Saturday, March 30, 2013

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5 Ways To Increase Your Home's Curb Appeal With Brass And Copper Accents

Adding brass and copper accents is one sure fire way to dramatically increase the curb appeal of your home. The classic look of brass and copper pairs well with traditional and colonial style homes but can work with more modern designs. Because they will never rust or corrode, brass and copper accents are ideal for out door use and will generally last for decades. Here are a few of our favorite brass and copper accents to consider adding to your home.

Smith & Hawken Copper Window Box

Smith & Hawken Copper Window Box

Window boxes are a very way to add curb appeal to your home. Just add some of your favorite flowers and set them in place. These copper window boxes from Smith & Hawken were inspired by the garden town of Eden Park, south of London. Available in several sizes, you can find them at here.

Sweep Copper Awning by Outdoor Copper Products

Sweep Copper Awning by Outdoor Copper Products

The Sweep Copper Awning by Outdoor Copper Design can be customized to suit your home. Each of their copper awnings is handcrafted from high quality pure sheet copper. They can also create other copper and brass accents such as chimney caps and gutters. Check them out here.

Riveted Post Mount Copper Mailbox by Maycreek

Riveted Post Mount Copper Mailbox by Maycreek

This traditional post mount mailbox features an Antique Copper finish with Brass bands and rivets. This classic mailbox pairs well with country, colonial and traditional style homes. Handcrafted from twenty-four gauge copper, this mailbox has major curb appeal. This mail box can be found here.

Copper Craftsman House Number Tiles by Mission Metalworks

Copper Craftsman House Number Tiles by Mission Metalworks

The final two items on our list add not only curb appeal to your home but also increase the safety of your home. By adding clearly visible house numbers to your home you make sure that rescue works can easily find your home in case of an emergency. While there are many options for different styles of house numbers we like these Copper Craftsman House Number Tiles by Mission Metalworks. Check them out here or do a google image search to find some that match your homes style.

Hampton Post Lantern by Lanternland

Hampton Post Lantern by Lanternland

The last item on our list is one of our own, the Hampton Post Lantern. Classic copper and brass outdoor lighting will boost the curb appeal of your home while adding safety and security. When the exterior of your home is well lit, the chance of your property being burglarized dramatically decreases. Crime Prevention Specialist Deputy Travis Pendell of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office says constant lighting around your property is essential in keeping would-be thieves away.  He recommends ‘the headline test' to determine if your outdoor area is lit well enough. Carry a newspaper around your property at night - if you can't read the headline, that area of your property is too dark. Take a look at the Hampton Post Lantern here

Have your own favorite brass and copper accents to increase your homes curb appeal? We'd love to hear your ideas!


Saturday, March 23, 2013

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Earth Hour: Symbolic Action or Empty Gesture?

At 8:30 local time millions of people all over the world will shut off their lights for an hour in support of Earth Hour. Earth Hour was created six years ago in Australia as "a way for citizens to show their desire for action on climate change and their willingness to be part of that process" according to Andy Ridley Executive Director of Earth Hour.

While Earth Hour certainly seems to have the best of intentions, there are also many outspoken critics of Earth Hour who feel that it is not only a meaning less gesture but may actually increase energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. According to Prof. Bjorn Lomborg, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist, ""Earth Hour teaches us that tackling global warming is easy. Yet, by switching off the lights, all we are doing is making it harder to see." He goes on to say "And the cozy candles that many participants will light, which seem so natural and environmentally friendly, are still fossil fuels -- and almost 100 times less efficient than incandescent light bulbs. Using one candle for each switched-off bulb cancels out even the theoretical CO2 reduction; using two candles means that you emit more CO2."

In response to these charges Ridley says "How much energy does it save? I genuinely have no idea -- and more importantly, that genuinely isn't the point." "Earth Hour does not purport to be an energy [or] carbon reduction exercise, it is a symbolic action," says Keya Chatterjee, director of international climate policy with WWF. Ridley goes on to say "How could one hour in any way be enough?". Lomborg's counters by saying "Global warming is a real problem, but Earth Hour is not the answer. Taken to its logical conclusion, if switching the lights off for one hour is a good idea, why not for all the other 8,759 hours of the year?"

Earth Hour, good, bad or indifferent? Where do you stand?

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You can find the official home page of Earth Hour here:


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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5 Light Fixtures That Double As Planters

One of our favorite recent green designs trends is light fixtures that double as planters. These light fixture / planters provide combine the healthful benefits of good lighting and foliage. The plants absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen while using the light emitted by the fixture to nurture growth. According to the International Association of Lighting Designers, new studies show the quality of light affects people in many different ways. For example, office worker satisfaction and productivity can be positively affected by well-designed illumination.  It  also contributes greatly to people's general sense of well-being.

