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Floor lighting options

The number of flooring options in your home is endless. With the variety of choice from hardwood floorscarpetlaminate floors and floor tiles available you might want to start thinking about installation or adding floor lighting to your rooms, this can enhance the effect your floor creates.

When your home is lacking natural light, interior lighting is the only functional solution. Not only is it practical but it also contributes to the decorative styles of your house. It is now even easier to personalize the lighting with the large market of options to choose from. There are many ways to add style to your house but when it comes to lighting you have a limitless choice at your disposal.

For decades, the standard lamp has been the main form of floor lighting that can light up your room with style. This household item is often used for general task and ambient based lighting. But with the recent designs of these floor lights you will find they have taken a contemporary twist.

The classic task lamp that would normally be used in an office for the use on desks has now been transformed into a full length standing lamp that screams retro style. These standard floor lamps are practical and they also sometimes could with adjustable height functions making this lamp a multi-functional light.

Down lighting lamps light up the immediate space, this enables you to designate the area that you think requires light. The lamp is also portable, this means that you can move it to a different location in your home and it can be used for a multitude of tasks.

A vast range of standard lamp designs are available to provide you with a personalized choice. For years these lights have led the way in floor lighting and still continue to do so but with a modern twist, they are now also receiving competition from other floor lighting options.

A newer type of floor lighting that has found its way on to the market is recessed floor lighting. This type of light is installed into hollow openings within the floors surface and designed for up lighting. This idea is similar to the lighting commonly used in ceilings.

Soft Illumination

Recessed lights tend to emit a soft illumination that adds accent as well as ambiance to your room. In the past these lights have been known to be used to light up paths, in retail stores and domestically they are normally used as outdoor patio lights. Now popular in the home recessed floor lights are often used to add lighting to kitchen units and staircases.

For interior design use recessed floor lighting can be bought in bright colors that can add drama and interest to a room. Just like a standard floor light, recessed floor lighting comes in a variety of shapes and designs that can go well with any current styles and themes in your home.

The cost for these recessed floor lights can vary a lot, but it does pay to shop around for the best quality, you will find that this type of lighting is relatively unobtrusive but it does have to be durable to be used on the floor.

Floor lighting is the best way to shed a new light on modern interior settings. Stylish floor lamps can be elegant yet functional. Recessed lighting is a contemporary and bold twist that can create that on trend style.

Fishing In Our Favorite River

Lakes On The Rivers

Over the years, under his watchful eye, I learned to read water, choose the right fly, properly fish a wet fly, or drift a dry fly down over a salmon just right. He also taught me a lot of the finer points of tying fishing flies. I had learned the basics from another fellow, but my mentor, he taught me how to tie them so they would catch fish. He also taught me how to keep your flies out of sight of other fishermen too, something I do to this day.

I also learned about trucks,
driving 4X4’s on muddy trails, boats, canoes, outboard motors, chain saws, moose hunting, deer hunting, rabbit hunting, and more outdoorsy stuff like how to light a fire in the pouring rain…sometime I will tell you how to do that….

Joe made me into a fisherman even though it didn’t always come easy, and even though we didn’t always get along. Over the years we had our ins and outs, but through it all we had our love for salmon fishing, a passion, some would call it a sickness.

He was a “man’s man” in no uncertain terms, and would just as soon fist fight ya as give in to anyone who crossed him. I know because I crossed him occasionally. Fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon can be like that. You wonder who is hooked worse, the fish or the fisherman.

Fishing In The Summer

I was certainly hooked and so was he. In fact for a spell, we began to compete with each other, almost by accident, probably not aware of what was happening, the student was getting as good if not better than the teacher, and our relationship was changing a bit.

Unfortunately, Joe died a couple of years ago, after a long, hard battle with cancer. He fought it hard, like he did everything in life, and lasted much longer than the doctors ever imagined. I think the thoughts of fishing in the summer kept him going through several surgeries and all kinds of treatments, some worse than the disease I’m sure.

We made our peace one night in the hospital. The two of us, friends, the boy grown into the man, the man at the end of his road. I remember our conversation skirted the truth, that he wasn’t going to come out of the hospital, that the battle was over and the disease had won. But it was a hard won battle, and he was an inspiration to me in terms of fighting, and taking it like a man. I can only hope when my time comes I can draw on my mentor and take it like Joe did…like a man.

