Today’s first speaker was Joan Brown from JB Decorating and The Design Coach in Denver, Colorado. Joan talked to us about the importance of indoor lighting. Indoor lighting is one of the most important aspects of good design. The flip of a switch can dramatically influence the mood of a room. By using the right type of lighting for the right purpose in the right space can be tricky. There are two things that you need to consider when choosing the lighting plan for a room.
The first is the mood and ambiance – look at the activities that will take place in the room will it be reading, food prep, laundry, homework or resting.
Second is look and décor – what is your personal style? Is it modern, traditional, comfy-cozy or minimalist, you can find the perfect lighting in any of these styles.
The different style of lighting for each purpose and it is best to use a variety of light sources to illuminate the space.
1.  Chandeliers will bring and luxury to a space. You can get these with an up light that produce accent lighting or a downlight to concentrate the light on your table.
2. Pendant Lights are functional and decorative mainly used in work spaces, like kitchen counters, with pendant lighting you have so many varieties with either a cord that allows for movement or a hard mount that is directed in one spot.
3. Lamps – table and floor lighting for specific tasks in any room, once again the different styles available anyone can find the right light for their space.
4. Track lighting is mainly used for to highlight a specific section of the wall or a single accessory.
5. Recessed lighting can have a wide beam or a tightly focused beam in one area – these have become very popular in recent years and you can cover large areas with unobstructed views.
The last item that Joan wanted to discuss was the color of your light bulbs – today with the curly bulbs or the halogen you have a choice. The halogen bulbs give off a white light, fluorescent lights give of a bluish light and incandescent gives off a yellow light, so select the color that makes your space feel warm and welcoming.
If you are looking for a custom decorator that will light up your space and not break the budget give Joan Brown and JB Decorating a call!
Joan Brown * JB Decorating & The Design Coach * 303.399.6208 * joancbrown@q.com

Today’s second speaker was Cindi Thordarson from EcoGraphics Printing in Lakewood, Colorado. Cindi started her talk today speaking about a client that walked in right as she was leaving to join us here. The client has been working on the project that is very close to her heart for two years and has finally decided to bring it to fruition. She was very nervous and Cindi thought that she needed to make her feel more at ease. They discussed what the process was going to take and go over the files she brought with her. The client was referred to EcoGraphics Printing by a current client, a former client and a former employee, quite a recommendation. After talking with her for about fifteen minutes and copying her files so they could output a copy for her to go through and revise (yet again) before we get into the final project. This is just a reminder that no matter how complex the project Cindi and Scott will take the time to work through every issue that can come up. Also – that no matter who you refer to Cindi Thordarson and EcoGraphics Printing, they will get personal service and guidance to make the printing project come out perfect.
Then Cindi talked about envelopes – she had just run a job of specialty envelopes with the window on the right-hand side, as normal when starting a job, she uses extras left over from other jobs. This a quick story about humidity and paper – as Cindi started printing the envelopes that had been in the office for a couple weeks sitting in a room that is cooled by a swamp cooler and they were wrinkling in the bottom right-hand corner. After about 45 minutes of changing a bunch of settings on the press she decided to work with the envelopes that where ordered for the job just the day before and voila no wrinkles! She has told us about this before – how different environments can affect the way paper feed on the press. Not just in shop variables but things such as fires close to where the trees are cut down can affect the way a sheet will feed, because of the heat in that instance, changes how the fibers of the tree are woven together. Cindi has always fund a way to work around such problems – but in the case of the humidified envelopes she will just have to wait until the swamp cooler is off for the season.
If you are looking for a printing company that will work with you to improve your corporate image or improve your current look give EcoGraphics Printing and Cindi Thordarson a call!
Cindi Thordarson * EcoGraphics Printing * 303.238.7791 * cindi@ecographicsprinting.com * www.ecographicsprinting.com