Buying Guide: Dining Room Chandeliers

Let's take a quick break from the philosophical and answer a very basic question: How do you choose light fixtures?  The answer is different from room to room and from person to person, but here are a few tips to guide the process for your dining room. Step 1: Choose a Size Most online chandelier-sizing... Continue Reading →

Living with Light

If you're looking to review the layers of light and apply them to your living room, my article on Houzz.com (link below) would be a good place to start.  In addition to my oh-so-nifty sketch, you'll find photographic examples of each layer from multiple projects in multiple styles.  Enjoy!

Sharing the Gift

It is late at night- too late- and I am weary from a solid stretch of too much work and not enough rest.  It feels too familiar. When I am this tired, I tend to ruminate on my purpose in the world.  Recently, I have come to believe that my purpose in my professional life... Continue Reading →

Summer Nights, Patio Lights

My latest story published on Houzz.com (link below) features photos from Houzz's deep archive of photos and a sketch that simplifies patio lighting into six ideas.  Writing the articles is a fun challenge.  How do I make lighting design digestible?  Any suggestions you have are welcome.  🙂  

Sun Gods and Magic Sweaters

We used to have a better language for light, but lately we stick to words like LED, lumens, and color temperature.  Necessary, perhaps, but not particularly inspiring. In history, we used words like Helios, Prometheus, Zeus, and Ra that belied our dependence on light. We organized our temples, our festivals, our stonehenges around light.  We wrote... Continue Reading →

The Wrong Answer

Sometimes I get questions that seem simple but are complex to answer.  A recent Houzz reader asked me "what spacing should I use for my recessed downlights?"  Yep, this post is definitely on the practical side. Hmm.  A lot of "designers" have rules of thumb for spacing downlights- perhaps you need one for every so... Continue Reading →

4 Reasons Light Should Change

Adapting to changing lighting conditions is so critical to the human visual experience that we have a body part designed just for this task- the iris.  Each eye has a constantly changing aperture- opening- that allows us to see easily at sunset and at mid-day.  The iris allows us to appreciate a candle-lit dinner and... Continue Reading →

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