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December 16th, 2009 · Modern Lighting

There are so many lighting brands; a search for quality home lighting can be a bit overwhelming. The brands & styles featured below can serve as a starting point. These brands have a long reputation for quality & offer a wide range of styles to complement any décor.  The logos below will link you to the brand website for more product information, lighting FAQs, style guides, design tips that are sure the help you find the perfect lighting solutions for your space.

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Designers Fountain has a huge range of products that include indoor & outdoor fixtures in traditional or contemporary styling.

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The Midtown Chrome Five-Light Chandelier has traditional design elements blended with a sleek contemporary style. This chandelier is the perfect solution for a room that needs a bit of shine & sophistication.

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Mission Ridge Warm Mahogany Two-Light Flush Mount

The Mission Ridge Collection is a great option if you are looking for several coordinating fixtures. The collection includes flush a mount fixture, semi-flush, pendant, wall sconce & several chandelier options.

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George Kovacs is part of the Minka Group & has been known for high quality, contemporary lighting for more than 50 years.  The people at George Kovacs design wonderful light fixtures & throw in a little bit of humor.  Their product names include Bling Bling pendant,  Wah-Hoo swing arm lamp & my personal favorite, the Save Your Marriage Wall Sconce.

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Boring Swing Arm Lamp

Another example of George Kovacs tongue-in-cheek humor is the “Boring collection.” The collection also includes a floor lamp & desk lamp. The quality & craftsmanship set it apart from a fixture you would find at a big box store. As the architect Ludwig Mies van de Rohe said, “God is in the details.”

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Tower Silver Eight-Light Floor Lamp with Etched Opal Glass Shade

In contrast to the simplicity of the Boring Collection, the tower collection will not go unnoticed. The collection includes wall sconces, pendants & floor lamps that will make a dramatic statement.

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Pierce Three-Light Bath Fixture

The Pierce collection features acid etched glass shades that will add warmth to any contemporary décor.

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Since 1922, Hinkley Lighting has been driven by a passion to blend design and function in creating quality products that enhance your life.  Hinkley offers a variety of options that allow you to design an outdoor lighting plan with the environment in mind, including Energy Saving, Dark Sky, and Energy Star qualified fixtures.  The Hinkley Lighting website is definitely worth a visit. Their photo gallery has wonderful lifestyle images that will inspire!

Brushed Nickel Mini Pendant

Brushed Nickel Mini Pendant

The brushed nickel finish & ribbed glass has classic styling with a touch of industrial flair.

Outdoor Harbor One-Light Outdoor - Energy Saving/Dark Sky

Outdoor Harbor One-Light Outdoor – Energy Saving/Dark Sky

The Harbor collection comes in Anchor Bronze finish or titanium finish. The collection has a touch of a pagoda feel, mixed with Arts & Crafts lines that work beautifully with a variety of architectural styles.

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The Kenroy brand has been synonymous with refined design, quality and value, for over fifty years.

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Propel Floor Lamp

The Propel collection has an adjustable height feature. Use it behind or to the side of a sofa or chair & adjust it to the perfect height for reading.

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Sweep Oil Rubbed Bronze Wall Swing Arm Lamp

The Sweep collection includes a floor, wall or table lamp. This streamlined swing-arm makes it an ideal reading and task light.

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Kichler is commonly known as the leader in the lighting fixture industry.  Products include chandeliers, wall sconces, kitchen and bath lighting, decorative ceiling fans and outdoor lanterns, as well as under cabinet lighting, landscape lighting, and floor and table lamps and accessories. Kichler offers hundreds of style families that can coordinate looks within a room and throughout the house. With so many styles, finishes and sizes, you can create any atmosphere you can imagine.

The Kichler website has a fantastic style guide. It classifies each fixture into one of eleven different styles: Art Deco, Arts & Crafts / Mission / Prairie , Casual / Lifestyle (Soft Contemporary) , Contemporary / Modern, Ethnic/ Folk / Primitive , Lodge / Country , Mediterranean / Spanish, Tiffany, Traditional, Transitional  & Utility. It is a great way to focus your search and fine the perfect piece to match your décor & lifestyle.

