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How to Exude Class and Comfort with French Provincial Décor May 25 2017, 0 Comments

If you're someone who loves sleek, sophisticated furniture paired with comfortable linen and old world charm, perhaps French provincial decor is for you. This interior design evokes with natural grace that is achieved by effortless arrangement of raw materials, making use of wrought iron, distressed timber, stone and terracotta. It suits homeowners with practicality in mind; a tasteful décor that will never go out style and will keep your home looking warm and cosy every season of the year.

A little bit about French provincial decor: this interior design blossomed in the late 1700s, when wine indulging locals began to mimic lavish chateaux furnishings. Due to their business, homeowners incorporated industrial finishes in their rooms, creating a lovely balance between the extravagant and the practical, such as rustic wood and marble. Think about enjoying a lovely sip of Bordeaux as your eyes scan the lovely antique shelves and classic paintings on the wall.

Get swept back to the French countryside with this unique look. Here are some tips on how to incorporate this style in your home:

Skip the bold colours and head to the taupes and whites. French provincial decor has a quiet, soothing palette, and you want something that offers the feeling of serenity instead of a splashy, laud hue. Use whites and creams as base colours, and from there, build up the palette with earthy, muted or jewel tones.

 

Look for shabby chic items with a hint of age:

French provincial decor has a quiet, soothing palette, and you want something that offers the feeling of serenity instead of a splashy, laud hue.

Like a distressed surface or a peeled-off paint job. More points go to furniture with ornate details. Armoires, vintage tables and sideboard add an authentic, raw charm to your room.

While French provincial decor is rarely flashy, you can add a touch of luxury when it comes to lighting.

 

While French provincial decor is rarely flashy, you can add a touch of luxury when it comes to lighting. Our suggestions?

Recreate the look of a wine cellar with this Vintage Industrial Pulley Light. Our suggestion? Place it over your kitchen table or for more formal affair this  3 Light Glass Pendant over a dining table for that rustic French charm

For your living room, decorate it with a classic Gooseneck Class Chandelier or brighten up your entryway with this ornate Boulevard Outdoor Wall Light

A black French Industrial Brass Desk Lamp to keep your tables company during task lighting needs. There’s a unique European flair in this Candlestick Brass Table Lamp which is a perfect company for accent tables

Want something hauntingly unusual? This Vintage Umbrella Chandelier will definitely make a statement in your French provincial interior

You don't have to be finnicky about dressing your room to the nines when it comes to French provincial decor. In fact, this style relies on a beautiful feeling of undoneness. So take out that chipped cabinet or raw wooden table and enjoy the rich comfort of seasoned natural lines and patterns. Herringbone floors, carved detailing and intricate wall designs also add up to the look.

enjoy the rich comfort of seasoned natural lines and patterns. Herringbone floors, carved detailing and intricate wall designs also add up to the look.

 

Things you want to indulge in? How about comfortable linens and tastefully curated drapes and rugs? Choose pillowcases with soft patterns and textures to incorporate a burst of colour into the look. A few more things to invest into: soft-shade ceramics, woven baskets, gilded mirrors and toile patterned fabrics.

incorporate a burst of colour into the look. A few more things to invest into soft-shade ceramics, woven baskets, gilded mirrors and toile patterned fabrics

 

If you loved these tips, please be on a lookout for more interior design features in this blog. Tell us what you think about this post by commenting below! Images via Fat Shack Vintage Pinterest board. 


Tips on How to Choose Light Bulbs Based on Your Fixtures May 19 2017, 0 Comments

Back in the days, shopping for a light bulb used to be easy as picking up a box and stashing it in your cart. Today, with so many things to consider, you might be confused how to choose light bulbs that will suit your needs. You want your light bulb to be energy efficient, cost effective and aesthetically beautiful. How to begin the hunt? Here's one clue: start with the location and lighting fixture you're pairing it with.

LED:

Use it for recessed lights in your living room & kitchen:

Use it for recessed lights in your living room & kitchen. For general family areas, overhead recessed lighting becomes your primary light source and thus, will be used a lot. You want to choose an

For general family areas, overhead recessed lighting becomes your primary light source and thus, will be used a lot. You want to choose an energy-efficient light that shines in a single direction to provide you the right illumination you need. With LEDs, you get a whopping 80% savings compared to incandescent and longevity that is much more than regular CFLs. Our suggestion: Edison Teardrop LED 8W, LED Light Bulb Clear 95 6W

Use it for inconvenient locations such as stairwells:

Use iLED light bulbs for inconvenient locations such as stairwells

 

If you're not willing to go up and down a tall ladder to reach a lighting fixture, then use LEDs. These light bulbs promise longevity and are best placed in areas you don't want to touch-up often. Other than stairwells, take advantage of LEDs by using them in tray ceilings, cabinets, track lighting and ledges. Our suggestion: E14 LED Filament 4W, LED E14 Opal Light Bulb

CFL:

Use it for table and floor lamps:

 

Plumen CFL Designer Light Bulb

CFLs offer an ambient, warm glow and thus, are perfect for dimmable lamps. They also come in a wide range of colour temperatures, from candlelight to blue sky colours to fit your needs. Alternatively, you can use halogen incandescent. These lights look similar to the traditional incandescent forms but use at least 25% less energy. Efficient and omni-directional, use this light to pair with your favourite lamps to provide a cosy effect in your room. Our suggestion: Plumen CFL Designer Light Bulb

Use it for your bathroom vanity:

High-traffic bathroom areas with frequent use can maximize CFL light bulbs with warm colour temperature. Choose whiter colours for your lighted mirror to show off colour and texture as you apply your makeup.

 

High-traffic bathroom areas with frequent use can maximize CFL light bulbs with warm colour temperature. Choose whiter colours for your lighted mirror to show off colour and texture as you apply your makeup. Our suggestion: Oversized CFL Light Bulb

Use it for outdoor lights:

 

CFLs provide outdoor illumination that matches well with your lighting fixture's sensor. Use these lights to replace expensive LEDs, especially if you don't use outdoor lights often.

 

CFLs provide outdoor illumination that matches well with your lighting fixture's sensor. Use these lights to replace expensive LEDs, especially if you don't use outdoor lights often. Our suggestion: CFL Squirrel Cage Light Bulb

 

Inexpensive Light Bulb

Use it for rarely used lighting fixtures:

 

There's no reason why you should splurge on an LED for a lighting fixture you don't get to use every day. It's time to get practical. Opt for cheaper lights in your chandeliers, closet lighting and attic fixtures.

 

There's no reason why you should splurge on an LED for a lighting fixture you don't get to use every day. It's time to get practical. Opt for cheaper lights in your chandeliers, closet lighting and attic fixtures.

 

If you're wondering what kind of lighting fixture suits your personality, here's a post that could help you. Meanwhile, find out light bulb basics plus tips on buying light bulb on our blog.

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Charming Vintage Kids’ Bedroom Ideas (And the Perfect Lighting to Go With It!) May 11 2017, 0 Comments

They might be small, but that doesn't mean you should go less with decorating. After all, childhood is the time when one's imagination is at its peak. By bedtime, your little toddler might be warding off dragons, saving princesses, sailing ships or becoming a caped superhero. It is important, then, to create a kids' room that matches their personality.

A classic design that never goes out of style vintage kids' bedroom is the perfect choice for starting parents. There's a nice sense of warmth and character with small retro touches, such as old furniture, graphic posters, vintage toys, and more. Here are some of our favourite vintage kids' bedroom, and how you too can pull up the same look!

Neutral Wonder: 

This vintage kids' bedroom is effortlessly clean and easy on the eye, making it a perfect space for a boy or a girl.

This vintage kids' bedroom is effortlessly clean and easy on the eye, making it a perfect space for a boy or a girl. It fits small rooms and doesn't require much; wall shelving and hooks create the perfect storage for little items your child can play with. The antique closet also adds some personality in it! 
Tip: add a splash of colour to your neutral painted room with the furniture and pillowcases. The perfect lighting to go with it? A cluster of Festoon Lights draped on the wall.

Sporty Spaces:

the colours and the furniture are already overwhelming, you might want to find a simpler, basic light to illuminate the room, like our Anchor Rope Pendant Light.

