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The quick and easy way to pick your kitchen lighting

Styling up a kitchen, whether it’s crafting a brand-new one from scratch or just touching up your current cooking space, means juggling a myriad of different elements. There’s the colour palette to consider, the type of layout you favour, and don’t forget about window treatment, storage… and lighting. Lighting remains one of the most crucial components of any space, kitchen or otherwise. And once you realise that every other piece in your kitchen (from the island to your choice in appliances) can either complement or detract from your lighting design, it makes the inclusion of PROPER lighting all the more valuable. One professional in South Africa who clearly has no qualms or worries when it comes to styling up kitchens (among other spaces) is Deborah Garth Interior Design International. Founded by professional interior designer Deborah Garth back in 1992, this award-winning company, which is located in Johannesburg, has been inspiring lovers of interior design with one eye-catching project after another. One look at the Deborah Garth Interior Design portfolio will also confirm a delicious assortment of high-end residential-, corporate-, and retail designs throughout Johannesburg, Pretoria, KwaZulu-Natal, and Cape Town. Let’s be inspired by some of Deborah Garth Interior Design’s most memorable culinary-space designs while learning all about kitchen lighting.

1. Choosing your kitchen lighting




a kitchen with a sink and a window: 1. Choosing your kitchen lighting


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1. Choosing your kitchen lighting

What sort of lighting you require will depend on how you, and your household, make use of your kitchen. If your kitchen also doubles up as your dining space, maybe consider dimming the lights for a less harsh, more subtle/romantic vibe. And if you’re lucky enough to have a super spacious kitchen, how about adding more lights to certain areas (like task lighting

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Number of homes destroyed in Glass Fire increases as winds forecast to pick up

With a hot and dry air mass overhead, the Glass Fire in the North Bay swelled 5,000 acres overnight and more spread is expected Thursday with winds kicking up.

The burn area that’s northeast of Santa Rosa grew from 51,266 acres Wednesday night to 56,781 acres Thursday morning. Containment increased from 2% to 5%, according to Cal Fire’s Thursday morning incident report.

Flames have destroyed more than 200 structures, including 143 single-family homes. Of those homes, 36 are in Sonoma County and 107 in Napa County. (See Cal Fire’s full report for further information on structure damage.) A total of 27,000 structures remain threatened.

New evacuation warnings were announced last night for people living north of Calistoga. (You can find details on the order here.)


Firefighters are preparing for winds to pick up Thursday into Friday, focusing on building containment lines and protecting structures before fire activity resurges.

“We’re looking at a similar wind event to when this fire first ignited three days ago,” Cal Fire incident commander Billy See said in a Wednesday afternoon press briefing. “We’re preparing for the worst-case scenario and hoping for the best. Our firefighters will be working to maintain lines.”

Ahead of the wind event, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the North Bay mountains 1 p.m. Thursday through 6 p.m. Friday with gusts up to 30 mph possible at the highest elevations.

“This wind event is going to be serious enough for everyone to pay attention,” added Santa Rosa Fire Chief Anthony Gossner. “You need to pay attention. It’s vital. Everyone keeps asking how serious is it? We don’t know how serious it will be until it happens.”

Cal Fire officials will give an update on the fire in a briefing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. You can watch

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Best Pick Reports Provides Seattle and Tacoma Area Homeowners a Source for Guaranteed Home Service Contractors

SEATTLE, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time, homeowners in the Seattle and Tacoma areas counties are receiving a new home services contractors guide that – unlike other listings – provides a guarantee on the work of its companies. Best Pick Reports has a strong focus on supporting local businesses to help lessen the impact of the pandemic on the local economies of the Seattle and Tacoma areas.  They also understand that finding a trusted professional to complete home services and improvement projects can be tricky.

Best Pick Reports Provides Seattle and Tacoma Area Homeowners a Source for Guaranteed Home Service Contractors

Each Best Pick company has been thoroughly reviewed via an unparalleled, independent certification process. Inclusion in the guide is by invitation alone, and that invitation is extended only if a company has met strict qualifying criteria. Companies are not able to buy space in the guide or pay for a good rating – they are individually evaluated based on hundreds of customer interviews, must achieve an “A” rating and must have all licenses and insurance verified and up to date.

After spending a significant amount of time at home over the past several months, many homeowners may be thinking about home improvement projects they are ready to get started on – whether adding a home office, updating family spaces, adding a fresh coat of paint, or washing windows. In fact, recent research from National Association of Realtors shows that 67% of homeowners are either contemplating a remodeling project or have already spent money on one. 

Best Pick Reports includes recommended contractors in many different specialties, including electrical work, plumbing, heating/air conditioning, and painting. Homeowners in the Seattle and Tacoma metro areas will receive their Best Pick Reports guide via U.S. mail, or they can access the directory online anytime.  Best Pick Reports’ referral guide stands behind the work of the professionals

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