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12 Simple Home Improvements That Transform Your Home

12 Simple Home Improvements That Transform Your Home

If you want to update your house but don’t want to spend loads of time or money on big projects, then consider our simple home improvement ideas to transform your house for less.

Here is the list:

Paint old furniture

Give old furniture a new lease of life by giving it a makeover. Brighten up an old side table or distress a set of draws to give them a rustic, vintage feel. You could paint all the doors in your house instead of replacing them, just ensure you keep it consistent and choose a colour that works for every room. Make sure to do a bit of research first, so you avoid mistakes others have made.

Recycle old wine crates 

One quirky way to save money is to recycle old wine crates. These can be used as side tables or footstools, or if you add a cushion, they can create extra seating for your living room.

Upgrade your bed

You don’t need to buy a whole new bed to give your bedroom the facelift it needs. Consider investing in a new headboard, or painting an old one, or buy a new mattress or duvet. Even just buying a new duvet cover, or adding cushions and a throw to your bed will freshen up the room. Stick to one colour scheme and add some wall art, lamps or new furniture to match.

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Upgrade your lighting

Modern lighting can completely change the feel of a room, whether you opt for a soft glow for the living room or brighter spot lights for the kitchen. Switch to energy saving bulbs which can be cheaper in the long run, and are better for the environment.

Hire professional cleaners

Addressing stains as soon as they occur can reduce the need for professional cleaners, but if you’re starting to think your whole house is looking a bit lack lustre, don’t immediately buy new carpets, but consider hiring professional cleaners. They can freshen up the appearance of your whole house and prevent you buying a whole new set of carpets. Make sure to shop around and ask for a few quotes so you are getting the most for your money.

Test your upholstery skills

Try modernizing furniture by adding new fabric and making your own unique piece. There are countless tutorials on YouTube to guide you, or you could follow an upholstery guide. Make sure not to buy fabric that costs more than a new chair would and always buy extra fabric just in case.

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Upgrade door handles

This suggestion may seem small and insignificant but upgrading your door hands can make a big difference to the feel of a house. Again try to keep it consistent throughout your house and choose a style that works in all your rooms.

Repair your roof

Improve the appearance of your home from the outside by repairing the roof or opting for a new roof style entirely. Try to stay in keeping with your area, but a new roof can transform a home. Search for roofing repair companies near me for a quote today.


Decorate the walls

If you’ve been meaning to put up artwork and family photos since you moved in, then don’t put it off any longer. Decorating the walls can make your house feel more personal and unique.

Add storage to your hallway

Often the hallway is a more neglected room of the house so adding a few personal touches can make your home more inviting, after all this is the first room of your house guests will see. Adding a storage unit, is a great functional use of the space and will help you to keep your shoes and coats neat and tidy. Add a tray for dropping keys in, and a notepad and pen will always come in handy too.

Make your fireplace more energy efficient

It’s no secret that homes lose a considerable amount of heat from fireplaces, but how can you prevent it? Opt instead for a gas or wood-burning insert, which allows you to maintain the traditional feature, while saving a lot of energy.

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Revamp your stairway

Add a touch of personality and drama to your staircase by adding more distinctive railings. You could even add embellishments to the wood to make your hallway a little more interesting and inviting.

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Allen and Roth Lighting Customer Service: How to Get Support

Have you ever tried to contact Allen and Roth lighting customer service? Did you find it difficult to locate the right information? I recently tried to get a replacement globe for one of my Allen Roth Bristow lights. I had a surprisingly hard time locating the correct contact number.

When trying to find Allen Roth lighting customer service online, I came across a lot of conflicting information. The top few search results are from the Allen Roth window treatments website. Unfortunately, this won’t help you with lighting.

I did finally find an Allen Roth Lighting link that seemed promising. It even had a contact form. But it turned out to be a site dedicated to Allen Roth lighting that isn’t actually connected with the company.

My ordeal trying to contact customer support prompted me to put together this post. Hopefully, it will help others who are struggling with the same issue.

Contacting Allen and Roth Lighting Customer Service

In my search, I came across a few places where people mention getting replacement parts for their Allen Roth lighting. There are definitely some conflicting reports on dealing with Allen Roth customer service. To save you time, here are a few places where I found information that might be helpful.

The Allen + Roth Website

The Allen + Roth website allenandroth.com has almost no information about support or customer service. The only information I could locate is a Customer Care number (1.800.445.6937). It's provided in very small print at the bottom of the website. It turns out that this number is the same as the Lowe's customer service number.

Lowe’s Website

The Lowe’s website has instructions for returning an item. It also provides an email address and phone number for Customer Service. But I read a few comments that claim they did not receive replies to their email messages.

You can also text Lowe’s customer service at 1-704-313-1818. They may be able to point you in the right direction. If you’re not a fan of long phone calls or being put on hold, this is a really great option.

Lowe’s Customer Reviews

Multiple comments in the reviews for lighting on the Lowe’s website say that the 1-800 number I provided above worked well to obtain replacement parts. Comments claimed that customer service was helpful and that new shades came quickly. One reviewer expected to pay for their replacement shades, but they were replaced free of charge.

In the Bristow lighting Q&A section, I found a response from an Allen Roth representative which gave this number (800-554-6504) for their Customer Service department. This number is again different from the others I tracked down.

You should be careful when referencing numbers in the comments and reviews though. I found someone who was giving out the customer support number for a different company.

One reviewer needed replacement parts for their Vallymede pendant lights. The instruction manual came with directions to call Allen and Roth customer service. But they claim that they were referred back to Lowe’s customer service by Allen and Roth.

Other Websites Customer Reviews

I also found helpful comments from people on other websites.

One reviewer mentions that a sheet with instructions for getting replacement parts came in the box. He even supplied a picture! The number on his sheet (1-800-439-9800) is different than the one on the Allen and Roth website. Since this number came with the lights, it may be the best one to try.

But there were also some conflicting comments. Some reviewers say they were unable to get new shades from either Lowe’s or Allen and Roth.

Other Sources on the Web

I even found some comments related to customer service on an Allen Roth Lighting focused site. They said the best way to get help was to go through Lowe’s. Going through Lowe's customer service seems to be a popular solution. But it does conflict with some of the comments on the Lowe’s website that say to contact Allen and Roth.

Order Replacement Parts Directly

In some cases, you can order replacement parts for your Allen Roth lighting yourself. Look at this page for cords and shades available from Lowe’s.

Allen and Roth Lighting Customer Service: Final Verdict

After all my searching, I did not find a consensus on the best way to contact Allen and Roth lighting customer service.

The methods listed above seem to be the most common ways people managed to get replacement parts. Hopefully one of these methods will help you in your search for parts for your Allen Roth lighting.

To summarize, these are all the contact numbers I found in my search:

  • 1-800-445-6937 - Allen + Roth Customer Care, as well as Lowe’s Customer Service
  • 1-800-554-6504 - Allen + Roth Customer Service (found in comments)
  • 1-800-439-9800 - Supplied with Allen + Roth Bristow Lights
  • 1-704-313-1818 - To text Lowe’s Customer Service

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How to Transform Your Flooring From Plain to Fabulous

​Flooring is a major aspect of every room. If you've tried renovating a room  by changing furniture or decor and it hasn't worked, turn your attention to  your flooring.

​It sets the tone for the room and if it lacks personality,  it can take the whole vibe of the room to a low level. Changing something  about your flooring can completely transform how the room looks.

There is  so much you can fo with flooring including 3D effects on vinyl, using  reclaimed wood, innovative designs, and things like that can make the floor  your focal point.

Quick Take on Material to Use

The type of flooring material you can choose has expanded over the years. You no longer have to choose between simple floorboards or carpet.

There is now a multitude of choices that are eco-friendly, stylish, and durable materials.

These materials include resin, which is made from chemical interactions with two polymers and concrete. The material made is a tough floor that is non-slip. Vinyl is another material that is growing in popularity. It's a practical and attractive choice due to its slip-resistant nature and its warmth.

Reclaimed wood is another hot trend that's blowing up on the market nowadays due to its vintage feel. It can come from anything from old retail flooring, old wine crates, wooden pallets, and old gym floors.

A Few of the Ways You Can Transform Your Floors

1. Create Continuity

If you connect the flooring from one room to another or from an indoor space to an outdoor space, your rooms will look bigger. 

If you have doors that fold or patio doors, it's extremely important that you have continuity from your patio to your interior.

An example for this would be having panel flooring inside and decking outside.

Both have a wooden and warm look that blend seamlessly when they're facing the same direction. This continuity will remain as long as the panels are going the same direction, so you can even switch up the colors for the spaces.

