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Coordinate Your Metal Finishes

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.
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Don’t Let Your Lighting Age You!

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

Bath with Glass Chandelier

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.”

House Beautiful issue for December 2016/January 2017 feature The Essentials: Bath of the Month shows a spectacular glass chandelier.

House Beautiful issue for December 2016/January 2017 feature The Essentials: Bath of the Month shows a spectacular glass chandelier.

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Unique Glam Vanity Lights from Access Lighting

The unique Glam Collection from Access Lighting features chrome finish with Mirror glass that beautifully reflects the surroundings when unlit. Once lit, strands of crystal beads are visible, diffusing the bright xenon light source. The collection includes bath lighting, ceiling lighting, single and multiple pendants and a chandelier.

Access 52111, 52112, 52113, 52114 Glam Mirror Glass with Crystal Vanity Lights

The unique Glam Collection from Access Lighting features chrome finish with Mirror glass that beautifully reflects the surroundings when unlit. Once lit, strands of crystal beads are visible, diffusing the bright xenon light source. The collection includes bath lighting, ceiling lighting, single and multiple pendants and a chandelier. Continue reading

Chinoiserie Style

Chinoiserie Style Dining Room

This beautiful dining room (House Beautiful December/January 2014) has hints of Chinoiserie Style with oriental lanterns in front of the mirror on the buffet. The china is a fanciful Oriental landscape and the flatware is gold bamboo.

The lighting is a beautiful traditional crystal chandelier.

There are a lot of options or Oriental, Asian and Chinoiserie Style. Continue reading

Nautical Lighting – Indoor or Out!

What a great look! “The boathouse room,”  a sleeping porch with the walls shingled in rusty red, decorated with paddles. The lighting follows the theme.

Country Living May 2016 Page 72, The Lure of the Lake

Country Living May 2016 Page 72, The Lure of the Lake

May 2016 Issue of Country Living has a great house The Lure of the Lake, written by Katy McColl, photographs by Max Kim-Bee, styling by Sarah Cave. Continue reading

Fiber Optic Star Ceiling

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Fiber Optic Star Ceiling Kit through Gloss Black Acrylic Panels create a star ceiling for this restaurant.
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Have you ever been to the Rainforest Café restaurants? They have these amazing star ceilings. I’ve seen beautiful star ceilings in other restaurants, too. They are in quite a few design books.

When my son was little, I put little glow-in-the-dark stickers on his ceiling. They are in a lot of kid’s books, too.

“’The stars on the ceiling are cool,’ Dexter said. ‘I wonder how many there are.’”
Horrible Harry Bugs the Three Bears by Suzy Kline, Frank Remkiewicz

Now there are easy-to-install fiber optic star ceiling kits that use LED. The light source just plugs in. The fibers run up to 12′ and push through the ceiling.

 Fiber Optic Star Ceiling Fibers through drywall ceiling.

Fiber Optic Star Ceiling Fibers through drywall ceiling.
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They are easy to install through the existing ceiling or wall. Special panels are available that can be fitted in or just replace drop ceiling panels. The stars can twinkle or change color. The more fiber you pull through the hole, the brighter the star is. You can even paint the ceiling to create cloud or galaxy effects.

Beautiful ceiling in a home bath.

Beautiful ceiling in a home bath.

These pictures are in books I would highly recommend. You may be able to check them out of the library. They are on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. You can spend hours poring over the beautiful photos.

 “The dome detail above the whirlpool sparkles with fiber-optic stars, while recessed downlights along the perimeter give off light reminiscent of comets hurtling toward the heavens.”

“The dome detail above the whirlpool sparkles with fiber-optic stars, while recessed downlights along the perimeter give off light reminiscent of comets hurtling toward the heavens.”
Lighting Design Sourcebook: 600 Solutions for Residential and Commercial Spaces Paperback by Randall Whitehead

At the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital - Memphis, TN “Stars, courtesy of fiber optics, change colors as they twinkle.” Lighting Design Sourcebook: 600 Solutions for Residential and Commercial Spaces Paperback by Randall WhiteheadAt the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital – Memphis, TN  “Stars, courtesy of fiber optics, change colors as they twinkle.”
Lighting Design Sourcebook: 600 Solutions for Residential and Commercial Spaces Paperback by Randall Whitehead

In a home built by John Kraemer and Sons Inc.; “fiber optic star patterns and the exact layout of the northern sky… the illusions of twinkling and shooting stars”
Perspectives on Design Minnesota: Design Philosophies Expressed by Minnesota’s Leading Professionals by Brian Carabet, John Shand

“The room’s low ceiling features a fiber-optic star [ceiling] framed by false beams to give an illusion of height.”
Perspectives on Design Southwest: Design Philosophies Expressed by the Southwest’s Leading Professionals  by LLC Panache Partners

Celtic Manor - Resort Hotel South Forum Spa

Celtic Manor – Resort Hotel South Forum Spa

Celtic Manor - Resort Hotel South Forum Spa

Celtic Manor – Resort Hotel South Forum Spa

The Forum spa at the Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, Wales
“Underwater sound and light beneath a constellation of fiber-optic stars.”

Celtic Manor – Resort Hotel South Forum Spa
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Wall Sconces for a Small Bath Room

The Rosetta Wall Sconce from WAC Lighting’s European Collection on either side of a mirrored medicine cabinet. Bella figura, Rosetta offers fine Italian styles that combines a classic profile with multiple murine glass patterns that will enhance any setting with a perfect mix of form and function.

The Rosetta Wall Sconce from WAC Lighting’s European Collection on either side of a mirrored medicine cabinet.
Bella figura, Rosetta offers fine Italian styles that combines a classic profile with multiple murine glass patterns that will enhance any setting with a perfect mix of form and function.

WAC Lighting’s new decorative low profile sconces with glass shades boast a truly exclusive look with exceptional quality. Each sconce canopy is designed with timeless style and plated in Chrome and Brushed Nickel finishes.

Even in the smallest bathroom or powder room, good lighting and good switches and dimmers make all the difference! Once you have light control in your bathroom, you will wonder how you ever lived without it.

Have one switch for ceiling lighting, whether it is recessed lighting or a ceiling fixture. Have the mirror lighting on a separate switch with a dimmer. I use it at the lowest setting to enjoy a relaxing bath or when I get up at night or first get up until I am ready for the morning.

Wall sconces on either side of a mirror or medicine cabinet provide both decorative and task lighting.

“Stick to a style and finish that is compatible with the other elements in the room. Coodinate the style of the sconces near the vanity with that of the cabinet, for example.”

Bathrooms: The Smart Approach to Design by the Editors of Creative Homeowner, Home Decorating

The best light for applying makeup is shed from the sides of a mirror. The best for shaving is from above. In both cases, there are many ways to do this effectively. Plan your bath lighting for how you will be using the bathroom. And don’t forget that the right switches and dimmers make all the difference!

“Wall-mounted light sconces are a good way to provide adequate lighting without overwhelming a small space, so they’re a good choice in a powder room.”

Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies (Paperback)
by Gene Hamilton, Katie Hamilton

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