Shades & Highlights: Things We Like August 2013

Well-chosen fixtures can serve as a light source, AS WELL AS an artistic decorative touch.
Well-chosen fixtures can serve as a light source, AS WELL AS an artistic decorative touch.

With the kids back in school and the holidays just around the corner (gulp!), you might be in the mood to make a few changes around the house.  But where do you look for ideas and inspiration?  Why not look to some of the same sources of inspiration that professional renovation companies – like Highlight Homes – occasionally look to for ideas and industry insights?  Below are just a few of the people, places and companies that have motivated our work this month:

The Nest

Brought to you by the same folks who publish The Knot and The Bump, The Nest is a website devoted to all things “home” – from helpful tips like “How to Prepare for a Renovation” and “How to Finance Your Renovation” to a treasure trove of décor photos intended to enlighten you to the latest trends and inspire your own unique interior design. Be sure to flip through the pages of the digital magazine and check out their articles devoted to green living, organization, and (of course) renovating.

Decorative Lighting

This oft overlooked item can add quite a bit of a homeowner’s distinctive taste and personality to a room. If chosen properly, a great fixture serves as far more than a source of light – it can moonlight as an eye-catching work of art! Highlight Homes has several wonderful vendors to whom we look for extraordinary fixtures.

Sophisticated Man Caves

Listed among the “10 Home Decorating Trends That Will Be Hot in 2013” by House Beautiful’s Mimi Read*, modern man caves with a hint of sophistication are a far cry from a dark, dank unfinished basement sporting furniture from your college days or a garage with a dart board on the wall, a cooler within easy reach, and cornhole on the floor. Envision instead a full-size bar with beer taps and flat panel TVs hung overhead, a supreme “sky box” with an enormous big screen TV at center stage and huge overstuffed sofas on which to watch sporting events to your heart’s content, or a veritable sound stage with lighting and speakers where you can revisit your garage band days in style.

Pantone Color Report: Fall 2013

The sight of school buses ambling along country roads and the sound of drums echoing from high school stadiums on Friday nights reminds us that fall is just around the corner. The recent release of the Pantone Color Report for Fall is a colorful reminder, as well. We are particularly fond of bright and happy shades like Emerald Green 17-5641 (Pantone’s Color of the Year), Mykonos Blue 18-4434, Acai Purple 19-3628, Samba Red 19-1662, and Koi Orange 17-1452.

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Shades & Highlights: Things We Like August 2013