March 18, 2022
CARAFINA™ ... Beauty Refined and globally conscious
When CARAFINA® first began over ten years ago, our relationship with our customers first started within their personal space, your HOME.
Your home is your oasis; it’s your welcome center for guests, the neighborhood hangout for friends, and your bit of respite from the daily grind. Give your home something special that keeps people coming back and helps you wash away the cares of the world as you settle in with your family; bring home CARAFINA™.
CARAFINA™ is a California-based home décor, activewear, and personal care company that also focuses on fighting the threat of climate change and discourages consumer habits that negatively affect our planet.
At CARAFINA™, we are committed to partnering with companies that combat climate change and develop items that are up-cycled, organic, and reusable, to do our part to protect our environment.
Among the products available, CARAFINA™ is proud to offer responsibly made and upcycled aprons, linens, organic towels, and personal care items that are cruelty-free.
We feature environmentally conscious products made locally in the United States, with recycled materials such as the loveliest denim napkins, table runners, and aprons made from upcycled denim jeans. Our partners within the United States have sourced and manufactured organic hand and bath towels, made from bamboo and other organic products.
Do you know the fate of the clothing manufactured by the fast fashion industry, clothing we all own that is bursting from our closets? Over 50% of fast fashion clothing will end up in landfills. And that while people bought over 60% more clothing items twenty years ago, we are keeping our clothing less than half the time.
The lifecycle of a piece of clothing has been reduced while the costs to the environment continue to unfold. Fashion trends change quicker than your Wi-Fi connection at a trendy café bar. What does that mean for our earth?
More “trash” in our landfills. More fuel and aviation fumes in the environment, as fast fashion is transported from one side of the world to our local ports and then large trucks transport containers of mass-produced t’s and garments to your local distributor, then to a retailer or warehouse.
How can we help? Besides donating rather than trashing items, CARAFINA™ is gaining a small percentage of kind manufacturing with more responsible methods. With a line of bespoke t-shirts, for example, items are created just for you. It’s not sitting on a dusty shelf until you purchase it.
CARAFINA™ is proud to use the on-demand production model where an item is made to order, creating less waste than conventional manufacturing. By finding other solutions instead of resorting to fast-fashion manufacturing, we partner with consumers to help lower emissions, reduce waste in our landfills, and reduce industrial water pollution caused.
CARAFINA™ has been impacted by the global supply shortage as most economies in the past two years. How have we sought to keep our family business running without buying into the cheaper fashion trends? By looking to locally sourced products as much as possible.
Did you know that over 90% of fast fashion brands manufactured internationally are not paying their workers a living wage? The price cuts for clothing made by fast fashion may be easier on our wallets, but that cost is being passed onto our planet two to three times over in damages to our earth, air, and quality of life. We believe in empowering consumers with knowledge and action items.
What can you do today?
Visit our blog post at https://www.carafina.com with our top nine action items that you can do this weekend.
We believe that by offering a level of customer service that is genuine, provides a learning opportunity and by listening and responding to our customers' needs, we will continue to succeed as a company. Our CARAFINA™ products are designed for people who look for meaning and beauty in every detail of life.
March 18, 2022
In an ideal system, the life cycle of a garment would be ongoing, intertwining circles such that the garment would continually move to the next life—redesigned, reinvented, and never discarded—eliminating the concept of waste.
But that's not realistic. Or is it?
Here are 9 ways to end YOUR addiction to "fast fashion" and help the environment:
1) Support designers and manufacturers that take responsibility for the future life of their garments. Educate yourself and purchase responsibly.
2) As a consumer, do be mindful of not only how you dispose, reuse, or upcycle garments appropriately but also how you care for them. How we wash and care for the garment in a way that both is sustainable and ensures longevity of the item is as important as how it was made. Launder full loads, use ethically made detergents and hang to dry when you can.
3) Look for VINTAGE designs - visit your local thrift stores where you can find gems such as donated denim jeans, coats or dresses. Give your Amazon Prime account a break for a month and get out there to shops where you can touch what quality garments should feel like. Then come back to sites like www.carafina.com and support our on-demand manufacturing.
4) Have a "denim trade-in" party. What is this? Host a clothing swap. I know...sounds like your grandma's Tupperware days. But did you know that denim is among the most guilty garment types responsible for waste? There are close to TWO BILLION pairs of denim garments produced every year and provided with varying degrees of quality. Rather than throwing yours away, gather your friends. And as denim is gender neutral, have everyone bring three to five denim items they no longer wear and trade away.
