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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