An Office You’ll Want To Work In

So many of us are working from home now. That might look like the corner of your dining room table, the kitchen island or a spare bedroom. Or maybe you have an office but it could use an update. Check out this weeks office moodboard created with all Lane & Co. products that you will be excited to go to work in. 

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Caprese Bookshelf

Mewitt Floor Lamp

Morning Sail

Cordtlandt Pendant

Vince Desk

Candle

Book

Aros Links 

Rug

Bren Desk Chair

Olive Tree

Asher Pot

If you have any questions about shopping this look or adding in some new pieces to your office or other areas of the home do not hesitate to reach out. Visit our Store Lane & Co. located in Dartmouth, N.S. or online. You can send any questions via email to hello@laneandco.ca or on Instagram to connect with someone on the team.

If you’re looking for extra support we have an amazing design team at Staged For Upsell, Halifax’s leading home decorating and home staging company. Connect with us today! 

Lighting – What You Need To Know

Have you ever wondered what all those words on a light bulb mean? Watts, Lumens, Kelvins… and then there are 100’s of bulbs to choose from! We’re going to lay it out for you here today because it can make all the difference in how your space looks. It’s not just the light fixture that matters, it’s the bulb too.

So let’s cover the basics. Watts are the amount of power that the light bulb uses to produce illumination. A lumen is the measure of the brightness of the light bulb. Kelvins refer to the light sources coolness or warmth. The Kelvin rating on a light bulb or light fixture indicates the shade of white that is given off by the light source. The lower the number the cooler the color.

Kelvin Ratings. Photo Credit: Google

Keep these three things in mind when choosing a light bulb.

Now what type of light bulb to choose? Edison to silver dipped, there are tons out there to pick from.

Edison bulbs have a trendy aesthetic to them that look great when left exposed and offer a soft glow. All incandescent Edison bulbs produce a warm amber color.  Unlike the LED Edison where you can get them with white or even cool white color, the incandescent vintage bulbs have a smaller range of warm color temperature. The brightness is usually about half or even less than half of what you would expect from a standard incandescent bulb with the same watts. They are not supposed to be used as the main light source for a room, bathroom, kitchen, or a dining room. They should be used as an accent, ambiance light.

Globe light bulbs diffuse the light producing a good amount of light with softness. They are great for exposed light fixtures.

There are a few vintage styles of bulbs that provide a warm, ambient glow, adding a fun style and that candlelight like effect. The Mini-T, Radio Style, Tubular and Antique are a few and they really come down to the look you are trying to achieve.

Silver dipped bulbs have a metallic coating. This type of light bulb is used to diffuse light by redirecting the emitted light back into the fixture and is often used in pendant light fixtures hanging above tables.

Then there is the regular old light bulb which is great to use when covered by a fixture.

The most eco friendly light bulbs are LED light bulbs which are an energy efficient design. Not only do LED lights consume less energy than other bulb types, they last longer (about ten times more than regular incandescent lights), which means less materials used in manufacturing long-term.

The biggest thing to consider is the over all look you are going for and then narrow down the choices from there. If you need help we are always here to lend a hand. Reach out to our design team at Staged For Upsell for a consultation. And if you’re looking for some new light fixtures we have an excellent selection in our retail store Lane & Co.

Wondering about the proper height to hang a dining table light. Read a previous blog here sharing all those details.

Natural and neutral at its finest. Check out this living room mood board.

We have some gorgeous new products in our store Lane & Co. and online that are featured on the mood board below. With lead times improving on custom orders you could have this look in your space in about *4-6 weeks (*varying lead times on all products therefore may be longer) from the date of order. And BONUS – The sofa and chairs pictured here are made with performance fabric. This means no more worries when there are spills, pets or kids living in this space. 

Pictured Above:

Miro Curio Cabinet

Franklin Task Floor Lamp

Auora On The Lake Art

Seville 8 Light  Warm Brass Chandelier

Landen Sofa – also available with chaise

Winnie Swivel Chair – Nantucket Tape

Freya Coffee Table Marble

Dahlia Black Vase

White Magnolia Branch

Rug CAR-01 MH Seafoam/Taupe

Found Alea Pot

6’ Fiddle Leaf Plant

 

If you have any questions about shopping this look or adding in some new pieces to your living room or other areas of the home do not hesitate to reach out. Visit Lane & Co. in store located in Dartmouth, N.S. or online. You can send any questions via email to hello@laneandco.ca or on Instagram to connect with someone on the team.

If you’re looking for extra support our amazing design team at Staged For Upsell, Halifax’s leading home decorating and home staging company would love to connect with you today! 

It’s Time For A Bedroom Refresh!

Is your bedroom looking outdated? Long overdue for a refresh? This weeks mood board will leave you feeling so inspired to update this room in your home making it feel like a retreat. After a long day do you want to walk into a room that feels cold, boring and disorganized? Or warm, inviting and calming? The answer is obvious!

Furnished completely with furniture and décor from our store Lane & Co., this room is full of natural elements, layered textures, bedside storage and lovely accents. This bedroom checks all the boxes.

