“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.
There 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
“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
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.
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. Continue reading →
Work in Progress – This is the living room of my log cabin.
So, you have an idea file. You know what you like. You have walked through furniture stores and gotten ideas. You have inventoried what you already have and decided whether it is staying or going. Continue reading →
Isn’t this a welcoming site to come home to? Landscape lighting is easy to install and makes your home safer and more welcoming.
Landscape lighting isn’t just a Spring project. The longest night of the year is December 21/22. It is dark already when you come home and often still dark when you leave in the morning. Here are some ideas for outdoor lighting for safety and security that are easy to install and don’t use a lot of electricity to operate.
Create a landscape lighting plan. Draw a sketch or map of your yard.
Be sure to position fixtures so lights won’t shine into people’s eyes, into windows or into other people’s yards. Continue reading →