Pendant Lighting Styles For Every Home

Pendant lights can truly lift a room but if you’re not careful it could be an expensive mistake. So it’s "Pendant Lighting Styles For Every Home"

Pendant Lighting Styles For Every Home

Pendant lights can truly lift a room but if you’re not careful it could be an expensive mistake. So it’s important to not fall in love with the latest pendant light from ‘The Block’, but invest in a light that fits in with your current décor. To help you find the right light for you, we’ve put together our collection of pendant lighting styles.

Beach Chic

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Relaxed, casual and with a hint of fun is one way to describe Beach Chic. It’s a classic style that can be adapted to modern trends very quickly and recent pendant lighting products reflect that. The new breed of pendants take on that beach vibe through the use of rattan and wood combined with modern LED lights. The natural, neutral tones are still all there enabling you to incorporate them seamlessly into your beach themed zone.

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Industrial

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Industrial is very NOW. You can’t walk past a café or bar these days without seeing metres of polished concrete, metal finishes and oodles of copper and brass fixtures. Many homeowners are choosing to bring this trend into their personal spaces by incorporating industrial pendant lighting in their kitchens, lounges or even bars. If you like the sleek, minimalist, no-fuss look then industrial could be the way to go.

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How does and industrial light work in the kitchen? Here’s our tips on kitchen pendant lighting.

Hollywood Glamour

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When you think style and glamour, chandeliers traditionally come to mind. But if they aren’t your thing, there are still an infinite amount of ways to bring a touch of Hollywood into your home using pendant ceiling lighting. Look for lights that incorporate colour, glass, textured shades and shiny finishes. Also pay attention to the varieties of bulbs, dimmers and light diffusers on offer as they can help you bring out the detail in your styled space. Remember – don’t worry about excess when it comes to bling! Don’t be afraid to shine it up people.

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Nordic

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The easiest way to describe the Nordic style is well, simple. Simplicity in design, in colour and in thought. No fancy swirls and twirls here, just plain lines with classic contours. This is why the style is so popular today as it can easily be adapted to most interiors. IKEA is a perfect example of how this design style has been embraced by people worldwide. If you’d like to bring a bit of the Nordic into your space look for lights that are simple in structure with neutral tones. Often less is more and helps you create an elegant look with minimal fuss.

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We hope you enjoyed this the trip around the pendant lighting globe. If you’ve come up with an interesting way – or two – of using pendant lighting in your home or have a style you particularly love, feel free to comment below.

Let There Be Light … In Your Kitchen With Pendant Lighting

We’ve all heard the saying ‘home is where the heart is’ and the true heart of any home is most "Let There Be Light … In Your Kitchen With Pendant Lighting"

Let There Be Light … In Your Kitchen With Pendant Lighting

We’ve all heard the saying ‘home is where the heart is’ and the true heart of any home is most certainly the kitchen.

The kitchen is a central meeting point for families to gather so everyone can talk about their day, grab something to munch on or just sit down and chat to the cook of the family while having a coffee. It makes sense this space encapsulates all you want your home to be – inviting, comfortable, happy and functional. Choosing the right kitchen pendant lighting will help you create this mood by becoming a standout feature and really set the tone.

Here’s how to pick the right kitchen lighting:

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Why is pendant lighting a must in your kitchen?

Pendant lights have two distinct advantages over other types of kitchen lighting – first, as focused task lighting and second, they can be a feature.

1. Task lighting

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When you cook, it’s fundamental you can adequately see what you’re doing. No great Masterchef was ever created in dim light! The greatest advantage of pendant lighting is they hang down low creating a focused pool of light exactly where you need it. Depending on the type you choose, the pendant can also reflect a bigger surface of light, highlighting the immediate task at hand and well as the areas surrounding it.

2. Feature lighting

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Pendants also have the power to set the ‘look’ of your kitchen. They come in an immense variety of shapes and colours and can even be custom-designed to allow you to choose the right feel for your space. They can be your home’s central statement piece and well worth the investment.

How to choose the right pendant light for your kitchen

There are 4 factors to consider then choosing the right pendant light for your kitchen.

1. Size & Number

There’s a direct relationship between how big your kitchen is, and the size and number of pendant lights you choose. Choosing the wrong size for the space can make your kitchen look out of proportion, seemingly making it look smaller. Handy tip: if you can’t decide on the size and number of pendant lights, stick with the rule of 3 as this usually creates a symmetrical or balanced look.

2. Height

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How high are your ceilings? You need to know so you can choose the right lead length for your pendant light and position it optimally. If it hangs too low, it may block your view or impede important aspects of your kitchen.

3. Brightness

The kitchen space can serve two functions: a practical one to prepare food and an atmospheric one to set the ‘feel’ of your home in the evenings. Pendants lights have a distinct advantage over downlights here – they emit a much bigger pool of light to enable you to create an ambient feel. If you add a dimmer switch you have more flexibility to adjust the lighting according to purpose, practical or atmospheric. There’s a huge range of different bulbs to choose from plus light diffusers to help you create the right mood for your home.

