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– Vanity lighting is perhaps the most important when you think about the layers of bathroom lighting. The biggest mistake people can make is putting recessed fixtures over the mirror that cast extreme (and ugly!) shadows on the face. Wall sconces are a beautiful and effective decorative option that cast even shadows across the face, and can add color and style to a bathroom.

What project(s) are you working on now? I just finished a really fun project where we took a double hall closet in a home and converted it into a wet bar area equipped with cabinets with granite and a mini wine fridge. I also have a new project down in Portsmouth R.I where I am transitioning a room from little girl to young adult along with a few other interesting projects in the Boston area.

The drum with a scallop top and bottom is also designed with a gallery.  Occasionally we see lamps in the store dating back to the 1950s dressed with this type of lampshade – not surprisingly, these shades are often in need of a replacement, and if our customer wants the same style of lampshade, we can provide it!

Dimmers are also a must-have tool in conserving energy – no need to have the lights on at full capacity when you only need a tiny bit of illumination. If you’re in the middle of working with an electrician to wire a room, be sure to add a dimmer – it’s an easy choice that you’ll be happy you made!

Posted on September 6, 2013 September 20, 2013Lampshade Gallery

White on white isn’t boring, it’s refreshing – start the New Year off right with this non-hue. Cheers!

Here’s a snapshot of some of the new bulbs hitting the shelves, courtesy of The New York Times.

A Vision in Blue This hallway features an eye-popping yet calming blue ceiling. We absolutely love this.

Bathroom lighting is often considered an afterthought when designing the lighting for a home. Most folks don’t invest in lighting for the bathroom, and I often see homeowners take a “one fixture, and done” mentality. The reality is one fixture can’t do it all!

– Picture light – These hang over a painting or can be affixed to a frame. These are generally about 3’’ in diameter. – Slimline picture light – This is a mini version of the above – about 1’’ in diameter, and can fit smaller pieces or draw attention to a distinctive part of the artwork. – Mantel lights – These can be put in front of the artwork sitting on a mantel, and light the artwork from bottom to top. – Track lighting – This is a very modern approach to lighting your artwork, and allows a lot of flexibility. Track lighting can light an entire wall and accent many pieces.

This Nymph Wallpaper in White Stone by Michele Varian can certainly help set the stage for this look in a room, and we can envision a pair of these Barbara Barry Table Lamp by Visual Comfort looking fabulous on two end tables of a living room.

How do you know you’ve discovered the right lamp(s) or lights for a room? I sometimes revolve the room design around a fabulous light I found. The color, shape and size of the light can really inspire the rest of the project!

Metallic Foil A silver foil ceiling. With THAT chandelier. Simply stunning.

Out with the old, in with the new. With the federal government mandating the elimination of traditional incandescent bulbs, the old-school bulbs are slowly disappearing from retailers’ shelves.

Many people come into the store looking for a way to light a new piece of prized artwork. If you’re investing in a beautiful piece of art, then you should show it off! Before you start your search, make sure you understand the qualities of your artwork. For example, is your painting oil or acrylic? Oils are a little harder to light because of the spectral highlights when harsh light hits the paint, so being armed with this information would allow you to make a more informed lighting decision.

Next time you step into your bathroom space, take a look around to see if you have the lighting you need. After all, it’s where you start and end your day.

Improvement is the motivation behind all remodels. How does your design improve a client’s experience in their home? How do you know you’ve provided a good design? Comfort, ease and repurposing of items is the number one improvement factor for the majority of my clients. Whether I’m rearranging a room full of existing furniture to improve flow and function or using existing items of furniture and accessories in other capacities, these simple tricks can improve the mood and experience of a room because it will all appear NEW and fresh without being extra pricey.

The other thing to keep in mind is the type of light you will use. Incandescent produce a warm color that amplified yellows and reds. Halogen lights can cast a very pure light however they can generate a lot of heat, so use with caution around your paintings. Fluorescent lights give off a very high level of UV rays and can distort artwork, so this is not recommended.

For example, Pat Haley of May Interiors placed this gorgeous chandelier (below) in this guest bathroom space and it provides the perfect amount of lighting and grace.

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We’re always talking about how much we love to see wall sconces in bathrooms because of the way they illuminate your face when you’re getting ready for the day. Remember, if you only have a light above your vanity, you’ll see stark shadows on your face! In today’s This & That, we’re honing in on one of our favorite wall sconce as of late – the New Canaan Wall Sconce by Hudson Valley. Brass is seeing a revival, and this brass wall sconce can add a beautiful touch of brass to any bathroom, while adding an industrial, vintage look. Pair a set of these brass wall sconces with this Chess Vanity Mirror from Wayfair, and you have yourself a lovely brass and black combination – another hot interior design trend! The New Canaan Wall Sconce is also available in old bronze, polished nickel and antique nickel, but our favorite metallic is definitely the brass!

We have found that bathroom lighting is often neglected….until you try to apply makeup or shave, and then you realize you don’t have the right light. The bathroom is increasingly becoming a place to relax and recharge, and when lighting is selected with thought, it’s a wonderful reward and indulgence for the homeowner.

Companies can no longer produce 40-watt and 60-watt bulbs. You’ll still find them on the shelves for the next few months, but the stock will eventually fade. It’s true, the new bulbs that will take their places are more expensive, but they’ll save money in the long run because they will require less energy.

