Don’t let Daylight Savings leave you in the dark.


It’s that time of year again when the days get shorter and the nights get longer – also known as daylight savings time. Not only does the time change mess with our internal clocks, it affects our lighting too. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your outdoor space or stay safe – just make sure you have the right lighting solutions.

Enjoy your fall evenings

There’s something magical about fall nights that make you want to embrace the chill and head outside to enjoy stories around the soft light of the fire. Keep some warm faux fur blankets on hand to fight the cold and make sure you have enough sticks for impromptu s’mores parties. Before you know it, you’ll be heading outside more than you thought you would this time of year.


Ambiance and accent lighting can help create a great entertaining mood to your backyard as well. Add string lights across your dining or sitting area. LED rope lighting has a similar effect and use about 80% less energy than incandescent lights. Flame-less candles on tables can also add a nice subtle glow for cozy get-togethers around the table with hot chocolate or hot toddies.


Shed a light on your safety

This time of year usually means you’re getting home after the sun goes down and coming home to a darker entryway. Consider setting your lights on timers or installing motion-sensor lights to outsmart the dark (and any sneaky teenagers). Dusk-to-dawn lights are a great option if you’re looking for lights that change with the sun every day.


Or try solar path lights – they charge all day and guide your way all night. They’re great if you park in your driveway or for greeting nighttime visitors. And don’t forget about your porch light. You probably use it all year long, which means it might be time to check the bulb and update the style. Speaking of updating, switching out incandescent bulbs with CFLs can save you up to 20% on your energy bill.


As always, if you’re not sure where to start, stop by your neighborhood Orchard and ask any of our friendly team members for help. And be sure to visit us on Facebook or Instagram to show off your outdoor spaces.

Setting the mood with Light

Guest post by Rochelle Hartigan, Brand Marketing Manager for GE Lighting

Your house reflects your design sensibilities down to the last throw pillow. The nesting dolls from a trip to Scandinavia are all lined up on the corner of your dresser, and the vintage vase you found at the flea market is brimming with fresh-cut flowers. There’s a place for everything and everything is in its place.

So, you’re done decorating.

But are you?

Lighting Matters

Unless you’ve already installed new lighting to match the mood for each space, the answer is no.

GE has introduced a new line of High Definition lighting that matches the right room to each space in your house.

Maybe you’re skeptical of applying an adjective usually associated with TVs to your lighting system, but high definition light is a real thing! GE’s HD bulbs have a higher CRI, or Color Rendering Index, which means they deliver greater color contrast and boldness than a standard bulb.

Making the change to HD light bulbs is an easy task, made even easier thanks to GE’s room-by-room system. Just think: with a few twists, you can completely transform any space in your house. GE’s HD bulbs come in three different tones, and each of those tones corresponds to a room that would most benefit from that kind of light.

You can use your lights to set the mood you’re going for in each individual area, whether it’s a clean, natural feel, or a more intimate atmosphere. 



For instance, REVEAL™ is perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, craft and hobby rooms, and any other space where details matter and clarity counts. It’s GE’s best light because it’s HD+, thanks to a rare mineral called Neodymium, which, when added to the light bulb, creates a stronger separation in the way your eye views reds and greens. Colors appear more vivid and whites even more brilliant.


Are you going for a more cool and energizing vibe? Reach for the REFRESH™ bulb. The invigorating daylight effect brings out the best in cooler colors and is made for home offices, playrooms, and laundry rooms. You can even improve on Mother Nature herself and bring these bulbs outside. Truly an asset to any active space, REFRESH™ lights will keep you going.


And when you’re enjoying your down time, turn on RELAX™ bulbs. The warm light emphasizes richer colors like red and gold, which makes it perfect for cozy and low-key spaces such as bedrooms, dining rooms, and family rooms. The soft white light of the RELAX™ bulb will make every moment more comfortable.