4. Colour

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Is your kitchen bursting with colour? Or is it neutral and in need of a splash to perk it up? The answers to these questions will help you choose the right colour pendant light. If you’re satisfied with your colour scheme, pick a similar coloured pendant light so it blends in. If you need that burst of colour, try a vibrant pendant to make a statement.

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As you can see, there are lots of factors to consider when picking a pendant light for your kitchen. The sheer variety of forms available – from chandeliers to traditional dome shapes to one-off artistic pieces – can be mind-boggling and calls for lots and lots of shopping (smiles all around ladies!). Whatever you choose, we hope these tips have helped you consider what will benefit your kitchen space the most. Subtlety or statement – you decide!

How to organise your garage

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How to organise your garage

How does your garage look? Messier than it should or perhaps you can’t even get a look because there’s so much stuff piled up. If any of these apply to you (go on, admit they do!), then we’ve got some handy tips on how to organise your garage and make it a room you’re not dreading to venture into.

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Converting your garage into a workable, efficient space isn’t a one-day job. It requires careful planning and some brain power to figure out what is right for your space. You’ll need to think about how big is your space? Are your walls already crammed and need re-sorting?

Once you’ve answered all these questions, you can start to consider the best ways to organise your things. A key element in your plan should be shelving. There are many options to choose from when it comes to garage shelving systems be it metal shelving, wire shelving, wall shelving, cube shelves, custom-made shelving systems, storage racks and the list goes on and on. We’ve collected some shelving ideas from some of the best garage builds we’ve seen to get your creative juices flowing.

1. Metal, Wire & Mounted Shelving

This shelving system combines metal mounted shelves with a series of adjustable racks to enable you to custom fit it to your space. Take note of all the different sizes tubs and bins to help you tuck away those little bits and pieces usually kept lying around. It’s a great way to organise your garage for any space.

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The next two wire shelving systems utilise the full space of the wall. You can add storage bins or wire baskets to hold items and also store longer pieces of sporting equipment or tools.

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2. Industrial Shelving
These industrial shelving systems are fairly stock standard in many garages but that’s because they’re so versatile. You can add or take away according to how much room you have – or don’t have!

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Here’s an innovative yet simple way to upcycle and bring some ‘industrial chic’ to the table, using PVC pipe to store garden tools. Not to mention it’s a budget-friendly method too.

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3. Cube Shelves
Cube shelves can be deceiving as they don’t appear to hold much. But you’d be surprised how much you can pack into them if you use a variety of baskets or bins. It also works if you have a lot of things and it would look messy to put on open shelves or perhaps you can organise them into certain boxes.

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4. Storage Racks
Make sure you consider all the spaces within your garage, including the ceiling. This innovative storage rack system enables you to tuck away all those bits and pieces you don’t use all that often but still need accessible for that ‘rainy day’.

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Being able to move your storage rack is a huge advantage. Fill these tubs with all your bits and bobs such as screws and nails to create an uncluttered, streamlined look.

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If you’ve used shelving or storage racks to spruce up your garage, feel free to comment below to share your ideas with others. We’d love to hear from you!

Magical Ways to Light Up Your Life with Fairy Lights

Sparkly, twinkly, luminescence – fairy lights are mesmerising. Traditionally, they’re used to bling up a party space or jushe up "Magical Ways to Light Up Your Life with Fairy Lights"

Magical Ways to Light Up Your Life with Fairy Lights

Sparkly, twinkly, luminescence – fairy lights are mesmerising. Traditionally, they’re used to bling up a party space or jushe up the household at Christmas time but why use them on only special occasions? Admit it, we’re all love these little pretty lights so let’s take a look at how you can use them all year round. Here’s our top ideas of how you can use them throughout your home.

1. Swing from the Chandelier
Create this extra special ceiling lighting feature by using a hula-hoop base and some shimmering fairy lights. You don’t have to stick to using the hula-hoop. Get creative by sourcing and re-purposing an old chandelier or lamp frame from vintage markets or bric-a-brac shops.

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2. Bling Up The Boudoir
Using fairy lights in your bedroom opens up a world of possibilities. You can snake them up your wall as wall lights or weave them around your bedposts or bed frames.

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You could even string them up around your drapes to create that beautiful dreamy feel. Please note: if you are combining them with fabric, be sure to never leave them on unattended.

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3. Mirror, Mirror
Another unique use is to twine them around the edge of your mirror to create some instant glam. You’ll be feeling like a Hollywood starlet in no time!

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4. Drink Up, Then Light Up
Who would think the humble old wine bottle can be turned into a dazzling display of light? You could even convert bottles in all different shapes and sizes to make it a lovely feature. It’s sure to be a talking point at your next dinner party!

