4 tips to upgrade your bedroom decor

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Turn your bedroom into your very own personal sanctuary. With some easy design upgrades, make this room your favorite space in the house, and the perfect place to unwind and recharge.

Some easy bedroom decorating tips include:

  • Use a layered lighting approach: Blanket you’re bedroom in layers of light. Varying your fixtures, such as bedside wall sconces for reading or a chandelier for overall illumination, adds comfort with both functional and aesthetic benefits.

Tip #1: Layered lighting. Featured collection: Savannah

  • Use pattern and color to set the mood: Incorporate bright colors and fun patterns to add energy and cheer to your bedroom. Use a soft color palette with subtle patterns for a more relaxed, soothing environment. Our Bingo collection allows you to customize your fixture – so you can easily switch out fabric with new patterns and colors to match your style of the season!

Tip #2: Use pattern to add interest. Featured collection: Bingo

  • Use lighting to create a focal point: Adding an elegant fixture such as a chandelier creates an interesting focal point for your bedroom. Waking up and shutting your eyes to beautiful design? What could be better!

Tip #3: Add a focal point. Featured collection: Ashbury

  • Create a master suite by unifying your bathroom: By carrying colors and design themes into your bathroom, your personal space will feel bigger. Use similar accessories and finishes to connect these two rooms for a full, relaxed suite. Progress Lighting makes it easy with a variety of fixtures that coordinate throughout the home.

Tip #4: Create a master suite. Featured collection: Helium

What was once a place to solely to sleep, will now be a peaceful haven where you love to linger. To view the full collections pictured above, visit www.progresslighting.com.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens, Top Bedroom Decorating Tips

Nissé: Modern-day glam

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The Nissé Collection offers a striking blend of vintage elements and bold silhouettes – with refined details that reflect beautifully throughout a home. Watch this video to learn what makes this one of Progress Lighting’s most-loved collections.

  • Mirror-like Polished Nickel finish
  • Chunky discs of clear glass accent each fixture’s sleek curved arms
  • Available with rich, off-white silken fabric shades
  • Cascades of shimmering glass beads and cut-prism drops

Moving forward with home renovations

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According to the 2013 Houzz & Home survey, a majority of U.S. homeowners are ready to renovate. A bullish 53 percent of those surveyed agreed that now is a good time to renovate a home.

The results pointed toward a strengthening economy, housing and renovation market. Commerce Department data also showed that the rate of single-family home construction is at its highest level in four and a half years.

Additionally, 48 percent of homeowners are planning to remodel, build an addition, or build a custom home. Meanwhile, 84 percent of respondents are planning to decorate or redecorate their homes.

Take a look at the top U.S. markets for planned projects:

Are you planning to renovate your home to kick off the New Year? Be sure to check out our latest designs to complete your project.

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

New lighting options in 2014: What you need to know

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, energy efficiency.

After almost 140 years, traditional 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs will no longer be available after January 1, 2014. This is the final stage of the Energy Independence and Efficiency Act of 2007, which ruled these lighting sources don’t meet modern efficiency standards.

In fact, high efficiency incandescents cost about $1.50 each, compared to 50 cents or so for the older versions. But the new ones last twice as long, and use 28 percent less power. There are other popular alternatives, such as CFL and LED sources, that are known and long life and high efficiency – and continue to improve in aesthetics.

Check out these alternatives and more information on the new regulations in the video below:

Source: Huffington Post Home

Congrats Toll Brothers, 2013 Builder of the Year!

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A big congrats to our friends at Toll Brothers, Inc. for being named Builder and Developer Magazine’s Builder of the Year! A well-deserved honor for many noteworthy results and achievements in 2013.

Source: Builder and Developer Magazine. Featuring Progress Lighting Bay Court pendants and Equinox chandelier.

As one of the nation’s leading builders of luxury homes, Toll Brothers has much to celebrate as we close out 2013. Here are some of the highlights from this year:

  • Purchased Shapell Industries, a Beverly Hills firm behind more than 70,000 homes throughout California.
  • Focused on the luxury market and the acceleration of demand from international buyers wanting to own homes in the United States.
  • Delivered high levels of quality and customer satisfaction, especially with their offering of specialty green features that makes them stand out among their competitors.
  • Continued excellence in customization options, allowing customers to “personalize” their home to suit their family and lifestyle needs.

Source: Builder and Developer Magazine, “America’s Big Homebuilder Just Got Bigger”

Haven: Rustic and contemporary styling

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Transform an area of your home into your own personal Haven with a collection that embodies the perfect marriage of rustic and contemporary details.

  • The complete family includes three pendant and foyer fixture options – each with its own unique design.
  • All fixtures are ideal for illuminating halls, entryways and even sitting rooms.
  • Haven’s modern shape lends itself to an ancient-inspired color palette.
  • Finished in Copper Bronze and embraces Stonehenge glass.

Flirt: Sassy appeal for casual interiors

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Our Flirt collection is perfectly named – slim opal white glass shades with a hint of curve are accentuated by undulating forms and flowing arms for a sassy appeal.

Additional details of this charismatic family include:

  • Modern Antique Bronze finish
  • Seven fixture options: one-light bath; four-, six- and eight-light chandeliers, three- and four-light foyer fixtures; and a mini-pendant option

See the complete collection online now!

Renovation in America: Trends & Findings

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, remodeling, renovations.

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.

Featured collection: Progress Lighting Lady Luck

  • 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.