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Capturing the Wow Factor with Minimalist Lighting

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 | 0 comments

Capturing the Wow Factor with Minimalist Lighting
I just returned from the home of a friend who happens to be an interior designer. As you might expect, her home is drop-dead gorgeous with every detail in perfect placement. It’s not that her space is chock full of décor, but rather, she has taken a more minimalist approach and thoughtfully selected pieces to include in her contemporary farmhouse. For those who eschew a minimalist style as cold and uninviting, I would urge you to take another look. While minimalist styles of lighting have clean and simple lines, they can also be visually striking enough to make a statement. It’s the small details in these fixtures that provide the ultimate wow factor. ... Read More

Lighting Lingo: Light Bulb Choices, Changes, and Challenges

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 | 0 comments

Lighting Lingo: Light Bulb Choices, Changes, and Challenges
When Congress passed the Energy Independence Act in 2007, its purpose was to encourage consumers to switch over to more energy-efficient light bulbs. At the time, compact fluorescents, called CFLs, and LED light bulbs were considerably more expensive to buy than standard incandescents, but in recent years, costs have come down. Consumers are realizing the savings on their electric bill and these savings can be substantial in commercial spaces. ... Read More

Bare Bulb Pendants Go From Basic and Boring to Bold and Beautiful

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 | 0 comments

Bare Bulb Pendants Go From Basic and Boring to Bold and Beautiful
Back in the early 20th century when producing light bulbs became cheap enough for the average American to afford, bare bulb pendants were the norm. With electricity still a fascination to many, the delicate Edison style light bulbs were proudly displayed hanging from a simple black cord. Over the years, these basic cord hung pendants found their way into factories and warehouses to illuminate the business of the day, and as electricity became commonplace, light shades appeared to hide the “ugly” bulb and bring a new dimension to room décor. ... Read More

Industrial Pendant, Vintage Light Bulbs Grace New LA Eatery

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 | 0 comments

Industrial Pendant, Vintage Light Bulbs Grace New LA Eatery
Patrons at the newly opened The Fat Cow restaurant in The Grove in LA may be surprised to find out that this friendly neighborhood eatery is owned by none other than the raucous celebrity chef from the TV reality show Hell’s Kitchen. British chef and entrepreneur Gordon Ramsay opened the doors to his new restaurant in September where patrons are served casual comfort food by smiling employees. No shouting allowed. ... Read More

Bare Bulb Pendants Part of Passion for Industrial Style Living

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 | 0 comments

Bare Bulb Pendants Part of Passion for Industrial Style Living
There are so many things to love about the industrial décor craze that’s taken over the design world — from the use of repurposed and recycled treasures, to humble materials with utilitarian qualities, and the minimal yet comfortable feel it can create in a space. While our eyes were first drawn to this 100-year-old farm table that serves as a gathering space in this industrial building in North Portland, we couldn’t help but notice the bare bulb pendants hanging in the background. Bare bulbs are also a popular feature of industrial styling, and in this space, which serves as an artists’ studio and retail store, the artists opted for the Plumen... Read More

Galvanized Warehouse Shades for Industrial Style Computer Store

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 | 1 comment

Galvanized Warehouse Shades for Industrial Style Computer Store
When City Mac decided to expand beyond its hometown of Traverse City, Michigan, company execs looked for 18 months before selecting a beautiful old warehouse in Asheville, North Carolina for its newest store. Just down the street from the historic Biltmore Mansion, City Mac opened its doors to a customer base grateful to have the Apple computer specialists in town offering a comprehensive training center, expanded software lines, Apple computer accessories, and their newest coffee shop concept — CityMug. ... Read More