2. Other Materials to Imitate Wood​

Ceramic tiles can imitate wood if you want the wooden look but don't want actual wood floors. These ceramic tiles can look exactly like wooden boards but can be made in different colors, so you can have your own personality on them. Beside ceramic tiles, you can get the wooden look from laminate, vinyl planks, bamboo, and classic linoleum.

3. Bring Nature Inside

Vinyl is a great material for indoors because it's durable and eco-friendly.

It can transform your floors by creating a flow from the outdoors to the interior of the home. Pair this with strategically placed plants you'll have a room that is comfortable and in tune with nature enough to not be too much.

4. Go for the Industrial Look with Concrete

Concrete is growing in popularity due to its easy cleaning methods and because it's on trend.

Many people are going for an industrial look and concrete will help you achieve that. If you don't want to commit to concrete but still wish to get the industrial look than you can substitute for vinyl. Vinyl gives you a similar look, but it has many more advantages. If you went with concrete flooring than you would need to take extra steps to ensure that it's sealed properly to prevent mildew from growing when moisture penetrates its surface.

Vinyl doesn't have this issue and is both warm to the touch and soft.

Vinyl can also be used to create a retro feel and be incorporated in a multitude of designs, whether it be a 1950s kitchen or diner. You can get bright colors to contrast with walls and mix and match the flooring.

5. Speaking of Retro, Ceramic Tiles Are Up to the Job​

Ceramic is also a good choice in flooring if you're looking to accomplish either the retro or the industrial style for your room.

Retro patterns on your floor can work extremely well with industrial looking furniture which tends to incorporate fabrics such as leather with different types of metals. Tiles have the power to be starring roles in your interior and can be used throughout the house including in bathrooms, hallways, and kitchens. If used in the living room, they could make a statement.

They can also bring an impact to your room if they're different patterns, shapes, or colors are used.

With ceramic tile, you have endless possibilities at being creative. If you're bold, you can even mix pattern to create a unique design that is truly your own. If you're not into retro or industrial, tiles always work well in traditional types of interiors.

6. Classical Is Always Classy​

Interior designs that are styled to look classical, drawing influence from the grand homes that can be found throughout Europe, are also gaining a huge following in renovation crowds. These homes tend to match eclectic furniture made from dark wood with opulent fabrics and ceramic tile floors that are patterned. 

 If you truly wish to draw inspiration from the Victorian Era, then the ideal choice for the patterns on the tile would be monochrome. Colors that complement each other like grey and cream, or more popularly black and white, would be the choice for rooms like the kitchen​. 

These colors lend themselves extremely well to modern kinds of interiors as well. 

 Having your tiles injected with some color can add a Mediterranean twist to your room and make it feel like a kitchen from a country like Spain or Italy. Having tiles in colors like reds, blues, and greens are very striking and make a statement for any room that they're in.

They also are a great way to transform a dull and tired space as they give the room an immediate uplift.

There are tiles that draw influence from the Mediterranean with their en-caustic effect and intricate details.

Important to Remember

As you're on the hunt for ways to make your flooring stand out and brighten the whole room, be sure to remember the style you like and what purpose you're using the room floor.

While it's nice to be trendy, you don't want concrete on the ground where your family plays game night. Small changes can do enough to transform your whole room.


​About the author:
Nigel is a flooring specialist with over a decade of experience with commercial flooring. He owns a business called Ecoflor which helps install business flooring solutions to his clients.

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50 Really Easy Ways to Improve Your Home for Under $1

50 Really Easy Ways to Improve Your Home for Under $1

I love a good home improvement hack. I also really like clever new ways to clean the house that don’t cost a lot of money.

So, I was pretty happy to find this great infographic with 50 Home Upgrades That Cost $1 Or Less. This could become my new guide for spring (or fall) cleaning. It has tips for everything from minor household repairs to quick cleaning fixes and simple storage solutions. 

With so many ideas, you’ll find at least a few new ways to help make your life a little easier. The information is conveniently divided into five categories, so you can work your way through your home without missing a spot. And to make it even better, all of these upgrades range from very low cost to free! 

There are more than a few suggestions that I’d like to try.

There’s a great tip for fixing paint scuffs for FREE, that might finally get me to touch-up the hallway. Plus, a super low-cost kitchen repair that can both save money and help the environment.

I actually tried the quick and easy fix to brighten up dim rooms, with good results. I just wish I’d known about the replacement solution for pricey carpet cleaners before I bought my steam cleaner.

It may sound too good to be true, but the experts at Vibrant Doors did their research when putting this list together. Read the complete infographic here on Huffington Post, for even more pointers on how to get your home in top shape.

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EverBrite Lighting and Its Alternatives Reviews

I like to run errands on my way home from work. But this usually means I get home late and my arms are full when I get to the door.

Then I’m left without a free hand, struggling to find my keys in the dark. After getting caught in the rain multiple times, I decided to look at some EverBrite lighting reviews to see if motion sensor lighting could help with this problem.

What to Consider when Buying Motion Sensor Solar Lights

Solar powered outdoor lights can be useful for a lot more than finding your keys in the dark.

They can help improve security around your home by deterring thieves or vandals from accessing dimly lit areas. You can also use them to make your home safer for friends and family by lighting up paths and entryways. With a motion sensor feature, they can be a good solution to help keep pests out of the yard if you live in a rural area.

If you’d like to add exterior lighting to your home but don’t want to increase your electricity bills, solar powered outdoor lights might be a good option.

I like that they’re environmentally friendly and easy to use.

Although they don’t work indoors and require direct sunlight, so they probably aren’t the best choice if you want to install the light in a covered area.

You want to make sure you get enough sun to fully power the lights before selecting a solar powered option. You should have a south facing mounting location that receives at least 8-9 hours of sun daily.

Otherwise, a battery-powered or hardwired option might work better for your needs. 

EverBrite Solar Lights

EverBrite Solar Powered LED lights are similar to the popular Baxia motion sensor lights and seem to be very easy to use.

The light requires a full day of sunlight to charge, and then stays dimly lit throughout the night. When the motion sensor is triggered, the light turns on to full power, illuminating the area until motion stops.

A construction-grade adhesive is included for mounting.

Since it is solar powered, no wiring or batteries are required. If you are looking for exterior lighting that’s easy to mount and doesn’t require wiring, EverBrite solar lights could be the answer. But if you’re interested in indoor lighting these lights won’t be very helpful.

They require sunlight to charge so you must have a bright outdoor location to mount them.

PROS

  • Never needs batteries
  • Easy to use and install
  • Motion activated
  • No electricity costs
  • No wiring required

cons

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    No battery backup
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    Can’t be used indoors
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    Needs a full day of sunlight to charge

Features and Benefits of EverBrite Solar Lights

Easy To Use

EverBrite solar lights seem to be the easiest of the outdoor motion sensor lights to install. 

The construction grade adhesive included for mounting claims to stick to almost any surface. This would be convenient at my house since my walls are stucco and my husband doesn’t want to put holes in them.

The video review below cautions that the adhesive is so strong that it could damage the surface if you try to remove the lights.

Depending on your mounting location, you may want to use the enclosed mounting screw instead. Since there is no wiring required for the EverBrite lights, you can mount them virtually anywhere in just a few seconds.

After installing the light, just flip the switch and it’s ready to use. Easy installation is an important feature if you’re not a handyman.

Environmentally Friendly

One of my favorite features is the solar panel.

I try to be environmentally conscious and knowing that I can have 12 hours of lighting without using any electricity is important to me. The LED bulbs also help make this light an environmentally friendly choice.

According to the US Energy Department LED bulbs use much less energy than incandescent lighting and can last up to 25 times longer.

Added Security

Because EverBrite solar lights don’t require any outside power source, your home can remain lit up even during a power failure. Intense storms are making extended power outages more and more common.

If you are concerned about being left in the dark, solar powered outdoor lights are worth looking into.

I like the idea that these lights can help prevent people from tripping over fallen debris in the dark. And the motion sensor feature can also help deter vandals or thieves who might take advantage of a widespread blackout.

Affordable

EverBrite built-in solar panels use the power of the sun to recharge the unit over the course of the day.

Solar power means no additional electricity charges.

With continuously rising utility prices, I’m always on the lookout for ways to reduce my costs. The LED bulbs are long-lasting and should provide a long life to the illumination. This means you should not have to replace the lights because of burnt bulbs.

The quick and easy installation method not only saves you time but ensures you won’t have the added expense of having to hire a professional to install the lights.

Motion Sensor

The motion sensor feature makes these lights very convenient.

