Sarah Susanka, FAIA
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Libertyville Not So Big Showhouse traditional-living-room

Libertyville Not So Big Showhouse

Architect: Sarah Susanka, FAIA. Photography by Barry Rustin

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April 28, 2013
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Marie St.Hilaire
Hi there. The Libertyville Not So Big Showhouse used an LED system. Since doing the showhouse, Sarah has redone the lighting in her own home, using LED 2700k color temperature bulbs that she ordered through The color temperature is very important to get the feel of the above picture. The market is changing so fast that Sarah would recommend that you research on the web to find the best bulbs for what you're looking for. Thanks for your question!
    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 10:25AM
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Littman Bros Lighting
I second what Marie is saying, Color Temperature is very important. 2700k will be warm and inviting like incandescent lighting. Here is a link to LED tape that you can use in the cove or above crown moulding. This is a dimmable higher output tape which will help you eliminate floor and table lighting.
    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 11:23AM
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April 25, 2013
rebeecca wrote:
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Ok thanks but it's 3 seater not 6
    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 8:01AM
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Marie St.Hilaire
Sorry I can't help you with that -- we're an architecture studio, not a furniture store.
    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 8:07AM
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January 12, 2013
marsusa wrote:
Who knows where you can buy that sofa?
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Marie St.Hilaire
Hi there. The sofa and all of the furnishings in the Not So Big Showhouse were provided by Room & Board ( If you have any other questions about the showhouse, you can find answers here: Thanks for your question!
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 9:28AM
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October 18, 2012
Monica Loo wrote:
what color is the wall?
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Marie St.Hilaire
All of the paint in the Showhouse came from Sherwin-Williams ProMar 200 zero VOC line. We've put together a list of the paint colors for the house here:
    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 8:13AM
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February 29, 2012
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The Shabby Nest
Benjamin Moore's Golden Lab is a similar color.
    Bookmark   March 1, 2012 at 9:27PM
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Please view All of the paint colors are listed there along with many other vendors and details. Thank you for inquiring. :)
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    Bookmark   September 24, 2012 at 8:45AM
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December 1, 2011
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Probably run against the edge of the soffit to get the sharp cutoff
    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 12:52AM
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The LED tape Sarah used is way too pricey, $478 for 20 feet. We sell the same product on Amazon for only $14.9 per 16 feet (5 meters).
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June 20, 2013
kmhurt4 wrote:
Ceiling Trim? - Can you tell me how you created the wood trim on the ceilings? Is there a small space / reveal in between the wall and wood? Thank you in advance!!
February 21, 2013
aichoucha wrote:
What is the dimension of this window?? - Thanks

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Hi there. The Libertyville Not So Big Showhouse used an LED system. Since doing the showhouse, Sarah has redone the lighting in her own home, using LED 2700k color temperature bulbs that she ordered through The color temperature is very important to get the feel of the above picture. The market is changing so fast that Sarah would recommend that you research on the web to find the best bulbs for what you're looking for. Thanks for your question! 0 Likes May 13, 2013 at 10:25AM PRO Littman Bros Lighting I second what Marie is saying, Color Temperature is very important. 2700k will be warm and inviting like incandescent lighting. Here is a link to LED tape that you can use in the cove or above crown moulding. This is a dimmable higher
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