FAROLITO: Light a Little Lantern

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However sociable and vigorous you might be, from time to time you need some relaxation. Everyone needs it. Everybody has their own way of ‘recharging batteries’. Reading or just relaxing in silence are among the most popular. That’s why people tend to have a special place at home (usually in a living room) where they can take a break and chill out for a while. This island of tranquility is sometimes called a reading corner and usually consists of a cozy armchair, a floor lamp and a coffee table.   

Well, you can well do without the latter – if your table lamp is FAROLITO. It is a floor lamp with a handy tray from Bellavista Collection. Although this brand mostly specializes in producing Italian luxury furniture, its assortment of top-quality designer lighting fixtures is, by all means, worth your attention.

How to find FAROLITO on Bellavista’s website? From the home page move to the section named Products. At this webpage, you will see product categories, both in the form of a dropdown menu and clickable self-explanatory images. The names of these categories are also self-explanatory, except, maybe, DULCECHINA COLLECTION, where the pieces created mostly in 2018 are gathered. All these items are united by the same general idea – their look bears certain features of Oriental design. When creating those pieces, Attilio Zanni, Bellavista’s brilliant designer, was inspired by the mysterious, ever-charming Orient. After being successfully showcased at both Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan and Maison et Objet in Paris (highly prestigious trade exhibitions for furniture makers), these items are now available to all from the company’s website, where they are conveniently placed into a separate product category. As for the pieces created in 2019, you will find them, if you click WHAT’S NEW.

As for the rest, it’s easy to guess that BOISERIE and TABLES categories contain… well, boiserie and tables. In CASEGOODS category you will find a variety of furniture pieces that provide plenty of storage space, such as cabinets and sideboards. HOME DÉCOR category offers lots of lovely items that will turn your house or apartment into a real home. UPHOLSTERED PIECES category contains sofas, armchairs, upholstered dining chairs, etc.

NIGHT category is all about furnishing bedrooms. If you need a bed or bedside table, take a look at the excellent furniture pieces there. 

A great variety of lighting fixtures is waiting for you in LIGHTING category. The names of the sub-categories clearly suggest what exactly you will find there: TABLE LAMPS, CHANDELIERS, CANDLE HOLDERS SCONCES, and FLOOR LAMPS. 

Clicking FLOOR LAMPS sub-category will redirect you to the webpage with eight beautiful and exceptionally diverse lighting fixtures, either of which will surely look nice in your reading corner. 

In fact, all these lamps are worth your attention. Nevertheless, you will instantly notice that three floor lamps at the top of the page – CAROL, ADALPINA and FAROLITO – have handy trays, which make these lamps a perfect choice if you like sitting in an arm-chair …

Shaking up Your House’s Appearance in One Day

You may become sick of your home’s design after a few years. However, finding the time and money to do a large-scale renovation can be difficult. If you want a change but are worried about taking on a big project, consider completing one of these projects which only take a day.

Paint a Room

Changing the color of a room’s walls completely alters its appearance. Perhaps the yellow of your kitchen walls hurts your eyes, and you want to replace it with a cool blue. Or perhaps the mint green of your home office is too soothing for you to get any work done. Whatever the reason, you can easily pick up brushes, rollers and a can of paint filled by an automatic drum filling machine. Even if you paint two coats and have to wait for the first to dry, the average room can easily be painted in one day.

Move Your Furniture

This option does not require you to purchase anything, besides perhaps some supplies for cleaning up all the dust you will stir up. If you need a change of your home’s layout, try switching around some of your furniture. You could move a sofa from one wall to another, or you could move it from room to room. Swap carpets, curtains and other accent pieces to create new color schemes. While you might make a mess, this project is easy to start and stop depending on how busy you are.

Redo Your Décor

Sometimes you don’t need to adjust the biggest parts of your house to make a difference. Update your picture frames with more current photos or add retro family photos. You can alternate other decorations between rooms, particularly ones that your guests do not see, or you can make a trip to the store to find new ones.

Don’t settle for being tired of the way your house looks. It’s your house; make it look the way you want it to.

What Makes Retractable Awnings a Good Option for Homes?

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As the name implies, retractable awnings can be extended to provide shade or withdrawn to protect itself in adverse condition. It is safe to say that such awnings offer a myriad of advantages over its’ fixed counterparts. This includes a more straightforward installation and longer service life. That said, the question remains — what would make these awnings a good option for you?

In this article, we’ll explore some practical use cases for retractable awnings and what homeowners can generally expect out of them. Only then can you decide whether they are worth getting.

The purpose of retractable awnings

  • Over 70% of awnings are bought mainly to provide shade. This shade is primarily for comfort, to minimize the brightness of the sun, cool down outside ambient temperatures, and make entrances more inviting; however, other advantages warrant some consideration as well:

  • Saves energy — retractable awnings can reduce indoor temperatures by as much as 75 percent. This, in turn, reduces the strain on air conditioning units, thereby lowering one’s energy expenses.

  • Security — similar to roller timber blinds, retractable awnings provide homes with protection against the harsh elements like rain and harmful UV rays.

Why a retractable awning?

Retractable awnings can be utilized for any direct outside exposure, like patios and seating areas, and indoor locations, such as over doors and windows.

As you might imagine, retractable awnings differ from their fixed counterparts in many ways:

  • Unlike fixed awnings, retractable patio awnings don’t require stanchions (posts) that can ruin the outdoor view. They are suspended on air with spring-loaded bearings or guide wires. Other than these, they require no additional support giving homeowners an uninterrupted view of their surroundings.

  • Simple to setup — retractable awnings can be mounted on a wall or beam with not much effort

  • Retractable awnings can go in small or unique locations, such as over windows, where fixed canopies would not be appropriate.

  • Retractable awnings can move according to prevailing weather conditions. For example, you can change the angle of the awning to stave off rain or sunshine from reaching the outdoor spaces surrounding your home.

The answer to the question of whether or not retractable awnings are a good fit for your home will depend on the purpose of the outdoor area as well as aesthetic preferences. Hence, it would be prudent to start asking yourself the following questions:

Why do you need the awning in the first place?

Ask yourself why that area requires protection and what component you wish to manage. Keep in mind that requirements can vary depending on the benefit that you have in mind. For example, awnings deployed in humid areas need to maintain a 3-inch slope to ward off moisture from reaching the base of the awning. By contrast, awnings used in dry places can be almost level.

In some regions, awnings may not be ideal at all. The sheer weight of ice and snow can ruin an awning. That said, there are sensors that you can purchase that …