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BOOK

CANDLE

THROW

LAMP

SIDE TABLE

ART

BED

PILLOWS

PILLOW

RUG

LIGHT

TREE

POT

If you have any questions about shopping this look or adding in some new pieces to your bedroom or other areas of the home do not hesitate to reach out. Visit our store located in Dartmouth, N.S. or visit us online. Connect with us on our Lane and Co. Instagram or Staged For Upsell Instagram and tag us in your bedroom photos to be featured.

If you’re looking for extra support our design team would love to help you out. We are Halifax’s leading home decorating and home staging company. Connect with us today!

How to perfectly hang your art.

Putting holes in the walls for your photos and art can be intimidating. Often we walk into a home of someone that has recently moved (or not so recently moved) and they have yet to hang anything on the walls. They don’t know where or how to hang them or they are waiting for someone to help out. 

Help has arrived! We’ve got you! In today’s blog we’re going to share a few tips and hacks to make sure your art and photos are hung perfectly every time.

The biggest tip that will never lead you astray is to hang the center of your photo at 57” from the floor. Now if you’re hanging something above a fireplace or cabinet… this tip may not work but in most cases it does. Many people tend to hang their pieces too high. 57” is average eye level and the center, sweet spot for your items. If you use this rule throughout your home it will add a cohesive look as well. 

Now on to hanging the photo or art. Using tape or a pencil measure up 57” from the floor then find the center of your item. Next measure the distance from the wire, holes, clips or whatever is on the back of your picture and determine the extra bit you need to calculate in to make sure the art is hung in the right spot. 

Are you still with me? 

Ok now that we know where to hang the art, it’s time to put a hole in the wall. If the item is light there is no need to use drywall anchors but if it’s heavy and you are not going into a stud you may want to consider using them.

Here are a few hacks to find where to put the nail in the wall if the clips/holes… are not right in the center of the frame (as in most cases). 

If you have holes on either side of your frame run a piece of tape across the back and mark the holes with a pen or nail. Then put this tape on your wall at the correct height and boom! Done! Perfect placement.

Another hack is to use toothpaste. Put a tiny dab of toothpaste where the hook needs to go and press the photo against the wall. 

Use a level! If you have to put in more than one nail use a level to make sure it’s nice and straight. 

If you’re hanging multiple photos or art together, like a gallery wall, hang your center photo first then work around it by hanging the other items. 

That’s it. Simple. I hope you are feeling a bit better about getting those special items on the walls. Be sure to tag us on social media so we can see what a great job you did! You got this.

If you’re looking for some new art to hang on those walls head over to our retail store Lane & Co. We have a gorgeous selection of prints in many shapes and styles for your home.

New Looks In The Living Room

Our retail store Lane and Co. has many new and stunning furniture pieces. Some we have been using with our recent stagings (pictures coming soon). We put together this mood board featuring some gorgeous pieces for your living room inspiration.

With lots of natural elements this living room brings all the soothing, cozy vibes and we’re obsessed!

 

Mood Board created by Stephanie Pounds, Interior Decorator at Staged For Upsell

Take a closer look at each item here:

Square Jute Basket

Wool Blend Throw – Deep Green

Chayton Side Table

71” Olive Tree

Penelope Sofa

Mia Burnt Terracotta Vase-Large

Cabrera Coffee Table

Roman Swivel Chair

Oat Form Print

Eden Artificial Fern

Posie Vase

Asher Accent Table – Raw Brass

Tamaris Rug


Do not hesitate to reach out to the sales associates at the store if you are feeling overwhelmed with bringing all the pieces together. In addition, we offer full design services through our team at Staged For Upsell

Let us know on social media which living room items you have your eye on and tag us in your pics for a chance to be featured.

Choosing the perfect white paint color for your space.

Why are there so many different colors of white paint? There must be 100’s. It can be completely overwhelming to choose which white to go with. We have good news! The following tips are going to make it much easier to help pick the perfect white paint for your space. Plus we are going to share our go to white paint choices. Let’s dive in.

Whites can look grey, cream, purple, pink, brownish… why?! 

There are many things that impact how white looks in your home. Natural light, artificial light, sight lines and other paint colors in the home just to name a few. 

First off most whites aren’t true white (and you usually do not want true white as it’s too white). Most have an undertone from a hint of pink, purple or cream added to the can when mixed. Imagine the white that you choose being the lightest shade of the color that is added to the can. When you look at a paint swatch look at the very bottom, the darkest shade, that will give you an idea of the undertone of the white. But not all paint swatches have more than one color! I know, that makes it even harder!

So hopefully you know the undertone now. The next question to ask yourself is do you want a warm white or a cool white in your home? Do you want stark white and bright or warm and cozy?

Look at the room you are painting and notice if it gets direct sunlight or not. Rooms with direct sunlight will have warm natural hues. Rooms with no to little sunlight will have a more blue hue which will enhance any blue, grey or purple undertones. Quick way to decipher: not a lot of light = cool, a lot of light = warm. But this is not always true because other things in the room can make colors look cool or warm, like furniture.

Next thing is to test! Once you have chosen a few colors, test them out. Get a few samples or try these peel and stick paint swatches and put them on a few different walls so you can see how the natural and artificial light hit the wall color and at different times of day. 

