Inspiring Design: Lighting & Luxury

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September

2021

INSPIRING

Lighting &D E S I G N Luxury Casual Casual Luxury Luxury Enjoying Where You Live

Luxury Luxury Trends Trends It's All About Texture

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Things Things to to

Consider Consider Before Before Purchasing Purchasing

Lighting Lighting What You Forgot to Ask


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Weighing Weighing the the Options Options 4 things to Consider when Purchasing Lighting

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Pendantic Pendantic about about Pendants Pendants

Lighting Lighting

Why the cost difference?

What You Forgot to Ask

Lighting Lighting Trends Trends What are the biggest trends in lighting?

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Casual Casual Luxury Luxury Enjoying where you live

Luxury Luxury Trends Trends It's all about texture

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Quality Quality over over Quantity Quantity

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Curating your home

A A Home Home for for Him Him Reimagining the home in a masculine way


WELCOME Welcome to another edition of Inspiring Designs! We thought long and hard about what to cover for this issue before finally settling on two topics that I believe go hand in hand: Lighting and Luxury. How so? Well, you'll just have to read further to find out! Enjoy!

Toni

We appreciate your support of our small business!

(My assistant keeps trying to get pictures of me and I keep dodging her, which is why I'm wearing a scarf and sweater)

2 / Welcome


Weighing the options

Choosing a light isn't always an easy process. There are so many different options out there, and they can make a major difference in the tone of your room. If you don't pick the right one, you won't get the functionality you need or the aesthetics will clash. It might still look pretty, but you'll end up hating it sooner rather than later.

Every area of your home has different needs. Kitchens, dining, living, all of it depends on how you use it. Some people need a lot of light. Others prefer dimmers so they can adjust it as needed. Talking to your designer can help clarify what are the best options for your life and situation. Just because they are beautiful does not mean they will function for you.

3 / Weighing the Options


4 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU PURCHASE Lighting is often the last thing considered during a remodel and it can show. We have

lists

and

lists

of

requirements

for

every other aspect of a project, but the lighting just needs to be there. Sure, we all love

showstopping

chandeliers

or

pendants, but rarely do we think about what

we

need

from

light.

We

need

a

counter that can deal with tomato sauce

your makeup or cut vegetables. They are best suited as display signs or fun decorations in a living area. Is it for right for late night reading? For working at your computer? For family

and flooring that stands up to pets, but what do you need from your lights?

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Task determines a lot. You wouldn't use neon lights to put on

dinners? For romantic evenings? Remember to define the task

EZIS

before figuring out what you want.

Oversized is popular right now, but can overpower a small room and work against the design. Consider what it will look like

in your home, not just if it fits your style. If you are putting pendants over a small island, you don't want to

cover more than 50% of that island because it will look even smaller. Whereas, if you put one large light in a living room over a coffee table with chairs and sofas around it, since it is the only piece and acts as a statement, it can be larger than the coffee table and look perfectly fine. It is balanced to not only the coffee table, but the entire seating arrangement. Size takes into consideration

all the elements of the space, not just the immediate ones. 4 / Weighing the Options


Does the fixture need to be a special color or finish, such as gold or matte black? Will it match the other finishes in the room? Does it need to fit a certain theme? Will it stand

3 Color

out too much or too little against the other

colors you've chosen? Something that looks

good in the store or online won't necessarily look good in person

4: Technicals New lights come with a whole host of difficulties. Does it give you the right amount of light? Do you have the right bulb? Will it show through the shade? Do you have the right switches? Neglecting to account for these things will only lead to frustration and trouble.

Discussing your lighting with your designer and electrician will ensure that you don't forget something important or waste money. 5 / Weighing the Options


A COHESIVE PLAN IS NOT SIMPLY LINES DRAWN ON A PIECE OF PAPER. UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE MAKES A HOUSE A HOME AND A MORTGAGE AN INVESTMENT. Pay to get a good plan. Then stick to the plan. ---Damned Good Designer


Large pendants are popular right now, but what makes one better than any other? Hint: look at the materials. Two of these use gold and one is made of paper. They may all have a similar look, but they aren't made the same.

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Can you tell at a glance which one is most and least expensive?