The constant low-level light provides minimal illumination, but activating the motion sensor doubles the brightness. As I mentioned, I love this feature when I get home late and have a lot of bags to carry into the house.

My husband likes that the light returns to its dim setting after the motion has passed, so we won’t bother our neighbors with bright lights all night. The EverBrite motion sensor claims to have a range of 10-15 feet.

User testing in the video review below indicates that it will work from as little as 5 feet to as much as 20 feet away.

Durable

EverBrite solar lights are made with a durable plastic casing which allows them to be used in a range of weather conditions. The adhesive is both water and snow-resistant so you can still use the quick peel and stick mounting option in adverse climates.

Compact

The lights are compact, making them easy to mount in a variety of locations. They measure 4.5" high x 3.25" wide x 1.75" deep. I like that they fit easily over our entryway door. And because they’re small, they won’t stand out when mounted on the front of the house.

How to install the lights - video

This video review provides a good look at installing the EverBrite solar lights and demonstrates the effectiveness of the motion sensor.

What People are Saying About EverBrite Solar Lights

I spent some time looking for EverBrite lighting reviews online. In my search, I came across some reviews from people who had ordered EverBrite solar lights and were happy with the product.

This woman says it helps illuminate their recycling area:

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One woman gave one to her father to help with pests in the yard:

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This man has ordered a second light:

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And this person has been using the lights for 8 months without a problem:

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Other Solar Powered Outdoor Lights I looked At

EverBrite solar lights are not the only solar powered outdoor lights on the market. When doing my research, I also came across these alternatives which seem comparable to these lights.

Also, EverBrite solar lights are available on Canadian Amazon only. While you definitely can order from the Canadian Amazon, it is sometimes more convenient to order from the US. So, the lights below are available for the US.

Light

Solar Powered

Quick Mount

Motion Sensor

Multiple Light Modes

Mpow Solar Powered Security Lights

Mpow Solar Powered Security Lights are comparable the EverBrite lights but come in a 2-Pack.

They contain 8 bright LED lights per unit.

With double the LED bulbs, the Mpow solar lights illuminate a bit more than the EverBrite lights. They also have 3 different lighting modes so you can set the light intensity according to your needs in a specific area.

The motion sensor on the Mpow lights is said to be extremely sensitive and monitors a wider area.

You should consider the Mpow lights if you want to set different levels of lighting around your property, or if you’re looking for a wider range motion sensor than the EverBrite solar lights provide.

Innoo Tech Solar Motion Sensor Light

The Innoo Tech Solar Motion Sensor Light is slightly larger than the EverBrite light and has 12 bright LED lights.

Screws and a hinge are provided for installation. It does not seem to offer the quick, stick-on mounting option. This light claims to be extremely durable and is able to withstand very harsh weather conditions.

If you’re looking for a brighter outdoor light and live in an area with extreme weather conditions, you may want to look into the Inno Tech Motion Sensor Light.

Litom Solar Outdoor Lights

Litom Solar Outdoor Lights with wide angle illumination are available in a 1, 2 or 4 pack option. These super bright lights have a total of 24 LEDs, including 3 on each end to create a 270° lighting area.

The motion sensor has a longer range than the other solar lights I looked at and says it can detect motion from 26 ft away.

With three different lighting modes, the Litom Solar Lights are a good option if you’re looking for a lot of light for a wide area.

Should you Choose EverBrite Solar Lights?

If you’re searching for an outdoor motion sensor light that’s quick and easy to install, EverBrite solar lights might be the solution.

With the easy mount feature and no required wiring, anyone can install them in almost any location. And because they’re solar powered, they’ll work even when your electricity doesn’t.

But you don’t have to take my word for it, click on the links for the other lights to review all your options before making your decision.

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How To Make Allen and Roth Closet Ventilated Shelf Easily

How To Make Allen and Roth Closet Ventilated Shelf Easily

Are you looking for an extra Allen and Roth closet ventilated shelf?

You are not alone. Many of Lowe’s customers who bought Allen Roth closet tower have been asking us where to buy extra shelves.


We did a research and now, I have two news for you. One is good and another is bad.

The bad news is that Lowe's does not make any extra shelves for Allen and Roth closet tower. Looks like they had it in the past but then, for some reason, they pulled the plug on it.

The good news is that it is pretty easy to make one out of a ventilated shelf that is sold as a standalone product. It requires minimum DIY skills ​and can even be outsourced to a local renovation store.

Let's see how to do it.

​Tools You Need

In order to do this project, you will need the following tools and materials:

  • a ventilated shelf 16'' wide:

ventilated shelves

Allen+Roth ventilated shelf 16'' wide and 48'' long

John Louis Home shelf kit containing 2 shelves 16'' ​wide and 24'' long

  • four 5mm shelf pins; the type depends on what path you decide to choose: with groove cuts or without:
  • a saw
  • sand paper
  • a groove cutter - optional

BTW, you do not have to ​cut the wood yourself.

If you are not comfortable with wood cutting, go to your local renovation store and ask them to do it for you.

Instructions

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​Let's dive into details.

1. ​Buy a ventilated shelf

Buy a ventilated shelf
Instructions
Let's dive into details.
In order to do this project, you will need the following tools and materials:
- Allen+Roth ventilated shelf <Amazon link> or John Louis Home shelves <link>
- shelf pins depending on what path you decide to choose: with groove cuts or without <Amazon links>
 - saw
- sand paper
 - groove cutter - optional

Allen and Roth Closet Ventilated Shelf diy step-1

​You can buy an Allen and Roth ventilated shelf online ​or at Lowe's if you need a particular color.

John Louis Home is another brand that makes ventilated closet towers. The​se shelves ​can be also reused for this project. John Louis Home shelves come with shelf pins but you cannot reuse them for your project. These shelf pins are round while we need ones that are flattened on one end.

You can buy an Allen and Roth ventilated shelf online <Amazon links> or at Lowe's if you need a particular color. John Louis Home is another brand that makes ventilated closet towers. Thier shelves <Amaozon ink> can be also reused for this project. John Louis Home shelves come with shelf pins but you cannot reuse them for your project. These shelf pins are round while we need ones that are flattened on one end.

​2. Cut the shelf

Cut the shelf
Allen and Roth Closet Ventilated Shelf diy step-2

​The shelf you bought in the previous step fits the closet tower width (16'') but it's too long. 

The shortest version of the Allen and Roth ventilated shelf is 46'' and John Louis Home one is 24'' (the kit contains 2 shelves.) In both cases, you can make at least two closet tower shelves out of ​each package regardless what brand you choose. 

In order to shorten the self, measure 21'' from one end. Then, use a saw to cut off the excess. Sand any rough edges that may appear.

The shelf you bought fits the closet tower width (16'') but it's too long. The shortest version of the Allen and Roth ventilated shelf is 46'' and John Louis Home one is 24'' (the kit contains 2 shelves.) In both cases, you can make at least two closet tower shelves out of one kit.
In order to shorten the self, measure 21'' from one end. Then, use a saw to cut off the excess. Sand any rough edges that may appear.

​3. (Optional) Make grooves

Allen and Roth Closet Ventilated Shelf diy step-3
(Optional) Make grooves

​The original Allen Roth closet tower shelves have tiny round stopped grooves on each corner for shelf pins.

​Groove is a long, narrow cut or depression, especially one made to guide motion or receive a corresponding ridge.

You do not have to do the work yourself. If you are not comfortable with wood cutting, go to your local renovation store and ask them to do it for you.

It secures the shelves in place.  If you want to make sure your DIY shelf ​is not loose resting on shelf pins, you can make grooves, too.

Cut one groove on each corner of the shelf on the bottom of the shelf planks.

This step is completely optional and can be omitted.

The original Allen Roth closet tower shelves have tiny round stopped grooves on each corner for shelf pins.
Info: Groove is a long, narrow cut or depression, especially one made to guide motion or receive a corresponding ridge.
It secures the shelves in place.
If you want your DIY shelf to stay in place, you can make grooves, too.
Cut one groove on each corner of the shelf on the bottom of the shelf planks.
This step is completely optional and can be omitted.

​4. Place the shelf in tower

Place the shelf in tower
Allen and Roth Closet Ventilated Shelf diy step-4

​Now that you cut your shelf, it's time to place it in the closet tower. In order to do that, you will need shelf pins.

The type of the pins depends on whether you made the grooves or not. If you do not go with the grooves, I would recommend using ​flat pegs pins with ​vinyl coat​.​ Otherwise, you should use regular shelf pins with a flat end.

Now, insert the shelf pins level in the closet tower on the desired height. Then, rest the shelf on top of the pins.

Voila, your closet tower's got a new shelf!

