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!

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.

Z-Lite’s Colour of the Moment: Navy Peony

At Z-Lite we are committed to keeping you current with all things home décor and right now our favourite thing is Pantone’s Navy Peony colour!

Introduced in the Fall 2017 Fashion Colour Report for New York and London, Navy Peony is taking the home décor world by storm. Of course, navy blue has never really gone out of style, however this shade brings navy blue to new heights. Allowing the classic black to take a break, Navy Peony can be a strong anchoring shade in your décor or work as an excellent accent throughout your home.

Using Navy Peony in the Living Room
Navy Peony can be a great accent wall choice in the living room to create that warm cozy space with a splash of lightness. As a lighter shade to your traditional navy blue, Navy Peony pairs beautifully with warm neutrals to create a cozy and inviting appeal.

Why not trying adding Navy Peony in some unexpected places like behind the bookcase to add a dramatic flair to your classic white. Or, use it as a textured accent in velvet!

Navy Peony in the Living Room
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Using Navy Peony in the Kitchen
Navy Blue in the kitchen has always been classic but Navy Peony is bringing a new twist to this favourite. If you are loving the Navy Peony but aren’t willing to commit to a paint job, why not start with adding some dinnerware or stemware in Navy Peony. If you are ready to commit then try painting out that under island area with Navy Peony to bring some fresh life to the heart of your home.

Navy Peony in the Kitchen
Photo Credit: http://kikiinteriors.com/2017/08/navy-peony/

Using Navy Peony in the Bedroom
Bringing in a look that is gender-neutral and still appealing to either you and your partner’s bedroom or for your little one on the way, Navy Peony meets the challenge.

As a baby’s room, Navy Peony brings a cozy and sleep-inviting feel for your newborn. Play up the fun prints to bring the room to life for your newborn and then this colour can transition easily as your child grows.

Navy Peony in the Babies Room
Photo Credit: http://kikiinteriors.com/2017/08/navy-peony/

In the master bedroom, Navy Peony brings sophistication and charm. This brilliant shade pairs beautifully with any metallic finish. Z-Lite’s 615-1S-OG can easily bring that flash of metallic into the space while simultaneously lightening the Navy Peony shade with its own white linen shade finish.

Are you as in love with Navy Peony as we are now? Feel free to check out our Pinterest Page to keep inspired!

Lighting Safety Tips

Adding or replacing a fixture in your home can be a great way to liven up a space, however it is important to consider the safety of yourself and your home when doing so. This blog is going to discuss some safety tips to consider.

Please note that these tips should not take the place of using a licensed electrician – they are trained to install and wire safely. Z-Lite recommends ALWAYS using a licensed electrician for installing new fixtures for your safety, and your home’s.

Safety Tip # 1: Turn off the Power

This should be self-explanatory, but if you are doing any work with a fixture, please ensure that the power is off. This could be anything from installing a new fixture to replacing the light bulb. This will reduce the risk of harm to yourself.

Safety Tip # 2: Use the Right Bulbs

If a fixture says to use a 60W bulb – use a 60W bulb. Using bulbs with higher than recommended wattage will cause the bulb to get hotter than normal. This can cause damage to the fixture or even start a fire. Always go with what is recommended. For more information regarding wattage, please see HERE!

Safety Tip # 3: Choose the Right Fixture

Before choosing a fixture, make sure that your space can handle the fixture. For example, if you have lower ceilings, you probably won’t be able to install large chandeliers or pendants, but you could install semi-flush or flush mounts. You don’t want to get a fixture that you’ll be bumping into, or one that will provide too much/not enough light to the space, which can cause eye strain. Z-Lite carries a variety of fixtures in many sizes. You can browse our catalogs HERE!

Safety Tip # 4: Hire a Licensed Electrician

This was already mentioned, however it is important that when working with light fixtures, there is a great risk to yourself and your home if installed incorrectly. They can cause electrocution, burns, or even start a fire. Z-Lite recommends that you ALWAYS hire a licensed electrician. Don’t be afraid to ask to see their license, or look on the internet for testimonials and reviews. You want to ensure you are getting a reputable electrician who will do the job right.

 

 

*Please note these safety tips are not coming from a licensed electrician, but common knowledge of lighting safety. When doing work with electricity, always use a licensed electrician. Z-Lite is not responsible for any harm or damage that comes from not using a licensed professional.

 

Pro Tip: Hanging Height for Dining Room Fixtures

It’s that time of year again. The air is crisp. Apples are fresh for the picking and those big family gatherings are right around the corner. Which means you might be ready to elevate your dining room decor. Light fixtures are not only  a great decor piece, but in a dining room – they are essential. However, it can be difficult to determine the right fixture for your dining area. Specifically, it can be difficult to determine the proper hanging height for above-table fixtures.

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The dining room is a beautiful place to let your design style run wild. Between all of the furnishings, textiles and accessories that bring your space to life – there are still technical requirements that need to be met. For example, the table needs to be the right size. This is not only for your family, but also for the room. The table cloths and napkins need to be durable to hold up against dinner messes. Most importantly, the chandelier needs to provide enough light to illuminate your meal. It needs to be hung at a perfect height – not obstructing your view, but not too high – as it can look odd and obscure the light.

The positioning of your chandelier over your dining room table has a few good rules of thumb to remember.

Dining Room Style

There are so many options to illuminate your dining room. Whether your style is contemporary, traditional or something in between, you want to ensure that your lighting choice reflects your taste.

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Width/Diameter:

You want to ensure that your chandelier is at least 12 inches narrower than the width of your table on each side. That way no one knocks their head reaching for turkey at Thanksgiving dinner.

Hanging Height:

In a room with an 8-foot ceiling, the rule of thumb is that the chandelier should be 30-34 inches from the table. For rooms with larger ceilings, the distance of the light from the table will increase by approximately 3 inches for every foot. Therefore, if the room has a 9-foot ceiling then the distance of the chandelier should be 33-37 inches.

Getting the Look:

If you have taken all of the above pointers in to consideration, then there is just one last tip to make sure you get the look you are going for.modern-crystal-dining-room

Check Your View Points:

When hanging your light, take a seat at the table and make sure it is hanging the way you want. Then, take another peek from the entry way of the room. Does your lighting choice add to the overall effect of the room? Is it positioning correctly? Also, make sure the fixture is secured to the ceiling properly – you don’t want it ruining your next dinner party!