Fly Fishing In Our Favorite River

The reason I am writing this tonight, is because of something that happened to me this weekend that kind of struck me as well…I dunno….I was fly fishing in our favorite river, in our favorite pool. The salmon are all but disappeared, owing to acid rain, seals and lord knows what else, but the trout are still there. As I fished, I thought about my departed friend and mentor, and our times together on that river.

If I looked closely I could imagine him sitting on the log by the pool watching me, waiting his turn to fish. But when I blinked, he was gone, and the log was empty.

I caught several small trout, releasing them all, perhaps 10 or more, and was convinced that there were no big ones to be had. But, I remembered my buddy’s words, “always assume you are fishing over fish” and I kept fishing. Changing flies, to one of the first fly patterns he had shown me, I tied it on, using the knot he had shown me, and cast it out into the pool. As I did, I said the words aloud, “Common Joe, help me out here, find me a fish!”

The strike came almost instantly, and I lifted my rod tip instinctively, setting the hook, like he had shown me, and hung on as a big silver sea trout splashed out of the water, trying to throw my hook. He was unsuccessful and I had him on the reel in no time, watching in amazement as the biggest sea trout I have caught in probably 15 years struggled against me. It was then I realized I didn’t have a dip net, and it was too big a fish to risk just hefting him ashore.

I looked down the shoreline and saw the little beach, and just like Joe had shown me so many years before, I led the fish down the edge of the shore and up onto that beach….just like Joe had shown me….

As I picked the big silvery sea trout up in my hands, (he weighed about 3 lbs) I looked up to the sky and said, “Thanks Joe…for everything.”

Fishing – Just Like Joe Had Shown Me

fisherman on the lake

As a young lad I was quite interested in fishing, trout and Atlantic salmon fishing, in particular. My Dad, although he was the one who initially installed the fishing bug in me, wasn’t always able to go because he had to work, and he wasn’t exactly the most successful fly fisherman on the lake either….but….

Our cottage neighbor was. In fact, he was probably one of the best salmon and trout fishermen of his era. The guy could catch a salmon in a rain puddle, I swear….When I turned 13 or 14, he took me under his wing and together we fished salmon rivers from one end of the province to the other.


This was in the 1970’s when there were salmon in a lot of those rivers, and in some cases, lots of salmon. Our neighbor, retired, with nothing on his mind but fishing, had lots of time to go, and the gear to go with, boats and 4 wheel drives, and a travel trailer, meaning we could go from river to river where ever the fish were and we did…a lot.

I was only young, and although I clearly idolized the man, I wasn’t aware of just how good a fisherman he really was until I got older and wiser and started really paying attention. I also couldn’t help but notice the awe that other fishermen had for him, some of it bordering on outright jealousy.

He could find a fish when other’s couldn’t. He knew how to “read the water” to know where I fish might lie. He knew what flies worked on what river and what pool. He also knew how to land a fish under almost any conditions. I saw him lose a few, but it was very few indeed. In fact, once he had one hooked, it was pretty much a done deal.

Atlantic salmon

In addition, along the way he taught me something about being a man, about being tough, which is not a bad trait to develop. It takes a lot to get through life, and a little measure of toughness can help from time to time.

Over the years I have managed to channel some of that toughness to times when I need it, and keep it at bay the rest of the time. It has proven to be a useful ability, but I am digressing.

As I said, together we fished from one end of the province to the other, from spring run fish, to summer run to late season salmon in the fall. He became a surrogate father to me in many ways, and certainly a fishing mentor that other fishermen would have loved to have. Even in the winter, he would call me up and take me to the Salmon Association meetings.

Adirondack Chairs

Cottage Chairs

There are lots of great things that you can have at a cottage, many of them fall into the ‘nice to have but you can do without’ category, but…there are a few that are must haves…These are the things that you cannot do without, yes, I know, you can probably do without almost anything, you are a cottager and camper, used to ‘roughing it’ if you need to…but…there are still things that you could do without, you just don’t want to…does that make sense to you? I got lost in that sentence myself, and I wrote it….duh..

Classic Cottage Chairs

Among the ‘must haves’ is an Adirondack Chair. You simply cannot have a cottage without at least two and hopefully four, of these wonderful chairs. Just look around at all the pictures of classic cottages, and chances are, there will be Adirondack chairs somewhere in the picture. Either on the deck, or down by the water’s edge.

Quite often they find their way out to the wharf, and are a wonderful way to enjoy a cup of coffee on a quiet summer morning. They are durable, comfortable and just look great around the cottage, especially in the wide range of colors that are available today.