Now that you cut your shelf, it's time to place it in the closet tower.
In order to do that, you will need shelf pins.
The type of the pins depends on whether you made the grooves or not. If you do not go with the grooves, I would recommend using flat pegs <Amazon link>
Now, insert the shelf pins level in the closet tower on the desired height. Then, rest the shelf on top of the pins.
Voila, your closet tower got a new shelf!

​Allen and Roth ​closet ​ventilated ​shelf: ​Final words

Allen and Roth Closet Ventilated Shelf
Allen and Roth Closet Ventilated Shelf
Final words

​Too bad that Lowe's does not make extra shelves for Allen+Roth ventilated closet tower. Many customers who bought the Allen Roth closet ​organizer are looking for the shelves to expand their closet.

To overcome this limitation, we suggest to DYI your extra shelves. Good thing it is pretty easy to do. All you need to do is pretty much to buy a regular Allen+Roth ventilated shelf and shorten it to the needed length. 

If you do not have skills or tools to cut the shelf yourself, you can always go to your local renovation store and ask them to do it for you.

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Too bad that Lowe's does not make extra shelves for Allen+Roth ventilated closet tower. Many customers who bought the tower are looking for the shelves to expand their closet.
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21 super easy fall decor ideas

21 Super Easy Fall Decor Ideas You Probably Did Not Think About

It’s already September and the days are getting cooler… But not on the East Coast! The summer decided to stay here a bit longer and we are still enjoying warm temperatures well above 80. The Labor Day promises to be hot!

Still, it’s indeed September and the fall is definitely upon us.

I am ready to crack open my fall decor and to start decorating with pumpkins, cotton stems, and other fun fall attributes.

Every year, I want to do something new that I have not tried before but also something that is easy to do. I have been looking for super easy fall decor ideas on Pinterest, Instagram, and blogs... and found so many of them!

In this post, I collected 21 of my most favorite super easy fall decor ideas to try this autumn. Dive in - and let me know what you think in the comments!

1. Vintage cup with acorns and leaves

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas la maison boop

​This cup makes a cute shelve accent that can be full of ​memories! Use your grandma old cup or fill the cup with pieces collected at a meaningful place to make it a memorable decoration.

This cup makes a cute shelve accent that can be full of ​memories! Use your grandma old cup or fill the cup with pieces collected at a meaningful place to make it a memorable decoration.

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    ​dry grass
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    ​dry oak leaves

​How to make:

  1. ​​Fill the cup with the grass.
  2. ​​​Make a depression slightly off the middle.
  3. Add the acorns in the ​depression.
  4. ​Tuck ​the leaves into the grass ​next to the acorns.
​​Make a depression slightly off the middle

2. ​Pumpkins with jute rope winded around

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​A super easy and inexpensive way to add some rustic touch to your pumpkins is to wind some jute rope around it.

You will need:

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    ​jute rope

​How to make:

  1. ​Attach one end of the ​rope to the stem.
  2. ​​Wind ​the rope around ​the pumpkin.
  3. ​Secure the other end of the rope around the stem.

​3. Colorful ​blankets on a ladder

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas creeklinehouse

​Courtenay from creeklinehouse.com showed us another super easy fall decor. Just ​p​​ut your colorful warm blankets or scarves on a display by hanging them on a wall ladder​.

​Put your colorful warm blankets or scarves on a display by hanging them on a wall ladder.

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    ​a couple of colorful blankets or scarves

​How to make:

  1. ​Place the ladder where you want your decoration to be.
  2. ​Hang the blankets on the different height.
Hang the blankets on the different height.

​4. Grow-yourself fall decor

​Susan from ​www.sawnailandpaint.com went with a super easy fall decor consisting entirely of the goodies produced by her garden.

Gather some green apples from your garden (or ​your fridge) and place them next to a white pumpkin. Add a splash of texture by including some stems of Hydrangea from your garden or flower shop.

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    a white pumpkin
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    ​a couple of green apples
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    ​some green stems or flowers
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    ​a white or neutral colored vase

​How to make:

  1. ​Place together the pumpkin and the apples.
  2. Put the stems into a vase.
  3. Place the vase behind the apples.

​5. Plenty of apples ​everywhere

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas threebeancircus

​​Kendra from threebeancircus.com has ​decided ​for not having ​pumpkins in her fall decor just ​yet. After all, it's only September. ​In her post, she gives ​a few alternatives and the first one is decorating with apples only! 

Yes, we hear you, Kendra! We love apples too.

Kendra from threebeancircus.com has ​decided ​for not having ​pumpkins in her fall decor just ​yet. After all, it's only September. ​In her post, she gives ​a few alternatives and the first one is decorating with apples! Yes, we hear you, Kendra! We love apples too.

You will need:

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    a bunch of red and green apples
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    a few stems of ​baby breath flowers
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    ​a basket

​How to make:

  1. ​Put the basket where you want your decor to sit.
  2. ​Fill the basket with ​apples. ​
  3. ​Tuck the baby breath stems in on one side.

​6. Perfect copper hues

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas cottonstem

​via ​cottonstem.com​ 

http://cottonstem.com/farmhouse-fall-entryway-decor-copper-navy-pumpkins/

​Erin from cottonstem.com loves copperware and for her fall decor, she decided to substitute the traditional fall orange with the color of her vintage copper tea kettles. We love the result very much!

Erin from cottonstem.com loves copperware and for her fall decor, she decided to substitute the traditional fall orange with the color of her vintage copper tea kettles. We love the result very much!
Got a long boring wall to decorate? Do it with mini ​bouquets in fall colors! Emmy from @emmylo_fit did exactly that and now the wall is her favorite spot in the house.

You will need:

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    ​pumpkins in various shades of green
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    ​cooper-ware
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    ​old drawers

​How to make:

  1. ​​​Arrange big pumpkins in the drawers.
  2. Add copper-ware.
  3. Place small pumpkins around.

​7. Mini pumpkin garland

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas studiochoo

​​Got a long boring wall to decorate? Make a garland of mini pumpkins and hang it ​there! With an accent like this, you will get a guaranteed ​festive look ​in exchange of 10 min of work.

​​​Here's another way to decorate ​a long boring wall. Make a garland of mini pumpkins and hang it ​there! With an accent like this, you will get a guaranteed ​festive look ​in exchange of 10 min of work.

You will need:

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    mini pumpkins
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    ​a rope
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    ​two nails
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    ​some ribbon

​How to make:

  1. ​Drill a hole in each pumpkin.
  2. ​Pull a rope through each of them.
  3. ​Tie a ribbon bow on the each end of the rope.
  4. ​Make a small loop next to the bows.
  5. ​Hammer the nails to the spot where you want to hang the garland.
  6. ​​Put the garland up.

​8. P​orch ​pumpkin garland​

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas theothersideofneutral
http://www.theothersideofneutral.com/blogtheothersideofneutral/fall-is-knocking-at-the-front-door

Here is another, more rustic ​look of a pumpmkin garland. ​Becky from www.theothersideofneutral.com made ​it to decorate her porch and we love how it turned out!

You will need:

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    ​​some jute ​twine
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    ​a hot glue gun

​How to make:

  1. ​Tie a piece of twine to ​the stems of each pumpkin.
  2. Secure them with hot glue.
  3. Hang a line of twine where you want your decor to be placed.
  4. ​Tie the pumpkins across the line while evenly spacing them.
Tie the pumpkins across the line while evenly spacing them

​9. Knob top pumpkins

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas stonegableblog

​Yvonne from stonegableblog.com got a great idea of how to get even more creative energy out of pumpkins: Simply add a chic door knob to it!

Yvonne from stonegableblog.com got a great idea of how to get even more creative energy out of pumpkins: Simply add a chic door knob to it!

You will need:

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    white faux pumpkins
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    ​small door knobs
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    ​sticky glue

​How to make:

  1. ​Remove the stems from ​each pumpkin.
  2. Glue the knobs on the top o​n of the pumpkins.

​10. Cute faced mini pumpkins

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas homeyohmy

​Amy from homeyohmy.com made these cute​ faced mini pumpkins that cannot help but make you smile! This will be the most adorable shelve decor you probably ever had.

Amy from homeyohmy.com made these cutest faced mini pumpkins that cannot help but make you smile! This will be the most adorable shelve decor you probably ever had.

You will need:

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    ​eucalyptus branches or any other long stems
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    ​permanent marker

​How to make:

  1. ​​Draw the eyes​ on a pumpkin.
  2. ​​Drill ear holes above the eyes.
  3. ​Remove the leaves from the bottom part of the stems.
  4. ​Tuck the stems into the ear holes.

