The May 2017 issue of Coastal Living carried the article Coastal Twenty 1997-2017 What’s Classic Now by Betsy Cribb and Ellen McGauley. In it they say; “The coast has its own elements of style – a library of looks woven through the homes that rise up from the shoreline. Here, we’ve celebrated 20 enduring design ideas that define today’s most beautiful beach houses.” Continue reading
Take time to select exterior lighting that really enhances your home.
From the time you pull up to your home, your exterior lighting sets the tone. Modern or Contemporary to Beach, Rustic or Historic styles, your lighting reflects your personal style and taste.
What style is your home? Coordinate with the architecture.
Or add style and flair with the right lighting.
Even the most uninspiring house takes on style and flair with nautical outdoor lighting. Give your home the feel of a beach house or a Cape Cod style.
You don’t have to live in a log cabin to get the feeling with these choices.
Exterior lights that reflect ornate historic lighting coordinate with a historic style home or to add a beautiful focal point to any home.
Traditional classic lighting that brings a classic and classy finished look to your home.
Transitional lighting splits the difference. A good choice for nearly any location, these outdoor lights are a twist on traditional.
Contemporary outdoor lighting collections bring clean styling to your outdoor wet location. Enhance the exterior of your home with contemporary designs.
Linear minimalist designs for the ultimate in urban sophistication. These stunning, modern outdoor collections have robust construction and clean lines.
Art Deco and Craftsman Style outdoor and porch light options with charming mission-inspired details perfect to add Arts and Crafts, Art Deco or Prairie Style to your home.
Art Nouveau Outdoor Lighting adds an organic theatrical touch to really reflect your style.
Not your typical outdoor lighting, these unique choices say a lot about you and your taste.
Fire Farm Mesh Collections; Ariel, Aurora, Cone, Crucible, Flute, Femme Fatale, Hazel, Jak, Little Sis, Mani, Splat, Square, Star and Maypole are innovative lighting that incorporate wire-mesh to create integrally lit light sculptures.
Choose hand pleated folds with Star or Ariel.
Or sculpt your own organic mesh lighting with soft malleable mesh lighting.
Special Built Items
Special built items, like Phyllo 2814 pendants are up to 44” in diameter.
Fire Farm Phyllo 2814: The buttery layers of the Phyllo 2814 pendants give a warm, inviting glow great for intimate spaces, with a fiery intensity just right for larger environments. These three shades have approximate diameters of 44″, 36″, and 24″, and are constructed with a layered Brass, Bronze or Stainless Steel mesh.
Fire Farm Diplomat 2059: This column curtain is a wonderful extrapolation of our signature metal mesh shade material into a one-of-a-kind sculptural lighting solution. The designer was faced with a very dominant structural column in the middle of the lobby of this well-known DC hotel near the Capitol building. After visiting our online gallery, they envisioned using our stainless steel mesh to wrap the column in a transparent curtain glowing with floating fireflies of light from within. The client was able to provide a remarkable photo-realistic rendering of the proposed construction in its environment.
Fire Farm Orion 1513: The Orion style wave form is a visually stunning material upon which light dances and varies in color and dimension as you move around it. The fixtures are a Fire Farm invention of alternating layers of metal wire cloth and a proprietary light-manipulating dichroic diffusing film. This combination of materials captures the light, breaks it into its rainbow of colors and bounces it amongst the folds in the crumpled metal mesh.
These are reminiscent of the designs featured in Sharon McFarlane’s book Bright Ideas professional lighting solutions for your home.
Spotlight on Georgia Scott Designs
Nature often serves as the inspiration when it comes to freestanding integrally lit sculptures
London-based lighting designer Georgia Scott draw on natural forms such as plants, seed pods, icicles and the skeletons of trees. More often than not, these pieces are handmade, as opposed to mass-manufactured, to keep them more sculptural.
In many instances, the objects are woven into their nature-inspired shapes using materials such as aluminum and copper mesh.
Such materials offer malleability essential for creating intricate forms and also present Scott with an opportunity, in her words to “play with light, and achieve different qualities of light through the materials.”
Bright Ideas: Professional Lighting Solutions for Your Home by Sharon McFarlane stresses the importance of Ambient Lighting.
Commercial lighting designers use ambient lighting to create the right atmosphere. This books shows how these same techniques can be applied to your home.
From traditional to eclectic, no matter what style you choose, coordinating your metal finishes can make all the difference in pulling a look together.
There are more choices than ever in metal finishes. Brass, bronze, chrome, nickel and stainless in bright polished or matte brushed finish, each sets its own style.
Then there are custom painted finishes to really personalize your look.
House Beautiful’s regular feature The Essentials; Solutions for the Busiest Rooms in the House tackles bathrooms in the February 2017 issue.
The article Renovating: Just Add Water states “Our primer on master-bath renovations has real talk on budgeting, who-knew insights, and a roundup of necessary luxuries.” It ranges from quick tips for a minor face-lift to sound advice for a total revamp. Continue reading
For many of us, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. It’s not just where we cook. It’s the center of family life. It’s where the children play with pots and pans and do homework. It’s where we hang out and talk.
House Beautiful issue for December 2016/January 2017 feature The Essentials: Bath of the Month shows a spectacular glass chandelier. These chandeliers are absolutely timeless.
“A midcentury Murano smoked-glass chandelier at the bath room entrance sets a glam scene.”
Many companies make pendant clusters. Pendant clusters have two or more pendants suspended from a single canopy. Or use monorail to suspend a series of pendants where you want them.