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Decorate with nature and light up under cabinets

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Decorate with nature and light up under cabinets

Ever wish you could put an electrical outlet right where you need it in your kitchen?

Ever wish you could put an electrical outlet right where you need it in your kitchen?

The Adorne Under-Cabinet Lighting System from electrical innovator Legrand lets you do just that.

The customizable system includes LED lighting, outlets and even a speaker, all of which can be installed on the underside of your cabinets in the spots where you want them. Docks for tablets and smartphones can be added, too, so you can charge and use your electronic devices while you're working in the kitchen without adding to the cord clutter.

The system is available in two forms, one that plugs into an existing power outlet and one that's hard-wired to a home's electrical system. Lighting is available in linear form for overall illumination and puck lights for more concentrated brightness.

Many of the system components can be ordered at www.Lowes.com. Examples of prices are $99.98 for a 27-inch modular track, $44.98 for a puck light and $19.98 for a tablet cradle. Free in-store pickup is available.

Other suppliers can be found in the "Where to buy" section of www.legrand.us.

DECORATE WITH NATURE

Nature meets home decor in Shane Powers' "Bring the Outdoors In: Garden Projects for Decorating and Styling Your Home." In the book, stylist and designer Powers shares 22 projects for bringing nature into the home using live or dried plant materials. Among them are a flowering branch wall sconce, prints made from mushroom caps and a geometric sculpture made from foam cubes covered with dried blooms.

Some of the projects involve making unusual containers or arrangements, such as an indoor water garden and a planter covered with sea-glass crystals.

"Bring the Outdoors In" is published by Chronicle Books and sells for $24.95 in hardcover.

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