​11. Copper striped pumpkins

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas homeyohmy

​Here is another super easy fall decor by Amy from homeyohmy.com. This time, she decorated mini pumpkins with copper tape. Another adorableness!

Here is another super easy fall decor by Amy from homeyohmy.com. This time, she decorated mini pumpkins with copper tape. Another adorableness!

You will need:

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    white mini pumpkins
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    ​copper tape

​How to make:

  1. ​Cut the copper tape into stripes.
  2. Apply each stripe down the sides of the pumpkins in between ​the groove​s.​
  3. Peel​ the backing of the tape while ​smoothing over the tape with ​your fingers.

​12. Rain boots ​decor

​Got cute rain boots? Why not making putting them on a display? Jackie from www.sawdustangel.com did exactly that: She used her rain boots in a fall monochrome fall decor.

Got cute rain boots? Why not making putting them on a display? Jackie from www.sawdustangel.com did exactly that: She used her rain boots in a fall monochrome fall decor.

You will need:

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    mini pumpkins
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    ​cotton stems
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    ​cotton balls
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    ​pine cones
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    ​a farm tray
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    a ​wooden box
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    ​rain boots

​How to make:

  1. ​Place the rain boots in the wooden box.
  2. Place the farm tray next to the rain boots
  3. Place the cotton balls behind the tray.
  4. Put the pumpkins in the tray.
  5. Fill one rain boot with pine cones.
  6. ​Tuck the cotton stems into another rain boot.

​13. Yellow leaves in turquoise rain boots

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas turqiose rainboots

​When it comes to rain boots decoration, the options are limitless. For example, you can create a bold decor by combining bright yellow leaves with a pair of contrasting turquoise boots. Such an eye candy for gloom rainy days! Btw, this is exactly what we did - and then we took a photo for you.

When it comes to rain boots decoration, the options are limitless. For example, you can create a bold decor by combining bright yellow leaves with a pair of contrasting turquoise boots. Such an eye candy for gloom rainy days!

You will need:

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    turquoise rain boots
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    ​yellow leaves
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    ​two tall plastic glasses

​How to make:

  1. ​Put the glasses in the rain boots - they will prevent them from bending.
  2. ​Split the leaves into two bunches.
  3. Tuck ​each ​bunch into the rain boots.

​14. Mini pumpkins ​on an embroidery hoop 

​Christine from @cottageonlex plans to make fall decor out of embroidery hoops, fall foliage, and mini pumpkins and it already looks adorable.

Christine from @cottageonlex plans to make fall decor out of embroidery hoops, fall foliage, and mini pumpkins and it already looks adorable.

You will need:

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    an embroidery hoop
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    3 ​mini pumpkins
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    ​fall foliage
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    ​a hot gun

​How to make:

  1. Glue ​each piece of the foliage next to each other on the inside of the hoop ​while covering ​each stem with the ​leaves.
  2. ​Glue two pumpkins next to each other on ​the top of the last foliage stem.
  3. Glue the third pumpkin on the top of the other two.

15. ​Pumpkins with branches on a mantel

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas somuchbetterwithage

​​​This is a very texture rich mantel decor consisting of branches and green and white heirloom ​pumpkins. If your budget is limited, you can follow the example of Jamie​ from somuchbetterwithage.com and paint cheap ​plastic pumpkins in sage hues.

​​This is a very texture rich mantel decor consisting of branches and green and white heirloom ​pumpkins. If your budget is limited, you can follow the example of Jamie​ from somuchbetterwithage.com and paint cheap ​plastic pumpkins in sage hues.

You will need:

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    white and green heirloom pumpkins
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    ​stems with leaves

​How to make:

  1. ​Place the stems on top of your mantel.
  2. ​Place the pumpkins on top of the stems.
  3. Put some stems in between the pumpkins.

​16. Central piece with a pumpkin under a cloche

​Sydney from www.kandgrayinteriors.com shows us how to make a very easy but effective fall decor. Use the pumpkin under the cloche as a center piece on your dinner table or as a base for a decorated corner.

Sydney from www.kandgrayinteriors.com shows us how to make a very easy but effective fall decor. Use the pumpkin under the cloche as a center piece on your dinner table or as a base for a decorated corner.

You will need:

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    ​a cloche or a cake dome
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    ​a ​pumpkin, preferably ​the same shape as the cloche

​How to make:

  1. ​​​Put the cloche in the middle of your decor.
  2. ​Put the pumpkin ​under the cloche.

​17. Pumpkins going up on an urn

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas homestoriesatoz
http://sprinklednest.com/2015/11/thanksgiving-decor/

​What about your porch? It can also have a super easy fall decor. Look how Suzanne from sprinklednest.com combined a few pumpkins of different sizes together and placed them on the top of an urn.

What about your porch? It can also have a super easy fall decor. Look how Suzanne from sprinklednest.com combined a few pumpkins of different sizes together and placed them on the top of an urn.

You will need:

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    4 pumpkins of different sizes
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    ​an urn
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    ​branches with foliage

​How to make:

  1. ​Place the branches on top of the urn.
  2. ​Place the biggest pumpkin on top of the branches.
  3. ​Place the other pumpkins on top of the biggest one to form a pyramid.

​18. Coastal vibes ​in traditional decor

​Want to make our fall decor memorable and special? Add some coastal vibes to it as Jessica from @housefullofsummer did. A starfish or a shell would totally do the magic.

Want to make our fall decor memorable and special? Add some coastal vibes to it as Jessica from @housefullofsummer did.

You will need:

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    ​a starfish or shell

​How to make:

  1. ​Place the pumpkins together on a display.
  2. ​Add a starfish of a shell next to the ​pumpkins.

​19. Blue​, a ​fresh hue of fall

​​If you get tired of traditional red and oranges hues as much as I do, try something different. For example, a refreshing blue hue! Look how Brook from @farmhouseincolor made a gorgeous fresh fall decor based on neutrals and blue.

​If you get tired of traditional red and oranges hues as much as I do, try something different. For example, a refreshing blue hue! Look how Brook from @farmhouseincolor made a gorgeous fresh fall decor based on neutrals and blue.

You will need:

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    blue colored faux pumpkins
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    ​other blue accents

​How to make:

  1. ​Do your usual decor but use blue pumpkins instead of orange ones.
  2. Mix some ​other blue accents into it.

​20. ​Bowl with ​pine cone​s​ and acorn string lights

Easy Fall Decorating Ideas gardeners

​​In a long fall evening, cozy up your room with warms lights! Use a bowl of pine cones and a string of acorn light pulled through it as an original autumn decor accent.

​In a long fall evening, cozy up your room with warms lights! Use a bowl of pine cones and a string of acorn light pulled through it as an original autumn decor accent.

You will need:

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    a bowl
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    ​a bunch of pine cones
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    ​acorn string lights

​How to make:

  1. ​Put the pine cones in the bowl.
  2. Pull the string lights through the pine cones.

​21. ​Candy jar with ​paper flowers and a mini light string

​​This is ​another version of cozy and ambient lights that can light up dark fall evenings. Sandi from www.candycreationsbysandi.com came up with this idea while working on her paper flowers.

​This is ​another version of cozy and ambient lights that can light up dark fall evenings. Sandi from www.candycreationsbysandi.com came up with this idea while working on her paper flowers.

You will need:

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    mini string lights
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    ​a candy jar
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    ​brown paper flowers

​How to make:

  1. ​Put the paper flowers into a candy jar.
  2. Pull the string lights in between the petals.

​Final Words

​I hope you enjoyed my collection of super easy fall decor ideas. ​I like them all and want to do each of them in my house! Which one is your favorite? Tell me in the comments!

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How to hide your household eyesores: 8 clever solutions

How to hide your household eyesores? 8 clever solutions

Does your home have household eyesores? Mine surely does! From ugly appliances to spider webs of cables, the visual clutter pollutes our homes.

Fortunately, we can do something about it.

Check out our 8 smart solutions for disguising ugliness in our living spaces.
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How to hide your household eyesores: 8 clever solutions

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Make a chalkboard out of your fridge

  • paint the front with a primer
  • paint it with chalkboard paint
  • draw!

Hide wires in boxes

  • get a few decorative boxes
  • cut out a hole on the bottom
  • hide the wires inside!
  • Do not put in the box any devices that heat up or need a fan while working

Build a charging drawer

  • get or build a drawer with a hole for a cord
  • put a power strip in the drawer
  • charge your devices inside the drawer!

Disguise your wifi router

  • remove pages from a book
  • bend the spine out to widen it up
  • place the router inside!
  • Make sure to keep heat vents outside of the cover

Store laundry baskets in drawers

  • get or create a drawer
  • customize it for storing the baskets
  • put the baskets inside!