Here are a few of our favorite go to white colors:

Warm White Colors – will bring in warm tones and are great for counteracting blue and cool spaces if you want to warm them up.

Swiss Coffee – Benjamin Moore

Simply White – Benjamin Moore

White Dove – Benjamin Moore

Cool White Colors – brightest and crisp and are great for counteracting warm colors and red.

Chantilly Lace – Benjamin Moore

Decorators White – Benjamin Moore

If you are overwhelmed ask for help. You can often get some free advice at a paint store or pay for a more in depth consultation. If you want someone to look at your space and help choose colors and other items, reach out to our team for a consultation.

Tag us on Instagram or Facebook with your freshly painted rooms and projects!

Uplevel Your Summer Space

We are well into summer here in Nova Scotia with consistent warm temperatures and lots of sun. Unfortunately summer is short lived around here so it is so important to make every sunny day count. Today on the blog we are sharing how to uplevel your outdoor space to entertain, a space to relax and to create a spot you’ll want to be every moment you get.

Let’s bring the indoors, outdoors while we can!

Before we get to the fun decorating part you’ll want to spend some time doing the not so fun part if you haven’t already. Clean up your space. Maybe the deck needs some scraping and a fresh coat of paint. I know it’s the last thing you want to do but you’ll be so glad you took the time to do this part (or if you can hire it to be done). Most decks need to be freshened up every few years.

Next up think about what you’ll be doing in this space. Are you going to be laying back and reading a book? Will you have guests in your space? Will you be eating meals outdoors? Maybe all of the above! Choose furniture for the space that will hold up to the weather, accommodate the purpose and be comfortable yet stylish. If new furniture isn’t in the books this year and you have some older pieces you are no longer loving you can freshen them up, you could spray paint them (if it is the right type of material and you’re into DIY), or simply adding new cushions go a long way to hold you over for now.

Ok, we have the space cleaned up and furniture situated. Add an outdoor rug to define the space, add texture and design. There are so many options out there. We love the indoor/outdoor rugs from our showroom in Halifax, N.S. Lane and Co. because you can use them all year round. Bring them inside for your entries and high traffic areas in the off season. The rug should be large enough for the front legs of all furniture to be on it. Same rules for outdoor as indoor. Then add a few outdoor pillows to make the space comfortable and to soften the look. Can you picture it yet? Settling into this cozy space with your morning coffee and a book, pillows, maybe a blanket. It’s starting to come together.

Here are some of our favorite outdoor pillows and rugs right now:

Multi Sand Outdoor Pillow
Yuma Sand Outdoor Pillow
Banning Sand Outdoor Pillow
Augusta Dune Outdoor Pillow
Colton Ivory/Multi Rug
Augusta Outdoor Rug

Now you can add some décor. There are many items that you use inside that can be brought outside. For example vases, trays, baskets, some plants (or choose faux plants for no fuss). You can have a lot of fun with this part, incorporating your style and making the space special. These products may need to be brought in when the weather is not great but it will be worth it to bring them back and forth.

Our final and favorite way to uplevel your summer space is with lighting! Candles, string lights, a fire place, lanterns, patio heaters… There are so many simple ways to add warmth and set a lovely mood with lighting. Your outdoor fun does not have to end when the sun goes down. Keep it going with this perfect addition.

We would love to see how you’ve implemented these tips to your outdoor space. Be sure to follow and tag us on Instagram or Facebook so we can see and share your photos!

How To Style Your Bookshelves

Are your bookshelves ready for an update? Not sure about what to do with them? Keep reading to learn 5 simple steps to style your bookshelves to make them look like a professional decorator was in your home.

  1. Clear them off. Remove everything and get rid of items that you do not want to display. Wipe the shelves down with a damp cloth and get them ready to redecorate.
  1. Alternate shapes and height. When placing items back on the shelves you’ll want to switch up the height and shapes of items. Avoid putting the same sized items next to each other. Books are a great way to add height. You can lay them flat in a stack or line them up with a cute book end. This will give you that Pinterest worthy look you are going for. 
  1. Add a pop of colour and different textures. Plants are a great addition to achieve this and if there is limited light in your space you can use fake ones and it will still look awesome.
  1. Make it special. Frame a family photo, a map, postcards, any item that has meaning to you. We like the look of different sized frames, some with a matte and some without. This keeps the space interesting and will create great conversation pieces.
  1. Leave some open space. You do not need to fill every surface of the shelf and you don’t want to. It will look cluttered and will over power the beautiful items you have on display.

If you’re not sure what to put on those shelves and are looking for new items be sure to check out our shop, one of Halifax’s newest home décor stores Lane and Co.  If you found this helpful and are looking for more tips to decorate your home check out the previous blog on styling a coffee table

Sometimes decorating can be overwhelming. That’s where we come in. If you aren’t sure where to start or just need some help reach out to us for a consultation.

We can’t wait to see those beautifully styled shelves. Be sure to follow and tag us on Instagram . Add if you’re not already subscribed to our weekly newsletter you can do that here to never miss out on great tips and exciting news.

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