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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 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 BracketsDrawn 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 Sconces Art Deco Sconces
These sconces coordinate with a variety of Art Deco era interiors.
Antique Reproduction Large Pendants Art Deco Brackets Ranging from elegant to rustic, these brackets coordinate with a variety of Art Deco interiors.
Art Nouveau Sconces Art Nouveau Sconces These wall sconces draw from the organic curvilinear sources of the Art Nouveau style. They are available in a variety of finishes and motifs to coordinate with many romantic or dramatic interiors.
Art Nouveau Brackets Art Nouveau Brackets This collection of Art Nouveau brackets coordinates with many interiors. Beautifully unique, these brackets are works of art.
Contemporary Sconces Contemporary Sconces These sconces are a beautiful addition to your contemporary interior design.
Contemporary Brackets Contemporary Brackets This collection of wall brackets demonstate the range of choices that coordinate with a contemporary interior.
Contemporary Wall Lamps Contemporary Wall Lamps Use this wall mounted lighting in place of a Table Lamp for statement making light sources.
Eclectic Sconces Eclectic Sconces This collection of unique and fun sconces may be just what you are looking for if you want something special, something different.
Eclectic Brackets Eclectic Brackets Eclectic wall bracket sconces come in a variety of choices. Playful or natural, modern or historic, these sconces all are a breath of fresh air. If you want your interior to stand out, look at these eclectic options.
Modern Sconces Modern Sconces Closet to the wall than brackets, Modern Sconces feature chrome and glass or other materials to give a modern or ultra modern feel to your residential or commercial interior.
Modern Brackets Modern Brackets Modern wall brackets combine brushed steel, chrome and glass in clean lines for orm and function.
Oriental Sconces & Brackets Oriental Sconces & Brackets These wall sconces and brackets draw on a variety of oritental motifs. From Japanese linear to ornate Chinese, these sconces bring an Eastern edge to your decor.
Rustic Sconces Rustic Sconces These wall sconces coordinate with your rustic interior.
Rustic Brackets Rustic Brackets These wall brackets bring fun rustic style to your room.
Traditional Brackets Traditional Brackets These wall brackets in metal finishes coordinate beautifully with a traditional, Early American or conservative interior.
Transitional Sconces Transitional Sconces These sconces combine elements of traditional and conteporary. This comfortable current style will coordinate with today’s interiors.
Transitional Pool table & Island Lights Transitional Brackets These casual wall brackets bring light to your bath, entry, stair well or other areas. Transitional style works with many interiors.
Alabaster Sconces Alabaster Sconces Natural alabaster makes a beautiful addition to your home. Diffusing the light through the natural stone, this durable material is a good choice for residential or commercial application.
Crystal Sconces Crystal Sconces Crystal is always a classic. This page features wall sconces in a variety of styles, all dressed in crystal. These sophisticated wall sconces are a wonderful accessory for your home.
Crystal Brackets Crystal Brackets This collection of crystal wall brackets range from traditional to modern, heirloom to eclectic. Always a classic, beautiful crystal is an instant heirloom.
Nautical Outdoor Lighting Bulkheads Outdoor Wall Sconces & Ceiling LightsBulkheads are versatile durable lights used in industrial or marine environments. They can be used on walls or ceilings. Architects and designers use these to indoors and outdoors to coordinate with a nautical inspired interior or to add a fun feel.
ADA Wall Sconces ADA Wall Sconces These sconces project no more than 4″ from the wall to comply with the ADA, Disabilities Act. Select from a wide range of colors, finishes and styles.
ADA Wall Brackets ADA Wall Brackets Choose from a wide variety of styles of ADA Wall Brackets. These wall brackets meet the specifications of the US Disabilities Act, which requires public accommodations and commercial facitlites to comply with specific guidelines.
Besa ADA Sconces Besa ADA Sconces These sconces from Besa Lighting meet the requirements of the Disabilities Act, they are available in a wide variety of glass choices.
Glass Sconces Glass Sconces This collection of glass wall sconces shows the range available. Browse through the incredible variety of colors and patterns availble.
Glass Brackets Glass Brackets These wall brackets all feature beautiful glass diffusers.
WAC Glass Wall Brackets WAC Lighting Glass Wall Brackets Glass Companion Wall Sconces provide the perfect accent lighting pieces. Because the glass coordinates with the other pieces in the family, a decorative theme can be carried throughout. With over one hundred different styles and colors of glass shades from around the world, WAC offers a comprehensive selection of styles to satisfy even the most demanding designs.
Fluorescent Wall Sconces Fluorescent Wall Sconces Energy Saving Fluorescent wall sconces don’t have to compromise on style.
Wall Spotlights Wall Spotlights Functional and attractive, select from wall spotlights in a variety of styles to suit your taste and style.
Large Scale Sconces Large Scale Sconces Up to four feet tall, these large scale wall sconce make a big statement.
Swing Arm Lamps Swing Arm Lamps Linear, circular or square canopies in Bronze, satin nickel, chrome or other metal finishes suspend an incridible selection of glass diffusers. Select the options that best coordinate with your interior.
Harco Loor Chandeliers Harco Loor SconcesThese exceptional lighting fixtures are designed and manufactured in Harco Loor’s own factory in Haarlem, the Netherlands. Only high quality materials, such as stainless steel and crystals are used.

