Sports in the 2000s – Marking of a New Millennium – Using Sports Lighting Decor

The Year 2000 was a beginning of a new decade and new millennium. Millions of Americans held their breaths and watched as the clocks wind down to midnight to see what computer glitches would occur. Lucky for Americans, nothing really newsworthy transpired so it looked like the decade was off to a roaring. Boy that was an understatement. Sports lighting décor also transitioned into the new millennium.

The decade of the 2000s, turned out to be disastrous for many Americans as several tragedies occurred. It started on 9/11/2001 with the attacks on the United States, most notably in New York City, continued with Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and with Hurricane Katrina which devastated the City of New Orleans. And as in the past, Americans turned to the sporting world and its athletes for comfort and to heal and for entertainment that took their minds off of their real world problems.

They saw great performances from cycling great, Lance Armstrong in the Tour de France, from swimmer, Michael Phelps in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Sydney and from tennis great, Pete Sampras who broke the all-time tennis Grand Slam record. The United States Women won gold in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Australia, New England Patriots’ kicker, Adam Vinatieri’s, was the first to kick a last minute field goal in a Super Bowl in 2002 and in 2004, the Boston Red Sox’s baseball team won the World Series and finally curse was broken – the Red Sox hadn’t won a World Series since Babe Ruth was traded to the New York Yankees in 1991.

Sports fans also had to witness some adversities as more athletes using drugs, cheating and breaking the law. The most notable athlete that made the news for the wrong reason was golf great, Tiger Woods, who admitted cheated on his wife and decided to take a time-out from golf.

However, after all the adversities, Americans still continued to support their sporting teams and athletes who played the game. Sports had continued to bring smiles and joy to American lives.

Show your passion for sports by displaying sports memorabilia in your home. You can also add sports lamps and accessories to provide that illuminating light while showing off your team spirit and loyalty.

Rattan Furniture and Your Home

Today there are many ways to decorate a home with exotic furniture for a unique design. Whether you prefer Asian or Western décor, you may be interested in using bamboo or rattan furniture or flooring to give your home a unique look and feel. A member of the grass family, bamboo is a slender hollow stock that has been used by Easterners for their home furnishings for centuries. Rattan, on the other hand, is more of a vine-like structure, although quite sturdy. It has an outer skin, unlike bamboo, which makes it more suitable for welding or screwing furniture and flooring pieces together. This is why many customers nowadays ask for rattan rather than bamboo furnishings.

Bamboo grows in Asia, parts of Africa and North America, and northern Australia. However, neither bamboo nor rattan has been significantly developed for commercial purposes. Still relatively new and cost-effective, both bamboo and rattan add gracious touches of Eastern culture to a carefully cultivated home. You can start with a little to see how you like it, and later add more to round out the comfort and beauty of your home’s design and decorating scheme.

Bamboo rugs, mats, and flooring provide an essential foundation that is less costly than traditional woven carpet. However, some people don’t care for the look or texture of these materials. However, in the hands of a careful decorator and in a home where modernity is not the be-all of existence, one might do a lot with either product to create a comfortable, attractive environment that savors oriental themes. Since largely young women and children harvest bamboo, using these products helps to provide regular work and income for individuals involved in the industry.

For light, elegant touches throughout your home or in selected key areas, you may wish to shop for bamboo settees, tables, or even baskets to create a faint but discernible Eastern presence in the bathroom, den, sun room, or other area. Decorator wall fans of oriental design, an Eastern sari draped over a sea chest, and a framed art piece of shells or pearls can give the impression of a faraway fantasy world as well as a home that is simply furnished in high style.

A room that contains large rattan furniture conveys the impression of comfort and style with simplicity in design and modesty in cost. Silk draperies, linen throws, and a host of other added accents help to finish the display of Eastern art and ingenuity. Shop the latest catalogues from website sales firms that offer a wide selection in bamboo and rattan products at competitive pricing. Be careful that your rattan furniture purchase does not clash with the other items in a given area, or indeed, the rest of the house. Everything should coordinate not only in size, style, and color, but in décor, theme, and taste. Rather than use bamboo for the sake of using bamboo, look for ways to make it fit with your furnishings rather than forcing a look that your home is not ready to accommodate.