Simple & Fresh – Let’s Declutter!

We all have stuff. Stuff we don’t use; stuff we don’t need and stuff we didn’t even know we had!

We’ve all seen the shows on Tv where professionals come in and remove all the “stuff clutter” from your home. Some gets donated, some gets sold and some of it even gets thrown away.

Great.

BUT the question is HOW? How do I declutter my home on my own?

To answer that question we went on a search for the best tips and tricks on how to declutter room by room and it may be easier than you think.

First, lets define clutter. Clutter is anything you keep around your house that’s doesn’t add value to your life. Decluttering is about making room for things that do matter!

Step 1 – Set Goals!
Before you get started, make a plan. No matter how many rooms or how much clutter you have to get through, starting with specific goals will help you create a plan that will reduce any frustration as you go.

Step 2 – The 4 Bin Rule!

Put it Away – If it’s in the kitchen and should be in the closet put it away!

Recycle– Paper, Plastic and Glass. Don’t forget old electronics can be dropped at electronic depots!

Trash-Garbage is garbage.

Donate– if it is in good condition and could be used but not by you, pass it on.

Now that we have the basics down let’s add some quick and easy tips for each room to get us started on our way to a clutter free life! Get those bins ready!

Step 3 – Do It Room by Room!

Bathroom:
Lets start with the medicine cabinet- discard any old makeup; medicine and skincare products. Everything you decide to keep put back in. Move on to drawers keeping anything you use most often in the top ones. This goes for the shower/ tub area and under the sink.

Bedrooms:
Bedrooms can quickly and easily become the dumping ground for things that do not have a place in you home. Take everything out of the drawers, off shelfs and ask yourself the following questions about each item:
1. Does it belong in the bedroom?
2. Have you used it in the last year?
Did you answer, “No,” to either of those questions? If so, then put it in your “Donate It” bin or move it to the room where it belongs. Resist the urge to shove things back in drawers that don’t belong there.

Kitchen:
We spend a lot time in the Kitchen cooking, entertaining and eating so this space can be a challenge. Start by decluttering one section of your kitchen at a time to avoid a potentially bigger mess. Assigning zones can also help you improve the organization of your kitchen things.

The first step is to empty one zone at a time and assess each item (remember the Four Bin Rule). When getting to the counter tops try and clear as many items as possible and into their respective spaces. Keep only what you use every day on your countertops.

Living Room:
Living rooms get A LOT of use. This makes it one of the hardest rooms in the house to keep tidy everyday. It doesn’t typically provide a lot of storage other that a Tv stand or a shelf or two. This space will require decluttering on a regular basis.

First things first, determine what will be your permanent storage for commonly used items like magazines and remotes.

Start the decluttering process with any bookcases, end tables and TV stands. Empty these places and put things in their proper home. If you have those cozy couch blankets, create a space for them by using an old wooden crate as a blanket box. This keeps them off your couch and instantly cleans thing up.
Remove any and all electronics that are not hooked up to your TV! Store chargers and gaming equipment where you use it.

Kids toys- remember the Four Bin Rule and assess. Do they work? Are they being used? Do they belong here?

Overall decluttering your home is doable! Start small, one room at a time and by implementing these tips you will be on your way to a clutter free home!

Happy decluttering!

Updating Your Home Without Breaking the Bank!

Is your home in need of a facelift but you don’t want to break the bank or maybe you aren’t up for the stress and mess of a renovation? Well good news is there are many ways to update your home without having to worry about either of those!

The Entry Way:

First impressions really do matter!

The entrance way is the first thing you and your guests see when approaching your home. You can dramatically change the look and curb appeal of your home or entry way just by changing the front door! Don’t worry if it’s not in your budget because you can always PAINT it! Try a bold new colour, change the house numbers, or add some outdoor lighting.

The Kitchen:

We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, not only cooking but gathering with friends and family so it’s important to love that space! Below are a few budget friendly updates to give the kitchen a refresher.

Update The Backsplash:
Updating your backsplash can be easy not only physically but on the pocketbook as well. Go simple with paint or wallpaper. Use inexpensive tin ceiling tiles, or shiplap, stainless steel, magnetic or chalkboard paint!