For your boy who dreams of becoming a great athlete one day, this colourful retro-themed bedroom will definitely suit his liking. Clad in deep blue and white with hints of red, this space screams of "winner" and industrial at the same time.
Because the colours and the furniture are already overwhelming, you might want to find a simpler, basic light to illuminate the room, like our Anchor Rope Pendant Light

Creative Curator:

 an eclectic room filled with all sorts of toys and books is enough to tickle your child's intellect. Bright pops of colour make it more interesting;

For the always curious, an eclectic room filled with all sorts of toys and books is enough to tickle your child's intellect. Bright pops of colour make it more interesting; use graphic pillows and sheets to incorporate a medley of hues in your vintage kids' bedroom.
You want to add a touch of whimsy to the space, and you can easily do that by placing our Timber Table Lamp with decorative shade by the bedside.

Sweet Fairytales:

a tranquil pastel-coloured room where greys and browns mix, brightened up with a splash of blood orange. Little wall decor like flower crowns, buntings and tassels, add to the spectacle

Make a princess out of your little girl by indulging her in her own space filled with her favourite things. Here's a tranquil pastel-coloured room where greys and browns mix, brightened up with a splash of blood orange. Little wall decor like flower crowns, buntings and tassels, add to the spectacle. Who says you have to stick with a bedside lamp?
Match this vintage kids' bedroom with a starry wonder using our Marquee Lights in the shape of a star.

Dark Walls:

 Brighten up the space with the use of our Light Boxes Edison Bulb. This unique light is perfect for your child’s Eureka moments

Your vintage kids' bedroom doesn't have to be always white. Here is a fine example of using dark-coloured walls yet still retaining that youthful lustre, thanks to the graphic arts, stuffed animal decorations and strong pops of caramel and orange. Some might see this colour as moody and pensive, but did you know darker walls tickle our emotions and intellect too?
Brighten up the space with the use of our Light Boxes: Edison Bulb. This unique light is perfect for your child’s Eureka! moments.

Loved this series? Make sure to stay tuned to this blog for more room features and lighting suggestions. Meanwhile, join the discussion by commenting below!

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Your Basic Guide to Choosing Floor Lamps May 04 2017, 0 Comments

If you want an easy, versatile lighting decor without requiring the help of a professional electrician, floor lamps are your best bet. Usually placed beside a chair, sofa or a bed, floor lamps provide soft, overhead lighting for your reading needs.

If you want an easy, versatile lighting decor without requiring the help of a professional electrician, floor lamps are your best bet. Usually placed beside a chair, sofa or a bed, floor lamps provide soft, overhead lighting for your reading needs.

It is a perfect spot lighting that adds character to your room, even when it is turned off. Therefore, choosing the right floor lamp is essential to match the rest of your furniture. Wondering where to begin? Here are your hints:

Scale it. Low ceilings can push tall floor lamps out of proportion. What you want is to find the right scale for your floor lamp to blend into the room. 68" is the ideal height for this lighting style since it conveniently conceals the bulb when you're seating or standing.

Materials matter. Metal is a common floor lamp material because of its versatility and can boast of many features and finishing combinations. But don't just limit yourself with these styles; other floor lamps are made of wood, brass, marble, rattan or glass. Find the right material that suits the rest of your decor.

Location, location. The right floor lamp can easily transform a boring corner into a delightful reading nook or a workspace. Just be careful not to obstruct spaces between seats. A safe place is to put it by an unassuming corner by the wall or an empty bay window to utilize the reflection of the light.

Yes, you can layer. Different lights in one room creates a dimension of lustre. Use two similar floor lamps for a perfect symmetry. However, don't just stick to floor lamps. Our tip: How about decorating the other end with a table lamp for a warm and cosy look?

Take a look at the types. Floor lamps differ in shapes and styles as well as how it diffuses light. Classic floor lamps are the basic types which provides general illumination and often comes with a fabric shade or a glass globe. Torchieres have shades shaped like bowls so that it reflects the light upwards and works as ambient lighting. Tree floor lamps contain more than one light sockets which allows you to move it in different directions. Lastly, the arc floor lamps, which are used to illuminate items underneath them, thanks to their bent pole.

Floor lamps for the modern man. Some floor lamp designs come with additional innovations to match your needs. Goosenecks lamps can be adjusted to focus on the light on varying directions. Tray lamps are used for lighting small spaces. Magnifying lamps come with magnifiers which lets you see things more clearly, perfect for those who have poor eyesight. See whether the floor lamp you were eyeing on have these special features too.

Wondering how a floor lamp can update your décor? Here are some of our favourite looks:

A pair of handsome floor lamps adds symmetry to this black and white masculine living room. Lighting Melbourne Australia

A pair of handsome floor lamps adds symmetry to this black and white masculine living room

 There's a nice hint of Scandinavian decor in this clean, tripod lamp . Lighting Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth

There's a nice hint of Scandinavian decor in this clean, tripod lamp. See our Wooden Tripod Floor Lamp

Metallic shades definitely add a nice touch of sheen in this room.

Metallic shades definitely add a nice touch of sheen in this room. See our Adjustable Retro Floor Lamp

Swiveling joints scream industrial in this rugged nook. Matt Black metal large floor lamp

Swiveling joints scream industrial in this rugged nook. See our Large Metal Floor Lamp

 Go eclectic with this glamorous Hollywood-inspired floor lamp

Go eclectic with this glamorous Hollywood-inspired floor lamp. See our Signal Light Tripod Floor Lamp

How about a pop of colour to brighten your day. Industrial metal floor lamp, french inspired

How about a pop of colour to brighten your day? [image source]

 

We’ve got lamps of different shades, shapes and sizes for your floor lamp craving. View our collection here.

Which of these lamps are your favourite? Give us a shout-out by commenting below.

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Get the Look: Modern Classic Décor April 27 2017, 0 Comments

Created to never go out of style, the charm of modern classic decor bridges two timelines—the past and the present; giving your space a tasteful mix of comfort sophistication. This brilliant interior design steps away from the ever-changing fads and settles on its own pace. Luxury and leisure are its two main points. And, drawing inspiration from old artefacts, you can recreate a cosy minimalist space without sacrificing style.

If you are tired of constantly shifting your room's decor to keep up with the trend, you can use this design idea that will always stay fresh, no matter what. Here are some guides:

Start with soft neutral colours and basic textures:

The philosophy of modern classic decor is simple create an unobstructed visual flow. Add floor lamps for layer lighting

 

The philosophy of modern classic decor is simple: create an unobstructed visual flow. Walls, therefore, should be painted with paler, lighter shades. Choose cold greys or bright off-whites for that subtle charm. Like a canvass, lighter walls make it easy to draw attention to the rest of your furniture.

Choose furniture wisely:

Mid-century chairs in dark colours float nicely against the lighter backdrop, creating a stunning contemporary look inside the room.

Mid-century chairs in dark colours float nicely against the lighter backdrop, creating a stunning contemporary look inside the room. No, you don't have to make everything asymmetric and uniform. Mix and match chairs and tables by taking a cue with their colours and shapes. Subtly take a play with textures and incorporate it into your design—a gorgeous floral panelling, marble countertops, herringbone flooring or even an artwork.

Give it a touch of history by bringing on the antiques!

The beauty of modern classic decor is in the old. Put the spotlight on your vintage pieces, like an artsy sculpture, an archaic table, or even smaller curated items you picked up from your travel

The beauty of modern classic decor is in the old. Put the spotlight on your vintage pieces, like an artsy sculpture, an archaic table, or even smaller curated items you picked up from your travel. Add bright colours, like strong metallic shades, to keep your space from becoming dreary.

 

Lighting is one of the most important areas of modern classic decor:

Lighting is one of the most important areas of modern classic decor. Choose different light sources for different tasks to fill the rest of the space.

Big, open windows invite natural light, offering an illusion of roomier space. Choose different light sources for different tasks to fill the rest of the space. Get away by using a modern lighting system to complement your classic interior. Looking for suggestions? How about a three-light glass pendant, a bunker globe light, or a black chandelier?

Rugs can make or break your modern classic home:

Colourful rugs liven up the contemporary appeal of the space, adding a visual texture from the hard floor surface.

Colourful rugs liven up the contemporary appeal of the space, adding a visual texture from the hard floor surface. Rugs also denote a certain area of the room, giving it more character as you utilize the rest of the space for various function.

You don't have to compromise fashion over function, and vice versa.:

With modern classic decor, you can incorporate statement pieces to give off a fresh, laidback charm in your space.

With modern classic decor, you can incorporate statement pieces to give off a fresh, laidback charm in your space. Don't deny yourself of key investment pieces, like a beautiful countertop or a glorious shelf to showcase your curated items. Since you're working with a muted palette (browns, whites, greys), you can easily get away with the furniture and appliance that matches your style and personality.