 

Log Cabin Lighting – Rustic Chandeliers

Log Cabin Lighting – Rustic Chandeliers

You really don’t have to follow any rules when decorating a log cabin.

“Until the 1930s, most  retreats in the Rocky  Mountains were decorated with either mission or Victorian furnishings.”
Rustic Traditions by Ralph R. Kylloe

Just as now, people followed their taste. Often lighting was designed by the architect to fit the proportions and scale of each room.

Monte Carlo 52" Great Lodge Rustic Ceiling Fan with the look of rough hewn pine logs with pine cone accents and Lodge Pine Blades

Monte Carlo 52″ Great Lodge Rustic Ceiling Fan with the look of rough hewn pine logs with pine cone accents and Lodge Pine Blades

Thomas Canada Molesworth created oversized furniture from burled pine poles, hides, horn and natural wood with Indian and western motifs.  He created a distinctly Western style also called Cowboy Style. Today many companies make Western and Cowboy Style Lighting.

This chandelier from the Peak Antler Company provides a beautiful amber glow through the mica tiers while retaining a rustic elegance feel of an antler chandelier.  Medium and small elk antler circle the center with tall patina coated copper sleeves for the 9 candles. This chandelier is custom built by the artist in Colorado USA.

This chandelier from the Peak Antler Company provides a beautiful amber glow through the mica tiers while retaining a rustic elegance feel of an antler chandelier. Medium and small elk antler circle the center with tall patina coated copper sleeves for the 9 candles. This chandelier is custom built by the artist in Colorado USA.
 
This chandelier provides a beautiful amber glow through the mica tiers while retaining a rustic elegance feel of an antler chandelier.  Medium and small elk antler circle the center with tall patina coated copper sleeves for the 9 candles. This chandelier is custom built by the artist in Colorado USA.

Antler Chandeliers

Antler Chandeliers are made from a variety of natural antlers. They have been used for centuries. Switzerland, Scotland, Austria and the Black Forest region were known for antler chandeliers before the New World was even discovered.

Before electricity, candle holders were placed on the antlers. Now electric sockets are used instead with wires either run outside the antler or the antler is drilled to allow the wire to be put inside.

Don’t worry. Antlers are naturally shed.  Antlers are bone, but are shed and regrown each year in most species. In the United States deer, elk, and moose shed their antlers. Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year.

Monte Carlo GL6CHWI Great Lodge Antler Chandelier

Monte Carlo GL6CHWI Great Lodge Antler Chandelier is cast of resin to look like natural wood and antler and pine cones.

Artificial antler is often less expensive and can look like the real thing.

Hubbardton Forge  New Town Wrought-Iron Chandelier hand-forged in Vermont, USA using the same techniques blacksmiths have used for centuries. The seeded glass hurricane shades are reminiscent of candle holders and oil lanterns before electricity.

Hubbardton Forge New Town Wrought-Iron Chandelier hand-forged in Vermont, USA using the same techniques blacksmiths have used for centuries. The seeded glass hurricane shades are reminiscent of candle holders and oil lanterns before electricity.

This Rustic Chandelier from Kalco has the feel of early hand-forged lighting. The leather wrapped shades are reminiscent of Western Themed and Cowboy Style lighting.

This Rustic Chandelier from Kalco has the feel of early hand-forged lighting. The leather wrapped shades are reminiscent of Western Themed and Cowboy Style lighting.

