Before You Buy A Chandelier

Choosing the right chandelier for your home is a thing we really need to consider. Chandelier are really expensive and difficult to install. Better do a little research first before buying one.

Where would you like a chandelier? The traditional locations — over your dining table and in your foyer or entry way — are still the popular places to hang a chandelier. But anywhere you have the ceiling height to accommodate a chandelier and think one would look good is worth considering. Your bedroom, if it has a raised ceiling, for example.

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What style do I want? Chandeliers are available in styles that will fit with almost any decorating theme from medieval to post-modern.

If you decide first on the look you want in your house or in that room, then look for a chandelier in that style, it will help you focus your shopping.

How large should it be? A chandelier should be sized in proportion to the room it’s in. In a dining room that’s 12 feet by 12 feet, for example, an 18″ to 24″ chandelier might be appropriate. In an entry hall with a very high ceiling and minimal furniture, you might prefer one that’s 2 or even 3 feet across. Bear in mind that, in general, the height of the chandelier will increase with the diameter. While the proportions vary by style, a larger diameter chandelier will usually hang down further than a smaller diameter one will.


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Why Didn’t We Think of That? 18 Ingenious Kitchen Organizing Tips from Our Readers

I didn’t know that you can still be creative even in organizing your kitchen. I have fun reading some of the tips and tried them at my kitchen.

We asked you to share your ingenious organizing tips — any smart ideas or solutions that have made your life in the kitchen better and easier. You came back loud and clear with some great tips (a few that were new even to us!). Here are the top 18, a must-read if you’re looking to give your kitchen an organizational boost. We’re inspired — how about you?

1. Use small lidded containers for the junk drawer.
Can’t say how it makes me proud, but it makes me more organized and makes me think before saving yet another twist tie or rubber band: My junk drawer is full of cheap lidded containers that hold, among other things, each in its own container, rubber bands, miscellaneous hardware, twist ties, string, and even one for clothespins, because they occasionally come in handy. I can find anything within a few seconds because the lids are transparent enough to see the contents right away. – Servelan


2. Use LEGOs for stacking cookie sheets.
Lego, or more specifically, Duplo: The 2×2 bricks, stacked a couple high, are great for stacking cookie sheets in preparation for baking a lot of cookies, or hors d’oeuvres for a party. They’re dishwasher safe, store easily, and cost nothing — they’re the only Duplo we still have in the house since the kids grew out of it into real Lego … and another 20 years beyond. – Joelfinkle


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