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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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Split Ceiling Medallions, Easier than Ever to Install!

Split Ceiling Medallions, Easier than Ever to Install! Fits together easily, without completely removing your light, chandelier or ceiling fan. Simply slip down the canopy and secure the medallion.

Split Ceiling Medallions, Easier than Ever to Install! Fits together easily, without completely removing your light, chandelier or ceiling fan. Simply slip down the canopy and secure the medallion.

If you’ve ever wanted a ceiling medallion, now it is easier than ever to install one! With new two piece ceiling medallions, you no longer have to remove the light or ceiling fan! Continue reading

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

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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How to Easily Install a Ceiling Medallion

Ekena Millworks Ceiling CM19SP/162957 Ceiling Medallion painted and faux finished

Ekena Millworks Ceiling CM19SP/162957 Ceiling Medallion painted and faux finished

I love the look of traditional plasterwork and millwork. Now, you can get the look of fragile plaster in molded polyurethane – lightweight, easy to install and surprisingly inexpensive! You can install a ceiling medallion as an architectural focal point to your dining room, entry, bedroom, even over a bath!

You really can get a ceiling medallion for under $10.00! Really! Continue reading

Easy to Install Kichler LED Tape Light

Kitchen with Kichler® LED Tape

Easy to Install Kichler LED Tape Light

Kichler LED Tape Light is an excellent product!

  • Installer friendly
  • Plug-and-play power supply
  • 3M™ brand adhesive backing
  • Many available additional accessories
  • Dimmable tape light power supply
  • In-wall rated wires are out of view (and costs less than competitive wire options)

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New Monorail Kits from Tech Lighting

Monorail lighting is a great choice for many homes.

If you are looking for a simple monorail layout, a monorail kit might work for you. These kits have all of the hardware you need for most basic layouts and include pendants or fixtures.

Tech Lighting now has these great new kits!

Tech Lighting 800RAL28 Onyx Rail Complete Monorail Kit

Tech Lighting’s 800RAL28 Monorail kit has two pendants and two heads made with natural onyx. The metal hardware is finished in antique bronze. Continue reading

Kitchen Lighting – Is your kitchen bright enough?

Is your kitchen bright enough?

“Many older kitchens aren’t bright enough after the sun goes down. The most pleasant kitchen lighting comes from several sources. Lighting designers classify kitchen lighting as either task lighting, general – or ambient lighting – lighting, or accent lighting. That doesn’t mean you need three different types of fixtures; many light fixtures can handle more than one lighting job at a time.”

The Kitchen Idea Book, Joanne Kellar Bouknight

This is my kitchen. It’s a tiny little kitchen, but I still have a ceiling light over the sink, light and vent from microwave over stove, undercabinet lighting in the corner, so I can measure coffee in the morning, a lighted ceiling fan, light from the window and the sky light and the three pendants over the bar.

My Kitchen

My Kitchen

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