How to dim the light with style

Thin shawl over a lamp shade

We moved the furniture around again. What used to be the dining room which overlooks the garden is now the family room. Since it is adjacent to the kitchen, when the door of the room is ajar and the pendant lights over the kitchen island are on, the glare can be distracting if you’re watching TV. Sam asked if we could hang a bead curtain on the door to block the glare. I said we still had a lot of beads from the summer some ten years ago when she and Alex went bead crazy, and she could start stringing them. She snorted, I rolled my eyes, she went back into the family room and I resumed editing photos.

Some half an hour later, after the pizza crust dough had risen and I had grated the cheese for the pizza dinner that Sam had been asking for for over a week, I decided to take a break. Sam volunteered to assemble and bake all four single-serve pizzas so I went into the family room to relax for a while. And that was when I noticed the lamp shade. »

Lights, scents and home accessories

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I would have posted photos of loots from our most recent trips to Dapitan and Tiendesitas but, quite unexpectedly, I got sick on December 23 and I didn't feel better until late evening on Christmas day. It was a quiet house on Christmas Eve. The house helpers attended midnight mass in town and, a little before midnight, … »

Mom and Dad bedroom

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It is the master bedroom but I don't like calling it that because it implies that the other bedrooms (or its occupants) are somehow inferior. So I call it the Mom and Dad bedroom. It has a bow window that looks out on the street and the swimming pool of the clubhouse. It also has sliding French doors that lead to our … »

Matching floor and table lamps

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When we moved in, the only lights in the living room were seven halogen bulbs in brass fixtures on the ceiling. We rarely turned them on because the power consumption gave us nightmares. We entertained a lot of ideas about how to do the living room lighting using more practical CFLs but the brass fixtures can only … »