Back to School: Enter to Win the Vivo LED Lamp from Safco!

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We are very excited to announce that we are giving away one of these cool Vivo LED lamps from Safco in your choice of color. Be sure to enter below for your chance to win!

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Introduction To LED Lighting

LED lightbulbs have come a long way in the last few years. You might think of them as red, blue and green lights that were once reserved for use at parties but recent advances in technology have helped them jump into the world of home lighting. Now as white and bright as a regular bulb, LEDs are poised for a market takeover. Read on to find out just how superior these bulbs are when compared to a standard incandescent.

  


  
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There are three major benefits from choosing LED lighting for your home:

 
 

Long Life

It is unlikely that your new LED bulbs will be burning out anytime soon. Their operational life time span is about 100,000 hours or 11 years of continuous use. To translate that into more realistic terms, if you left the LED bulb on for eight hours per day, it would take about 20 years before it needed to be replaced.

 
 

Energy Efficiency

Energy conservation is always an important factor in choosing your lighting and LEDs are the most efficient on the market. While a typical light loses 80-90% of their total energy consumption to other energy forms (mostly heat), LEDs only lose about 20%. That is a big difference that can translate into

 
 

Environmentally Friendly

Anyone who has had a burnt out compact fluorescent bulb will understand how problematic it can be to safely dispose of one. CFL bulbs contain toxic materials like mercury that are toxic for the environment so recycling is a must. Unlike CFLs, LED bulbs do not contain toxic materials that require special handling.

  


  
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In addition to these three main benefit, LED bulbs offer some features that regular incandescent bulbs can’t beat. They have zero UV emissions which make them a great choice for areas that have sensitive materials such as artwork or wallpaper. They also brighten up immediately when turned on instead of taking time like regular bulbs do and frequent on/off switching does not reduce their operational life expectancy. Plus LED lighting offers the ability to focus light on a specific location without the use of an external reflector, making them the perfect choice for task lighting such as the desk lamp above.

  

Like what you see? Find the Safco Vivo lamp here.

  


Trend Alert: Coral

Coral is a motif that has always been popular for coastal design. Fill up a cabinet, mantle or bookshelf with some coral pieces to create a worldly look. Small coral pieces look great grouped together as well as dispersed throughout your room to create a cohesive theme. It’s also good to note that while real coral was once popular, it’s fortunate for the environment that most of today’s coral designs are synthetic. We love how these rooms below put together a coral theme.

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Feeling inspired? Here are our favorite coral picks for summer 2014:

Trend Alert: Coral - Cymax Blog

1Uttermost Coral Table Lamp in Glossy White Glaze
2Uttermost Coral Sculpture in Bright Red (Set of 2)
3Uttermost White Coral Decorative Bowls in Gloss White (Set of 2)
4Zodax Coral and Crystal Table Lamp
5IMAX Corporation Carpacia Coral Bowl (Set of 2)


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Discover Our Abstract Art

Artwork is one of those finishing touches that brings a whole room together. If your room doesn’t quite seem finished, try adding a piece of artwork to create a finished look. It might sound daunting but Cymax carries a wide range of artwork, including prints and paintings, that will create a focal point in any space. If you have the room, try grouping a few pieces together for a gallery wall effect. Abstract paintings are a particular favorite and can be used as a jumping off point for a room’s color scheme.

To give you some inspiration, we’ve rounded up ten of our favorite abstract pieces, with options ideal for any space:

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1Yosemite Home Decor Exuberant
2Yosemite Home Decor Seeing Red
3Uttermost Prism Views Hand Painted Canvas Modern Art
4Uttermost Horizon View Framless Giclee Panel Art (Set of 3)
5Uttermost Blue Waterfall Hand Painted Art
6Yosemite Home Decor Artwork Prism I
7Yosemite Home Decor Rhapsody
8Uttermost Spacious Skies Hand Painted Frameless Canvas Wall Art
9Uttermost Mystical Evening Hand Painted Frameless Art
10Uttermost Dewdrops Hardback Board Hand Painted Modern Art

Find more right here!


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Get the Look: Modern Coastal Style

Coastal style is perfect for the summer. It’s easy, breezy and works for even a family home. But it can be easy to gravitate towards the typical decor like seashells and stripes. Here we went for a modern update of the classic coastal look. A muted blue, gray and brown palette is balanced by white while the mixture of styles keeps things fresh. Check out our modern coastal moodboard below and get inspired:

Modern Coastal Style

1 -Riverside Furniture Lean Living Leaning Desk in Smoky Driftwood

2Zuo Twisty Floor Lamp in White

3Uttermost Hamilton Wool Rug in Blue Gray and Off White

4Coaster Club Chair with Exposed Wood in Gray

5Safavieh Ruxton Wicker and Wooden Ottoman in Dark Brown

6Zodax Weathered Arurog Lantern

7Safavieh Marley 22-inch Decorative Pillows in White (Set of 2)

8Uttermost Acela Natural Fir Wood Round Wine Tray


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