Renew old vinyl floors with paint

  • select the desired color and pattern
  • clean and paint the floor
  • let it dry!

Enjoy your clutter-free refreshed home!

Can you use LED bulbs in regular fixtures?

Can you use LED bulbs in regular fixtures? 7 things you need to know

We often receive emails from you, dear readers, with a question if you can put LED bulbs in regular lighting fixtures.

In this post, we will cover the question and will also talk about 7 things you should know about before switching to eco-friendly and long lasting LEDs.

Can you use LED bulbs in regular fixtures?

The short (and simple) answer is yes.

It is true as long as the LED bulbs you plan to install use less wattage than the max wattage allowed by the fixture.

When you see a description of a bulb state “100-Watt LED equivalent” that does not mean that the bulb truly consumes 100 Watts. It simply means that the bulb generates an amount of light equivalent to a 100-Watt incandescent bulb.

In fact, such LED bulb would consume only 15-20 Watt.

Refer to the table below (via cnet.com) to find out how LEDs bulbs compare with incandescent ones in terms of light output and wattage:

      LUMENS     

INCANDESCENT

          LED         

2600 lm

150 W

25-28 W

1600 lm

100 W

16 - 20 W

1100 lm

75 W

9-13 W

800 lm

60 W

8-12 W

450 lm

40 W

6-9 W

A real 60-Watt LED bulb would be an equivalent of a 300-Watt incandescent bulb. This would be a very bright light! Thus, if your fixture says “not to exceed 60-Watts” but you want to use a 100-Watt equivalent LED bulb, this would be a safe thing to do.

7 things you need to know when switching to LED bulbs

​LED bulbs are easy and convenient to use but they have their small tricks and secrets.

1

Use a special type of LEDs in recessed, enclosed, or semi-enclosed fixtures

Since LED bulbs use fewer watts, they produce dramatically less heat than their incandescent cousins.

However, it still means LED bulbs do get hot. The heat may damage the bulb so it needs to be pulled away. This is a job of a heat sink, a special part of the base of the bulb. The sink diffuses the heat into the air helping the LED bulb not only stay cold but also fulfilling its promise of a super-long life.

That's why you need to consider where you place your LED bulbs.

If you have fully or semi-enclosed fixtures, search for LEDs that are designed for recessed or enclosed locations.​

Examples of enclosed fixtures:​

Can you use led bulbs in regular fixtures: Enclosed fixture example
Can you use led bulbs in regular fixtures: Enclosed fixture example
Can you use led bulbs in regular fixtures: Enclosed fixture example
Can you use led bulbs in regular fixtures: Enclosed fixture example

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Use a special type of LEDs with dimmable switches

The common dimmer technology is designed to work with incandescent lights and it is not always compatible with LED bulbs. Some dimmer switches are designed to have a minimum load requirement to work. When those switches are connected to the very energy-efficient LEDs, the dimmers won’t operate at all.

The solution is to use dimmable LED bulbs. Such bulbs must be clearly marked as dimmable. There are plenty of them available on the market; you just need to choose which shape and light color you want. Even Edison style filaments can be an LED!

And the evolution of the technology does not stop there.

Randall Whitehead, a well known professional lighting designer and author, writes on lightinganddecormag.com about a new type of dimmable LEDs called "warm dim." These lights appear to get warmer than dimmed.

Such bulbs seem like a perfect choice for a romantic dinner with an eco conscious (or just LED loving) partner!

Can you use led bulbs in regular fixtures: Dimmable leds
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Pay more upfront, get more return over time

One of the very few cons of LED bulbs is that these bulbs are pricier than the regular ones. If you need a dimmable LED bulb or one that works in an enclosed fixture, the price may go even higher.

For comparison, a 60-Watt incandescent bulb costs meager 79c at Walmart. Meanwhile, an equivalent LED bulb costs from a couple of dollars to $30-40 on Amazon.

However, what you get in return is a much longer life with significantly reduced expenses.​

For example, comparing to incandescent lights, the life span of LED bulbs is from 3 to whopping 25 times longer according to energy.gov. This results in an impressive life from a few to more than ten years for each LED bulb (depending on your light usage as mentioned on integral-led.com.)

Also, most of the high-priced LED bulbs have extra features such as a WiFi controlled switch or Alexa compatible module. These are high tech devices built around a regular bulb.

Don't shy away of LEDs because of their price. Instead, consider them as being an investment.

Can you use led bulbs in regular fixtures: LEDs as investment
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Pay attention to the light color

While incandescent bulbs produce yellowish light, LED bulbs come in a specter of various colors. It ranges from yellowish to match regular bulbs to more white (bright white) to blue-ish that is more close to natural daylight.

If you need a light bulb for a regular room, you may want to choose an LED bulb that gives a softer warm light. For an office or a reading spot, you may want to go with a cooler, more blue-ish LED light.

While choosing the LED light color, refer to this picture via www.earthled.com to get an idea what light color you may need:​

Can you use led bulbs in regular fixtures: Choosing a Proper Color Temperature for your next LED Bulb
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Also pay attention to lumens in addition to wattage

When dealing with the brightness of an LED bulb, you should think lumens in addition to watts. As a common benchmark, an 800 lumen LED bulb produces the same amount of light as a conventional incandescent 60-Watt light bulb. However, the LED consumes only 10 watts.

Do you want to use something even brighter?

Not a problem.

The 150W LED equivalent delivers about 2,600 lumens while using only around 30 Watts. That means you could install a 150W LED equivalent bulb in a 60W fixture and get more than 3 times the light than your old 60-Watt incandescent bulb.

Can you use led bulbs in regular fixtures: Lumens
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Improve your mood with a brighter light and home

Did you know that bright light can improve low mood and even help to battle with depression?

In 2013, Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience published a study showing how bright and dim light affects the levels of dopamine in our bodies which in its turn affects our mood.

Also, bright light can sometimes replace antidepressants. According to the study conducted in 2011 at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam and mentioned on well.blogs.nytimes.com, a positive effect of bright light therapy helped the research participants improve mood without any medications. Apart from that, their sleeping got also better.

All this goodness with no side effects!​

Since the LED technology allows you to install more luminous bulbs in the same sockets, you can make your home even brighter than before - and improve your mood with no extra cost.

Brighter home, better mood!​

Can you use led bulbs in regular fixtures: Improve mood with bright lights

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Get what you paid for

While you can find relatively cheap LED bulbs, you should remember that you get what you paid for.

LED bulbs are quite similar to consumer electronics in terms of quality.

If you want your LED to provide an expected light output as well as function properly, you need to make sure all of its components are manufactured to last. To achieve that, it's always a good idea to buy from a company you're confident in. Cheap LEDs may give less light than expected or produce the light color that is unpleasant for an eye.

If you want to learn more about how cheaply-made LEDs compare with top-quality ones, check out this article on bulbs.com.

Can you use led bulbs in regular fixtures: Cheap bulbs

Summing it up

So, can you use LED bulbs in regular fixtures? The answer is yes; however, you should keep the following points in mind:

  • semi-eclosed, enclosed, and recessed fixtures should have LED bulbs specifically designed for them
  • for dimmable switches, use dimmable LED bulbs
  • LED bulbs are pricier than other bulbs; consider them being an investment
  • LEB bulbs come in a variety of light color from warm to blue-tinted; consider it while buying an LED bulb
  • look at both wattage and lumens while choosing LED bulbs
  • using LED bulbs make your home brighter thus improving your mood
  • if you buy cheaper bulbs, be prepared for worse quality of light

Go ahead and use LED bulbs in regular fixtures and everywhere in your home!

LED bulbs produce more light per wattage than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. While using them, you will save money on electricity and get a brighter and better lit home.

After all, bright light can help you to improve your low mood.

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11 Stunning Lights That Match Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection - Plus 5 Extra Ones

11 Stunning Lights That Match Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection (Plus 5 Extra Ones!)

Do you own light fixtures from Allen Roth Eastview lighting collection and looking for other pieces to match? Or are you simply in love with the vine lighting decor? If so, this post is for you!

In this post, we will take a look at 11 light fixtures from a vine decor lighting collection and go over their features as well as pros and cons.

But that's not all! On top of that, we found 5 extra ones that match the Allen Roth as well.

Excited? Let's start with the lighting collection!

Vine Lighting Collection

This lighting collection comes with an attractive vine decor that matches Allen Roth Eastview lights. It consists of pretty much any type of lighting a house may need: vanity fixtures, chandeliers, sconces, kitchen lights, a pendant, and flush mounts.