Montara Old Iron Trestle Pendant

Montara Old Iron Trestle Pendant

The Montara Collection from Kichler blends olde world styling with a hint of modernism. The collection includes a trestle pendant,  mini pendant, sconce & chandelier.  The trestle pendant is the perfect solution if you want soft, even lighting over an elongated dining table or kitchen island.

Olympia Olde Bronze Fluorescent Bowl Pendant

Olympia Olde Bronze Fluorescent Bowl Pendant

The Olympia Collection is a classic form with a modern twist. The chandeliers, pendants and wall sconces have an Olde Bronze finish with a clean contemporary form.

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Maxim Lighting ranges from traditional to transitional to contemporary. Maxim Lighting offers choices for every taste, style and décor.

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Rustic Ebony Luminous Ten-Light Rectangle Chandelier

The minimalist style of the metal frame is softened by the warm glow of the stone candle shades.

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Elegante Crystal Six-Light Chandelier

The Elegante collection from Maxim has winding vines & little sparking crystals. It is delicate & yet bold at the same time.

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Minka Group® is a definite leader in the decorative lighting industry.  Minka Group brands include: Minka-Lavery, Metropolitan, Ambience, Minka-Aire, The Great Outdoors and George Kovacs.

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Nanti Drum Pendant

The Nanti collection offers the style of a drum pendant with an added twist of a scrollwork design in an Iron Oxide finish.

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Kirkham Dark Sky Outdoor Wall Mount

The Kirkham collection form Minka Lavery features a hammered aspen bronze finish. Minka Lavery offers many Dark Sky lighting options that minimize the amount of light that shines up into the night sky or into neighbors’ houses. Minka-Lavery has an extensive assortment of Energy Star fixtures for indoors & outdoors.

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The Murray Feiss family of products includes interior and exterior fixtures in a broad selection of styles, finishes and sizes available to suit any décor. They are known for their superior quality, design & craftsmanship. They have so many collections it is hard to narrow it down to feature just a couple.

Tuscan Villa II Energy Star Bowl Pendant

Tuscan Villa II Energy Star Bowl Pendant

The Tuscan Villa Collection features casual yet elegant pieces evoking the look of undulating, overlapping vines. The collection includes coordinating flush mount fixtures, wall sconces, pendants, chandeliers & bath fixtures.

Huguenot Lake Polished Nickel Three-Light Bath Fixture

Huguenot Lake Polished Nickel Three-Light Bath Fixture

The Huguenot collection from Murray Feiss is a great way to bring classic & timeless style to your bathroom.

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Casual Luxury Dark Bronze Semi-Flush

The Casual Luxury collection feature a dark bronze finish and organza shades. The collection includes pendants, chandeliers, wall sconces & bath fixtures.

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Sea Gull Lighting is committed to providing quality, innovative, energy efficient lighting solutions for your lighting needs. Be sure to check out Sea Gull Lighting’s extensive range of Energy Star fixtures.

Sebring Outdoor Mini Pendant

Sebring Outdoor Mini Pendant

The Sebring collection from Sea Gull Lighting is nautically inspired & has a bit of a retro, industrial feel. Finishes include stainless, black or copper.

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Pemberton Two-Light Bath Fixture

The Pemberton collection from Sea Gull Lighting applies the same graceful curves to all forms of lighting fixtures. It is a great choice if you want coordinated lighting in several rooms of your home.

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Quoizel offers beautiful lighting solutions with a diverse selection of timeless designs crafted from the finest materials. Quoizel craftsmanship spans a wide array of styles; from tiffany to art glass to transitional designs.  They incorporate traditional materials in fresh ways to create a unique impression for your environment.

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Kyson Tiffany Table Lamp

The Kyson Tiffany Table Lamp features a handcrafted shade made of genuine art glass. The color palette includes soft cream, brown and butterscotch, with crimson jewel accents around the skirt of the shade.

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Three-Light Teco Marrone Denmark Semi-Flush

The sweeping loops of the metal arms coupled with soft white glass creates a soft contemporary look.