Start spreading the good feelings with a few of these fun fixtures. Here are a few of our favorites...

The Green Lamp by Siesta

The Green Lamp by Siesta is a unique combination of lamp and flower pot, where you can plant whatever you want. It is handmade and changes as the plant grows. See it here:

The Sky Planter by Boskee & Plumen

The Sky Planter by Boskee & Plumen feature the unique energy saving Plumen bulb. Installed at Old Shoreditch Station in London, these hanging planters allow the plants to hang and mingle organically with the fixture. See more here:

The Flora Chadelier by Gumdesign

The Flora Chadelier by Gumdesign. This unique fixture created for Italian company TrediciDesign from metal and glass, features a bulb that projects the light down to the centerpiece. The illumination produced lights the interior space and provides lighting for the growth of the plant. Each branch of the chandelier ends in a glass pot to hold the plant of your choice. See it here:

Green Lamp by Romolo Stanco

The Green Lamp by Romolo Stanco is truly unique, even among these hybrid light / planters. First it is made from Arboform, a “liquid wood” mostly consisting of lignin (an organic polymer) that can be thermoformed, foamed, or molded into any shape. Secondly, The LED lamp is apparently driven by harnessing the energy generated by the plant during photosynthesis and requires no external power. Read more here:

Babylon by Ryan Taylor

The Babylon light fixture by Toronto based designer Ryan Taylor is designed to be a part of everyday life. "Made of aluminum with a powder coated finish, it can be used as an organic centre piece or a working herb garden over the kitchen counter." says Taylor. We think this fun fixture would work will in a variety of spaces from modern to rustic. See more here:

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The Saving Of The Green: Save 10% on any light with our fabulous Verdi Green finish

St. Patrick's Day Newsletter

 Save 10% on any light with our fabulous Verdi Green finish

With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner and the beginning of spring right behind it, our thoughts have turned to green. Right now we are offering 10% off any our handcrafted lighting products with our fabulous Verdi Green finish. You don't even have to be Irish, just enter coupon code LLSPD10 at checkout and you will receive 10% off any fixture with our Verdi Green finish through March 31, 2013.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

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Time To Spring Forward? Not In Arizona...

Daylight Savings began this weekend for most of the United Sates. However, here in Arizona we are one of only two states, along with Hawaii, that do not observe daylight savings time. According to an Arizona Republic editorial in 1969, the reasoning behind not springing forward was due to the heat. "The above data [sunrise and sunset times and average temperatures during the summer months from the U.S. Weather Bureau] clearly show that we must wait until about 9 p.m. DST to start any night-time activity such as drive-in movies, moonlight rides, convincing little children it's bedtime, etc. And it's still hot as blazes!"

Did you know that the concept of Daylight Savings was first proposed in 1784 by Ben Franklin in an essay titled "The Economical Project." Modern Daylight Savings was first proposed by the New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson. The plan was not formally adopted in the U.S. until 1918. After the World War I ended, the law proved so unpopular (mostly because people rose earlier and went to bed earlier than people do today) that it was repealed in 1919. During World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt instituted year-round Daylight Saving Time, called "War Time," from February 9, 1942 to September 30, 1945. From 1945 to 1966, there was no federal law regarding Daylight Saving Time, so states  were free to choose whether or not to observe DST. The Uniform Time Act of 1966, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, created Daylight Saving Time. Any State that wanted to be exempt from Daylight Saving Time could do so by passing a state law.

Friday, March 8, 2013

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Baseball Is Back! Arizona Spring Training 2013

Greetings From Spring Training

March means the return of Major League Baseball Spring Training to the Cactus League in Arizona. Every year tens of thousands of baseball fans travel to the Valley of the Sun to experience major league baseball in the most intimate of settings. The players are often more relaxed will interact with the fans more than at any other time of the season. If you are a baseball fan and haven't been, put it on your bucket list.

This year 15 teams will be holding spring training in Arizona including the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants. The full line-up can be seen below.

Arizona Spring Training  2013

Check out for all the latest info. 

Planning to attend? Come on by for a tour of our factory to get a behind the scenes look at how we create our handcrafted lighting.  

Who do think will win it all this year? Will the Giants win it all again or will we have a new champ? 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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Hold The Pickle, Hold The Lettuce…

Hold The Pickle, Hold The Lettuce… At Lanternland our standard designs are just the beginning. We like to refer to our designs as “Lighting Templates” since each customer has the option to customize each fixture to their specific design needs. Whether you create your own design, reproduce a classic or modify one of ours, all Lanternland lighting is made-to-order to give it the TLC that makes every Lanternland fixture an heirloom quality piece. Manufactured in our factory in rugged Mesa, Arizona and designed to last for decades, each fixture is made to your specifications and will be unique to your site and location. 

Custom Lanterns Await Finishing

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