Modern classic décor is all about clean lines, remarkable focal points and leisure luxe personality. Brass and gold becomes a popular highlight for interiors in pale colours. Not all modern classic décor makes use of lighter shades however. Some delve into darker, jewel-like tones like navy, dark grey and deep purple. Whatever palette you choose, you’re sure to enjoy a fashionable interior that’s one for the books.

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10 Essential Interior Decorating Tips You Need to Know April 19 2017, 0 Comments

Some design by education, and some, by intuition. But whether you have an art degree or not, if you're a homeowner, you get opportunities to showcase your creative sparks. Simply adding a throw on the couch or choosing mismatched furniture for a room is already decorating, so why not take it further and personalize your home according to your own gusto?

If you're scared to try, or wondering where to start, we're sharing you 10 interior decorating tips that will surely help hit your room’s design spot on. Take a look:

Take a hint from the size of the room:

For smaller rooms, you need to be more strategic. Choose slimmer beds, slender chairs and swivelling lamps to add function and space to the room.

This decides the placement of the furniture. For smaller rooms, you need to be more strategic. Choose slimmer beds, slender chairs and swivelling lamps to add function and space to the room.

Comfort is the key: When it comes to seating furniture, looks don't come first. Invest on pieces that are well-made and comfortable—one that will last you a long time. Think about sofas and couches that kids can enjoy jumping and messing around. Pick fabrics that do not easily stain, and make sure you know how to maintain them.

Make an illusion of a bigger scale:

 Mirrors also come in handy when it comes to reflecting light. Framed mirrors add a nice touch of glam to your space.

Choosing low furniture makes the room appear taller. And if you want to make it look wider, add a large mirror on the wall. Mirrors also come in handy when it comes to reflecting light. Framed mirrors add a nice touch of glam to your space.

 

Add shimmer with metallics: 

Metallic pieces, such as a copper pendant lamp (see our collection), a gold-plated bowl or a selection of silver trinkets, add some gloss and sparkle to your room.

Metallic pieces, such as a copper pendant lamp (see our collection), a gold-plated bowl or a selection of silver trinkets, add some gloss and sparkle to your room.

 

Put the spotlight on your investment pieces. For the love of art, showcase your unique items where they take the centre stage. Use these to inspire a theme in your room. For example, take a wall painting's pallet and use it as the room's guide colours. Or use your rustic, antique pieces as decorations in your Renaissance inspired office.

Lift up the lights. Your lighting choice can make or break your room. Don’t just stick to a central light; layer your illumination by choosing variants of task, ambient and accent lighting. We recommend track lights (for versatility), chandeliers or pendants (for that extra character), and lamps (for focused lighting).

Follow a colour scheme. To avoid visual chaos, find a palette and stick to it. There are many colour palette generators online, and you can even find some on Pinterest. Using this gives you an overview of what your room will look like with these colours on.

Neutrals make wonders. Whites, sand, beige and greys open doors to mixing and matching with other colours. They're minimalist and can looks tastefully done, even without a strong pop of hue. This makes a great choice of palette, if you want to start with something basic.

 

It’s all about symmetry:

Whites, sand, beige and greys open doors to mixing and matching with other colours. They're minimalist and can looks tastefully done, even without a strong pop of hue.

For some, less is more—rooms appear cleaner and larger with less objects in it. However, for some, more is more. For the eclectics who love putting items in their shelves like a curated exhibit, take heart. You can still avoid making your room appear overcrowded by balancing out the objects. Perfect symmetry soothes the eyes and therefore, gives almost the same effect as a minimalist room.

Little things make the difference:

Choose what you want to go into your room first, and invest on them instead of buying items you don’t really need.

A touch of lace adds a delicate sensibility in your room, whereas leather fabrics give it a more masculine flair. A bounty of colourful pillows easily adds varieties of patterns into the space, as well as rugs. Tall white vases offer a contemporary charm, while chunky tables are perfect for industrial themed rooms. Our advice? Choose what you want to go into your room first, and invest on them instead of buying items you don’t really need.

 

We hope our interior decorating tips helped you in wading your way through the confusing world of design. More of these tips are coming your way, so make sure to check out this blog every week!

Meantime, we’d love to hear what you think. Share us your thoughts with a comment!

Images via Fat Shack Vintage Pinterest board. 

 


10 Essential Interior Decorating Tips You Need to Know April 19 2017, 0 Comments

Some design by education, and some, by intuition. But whether you have an art degree or not, if you're a homeowner, you get opportunities to showcase your creative sparks. Simply adding a throw on the couch or choosing mismatched furniture for a room is already decorating, so why not take it further and personalize your home according to your own gusto?

If you're scared to try, or wondering where to start, we're sharing you 10 interior decorating tips that will surely help hit your room’s design spot on. Take a look:

Take a hint from the size of the room:

For smaller rooms, you need to be more strategic. Choose slimmer beds, slender chairs and swivelling lamps to add function and space to the room.

This decides the placement of the furniture. For smaller rooms, you need to be more strategic. Choose slimmer beds, slender chairs and swivelling lamps to add function and space to the room.

Comfort is the key: When it comes to seating furniture, looks don't come first. Invest on pieces that are well-made and comfortable—one that will last you a long time. Think about sofas and couches that kids can enjoy jumping and messing around. Pick fabrics that do not easily stain, and make sure you know how to maintain them.

Make an illusion of a bigger scale:

 Mirrors also come in handy when it comes to reflecting light. Framed mirrors add a nice touch of glam to your space.

Choosing low furniture makes the room appear taller. And if you want to make it look wider, add a large mirror on the wall. Mirrors also come in handy when it comes to reflecting light. Framed mirrors add a nice touch of glam to your space.

 

Add shimmer with metallics: 

Metallic pieces, such as a copper pendant lamp (see our collection), a gold-plated bowl or a selection of silver trinkets, add some gloss and sparkle to your room.

Metallic pieces, such as a copper pendant lamp (see our collection), a gold-plated bowl or a selection of silver trinkets, add some gloss and sparkle to your room.

 

Put the spotlight on your investment pieces. For the love of art, showcase your unique items where they take the centre stage. Use these to inspire a theme in your room. For example, take a wall painting's pallet and use it as the room's guide colours. Or use your rustic, antique pieces as decorations in your Renaissance inspired office.

Lift up the lights. Your lighting choice can make or break your room. Don’t just stick to a central light; layer your illumination by choosing variants of task, ambient and accent lighting. We recommend track lights (for versatility), chandeliers or pendants (for that extra character), and lamps (for focused lighting).

 

Follow a colour scheme. To avoid visual chaos, find a palette and stick to it. There are many colour palette generators online, and you can even find some on Pinterest. Using this gives you an overview of what your room will look like with these colours on.

Neutrals make wonders. Whites, sand, beige and greys open doors to mixing and matching with other colours. They're minimalist and can looks tastefully done, even without a strong pop of hue. This makes a great choice of palette, if you want to start with something basic.

 

It’s all about symmetry:

Whites, sand, beige and greys open doors to mixing and matching with other colours. They're minimalist and can looks tastefully done, even without a strong pop of hue.

For some, less is more—rooms appear cleaner and larger with less objects in it. However, for some, more is more. For the eclectics who love putting items in their shelves like a curated exhibit, take heart. You can still avoid making your room appear overcrowded by balancing out the objects. Perfect symmetry soothes the eyes and therefore, gives almost the same effect as a minimalist room.

Little things make the difference:

Choose what you want to go into your room first, and invest on them instead of buying items you don’t really need.

A touch of lace adds a delicate sensibility in your room, whereas leather fabrics give it a more masculine flair. A bounty of colourful pillows easily adds varieties of patterns into the space, as well as rugs. Tall white vases offer a contemporary charm, while chunky tables are perfect for industrial themed rooms. Our advice? Choose what you want to go into your room first, and invest on them instead of buying items you don’t really need.

 

We hope our interior decorating tips helped you in wading your way through the confusing world of design. More of these tips are coming your way, so make sure to check out this blog every week!

Meantime, we’d love to hear what you think. Share us your thoughts with a comment!

Images via Fat Shack Vintage Pinterest board. 

 


8 Smart Tips to Improve Your Bedroom Lighting April 07 2017, 0 Comments

You use your bedroom for many different things other than sleeping, which is why it's necessary to find the perfect lighting to suit your different needs. You can go from something simple to sophisticated, classic to modern; something that will give you the right illumination as well as improve the overall ambience. Transform your sanctuary with proper bedroom lighting; you'd be surprise at the great difference it makes!

