• Luxe for Less: Organic Ceiling Light

    I was recently peeking through Design*Sponge's Sneak Peek section, and came across this cozy room. My eye was immediately drawn up to the organic ceiling light. The design is perfectly imperfect, an asymmetrical look with inspiration from the outdoors. I was able to track down something very similar...
  • Storage Solutions: Amazing Mudroom Designs

    The OCD in me loves any type of storage, so give me a back hall and some hooks and watch the birth of an amazing mudroom design. Granted, storage solutions can come in many forms, but amazing mudrooms feed the soul like no other space. I think it’s because mudrooms are designed with future generations...
  • 176 Ceiling Lights Work Together

    This installation of 176 ceiling lights is currently on display in the lobby of a German Art School . Hung on a 11x14 meter curtain (about 1600 sq. feet), each light is positioned carefully to produce a precise, balanced composition. It's fantastisch! Check out the great photos...
  • Designer Adam Straus Shares Tips for Creating a Vintage Aesthetic

    I am not supposed to have favorites, but... Adam Straus is among my favorite Los Angeles based interior designers. His looks are just so cool, how can you not fall in love with his style? I love when he indulges in the dark and moody aesthetic to create a masucline and sexy design. It is a difficult...
  • Schoolhouse Style Lighting

    Schoolhouse style lighting refers to a specific type of ceiling fixture that re-creates the look of lighting used in public buildings and schoolhouses in the early to mid-20th century. They most commonly refer to lighting with the distinctive "orb" glass. Designers have been re-discovering...
  • Six Tips for Creating Layers of Light

    You often hear the directive "create layers of light" when researching how to design a home lighting scheme, but what does this actually mean? Here are six quick tips on how to achieve that much talked about multi-layered lighting effect. Good luck, it's not as hard as it sounds! ...
  • Lighting Tips with House Flipper Steve Jones

    Steve Jones of bettershelter is a well known house flipper in Los Angeles. He finds a house that is a "hot mess" (as he calls it) and completely rehabs the home while staying on a tight budget. His method for investing in homes is simple - buy it for a good price, renovate it on a budget, and...
  • Lighting Coastal Style Great Rooms

    When it comes to lighting coastal style great rooms, variety is the key. Because “coastal” has a relaxed connotation, let your room look like it has evolved over time, through many generations and through many summers. Also, because the typical great room must function on many levels, think...
  • Renovation Ideas - Bettershelter Traditional Bungalow: Part 1

    Steve Jones of bettershelter recently purchased a traditional bungalow that was in major despair. When I saw it for the first time the floors were barely in place and electric wires were hanging from the ceiling. It was very dark, dirty, and hard to envision someone living in the home at some point....
  • Renovation Ideas - Historical Craftsman Project Part 1

    I was talking to interior designer, Karen Vidal of Design Vidal , a few weeks back about remodeling ideas for a historical craftsman home. She is an expert at restoring historical homes and has many years experience working in design and construction. Her latest project is a charming craftsman house...
  • Idea for Replacing Kitchen Fluorescents

    We recently got a great tip, that's both smart and stylish, from Nora in Los Angeles. Fluorescent fixtures are commonly built into kitchens and bathrooms because they're incredibly energy-efficient and emit comfortable, ambient light. However, fluorescents usually don't offer much in terms...
  • Three for Thursday: New Takes on the Sputnik Chandelier

    For those too old to remember, or for those who didn't pay attention in history class, Sputnik was the first orbiting satellite, launched way back in 1957. At the time, it helped spawn a surge in space-age design, from car fins to boomerang architecture and starburst chandeliers. That retro...
  • A Room Full of Butterflies

    Hey, even kids need a little style! But even I couldn't resist this whimsical, close-to-ceiling light design. The semi-flushmount light features purple butterflies and an inner diffuser that helps soften the light throw. This will make a cute addition to any child's room. The collection includes...
  • Light Show LED Ceiling Fixture

    It may look like part of the Matrix, but it's actually a high-tech ceiling light design! The fixture combines rows of LED lights (including the color LEDs pictured here) along with four halogen bulbs. The LEDs can be run in a variety of sequences, and can be combined with the halogens as desired...
  • A Fresh Look at Black and White Checkered Tile

    The first use of black and white checkerboard tile dates back to before the Renaissance. Fast-forwarding many years, the tiles resurged in the 1920s and 1930s with a more modest appeal. The market for the black and white tiles turned to using linoleum vs. marble or another more expensive material. ...
  • 5 Tips for Kitchen Lighting

    The biggest mistake made in kitchen lighting is trying to illuminate the entire kitchen with one ceiling light – I should know, I do it too! In looking for new kitchen lighting, I made this list of quick tips to keep in mind. 1. Use a mix of lights. Like any room, a kitchen should have a mix of lighting...
  • Project Organization: More Light for Your Closet

    Who out there made a New Year's resolution to reorganize your closet? I bet a few hands just went up. Coincidentally, this morning I came across this post at ParentCenter . The author explained how she topped off her new custom closet with a "sparkly, girlie chandelier". My (messy) closet...
  • Get Inspired: 600 Square Feet of Home

    You don't have to have a large home to live large. This beautiful studio apartment, recently profiled in a New York Times slideshow , proves the point. Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, it has been meticulously planned out; everyting has a place and fits just so. The tiny kitchen...
  • Design Trend: The Neo Naturalist Interior

    No doubt you have seen the design trend, the neo naturalist interior, creeping into design magazines and shop catalogues and couldn’t quite figure out what it all meant or how the items could be incorporated into your own home. At first glance it’s part laboratory with a light dusting of...
  • Product of the Day - Crystal Bracelet Ceiling Light

    The bling of crystal is back in home decorating! Our eyes were caught by this new crystal ceiling light. It has a "bracelet" design that hangs from a chrome finish ceiling mount. You'll get plenty of glitter and sparkle from it for bedrooms, hallways and more. UPDATE: Crystal Bracelet...
  • More Secrets from the Specification Services, Part 2

    Here's part 2 of our talk with Tim Haley from our Lighting Design and Specification Services team. Q: Give us an example from a recent job of how you’ve helped on a development project. Typically I’m presented with a project where very little quality time has been expended reviewing the specs and...
  • How To Decorate a Room from Scratch

    A clean slate. How often have we longed for one only to find ourselves frozen with indecision when it faces us? The enviable dilemma of how to decorate a room from scratch can be fun, but it can also present so many options that frustration surpasses enjoyment. Follow a few guidelines to help the process...
  • Lighting Ideas for Low Ceilings

    I don't like low ceilings... ...but that's life. And coming up with lighting ideas for low ceilings is a tricky thing. I love tall ceilings.... the higher the better. I love ceilings with soaring heights.....lined with rustic beams and giant chandeliers and crystals and glitter and rooms...
  • Flush Mount Lighting Ideas

    Flush mount lighting has come a long way. My earliest memory of this lighting style comes from seeing those frosted glass flush mounts, basically a plate, screwed to the ceiling of bedrooms in ranch style houses. Can you say depressing? Beat you to it. Rooms that are challenged with low ceiling height...
  • Finding the Perfect Crystal Ceiling Light

    There is no denying the beauty crystal has adorning a ceiling light while it glistens and bounces light all around a room. Add a little sparkle to your space, much like this space from No Place Like Home, with one of these gorgeous fixtures below. Don't worry, there are sparkling crystal ceiling...
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