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Table Lamp Trends: Fun Colors and Shapes

November 16th, 2009 · Lamps

If you are in need of a new table lamp there are plenty of fun, trendy styles to choose from.  A few hot trends that I have noticed are mercury glass and chrome table lamps, colorful accent lamps and big base table lamps.

Mercury Glass accent lamps are cool because they are extremely versatile.  First known as “poor man’s silver” it is an inexpensive alternative to the real deal.  Containing zero mercury, mercury glass is blown double-walled and filled between the layers with liquid silver.  It is considered one of the first true art glass types. More on the topic can be found here.

Instead of being used as a contemporary piece, this etched silver mercury glass lamp is paired with light blue and white accessories to create a nautical feel.

Hanna Etched Mercury Table Lamp

This similar living room table lamp fits perfectly in this modern styled room with just the simple change of the lamp shade.

Modern Style Decor

More traditional?  Try a taller, thinner alternative–chrome table lamps–behind your sofa.  These lamps become the focal point of the room.

Lamps as a Focal Point

Even if your room doesn’t fit a certain style category, mercury glass table lamps can still be a great addition.  These cool lamps give this room just what it needs to make it more interesting.

Lamps Make Rooms Interesting

Color is also a big trend in table lamps.  Once locked away in the 70’s, colorful table lamps can be the perfect addition.  Adding table lamps that are outside your room’s comfort zone can transform an otherwise dull room into a fun and stylish space.

Lamps in Bedroom

A colorful lamp can not only add color, but can also add shape to a room.  Try adding an orange table lamp with a unique shape.

Colorful Lamps

More Colorful Lamps

Blue Color Table Lamp

Bright colors and mercury glass not your style?  Try big base, or bottle table lamps in muted tones. Great for any space big or small!

Bright Table Lamps

More Bright Table Lamps

Table lamps that are understated in color, yet bold in shape can go a long way if your space is quiet.

Bold Shaped Table Lamps

The rounded shape of these lamps adds character and style to any room, and can be found in a variety of colors and textures.

Round Table Lamp 1

Round Table Lamp 2

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Factors to Consider Before Buying a Ceiling Fan

August 11th, 2009 · Lighting Tips, Room Lighting

A fan is a functional and decorative focal point for any room.  Before buying a fan, there are many factors to consider.

Décor: Ceiling fans are available in a wide variety of styles.  Manufacturers have recognized the popularity of fans and have responded with sleek and versatile designs.  Styles run the gamut from rustic, to juvenile, to ultra modern.

Great Lodge Ponderosa 52-Inch Ceiling Fan

Involution Satin Nickel 220 Volt Ceiling Fan with Cherry Walnut Blade

Ceiling Height:  A room with an 8 foot ceiling should have a fan that hangs down no more than seven feet from the ground.  Consider a hugger fan for this application. For higher ceilings, the fan should be placed eight or nine feet from the floor.  The higher the fan, the less air will circulate throughout the room.  Extra downrods are available for most fans up to 72 inches in length.

Concept II Flush 52-Inch Ceiling FanRoom Size: A 52 inch fan is standard and will move enough air to cover 400 feet.   For small bedrooms, nooks or hallways a small fan would be sufficient.  For larger rooms, use either a fan with a larger sweep consider two fans.

California Pewter Energy Star 42-Inch Ceiling FanMaxima Mahogany Blade 72-Inch Ceiling FanFunction:  If you plan to use your ceiling fan all year, make sure the fan has a reverse function.   In the summer, to circulate cool air, the blades should rotate counter clockwise.  In the winter months a clockwise rotation will push warm air downward. Blade pitch, the angle of the blades relative to the fan, is also a consideration when shopping for your fan.  For instance, a fan with a pitch of 15 degrees will move more air than a fan with a pitch of 10 degrees.

Light:  Many fans are light kit adaptable, but will only accept components within the same brand.  Be sure that you light kit is compatible with the fan that you select.  As of 2007, the government has placed wattage restrictions on light kits.  The maximum wattage for a light kit is 190 watts.  Medium base sockets have been replaced by intermediate and candelabra based sockets.  Because of these new restrictions, compact fluorescent light kits are becoming increasingly common.  If you are unsure about using a light kit, one can always be added at a later date if your fan is light kit adaptable.

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