Friday, December 27, 2013

60- and 40-Watt Bulbs Banned for 2014: What You Need to Know

On Jan. 1, 2014, it will be lights out for standard incandescent 60- and 40-watt light bulbs. In order to comply with efficiency standards outlined in the Energy Independence and Security Act, which was signed into law by President George Bush in 2007, it will be illegal to manufacture or import them after Dec. 31. But retailers will still be able to sell off any remaining stock. In 2012, all 100-watt bulbs were phased out, and 75-watt bulbs disappeared the following year.

The old incandescent bulbs are highly inefficient — only about 10 percent of their energy output is converted into light; the rest is lost to heat. "Once all of our nation's 4 billion screw-based sockets have an efficient bulb in them, U.S. consumers will save $13 billion and 30 large coal-burning power plants-worth of electricity a year. The savings really add up," Noah Horowitz, senior scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council tells Yahoo Shine. He adds thatif you replace an incandescent bulb with a CFL (compact fluorescent light), you'll save about $50 over the course of the bulb's lifetime. LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are pricey up front — they run about $10 per 60-watt equivalent, but over time they offer a savings of $100 to $150 in energy costs. The numbers are compelling, but that doesn't mean that some of us won't mourn the loss of the mellow light emitted by old-fashioned bulbs, especially the 60-watt version, which accounts for about 50 percent of household lighting in the United States.

Lighting artist and designer Bentley Meeker, who runs a successful lighting design company in New York City, isn't a fan of all of the new, more efficient bulbs. "The soul doesn't connect to LED, it's a visceral reaction," he tells Yahoo Shine. "Until the mid-1850s, the only light that humans were exposed to was daylight and firelight — incandescent bulbs have a color that is similar to firelight." He believes that LEDs and fluorescents can be fatiguing on the eyes and unpleasant to live and work with for long periods of time.

Horowitz argues that the transition to energy efficient bulbs has been smooth and successful and that the technology and choices are continually improving. He says the main reason people aren't happy with some of the new bulbs is that they are choosing the wrong brightness level and/or "flavor" (the color of light the bulb emits).

Here are expert tips to comply with the new law, as well as to balance energy efficiency and cost savings with aesthetics:
  • Don't inadvertently buy a bulb that's too bright. New bulbs are measured in lumens, not watts, which can be confusing. A 10-watt LED is as bright as a 60-watt incandescent, so if you purchase a 19-watt LED for a small accent light, it will seem glaring. The NRDC has a useful chart showing the light equivalences of various bulbs.
  • Choose different types of bulbs for different purposes. Meeker uses LEDs and CFLs to light hallways, stairwells, and basements, and for spotlighting objects. For living spaces, he prefers halogen incandescent bulbs. He says they are a great substitute for the old bulbs, especially if you use them on a dimmer.
  • If you want to use CFLs, choose the right color. Most people prefer the ones labeled "warm." The bulbs that are labeled "daylight" are bluish.
  • Bring the bulb you want to replace to the store so you can find an equivalent that is the correct size and shape.
  • The new bulbs don't work in recessed can lighting. You will still need to buy reflector bulbs, which are not subject to the same regulations.
  • If you have dimmers, chose a halogen incandescent bulb or LED. Most CFLs do not work with dimmer sockets.
Look for the words ENERGY STAR. "CFL and LED bulb quality can vary significantly," says Horowitz. "Be sure to only buy those that have the ENERGY STAR label," which ensures that the product meets the Environmental Protection Agency's strict standards for energy, efficiency, and performance. These bulbs are certified and tested by a third party and will save consumers an average of $6 in electricity costs per year, per bulb.

While Some people are oblivious to lighting, most of us are sensitive to it, so it's worth being thoughtful about your choice of bulbs. Meeker, who has illuminated such venues as the White House Rose Garden and the Burning Man Festival puts it bluntly: "If the lighting sucks, people will be miserable."

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Leopard Chenille Ottoman

It's my newest favorite thing. The perfect size, casters make it mobile, and it's just the right height to make the sofa "recline."  Fabric from Cowtan & Tout. Ottoman from Bedeckers Interiors, Midlothian, VA. Contact us to custom order.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ikat Check - two of my favorite things

Check out this video from Trend Fabrics on the Ikat Check in the Jaclyn Smith home collection. I love the fabric. It's a great "go-with" pattern.

"Ikat meets buffalo check, resulting in a traditional yet ethnic check, pattern 02604, that is an important addition to Jaclyn's third collection of fabrics. Upholstered on an ottoman here, it is also suitable for many other applications.
Introducing The Creation of a Collection, a new behind the scenes video series from Trend. Together with Jaclyn Smith, Trend's design team goes in depth into the inspiration, design, development and end uses of Trend's Jaclyn Smith Home--Volume III fabrics and trimmings, taking viewers on a visual tour of the journey from inspiration boards to final designs with finished product.
Trend offers beautiful fabrics at an exceptional value. Building on Fabricut's history of servicing the interior design industry since 1954, Trend carries the same hallmarks of quality fabrics, dependable delivery and reliable customer service, all with a personal touch."