5) Support brands and products that are "season less" and less stuck on the latest trends. Classy and ethically-made are classy and in style year round. Buy high quality when you can.
6) Donate, donate, donate. Your shoes too, please. Take care of them so that they can move on in the life cycle and have a new owner.
7) Now that you've educated yourself with where and how your garments make their way to the landfills, how about doing the same slow your roll method of thinking through your other shopping habits. Did you know that shopping for groceries while HANGRY (hungry and angry) is the best way to increase the amount of food spending that will also make its way into your trash and the landfills. So have a graham cracker or snack to hold you over before you hit the next grocery store. or better yet, don't even step foot into a grocery store. Use grocery delivery services such as Instacart and work from a strict shopping list created on your profile. If you don't see it on your must-haves list, you are not buying it.
8) Repurpose old clothing. Cut up your old shirts full of tears and use to wipe up messes in the kitchen. Use old cotton clothing to swipe the dust up and did you know that even newspaper can be used to clean your car windows (so don't throw those away either...wait do you even use newspapers? Online is best for the environment but support your local newspapers if you can).
9) Now that that you've gone this far, take a look at the Carafina page for t-shirts that will be made to order just for you and your loved ones. Have any other t- shirt design ideas? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we may just be able to include your family last name for that Family Reunion you've been dreaming about.
August 18, 2021
As our business grew we expanded into ready-to-wear men and women's apparel, bags, and accessories. Among our current product lines, we feature environmentally conscious products made by some of the best manufacturers in the United States.
April 06, 2016
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April 05, 2016
Investing in a set of high quality cookware can be a daunting task – after all, great pots and pans can last a lifetime if you do your research and choose wisely. The choices seem endless – copper, stainless steel, Teflon (and other non-stick surfaces) cast iron and more.
Stunning copper is certainly the most beautiful cookware that you can display in your kitchen – but is it right for your needs? Read ahead for the pros and cons of copper pots and pans.
Pros of copper
- Precise heat - Professional chefs (and your nan!) espouse the benefits of copper cookware, touting its lack of ‘hot spots’ and championing its ability to reach targeted temperatures.
- Long lasting quality – Copper pots and pans are unlikely to show much wear and tear or warp over time, as they have a high quality heft.
- Attractiveness – It’s impossible to overstate the beauty of shining copper – the gleaming metallic colour is synonymous with luxury, richness and quality. By hanging a rack of copper cookware above your hob, you are adding a remarkable design element to your home.
Cons of copper
- Tin lining may need replacement – As copper is reactive to certain foods, this cookware is usually lined with tin. Tin will need to be replaced regularly, so many chefs choose copper pots lined with stainless steel instead.
- Copper needs to be polished – In order to maintain its attractive burnished sheen, copper will need to be polished.
Most chefs and home cooks can easily see that the pros of copper outweigh the cons – this cookware is an investment that you will treasure for many decades to come.
In short, copper makes a wonderful material for cookware, but it is both expensive and requires some work to keep it in top condition. If you are willing and able to give it the attention it needs, cookware made of copper is a great addition to any kitchen.
April 02, 2016
Exciting isn’t it! You get the keys to your first property in your hand, and whether it’s owned or rented, that feeling of both accomplishment in what you’ve achieved, mixed with the buzz of decorating and furnishing it to make it your own, is a feeling worth a million dollars.
So just what are those must-have items that turn that blank living canvas into an artistic masterpiece that you are proud to call home?
Comfortable Seating Arrangements
We all know of people who have moved in to their first property with nothing more than a hand me down chair and a box as a table, so don’t feel constrained by a small budget. Your first living space can be transformed by adding small touches that mean friends and family can pop in without warning and find a comfortable place to perch.
Having one sofa is a starting bonus, but go eclectic by adding items such as Ottoman Footstools and Poufs. They fill the room and also show your eye for design.
A Table that yearns to be used
Forget eating takeaway on your knee, and invest in furniture that means you eat like a King.
If you are short on space, we live in an era where multi-functional furniture doesn’t have to mean you compromise on quality and personality.
