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Christmas Decor for a Small Apartment

Living in a small apartment doesn't offer many options for elaborate holiday decor. With a little ingenuity, however, I've created a lovely holiday-themed apartment. A miniature lighted Christmas tree carefully placed on my side table greets visitors as they enter my home. Making good use of my front room window, I have adorned it with decor, using tinsel and garland, as well as miniature stockings hung with suction cups. As a festive alternative, you might try hanging shiny ornaments on the window in much the same way. If your apartment is designed with a staircase, decorate the banister. Use garland, tinsel, holly or even holiday greeting cards. Finally, if your apartment is furnished with a fireplace, decorate the mantel. I've placed a two-foot tall animated and musical Santa on my mantel. I hope my blog gives you some fun decorating ideas for your small home.


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Glowing Ideas That Help You Light Up Your Outdoor Water Features

by Luke Patterson

Whether you have a swimming pool, fountain or other outdoor water feature, adding a glowing light to the water creates a hypnotic center piece for your landscape. Adding underwater lights to streams, small fishponds, and waterfalls adds a drama to your landscape at night. Understanding light choices, and how to use angles effectively helps you create the landscape lighting effect you desire.

Lighting Up Your Pond

The wattage needed to effectively light up a pond depends on how large it is. Low voltage underwater lights come in a variety of wattages. Some lights are made to rest on the bottom, while putting out a wide, unfocused beam. Others are spotlights you mount in weighted bases. You can swivel this type into numerous different positions.

Floating lily lights are fake flowers that create a tranquil atmosphere at night. These lights are battery powered, so you can allow them to lazily float around the pond, or you can affix them to a certain area if you choose. 

Adding Light To Waterfalls And Fountains

When lighting up a waterfall, using halogen lights and angling them allow you to enhance the falling water. Angling the lights upward and into the waterfall from behind is the best light placement. If this is not feasible, place the light to one side of the waterfall, rather than allowing it to face the waterfall directly. 

And upward angled light works well to enhance fountains. Whether you place the light in the pool beneath the fountain or on the fountain itself, this placement captures the rise and fall of the water. 

Features With Running Water

Streams with running water from a waterfall down to a garden pond are often overlooked when it comes to outdoor landscape lighting. To enjoy the full effect of a stream at night, you can place small lights nearly even with the water. This accentuates the ripples and adds to the sense of movement. 

Features With Still Water

You can enhance still waters, like garden pools, by using underwater lights and a single overhead light, which creates a soft moonlight effect. For small ponds, a few lights angled so that they highlight underwater rocks or plants. You can also use lights to silhouette underwater plants or other objects. 

Using light to illuminate and accent an object on the far side of the pond is another dramatic lighting idea for still water. You can draw attention to a lovely statue or plant. Lighting an object this way attractively mirrors the object on the water's surface. 

If you choose to add outdoor lighting to water features but really don't know where to start, or have an idea but not sure what lights you need, contact an electrical contractor from a company like Central Electric Inc. He or she can help you decide what types of lighting and wattages are best for the outcome you want.