Renovation in America: Trends & Findings

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The popular interior design social media site Houzz conducted a nationwide survey with more than 100,000 respondents on renovation and decorating activity. As the largest survey of its kind, the purpose remains to:

  • Provide unique insights into historical and planned projects
  • Determine the motivations behind these products
  • Highlight the impact of the economy on home building, renovation and decorating plans among Houzz users

Source: Renovation in America, Findings from the 2013 Houzz & Home Survey

Over the next few weeks, we plan to unpack the interesting data revealed through this study. To start, we would like to highlight some of the major themes:

  • Increased confidence among homeowners in the renovation and housing market: Three-quarters of U.S. homeowners believe now is a good time to buy a home.
  • Bathrooms and kitchens remain top priority projects across the U.S.: These projects capture the lion’s share of home renovation dollars.

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  • More U.S. homeowners investing to increase home value: The primary motivation is to improve the look, feel, flow or layout of the home.
  • Strong outlook for remodeling and design professionals: Homeowners planning major home renovation plan to hire professional help.

Source: Renovation in America, Findings from the 2013 Houzz & Home Survey

Hubbell Lighting receives product innovation honors

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We are proud to share that our parent company Hubbell Lighting, a world leader in lighting innovation, has added four new Product Innovation Awards (PIA) this year from Architectural Products Magazine to its trophy case of 102 awards in three years.

The following are this year’s Architectural Products PIA winning products from Hubbell Lighting’s brands:

  • MicroCore LED Light Engine—Architectural Area Lighting
  • LightVault 8 LED Luminaire—Kim Lighting
  • MultiSource™ Dual Optic 4” x 8” LED Directional—Kurt Versen
  • MegaLum LED Downlight—Prescolite

The Architectural Products Magazine PIAs determine and honor innovation in the development and refinement of building-related products.

For information on Hubbell Lighting’s products, visit www.hubbelllighting.com. For more information on the Architectural Products PIAs, visit http://www.arch-products.com/.

One soldier receives the gift of home this holiday season

Posted by kbanks & filed under Homebuilders, Projects.

      

In the spirit of the holiday season, Progress Lighting is proudly working with several other community organizations to help one very deserving soldier through Operation Finally Home – a Texas-based charity dedicated to building mortgage-free homes for our wounded men and women in uniform and the families of the fallen.

The current recipient is for a young man named Cody Nusbaum in New Braunfels, Texas. At 24 years of age, he was shot by a Taliban insurgent 11 times and has had more than 70 surgeries to repair his injuries. Doctors didn’t believe he’d walk again but in early October Cody took his first steps and has been making strides ever since. On October 6, Cody took his first steps into the framework of his new home.

We’re excited to be a leading supplier of lighting fixtures in Cody’s new home! The project is expected to be completed in early March, and we look forward to sharing updates along the way.

In the meantime, you can learn more about Cody and Operation Finally Home at www.nahb.org/BSCforSoldiersTX, and even watch a video of Cody learning for the first time that he’s going to receive his house.

The Orbitz Collection

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Progress Lighting.

      

Orbitz is one of Progress Lighting’s most versatile fixtures, accommodating a variety of lifestyle and lighting needs. Watch this video to learn how this popular collection adds modern beauty with functional illumination to your home.

Key features of the Orbitz collection include:

  • Rectiliniar tubing frame with etched glass shades
  • Versatile design with option to mount shades up or down
  • Brushed Nickel and Antique Bronze finishes
  • Several chandelier sizes, convertible ceiling fixtures, pendants and bath options

Trend Alert: Layered Lighting

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One of today’s most popular lighting trends revolves around a layered lighting approach. Different fixtures provide different types of light, and just the right combination beautifully and efficiently illuminates a home. While recessed fixtures provide ambient light, chandeliers and pendants are ideal for task lighting applications. Accent lighting above or below cabinets creates interest and intrigue, while highlighting special areas of a room.

Enjoy these interior shots courtesy of Ryland Homes for inspiration on how to master a layered lighting design.

Featured collection: Progress Lighting Calven. Photo courtesy of Ryland Homes-www.ryland.com

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Celebrate the Holidays Under the Right Light

Posted by kbanks & filed under holiday lighting.

      

Preparing a home for the holidays might bring to mind extensive decorations or a total remodel of a living or dining room. However, small changes through lighting can create a festive and comfortable environment with minimal effort.

