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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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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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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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Make any room feel bigger

November 2014 Redbook has a great article in the Design School series.

Make any room feel bigger Tiny space? No problem. Listen to this wisdom and you’ll swear that someone snuck in and added some serious square footage to your home.

Redbook Design School series November 2014

Make any room feel bigger

Tiny space? No problem. Listen to this wisdom and you’ll swear that someone snuck in and added some serious square footage to your home.

  1. Opt for a dark accent wall-it will make that area recede and the room look larger.
  2. Mirrors reflect light and create the appearance of more depth.
  3. Limit big bold prints to throw pillows or small furniture ranther than dominant pieces like the sofa.
  4. Go for glass or acrylic tables. Because you can see through them, they don’t take up any visual space.
  5. Light it up! Dim areas disappear, so add lamps or sconces (to free up floor space) in at least three corners.
  6. Another way to open up a room: Buy curtains and paint bookshelves in similar tones as the wall. They’ll blend in, creating a streamlined effect.
  7. Play with scale. A tiny room full of tiny furniture appears even smaller than it is.
  8. Floor to ceiling drapes draw the eye upward, making the ceiling seem higher.
  9. The low profile of backless seating-think poufs, X-benches, and garden stools-won’t add visual clutter.
  10. Invest in a large area rug. Your eye naturally goes to the outer edges which maximizes your square footage.

Experts Elaine Griffin, Libby Langdon, Janet Lee.
Illustration by Kate Francis

 

Lamps and sconces come in such a wide variety of styles to coordinate with any interior.

Wall Sconces & Brackets

Antique Reproduction Sconces

Antique Reproduction Sconces

Antique Reproduction Sconces These wall sconces coordinate with Old World Antiques or Antique Reproduction furnishings. These sconces incorporate elements from a variety of historical sources.

Antique Reproduction Brackets

Antique Reproduction Brackets

Antique Reproduction Brackets Drawn from historic sources, these wall brackets work with a variety of formal or traditional interiors. Look for iron, gold or silver finish in patinaed metal or painted finish.

Art Deco Brackets

Art Deco Brackets

Art Deco Brackets Ranging from elegant to rustic, these brackets coordinate with a variety of Art Deco interiors.

Contemporary Sconces

Contemporary Sconces

Contemporary Sconces These sconces are a beautiful addition to your contemporary interior design.

Contemporary Bracket Sconces

Contemporary Bracket Sconces

Contemporary Brackets This collection of wall brackets demonstate the range of choices that coordinate with a contemporary interior.

How High Should My Chandelier Hang?

hookThere are a lot of opinions about what height your chandelier should hang. Your chandelier is the focal point of your dining room. It should not be too high. If you often move the table and you are afraid people will hit their heads on the chandelier, don’t permanently raise the height of your chandelier. Simply pick up an inexpensive S-Hook or Chain Quick Link at Lowes or Home Depot. When you need it raised, just loop up the chain.

Fine Art Lamps 815940 Chandelier from the Villandry Silver Collection

Fine Art Lamps 815940 Chandelier from the Villandry Silver Collection

“Hang at the right height. The bottom of a chandelier should hit about 30″ (36″ at most) above the tabletop. That brings the light close enough for tasks, clears the view for conversation and avoids unflattering shadows.”
Decorating Dos Womans Day February 2012

Harco Loor Jewel Oval Chandelier

Harco Loor Jewel Oval Chandelier
This beautiful eclectic crystal chandelier is available in a variety of sizes. It can be hand twisted to fit your home.

“When I hang a chandelier above a table, I like to have about 66 inches from the floor to the underside of the light fixture. That’s enough room to put a flower arrangement or a centerpiece on the table and sit and talk, but low enough that you still have light hitting the table, giving a glow.”
HGTV Design Star judge Vern Yip, HGTV Magazine

Fine Art Lamps 233540 Pendant from the Black & White Story Collection

This 32″ wide Oriental Pendant from Fine Art Lamp’s Black & White Story Collection is available in black or white satin lacquer finish surrounding a textured white linen shade.

“30-36” Good height for a pendant light above a kitchen island. Offers bright enough task lighting without head/lamp collisions.
“66” Ideal height to hang a chandelier. Measure from the bottom of the fixture to the floor. This leaves enough room for a centerpiece and doesn’t block you line of sight across the table, but still gives you enough light for eating.”
Design by the Numbers HGTV Star judge Vern Yip shares his measurement cheat sheet in HGTV Magazine June 2013

The Basics of Track Lighting

The Basics of Track Lighting

Track Lighting Heads

Track Lighting Heads

Track Lighting consists of a continuous track that conducts electricity from a single source. Fixtures may be attached anywhere along this track.

Track can be mounted to

  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Drywall
  • Plaster
  • Wood
  • Suspended Ceilings
  • Along architectural elements
  • Suspended from rods or cables
  • Sloped ceilings

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