For over 100 years Mahlander’s Appliance and Lighting has been bringing innovations to your home with quality products and exceptional service. Started in 1906 as an electrical contractor, Mahlander’s quickly became one of the leaders in the Sioux Empire. Their first location was in downtown Sioux Falls across from the old State Theater. Mahlander’s has been in their current location at 8th and Minnesota for over 25 years. Mahlander’s is now the area’s premier major appliances and lighting showroom.
Mahlander’s has over 1500 interior and exterior lighting fixtures on display in their showroom, and works with over 100 different lighting companies. The huge selection may be overwhelming to some customers, but Mahlander’s lighting cRead More
As technology changes and improves with time, new inventions are created and old ones are phased out. That is exactly what’s happening to the traditional, inefficient incandescent light bulbs found in many homes across the Sioux Empire.
Did you know that according to United States Department of Energy, starting in 2012 light bulbs were required to use 25% less energy? This means you now have several energy efficient options to choose from in the stores. The reason for the change in lighting choices is to ultimately save you money. In fact, the new lighting standards could save the US households nearly $6 billion dollars in 2015 alone.
But just how does that put more money in your wallet? The new energy-saving light bulbs could save you about $50 per year when you replace 15 traRead More
You may be wondering how to save money on your energy bills this year. Conducting a do-it-yourself home energy audit is a fast, relatively simple way to assess how much energy your home consumes and determine what you can do to make your home more energy efficient.
Look at the bulbs in your home and determine if a lower-watt bulb would work just as well for your needs. For lights that will be used more than two hours each day, replace your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs and you can save upRead More
The bathroom doesn't have to be basic. Thanks to a wide array of new products on the market - and plenty of ways to customize - even the most outdated bathrooms can become an oasis of tranquility and a lavish retreat away from the stresses of everyday life. Here are six ideas for transforming your bathroom into a luxurious spa-like space.
What could be more relaxing than a bubble bath? While some people still enjoy a whirlpool tub, freestanding tubs are growing in popularity, creating a stylish focal point in the master bathroom. Freestanding tub-filler faucets add the perfect finishing touch. Whether your taste is traditional or modern, there are an array of options to accommodate any style preference. To make your bath even more luxurious, some tubs offer a builtRead More
Bathroom remodels are one of the most popular home improvement projects and they provide impressive return on investment. While plenty of focus goes into selecting the perfect tile or ideal shower surround, there's one critical area that too often is overlooked: the lighting.
To make the most out of your remodel and ensure a space that is as functional as it is fashionable, it's important to understand the purpose of different types of lighting and how each influences the style and usefulness of the bathroom. A surprising number of bathrooms have critically poor lighting that not only detracts from their design, but makes it more difficult to do daily tasks
Whether you have a petite powder room or a grand master bath, there are four main types of lighting you should consider: ambRead More
Having proper lighting really affects the way a home functions. Lighting helps to create a mood and feeling that influences the rest of the mood of the room. In each room of the house it is good to know the different tips and tricks to set the right mood in that particular room.
In living spaces it is good to have layered lighting effects. These spaces are one of the busiest and most used areas in the house. It is good to have adjustable lighting options to keep up with the amount of activity that happens here. To be able to dim or illuminate the lights are important. Also having lighter walls that help reflect the illumination of the lighting is good as well. Adding accent lighting will help keep the space intimate and warm. The key to living spaces is allowing the lighting to be versatiRead More
Lamps and Shades opened for business on April 19, 1975. Jim and Cathy opened as a lamp and lamp shade store as they recognized the need for replacement lamp shades, lamp and repair with emphasis on customer service. They expanded into the lighting fixture business when builders and consumers were going out of Sioux Falls to purchase light fixtures.
Lighting adds beauty and drama to a room. It can make a small room look open and airy and a large room comfortable and inviting.
Fashion-conscious customers see both portable and fixed lighting as important accessories for the overall design scheme of their homes. Lighting needs to function in several ways within your home - as task, ambient, decorative and accent lighting.
In 2011, the most dominant trend focuses on cleaner, simpler ligRead More
It’s finally here! The all-new 2012 Dream Home Tour™ is set to showcase the hottest trends in new home construction all within one neighborhood. Here’s your chance to see the best of the best in these six amazing homes, all beautifully decorated and designed.
These magnificent homes will showcase a variety of design elements in various price ranges ($350,000 to well over $1 million). These homes are built by six different HBASE builder members: Complete Contracting, Hartung Homes, Paul Fick Homes, Mettler Construction, Rosewood Homes and Zome’s Construction.
Admission for the Dream Home Tour™ is $7 per person (pay at the event as no advanced tickets are required). A free trolley will transport event attendees one block between the two homes on the soRead More
By Lindsay Chicoine, Interior Designer
Newer homes have moved away from floor plans with a formal dining room. Most people want homes with rooms that they can live in every day, not a cordoned off dining space that is only occupied on major holidays. The good news is that today there are many options for multi-functional dining furniture that can easily shift a room from a homework or crafting area to an elegant dining space.
If you’re looking for versatility, a server is a great flexible piece to include in your dining room. Living up to its name, the server acts as an extension of the kitchen, offering additional countertop space and a place to set serving dishes at crowded meals. Servers typically include drawers, doors, or combinations of the two. These can be used to storeRead More
By Penny Klinedinst
Throughout fall and winter we've been immersed in festivity, family, and friends. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays it’s time to focus on relaxing and taking care of ourselves.
We all need a private place in our home to retreat. And while that may be your behind-the-scenes sanctuary-off-limits to guest- it doesn’t mean it should be any less beautiful than other spaces. After all, our interiors are as much for our own pleasure as others’.
And, let’s face it. In this part of the country, we’re going to be indoors a lot for several months. Let’s make it a positive, rejuvenating experience.
Simplicity Starts with Black and White
More and more, we’re getting requests for master suites that are like a couples’ private retreat space, wiRead More
A corner of the home that brings out the designer in each of us - whether six or seventy-six - is the bedroom. It’s the first space we call our own. In childhood, we sleep, play, and entertain guests here, and through this begin to learn ownership and responsibility. We also debut our own sense of personal style. In college, this multi-functional space is a dorm room, evolving into a primary living space. As we mature, the bedroom shifts to fulfill its niche as a much-needed place of escape. A place to disconnect, to rest, and to personalize as a reflection of ourselves, just as it was at age five. Crayon-proof paint no longer necessary, keep the following concept in your mind as your read:
Calm is found in a blank slate; in abstract spaces that encourage the mind to wander.
Within recent years energy efficient light bulbs have been introduced into the market. Before this, most Americans reverted to the traditional incandescent light bulb for use in their homes. Incandescent bulbs make light by heating a metal filament wire to a high temperature until it glows. The hot filament is protected from air by a glass bulb that is filled with inert gas or evacuated. The light bulb is supplied with electrical current by feed-through terminals or wires embedded in the glass.
But did you know that these light bulbs will soon be a thing of the past? That’s right. In 2007, former U.S. President George W. Bush signed the Energy Independence & Security Act into law with it going into effect in 2012. The main goals of the act were to reduce energy usage and greeRead More