They say the devil is in the details. Not sure who “they” are, but I tend to agree! The details, like those last few items on your punch list that the contractor just can’t seem to finish, can drive people to distraction when trying to complete any task. The last two percent can be the most difficult.
When your task is selecting new lighting for your home or office, getting the details right can mean the difference between ending up with a basic fixture or one that adds the wow factor you want when you walk into the room.Read More
A seaside home can take on a number of different personalities from your basic beachy style to a high-end yacht look. Common themes, however, that run through many beach homes include plenty of windows, a color palette of crisp white mixed with blues and greens, and nautical style lighting.
This gorgeous home, located in Narrangansett, Rhode Island, is a bit further up the scale from “basic” but, with some interesting lighting choices both inside and out, takes on a style that gives a nod to its waterfront roots plus a hint of industrial style too. The home was renovated under the careful eyes of Ronald F. DiMauro Architects and Pastore Builders.
In one of the living areas, the team chose the Amidships Bulkhead Wall Mount Light to flank the television cabinet and windows.
“The bulkhead lights contribute to the nautical style,” says Laurie Keene. “Having the industrial look of these fixtures inside the home makes the nautical feeling more beachy.” These bulkhead fixtures were customized with a Black finish and a frost ribbed lens which provide a nice contrast against the white walls.
The master bedroom features an octagonal design with a vaulted ceiling to take every possible advantage of the stunning view.
“We didn’t want one large fixture hanging from the center, so the bullet lighting was a way to have interesting fixtures on the vaulted ceiling,” Laurie explains. The Bullet Cast Guard is a compact sconce that provides plenty of light through its rugged cast guard design. The glass can be customized with frosted, ribbed, or colored options. For a sleeker look, the Bullet Wire Guard offers the same compact style with slender wire guards.
“Goosenecks are long, thin and protrude off the wall,” Laurie says. “We liked that the barn sconces are stout. They fit better with the exterior massing.” The team chose an oil rubbed bronze finish for the wall sconces.
“The finish looks great against the white paint and gave a slightly higher scale cottage feel,” Laurie adds. With so many lighting choices to make when building or renovating, Laurie offers this advice to homeowners.
“Size up! We choose larger sizes than you would think in order to make any space, interior or exterior, human scale,” she says. “Our exterior fixtures are usually at least 16″. We feel that oversized and appropriate lighting fixtures can really add to the detailing of the building.”
I’m not sure what the weather is doing outside your window today but in typical spring fashion, March is being fickle. Mother Nature can’t quite let go of the frost just yet, but she teases with sunny days that make me long for flip flops and tank tops.
Spring will be here before we know it and right on its heels will be summer with its heat and humidity. Spring is a great time to consider installing ceiling fans in your home or place of business. Already have ceiling fans? Take a closer look and ask yourself — is the style outdated? Is the fan as energy efficient as it could be? Would it be more functional with a light kit? Is it just plain ugly?Read More
Creating a child’s space must be one of the most fun design jobs out there. What’s not to love about a room where you can be creative and colorful and try things that just won’t fly in the formal living room!
Tamara Hubinsky of Tamara H Design in New York turned her thoughtful eye to a child’s room in a Manhattan apartment during a remodeling project. The building dates back to the 19th century and this particular space had not been remodeled in close to 20 years.Read More
Congratulations! You’ve decided to buy some new lighting! If you’re like most consumers shopping for lighting, you concentrate on the obvious — pendant, wall sconce, gooseneck? Does my home have a retro spin, a vintage vibe, or a modern, minimalist mood? Do I need three 10″ shades or one 16″ shade to adequately light the kitchen counter? And the biggest question of all — what color will make my heart sing every time I see it?Read More
The new year is swiftly approaching, which means it’s time to make some resolutions for 2014. If you’re simply stumped on what to do, how about making the resolution to purchase quality, American-made lighting! With the help of our staff and friends, we picked 12 of our favorite products to go alone with our 12 Day Holiday Sale!
View our selection of American-made goods after the jump…Read More