Monday, September 30, 2013

Pumpkin Muffins

I'm getting into the season. Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks, pumpkin protein shakes for breakfast and pumpkin muffins. I know there are some other pumpkin fans out there so here is my pumpkin muffin recipe. If you try it, let me know how yours turn out.

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups pumpkin
1/2 cup water
3 cups wheat flour (or half white, half wheat)
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1/2 t. cloves
3/4 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg (freshly grated is the best)
1 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts

Preheat oven to 350
In a large bowl, mix together sugar, oil, eggs, pumpkin and water. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, soda, salt and spices. Add to the wet mixture and blend together with an electric mixer. Add raisins and/or walnuts (if desired.) Let stand one hour at room temperature.

Grease muffin tins or use paper liner cups. Enough to fill 24 muffin cups. Bake 15 minutes.
These muffins freeze well. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Goodnight, Gracie - Decorating with Pillows

Pillows are the perfect way to update a room, change it up for the season, or add some color or pattern to an otherwise plain space. Think of pillows as the finishing touch. Like jewelry or a scarf you add last when dressing yourself, pillows complete the look.

Larger scale pillows are in. Instead of a postage stamp sized pillow of years ago, today's pillows make an impact. 18" squares are on the small end. 20", 24", even 26" squares are perfect additions to sofas and beds. Layering pillows provides an opportunity to showcase your style and use different fabrics.

One of my clients recently shared with me these photos of her sweet pups, Gracie and Riley enjoying the new pillows Bedeckers created for her. Aren't they the cutest?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

It's Indigo and More for Ralph Lauren's 2013 Fabric Line

Tuesday, I was thrilled to attend a presentation by Marianne Resman/VP of Product Development for Ralph Lauren. Marianne came to Richmond from NY with a gorgeous show of new fabrics and wallpapers from Ralph Lauren's Spring and Fall 2013 lines. The fabrics for Fall are not even available in sample books, yet I got sneak peek.

As Ralph Lauren celebrates it's 30th anniversary of the fabric division, it has introduced a beautiful line of fabrics for 2013. Creating lifestyles, the "worlds" of Ralph Lauren, is what these designs are all about. Antique documents are the inspiration for many of the patterns. Ralph Lauren focuses on the worn, well-loved appeal of vintage fabrics. Even the new designs reflect the softness of well used and loved antiques. The goods may be washed or printed complete with worn areas to reflect an aged look.

Glazed chintz (gasp! ) well, they call it "waxed linen," is in the line. It has a heavy shiny glaze that's applied with a screen print last in the production of the goods.

There are traditional red (called madder, it's a brownish red) white and blues and then pops of bright colors like orange and pink. There are some stunning linens, embroidered linens, patchwork, chunky textured silks, and drapable silks. Ikats are still going strong. (See my article on Ikats.. click here to learn more) The collection in indigo blue looks like it's traditionally dyed, just stunning.

The show stopper is a three yard panel of the tree of life. Screen printed on linen and sold as individual panels that depict the whole tree, this fabric has antiqued coloring. The tree "grows" up to the sky from water and earth and there are sea creatures (fish and crabs,) earth creatures (rabbits and deer,) and then an exotic bird is perched in the tree itself.

Marianne Resman, VP of Product Development Ralph Lauren NY

Ralph Lauren indigo and sepia brown patterns

Ralph Lauren bright linens for Fall 2013

Exotic Bird from the tree of life panel

Crab and fish from the tree of life panel

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Lowdown on High Efficiency LED Lighting - Houzz

Monday, April 22, 2013

Trending at Market

Bedeckers now carries the new ottoman collection from Surya. The patterns are inspired by their most popular flat weave rugs. Fun geometics and wonderful color, they are perfect for adding that pop of color to your room. Call our studio to order or get more information 804-744-7645.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

French General

Just in the studio this week is a new collection of fabrics from Fabricut. French General offers a peek at the French countryside. The fabrics and trimmings are inspired by a collection of antique buttons, embroidery, photos and other treasures from France. They are designed by an incredibly talented lady. Kaari Ming focused on three main colors for her collection, Rouge (red,) Bleu (blue,) and Bisque (neutral beige.)

"With a focus on linen and cotton fibers, the French General look and feel is luxurious and authentic. In addition to the soft natural prints and wovens, we have included some basic solids - all in different weights of linen and cotton, and many are pre-washed for that perfect vintage appeal. The trimmings incorporate linen and cotton with accents of jute and wool. Together, we create a lived-in look that is soft, worn and comfortable."

Monday, February 18, 2013

Ikats - they're still hot

Look how beautifully this stunning ikat fabric from the Ankasa collection for Beacon Hill works for upholstery. Do you have a little French chair that needs a facelift? If not, Bedeckers can find you a wonderful new one. 

Happy Monday!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Love Love Love Jonathan Adler

 Check out his new fabric collection. Of course, it's available through Bedeckers.

"If you love it like crazy, it will work!" ~Jonathan Adler