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5. Light Up The Way
Jazz up your walk through spaces by interweaving fairy lights up your walls and across the ceiling. You can also add other accessories such as lanterns or star shapes. Search through your cupboards for any odds and ends you have lying around to make the display truly your own.

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6. Flash Photography
Got a bare white wall in need of some love? Print off a bunch of your favourite happy snaps, purchase some wire string from your local haberdashery store plus some mini-clips and get busy. After positioning, attach your fairy lights and bam, a gorgeous feature piece for your wall.

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7. Look To The Stars
Which little kid (or let’s face it, grown-up!) can resist a ceiling of stars? Craft your own lighting wonderland using a little elbow grease, imagination and some trusty fairy lights.

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8. Light In A Jar
This idea is one of our favourites as it’s cheap and fairly simple to make. All you need are some mason jars and fairy lights and you’re good to go. Instructions can be found here.

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9. I See Fire
We love nifty and unique and this next indoor fire pit project qualifies on both fronts. Grab the kids and the supplies and set about making your own this weekend.

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10. Find The Source
Some of us aren’t into the DIY thing. If that’s you, take advantage of all the wonderful pre-made fairy light options out there to fashion yourself some wonders. Try Bunnings, eBay or even specialty stores such as The Fairy Light Company. You can then use them in all manner of ways to decorate your dinner table (see below) or in any of the other ways we’ve suggested.

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11. Pretty Up Your Garden
If you can find weather proof fairy lights, they can make your dull background something magical. You could drape them on a wall or wrap the lights around a tree to make it a feature.

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We hope we’ve inspired you to ‘light up your life’ in a few different ways. Feel free to comment below if you’ve used fairy lights in an innovative way that you’d like to share.

Smart Space-Saving Industrial Shelving Ideas For Your Home

Lack of storage is a common pet peeve for most of us! Unless you have the luxury of employing an "Smart Space-Saving Industrial Shelving Ideas For Your Home"

Smart Space-Saving Industrial Shelving Ideas For Your Home

Lack of storage is a common pet peeve for most of us! Unless you have the luxury of employing an architect and a handyman to custom-design your space, chances are you feel the same way. So more often than not, items are stored in wardrobes or just out in the open, making the space look cluttered and messy.

Installing shelving is a great way to organise your house and we’ve put together some inspiration based on the current hot trend of industrial interior design.

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When you think pretty, industrial shelving might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But with a little elbow grease and some creative styling you can create inspiring, unique pieces for your home.

Storage shelves

There are many different ways to jazz up a stark industrial shelf to use in your home. First, you need to source one. Consider auction houses, bric-a-brac stores or garage sales. You may even have one in your own garage or shed that you can re-purpose. Next, take a trip down to your local hardware store as they are sure to stock many of the items you’ll need as fixtures for your industrial shelving. Some other ideas include visits to antique stores and local vintage or trash ‘n’ treasure markets. You’d be amazed at some of the interesting and rare finds you can make at such places.

To get the ideas flowing, we’ve collated some creative solutions other home owners have used by incorporating industrial shelving into their décor.

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Bookcases

If you’re a bit of a book worm with piles of books everywhere, this is a wonderful take on the traditional book case using reclaimed wood and steel pipe fixtures.

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Small shelf

For a hallway or bathroom, you may just need a simple small shelf to put your keys, phone, make-up or other quick to grab items on. A wall shelf can be a fantastic space-saver especially when you have limited room. These mounted shelves combine wooden panelling with industrial pipe and rope to create a sleek and tidy look.

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Side tables
Creating a bespoke side table allows you to add additional shelving into it if you are low on space.

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Styling Options
When it comes to styling options for your industrial shelving, they are almost endless. Think about painting the pipes to make it a real focal point in the room.

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Or how about when old meets new again and incorporate some other existing antique/retro furniture.

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Or even 100% up-cycled with a little bit of copper.

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Whilst this isn’t all pipes, metal and wood – it’s a step in that direction, without taking the leap and potentially conflicting with the rest of your interior design.

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If you’re a fan of metalics, you can’t go past this gold shelving – it’s AMAZING!

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Innovative Ideas

If you’re handy, your imagination is your only limit. A great example is the following project as it showcases the true nature of industrial elements while combining practical with just a hint of quirk. Sure to get your guests talking!

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Hate DIY – fear not!

If you aren’t a DIY person – and let’s face it, some of us aren’t! – that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate some ‘industrial chic’ into your life. This style of decoration is currently on trend so many affordable, mainstream designers such as IKEA are producing pieces that reflect this character. Or if you need something bespoke, there are plenty of handymen on Airtasker who are happy to help.

Have you used industrial shelving in any other creative ways? Or do you have some handy tips when it comes to space-saving shelving? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below if you do.