Track Lighting – Lots of Light for Any Style Kitchen

Are you trying to get a lot of light where you want it in your kitchen? One option is track lighting.

Just replace whatever light is already there with track. You can aim the light wherever you want. You can even add more light.

You don’t want to overload the circuit. It’s not just annoying to be constantly popping breakers, it really is a fire hazard. Check how many things are already on that breaker. How many watts are on the light you are replacing? You know you can go that high. With new high efficiency LED lamps, you can get a lot of light with very little electricity.

An Ideal Setting by Annie Graves Jewelry Artist Carolyn Morris Bach transforms an overgrown 18th-century cape into a polished work-and-living space. Yankee magazine September/October 2017

An Ideal Setting by Annie Graves
Jewelry Artist Carolyn Morris Bach transforms an overgrown 18th-century cape into a polished work-and-living space.
Yankee magazine September/October 2017

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Use a Lantern Over a Table

House Beautiful October 2017 Article The Experts: Instant Room quotes Richard Keith Langham, author of About Decorating on his design for a “mountaintop spot for fall fetes.”

House Beautiful issue for October 2017 feature The Experts: A Cozier Dining Room

House Beautiful issue for October 2017 feature The Experts: A Cozier Dining Room

“A copper lantern illuminates an octagonal wooden table.”
The Experts: A Cozier Dining Room
Richard Keith Langham
House Beautiful October 2017

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Perfect Measurements – Universal Rules for a Solid Floor Plan

Vern Yip’s Design Wise

Vern Yip’s Design Wise

House Beautiful June 2017 regular article Master Class is by Vern Yip.

Master Class
Vern Yip On Perfect Measurements

“I used to be a premed student and was deep in that world of science and math,” says the Atlanta designer. “I’m still equally left- and right-brained. People often tell me they feel design paralysis, thinking designers are magical unicorns pulling things out of the clouds – we are not! So much of what we do is standardized and logical, especially because most people don’t buy custom furniture. Whether you rent a studio or own a 60,000-square-foot mansion, these rules on dimensions are universal: You can lay out a solid floor plan.”

Vern Yip’s book, Design Wise has all the rules logically explained, with plenty of pictures to illustrate the point. You can search inside the book on Amazon. Continue reading

Modern Fan’s IC/Air3 fan by Guto Indio da Costa Cools a Coastal Sleeping Porch

The article Havens l Seaside Design in Coastal Living’s June 2017 issue shares designer Janie Molster’s secrets for outfitting a porch.

The article Havens l Seaside Design in Coastal Living’s June 2017 issue shares designer Janie Molster’s secrets for outfitting a porch.

The article Havens l Seaside Design in Coastal Living’s June 2017 issue shares designer Janie Molster’s secrets for outfitting a porch.

“The key to keeping them beautiful year-round, says designer Janie Molster, is using materials that stand up to salt air.”

She lists ten points and her second point is “Balmy days need good breezes. Even on the water, fans are porch essentials for good air circulation. Choose damp- or wet-rated ceiling fans in hues that blend with the architecture…”
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Classic Coastal Style Lighting

Tech Lighting Mini Admiral Classic Nautical-inspired Mariner Pendant

Tech Lighting Mini Admiral Classic Nautical-inspired Lighting

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

Express Your Style with Outdoor Lighting

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.

Kichler 49627WZC, 49628WZC, 49629WZC, 49630WZC, 49631WZC, 49632WZC Bridge Point Outdoor Collection

Kichler 49627WZC, 49628WZC, 49629WZC, 49630WZC, 49631WZC, 49632WZC Bridge Point Outdoor Collection
The Bridge Point collection embodies the classic styling of nautical and railway lighting. It features a Weathered Zinc finish surrounding Clear Seeded glass. The collection includes a pendant, post light and wall brackets in four sizes.

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Ambient Lighting Techniques

Justice Design FAL-5120 UL Damp ADA Square Faux Alabaster Wall Sconce from the Lumenaria Collection

Justice Design FAL-5120 UL Damp ADA Square Faux Alabaster Wall Sconce from the Lumenaria Collection

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.
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