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Stick to Branches for Naturally Beautiful Lighting
I am smitten when it comes to twigs and branches. I simply love using them in homes. They bring a natural beauty and integrity to an interior that can’t be matched by any other ingredient.
Decorating With Antiques: Set the Stage With Lighting
I majored in theater arts for my first two years of college. It’s a bit in my blood. My dad was in show business — mostly as a director and producer — and when I was a baby, Rock Hudson was my babysitter. Honest! He lived in the apartment next door...
Wildlife-Sensitive Ways to Light a Coastal Landscape
A well-lit beach garden creates a place for relaxing and listening to the ocean waves in the evening. But artificial lighting disrupts coastal animal behavior in perilous ways, and coastal areas often have outdoor lighting regulations because of the way...
8 Creative Lighting Solutions for Food Prep
Lighting can be a real doozy when you’re assembling your dream kitchen. Not only do you need to make sure that key food prep and cooking areas are well lit, but you also have to create a balance between the fluorescents and LEDs so many planning boards...
Make a Mod Solar Lamp Trio for the Garden
Two years ago I created three trendy twine light globes for my kitchen ceiling fixture. I recently decided to move on from that crafty look and switched to something made of glass. But instead of tossing those handmade globes, I stuck them in the garage...
Objects of Desire: 8 Gorgeous Globe Light Fixtures
Whether they’re lighting a half bath or a grand entryway, globe fixtures have a way of giving a room understated polish. In fact, I’ve had to hold myself back from using them in too many rooms in my house, lest my home begin to look like a planetary...
How to Turn a Vase Into a Lamp
I have a thing about lamps. It’s my grandmother’s fault. She was an art professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the 1950s and ’60s. She had wonderful taste and an eye for beauty. Any object she lived with was, to her, potentially...
Mix Your Lamp Styles for Major Interest
Poor, dear, neglected lamps. By the time we get to them in the design process, our brains are fried and our budget is exhausted. So we settle for “Any old lamp will do.” Although I’m always saying that lamps are the jewelry of a room, I think some...
Ready to Install a Chandelier? Here's How to Get It Done
When it comes to light fixtures, few elicit as many “ohh"s and “ah"s as an elegant chandelier. Whether it’s gracefully adorning your dining room, making a statement in your entryway or serving as an elegant addition to your reading nook, a chandelier...
The Beauty of Contrast: Modern Lighting in Traditional Rooms
There are more types of lighting available than ever today, from both stylistic and functional points of view. When considering which style, material or illumination source to use, remember that good lighting is an absolutely...
Amp Up Your Room With Colorful Lampshades
I have nothing against white or off-white lampshades. They work well in almost any setting and are often just the right thing. But they are almost never the only thing. In the famous words of Al Pacino, “Say hello to my little friend” …...
Liberate Your Chandelier
Chandeliers have been around since medieval times, but we’ve never grown tired of their wonderful combination of usefulness and beauty. Traditionally they have been used in dining rooms, foyers and grand ballrooms — but gone are the days when they...
How to Choose the Right Solar Lights
Using solar lighting outdoors can be a lifesaver when outdoor outlets are not available. But do solar-powered lights really work? How do they measure up to hardwired electric lights? And what if your yard is shady or you live somewhere that rarely sees...
Make a Marble Lamp Base With Tile
Love the look of high-end marble lamp bases but not the $100-and-up price tag? I’m going to show you how to make your own for $20 to $30. With a few simple materials from the home improvement store, you can make your own marble base lamp in about an...
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