This stylish coffee table oozes period charm, is perfect for coffee chats, enhanced by placing a glass of wine on it, doesn’t mind you throwing your keys and post at it but then also extends to become that all important workstation – genius!
Continue the wood theme by strategically placing a wooden tray table in the corner. The quality look enhances your living space without being overpowering and is great for eating off when space is at a premium.
The sweetest of dreams
Your first night in your first home is very special indeed, so make it one that creates the happiest of dreams about a rosy future.
Nobody said you can’t go vibrant if your personality is the same, but neutrals create an illusion of space and neutral doesn’t have to mean plain. Subtle designs and pastel colorways invite you to snuggle within and can inspire you to theme your room around your bedding choice.
There’s just something about a table lamp in a bedroom that screams must-have, creating an ambience of warmth and assured coziness. Nobody wants to fall asleep with a bright, white ceiling light glaring into their eyes, so a table lamp that means you can turn it off without even the need to step out of bed - sleepy time perfection.
The finer detail
It is often said that it is those personal touches that make a house a home.
We always need a mirror, so make it a statement piece. Careful placing increases the feeling of space in your home too.
Don’t be afraid to show your personality through your choice of ornaments. What we collect is like a journey of our life, whether given as gifts or bought on holiday – they paint a picture of where we’ve been and what we’ve done.
And finally, smell can define your living space, so make it uniquely yours. And we are talking pleasant as opposed to stale food!
Candles add both aroma and warmth of light so don’t be afraid to use them in any room in your home.
March 19, 2016
You’ve been there before – walking through the mall or waiting on a plane in an airport, only to be tempted by the siren song of a cinnamon bun. These ooey gooey cinnamon buns have an aroma that can only be described as intoxicating to those individuals who have a sweet tooth.
Even if you plan to resist the temptation of a cinnamon bun, you may have found yourself overwhelmed with a craving for these sweet treats and before you know it – boom! For just a few dollars, you’re seated in front of a big old buttery cinnamon bun, dripping with frosting and oh so delicious. In terms of your satisfaction (and not to mention calories per penny) it is a great investment.
I am here to tell you that simple home décor can be as intoxicating and tempting as a cinnamon bun! Don’t believe me? All you have to do is start scrolling through the countless boards of DIY home decorating inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram – you will soon see that people are more interested than ever in implementing simple, easy to create home décor ideas designed to give their homes a fresh, fun look.
DIY Home décor – a small investment can yield enormous results
Home decorating projects do not need to cost you heaps of cash; for just a few dollars here and there you can create wonderful improvements in your living room, bathrooms and kitchen. Update your style, add a few on-trend accents and most importantly – improve your home’s functionality at a fraction of the cost of a full remodel.
Here are just a few affordable, simple DIY projects that you can install in your home that will change the way you utilize your space for the better.
- Add a wine bar – Installing a wine bar in your kitchen or living room is a chic, fun way to update your space. Adding a bespoke wine rack, a specialized seating area and even a bar counter – these changes are simple, easy to install and affordable. You can create a whole new area in your home in just one day.
- Update your lighting – You may not realize just how much lighting can change the look and feel of a room or your entire home, but it is true; just a few new lighting accents can completely update your décor. Whether you want to brighten things up or create a mellow sanctuary, lighting can help.
- Hang new art pieces – The art you choose to hang on your walls should reflect your own personal design and artistic ethos. Hanging a few – or a dozen - new art pieces on your home’s walls will completely change your home décor.
No matter how you decide to update your home’s décor, the team here at Carafina knows that these simple interior design ideas will be a huge hit with your guests, family and friends. And yes – they will be as addicting and as affordable – as your favorite cinnamon bun treat!
March 17, 2016 1 Comment
5 insane but (true) reasons to buy a coffee table
At Carafina it’s fair to say that we’re avid fans of the coffee table, and we make it our sole mission in life to craft some of the most beautiful coffee table styles in home interior design history. However, beyond the aesthetics of the coffee table, there lies plenty of surprising reasons that make the case for this being an essential, staple item of furniture – and here are five of the most insane (but totally true) ones.
- Boys, Women and Men – Use your coffee table well and look forward to a trimmer waist line!
In today’s age there’s not a day that goes by that we don’t hear about some new food rule, or scary statistic informing us of an obesity epidemic that worsens by the minute. However recent research has found that, for boys and adults of either gender, the more sociable a dining experience is, the lower their average BMI (which is a key indicator of how tight those sweat pants are [Ladzinski]). So go drop to the ground, gather the cushions and do dinner over the coffee table.
