Fall is here! Easy tips to make your home feel more like Autumn!

The end of September marks the birth of Fall for 2017. A new season is a new opportunity to switch things up around your home. Below are a few tips to make your home feel more warm and ready for winter.

Change up the lighting.

Fall weather, especially in the Pacific North West, is naturally darker. You may need to consider adding more light to rooms that you frequently use. The easiest way to do this by adding a table lamp or floor lamp. Harold’s Lighting has lamps of all sizes, shapes, colors and styles to suit any décor.

Scent

Memories of fall comes with many delicious smells. Create an autumn wonderland in your home simply by making your home smell like fall. Pumpkin Spice, Cinnamon, Clove, Orange Spice, and Gingerbread are all classic smelling fall flavors. You can permeate your space with these amazingly warm and inviting smells by using essential oils, candles, sprays or with baking.

Pillows and Blankets

Adding new throw blankets to your living room couches or pillows help create a more inviting and comfortable atmosphere. Makes me want to settle in with a book just thinking about it!

Fall is fun! It’s the birth of the holiday season for the year and celebrating the changing of the seasons is easy to do around your home.

SEPTEMBER HOME STYLE CHALLENGE

We challenge you to take some time out every month to try and make your home a better living space. These challenges are just small suggestions that can anyone can do to help make their space feel more inviting or comfortable.

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This month, we’re challenging our friends to take time out to make their bathroom feel more relaxing. The bathroom is typically the first we use in the morning and the last before we retire, so it should help set the mood for a great day and a great sleep!

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Changing up the entire room can be quite the task, but we’re just asking you to style a pocket of this room. First, choose your area. It can be the vanity counter, a wall, or the bath or shower.

Next, curate a collection of comfort items. These can be beautiful or nice smelling soaps, room sprays, photo collages, flowers, cute jars or tins, or even a nicely folded stack of towels. The key to this is to pick items that compliment each other and can be neatly arranged.

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Lighting can also be used to change up your bathroom. A nice lamp on the vanity or lovely sconces along side of a mirror can can create an inviting mood and also help with functionality. Choose fixtures that will be safe to use in a humid environment and that will cast the right amount of light for the space you have.

We’d love to see your new and improved styled bathroom pockets! Tag us on Instagram or Facebook!

End of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Summer is coming to an end. School is back in and people’s routines go back into order. Before you’ve got your day scheduled out and on autopilot you may want to take a minute to prepare your home for the changes ahead.

Summer, contrary to what you may think, can take a toll on the exterior of your home. Summer storms can be extremely volatile and extreme heat can dry out seals and damage roofing. Also, preparing your home for fall rain and harsh winters is very important.
Here is a quick list of things you should check out before fall sets in:

1.     Gutters – clean your gutters and check for any clogs. Rain is coming and it’s a whole lot easier to clean out dry debris than it will be when everything gets soggy.

2.     Windows – give your windows a good cleaning and while you’re at it, check for any breaks in seals. Repairing small window seal cracks is pretty easy with caulk, but if your cracks are large, you may need to replace the sealant, which is important to do to keep water out and heat in when winter rolls around.

3.     Siding – Check out the siding on your home. Look for any bubbles, ripples, or blistering paint. Fix any pieces that look amiss now, before the rain comes. Water damage can turn into a huge problem and even rock the foundation of your home.

4.     Roof – Inspect your roof. Summer storms and extreme heat can take a toll on your roof, no matter what kind you have. Check for any damage or weak points and have them inspected now.

5.     Outdoor Furniture/Cooking – clean and safely store your outdoor furniture and cooking appliances (grill).

6.     Lighting – clean any exterior light fixtures by either dusting off or washing down. Stock up on any light bulbs you think you may need for your interior/exterior light fixtures.

There are many other things you can do to prepare for the upcoming months, but these are the big ones! Keep your home in tip top condition by regularly performing small maintenance tasks.

 

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day from Harold’s Lighting in Seattle and Bellevue!

Signaling the end of Summer – Labor Day is here! That means most of us get to take the day off to soak in the last of the sunshine and reflect on how lucky most of us are to have jobs and live in the beautiful country we live in.

We’re so happy to have been serving the Greater Seattle area with lighting options for residential and commercial buildings for over ______ years!

Even if you have to work today, take some time for yourself and take a load off… you’ve earned it!

FYI – We’ve changed our hours for our Bellevue store. We are now open – M-F 10AM – 5PM (closed sat-sun)