The locally quarried stone and stained concrete shapes that make up Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Fallingwater are key ingredients of its success, but the maintenance is expensive. Natural stone needs care and mortar; concrete cracks and spalls. So last year the Foundation that oversees Fallingwater made the sensible choice to reduce maintenance costs. They covered the house in... Continue Reading →
No. Er, Yes. Wait a minute, is this a trick question? Retailers and websites are hawking new smart gadgets for our homes incessantly, essentially trying to do what Apple did for smart phones: make them cost a whole lot more. There are smart coffee makers, smart pet feeders, smart doorbells, smart thermostats, smart irrigation systems,... Continue Reading →
My latest story from Houzz.com shares the same information from my light bulb buying guide but in National Geographic Style (lots of pretty pictures). I think that helps the medicine go down a bit better! Read my version of the story here.
Yes, it is another post on lightbulbs. If you want someone else to make the decision for you, go out any buy Philips Soft White Dimmable LED with warm glow effect. If you want to brave the lightbulb aisle on your own, read on. I am going to conveniently avoid the obvious question a post like this... Continue Reading →
*Some exclusions apply, like if you want light after sunset. UPDATE: I'm not giving up! Stay tuned for Part 2. If you found yourself befuddled trying to buy a light bulb lately, as I often have, this post is for you. It is also for the architects I was swapping "light bulb aisle war stories"... Continue Reading →
I am delighted that Houzz.com continues to publish my stories in their news feed and newsletters. This week I pulled together information from several of my languageoflight.blog posts and a handful of images from the vast photo library on Houzz to simplify chandelier/dining room pendant purchasing. I made use of common wisdom and a few... Continue Reading →
"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 →
Here's a fun challenge to do when you should be washing dishes, mowing the lawn, or cleaning your teeth: Go shopping online for wall sconces and see how many of the product photos have the light turned on. Or you can skip the search and trust me. There are not very many. Most manufacturers and... Continue Reading →