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links: the home

MAKE IT / Ombre Glass Pendant Light | Designlovefest. Via Shutterbean.

The Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree | Making it Lovely.

15 Clever Solutions for Small Spaces | Brit + Co. I’m loving a few of the things on this list.

Cool Tools – Philips L-Prize Bulb. I’m so on the fence about these super expensive LED bulbs. The right lighting is very important during our deep, dark winters here.

DIY Industrial Furniture – The Crafts Dept.

What’s really smart for a smart house? | Ask MetaFilter. A good discussion of what home technology is worth it.

· comments [10] · 01-16-2013 · categories:links · the home ·

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shannon // Jan 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    The Fiddle-leaf link takes me to a rabbit and squirrel lamp. :)

  • 2 megan // Jan 16, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Whoops, fixed. Thanks Shannon!

  • 3 Jen // Jan 17, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Whenever people recommend Nest, they always apologize for it being expensive, but it is only slightly more expensive than a good programmable thermostat. If you don’t already use a programmable thermostat to try to improve your energy consumption, you probably should. Nest looks like a good candidate. I’d get it if I didn’t already have a programmable thermostat.

  • 4 sprizee // Jan 17, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    My better half is on a never ending search for the perfect light bulb so thank you for posting this. I think you might have just sourced his Valentine’s gift. Man, married couples with kids are so romantic, aren’t we?

  • 5 MarT // Jan 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I looked at the specs on the L Prize Light bulb from Phillips. I live in Seattle, too, so I understand your concerns. It has a Color Rendering Index of 93 which is in the range of a full-spectrum light bulb. Those are all I ever use, so nice to have a solid LED option. The price will edge down eventually. I would like to see one to replace a 100 watt vs. a 60 watt bulb, though.

  • 6 megan // Jan 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    MarT – Thanks for the information. I’m slowly accepting that I might not need to have a whole warehouse of hoarded bulbs. I would like a 100 watt replacement too since I think about work light a lot.

  • 7 megan // Jan 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Jen – Good point! We have a programmable thermostat that came with the house and even though we’ve replaced the furnace I realize I have only a weak idea of how they interact. We’ve set it for our schedule but I’d be very curious to watch something like the Nest fine tune it for us.

    Our house alarm system has an iPhone app and it’s amazingly nice to be able to check and make sure I’ve set the house alarm (and if not, push a button to set it) while I’m at the grocery store. It’s even better to use my phone to check and make sure I’ve set the alarm when I’m already in bed on a cold night :)

  • 8 megan // Jan 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    sprizee – I hereby declare that good lighting that lifts one’s mood is the most romantic gift of all. Just don’t do like I tend to and say things such as “I like you better when you’re in a good mood”. !!!

  • 9 Jen // Jan 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Megan, if you’ve got a new furnace, is it 2 stage? We got that when we moved in (and the existing furnace was 35 years old,) and the furnace company kept insisting that the thermostat that came with the house was fine even though it wasn’t designed to take full advantage of the 2 stage capability. Sometimes the people who are supposed to know don’t, so do your research and make sure your thermostat can actually make use of the efficiencies built into your furnace. Single stage thermostats have 3 or 4 wires coming out of them, dual stage ones have 5. If you use a single stage thermostat with a dual stage furnace, the second lower power stage kicks in based on how long the furnace has been on so far, rather than based on when it would be most efficient. It’s probably a small increase in efficiency, but we felt if the technology was there, we ought to use it.

  • 10 Seanna Lea // Jan 23, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I really like the idea of the fig, but I’m almost always interested in plants only when they produce food. Mmmm, figs.

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