Each fixture has the same oil shale finish and the same amber flake shade color.​

Oil shale finish is a dark brown with rusty streaks that looks unusual and attractive.

The combination of the warm yellow with the dark brown gives the collection a warm and welcoming look that fits any traditional home design.

The collection is available both at Amazon under the Vaxcel lighting brand as Vine Collection and at Lowe's as Cascadia Vine Lighting Collection. However, Lowe's does not carry all the pieces. We will specify below for each item whether Lowe's has it or not.

Semi Flush Mounts

12-Inch 2-Light Semi Flush Mount

This is an attractive semi flush mount with 2 lights and 12 inches in diameter.

Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection Match: Vine Semi Flush Mount

The light is beautiful and easy to install. Each package contains well-written instructions that are easy to follow.

PROS

  • easy to install
  • can be mounted as a fan light kit
  • produces a diffuse light with less glare

CONS

  • the base of actual items may differ from photo
  • the shade color is more yellow/brown than appears on photo

The fixture can be mounted in two ways: as a semi flush and as a fan light kit. The latter is a big pro since it gives you a possibility to convert your fan into a vine decor piece.

Pro Tip

  • Before buying the semi mount flush, double-check the dimensions to make sure this is what you want - and you do not need the 15'' version.
  • Want to use LED bulbs in the lamp? Read our Can you use LED bulbs in regular fixtures to find out if it is safe

As of cons, some customers found that the shade of the light may appear darker than on the photo. Also, the base of the actual fixture differs from the picture; check a photo taken by one of the customers here.

You can find the fixture on Amazon as well as at Lowe's.

15-Inch 2-Light Semi Flush Mount

This is another beautiful semi flush mount with 2 lights and 15 inches in diameter.

Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection Match: Vine Semi Flush Mount

The fixture is bigger than the previous one and can also produce more light thanks to a higher max wattage, 100W. It is beautiful and easy to install thanks to the well-written instructions.

Semi-flush fixtures are great to hang in a hallway or foyer. Just keep in mind that you may need to buy more than one fixture: There should be a fixture every 8 to 10 feet.

PROS

  • easy to install
  • can give plenty of light due to 100W max wattage
  • very attractive design

CONS

  • the shade color is darker and more yellow/brown than appears on photo
  • the metal finish is more black than brown

Take a note that the actual shade of the light may appear darker than on the photo. Also, the finish of the metal part may look more on the black side than brown.

Pro Tip

  • Before ordering the fixture, verify the dimensions to make sure this is what you want; and you do not need the 12'' version.
  • Want to use LED bulbs in the lamp? Check out our post Can you use LED bulbs in regular fixtures to learn everything you need to

On the plus side, the actual base of this fixture does not differ from the picture unlike the base of the previous semi flush of 12-inch diameter.

You can find the fixture both on Amazon and at Lowe's.

Chandeliers

3-Light Shaded Chandelier

The fist fixture in this chandelier collection is a lovely 22-inch light that requires 3 lights.

Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection Match: Vine Chandelier

Despite having only 3 lights, the fixture can provide a lot of light since its max wattage is 100W.

It is suitable for smaller spaces such as a cozy dining room or a small entryway. Before deciding on a chandelier and its size, calculate the dimensions of the room where you plan to add it to. You do not want to end up with a chandelier that looks too small in a big room.

PROS

  • the vine decoration over the shades is removable
  • adjustable drop length

CONS

  • while overall assembly is easy, putting the socket rings on the sockets might be cumbersome

The drop length is adjustable so you would not have any problems accommodating this chandelier to your space.

While the assembly of the fixture is easy, it might be cumbersome to put socket rings on the sockets.

Pro Tip

While installing the socket rings, do it slowly. Do not put too much pressure on the rings to avoid breaking them.

The shades have removable vine decorations that are not pictured on the image. They can be used to add an extra touch to the overall vine decor.

The chandelier is available both on Amazon and at Lowe's.

5-Light Shaded Chandelier

This fixture is a pretty chandelier that takes 5 bulbs.

Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection Match: Vine Chandelier

The maximum wattage per bulb is 100W so the chandelier can produce a lot of light.

PROS

  • adjustable drop length
  • the vine decorations over the shades are removable

CONS

  • putting the socket rings on the sockets might be cumbersome

This light is bigger than the previous one and can be hung in more spacious places. Don't hesitate to try it out in unexpected spots such as over your kitchen island - you might be surprised to see how beautiful it looks there.

While the overall assemblage of the light is simple, it might be challenging to place socket rings on the sockets.

Pro Tip

While installing the socket rings, do it gently. Do not apply too much force on the rings to avoid breaking them.

The shades have demountable vine decorations that are not shown on the picture above. Utilize the decorations if you want to add an extra touch to the overall vine decor of your house.

From our point of view, the fixture is quite reminiscent of the original Allen Roth Eastview chandelier.

You can find the fixture on Amazon as well as at Lowe's.

9-Light Shaded Chandelier

With its 9 bulbs, this chandelier is the biggest one among all the chandeliers available in this collection.

Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection Match: Vine Chandelier

It produces plenty of light since each bulb can have a wattage up to 100W.

PROS

  • gives plenty of light
  • adjustable drop height
  • accent vine rings that wrap around the shades are removable

CONS

  • setting the socket rings might be not easy

The chandelier is suitable for big spaces like a spacious hallway or a living room. If you plan that people will be walking under it, keep in mind it has to be hung at least 7 feet from the ground.

While the overall assembly of the light is easy, it was noticed by the customers that it might be difficult to put socket rings on the sockets.​

Pro Tip

While installing the socket rings on the sockets, do it carefully and slowly. Do not apply too much push on the rings to avoid cracking them.

The shades have removable vine accents that are not pictured in the product photo. Use the accents if you want to add an extra touch to the overall vine decor of your place.

The fixture is available on Amazon only; Lowe's does not have it.

8-Light Foyer Pendant

And the last but not least fixture in this chandelier collection is an elaborately decorated foyer pendant with 8 lights.

Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection Match: Vine Chandelier

Each light can go up to 60W in wattage so the pendant can give a flood of light.

PROS

  • beautiful and unique design

CONS

  • may be hard to clean

The pendant is perfect for bigger places with high ceilings. When estimating the spot for the fixture, don't forget to properly measure it. The rule of thumb is to that a chandelier hangs at least 7 feet from the floor so that people avoid bumping into it.

With its 2-tier ornamentation, the light will definitely add a feeling of "wow" to your place. However, the fixture might be a bit difficult to clean due to its excessive decor.

It is available only on Amazon; Lowe's does not have it.

Sconces

1-Light Wall Sconce

This is a beautiful wall sconce that can go anywhere in your house.

Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection Match: Vine Sconce

It can be mounted in damp environments meaning it is suitable for a bathroom. But why limit yourself to a bathroom only? You can put sconces in a bedroom or in a dining room to get your decor an air of royalty.

PROS

  • the vine decoration over the shades is removable

CONS

  • may not give enough light, better suited for accent lighting

If you are opting for a chic hotel style in your guest room (or any other room), wall sconces are a must.

The sconce shades have removable vine rings that are not pictured in the image above. Put the rings on if you want to intensify the overall vine decoration of your bathroom.

Pro Tip

Think of installing the fixture outside of the bathroom to harmonize the vine decor of your entire house.

The max wattage the sconce can stand is 100W; however, some customers find the shade too dark and use the fixture only for accent lighting.

​From our point of view, this light fits the character and design of Allen Roth Eastview collection among the best.

You can find the fixture on Amazon and at Lowe's.

2-Light Wall Sconce

This is an impressive rectangular sconce that takes 2 bulbs.

Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection Match: Vine Sconce

There are plenty of wall sconce decorating ideas but our favorite is to use sconces to frame an art work. Since this sconce gives two-directional light it can be also used to highlight an art object above or below it.

PROS

  • well made beautiful sconce
  • produces a soft glow with two lights, upward and downward
  • easy installation

CONS

  • must be installed in facing upwards direction only
  • some customers wish the glass was more translucent

This is a pretty large fixture so do the measurements of the place where you plan to install it in advance before purchasing to avoid disappointments.

Also, eep in mind that the sconce has to be installed in the upward direction only.

Pro Tip

Do the measurements of the spot where you plan to install the sconce before ordering to make sure it will fit the layout properly.

The max wattage of the scone is 100W; however, some customers wish the shade were more translucent.

Both Amazon and Lowe's have the sconce available.

Vanity Lights

2-Light Vanity Light

This is an attractive vanity light that takes 2 bulbs.

Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection Match: Vine Vanity Light

The fixture is compact and is perfect for small bathrooms. It can be hung in both upward and downward directions.

PROS

  • the vine decoration ring is removable
  • suitable for small bathrooms

CONS

  • metal finish may come off easily

For small bathrooms, design experts suggest putting vanity lights in an upward direction. Such installation uplights the ceiling and gives an impression of a bigger space.

The vanity light comes with a removable vine decoration that is not shown in the picture above. You can use the decoration to enhance the vine decor of your bathroom.

Pro Tip

Do not hesitate to use it outside of the bathroom to match the other vine lighting of your house.

The overall quality of the fixture is good; however, some customers suggested to be careful with the metal finish that can come off easily.

The light is available on Amazon only - Lowe's does not sell it.

3-Light Vanity Light

This is lovely vanity fixture that takes 3 bulbs.

Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection Match: Vine Vanity Light

It can produce plenty of light since the max wattage is 100W.

PROS

  • vine decoration rings are removable

CONS

  • metal coating can come off easily

The fixture is bigger than the previous 2-light one and can be hung in more spacious bathrooms.

The light can be installed in both upward and downward directions and it gives a lot of flexibility in how you can use it. You can hang it above the bathroom mirror or the medicine cabinet.

Pro Tip

Try it out outside of the bathroom to coordinate the other vine accents of your entire house.

The vanity light comes with removable vine ring accents that are not included in the product photo. Use the rings to heighten the vine decoration of your bathroom - or any room where you decide to put it.

The overall quality of the fixture is good; however, it is recommended to be careful with the metal finish since it can come off easily.

We think this fixture fits the spirit and the design of Allen and Roth Eastview collection among the best.

The light is not available at Lowe's so, you can buy it only on Amazon.

Other Lights

1-Light Mini Pendant

This is a gorgeous mini pendant light that can be used to create ambient light or to provide task lighting in a key spot.

Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection Match: Vine Mini Pendant

You can hang two mini pendants above a kitchen island. Or you can bundle a few of them together and replace a traditional chandelier above a dining table.

Another great way of using them is hanging them in a bedroom over a nightstand to eliminate the need to put the table lamp.

PROS

  • easy to install
  • the drop length is adjustable

CONS

  • the shade may appear darker / more amber than on photo

Despite being called a mini pendant and having only 1 bulb, the fixture can give quite a lot of light since you can put a bulb of up to 100W max.

It also has an adjustable drop so you can choose how low you want it to hang.

Everybody who bought this light agreed that it is beautiful and unique; however, some customers did not expect the shade would be darker than presented on the picture. Also, some units appear to have lower quality.

The fixture is available on Amazon only - Lowe's does not carry it.

Bonus! 5 Extra Vine Lighting Fixtures

While the vine collection I presented you above seems to be quite abundant, all of them are hanging fixtures. This bonus section extends it by 5 extra vine lamps that do not necessarily go to the ceiling. They can be placed in other corners of the house to enhance the vine style of your home design.

Needless to say, these lamps also match the Allen and Roth Eastview lighting collection spirit.

Let's take a look!​

Floor Lamps

Allen Roth Eastview Floor Lamp

If you need a floor lamp from the original Allen+Roth Eastview lighting collection, here you go. It is a beautiful tall lamp with the original vine decor.

Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection Floor Lamp

This type of floor lamps is also called a torchiere. It has a top light that illuminates the ceiling and two side lamps installed on arms that are suitable for reading. In total, the torchiere requires 3 bulbs. The top one can have a max wattage of 100W and the side ones can have a max wattage of 40W.

PROS

  • easy to assemble
  • can be used for both lighting up a room and as a reading lamp
  • original Allen Roth Eastview collection

CONS

  • arms are stationary and cannot be moved
  • some units may have problems with quality
  • reading lamps do not have a separate switch

While torchieres serve best for providing accent lighting, rather than task lighting, this one serves both purposes thanks to its side lamps.

The only complaint the customers have is that the side arms are stationary and cannot be adjusted. Also, some Allen Roth Eastview floor lamps may have problems with quality.

Kenmore Home Mother and Son Torchiere

This is another torchiere with the vine decor. It is similar to the Allen+Roth Vine collection one from above but this one has 2 lights instead of 3.

Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection Match: Floor Lamp

Despite requiring a smaller number of bulbs, it provides the almost equal amount of light thanks to the higher max wattage. The top light can go up to 150W and the side light goes up to 60W.

PROS

  • the arm is rotatable and swingable
  • easy to assemble
  • suitable for both lighting up a room and as a reading lamp
  • beautiful design

CONS

  • the arm is not flexible
  • the finish is more black than bronze
  • some units may have problems with quality and parts
  • reading light does not have a separate switch

It is powerful enough to highlight the whole room and is great as a reading lamp.

Its arm is adjustable and can rotate about 300 degrees and swing 90 degrees from pointing down to pointing horizontally.

Pro Tip

The lamp is quite tall so double-check the dimensions to make sure the lamp will fit the spot you have in mind for it before ordering.

The lamp is pretty tall so you should properly measure the spot where you plan t use it before ordering.

It is easy to assemble; however, some units may miss assembling parts and have problems with quality. In this case, you can always return the lamp.

Also, keep in mind that the finish is more on the black side than brown.

Revel Ambrose Floor Lamp

This is a beautiful floor lamp with a black frame and golden fabric shade that has bronze threads.

Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection Match: Floor Lamp

Despite the frame color, the lamp is a good fit to Allen+Roth Eastview collection thanks to its vine decor and the shade color.

PROS

  • well-made and sturdy
  • easy to assemble
  • 1-year product warranty
  • great customer service by the seller

CONS

  • not as tall as some other floor lamps

With 1 bulb of 150W max wattage, this floor lamp can illuminate your room well.

The height of the lamp is slightly smaller than some other floor lamps and this makes it perfect for spaces with reduced size and low ceilings. A floor lamp like this one emphasizes the height of the space and helps to visually enlarge the room.

It is a perfect lamp for any room. You will be pleased with its quality since it is well-made, sturdy, and easy to assemble. The seller offers a 1-year warranty and provides a great customer service.

Other Lamps

Revel Ambrose Table Lamp

This is a vine decorated table lamp that matches the Revel Ambrose floor lamp above.

Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection Match: Table Lamp

As its counterpart, the lamp is a good fit to Allen Roth Eastview collection thanks to its vine decor and golden shade with bronze threads.

PROS

  • well-made and sturdy
  • easy to assemble
  • 1-year product warranty
  • great customer service by the seller

CONS

  • may be hard to adjust the cord while assembling

Despite taking only 1 bulb, it can produce plenty of light thanks to the max wattage of 150W.

This is a versatile lamp with an attractive shade and a sounding body. It is well-made, sturdy, and easy to assemble. It can fit many places in your home but still, placement mistakes are possible.

Before making the purchase, think through where you would put the lamp to find a perfect spot for it. Measure the height at which it will sit, as well as its distance from the other objects in the room like the bed, chair, decorations.

The last but not least: The seller offers a 1-year warranty and provides an amazing customer service.

Collections Etc Hanging Wall Lamp

With the antique gold finish and the ivory fabric shade with olive green design, this wall lamp is quite unique.

Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection Match: Wall Lamp

The fixture doubles as a perfect accent lighting and as an attractive wall decoration.

PROS

  • unique attractive design
  • affordable
  • easy to hang

CONS

  • cheaply made
  • cannot change the shade

It can create a romantic environment in a dining room or calm ambiance in a bedroom while providing an original addition to the overall design of the room.

In living rooms and hallways, especially if they are big and open, a wall light like this can make space feel softer and spice up a boring plain ceiling.

Pro Tips

  • Point the lamp head away from the wall to avoid fire danger
  • Use LED lights with a higher light output (not exceeding 15W max wattage) to make the lamp suitable for reading
  • Use a remote-controlled outlet extension to activate the lamp from a distance

The lamp is a great alternative to regular sconces and for some home decor lovers, it is even better than sconces. The lamp does not require a complicated installation. The wire goes inside the stem and the lamp can be simply plugged into an outlet.

Some customers say it is cheaply made but overall, it is definitely worth to give it a try for your vine decorated home.

Final Words

In this article, we collected 16 lighting fixtures with the vine decor that match the Allen Roth Eastview lighting collection style. You can find a vine accented light for pretty much every room, from a kitchen to a hallway to a bathroom.

The only thing we did not cover is Allen and Roth Eastview ceiling fan​ and this is something to be improved in future posts.

We hope you enjoyed reading the post. Which light is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!​

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Lights That Match Allen Roth Eastview Lighting Collection