a symbol of power and used to dazzle guests when they first entered your home and when they were dining in your dining room. Today, chandeliers are so affordable you can place one anywhere you see fit in your and come in so many shapes and sizes. Use it in your home office, bedroom, kitchen, living room. There are so many options, you can find one for any room.

Check out this Art Deco Retro Eight Light Chandelier from Crystorama 9248-EB_3 Chandeliers can class up any room and they are used add drama or elegance.  If your room or closet is small, and you know that a chandelier isn’t plausible, add a mini chandelier!  Like this Antique White Crystal Single Light from Elk Lighting  12008-1thumb Chandeliers come in all sizes, so it is important to pick the right size chandelier so that the chandelier doesn’t overpower the room or is not too small to light the space.

  • High ceilings need big chandeliers to fill up the space
  • Heavy chandeliers need to be reinforced more than a lighter one.

After determining the size of the chandelier that you want in your home, the next step is to decide what kind of style you want. Try matching materials or colors first since there are so many different options that chandeliers come in, you’re bound to find something similar.

Art Deco Retro 8 Light Down Lighting Chandelier

PLC Lighting 82333 PC Art Deco Retro 8 Light Down Lighting Chandelier Enigma Collection

Next thing you should think about is how bright you want it to be. Chandeliers have different shades/glass/crystals that can determine how bright it will shine. Also, don’t forget to install a dimmer to control the ambiance of that the chandelier gives off.

Remember, layer, layer, layer those lights in your home! One overhead light isn’t enough. Compliment the surrounding area with wall sconces, pendants or track lights. The additional lights will create a layered effect, which which is what you want when lighting a room.
Check out the wide selection of  chandeliers and more at EliteFixtures.