There are so many lighting options out there, but why do some cost more than others? 3.

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7 / Pendants

Lighting is often more about aesthetics than utility, so here are some examples of art glass. All of it is attractive and has a purpose, but which piece of glass costs the most? Multi-drop lights are more popular than ever, but some types are more difficult to make than others. Even if you aren't going for the most artistic, they can be pricey. Can you tell at a glance which set is the most expensive?


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Three popular styles in one: Layers, geometrics, and matte black. Matte black finishes are being treated like a neutral now instead of something eyecatching Natural Materials, like this pendant made of bleached coconut shells. It is also oversized, making quite a statement in any room

Sleek lines are a hallmark of modern Soft gold tones are not just popular for faucets, they are also

and industrial styles, both of which are alive and well

LIGHTING TRENDS everywhere in lighting

There are a lot of trends coming

and going, but here are some that seem to have staying power

Mid-centry modern is still wildly popular, but Art deco is back on the rise.

Wood decoration: beads & bangles. Part of this is the current fashion for natural materials, but part of it is due to the versatility of color options and matte finishes.

12 / Lighting Trends


CASUAL

LUXURY

Living without pretense


Luxury

is about more than just living in a palace. It's

about having something that makes you feel good, makes your home look good, and is so natural that it doesn't seem out of place. This casual luxury is what we aim for and comes in many forms.

For some, the luxury could be a white couch and velvet draperies. For others, it is a remodeled kitchen. Still others want custom bedding. Big or small, these changes make a difference in how you see your home.

14 / Casual Luxury


Each of these clients found luxury in a different way: a unique kitchen backsplash, a Parisian style powder room, room to move in the master bathroom, tumbled marble toe kicks, and a custom-framed stained-glass art piece.

15 / Casual Luxury


Velvet is everywhere right now. The soft knap reflects light well and begs to be touched

Wallpaper is popular again, but in a variety of looks and styles. The one constant is the addition of texturing

Sheepskin is a subtle look but adds sophistication Metallics, particularly gold, are still seen as luxe. This particular mirror not only shows layering in one dimension but in two. There is also a subtle texture to the finish that adds depth and character

Luxury

Trends

Texture is a huge part of luxury. People don't want it to just look nice, they want it to feel nice. Right now, more texture is better. Velvets and faux sheepskin are showing up everywhere, not to mention heavy layering. 16 / Textures


Quality

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common

through every "Luxury" design? 17 / Quality over Quantity

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C U R A T I N G

Y O U R

"Curated" is a word being used a lot right now. Artwork, Instagram posts, memes, and even friendships are curated, but what does it really mean and how does it apply to interior design?

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Curate (V) To pull together, sift through, and select for presentation

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"What I have learned is that design is a true art and science in understanding peoples’ behavior to create functional spaces that really do have meaning. Interior designers may decorate, but decorators do NOT design!!"

-LBM


A Home For

Him

Reimagining the home in a masculine way


MOVING ON SOMETIMES MEANS MAKING IT YOUR OWN This

client

and

were

moving

lives

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mother.

his

teenage

forward losing

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wife

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still

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home

in

their

house.

What

did

that look like for them? Getting rid of the floral prints and simplifying.

WHAT MAKES IT MASCULINE?

Masculine on

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neutralized the red and allowed the rooms to feel open and airy.

DESIGN INSPIRATION Like

many

people,

this

client

was

unsure of what he wanted. All he knew was

he

didn't

like

what

he

had.

In

cases like this, we start by eliminating what

doesn't

work

and

going

from

there. When that doesn't narrow things down

enough,

we

find

something

inspiring.

This

client

vacation wanted

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and to

home,

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style.

The

opportunity

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love

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with

purchase

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as

well as have the family room designed around it. 21 / Inside Look


BEFORE

AFTER

The Dining Room and Living room were switched. That dramatically changed the feel of the house. The

living

room

was

then

changed

into

a

gathering space for the client's teenage son.

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER

Furniture size was a problem here. The rooms were either over or under furnished. While

the

living

room

felt

cramped,

the

family

room

and

master

didn't

have

large

enough furniture.

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER 22 / Inside Look


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