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My Houzz: Humor and Kitsch Meet Midcentury Modern

Candy-colored accents set off clean lines and mod furnishings in this playful, approachable home for a Texas family Full Story
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Pat Shriver
What? They did all that work and then just sold the place? Lucky tralfazz! I'll look forward to your new photos. Your predecessors set a high bar!
September 3, 2013 at 9:23AM     
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has anyone come up with the exterior color on the house??
October 22, 2013 at 11:57AM   
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Get Turned On to a Lighting Plan

Coordinate your layers of lighting to help each one of your rooms look its best and work well for you Full Story
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julleah - try to make the process as organic as possible - don't decide what needs to happen til you have to. One step at a time. Get the samples - maybe even a six foot piece to start. Accent lights are usually point source - I have a 300 watt halogen up light (modified torchere) in my kitchen that goes from mood light to task light with the setting of the dimmer. Everything is relative, try not to pre-conceive what it OK and what is not - light is light you decide how to use it. What we want to accomplish with the linear light source at the top of the cabinets is (ambient) sun light/day sky. you can put the cool and warm test strips on one transformer - then try one then the other and you'll get an idea of what it will look like. The light color (in kelvin) is partially a matter of preference and partly a matter of aesthetics. A modern/Euro kitchen would probably be more appropriate with cool light, a more "traditional" kitchen (wood/brass) with warm. I would put in both (not a very big investment) on different circuits - probably use the cool for food prep and the warm or combination of the two for ambient the rest of the time. Once again, I'd have to see the test fixtures in place and know your preferences which you may not even know until you try them.

As an aside - color temperature has a psycho-physical response associated with it. Cooler light colors (which are hotter light temperatures - this gets confusing) such as white and bluer colors tend to wake you up while warmer light colors (cooler light temperatures) such as yellow. orange and red tend to help you get to sleep or stay sleepy - so if you are going to go to the kitchen at night to make sure the chocolate cake is OK you may want to have the option of a (very) warm light so you don't wake up too much. This is why I put in the three bulb, amber step lights (Innovative Lighting Technologies/Roland Iowa) in the house - so I can walk around at night and not have the light wake me up but still provide enough light to navigate.

If the lighting works great there was a fair amount of thought that went into it.
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Gemma McLuckie
I wish one of the lighting experts would do an ideabook about bathroom lighting, other than sconces and chandeliers. I have not seen one on lighting in the rest of the bath or tips on usefulness, including making sure fixtures provide enough light to keep folks from falling, etc. Thanks!
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