Welcome family and guests into your home

Entryways are the first areas of a home to invite guests and set the tone for the rest of the interior. Lanterns and hanging fixtures can be functional yet decorative pieces that serve as the focal point in entryways.

Other ways to add drama in foyers are through the use of layered lighting, such as a chandelier accented with a sconce, along with the use of dimmers – to control the light level and create the ultimate welcoming environment for holiday guests.

In addition, simple outdoor lighting techniques can make your home and yard look great and offer functional features during the holidays – and all year long. Lighting along paths and driveways enhances the overall theme of your outdoor space while preventing accidents in the dark.

Illuminate favorite rooms for festive gatherings

Consider designing inspirational lighting schemes in the areas where friends and family gather most during the holidays. Incorporating layers of light – like chandeliers, recessed lighting and wall sconces – will add depth to a popular room.

In living areas, find creative uses of recessed fixtures, wall brackets or pendants to provide ample light. To brighten or soften illumination, incorporate dimmers to create drama with the flip of a switch.

Placing a chandelier over a dining table adds instant appeal to a centerpiece or holiday meal. Also consider adding a pendant – or multiple pendants – to showcase the dining area. For a behind-the-scenes tip: recessed wall washers can provide additional light, while helping to create the illusion of a larger space.

Also, consider making small adjustments like decorating existing fixtures or adjusting illumination to highlight holiday centerpieces to enhance a festive environment.

For more information about lighting for every home and occasion, visit Progress Lighting online at www.progresslighting.com. You can also find on social media:

Martha Childress Fundraising Opportunities

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The HBA of Greenville Board of Directors has formed the Martha Childress Task Force to modify Martha’s home in preparation for returning from a rehabilitation facility. Martha continues to heal and is making great strides in recovering from a gunshot wound that left her paralyzed from the waist down.

Progress Lighting is proud to be part of the HBA community that is helping to make a difference for the Childress family. Please consider supporting this initiative.

If you are unable to contribute labor or materials to these two projects, please consider a cash contribution to the Martha Childress Housing Fund. All proceeds not spent on her housing needs will be donated to a fund for her ongoing health needs. Checks can be made payable to HBA of Greenville Attn: Martha Childress Fund, 5 Creekside Park Court Ste. A, Greenville, SC 29615.

Additional fundraising opportunities have been set up to help Martha (http://elephantstrong.org/fundraising.html).

If you have any questions, please contact the HBA office at info@hbaofgreenville.com or (864) 254-0133.

Original source: http://hbaofgreenville.blogspot.com/2013/11/martha-childress-task-force-and.html

Roxbury: Elegance for traditional interiors

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Add a touch of Hollywood glamour to your interior style with the Roxbury collection.

  • Graceful fluted arms in a Classic Silver finish emanate from a central column of fluted crystal.
  • Crowned with simple black and off -white shades as standard, while blue-green and red shades offer a stylish option.
  • Roxbury offers elaborate chandeliers with up to 15 lights.
  • Pendants, close-to-ceiling and bath and vanity fixtures complete the family.

Lighting shades for versatile interior designs

Posted by kbanks & filed under lighting designs.

      

Whether getting festive for an upcoming holiday, adding new décor or just refreshing the contents of a room, homeowners are almost always looking to make subtle updates to their humble abodes.

One small addition that can be made to an interior is changing shades on light fixtures. And this option isn’t just for portable lamps – many varieties of stationary lighting fixtures have replaceable shades, as well.

Shades for pendants, chandeliers and wall sconces are available in a number of options:

  • Round or oval shapes
  • Silk, linen or paper material
  • Colors, patterns and textures to match any home decor

One large shade can cover the entire width of a fixture for a dramatic statement.

Progress Lighting’s Nisse chandelier features an oval drum shade with off-white silken fabric.

Or, smaller shades add a subtle treatment to individual lights and disguise not-so-elegant lamps, such as spiral CFLs.

Roxbury fixtures have optional round drum shades in a variety of colors.

The beauty of today’s lighting options is that homeowners have the freedom to personalize designs without replacing fixtures. Drum shades add versatility and décor options to any room for years of enjoyment.

Enter our Light Up Your Home Sweepstakes!

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, sweepstakes.

      

Recycle your look for a less complicated, clean design. Wisten is a simple, modern and balanced collection that is perfect for today’s understated interiors. Enter for your chance to win one these timeless five-light chandeliers from Progress Lighting and Riverbend Home, now through December 17, 2013

Good luck!