These days Adirondack chairs come in many different designs and colors. Take for instance this Adirondack Rocking Chair 

Of course if you’re cottage life means sitting beside your loved one watching the loons fish in the lake, you’ll love this Cottage Classics Adirondack Settee  Just right for two to cuddle up in and watch the sun come up….or go down….

If storage space is an issue around your camp or cottage, a folding Adirondack chair might just be the answer. rocking Adirondack chairs


Unfold it when you need it, fold it back up and tuck it away when you don’t, what more could you ask for? Well, you could also ask for an Adirondack Ottoman to make relaxing in your chair even better….

Of course, rocking Adirondack chairs, and Adirondack settees are nice, but the classic Adirondack chair  will always be a favorite.
My Dad made several of these for our cottage years ago and they are still going strong. Unfortunately Dad’s design was not quite as nice as the ones shown here, but….what the heck, they were handmade by my Father…makes them good enough for me. I love to carry one down from the deck and out on to the wharf on a calm summer morning, cast a worm and bobber into the water, sip a cup of coffee and watch the sun come up over our lake.

So there you go, no cottage is complete without a couple of these chairs. But a couple or make them yourself, but make sure you have a couple set up on your deck or under your favorite shade tree, you never know when company might arrive, who knows it might be me!

Cabot L Desk Office Furniture Bush Quality Design

Office Furniture

Bush, one of the leading home office furniture manufacturers, always offers high quality furniture with innovative designs. If you look for lasting valued furniture for your office, you can consider Bush Signature.

One of the five stars rated office appliances designed by Bush is Cabot L Desk Office Furniture. What is special about this desk? Let’s learn the features of the desk. This desk includes the combination of a hutch and lateral file. The lateral file has two drawers that can be used to keep files.

Keeping files in this lateral file is safe because it is completed with an interlocking drawer mechanism. With this special feature, you do not need to worry about files tipping. In addition, there are glass door cabinets to keep your books and binders. Due to all of these storage features, this desk is a perfect solution for those who need more space to keep their files.


Bathroom Furniture Vanities Design

Bathroom furniture vanities are an essential accessory to design a bathroom in the most striking way. These days, decorating your living area and bedroom is not enough to add value to your house.

In order to show a high-end style to the bathroom, this needs and deserves some awareness equal to other spaces in your house. In this article, we will talk on the different sizes and styles of bathroom furniture vanities which are offered for your remodeled or new bathroom.

There are some things to think about before making your option, and we will get through what they are thus you make the ideal choice with no regrets.


You can select bathroom furniture vanities which are within your financial plan that will very effectively and nicely change the look of your recent bathroom. With a little of shopping around, you will be able to find different kinds of bathroom vanities in the marketplace which will give you many choices to pick from. They are presented in different materials and styles, thus you can get the best piece at a low cost. With shopping cleverly for the buy of new bathroom furniture vanities, you can considerably change the look of the bathroom without breaking your money for the venture.

Bathroom Furniture Vanities Size

These bathroom furniture vanities are offered in some different sizes, and you can go for one to match your room whether it is big or small.

The options range from truly small base bathroom vanities, single-sink vanities, custom bathroom vanities, small double-bathroom sinks, corner style units, and more. Storage spaces are an essential consideration as opting for your vanity. You desire to be certain that you end up with bathroom furniture vanities that are gorgeous but also makes the bathroom look tidy and neat.

Kitchen Color Schemes

A kitchen might be the most taken for granted components of a house. You might believe that the kitchen is simply used for cooking, thus fancy designs are not required.

Do not get tricked by this fallacy as kitchen color schemes are as significant as any other color schemes applied for the other parts of the home. Color is a great way to express your mood, and it can also create an aura in the area that you enter in. The kitchen color schemes are crucial as it can adjust the moods of the people that are going in and out of kitchens.

First, you have to look for a theme of your kitchen color schemes. A theme for the kitchen is effectual because it can help you search for the ideal color scheme to go after. Colors usually show a certain idea than people get once they enter the kitchen. It will narrow down the color selections for you. The most frequent colors applied as kitchen color schemes are white, yellow, peach, and light colors. A kitchen is typically painted in one color to form a neat and clean look. Light colors are frequently chosen because those tricks the eyes into forming the kitchen look larger by bringing in imitation light into the area.


