Posts Tagged ‘decorating’

You’re gonna love the Eco friendly, outdoor lighting options from 

Lovely both day and night, these solar lanterns will add a festive charm to your outdoor space this summer. Each lantern stores up free sun during the day and gives a wonderful glow at night.

My review comments – The three Soji™ lanterns I’ve reviewed all came in a flat box that I’ve saved for winter storage. The lanterns were super easy to assemble and each included a stainless steel hanging handle, a built in light sensor, one AAA rechargeable battery and a dual LED light. The Soji™ original also came with a base unit for table top use. 

Soji™ Solar Lantern- White w/White LED


The lanterns are sizes 10×10 round, 7×15 oblong, and 5×7.5 cylinder and are made from a durable nylon. I usually try to rescue them from inclement weather; however, they have managed with a few storms no worse for wear.



The key to enjoying these is to remember that they need direct sunlight during daytime charging. They will not give lots of light. They are primarily decorative giving a bit of a down-light and a soft glow. Enjoy the ambiance! 

Soji™ Pod Solar Lantern- Marigold


Soji™ Stella – Midnight Blue


Check out the many other solar lighting designs at the Allsop Home & Garden website.

I received three solar lanterns from Allsop Home & Garden to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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The Color Scheme Bible. Inspiring palettes for designing home interiors

Anna Starmer

Firefly Books 2012

256 pages, paperback

100,000 sold in hardcover

It’s hard to imagine a more comprehensive look at color scheme possibilities.
–Los Angeles Times

What a cool idea for the color challenged among us… 200 combinations fit for a king and queen and their royal family.

When it comes to decorating, the endless color choices available are enough to overwhelm the most determined home decorator. The Color Scheme Bible solves that problem, and with hardcover sales of 100,000 its value is well proven. This lay-flat paperback edition is sure to be an equally popular choice.

With 200 color scheme ideas to choose from, The Color Scheme Bible is an easy-to-use and inspiring reference to using color in the home. It describes how colors interact and the effects they have on a room. It explains how to choose colors that complement each other for a subdued effect, and which colors and combinations energize a room. The book also includes 50 recommended palettes that can be used with different materials for refreshingly original color schemes.

A few short chapters start the book off with some helpful basics on decorating with color. (color theory, color psychology, lighting) In these beginning pages, color scrapbooks and mood boards are two suggested projects for interior designing that would make for a great home school art project.

The main portion of the book consists of the color palettes. There are nine chapters, each chapter containing palettes from a color family. (pink, red, blue etc.) Every palette page is an organized display of descriptions and suggestions that’s a helpful mini resource of decorating ideas. It’s a great visual tool, perfect for learning how to get an eye for color.

With 200 color schemes in this book, there are plenty of ideas for a decorating project. Choose a color scheme from these included here or be inspired to create some schemes of your own!

No pics aside from one at the beginning of each color chapter. Personally, I’m glad that there isn’t any photos included. This gives each palette page a clean look and allows me to focus on the color and what I would like to do with them. 

This is a super idea for a book! I recommend this for home decorating and also for school students interested in interior design or fashion. 

My thanks to Firefly Books for allowing me to review this book. This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

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When the weather permits, I open windows. But lots of times some beautiful fresh breezes get things stirred up and then SLAM. You guessed it, doors blow closed.

Stoppy is helpful for keeping interior doors still when windows are wide open letting glorious fresh air inside. Gotta love that fresh air! The decorative little Stoppy firmly holds my doors in place. Made of a rubber like material, I used it safely on my tile and wood. Visit the Under The Roof Decorating website for more uses for the Stoppy.

Colorful comma shaped door stoppers compliment your decor.

This is perfect for any Steelers fan.

But I need an Orange and Black Stoppy pair. Who Dey!

Thanks everyone for entering!

The winner is: Diane

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Under The Roof Decorating is giving away a set of four different color Stoppys to a Notes From Dawn reader.

To Enter The Giveaway [ 2 Entry Options ]

(1) Watch the “See how Stoppy works” video. Then leave a comment here telling me you did this.

(2) Leave a comment here telling me what color(s) Stoppy would go with your decor (or football team).

Pick the entries you would like to participate in and remember to leave a separate comment for each one so I can use to pick the winner! Please be sure to leave your email address. If I have no contact information, I can’t award you as winner. Contest ends August 8 @11:59 pm est. (available only to US and Canada residents) A winner will be selected at random using the integer generator from The winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize.

I received a white, red, yellow, and black Stoppy from Under The Roof Decorating to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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