1. Using Black to Blend Fixtures and Decor

    Lighting is one of the most impactful elements in home décor. When it’s time for an update, many homeowners find they can make the biggest impact by replacing all of their old, outdated lighting. That’s great advice for those who can simply replace all of their existing fixtures with new ones. But what if you don’t want to replace all of your fixtures and worry that bringing in one or two n…Read More

  2. 5 Ways to Use Lighting to Make Your Room Feel Bigger

    Is a new addition on your home out of the question? Believe it or not, there are actually many ways to make the inside of your home feel bigger without adding on any square footage. Your home lighting design can play a big role in how big your room feels. Here are 5 ways to use lighting to make your room have the open concept of your dreams. 1. Long Lighting There’s nothing more stylish than a c…Read More

  3. Picking the Right Patio Furniture Material

    Aluminum, Wicker, and Teak, Oh My! It seems like there are hundreds of different factors that go into choosing the perfect patio furniture for your outdoor seating area. Before choosing between a patio swing and an accent bench, you should decide which material is best for you. Is Budget a Factor? If you’re looking to stay on a budget, plastic, or aluminum patio furniture are best. They are ligh…Read More

  4. Black is the New Black

    TOP TREND: Use black to blend fixtures and décor Lighting is one of the most impactful elements in home décor. When it's time for an update, many homeowners find they can make the biggest impact by replacing all of their old, outdated lighting. That’s great advice for those who can simply replace all of their existing fixtures with new ones. But what if you don’t want to replace all of your …Read More

  5. July 2017: Selecting the Right Chandelier

    A longtime lighting staple of dining rooms and foyers, chandeliers are gaining popularity in unexpected places. This classic lighting piece can be found in kitchens, bedrooms, walk-in closets and even bathrooms. Not only are these eye-catching fixtures a great source of ambient light, they can also serve as a focal point around which you can build the design of an entire room. If you’re consider…Read More

  6. Lighting a Rental Property

    When you’re adding new lighting to your own home, it can be somewhat easy to pick fixtures based on how they look and how they will function within a certain room. A rental property that you own may require a different approach when it comes to lighting. It’s still good to choose fixtures that you like, but it’s important to remember that you’re not going to be the one living there. At Hor…Read More

  7. How to Care for Plants During Summer

    One of the very best things about summer is watching all the beautiful flowers and plants bloom and grow. Sometimes, however, the hot and humid Chicago weather can hinder our green thumb. With these easy steps, you can nurse your decorative grasses, annuals, fruits and vegetables back to full health this summer. Decorative Grasses Of all the lush plants to find in your home landscape, decorative g…Read More

  8. Take Your 4th of July Backyard Party from Drab to Fab

    4th of July is the most patriotic holiday in the U.S. and that means that hosting this popular summer party must be outstanding. With these great decorating ideas, make your Independence Day Party bleed red, white and blue! Table Centerpiece There are so many fun ways to spruce up backyard party decorating, with table centerpieces being one of the easiest. Turn your gathering area into a fun displ…Read More

  9. Lighting Experts Talk Trends

    DESIGN DUO: Two industry insiders sit for Q & A Two of the lighting industry’s most well-known and respected experts will talk about the latest trends in lighting and answer your questions during a Facebook Live event at noon today, Thurs., June 22. Samantha Hart, luxury home editor for Better Homes & Gardens; and Jeff Dross, corporate director, education and industry trends for Kichler …Read More

  10. June 2017: Watts up with Lumens?

    Until recently, shopping for light bulbs involved primarily focusing on wattage. After 2012, when the Department of Energy set standards specifying how much energy light bulbs can use, things became slightly more complicated. Surprisingly, the tried-and-true wattage measurement we were all using to shop for light bulbs really wasn’t telling us about the most important aspect of the bulb – …Read More