Kitchen Color Ideas Bright Yellow

Kitchen color ideas are very essential design element for any kitchen since it can play a vital role in affecting our modes. A great combination of kitchen colors in the design of your beautification can make the kitchen look livelier and more attractive. On the other hand, mismatched kitchen color ideas can ruin your decoration. Color can have an effect on the mood of any room. For instance, some studies have revealed that red can speed up the pulse and breathing pace, as well as boost appetite. Yellow, particularly soft yellows can in fact make us feel happier.

When applied as an accent bright yellow can draw attention and lighten up the kitchen. You can also make use of color to affect how small or large the kitchen can feel. With kitchen color ideas color taking on more significance, many manufacturers of kitchen cabinets, appliances, counter tops, and flooring are offering the shopper more selections in the colors. The best kitchen color schemes must include shades of brown, yellow, pink, peach, or blue. Kitchen color ideas have come and gone over many years. Some color schemes have remained trendy over time.


Kitchen Color Ideas White Selection

White as kitchen color ideas remains a popular selection seeing that it can boast a clean look. One drawback of any all-white kitchen is that this type of kitchen design can have a sterile and cold feel and look. That is why white is typically accented with one other color, for instance blue. What’s more, design components of kitchen color ideas such as a bright colored oak floor, or a soft accent provided by curtains can make the kitchen seem warmer. It is deemed as a great idea to go for one color as the whole or base color and choose one or two accent colors.

Kitchen Wall Decor Essential Theme

A suitable kitchen wall decor can be a great decoration for any kitchen. Kitchen is the place in which you cook, serve, eat and also socialize with your close friends and family.

It is deemed to be the most exceptional and auspicious place of your house since all the kindness, prosperity, and health is through the ways you cook, serve and then spend time in a kitchen. Then how often do you feel that the kitchen wall decor is too empty and clumsy?

If you believe doing up with stylish tiles is the solution you are most likely looking at resolutions of the Mid 90′s as the problem continues in the next decade.

A kitchen wall decor is not alone for the hallway or lobby of your houses. It has a unique place in the wall of the kitchen.

But selecting of the theme of wall decor is very essential in regards to the feel and look it can bring into the kitchen. You would clearly not like to hang that big abstract art work in the walls because they make up a bit sense in the kitchen you shall seldom get time to take a seat and rest to enjoy the decoration.

Generally a kitchen wall decor is adorned using Cuisine and Food Art Pictures, Posters and Prints. You can also apply posters of still life which are directly related to the cookery as they can bring in the soul of being inside a place which has foods stuff.

Decorating Your Home? Here is a Truly Unique Decor Idea

So, you are feeling like your home could use a new look but you just don’t know where to start.

My advice is to start at the beginning. Huh??? What do I mean start at the beginning. When it comes time to decorate your home it can be a daunting task to figure out where to start.

You are decorating your home to create a feeling of happiness and pride. What decorating boils down to is making you feel good. When I say, start your decorating at the beginning, I mean start at the entrance. The first thing you and visitors to your home see is the front door.

Removing Clutter from Rooms

Start your decorating at the entrance of your home and work your way back. If the entrance (interior and exterior) and less than pleasing your efforts to decorate anywhere else could be in vain as your mood will be impacted from the moment you enter.

Start by planning a “feeling” you want your home to project. Southwest decor, country, or maybe ultra-contemporary, essentially decide on the theme of your home and then start decorating at the front door, yes the exterior. This is what you see first.

Exterior Decorating

When you have nicely decorating the exterior entrance, begin work on decorating the interior entrance to your home. Before you begin any decorating on the interior entrance, start by removing clutter. Are there mounds of shoes stacked haphazardly or coats strewn about?

Start by finding ways to eliminate the clutter from your entrance and then add the decorative touches after. Clutter removal may save you money on decorating as you may find yourself saying: “Hey, this looks great once the clutter is removed”.

I do quite a bit of travel in my business and while on the road I was reading the Home and Garden section of the Charlotte Observer newspaper and read one of the most interesting and unique home decorating ideas I have ever seen, Ladders as a decorative and functional accessory.

More Clever Decorating Ideas

Ideas such as use a ladder to hold towels, magazines and various other household items. Hey, why not consider trying a ladder to be a functional and decorative piece in your home.

You may want to consider spray painting to fit in with your home color scheme. Use some imagination, maybe a basket that could hang from the rungs of the ladder. I haven’t tried this but I do know the possibilities are there. Well, I am off to find other interesting decorating ideas with you.

Maybe next posting will be a little more traditional.