Replace Cabinet Hardware:
Replacing cabinet hardware is an inexpensive and easy update. For an even more budget friendly update try painting the ones you already have!

Paint Your Cabinets:
If your cabinets need more of a facelift, guess what you can paint those too! When done right it will look like a brand-new kitchen and could add value to your home.

The Living Room:

Crown Moulding:
Add an architectural visual with trim and crown moulding to your living room or any room for that matter. Trim and mouldings (especially crown moulding) have a great way of making your home look upgraded.

Artwork:
Swap out your artwork or create some new ones by framing left over swatches of fabric or wallpaper.

Redesign:
Move your furniture around or add new lighting to brighten and change the mood of the room.

The Bathroom:

Change up the Vanity Area:
Spruce up your bathroom by changing out the faucets (and guess what…you could paint those too!) , adding a frame to a frameless mirror or framing out a builders tub to give it a more luxurious look.

All Over the House:
Last but not nearly least don’t be afraid to illuminate your space. Adding new light fixtures to any space can certainly change the look and feel of the entire room without doing anything else. Go big and bold or small and simple.

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In addition to the above here are some other quick updates you can do without breaking the bank!

  • Painting an old vinyl floor…yup it can be done!
  • Painting walls of course.
  • Did you know decluttering is one of the best ways to give your home a facelift?!
  • Repurpose something you already have by splashing some paint on it or use it in a different way!
  • Add some bold patterns to items using painters tape and let your imagination run wild.
  • Change out that old plain shower curtain from something fun.
  • Change the light bulbs! Changing the amount of light in a room can make it brighter and more open or cozy and dramatic.

Be creative and have some fun while NOT breaking the bank!

Lightovation Wrap-Up – Dallas Market

And just like that we are back from market! It was an exciting week of meeting customers, showing new products and getting to live the Z-Life. We had a great time debuting our new product line as well as catching up with our clients and sales team. Check out some of the highlights below!

Z-Life:
Lightovation is just as much a family celebration as it is a business celebration. At Z-Lite we prize the family values that have rooted themselves deeply into our business culture. It takes a lot of people to make our show go off with a hitch. We would like to take a moment to thank each and every team member who made our show such a success. Without all of you Z-Lite would not be the company it is today!

“What a great start to the year! Z-Lite had an exciting market full of new product releases for 2018! It was absolutely wonderful to see all of our customers and sales reps from across the country. A big thank you to the whole Z-Lite team and the Sales Reps for their continuous hard work! We are all looking forward to another successful year!” -Stephanie Antonissen, Executive Administration

“Kudos to our amazing sales team! I am always so impressed with how diligent and considerate our amazing reps are. It is always such a pleasure getting to work with them during Lightovation.” – Laura McSloy, General Manager of Operations

Stephanie & Laura pose at the show for a quick smile!

Z-Style:
A special thank you to Timm Stumm for putting the hard work in to design our beautiful showroom. Without your incredible hard work and determination to make our showroom standout we could not have had the successful show we did! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Z-Lite:
Of course, new product is one of the most fun and exciting parts of coming to Lightovation. From getting to see everyone else’s new and inspired designs and getting to show off our own, it certainly is an exciting time! Some of our fan favourites include:

Euclid:
Bold geometric shapes nested within themselves inspire the modern design of the Euclid collection. Uniquely layered parallelograms and cubes, encapsulate the inner candelabra. Unique dual finishes of Chrome meshed with Black, or Olde Brass meshed with Bronze complete this stunning collection.

Euclid

Luttrel:
Sleek and contemporary describe the Luttrell collection of outdoor fixtures. It’s minimalistic inspired, duel rectangular design shows that less is indeed sometimes more, finishes include Silver or Black. All fixtures include the latest in long life LED energy saving technology.

Luttrel


A Special Note from our President, Scott Zimmer…

“I just wanted to take the time to thank each and every one of our customers, sales reps and team for making our 2018 January debut such a tremendous success. It is because of your support that we are able to continue to bring you the best and brightest the lighting industry has to offer.”