- It’ll make you more sociable (seriously, we have scientific research to back it up, too)
In a ground-breaking study of social behaviours within coffee shops a key trend emerged: those with comfortable furniture (of which the tables where central) were also home to patrons who exhibited healthier social interactions (Waxman 2006). So sit down, drink up and socialise around what may become your social life’s new best friend: the humble coffee table.
- They’re lucky (apparently)
Choosing the correct placement for your coffee table, as well as the right shape, can bring luck and energy into your home, as dictated by the laws of Feng Shu. You might even like to add a bowl of crystals or coins to enhance your wealth; just don’t, whatever you do, put your shoes on it – traditional superstition warns that, at the least, this will bring about a family argument, and at the most serious, will bring about death – neither of which will go far to improving your social life.
- The Western home needs a place to perch all those many (many) cups of coffee that are consumed
Within the US the average person sips upon 3.2 cups of coffee each and every day (e-Imortz) whilst over in the UK this figure falls to 1.6 cups (RealCoffee.co.uk); although you do then have to account for the 876 cups of tea that the average British person consumes annually (The Telegraph).
In any event, and whatever your tipple of choice, you’re going to need a whole lot of table to host those coffee mugs and tea cups.
- The humble coffee table is just about the most flexible piece of furniture going
This last reason may well be more on the practical side, rather than the truly insane, but hey, we’re nothing if not pragmatic.
From serving as storage to being a makeshift dining table when paired with cushions – the coffee table is one seriously flexible piece of furniture and makes for a real must have item for every type of home – from the decidedly short on space to the positively humongous mansion.
So that’s it. A coffee table can make you thinner, more sociable, luckier (if you avoid the shoe situation) and serve as a practical item which will hold any coffee mug or tea cup. What more could you ask for? It truly seems that the good old coffee table could well be the most intriguing of all when it comes to the otherwise uneventful world of furniture.
February 24, 2016
Natural light is the best light. It can invigorate a space, making us feel better about ourselves as well as making us more productive. You would think that with natural light and sunshine pouring in through a window that a space would automatically be illuminated and bathed in daylight but this is not always the case. A small room, or a room that spends most of the day in shadow can feel smaller and darker than it actually is.
Opening up the space and maximising natural daylight is the key to making a room feel more comfortable and open – and here, we give you a few tips on how to go about it:
Lighten the colours
The colours you choose to decorate the room, from the paint on the walls to the colours of soft furnishings all contribute to how much light is absorbed and how much of it is reflected around the space.
Darker colours absorb light but lighter colours tend to be reflective. Choose a lighter colour scheme for the walls and ceiling for an instance change on how much lighter a room can feel. Using bright white on the ceiling is a great way of adding height but if you think it will seem an emotionless or cold space, use warmer but light tones on the wall.
Take care with flooring
Dark, heavily patterned carpets swallow light and give the impression of the floor coming up to meet you. Using light carpet is an option or, if you prefer, have laminate or vinyl type flooring installed. The glossier surface throws light around and if you want to add texture and layers, opt for bright colourful rugs.
Allowing light in
No matter what size your window, allowing as much light through as possible into the room is key in making it look bigger and be lighter too. Do away with heavily coloured curtains and stick with blinds that can be opened fully to allow light to stream in. If you
If, however, you have an issue with privacy or the room is in shadow most of the day, bright white, plain voile panels at the window will reflect a clean, crisp white light around the space.
Allowing light to play in a space
Once you have encouraged as much light in as possible, you will want to maximise the effect. This means using materials that have reflective properties and there are many examples of great items that can make a space feel bigger and lighter:
- Glass – From mirrors to a glass-topped coffee table, glass is the material that has the ability to reflect and bounce light around a room. Glass also has the ability of transforming light, splitting it into the rainbow colours and reflecting these onto the floor, walls and ceiling. Shop Mirrors at Carafina.
- Wall art – You wouldn’t necessarily think of the art on the wall as being able to contribute to how light plays in a space but choosing the right art can really help. If you are opening up the room, avoid the darker, deeper colours that absorb light and instead choose eye-catching but lighter coloured prints. Shop Wall Art at Carafina.