Rustic Metal Chandeliers

Forged metal chandeliers were common in the Adirondacks. By the mid-1900s blacksmiths were adept at fashioning lighting. Sometimes architects provided the plans. Some were designed by the craftsman and others came from European pattern books available at the time.

Avalanche Ranch M41540 Smokey Mountain 5-Light Spruce Pine Cone Chandelier shown with amber mica diffusers

Avalanche Ranch M41540 Smokey Mountain 5-Light Spruce Pine Cone Chandelier shown with amber mica diffusers

Mica Diffusers

Mica is a natural stone that cleaves nearly perfectly into sheets. Thin transparent sheets of mica may also be called isinglass. It is very thin, transparent and flexible.

Avalanche Smokey Mountain Spruce Pine Cone Outdoor Lanterns

Avalanche Smokey Mountain Spruce Pine Cone Outdoor Lanterns

At one time, mica was quite rare and expensive. Then, in the early 19th century, large reserves were found in New England, Africa and South America. There are old mica mines all over Western North Carolina where I live. As of 2005, the US was the second highest producer of mica (after China).  Much mica is also mined in Canada. The sheet mica, used in lighting is much less common than the little flakes and scrap.

Coming Soon: Natural Wood, Natural Stone and Arts and Crafts Lighting

More Information on Rustic Lighting

Early Electric Meets New Technology – WAC Lighting’s Early Electric Pendants

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Quick Connect 3-Light Multi-point Mirror Glass Canopy with Mason Jar LED Pendants

The new Early Electric Collection of pendants from WAC Lighting look like vintage lighting, but can use just 5 watts of energy.

They all use an LED light source.

They are available as single pendants, multiple pendants or with quick connects to suspend from  Track Lighting or Monorail.

Socket Set & Lamp Information

LEDme® Low Voltage Line Voltage
LED: 12V/5.6W, 3000K, CRI 85 (included) – lumens may vary depending on diffuser.

  • May be dimmed w/electronic low voltage (ELV) dimmer
  • Three threaded screws are used to secure shade to socket
  • 50,000 hour rated life
  • Energy efficient
  • No projected Ultraviolet or Infrared radiation

Use of these fixtures, pendants or heads with the Monorail, Flexrail, Flexrail 2, Linear System, or Track Lighting.To complete a pendant, select a single or multiple canopy from WAC Quick Connect Monopoints and Multipoints.

WAC Early Electric Pendants >

Step 2 – Six Steps to Your New Look – Step by Step Redecorating

Work in Progress - This is the living room of my log cabin.

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.

2-Develop a plan.

Measure your room and put it on graph paper. Mark in the windows and the doors. Make sure that you mark in the swing of the door.

Measure any furniture that is staying. You can sketch it on another piece of graph paper if you don’t really know how you will lay it out. Cut the furniture pieces out so that you can push them around. Make sure you leave plenty of walk space.

What are you going to use the room for?

This is the list when I planned my living room.

  • Reading
  • Watching TV
  • Entertaining
  • Easy to move the furniture to make room for more tables for a dinner party
  • Easy conversation
  • A fireplace
  • Storage for sewing stuff

What do you have that is staying?

The only piece of furniture that I had that was staying is a large antique piece. It has two divided top drawers, a large bottom drawer and two big doors. I use it to store my stereo equipment.

What problems are you trying to solve?

The open floor plan makes it feel like all one big kitchen. I decided to raise the bar higher than the counter top to obscure the kitchen and replace the pot rack with three pendants over the bar.

So, here’s my list.

  • Hardwood floors (throughout the whole house)
  • Sofa
  • 2 armchairs
  • Floor lamps
  • 2 end tables with lamps
  • 1 floor lamp
  • Coffee table, perhaps with storage
  • Large floor rug
  • 2 coordinating runners
  • Steamer trunk to store fabric & sewing machine
  • Add stairs to the attic with storage under it
  • Drapes that close and make the room dark enough for guests to sleep
  • Replace the wood stove with a fireplace
  • Remove the wallpaper and paint the only wall that is not logs

Make a timeline. Some things have to be done first. Other things it doesn’t matter.

I started with the floor. I selected wood that was almost the same color as the log walls.The logs are made of red cedar that has naturally aged. The ceiling is almost identical in color. I found a cherry colored prefinished wood.