If you could change one thing about your kitchen, what would it be? New hardware on the cabinets? Maybe polished concrete counter tops instead of granite?
Gary and JoHannah of Austin, Texas, targeted their modern pendant lighting. One of the features of their kitchen is a vintage Chambers gas stove and they searched for something more appropriate to complement the appliance.
“We wanted to give the kitchen a new look and increase the amount of light we have in there,” Gary says. The couple selected the Brisbane Cord Hung Pendant to bring some rustic industrial swagger to their space. They customized these kitchen lights with a 14″ shade, Navy... Read More
The wall sconce has come a long way since the medieval days of glowing torches lining long, dark hallways in the castle. No other light is more versatile in helping create the proper mood in a room by offering a spot of light just where you need it.
Wall sconces are often a critical piece of the puzzle when interior designers layer light in a room. Achieving the proper balance among different types of lights helps create the mood — too much light makes a room feel sterile while too little light makes a space less inviting and less safe to maneuver in.
And while some light fixtures serve specific needs and spaces, the utilitarian wall sconce resides quite... Read More
Today we consider the humble garden shed. This utilitarian structure takes on many forms — from a simple lean-to to one of those two-story, metal monstrosities dropped on your lawn by the local big-box store.
Every now and then we find a customer who raises the bar on garden shed design, and today we feature Susan in Pennsylvania who did just that. A horticulturist and botanical illustrator, Susan owns a fair amount of garden equipment.
“I wanted my tools to be readily at hand,” Susan explains. “I wanted them to be housed in a structure that would not only be functional but also add charm to the landscape.” Susan turned to Ken Smith,... Read More
Day One of LightFair International 2014 is in the books and the word that keeps coming up is WOW!
Of course, we love lighting and are immersed in it each and every day. But it’s an incredible experience to be surrounded by thousands of other people who love lighting as much as we do! Not only love the classic styles but also the new trends and discovering new ways to customize fixtures and make them even more durable, beautiful, and energy efficient.
“Today was amazing!” says Katie Schilling, marketing manager of Barn Light Electric. “We had the opportunity to meet so many great people in the lighting industry, and the amount of exposure we... Read More
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?
If... Read More