FTGOL #5: Drama & Dancing in the Dark

Adolescence happens, and it is a miracle any of us survive to adulthood.  After a childhood filled with light (see earlier posts) both indoors and out, I began to encounter the opposite: darkness.  At the same time I also took the “light as a toy” theory to heart and began manipulating human emotions with my... Continue Reading →

Fine Homebuilding (and Lighting)

Today I send a big THANK YOU to the fabulous editorial team at Fine Homebuilding for shaping my article for their readers.  It was a fun experience for me and I am delighted with the final product! Read it online. Read the full PDF.    

Notes of a Keynote

Last night I was honored to deliver the keynote address at the American Institute of Architects Illinois Prairie conference in Carbondale. I had fun tying together thoughts from a number of blog posts and writing this “sermon.”  Lighting is a product. It costs you money. Light is a gift. Light can help you live better. When I was... Continue Reading →

Chandeliers and Umbrellas

"Sacrifice for beauty," someone once said.  Not in my house. Lighting is not immune to questionable fashion trends, and we're in the middle of one right now that makes many dining experiences less enjoyable.  "Transitional" design has given birth to the open-structure chandelier, the philosophical equivalent of an umbrella without its fabric cover. You and... Continue Reading →

Dark Sky, Bright Home

I recently wrote an article for Houzz.com on how to make the outside of your home welcoming at night. It had been awhile since my article on downlights drew so many sharply divided comments, so I had grown complacent and used to the vanilla “great article” responses. Whoops. While many readers appreciated the article and the... Continue Reading →

FTGL#4: The Farm Boy After Dark

Try not to look at the geeky high school boy and his cute girlfriend, but note the east-facing window by my bed, the adjustable lamp on the wall, and the string of Christmas lights above.  She's still cute, by the way, and I'm still geeky.  But neither of us wear silk shirts or use nautical... Continue Reading →

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