Wondering where to start? Choose the right bedroom lighting style by following these tips:

 

Eyes on the size:

Choose the right bedroom lighting style by determine the size of your bedroom

The first thing you need to do is to determine the size of your bedroom. Consider outlet locations and furniture placement as you take the room measurements. This give you an idea on how to fill important areas with the right kind of lighting.

 

Don't bail on scale:

Choose the right bedroom lighting style by looking at height of your ceiling and having a batten light or flush mount light installed rather then a pendant light

Keeping height in mind helps you choose the perfect lighting. Bedrooms usually have lower ceilings, which means you should avoid fixtures with longer bodies. Flush-mount lights are perfect for central lighting, as they fill bigger areas in the room.

Be open to variety:

Central bedroom lighting is crucial, but that doesn't mean you have to focus on just one source. Desktops and reading nooks require direct lighting; use floor lamps or table lamps for these.

Central bedroom lighting is crucial, but that doesn't mean you have to focus on just one source. Desktops and reading nooks require direct lighting; use floor lamps or table lamps for these. Corners can be emphasized with track lights or spotlights. Use these to create various light shades for that pleasant ambiance.

 

Practical placement: Installing lights directly over the bed is a big no; the reason: you look up at the ceiling as you lie down. Choose softer lights lower than face level to avoid the glare.

Know when it's too much: We tell you to have more than one light source, but that doesn't mean you should install dozens of different lights all at once. Our suggestion? Get a singular lamp for task light, soft and bright lights for vanities, and a good accent light for your corners (such us a spotlight on your favourite painting). Choose bulbs that are energy efficient and has lower wattage to save on utility bills.

 

Care for the closet: Even your closet needs good light; after all, it’s frustrating to pick clothes in the dark. One way you can do that is installing closet light on the upper shelves. Choose either a rod or downlights to illuminate this space in your bedroom. Walk-in wardrobes can make use of track lights or spot lights along with the central light.

Brighten the bedside: 

nstall two bedside table lamps at both sides — table lamps offer a basic, cosy feel that suits most bedroom. On the other hand, a floor or wall lamp with a swivelling arm

Reading lights set on either side of the bed offers flexibility, especially if the central light feels too bright for you. You can install two bedside table lamps at both sides — table lamps offer a basic, cosy feel that suits most bedroom. On the other hand, a floor or wall lamp with a swivelling arm gives you better choices as you move around the bed. Alternatively, two pendant lights on either side create a lovely contemporary charm.

 

Consider controls. You don’t have to stand up every time to close the lights or to dim the brightness. Opt for high-tech solutions which allows you to transform your bedroom lighting in one click. This investment helps make your life easy; just sit back, relax and retire with ease.

Bonus tip! Play with daylight:

Nothing is as wonderfully efficient as nature’s own light. Gather your curtains and let sunlight flood in your room during the daytime. If you have big windows, use them to your advantage

Nothing is as wonderfully efficient as nature’s own light. Gather your curtains and let sunlight flood in your room during the daytime. If you have big windows, use them to your advantage.

 

Loved these tips? More of these coming your way, so stay tuned here on Fat Shack Vintage! Meanwhile, let us know your thoughts by commenting below. 

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A Spotlight on Spotlights April 03 2017, 0 Comments

Just like the hero on the stage, spotlights produce a strong beam in order to highlight your favourite areas in the room. This form of lighting originated back in the 1800s; specific illuminations were used to provide a sharp, controlled shaft of light in crowded theatres. Lime lights, arc lamps and electric baby lenses were among the first versions of our modern-day spotlights. Today, technology allows us to freely install this lighting equipment in different illumination strengths and sizes, anywhere in the home.

What are spotlights for, anyway?

How do you choose your spotlight Consider your spotlight brightness--this can be conveniently measured through the lumens indicated for the bulb. 300-400 lumens per square metre

Spotlights are mainly used for accent lighting. It comes equipped with a strong light source and is attached to a device that changes the intensity of its beam. Its lens is focused on a particular area and unlike other lighting, the angle of the beam can be adjusted through the spotlight's iris. These attributes make a spotlight the perfect choice for highlighting centrepieces and artworks in the home.

Spotlights are mainly used for accent lighting. It comes equipped with a strong light source and is attached to a device that changes the intensity of its beam.

Other than its indoor use, spotlights can also be used outdoors. It is a favourite item by landscaping artists, due to the fact that it can showcase specific architectural features of the home during the night. Spotlights create the right amount of illumination and homeowners can selectively apply this lighting to create various visual accents. Spotlights work nicely on columns, second stories and even tree canopies in the garden.

Other than its indoor use, spotlights can also be used outdoors. It is a favourite item by landscaping artists, due to the fact that it can showcase specific architectural features of the home during the night

Here are some tips on how to utilize spotlights on these sections:

  • Tall columns can use a narrow beam of 12 degrees to emphasize its height. Use wider-angled spotlights for shorter columns. Install spotlights at the bottom for the best effect.
  • Second-story spotlights reveal the architectural structure of your home under the night sky. The lights will be either attached to the upper eaves, or stationed on the ground aimed upwards.
  • Small and medium trees require one spotlight, but large and wide trees may need two. Position the light in an angle where it can illuminate the canopy.
  • Gazebos can make use of spotlights in two ways; either from within, or from without. Patios and decks can be beautifully lit from the surface.

What is the difference between spotlights and floodlights?

Technically, floodlights and spotlights do the same thing: to accentuate a specific corner. However, spotlights have narrower beams, usually ranging below 50 degrees, making it useful for focusing on one specific item at a time. Floodlights, on the other hand, shed a wide range of light for up to 120 degrees.

How do you choose your spotlight?

Consider your spotlight brightness--this can be conveniently measured through the lumens indicated for the bulb. 300-400 lumens per square metre falls in the recommended ambient lighting level indoors. A greater number is required if you're using the spotlight outdoors.

You should also look at the beam angle. Narrow angles are used for small surfaces, such as a painting on the wall. Wider angles light a larger area. If the latter is the case, you might want to consider floodlights as an alternative; these lights offer the same amount of lumens and wattage for a greater coverage.

Other than its illuminating factors, you may also want to consider the decorative aspect of your spotlight. Here are some of our favourites:

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We love this polished copper look that fits in most homes with a hint of modern rustic charm.

This LED track light with swivel arm oozes old school styling with its retro feel and bare lamp holder. It has an adjustable supporting arm for different bulb lengths and a robust metal housing for the lamp holder. It

Tastefully classic, this LED spotlight can be angled in many different ways to accentuate your home’s best corners.

Spotlight, They are LED ready to accommodate a 6w GU10 bulb which will be an energy saving benefit for any application. The 90 degree tilt and approximately 320 degree swivel will have almost any spot covered.

White is bright. This cute charmer is a perfect accompaniment to your Scandinavian-inspired loft. Use this as a task lighting to your doorway and keep your entrance well-lit.

This 12 volt adjustable arm track light has a clean compact urban look with its rounded metal mesh back and matt black finish. The shade head is made from quality die cast aluminium and has a generous 180 degree tilt and 340 degree swivel action.

This chic, black spotlight comes with an adjustable arm and fits perfectly with your track lighting

For more products, see our Spotlights collection in the store.

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Get the Look: Bring In Modern Rustic Interiors to Your Home March 22 2017, 0 Comments

Modern rustic is a chic, cosy interior concept that combines the best of both worlds: the preservation of the house's old architecture, and the convenience of contemporary amenities. Exposed natural elements give an aged character to this decor. By dressing it up with modern-day furniture and luxurious, neutral-coloured fabrics, you can create a stylish atmosphere without looking too timeworn. Looking to add a modern rustic charm to your interior? Here are some looks you can take inspiration from! 

Dandy Dining:

White walls and a black floor, and a hint of glossy bronze textures put the modern in this rustic dining setting. Pendant light over dining table to finish of the look

White walls and a black floor, and a hint of glossy bronze textures put the modern in this rustic dining setting. Large doses of earthen browns pop out of the monochromatic interior. The bright greenery adds a feeling of lushness to the room, making it more inviting. Things we love? The chic white chairs and the comfy rug underneath! Cop off the lighting: See our Vault Ceiling Light 

Wood and White:

The mix of taupe, chocolate brown and off-white creates a warm living room, and the same motif goes on with the rest of the spaces

Colours are subdued in modern rustic homes, but that doesn't mean it looks less fun. This bright white and wood combination shows off both a pastoral charm and a fast-forward elegance, thanks to the smart use of lights by the staircase, along with the use of plexiglass rails. The mix of taupe, chocolate brown and off-white creates a warm living room, and the same motif goes on with the rest of the spaces. Cop off the lighting: See our Downlights collection. 

