Like many communities in California celebrating today’s 45th anniversary of Earth Day, the city of Vista will hold an Earth Day Festival with games for kids, special speakers, gardening demonstrations, plant sales, food, and more. But you can find earth-friendly organizations and businesses every single day of the year in Vista including today’s Featured Customer The Wall Climbing Gym located in north San Diego County.
When owners Randy Englekirk and Matt Sawyer planned to open their bouldering facility in an existing industrial warehouse, they came under the Title 24 energy standards which mandate the use of LED lighting.
“We had to use LED... Read More
Spring is in full bloom and the urge to clean out, refresh, and renew after the long winter has taken hold. But after you’ve gotten rid of the dust bunnies and cleaned the smudges off the windows, does your space still cry out for something new?
Nothing adds a pop of color more than porcelain enamel. Spring is a great time to cast a critical eye at your lighting and take the opportunity to change things up. To help out, we’re giving you our Top Ten Reasons to Shop Porcelain Enamel this spring! Drum roll please….
Reason #10: Help keep this economy moving! All of our porcelain enamel lighting and porcelain enamel dinnerware are American made of... Read More
Over the years, we’ve made good friends in the business — from interior designers and architects to home builders and house flippers — all who bring their own special knowledge, experience, and personal style to their profession.
Today, we’re starting a new series authored by some of these friends who are willing to settle into the blogger’s chair for the day and post about what’s on their mind! First up is Melissa Andersen, a writer, editor, blogger, and social media manager/consultant for clients such as And North, Kaufmann Mercantile, and The Cousins from HGTV. Melissa hails from Jersey City, New Jersey, and is here to talk... Read More
In last Friday’s blog post, we showcased a gorgeous kitchen remodel completed by Nar Bustamante of Nar Fine Carpentry in California. Nar selected three of our Ivanhoe® Wilcox Deep Bowl Porcelain LED Pendants to serve as a focal point and offer a splash of color in the space. These Cobalt Blue fixtures feature energy-saving LEDs that will save the homeowner on energy bills and maintenance costs for years to come.
In our chat with Nar, he noted that he has used nothing but LED lighting for the past five years. With the price of LEDs continuing to be competitive, especially in light of the financial and environmental benefits, more and more home owners and... Read More
Like many new technologies, LED lighting was expensive and slow to catch on at first. But oh, how things have changed. LED lights, once known for their cold, harsh glare, are now more affordable, offer warmer light, and are available in a wide variety of fixtures including pendants, gooseneck lights, and even schoolhouse lighting.
For Nar Bustamante, owner and principle designer of Nar Fine Carpentry, a design/build remodeling company in California, LED lighting is the only way to go.
“For the last five years, I only use LED on all our projects,” he says. One of his recent projects was a complete remodel of a home in Sacramento including the laundry... Read More
In the seaside town of Sag Harbor, decorator Natasha Esch and her husband, Matthew Coffin, have painstakingly restored and renovated an historic 19th-century storefront building. Using a mix of rustic wood and industrial metal decor, the pair created a stunning environment for Esch’s penchant toward European midcentury design. A variety of midcentury chairs dot the open floor plan featuring refinished oak flooring and, in the soaring space above, rustic posts and beams recycled from an old barn add warmth and a sense of strength.
Hanging from those beams and focusing light directly below are hefty, deep bowl pendants much like our Ivanhoe® Wilcox Deep Bowl... Read More