Spotlight on LED Lighting

Spotlight on LED Lighting

A CLEAR WINNER Many people believe that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, but British inventors first demonstrated the feasibility of electric light as early as 1835. For the next four decades, scientists around the world continued to refine the concept,...
Ambient Lighting

Ambient Lighting

Light is one of the seven main elements of interior design. (To save you a search, the others are space, lines, form (or shape), pattern, colour, and texture.) Ambient — deriving from the French word “ambience” — is a direct descendant of the Latin ambiens, which was...
Porcelain or Ceramic?

Porcelain or Ceramic?

Believe it or not, the tried-and-true way to tell the difference between ceramic and porcelain is not hardness, sheen, or even price. It’s water absorption! Porcelain tiles must have a demonstrated absorption rate of 0.5 percent or less. Anything above that threshold...
Feng Shui

Feng Shui

Translated literally from Chinese to English, feng means “wind” and shui translates to “water.” Together, the words Feng Shui can be defined as “a Chinese geomantic practice in which a structure or site is chosen or configured so as to harmonize with the spiritual...
Wallpaper: Then + NOW

Wallpaper: Then + NOW

It’s thought that wallpaper made its debut in China around 200 B.C., and that it took the form of birds, flowers and landscapes painted on rice paper. The concept migrated to Europe in the 16th century, where options soon expanded to include hand-printed block wood...
The Countertop Quandary: Granite or Quartz?

The Countertop Quandary: Granite or Quartz?

Soapstone, marble, Corian, ceramic tile, butcher block and stainless steel  … The list of material options for countertops grows, yet granite and quartz continue to reign supreme. Both are beautiful, durable, and offer a reliable return on investment, but there are...