Cramped space? Don't waste:

The attic space becomes an elegant lounge, thanks to the sofa’s intelligent placement. Classic white colours, cushioned upholstery, and luxurious calfskin rug finish off the loo

While an open floor plan is vital for modern rustic spaces, you still can creatively infuse this decor anywhere in the house. Take for example this white farmhouse wonder. The attic space becomes an elegant lounge, thanks to the sofa’s intelligent placement. Classic white colours, cushioned upholstery, and luxurious calfskin rug finish off the look. Tip: use graphic pillowcases to get away with a pop of colour to your interior. Cop off the lighting: See our Balanced Arm Floor Lamp 

Benign Bathrooms:

The kohl-coloured stone tiles create a stern atmosphere along with the stained wood cabinets—both of which provide character to the room.

Dark colours are prominent in this modern rustic bathrooms. The kohl-coloured stone tiles create a stern atmosphere along with the stained wood cabinets—both of which provide character to the room. To make it modern, a black ceramic splash bowl and an immaculate white bath tub balance off the pastoral charm. A couple of metallic bowls also create a nice accent to this moody space. Cop off the lighting: See our Bakelight Swing Lamp 

Neutral Niceties:

The exposed wooden beams in this wonderfully white bedroom add a modern rustic touch to the decor.

The exposed wooden beams in this wonderfully white bedroom add a modern rustic touch to the decor. Add to that the raw slab of wood for seating and the neutral wooden textures of the bed panels. Dark brown palettes add an extra glamour to the room with an outstanding fireplace. Big, airy and bright, we like the practical placement of lighting and the shelf in this interior. Cop off the lighting: See our Spotlights collection 

Discover the perfect lighting for your modern rustic décor here on Fat Shack Vintage. Meanwhile, let us know your thoughts on this post by commenting below!

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Tips on How to Make Your Home Look Like a Hotel March 16 2017, 0 Comments

Nothing beats the comfort of staycation in a well-loved hotel. Rooms are spacious, luxe and tastefully-designed, making you want to linger for a long time. Living in a resort for days can punch a hole in your budget, but you can alternatively choose to bring in hotel design ideas and incorporate it right in your own home. Here are some tips.

Rooms looking too flat? Start with lighting.

Rooms looking too flat Start with lighting. Add dimension to your room by layering your lights. ambient, task and accent lighting

Add dimension to your room by layering your lights. There are three basic styles – ambient, task and accent lighting – which you can mix and match to create the right amount of brightness in the area. A pendant or a flush mount light can provide an ample brightness for general use, while you can add spotlights or downlights on corners you want to highlight. Lamps offer cool, ambient illumination. For better symmetry, install table lamps on both side of the bed.

Colours too boring? Start mixing and matching.

Be brave and bold with your furniture choices, especially in bigger spaces like your living and dining room

Be brave and bold with your furniture choices, especially in bigger spaces like your living and dining room. Break the rules by putting together chairs of different varieties (but preferably, the same seating height).

Decor too messy? Declutter and focus on one aesthetic.

Take a page from hotels with purist interiors pastel palettes, minimal furniture, light-coloured accents and stunning key pieces.

Take a page from hotels with purist interiors: pastel palettes, minimal furniture, light-coloured accents and stunning key pieces. Choose one outstanding colour which will be the key feature of your area and work through it. Cut down use of too much prints.  

Looking for that wow factor? Add a striking show piece.

put the focus on your centrepiece, create a contemporary, symmetrical look. This provides a clean, balanced setting that directs your guests' eyes on your favourite decor

It could be a remarkable painting. Or an uncommon sculpture. It could even be a lighting decor! To put the focus on your centrepiece, create a contemporary, symmetrical look. This provides a clean, balanced setting that directs your guests' eyes on your favourite decor. Additional tip: a focus colour wall adds a modern touch to the room.

Empty balcony or backyard? Fill it with plants!

Decorate your space with potted ferns and flowers to create a tropical garden, right inside your home.

Decorate your space with potted ferns and flowers to create a tropical garden, right inside your home. Our tip: trim your plants regularly to capture the hotel's manicured gardens.

Lacking floor area? Give the room enough air to breathe.

Hotel design is all about practical use of space. Take away unnecessary décor to make your room appear larger.

Hotel design is all about practical use of space. Take away unnecessary décor to make your room appear larger. For cramped rooms, arrange the orientation of the furniture to maximize the space. Using the vertical space could help you achieve that; instead of purchasing a single bed, buy double bunks. Add DIY wall shelving instead of installing cabinets.

Hotel design is all about form and function, plus practical use of the room area. By carefully selecting your furniture and art pieces, you can create that perfect comfy-luxe look for your everyday staycation!

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Ways to Stylishly Infuse Concrete Décor In Your Bathroom March 09 2017, 0 Comments

Gone are the days when we used to ignore concrete. Back in the days when people considered it as cold, common and tediously boring, modern designers turned the tables around and gave this material a fresh new twist. It is swiftly becoming a contemporary favourite, thanks to its durability and minimalistic beauty. Another plus? It's water-resistant, making it a perfect decor for bathrooms.

Don't turn away from the possibilities of using concrete décor in your bathroom. Here are some ways you can stylishly infuse the material in your favourite sanctuary.

Basic basins:

Simplify the look of your bathtub with a concrete basin and enjoy your daily dips with a utilitarian flair.

Simplify the look of your bathtub with a concrete basin and enjoy your daily dips with a utilitarian flair. And since your bathroom decor is stripped bare, indulge in essentials like colourful rugs, luxurious towels, elegant hardware and a little bit of art to enjoy the scene. We suggest adding a painting to break the grey colours of concrete. Alternatively, adding furniture with a pop of colour can make your bathroom more exciting.

 

Bold walls:

 choose one highlight wall in your bathroom so that the colours will not overwhelm your eyes.

When you're not up for a complete concrete décor do-over, maybe you should try picking a bold colour palette, like this black tiled number. The intriguing patterns on the wall instantly breaks the dull grey colours of concrete, adding a sense of glam to your bathroom. Tip: you can choose one highlight wall in your bathroom so that the colours will not overwhelm your eyes. 

Wood is wonderful:

The softness of wood easily breaks the tough appeal of concrete, that is why these two materials go hand in hand

The softness of wood easily breaks the tough appeal of concrete, that is why these two materials go hand in hand. To create a more effeminate space, add gloosy textures like ceramics and glass, and decorate your bathroom with plants. Make sure these greens can last with little sunlight (unless they are placed near the window) and a lot of moisture. 

 

Little lights:

you can still enjoy concrete décor in tiny details, like your lighting. Fat Shack Vintage features an array of concrete-themed pieces designed to go with your contemporary bathroom.

If you're not into major overhauls, you can still enjoy concrete décor in tiny details, like your lighting. Fat Shack Vintage features an array of concrete-themed pieces designed to go with your contemporary bathroom. Take for example our Concrete Timber Pendant; the raw and industrial style of this piece evokes a true blue urban flair. For the minimalists, check out our Concrete Base Pendant Light & Cord by NUD. Check out the rest of our concrete lighting items here.

From top to bottom:

A full-on concrete interior paves the way to introduce a timeless look in your bathroom.

A full-on concrete interior paves the way to introduce a timeless look in your bathroom. Its monotonous texture (as some may dislike from the beginning) becomes a perfect canvass to add more colours, such as this gentleman's bath with black, wood and gold accents. 

 

 

Which of these styles can make your bathroom a concrete convert? Sound off your thoughts by commenting below.

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20 Easy, DIY Feminine Décor Tips for an Instant Makeover March 03 2017, 0 Comments

You've taken a good look at your room and you're convinced it needs some changes. However, you know that a major overhaul is not a part of your current budget. What to do? Well, there's no reason why you shouldn't give in to your makeover craving, especially when there are many ways to do it without breaking the bank.

Here are 20 practical feminine decor tips you can easily do on your own – or with the help of your family members. It’s time to get your creative juices ready, and prepare yourself for a room transformation!

  1. Paint an accent wall. Is your room clad in boring peach or muted grey? Add a splash of colour by painting one side of the room. Make it nicely contrasting; add bright pinks to clear white walls, reds and orange for bland greys. If you want to go further, decorate that corner with wallpaper for a play on prints.
  2. Change your lighting. Transform your room instantly with an upgrade on your lighting fixture. Turn your regular pendant into a minimalist chandelier. Add table lamps to improve the ambience of your space.

