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Design 101: Young Atlanta Blogger Dishes on Wall Sconce Lighting

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 | 0 comments

Design 101: Young Atlanta Blogger Dishes on Wall Sconce Lighting
When we attended the Design Bloggers Conference a few weeks ago in Atlanta, we enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting dozens of new interior designers and bloggers. One new face belonged to Kevin O’Gara, an Atlanta native who created his own blog, Thou Swell, three years ago which has been steadily gaining followers ever since. Did I mention he’s still in high school? With a fresh eye for design and a passion for sharing home, garden and decor tips, Kevin will head off this fall to Cornell University’s Design and Environmental Analysis program. We asked Kevin to take over the blogger’s chair today and give us his thoughts on the humble... Read More

Design 101: I'll Take Mix and Match Styles for $1000 Please Alex

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 | 0 comments

Design 101: I'll Take Mix and Match Styles for $1000 Please Alex
We love people who are as passionate about their work as we are about hand crafting our American-made lighting. And no one is more passionate about post war-era ranch homes than Austin King of Rafterhouse. Having just wrapped an HGTV pilot episode, Austin has been incredibly busy of late, but he agreed to take over the blogger’s chair to talk about mixing vintage and modern styles — a technique he loves to use to create visual interest with a touch of history. ... Read More

Design 101: How to Layer Light Like a Pro with Serena Armstrong Interiors

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Design 101: How to Layer Light Like a Pro with Serena Armstrong Interiors
With the mighty Pacific to the west and San Francisco Bay to the east, Marin County, California, is an area steeped in natural beauty and history. It’s also home to interior designer Serena Armstrong who enjoys traveling throughout the area helping clients create spaces that are a careful blend of old and new with a look that feels collected over time. Her blog, Farm House Urban, is a great place to see some of Serena’s projects unfold. ... Read More

Design 101: How to Embrace Color in Your Lighting Selections

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 | 0 comments

Design 101: How to Embrace Color in Your Lighting Selections
One of the comments we hear quite often from customers is how much they love the extended range of colors we offer in our lighting collections. In our Barn Pendant Lighting collection, for example, we offer 20 different powder coat finish colors ranging from basic black to bold royal blue. But many people shy away from using color in their lighting so we asked our good friend Sandy Cooper, Operations Manager for Spring Creek Design, to offer her advice on this question: ... Read More

Design 101: Solving the Bathroom Lighting Dilemma with Sarah Phipps

Posted by on May 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Design 101: Solving the Bathroom Lighting Dilemma with Sarah Phipps
One of our favorite West Coast destinations is Bend, Oregon — land of amazing scenery, low humidity thanks to the high elevation, and year-round recreational opportunities including elbow bends at the 14 breweries we found there! On last summer’s trip out west, we also discovered Cottage Bend Vacation Rentals designed by Sarah Phipps of Sarah Phipps Design. We fell in love with Sarah’s comfortable and colorful style so we asked her to get comfy in the blogger’s chair today to talk about one of the trickier lighting tasks in the home — bathroom lighting. ... Read More

Design 101: How to Use Barn Lighting in Mid Cenutry Modern Interiors

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 | 2 comments

Design 101: How to Use Barn Lighting in Mid Cenutry Modern Interiors
Our expert for today’s Design 101: lesson brings a wealth of experience backed by two master’s degrees and study at the Lorenzo de Medici School in Florence.  Regan Billingsley, of Regan Billingsley Interiors in Kensington, Maryland, embraces fun, functional design and harbors a deep passion for color. We asked Regan to talk about how to incorporate barn style lighting into mid century modern homes. ... Read More