We get excited about seeing your projects — really excited. Last week we received an email from a creative customer whose vintage-inspired bathroom had me itching to take a trip to the nearest antique store to re-do my own front bath. You might remember our featured customer from Friday, Khanh Morales. Khanh was more than helpful with detailing how she took a blank canvas of a studio bath and turned it into a showroom for her antiquing addiction.Read More
Who says post mount lighting can’t be dramatic, artistic, and functional all in one? This row of soaring lights prove that even a simple rustic fixture combined with an avant-garde base can take post mount lighting to new heights! Located on the 760-acre campus of Florida Gulf Coast University, the state’s newest institution of higher education in Ft. Myers, these post mount lights complement the impressive entrance to the Lutgert School of Business. These lights are powered in part by the university’s 15-acre solar field featuring photovoltaic panels that tilt and rotate as they soak up that famous Florida sunshine throughout the day.Read More
Posted by on Aug 12, 2010 | 2 comments
Photos Courtesy of Decor8 Design Blog (Left), Remodelista (Right)
Although you may have not recognized them, Half Chrome Light Bulbs have been used in commercial buildings for many years. Typically used in environments where a glare needs to be reduced, the chrome coating shields the filament, ultimately making the bulb an indirect source of light. They are a wonderful lighting choice wherever you need to keep light directly out of people’s eyes. Such situations can include bathrooms, kitchens, offices, or restaurants where overhead pendants have a very close proximity to one’s eyes.
Posted by on Apr 22, 2010 | 0 comments
Since it was first introduced in the early 1990′s, the Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) has been one of the most popular Energy Efficient bulbs in America. Compact Fluorescent bulbs were designed to replace the less energy efficient Standard Incandescent bulb. CFL’s produce just as much light as your Standard Incandescent, but use 1/3 of the overall energy!
Why should I switch to CFL’s? What’s the difference? It’s the average lifespan of each bulb – it differs drastically! Although less in your initial cost, Standard Incandescent bulbs can be manufactured to last 750 to 1,000 hours. By paying slightly more up front, a Compact Fluorescent bulb typically has a rated lifespan of 6,000 – 15,000 hours! Doing the math, that means CFL’s last between 8 and 15 times longer! If you’re not on board to save the earth, do it for your wallet!Read More
Posted by on Mar 1, 2010 | 0 comments
Apartment Therapy is one of the top ranked design blogs on the web today. These days itâ€™s easy to be inspired by everything around you, and with design resources like Apartment Therapy, Remodelista or Decorology giving you easy how-to and do-it-yourself projects, you can create the room of your dreams in no time â€“ and on little to no budget! Last week we came across an amazing photo centered around a simplistic, industrial-inspired ceiling pendant. Again, this photo comes courtesy of our friends at Apartment Therapy.Read More
Most homeowners venture into renovation projects with a desire to use older elements of the home to their advantage, while picking and choosing what they want to update. Many times this blending of reclaimed elements and modern styles lead to a harmonious balancing within the room; this can be especially difficult if you choose the wrong lighting for your room. Choosing a sconce that is too modern, in a setting that has a retro shabby chic feel to it could throw the complete look of the room out of whack. One solution to this issue is to find a genre splitting light fixture that is both rustic and refined, yet capable of providing that finishing touch to your project. Complete with a mix of Mission Style inspiration and Modern cues, the Colt Sconce displays a unique blend of personality traits, that create a non conflicting identity for this boldly inspired light. With its curvaceous spindle inspired socket housing, the Colt showcases Mission elements toward the top, leading down to the most recognizable feature of this light. Possibly set up by the ornate flowing lines of the spindle like top, the flared shade is positioned to be the focal point of this sconce. This distinguishably Modern feature is brought together by the addition of two ornamental arms that act as a bridge between the two influences, allowing neither style to take over this perfectly balanced light. As the lines blur between specific styles and the growing need for genre nonspecific lighting increases, the Colt Sconce remains as the ideal link connecting past and present light design in one visually stunning package.Read More