Install light fittings for a quick update

  1. Install a mirror. Create a bigger, airier version of your room by adding a large mirror.
  2. Slip a rug. A colourful rug can instantly create a distinction in areas you want to highlight.
  3. Hang a shelf. Make use of that empty space on the wall by creating a DIY shelf made out of boards. Decorate it with your favourite books and items for a personalized touch.
  4. Add colourful pillows. Another way to showcase a nice pop of colour? Switch your pillowcases into graphical patterns. Or go the other way around by selecting softer designs to tone down the visual elements. Another tip: put on new slipcovers for an instant change!

Geometric cushions for a quick and economical way to update

  1. Make your own artwork display. Set up a gallery of your own works and highlight each with beautiful frames. Hang it asymmetrically for a more creative effect.
  2. Buy a new couch. Pinning for something new? A fresh, colourful couch or chair will easily update your interiors.

Add a colourful chair or couch for a change

  1. Repaint your door. Brighten your feminine décor with a soft pink door or a bright lemon entryway.
  2. Decorate with plants. Fill up your interiors with flowers or decorate your windowsill with potted cacti and ferns.

Add plants for a quick fix

  1. Change your curtains. Maybe it’s time to do away with your current drapes and switch it up for something lighter – or luxe – depending on your preference.
  2. Display random objects by the window. Bring out the child in you by decorating your empty windowsills with various toys and objects. After all, details matter!
  3. Put scented candles. One way to create a new atmosphere inside the room? A new fragrance! Light it up with aromatic candles or use new linen spray.

Scented candles and room spray can have a great effect

  1. Update the light colours. Tired of the ambient amber yellow? How about using soft whites or pale blues instead? Head on to Fat Shack Vintage to discover your lighting choices.
  2. Repurpose old crates. Use them to create side tables for an extra-industrial touch.
  3. Fill up your centre table with books. Add candles and metallic objects for an instant glam effect.

Add books and metallic objects

  1. Stain your wooden floors. Or alternatively, give it a nice, fresh coat of white for a shabby chic feel.
  2. Frame your latest sewing project. Spending a lot of time sewing? Make monograms for your family and hang it on the wall!
  3. Organize in trays. Put your knickknacks in one spot. Not only will does it help in keeping your room tidy, but it also adds a hint of feminine décor in your space.
  4. Switch the furniture from another room. Tired of seeing the same furniture in your room? Change up coffee tables, stools, chairs and other items from the other space to recreate your vision.

With these tips, you’ll never run out of ideas on redesigning your room sans the large expense.

Which of these are you most likely going to use? Sound of your thoughts below! 

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How to Infuse Pantone’s Colour of the Year in Your Interior February 28 2017, 0 Comments

After the highly-fashionable Marsala and the whimsical pairing of Rose Quartz and Serendipity, Pantone releases a new colour trend that will bring you back to the earth. This 2017, the globally-renowned authority on colour puts the spotlight on Greenery, a fresh mix of lime and Peridot that reminds one of Spring. It is the colour of life, urging users to put down their modern-day gadgets to take a step outside and bask in the lush presence of nature. It is crisp, zesty and organic; reminiscent to the colour of young buds shooting up from the ground or the sun-drenched leaves of a tropical garden.

Basic and versatile, Greenery can complement a wide range of palettes. And if you're planning to take part of this trend, there are many ways you can infuse 2017 Colour of the Year in your décor – without going awkward or overboard. Take a cue from these tips and invite a fresh, new take on using this organic-themed colour.

A couch, perhaps? Maybe you've outgrown your black leather sofa. Or your maroon upholstered couches don't work for you anymore. This is the perfect time to take that roundabout and invite a new splash of colour to your living room. You can either reupholster your old furniture, or buy a new sofa to add a playful twist to your dull corner.

A colourful couch - Pantones greenery

Wonder walls. Liven up your room by repainting your walls with a fresh touch of Greenery. The colour is easy in the eye and quickly reinvigorates tired vision. Complement it with light yellows and white for a zestier look.

 Wonder Walls with Pantones Greenery

Pile on the plants! If you're blessed with a green thumb, why not show it off? Create a hearty indoor garden by using empty corners (such as windowsills) as spaces for your potted ferns and cacti. This is taking Greenery, literally. But other than decor, plants also consume carbon dioxide and provide you with a healthy dose of oxygen in return.

 Pile on the plants for pantones greenery

Opposites attract. Greenery is a bright shade that can be used as a contrasting accent to dark interiors. This hue easily pops out of stained-wood floors, dark brown furniture, onyx walls and deep red rugs. Also: the crisp radiance of 2017's Colour of the Year gives off a youthful vibe to any space. Easily turn old, boring libraries into modern-day hangouts with Greenery-coloured decor.

Opposites attract. add green to brighten a room

Surprise, surprise. Use this colour to create an unexpected twist to your dull spaces, such as the washroom. Instead of painting the outside of your cabinets, why not create a little surprise and colour the insides, instead? This frames the content in a tastefully, creative way. Accessorize empty spots with random toys and thingamajigs to incorporate a hint of fun.

Add colour to the inside of your storage space.

Door of honour. If you're still unsure where to use 2017's Colour of the Year, maybe you should start with your door. A fresh paint of lively green instantly updates your home to something contemporary and clean, especially when paired with white walls.

Add Pantones greenery to your front door

Last but not least, the little things. There’s no need to spend a lot on new furniture and paint to incorporate the colour of the year into your home. Be practical and creative; focusing on embellishing your interior with Greenery inspired objects easily transforms it from last year’s to current. Switch up your lighting fixture into something green. Use eye-catching accessories such as candleholders, trinket boxes and vases to implement the look.

Add colour economically by adding trinkets in green

Have fun redecorating your interior with 2017’s Colour of the Year. Meanwhile, which of these styles are you most likely to use? Comment below and tell us your thoughts!

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12 Items That Instantly Adds Feminine Décor To Any Space February 16 2017, 0 Comments

If rooms have genders, feminine décor can be easily discerned by the soft shades of pastels, eye-catching mid-century decor, stunning floral patterns, fluffy fur rugs and upholstery. Feminine rooms are easy on the eye, delightfully delicate and graceful; much unlike its counterpart which is often composed of dark, moody colours and imposing furniture. Of course, you can always have the best of both worlds, but if you want feminine décor to radiate in your space, you can easily do this without overhauling your entire room. There are stand-out pieces which instantly screams feminine, and these are the items you’d want to add:

Hints of pink. This sugary, princess-y colour thrives in most feminine decor for as long as we know it. It is fresh and dainty, like the new blossoms of spring, and adds a nice pop of colour to any bland living space. Soft blush coloured chairs, floral printed pillows or pink curtains easily do the trick. If you want to go further, how about repainting your wall in this pastel colour?

Hints of Pink. Add colour to any plain living area.

Vases filled with flowers. For a quick touch-up, here’s a little trick: get yourself a clear or a white ceramic vase, fill it with fresh blooms, and place it on the centre table. Voila. You’ve got yourself a feminine space. The more, the merrier. Create an asymmetrical look by putting three different vases together. Another hot tip? Create a little floral pool by filling a bowl of water with cut flowers.

Crystal ball lights. Clear and fragile, crystal ball lights are the perfect illumination for your feminine décor. They look classy and ornate, and works nicely in singles and clusters. Our suggestion? A glass ball wall light to welcome you home, or an opal ball pendant light to create an ambient, romantic mood to your space.

Crystal ball lights add the perfect illumination to this kitchen

Fur throws. Like the dazzling fur coats celebrities wear on red carpets, you too can dress your room to the nines with this luxurious material. White fur rugs create a whimsical, wintry look to your feminine décor. Patterned throws make your furniture chicer and cosier.

Fur throws add a whimsical and wintery feel to your room.

Pastel pillowcases. Refresh your room by replacing your pillow covers with the pastel coloured varieties. You’d be surprised how this instantly makes a difference! Mix and match plain colours and soft graphics for that unique touch.

Chandeliers. Elaborate chandeliers turn a plain space into a noblewoman’s boudoir. Like gem-set earrings dangling from above, this lighting system will become a striking piece to your décor.

Industrial chandelier can really make a striking impact

White table lamps. For the minimalist, a pair of white shade table lamps can become your quick feminine décor fix. Use it to decorate your entryway table: set one lamp beside a vase, or place one at each end of the table for a balanced look.

White table lamp. Set next to a vase for that feminine touch.