Scott Zimmer, President Z-Lite

Meet Your Match – How to Match Your Lights

How to Tie your Open Concept Floor Plan Together with Lighting

When you first move in to your new home, you can easily be overwhelmed with all of the new possibilities of home décor now open to you. One of the many things on your to do list will be to update your lighting. Often times we move in and are left with the little pig tail hanging out of the ceiling and while this can be frustrating, don’t let it get you down! Take advantage of this lighting no-no and get into your closest lighting store to update your new home!

Nowadays the open concept floor plan allows for the kitchen, dining room and living room all to be seen through one viewpoint. With this open concept you can easily view your kitchen pendants, dining room chandelier and living room lights. Now this can be a little intimidating to keep all of our décor seamless and elegant all the way through. However, have no fear – we are here to help!

The best way to navigate your lighting choices in the era of open-concept is to decide on a finish/material, style, or shape to unite your lighting fixtures. Let’s start with the easiest one on this list.

Finish/Material
Matching finish or materials is one of the easiest ways to ensure that your home has a seamless transition between rooms. For example, hanging Z-Lite’s Iuka 16” Pendant in Brushed Nickel along your kitchen island in sight of Z-Lite’s Meshsmith 12” Flush Mount in Brushed Nickel in the hallway would make a fabulous pairing. The Brushed Nickel finish of both of these fixtures allow for them to easily work together to compliment your home décor. The additional mesh detailing allows these items the same industrial styling to be paired together.


Style
Pairing fixtures in the same style always for your personality to shine through your lighting choices. Using Z-Lite’s 6-Light Troubadour Chandelier as your foyer’s grand entrance piece could be nicely complimented in your dining room with Z-Lite’s 6-Light Linear Gantt Pendant.


Shape
Using shape to guide your lighting choices can allow you to bring a new layer of depth to your decorating. For example Z-Lite’s Moundou 20” Pendant in Bronze  pairs beautifully with Z-Lite’s 13” Mason Pendant in Chrome. The oval shape of both lights allows for the spacious design of this room to be brought to light.

2018 Trends to Watch For

With the release of Pantones 2018 Colour of the Year (Ultra Violet) it seems like there is no time like the present to look at what’s ahead for home décor for 2018.

Gray Meets Color
Grays have been all the rage but we’re starting to see the comforting, neutral tone paired with big, bright colors. Think gray with accents of spring greens and yellows and even jewel-toned purples.

Gray Meets Colour
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The Fifth Wall
Ceilings will be seen. The ceiling A.K.A the fifth wall is another surface where you can allow your creative juices to flow. From creative mouldings to fantastic paint and plaster treatments no room will be finished without a ceiling treatment.

the fifth wall ceiling
Credit Pinterest

Wood
It’s true. The warmth and richness of real wood is back in a big way. Natural wood surfaces vs. painted will be at the forefront of upcoming design trends, anticipate a re-emerging of natural wood finishes from light to dark and in every tone!

Wood
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Geometric Pieces
Once just the go-to source for color trends, Pantone has since branched out to home décor. #1 on its list is Geometric Patterns. It has graced the list for a few years now but is really expected to take off in 2018. The reason is quite simple; it’s easy to implement. Try geometric tile in a bathroom or kitchen, wallpaper for an accent wall or ceiling, light fixtures anywhere or fabric on throw pillows or curtains. These are just a few ways to incorporate this easy to do trend into your home.

Check out this sneak peek into one of Z-Lite’s new 2018 pieces!

Wabi-sabi
Inspired by ancient Japanese philosophy, wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection and allowing age and time to take its natural course. Wabi-sabi teaches you to focus on the history and story behind an object, not simply its aesthetic. In home decor, wabi-sabi inspires minimalism. The palette is drawn from browns, blacks, grays, earthy greens, and rusts. This form of interior design is perfect for those seeking utility, natural beauty, and nostalgia.

Z-Lite’s versitality and durabilty of fixtures allows for fixtures to fit right into the wabi-sabi styling.

All in all, 2018 promises to bring a wide range of home décor trends that will appeal to everyone. From wood, purples and metallic to hippy boho, wallpaper and intense colour 2018 will be the year to let it all out and have some fun with whatever inspires you.