- Soft furnishings – from creams to beiges, to golden yellows and delightful pinks, there are all kinds of light colours that can add warmth to a room without pinching the natural daylight. Include these colours as cushions, rugs and throws. Shop Home Decor at Carafina.
There are plenty of ways to bring light into your living space, so why not try a few of the above tips to brighten up your home.
February 19, 2016
Organic – it really is one of those buzz words that encapsulates current trends amongst those who try to make a difference, however small that may be, with their purchasing choices.
When it comes to food items such as milk, vegetables and eggs, it is easy to see that choosing organic can make a difference in many ways – less chemicals entering the body, less pollution in the air and less stress for the animals to name only a handful…result!
But when it comes to other items, such as the clothes we wear or home décor, does it really pay to pay for organic?
Fashion that makes a statement
Think organic clothing, and it’s no surprise that a lot of us immediately think of plain, dull, monotone clothing where the emphasis is on the ethical journey and not the fashionability.
But we are now deep into the 21st century and that school of thought is a thing of the past – organic is a choice that respects style, and not a choice about whether you’re interested purely in the environmental impact.
Fashionistas may purchase organic clothing as they are very much aware that the production process of materials such as cotton can use pesticides that may be responsible for causing cancer more than the chemicals used in food production – scary stuff …… but they also buy clothes that express their style preference, meaning you can buy organic AND make an individual fashion statement.
“Buy cheap, buy twice”….it’s a saying known the world over with many of us having many examples of when you’ve been caught out by thinking you’ve bought a bargain, to have it fall apart, fade or even worse days later. And when it comes to clothing your children, parents naturally want what is best.
Children’s skin is delicate and, as such, can be prone to irritation.
Buying organic clothing can help sensitivity issues, as the material has not come in to contact with chemicals during the manufacturing process. Some children’s clothing items are also treated with chemicals to make them flame retardant, adding to the chances of a skin reaction. There is also a school of thought that any toxins present on the clothing could be absorbed into the skin, with links to diseases such as cancer, albeit minimal, and even the dyes used in clothes can release potentially dangerous toxins.
Wrap up warm in a plastic bottle
As bizarre as that title may seem, recycled rPET Polyester Fabric is made from soda bottles, and is a main material in many clothing items and home décor items such as bedding and curtains. As it is lightweight and has thermal properties, it is perfect for those winter warmer fashion accessories such as scarves and beanies.
And it’s environmentally friendly credentials get even better as the production of rPET polyester saves on production energy too.
February 08, 2016
Our living spaces are not always as big as we would like them to be, but that doesn't mean you can’t use your creativity and style to dress up even the smallest of spaces in your home, condo, or flat. Making ample use of wall art, room specific home decor, and a number of home goods can do the trick without spending a lot of money.
Forget about going all white for the small space
You don't have to be an interior designer to add a bit of personality and character to any room in your home, and the small space needn’t be minimalistic and all-white. Whether you're looking to improve the ambience of your living room or the master bedroom, or even the bathroom, you’re only limited by your imagination. As long as you choose the number and size of your home goods carefully, whilst not choosing too dark a color for your walls, any small space can be personalized.
Thinking about themes and being inspired by mood boards
When you walk into a room, what do you want it to say to you? No, walls don't speak, but what's on them can. Color, tone and well-placed whimsical or classic wall art (don't overdo it, mind you) allows you to give any room a personality of its own. You can do this throughout the home space, and you can gain inspiration upon room themes and decor approaches from the awe-inspiring website that is Pinterest.
Use uplighters to heighten, clever fittings for storage and key items to tie color themes together
Uplighters or wrought iron wall scones can help to give a room a classic feel, whilst adding a much needed illusion of room height. A strategically placed wall cubby or floating shelves can help to keep clutter off the floor. A vase in a corner arranged with colorful seasonal silk flowers or twigs, or even feathers can serve as a focal point that ties in all the colors in a room. You can finish this all off by using various square beveled mirrors creatively to make a smaller space look not only larger, but more comfortable, inviting, and warm.
Using home goods for small spaces
What exactly is meant by home goods? Basically, anything that you can use in your home. We're not talking about dust collectors, but items that not only serve as a point of interest or design, but that offer other uses, especially when you have a small floorplan. For example, a stack of large to small wicker baskets can serve not only as storage, but add a pop of rustic interest to any room. If you don't have a lot of closet space, wall hooks and shelving can go a long way toward removing clutter.