Slender furniture. Masculine décor is usually made up of thick, chunky furniture—like large wooden tables and leather couches. Feminine décor is the complete opposite. Curvy, intricate furniture, such as slender-legged tables and shapely chairs, reflect the silhouette of the woman’s body.

Gorgeous abstract paintings. If you’re running out of ideas on how to decorate that empty corner, perhaps an abstract painting might do the trick. And to make it more feminine, choose an art piece with pastel and spring colours. This instantly rejuvenates your space with a refreshing palette on the wall.

Abstract painting in pastels to rejuvenate your walls.

Metallics. A gold-dipped vase, a copper lamp, a pewter candle holder or mirror with rose gold frames–all these evoke a sweet, feminine touch to your decor, especially if your room is made up of light or neutral colours.

Metallics- rose gold pendant adds a feminine touch.

Shades of white. In a simple analogy, dark colours are considered masculine, and the lighter ones are feminine. Making a play with shades of white—from creme to soft beige to marbled greys—can help you achieve a feminine decor. Of course, it helps to mix and match with other strongly feminine colours, such as rose, lilac, blush and powder blue.

Books and baubles. This tip may work for both masculine and feminine décor, depending on the items you choose to use. Adding books and baubles to the table can create a nice, sentimental detail to your décor. In order to make it more feminine, choose crystal and metallic ornaments, such as vases, candleholders and sculpted figures.

Ready to update your home this year? Which of these feminine décor items are your favourite? Comment below and join the discussion!

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How Office Lighting Can Affect Your Productivity February 14 2017, 0 Comments

How important is office lighting? Maybe more than you think. It's not just about the fixture and where to install it; you also need to consider the colour and the brightness, both of which have great influence on your productivity.

The human brain responds to light differently. The photosensitive retinal ganglion cells in our eyes detect the presence of different hues made up of different wavelengths. These are the cells which give information to our body and brain whether it is night or day and thus, keeping us awake.

The Journal of Environmental Psychology published a study in 2013, stating that bright lights can make workers feel more awake. However, dimmer lights inspire better creativity and fosters a "risky, explorative processing style." Alongside this, the Sleep journal published a study that white lights with blue shades are effective for pre-tasking and triggers better cognitive response than other colours.

Knowing these office lighting basics that either boost or wane employees’ productivity, you can now plan for different lighting designs that will create the right ambiance in your workplace. Here are some tips:

Natural light is your best friend. Working around natural light you are more likely to be healthier and happier, according to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. If your office is blessed with big, bold windows, open them up and let the sunshine in. Otherwise, you can alternatively get a desktop light to give you enough radiance.

Let the natural light shine in your office

Don't overblast it. Office lighting glare may be one of the biggest discomforts in the office. It distracts you and causes lapses in your focus when you readjust your eyes for a better perception. What you need to do: play with the angles. A flood of task lights is best for those who work in manual designing. Slap on some shades to tone down the daylight.

Multi pendant bare globes add an industrial effect to this bright office

Soften the setting. Build up a cosy, comfortable working atmosphere with dimmable ambient lights. Set a balanced mood and moderate the brightness in the unused areas in your office. Use a variety of lighting fixtures, such as downlights and spotlights. These flexible lighting items can be easily incorporated in your design.

Multi Light Pendants used in an industrial style office or conference room

Play with the colours. Yellow-coloured lights may not be the best thing to use as your focal illumination at work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it. Combine different hues of blues and yellows to create a perfect atmosphere that triggers employee productivity, and gives them a sense of warmth at the same time.

Linear lighting is a great way to add a soft light effect to your office

When choosing office lighting, we recommend selecting long-lasting and highly efficient lights that will last for a long time. Find lighting items that are as productive as your workplace here on Fat Shack Vintage.

Which of these office lighting looks complement your workplace? Let us know by commenting below!

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5 Bright Ideas on Using Multi-Light Pendants for Your Décor February 09 2017, 0 Comments

The modern-day chandelier, multi-light pendants feature a cluster of fixtures attached to a single central point. They offer more pizzazz than an individually hanging pendant light; giving your decor a fuller, more complete look. Multi-lights come in different styles—from simple drop lights to a bundle of contemporary lamps, all affixed on a single track. They are remarkably eye-catching and versatile, and they serve the function as a normal pendant would—and probably much more.

Multi-light pendants can be used anywhere in the home. We think they look gorgeous hovering above tables and nooks, offering that much-needed illumination to your dining, kitchen and living spaces. If you're wondering where this lighting fixture could fit in your décor, here are some of our favourite ideas:

Gleaming globes: 

This artistic dining room features a multi-light pendant. The Edison bulbs are encased in colourful globes, adding much colour to the white and black furniture. It complements the sensational gallery featured at the surrounding walls, giving this room a harmonized appearance. 

Office Original:

Find your workplace a bit boring? Switch the lights into a more creative fixture. This look, in our opinion, is genius. Using a variety of lamps to match the muted, pastel colours of the setting, a new, imaginative atmosphere was imbibed in this office. The cords from the lamps allow each pendant to be multi-directional, so users can append each fixture to various ways as they wish. 

Sparkly Stairs: 

Brighten up the hallways and staircases with an unusual illumination, like this dazzling drop pendant. Featuring a cluster of bulbs affixed in different lengths, this multi-lights pendant gives off an illusion of a spiral, as if guiding every user to a magical walk up and down the stairs. 

Distressed Diamonds:

Add a glamorous touch to your industrial-themed living with a gorgeous cluster of multi-lights. It shines radiantly against the worn-out brick wall and distressed wooden beams; a surprising take on this masculine décor. 

Island Interest: 

Islands are one of the perfect spaces to install a multi-lights pendant. The lighting fixture creates an impressive highlight above the bar. Plus, it offers a better view for your task lighting needs. One tip: use dimmable lights to help you ease out on the glare. This helps in providing a subtle, more ambient glow in the kitchen whenever you need it.

Here at Fat Shack Vintage, multi-lights pendants take up a special place in our online store. They come in different shapes and sizes—from versatile drops to fixed gooseneck arms. Use these accessories along with our variety of excellent, curated light bulbs. Discover the possibilities of decorating your interior with a multi-light pendant by visiting this page.

How do you plan on installing multi-lights pendant in your décor? Share it by commenting below.

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Beach Décor Ideas For Homes in Every Location January 31 2017, 0 Comments

Australia is blessed with a bounty of beaches and for many, coastal living has been their calling. There’s something thrilling in opening your windows to the sight of the great, big blue. The sound of the waves, the scent of the ocean, the loud craws of the birds – all of these invite you for a new adventure. Unfortunately, not all of us gets our own slice of the beach. But here's the good news: you don't have to live anywhere near the sea to enjoy it.

If you can't bring your home to the beach, bring the beach to your home with these stunning seaside decor ideas.

Beach blues

Cool blues, bright turquoise, crisp whites — all these colours remind one of the waves of the sea and the wide, cloudy sky hung above it. Mix and match these colours with other "cool" shades like grey and dusty pink to create that seaside effect. Tip: throw in some greens to create a bright, tropical look.

Shades of blue with a touch of green

Pop-out Pallettes

As a follow-up to the idea above, why not create a nice splash of colour by using beach hues on your wall? Paint one section of the room for a highlighted effect. Add your favourite painting and voila! Here's an instant coastal charmer.

Pop out colour

What do you sea?

For the collectors and curators: it’s time to take out your precious treasures out of their boxes and put them in display. The best way to create a seaside look to your décor is to infuse it with popular beach-themed favourites such as marine stripe throws, little boats, starfish souvenirs and rattan furniture.

What do you sea? Hidden treasures on view

White wood wonder

Tired of white? Make it work by instantly dressing your white-painted room with beach inspired paintings, grey and blue bed sheets, sand-coloured carpets and stripe throws. Yes, white may seem like a bland hue; but the addition of cool colours will make your room feel airy and light, giving you enough space to explore the possibilities with minimal decoration.

White wood and beach inspiration

Villa Variety

Make your home look like a luxury resort cabin. Off white, beige, sand and wood creates a villa-esque backdrop for your seaside décor. Our favourite part? The twin rattan pendant lights hanging from the island, adding a tropical flair in this modern, contemporary kitchen.  Tip: Fat Shack Vintage carries beach-inspired lighting products you might want to check out!

Rattan pendant lighting

Sail on with stripes

Be the captain of your own ship with this marine-inspired décor. Strong blues are set against white and neutral colours to recreate a maritime charm. But don’t be limited with just one pattern. Take a hint from this seaside décor; it makes use of different prints to showcase an eclectic coastal style.

