Happy hump day!
I usually can’t read “November 5th, 2014” in my head without also going “Remember, remember, the 5th of November…” so for those of you across the pond, Happy Guy Fawkes Day too!
In light of this particular day, today’s list will focus on lighting.
I mean, I could focus it on fire, but there are very few fire-related items I could keep around without major issues.
The Philips Hue System is something I’ve been coveting for a while. It’s an app-controlled lighting system that lets you control the entire house’s lights from your smartphone or tablet. As a tech-happy person, this makes me giddy. You can program different lights according to your schedule (imagine waking up to a slowly brightening room), preference (hate harsh bright lights? no problem!) and mood (capabilities include a full spectrum of color). This would have been really useful for our Halloween party, now that I think about it.
My favorite aspect is the option to get LED light strips .
Along with the regular lamps, the photo shows Philips LivingColors Bloom on the right (basically a colorful spotlight you can place anywhere in the room) and the LightStrips are underneath the couch. I love that you can basically customize different parts of the same room according to how you want to arrange the space – which would be perfect for open plan areas.
The cost is a little high for lighting – $60 a bulb, and $200 for a starter kit that includes 3 bulbs – but I’d say this isn’t just any lighting solution.
I also think these would be perfect for a rental space with less than desirable lighting – but then, I might be biased.
The second thing that would be pretty awesome to get, is a huge lit sign behind the bar(cart). I love the look of those industrial metal signs with bulb lighting:
Okay, so maybe something a little subtler than “BEER” but you get the idea. I’ve never really featured our bar area because it’s not so much an area as a corner with a bar cart, even though its a pretty nice bar cart. It’d be nice to spruce it up especially since we’re actually pretty proud of the thing.
Okay so maybe I have one fire-related item today, but it’s a DIY. A friend found this awesome idea for a tabletop fire pit on Lifehacker – DIY Gel Fire Pits. The original tutorial is actually on Home Repair Tutor – which by the way, is an awesome resource in general.
Since we have a small patio that we share with our neighbors, I’m going to be making this one soon.
I hope those in colder climates are starting to cozy up by their fires, and if you’re celebrating Guy Fawkes, stay safe!