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Hoarding Light Bulbs

The other day I was relaxing with one of my magazines (not sure which one) when I came across an article on Bunny Williams.  If you don’t know who Bunny is, the easiest way to explain it is that she is to interior design what Martha Stewart is to food.  Anyway, the article was discussing her habit of buying and stashing away light bulbs – like hundreds of them.  I was intrigued.  She wasn’t alone in this movement of what appeared be a mad dash at buying up what seemed to be not so unusual looking light bulbs.  Were these light bulbs being discontinued?  There were two particular bulbs that were discussed.  One was a crown bulb – these are the light bulbs you sometimes see at restaurants.  They look like a regular light bulb dipped in silver.  The second was a soft pink light bulb made by Sylvania which apparently gives off a beautiful and warm light.

I dug a little deeper and found out something some of you may be interested in – especially since lighting is important in design.  Apparently there is a newer Federal Energy standard that plans to phase out certain incandescent light bulbs (such as clear, soft and frosted ones just to name a few) over a period of a couple years. OMG.  The time period for this phase out was suppose to begin January 1, 2012 (that’s like now) through January 1, 2014.  So why not just make energy improvements to these bulbs?  Reason is that these bulbs would never be able to meet the new standards.  Gosh, I hope the movement isn’t going toward compact florescent (I hate the lighting from those bulbs!).  Anyway, these energy efficient standards are nothing new (except to me) and are sweeping across the world.  One guy from France complained that the soft pink light bulbs were no longer on the shelf and difficult to find.

The mention of a pink light bulb sounded so charming that I did a quick search and found some of the Sylvania ones on Amazon (here).  I placed my order and now wait for my magical bulbs.  Who knows, if they are as fantastic as they sound, I too may horde a few.  Hee, hee!

If you’re interested in learning more about this energy standard and how it may affect you, I found a good overview here.

Images:  Budget Wise Home

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May 3, 2012   No Comments

Curtains and More Curtains

Prior to the start of the weekend, I promised myself that I would finalize the fabric for the sofa I’m about to get re-upholstered.  I finished all of my experiments and was satisfied with the results.  So I grab the credit card and placed the order!  Yay!  The fabric should be delivered in about a week since it was a special order.  The cost of the fabric was nearly $400.  But before you cringe at the price, I did order a high end commercial grade fabric.  There were MANY options available that were much cheaper, but my hope in using a commercial grade fabric is to never need to re-upholster this sofa again.  Time will tell.

Once I got the sofa fabric out of the way, I felt energized to work on my basement windows that have desperately needed some dressing up.  I know I have mentioned this a few times before and never seem to get anywhere with it.  I somehow found myself stuck with what to do with two of the four windows.   Many months ago, I bought two double rods and put them up on the windows that face south.  I was really lucky and came across some garage sale finds – linen curtains that were the right size for these rods and the right price – $1 each.   And that’s as far as I got.  Well, I’m happy to say that not only a decision was made but orders were placed.  The two east facing windows will be getting 2” faux wood blinds in white (you’ll be surprised where these are coming from), while the south facing windows will get the top rod (of the double rod) finished off with some velvety curtains.  Have I mentioned how much I heart velvet?

If you didn’t already lose all respect for me when I mentioned the Tori Spelling book I purchased, then I might be walking on a very thin line when I tell you that I bought the blinds from Wal-Mart.  After doing some research on 2” faux wood blinds, the reviews from the Wal-Mart ones rose to the top.  Over and over I read how people had purchased more expensive blinds from other sources and found these to be superior.  The blinds have a 4.7 star rating out of 5 with 200+ reviews (you can check it out here).  Pricing was also a plus at $39 each – an unbelievable price for windows that are rather large.  Then for the icing on the cake – shipping to my house for both blinds was only $2.99.  Did I win any of you back?

Sources:

Sofa fabric – Decorative Fabric Direct

2” Faux Blinds – Wal-Mart

Velvety Curtains  - Curtain Works

Images:  House of Many Hues (CurtainWorks Ad)

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May 1, 2012   No Comments