Sail away with stripes

Trip in the tropics

Don’t be limited with tones of blues. You can also play with cool earth tones, nudes, off-whites and greys, and some splashes of bright reds, greens and yellows in between. Take for example this cosy cottage-inspired living room. The unlikely coral-shaped lamp highlights a coastal flavour, and the potted plants gives off a tropical atmosphere.

Coral shaped lamp highlights a room

Who says you can’t enjoy the beach whenever you like? With these seaside décor ideas, you can make summer last forever, right inside your home.

Love these tips? Tune in to our blog for more interior décor updates! Meanwhile, join in the discussion by commenting below.

Images via Fat Shack Vintage Pinterst Board - Beach Decor Inspiration.


From Ho-Hum to Handsome: 5 Tips to Smarten Up Your Hallways January 20 2017, 0 Comments

Hallways are probably home's most awkward spaces. They always get the brunt--since they are not actual rooms, they are forced to be used as anything your imagination takes you. Hallways become storage rooms, indoor gardens or maybe even an extension of the washroom. But that is not to be.

Your hallway should have an identity, just as any other part in your home. This is important. It connects one room to another, from the entry to the kitchens, to the living room and the rest of the bedrooms. You want to fill in the muted gaps as your family and guests walk into the narrow foyer. If you're looking for fresh ideas to dapper up these spaces, chug on to these inspirations below.

Light it up:

Most hallways don't have windows, which is why they end up looking dark and unwelcoming. Brighten up the space by installing adequate lighting. Our suggestion? A handsome pendant light overhead, just to add a touch of style in the space. If your hallway is long and wide, adding a series of pendants can make a statement, especially in the entrance hall. For narrow hallways beside rooms, we're loving the idea of installing track lights.

Natural lighting is best. During night time, this hallway gets illuminated by a row of handsome industrial pendant lights.

Natural lighting is best. During night time, this hallway gets illuminated by a row of handsome industrial pendant lights.

Small apartments can make use of pendant lights, like this narrow, monochromatic interior. Here, a solitary bulb casts a nice light overhead, greeting the homeowner as they step in their apartment. 

Small apartments can make use of pendant lights, like this narrow, monochromatic interior.

For small inner hallways, track lights work best as they put the focus on your favourite things; for instance, this charming bookshelf carved at the portion of the hall. 

For small inner hallways, track lights work best as they put the focus on your favourite things; for instance, this charming bookshelf carved at the portion of the hall.

Rigging the rug:

One way to identify your hallway’s floor space is to place a rug. Long runners create a nice expanse over the hall, also adding a splash of colour on the otherwise muted tone.

This charming Moroccan rug nicely blends in with the earthy tones of the interior. 

This charming Moroccan rug nicely blends in with the earthy tones of the interior.

Long stairs? Turn the boring steps into brilliant with a colourful rug featuring a series of shapes and patterns. 

Turn the boring steps into brilliant with a colourful rug featuring a series of shapes and patterns.

Furniture Favourites:

Hallways would look less empty once you feature a few of your favourite things. A noteworthy couch against a series of gallery already invites guests to stay for a while and admire the artistic space.

For maximum comfort, why not throw in a few pillows? This added aesthetic gives more character to the seating. 

For maximum comfort, why not throw in a few pillows? This added aesthetic gives more character to the seating.

And if you’re all about décor, why not spice up the area with a glamorous looking chest to contain your essentials? Decorate it with a lamp and a flower vase for a sweet, feminine effect.

And if you’re all about décor, why not spice up the area with a glamorous looking chest to contain your essentials?

Dramatic doors:

Say goodbye to old, passé hallways by installing a remarkable door. Cop off from some of our favourites:

This black farmhouse entry exudes with a strong masculine flair.

This black farmhouse entry exudes with a strong masculine flair.

The bright colours from this meticulous glass-stained mosaic is a sure stunner. 

The bright colours from this meticulous glass-stained mosaic is a sure stunner.

Make it functional:

No, don’t just leave your hallways in the sidelines. Let people come to it with intent. Utilize the empty spaces for your mini-galleries, DIY bookshelves, hat-hangers, and more. The colours from these objects are enough to make the area appear livelier than before.

Hats off to this hallway, which was smartly equipped with hooks and hangers to put galleries and head covers and display. We also adore the charming bowl pendant light hanging overhead! 

Hats off to this hallway, which was smartly equipped with hooks and hangers to put galleries and head covers and display.

The splash of metallic in this earthy interior puts a tinge of a royal touch in an otherwise bland palette.

The splash of metallic in this earthy interior puts a tinge of a royal touch in an otherwise bland palette.

Found your favourite hallway look? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Images via Fat Shack Vintage Pinterest Board - Hallways Inspiration.


12 Clever Ways to Decorate Your Small Bathroom Like a Pro January 13 2017, 0 Comments

Great things come in small packages, even in bathrooms. With the right design choices, you can create an illusion of a bigger space and upgrade its look to a whole new level. Small bathrooms are perfect for design experimentation, and you might be surprised at the many creative possibilities you can improve yours with!

We’ve gathered more than 10 brilliant décor ideas; find your favourites, and start working on your new remodel project!

Small bathrooms are perfect for design experimentation, and you might be surprised at the many creative possibilities you can improve yours with!

Round and round. Instead of opting for a regular square sink, choose a smaller, softer shape; like an oval. It gives your counter more space and adds a feminine character to your small bath.

Patterned walls. Create an opulent atmosphere in your powder room by installing wallpapers. The smaller space gives you the leeway to indulge in several textures and illusions; choose one that mixes well with the design of the room.

Create an opulent atmosphere in your powder room by installing wallpapers. The smaller space gives you the leeway to indulge in several textures and illusions; choose one that mixes well with your design

Industrial indications. Instead of choosing a regular counter, why not try a washstand? The plumbing-connected bars give off a strong industrial flair, and works nicely as a way to hang towels too!

Fabled furniture. Who says you can't put a table or a chair in your small bathroom? Instead of the bulky pouf or an obstructive centrepiece, find a small table with a leggy base that doesn't close off the space; that way, you can place books or a vase on the bottom shelf, giving you much more room for decor.

Pale palettes. For powder rooms and baths with less natural light, choosing a neutral tone will help brighten up the scene. The solid colours produce a visually spacious atmosphere. Decorate it with a small gallery in the corner to add colour to the area.

For powder rooms and baths with less natural light, choosing a neutral tone will help brighten up the scene. The solid colours produce a visually spacious atmosphere.

Mirror, mirror on the wall. If you want an added illusion of space, installing a mirror will definitely help. They also invite the light in, reflecting any illumination from the source, giving your bath a sense of radiance. Choose mirrors with artistic frames; metallic colours in the same hue as your other hardware will create a glamorous look in your bath.

Light it up. Instead of a hanging pendant, choose a sconce, or two. Globe sconces adds a classic touch to any bathroom, while cage lights present a unique, masculine flair to the setting.

If you want an added illusion of space, installing a mirror will help. They also invite the light in, reflecting any illumination from the source, giving your bath a sense of radiance.

Softer corners. When selecting a vanity, you may want to opt for something with a rounded edge. Not only does it give off an unusual charm in your small bath, but it also helps avoid bumping into the edge when you're in a rush.

Hidden storage. Lack of space means greater efficiency. When choosing fixtures, pick the ones that doubles up as storage, rather than a single-function furniture.

Lack of space means greater efficiency. When choosing fixtures, pick the ones that doubles up as storage, rather than a single-function furniture.

Rely on the ledge. Maybe your bathroom has no space to cater a cabinet. Don't worry; you can place your daily essentials on a handy DIY shelf. Add a ledge right above the sink, near the mirror. It doesn't take up floor space, and adds a practical means of decorating your vanity. Arrange the bottles with perfumed candles for a fashionable twist.

Tell-tale tiles. Have fun choosing accent tiles! If you have chosen a neutral colour motif with your bath, it's time to go all out with a splash of strong tone with your floor and wall. Nature-inspired graphics add a cheerful element. On the other hand, geometric shapes create a contemporary twist to your powder room.

If you have chosen a neutral colour motif with your bath, adding geometric shapes helps to create a contemporary twist to your powder room.

Marbled marble. No bath is too small for a touch of glamour. A marble sink adds a well-defined, chic flavour in the area. Pair it with a hanging pendant bulb for better focus, as well as a nice touch of whimsy.

Which of these tips are applicable to your small bath? Comment below and join in the discussion!

Images via Fat Shack Vintage Pinterest Boards - Small Bathrooms Lighting Inspiration