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Page 10 rN. i'lcMr aNh Ca.nr N 1. l"=f=, ra- September 26, 2012 Light up your home life with quality design Good lighting is not something most people think much about until they don't have it. Living in a well-lit room is a much more pleasurable experience than trying to cook, read, entertain or do just about anything in a dark, shadowy space. The American Lighting Asso- ciation offers these tips for improv- ing the lighting in your kitchen, bathroom and bedroom: Add to your task light- ing. Many bathrooms and kitchens have plenty of overhead light, but are often lacking when it comes to task lighting, says David Mar- tin, designer with lighting manu- facturer Hubbardton Forge. At the kitchen sink, for example, you can eliminate shadows by including two sources of light." The result is a workstation with easier-to-see spaces that alleviate eyestrain. Include mood-enhancing lights and dimmers. "Places such as bathrooms and bedrooms - once mostly func- tional - now serve as an extension of our living spaces," says Todd Phillips, owner and senior designer with Quoizel Lighting. The lights in those rooms should be both hardworking and mood enhancing. For example, inexpensive, easy- to-install cove lights in the kitchen can provide soft illumination after mealtime and cleanup. Additional lights placed at a bathroom vanity and aimed out toward the face can help brighten grooming tasks and offer awaken- ing morning light. A bonus: Those controls can help accommodate varying levels of natural daylight, too. Increase the size of your bedside task light. One of the big- ger mistakes Phillips sees in bed- rooms is the size of bedside lamps - they're either too small or not ad- justable. "The lamp needs to provide light where you need it, and if it's too small it can't do that," says Phillips. Go for a larger size with increased lumen capacity. Install track lighting for flex- ibility. Stationary overhead lights are fine when you need to flood a space with light, but too often kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms lack flexible sources of light. A good solution is track lighting. "You can direct one or two of the lights on the track and point them to a wall to add accent light for artwork, and use other lights on the track to create different focal points," Phillips says. Add a light fixture for dra- ma. A side benefit of beautiful, light-providing chandeliers and pendants is that they provide focal points. "New light sources give home-owners some great options," says Phillips. "You can drop in a chandelier over a bathtub to create drama and get mood and ambience too." As a bonus, those fixtures help provide the finishing touch for dif- ferent colors and accents. "People sometimes put quite a lot of money and effort into their rooms and lighting can help to show them to their best effect," says Martin. Add a ceiling fan with a light source. With the flip of a switch, a ceiling fan with a light kit can im- prove a room's livability with both comfort and light. It is just one more example of how light works wonders in the home. "Having more lighting op- tions creates a better lifestyle and it enriches our lives in terms of the time we spend in our homes," says Phillips. To see the latest lighting prod- ucts and to talk to an expert about how to improve lighting in your kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, Photo courtesy of Tech Lighting Smart lighting can include track lighting that provides nice design touches. visit your local ALA-member retail americanlightingassoc.com. showroom or go online to www. -ARA Content Deep cleaning doesn't hl0000'Je to be limited to spring Over 30 years experience Free estimates Locally owned Tear-offs with no mess Hand nailed, architect & 3-tab shingles Snap-lock, Hi-rib metal & fiat roofs All workmanship guaranteed CCB# 110950 With the changing Of the sea- son right around the comer, most Americans are beginning to clean up the exterior of their homes by raking leaves and cleaning out the gutters, but what about the interior? Fall can be the perfect time to revisit that spring cleaning list that you never completed and give the interior of your home a deep clean in preparation for the holiday season. 541-367-2293 I LAURA GILLOTT LEBANON HOMETIEAM.CO M % : -: Mindy Lee, Broker Sweet Home & Short Sale Specialist associated with Keller Williams Realt- Mid-Willamette mindy@lauragillott.com SweetHomeRealEstate.kwrealt,f:com 541-409-1029 Cell/Text 541-451-2211 Office Eacl Office is lndcl,'endendy Owaed ap, d Operated, While most people rely on their own cleaning know-how to tackle germs and dirt, they depend on their eyes to show what they think is a clean house. In fact, more than two out of three people believe that vi- sion is the most important sense in determining the cleanliness of a home, according to a recent national consumer survey conducted by Stan- ley Steemer. But it's often the dirt that you don't see that requires help from the pros. Traditional at-home cleaning methods such as vacuuming and dust- ing remove only a relatively small portion of dirt, dust and particles that lurk in your floors and furniture. Without a deep cleaning, you'll be trapping dirt inside your home for the entire winter, which can impact the visual appearance of your home, while also elevating the risk of aller- gens in the home. ?[7!i:i!iilf., .... CONSUMERS POWER, INC. A locally-owned electric cooperat ire Responsive local service since 19.39 Energy EfJciency rebales for: - Heat Pumps 'Water Heaters - Window Replacement Insulation Appliances and MORE k Photo courtesy of ARA Content Guess what? It's OK to get help when your house needs a deep cleaning. To help you see through the dirt that lurks in your home, experts from Stanley Steemer offer these fall tips for maintaining a cleaner, healthier home: With fall comes the foliage: Re- duce the amount of dirt and leaves that may get tracked into your home by using indoor and outdoor entrance mats. Quick pickup: Remember to act quickly to clean up any spills or stains; consider keeping a pro- fessional spot remover handy, at all times or use items commonly found around the home such as white vin- egar and baking soda. " Di never quits ... it's like tooth decay: Keep up with the high traf- tic areas in the home by vacuuming them two to three times a week and the rest of your carpets at least once a week. Outside work affects inside com- fort: Keep your windows closed and turn on the air conditioner when rak- ing leaves and doing other fall clean- up work outside. These activities kick unwanted dirt, dust and pollen up into the air, which can settle into upholstered furniture and carpet. Whom should you call? Even the most diligent person can't do it alone. Get help from the pros. Sched- ule a professional deep cleaning ev- ery six months to help maintain the value and health of your home. ,-- ARA Content '-Iohn L. REAL ESTATE Barbara Patton, GRI Broker (5411 979-3932 barbarapat@johnlscott.com "What's Impodant Is You"