Keeping it all cohesive
When using home goods, home decor, or wall art to give your small space a facelift, remember to keep it cohesive. You can give each room a theme of its own or use a general theme throughout the house. After you've decided on a theme, it’s time to focus upon selecting the type of decor that can perform double duty when possible.
Pay attention to colors and textures when looking for wall decor or home goods to enhance any space. If you're going for a country appeal, for example, you wouldn't necessarily want to choose an ultra-sleek or modern looking mirror or a piece of abstract wall art. Or, if you're going for that ultra-modern, sleek and chic look, you wouldn't necessarily want to use an antique wooden rooster in the room.
Here's the bottom line. Choose your color palette and theme (if any) first. It can be anything: Artsy, Western, Old English, country, farm, the ocean, or even medieval if you want. The point is to use your creativity and imagination while making sure that your home decor choices based on your theme and color palette makes sense.
A few tips for super tiny spaces
When decorating a small space, a piece of wall art (or two) strategically placed can add a lot of warmth and personality to any room; however you should choose relatively small sized art so as not to dwarf the room.
In tiny spaces, you also want to try and keep as much clutter off the floor as possible, so use what you have. If you want something for the floor in a corner, do something appropriate that doesn't take up a lot of room and provides another purpose if possible.
Use floating shelves to show off family photos, artwork, or favorite mementos.
Paint is a great equalizer. If you can't paint the walls because you're letting your apartment, paint your wooden furniture to go with that new bedspread or rug.
In your kitchen, opt for open storage. Metal shelving units have grown quite popular and are an excellent way to save space while providing ample (and easy to get to) storage for your dishware, cooking supplies, and espresso machine.
January 10, 2016
With lighting playing such an important role in creating the style and atmosphere you love in your house, a simple change of light fitting or lampshades can completely revamp your home without you needing to completely redecorate. Carafina knows how big an impact the right lighting can have on your home and we have created a range of exquisite lighting options to give your home a decadent and luxurious ambiance with just a few simple lighting fixture upgrades.
A little extra illumination
The addition of lamps to a room not only makes a style statement but they also give you extra lighting options. You can create a more cosy and relaxing atmosphere by choosing to light your room with strategically placed lamps rather than turning the main light on. Table and floor lamps are ideal for areas in which you may not always want a harsh overhead light such as living rooms, dining rooms and bedroom. Table lamps can be chosen to be stylish and functional home décor accessories whereas floor lamps offer the opportunity to create a real style statement with a bold and decorative large lamp. The addition of lamps to any room gives you the option to completely change the look and feel of a space easily and quickly.
Ceiling lights don't just need to be functional in a room. By choosing a decorative and ornate ceiling light, you can create a focal point in the room from which the rest of your décor complements. You may want a taste of rich decadence with an intricate chandelier or perhaps be inspired by the Mediterranean with a Moroccan style hanging ceiling light. Ceiling lights need not be ugly or boring; instead, they should be eye catching and inspiring; setting the mood for the rest of your décor to follow.
Lighting up the kitchen
The kitchen is one area where you will need the brightest of lights. It is imperative that you can see as you cook but that doesn't mean you are limited in your kitchen lighting options. Upgrade your old kitchen lighting with a statement light fitting which offers both bright lighting but looks stylish too. Spotlights are often a popular choice in kitchens; offering style and substance. However, you can also add free standing lamps or wall mounted lights to your kitchen for use when you don't need such harsh light; transforming your kitchen into a relaxing eating environment once the cooker is turned off.
Bathroom lighting needn’t be harsh and bright all of the time. Free-standing candle lamps are a relaxing and peaceful bathroom lighting option for those moments when you want to take an hour or so to soak and unwind in the bath. They not only add a touch of elegance but also make elegant additions to your bathroom décor; making this room one you will love to spend time in.
Upgrading your lighting fixtures and giving your home and entirely new feel can be as quick and simple as changing the lamp shades in each room. You will be amazed at the difference a few little touches can make. Opt for bold statement lampshades to create a chic and stylish feel throughout your home or perhaps elegant luxury is more your taste in which case designer, decorative shades may be more up your street. A single change in accessories makes a significant difference to the overall look and feel of any home.