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V for Valentine – Romantic Additions for Your Home

Romance is in the air.  January is wrapping up, and Valentine’s Day is on the horizon.  Do you make reservations at an upscale restaurant?  Will you book a romantic get-away?  As you may have noticed, Handyman Matters’s favorite destination is home – and we want yours to be too. Show your valentine how much you care by transforming your home into a romantic getaway.

What is the most romantic home in existence? It’s the cabin.  Whether it be a beach front pagoda, or a mountain cottage – nothing says romance like cozy secluded areas.  Even if you live in a large home in the suburbs, think small, think like you’re at an Airbnb in a scenic locale. Focus on one room or a certain area of the home, and create an intimate environment.  Once you have that thought process going, here are a few things to consider to optimize the Valentine’s romance.

  • Lighting

    First and foremost, lighting is key to creating a mood.  Think string lights, lanterns, candles, or any combination of these three.  Effortlessly drape them across mantles, or hang them around the circumference of the room.  Even adding dimmers on regular


  • Intimate Dining

    A small café table with candles, wine, and a meal for two is the simplest way of doing the Valentine’s dinner.


  • The Outdoors
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    Consider taking things outdoors.  Small gazebos or porches lined in string lights will make a dinner, drinks, or even a board game fantastical.  To stay warm, install heat lamps or a beautiful fire pit!  Or how about going for it and getting you and your loved ones a relaxing hot tub?

    Do you have a projector? You could even stage a little drive-in movie.


  • Dining for More than Two

    Who said Valentine’s Day was only for couples? A whimsical dinner party can be a wonderful way to show your friends and family how much you care.  When it comes to more populated dinners, we love the new trend of banquet tables with cushions for seating. Or again, you could take things outdoors to possibly a picnic table with twinkle lights on the porch.


  • Fireplaces

    Spark the fire of love with a fireplace.  Not only do they help keep you warm but they are a cozy, cabin-like addition to any home.  Put down a plush blanket and have a romantic Valentine’s Day picnic in front of the hearth.


  • And Finally…

    You can’t mention Valentine’s Day, without also mentioning the most appropriate chair for the holiday – the loveseat.

For more Valentine’s Day home inspiration, check out our Pinterest board – V for Valentine! For help installing your Valentine’s Day solutions, remember Handyman Matters is here to help.  Give us a call!  We will help transform your home into its inner, romantic, mountain cabin.  866-FIX-MY-HOME.

Advantages of Modern Lights and Their Popular Alternatives

modern-lightingGood indoor lighting always remains invisible. One of the traits in modern lighting is that it is hidden from direct view while providing an aesthetic appeal to the available space. It may come with the option of a dimmer, which can be used to set the mood of the room according to the situation. Lighting should integrate technology with modern art and provide the buyer with the finest of both worlds.

Things Consider before Buying Modern Lighting

What function is it required to serve? Every lighting product is designed to deliver different results. Perhaps it relates to the level of illumination for the whole room, or for specific objects in the room. Different rooms require different levels of illumination. For instance, task oriented lighting is required for reading books, kitchen work and playing music. However, several places require dimmer lights, like the walking area or the drawing room. These spaces can do with more stylish but less bright effect.  There are several types of bulbs that can be used to serve various requirements:

  • Incandescent Bulbs: These are the standard bulbs and fit just about every household’s lighting needs. These contain a soft white coating and ensures better diffusion. These bulbs can be used with a dimmer, as well.
  • Halogen: These are a smaller version of the incandescent bulbs and are highly energy efficient.
  • Fluorescent: These are large sized bulbs that often find application in the commercial and industrial settings. They are preferred for their energy efficiency.
  • Light Emitting Diodes (LED): These are the latest addition to the bulb catalog. Highly energy efficient, these bulbs come in almost any shape and size possible.

Contemporary Wall Lights

Modern or contemporary wall lights no longer follow the highly ornate theme of the previous eras. The first place to consider for installation is in the living room, since this is where the guests spend the maximum amount of time. Different contemporary wall lights can bring depth to the room and can be used for both highlighting and showing various parts of the walls or columns. The overall impression of the room does not depend on the number of wall lights; instead it depends on the accurate targeting and dosing of illumination.

Classic Wall Lights

Classic wall lights are the preferred wall illumination products for those who like simplicity and elegance. Technological changes have brought these to the same level as modern lights in terms of energy consumption and performance. Almost all bulb varieties can be installed on these wall lightings and the option of dimmers has also been added.

Take a moment to stand in the middle of a room in which you are contemplating making lighting changes. Determine what areas you want highlighted, while keeping in mind the primary function of the room. Once you’ve arrived at a compromise between the two, you will have a much clearer idea about what lighting scheme can best serve your needs.