Lighting Larceny

COMMON MISTAKES THAT STEAL YOUR COMFORT AND JOY They are all around us, lurking in our homes and threatening to harm us every day and every night!  Be very afraid!  Stay tuned for updates!  Oh no! I like to think of myself as the Evangelist of Light, spreading the good news that light- the first... Continue Reading →

Sorry, Mom.

My mother has carefully and meticulously curated a style for the family farmhouse over the past 45 years of residency (we've had the farm since about 1882, but none of us remember that). In the 1970's and 80's when I was growing up it was, well, very 1970's.  Then, when we finally all went off... Continue Reading →

Vanity & Celebrity

The stars of stage and screen spend a good deal of time in their dressing rooms in front of the mirror, checking to make sure they are ready for the literal spotlight. You may not be going onstage, but that is no excuse for poor lighting at your vanity.  Leave the film noir to the... 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 →

Light up the Ceiling

If you have a ceiling, you may want to consider lighting it.  Especially if you can incorporate some variation to the ceiling, and one of the techniques discussed on my Houzz article.

Practical Advice: Choosing Downlight Trims

Recently a reader posed a tough question following one of my articles on Houzz.com: "I am often stumped by the variety of sizes and baffle colors of recessed lights.  Any info regarding how to choose?" Hmm.  I had to think about that one, as I often make choices subconsciously from my own experience and preferences.... Continue Reading →

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