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

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.

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!

History of Illumination – The Origin of the Edison Bulb

The modern Edison bulbs are seen as a cool way to add some vintage style to your home, but did you know they revolutionized the industry? Given the resurgence in popularity, we decided to share the history of the Edison bulb and see why one of the most innovative products has stood the test of time.

An Early History of Illumination

At one time, our only source of illumination was fire and light provided from the sun and moon.  Then, in 1790 England, gas lighting became popular. However, it proved to be unstable and dangerous, as many theatres and homes perished in fire. In 1809, electric arc lighting was invented, which, while safer than gas, was proven to be too bright for small areas. There had to be a better way…

Thomas Edison

1880 – enter Thomas Edison, and the first commercially sustainable incandescent light bulb, AKA, The Edison Bulb.

Original carbon-filament bulb from Thomas Edison.(bulbs.com)

Born in 1847, an inventor at heart , Thomas Edison took on jobs as a telegrapher and a newspaper carrier to supplement his passion. This allowed him to seek out ways to better do “things”. He credits his mother stating “My mother is the making of me. She understands me; she let me follow my bent” (Jack, 2017).  At the time of his death in 1931 Edison held 1093 US patents and an additional 1139 worldwide.

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On July 24, 1874, a Canadian patent was filed by a medical electrician named Henry Woodward and a colleague Mathew Evans.  In 1879, after unsuccessfully attempting to commercialize their bulb, they sold their patent to Edison (Wikipedia, 2017).

In 1879, Edison filed another U.S. patent for an electric lamp using a carbon filament or strip coiled. Although the patent described several ways of creating the carbon filament, it was not until several months after the patent was granted that Edison and his team discovered that a carbonized bamboo filament could last over 1200 hours. This discovery marked the beginning of commercially manufactured light bulbs and in 1880, Thomas Edison’s company, Edison Electric Light Company began marketing its new product.

History at a Glance

  • 1906 – The General Electric Company were the first to patent a method of making tungsten filaments for use in incandescent light bulbs. Edison knew tungsten would prove to be the best choice for filaments, however, the machinery needed to produce the wire in such a fine form was not available at the time.
  • 1910 – William David Coolidge of General Electric improved the process of making tungsten filaments.
  • 1920s – The first frosted light bulb is produced.
  • 1930s – The flash bulbs for photography were invented. The fluorescent tanning lamp was also invented.
  • 1940s – The first ‘soft light’ incandescent bulbs were produced.
  • 1950s – Quartz glass and halogen light bulb are produced.
  • 1980s – New low wattage metal halides are created.
  • 1990s – Long life bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs make their debut.

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The future of the Edison bulb was “dim”, as modern incandescent bulbs are not energy efficient. The Edison bulb converts less than 10% of electricity supplied into light – the rest is expelled as heat. However, these inefficient light bulbs are still sought after today and have been revolutionized with modern LED technology. Edison-style bulbs are created in a more efficient way to allow customers to have both a stylish and efficient bulb.

Image: Z-Lite fixture 8001-6C-BRZ

References

Jack, A. (2017, September 22). Thomas Edison Biography. Retrieved from https://albertjack.com/2017/09/22/thomas-edison-biography/

Nostalgicbulbs.com. (2017, May 13). Edison Bulbs History. Retrieved from https://www.nostalgicbulbs.com/blogs/vintage-bulbs/edison-bulbs-history

Wikipedia. (2017, November 14). Canada. Retrieved November 10, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada

Wikipedia. (2017, November 19). Patent. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent

Wikipedia. (2017, March 21). Henry Woodward (inventor). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Woodward_%28inventor%29

Wikipedia. (2017, May 15). Mathew Evans. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathew_Evans