Not only will these lights set the mood, they’ll help your wallet in the long run. GE’s HD LED bulbs last for 13 years and you can save as much as $81 on energy per bulb. You’ll have a positive impact on the environment, plus room in the budget for some blankets to go with those pillows.

5 Ways to Make Your Home Safer and Smarter


Ever wish your home could take care of itself? Now it can! Smart home technology is not only popular but effective at keeping your house and your loved ones safe. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites uses for smart home technology.

Doorbell ditch no more

Do you ever wonder what’s going on outside your home while you’re away? Install a smart doorbell with live streaming capabilities and never wonder again. With this nifty little device, you can get motion-activated alerts sent straight to your phone, tune in to what’s going on outside your house at any time, and even speak to guests or loiterers through a two-way audio system.


The right temperature around the clock

Thermostats that adjust to your desired temperature are great, but smart thermostats that learn your preferences and program themselves are even better. Devices like this one will auto-schedule themselves around your schedule, so the temperature is always right when you’re home and always energy efficient when you’re away.


A bright idea for your holiday lights

With the holiday season approaching, don’t let the stress of turning your decorative lights on and off hold you back from getting in the spirit. Install an outdoor Wi-Fi outlet and let the lights take care of themselves. Once the holidays are over, use the outlet year round to automate patio and other outdoor lights.


Keep an eye on your home at all times

Installing both indoor and outdoor security cameras let you watch what’s going on when you’re away from your house. Some even record 24/7 and let you talk and listen with built in speakers and mic. These nifty devices are also a great way to keep track of your pets if you’re wondering what mischief they might be up to when you’re gone.


Get your security on lock

Take your home security to the next level with an electronic deadbolt that operates using your smartphone’s Bluetooth. Just touch your phone to the lock to open. You can send eKeys using your phone as well, and the deadbolt will also operate with a traditional key as a backup.


Have questions about making your as home and smart and secure as possible? Stop by your neighborhood Orchard today! We’re here to help keep our neighbors safe and happy.

DIY Barnwood Table for Thanksgiving


When I invented Weatherwash, I did it to help DIY'ers beautify their homes with frames, headboards, tables, and dressers. Over time, my blog, ​ grew and now I am living my dream. 

Come on down to your neighborhood Orchard Supply Hardware, where we can beautify your home and make your dreams come true. 

It's never too early to start preparing your home for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday. Thank you all for letting Weatherwash help you weather your new or upcycled table, just in time for the holidays! 

Come follow our step-by-step instructions on how to achieve the perfect barn wood look, without draining your bank account. This weathered-looking trestle table is perfect for this time of year and DIYing it will be fun and easy, not to mention be the talk of your holiday party!




1. Prep

Weatherwash aging washes can only react with raw wood. So, tables with an existing finish would need to be stripped or sanded back to RAW wood. No wood moisturizers are needed. 

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Spice Up Your Pumpkin Decorating This Year


This Halloween, mix it up a little. If you’re tired of the mess and labor involved with carving pumpkins year after year, we’ve got good news for you. Here are a few easy ways to make those pumpkins pop without carving your days away.

Paint a Pumpkin

Pick up a few cans of paint, some brushes and maybe a stencil or two. Then gather the kids and get down to business! See who can come up with the most creative, creepy, or spooktastic design.


Pumpkin Hardware

Craft yourself a FrankenPumpkin using hardware. Just grab a few nuts, washers and screws and get creative with your scary creature. See how many different faces you can make!


Pumpkin Planters

Who says Halloween can’t be elegant? Create a pumpkin succulent planter for a classy take on a creepy tradition. Once Halloween is over, replant your succulents in a pot and keep them for the fall.


Dremel Carver

Still want to go traditional? Grab a Dremel Pumpkin Carver Kit and create your masterpiece with precision and ease. Carve out the traditional spooky face, or get creative with scary designs or cute patterns.


For assistance with any of these spooktacular pumpkin projects or for more Halloween inspiration, stop by your neighborhood Orchard today. Check out our October in-store events, including Fright Weekend October 13-15!