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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.


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5 Upgrades To Check Out At The Lighting Store

by Scott Gordon

Upgrading the lighting is one of the simplest home improvement projects. But it brings significant change; It makes your home look brighter and livelier. A lighting upgrade also allows you to improve energy efficiency by using smart low energy lighting. You can also make different areas more functional with lighting. For example, under cabinet lighting creates working space in the kitchen. Upgrading outdoor lighting can improve your security setup while giving your home a boost in curb appeal when viewed at night. What are some of the upgrades you should check out at the lighting store? 

1.Under Cabinet Lighting 

The first upgrade you should consider is under cabinet lighting. These lights are great for creating additional working spaces, such as the kitchen. Also, these lights are good at eliminating shadows. They're simple to install, and the lighting company does not have to do a major wiring overhaul.

2. Recessed Lighting  

Recessed lighting is another upgrade that can make your home look brighter and more welcoming while also adding a touch of elegance. You can replace existing lights with recessed lights to brighten a dark room or space. 

They work well for smaller spaces like the foyer or small bedrooms. They have a clean, modern look because they fit flush against the ceiling or wall. Another benefit of recessed lighting is reducing your electric bill since you won't have to rely on overhead lights as much, which typically use more energy.  

3. Vanity Lighting 

Vanity lighting is a great upgrade to add to your bathroom or even in a small room where you want to spruce up the space. You can replace existing lights or add new ones under a mirror to change the look and assist in doing makeup or shaving. There are various vanity lights at a lighting store, including LED-colored lights. 

4. Sconce Lighting 

Sconce lighting is another way to change the ambiance in different rooms. They are versatile; you can use them for accent lighting, e.g., in the bedroom. You can also install them for outdoor use, such as along walkways, where you can add subdued lighting at night for safety purposes.  

5. Outdoor Motion Sensor Lights 

Motion sensor lighting adds an extra level of security to your property. These lights can be an upgrade to existing outdoor lighting or a great addition if you don't have any outside lighting at all. You can install motion sensor lights in areas vulnerable to intruders, such as along your driveway or the porch. They save energy since they turn on only when there is movement. 

Would you like to brighten up your home and make it more welcoming? Visit a lighting store like Lighting & Design Studio to explore different lighting fixtures for functional upgrades.