Bring fall colors to your home with these decor additions

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Oct 28, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Fall is a beautiful time of the year with endless colors from the changing leaves and harvest decorations adorning neighborhood doorsteps. Bring the fall colors to your home with a number of simple décor additions and changes for the season.

  • Drapes, wallpaper: Add elegant bronze hues to your home with new drapes and wallpaper to create a calming atmosphere that will match the crisp outdoor look. Combine the bronze hues with a burst of orange, copper and wine colors to echo the color of fall leaves.
  • FurnitureCreate a bold fall look with rich brown furniture and pumpkin-orange upholstery. You can also do this with a light brown bookcase and fireplace.
  • Accessories: Dress up your room by adding fall foliage, acorns and mini pumpkins to bookshelves, mantles and coffee tables.
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Topics: home decor

Holiday photos 101: Tips on taking the best photos during the holidays

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Oct 27, 2014 9:00:00 AM

The holiday season is quickly approaching and you’ll want to capture every moment by taking festive photos with family and friends. DirectBuy has a wide collection of cameras, but in order to showcase your loved ones in the best light it’s important to follow some of photography’s best practices. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Check the background: When taking photos of friends and family, you want to pay attention to the background and make sure there’s nothing unusual extruding from anyone’s head, which will take focus away from the primary subject.
  • Use the flash outdoors: Bright sun creates deep facial shadows but the flash on your cameras helps brighten the face.
  • Shoot during the golden hour: Offering soft, diffused light to limit harsh shadows, the golden hour is officially defined as the first hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset when the sun is low in the sky.
  • Alter perspective: The majority of family portraits are shot at eye-level, and this is boring. Think outside of the box and change the angle for a truly unique and fun look. Shoot from above or have family members crowd close to the lens to create a one-of-a-kind image.
  • Frame the subject: Lead the viewer’s eye to the person being photographed by framing them in the picture with a doorway or window.
  • Use the shade: If you can’t make the available light work with your photo, use the shade to give an even exposure and avoid patchy highlights.

The most important part of taking holiday photos is creating a fun environment where people feel comfortable and can show true emotion. Have fun this holiday season and make sure to share your holiday photos with DirectBuy on Twitter and Facebook!

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Topics: gifts, holiday

DirectBuy Travel’s ski getaways

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Oct 24, 2014 9:00:00 AM

DirectBuy’s Travel program has a number of outstanding getaway packages, from serene Caribbean resorts and cruises to spectacular adventures in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations. One of the most popular winter activities, however, is hitting the slopes to tear up the fresh powder, and DirectBuy has travel packages to three of the best skiing destinations in the world – Aspen, Banff and Jackson Hole.

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Topics: travel

Lighting ideas to complement your back and front yard landscaping

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Oct 23, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Showoff your back and front yard landscaping with quick and easy lighting ideas to illuminate pathways, brighten gardens and put a spotlight on focal points like fountains and swing sets. With a wide variety of outdoor lights to choose from, it is important to find the right one to complement your unique landscape and the architectural details of your home. Here’s a breakdown on how to bring the best light to specific areas in your landscape.

  • Garden: You put so much hard work into maintaining your garden, it’s only right to show it off at night. Use canopy lights to reflect light down into the planting beds; look for 18" to 24" posts to create a pool of light and spread these canopy lights near the base of your favorite plants. Canopy lights are also great for lighting up pathways.
  • Trees: Whether you want to light up a series of small trees or one massive tree in your yard, use well, flood or bullet lights aimed directly up the tree’s trunk to brighten the natural beauty.
  • Home’s exterior: Highlight unique architectural details like bay windows or bring light to the corners of your home’s exterior with bullet and wash lights. You can aim bullet lights in any direction while wash lights provide a soft light to sill space between unique details.
  • Focal points: Brighten a fountain, tree swing, gazebo or arbor using multiple flood or bullet lights. It’s important to use multiple lights from different directions to reduce shadows.
  • LED bulbs: Although more expensive than halogen bulbs, LEDs are much more efficient and can last up to 20 years longer than standard halogen bulbs, using roughly 50 fewer watts per use.

DirectBuy can help you complete a beautiful landscape with a plethora of outdoor furniture and lights to brighten your landscape. Learn more about the DirectBuy club and the benefits of becoming a member by finding your local club or calling 1-800-320-3462 today.

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Topics: outdoor

Prepare for winter with these home heating solutions

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Oct 22, 2014 4:30:00 PM

As the leaves begin to fall and the brisk air ushers in cold, crisp days, you need to prepare with home heating solutions to stay warm throughout the bitter season. From installing the best heating appliances to simple tips to retain warm air in your home, here are the top home heating solutions to consider before the cold weather strikes.

Quick fixes

  • Find and seal drafts: On a breezy day, check windows, door jambs and doors for cold drafts. Use silicone caulking to close drafts in window sills and weather stripping on doors and windows.
  • Reduce the use of exhaust fans: When you use exhaust fans in the kitchen or bathroom, you take warm air away from your home.
  • Reverse ceiling fans: Make sure ceiling fans are rotating clockwise to keep the heat in a room instead allowing the heat to rise and escape through doors and windows.
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Topics: appliances

5 creative lighting ideas for your home office

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Oct 20, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Whether you’re working from home one day per week or everyday, it’s important that you can be productive in your home office. An easy way to boost efficiency in your home office and reduce distractions is to implement creative lighting fixtures. Here are five bright ideas to increase visibility in the home office.

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Topics: home office

Illuminate your bathroom layout with these bright lighting ideas

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Oct 17, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Whether you’re updating or renovating your master, guest or children’s bathroom, the right lighting makes a huge difference in overall comfort and functionality to any bathroom layout. From using the right bulbs to positioning light fixtures in just the right spot, you can immediately improve your early morning routines with the right light. Here’s what you need to know:

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Topics: bathroom

Man cave must-haves: Best lighting ideas

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Oct 16, 2014 9:00:00 AM

When you think of man cave must-haves, the first things that come to mind are often big-screen TVs, a bar and poker tables. Without proper lighting, however, you won’t be able to enjoy the game, pour a drink or read the river cards. The man cave, or entertainment room, is unlike any other room in terms of the lighting it requires. The kitchen needs bright light in multiple areas, but the man cave needs its lighting to match the relaxed environment. From playing poker and watching football to playing video games and hosting party guests, the man cave is the ultimate hang-out spot in the home, which means you’ll need lighting for each atmosphere.

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Topics: man cave

Kitchen trends: 4 lighting ideas to brighten your kitchen

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Oct 15, 2014 9:00:00 AM

With endless slicing, dicing, mixing, serving, pouring and more happening in the kitchen multiple times per day, it’s important to have exceptional lighting that provides proper illumination for each task. One lighting fixture isn’t going to cut it, but several recent kitchen trends have addressed the lighting issue. Here are four bright ideas to bring more light into your new or updated kitchen:

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Topics: cooking

3 seasonal storage tips for your summer clothes

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Oct 13, 2014 3:30:00 PM

Beach season is over and although swimsuits, shorts and t-shirts might not take up much room in your closet, it’s important to properly store summer clothes to keep them in tact and clean for next spring. Fabrics are delicate and rely on tender love and care to maintain their look and feel. Use these seasonal storage tips to store your summer clothes during the long, cold winter.

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Topics: storage

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