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It’s easy to get carried away with these lustrous accents, but you shouldn’t overdo it! If you combine a lamp with 1-2 other accents of the same family, you will be in good shape. Too much of a metallic hue can have a space feeling like you’re stuck in the future – think Jetsons – or even the past – think golden temples!

Many lampshade styles are available with a gallery.  Some of the most popular styles include coolies, drums, hexs and octagons and bells.

The other area to consider is the shower. If you don’t have a clear glass stall, you’re literally left in the dark when you’re showering. A simple fix is to place a recessed light with a glass lens on the ceiling above the shower.

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There’s no one right way to light a house, but there are many helpful tips that one can use to make sure their home is as illuminated and warm as possible. I thought this infographic was a comprehensive guide for those who are looking at lighting for a new home, or even looking to revamp their existing lighting situation.

Sure, it doesn’t touch on everything but does a good job honing in on those areas of the home that need the most attention! If you read through this and are wondering what lamp is best for task lighting or what accent lighting is great for the stairwell, please drop me a line – we can definitely help figure out all of these details.

Your best bet for this type of task lighting is to place vertical fixtures or sconces on either side of the mirror. This will cast the light nicely on the entire face.

Posted on April 10, 2015 April 17, 2015This & That: New Canaan Wall Sconce and Chess Vanity Mirror

Inlaid Wood This Spanish Colonial-influenced California home features hand-painted inlaid wood. Guests can look up and see a beautiful work of art, paired with a modern hanging candelabra.

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Posted on February 16, 2015 February 20, 2015Lighting Tips: Layering Bathroom Lighting

Now, while task lighting is very important, it’s equally important to think about your central ambient light fixture. Get creative! Think about using a chandelier or even a pendant lamp instead of a standard globe fixture.

Tag: Bathroom Lighting Posted on February 16, 2015 February 20, 2015Lighting Tips: Layering Bathroom Lighting

A particularly fun silk lampshade style with a gallery is the S-Curve with a scallop bottom, shown below.  We have used the S-Curve lampshade with a variety of Victorian style table and floor lamps.

Disco and Wood This Mexican home is filled with spectacular detail including a wooden ceiling and a vintage disco ball display. (Wow!)

One of our more unique shading opportunities came when one of customers brought in a large 1950’s style “New Orleans” lamp complete with gilded iron and lots of “baubles”; the lamp and its new shade are destined for a hair salon in western Massachusetts.  Our customer loves bright color, and we worked with her to fashion a pair of J-Bell lampshades with a scallop bottom and a gallery…. Oh, and we added a crown!  The lampshades were tailored in grape chintz with black fringe!

The coolie with gallery is an excellent lampshade for one of our many round ceramic lamps.

Sweeping Size This Provençal Renaissance hall has a sweeping ceiling in the timeless dining space.

Because we LOVE her work, we recently sat down with Pat to learn more about her work and her style.

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Lighting a room properly is no easy task. There are many things to keep in mind to ensure your lighting is setting the tone you envisioned. When looking at multipurpose rooms like family rooms and kitchens, dimmers are oh-so essential. Dimmers are integral in allowing for versatility at different points of the day. For example, as you’re preparing meals in the kitchen, you might opt for full-scale lighting, but afterward as the family gets ready for bed, it is nice to turn the lights down to create a soft lighting presence as you sit on a bar stool and sort through tomorrow’s to-do list.

What is a lampshade gallery? A gallery is an aesthetic element added to the bottom of a lampshade that conforms to the shape of the lampshade bottom, is typically an inch in height, and is set off with a piped wire separating it visually from the body of the lampshade.  The gallery may be covered in the same fabric as the body of the lampshade or, the gallery may be treated with a complementary trim.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love those reds, greens and blues of the holiday season, but there’s something so fresh, vibrant and uplifting about this pure look. This palette is certainly versatile while bringing a sense of calm and peace to a room.

Metallic-adorned lighting is a hot trend right now, and this fixture features polished aluminum rods with a glowing edge-lit LED guide plate. The mix of light and shadow is so majestic, and we think the Cityscape Pendant is perfect for an urban space.

There’s a new décor trend that’s sweeping the interior design world: metallic finishes and accents. They’re turning up on everything these days from sofas to sheets, and lamps, of course lamps, reflecting a metropolitan look. This fall we’re seeing some of our favorite manufacturers introduce a series of metallic lamps – from silver and gold to nickel and bronze.

No snowfall yet, but there’s a color – or should we say non-color – that’s top of mind. Ah yes, the beautiful shade of winter white.

The most important layer to think about is lighting for the vanity. This is oftentimes the hardest lighting to find because you need to light up the head and face so you can see yourself when you’re grooming! Most of the time there is a ceiling light right over top of you, and with this lighting, you receive extreme shadows, making daily tasks more difficult than it needs to be.

Visual Comfort Medium Goodman Hanging Light in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass

When it comes to lighting, what’s your top tip? Biggest piece of lighting advice? Make sure the size of the light fixture is proportionate to the space! Also make sure the fixture emits enough light for the room.

Galleries can added to hexagonal and octagonal shades.   In the case of these shades, the gallery adds a degree of formality to the lampshades.

What is your favorite living space to design? How do you make this space stand out? One of my favorite spaces to design and enhance is the family room or living area in a home. I tend to use comfortable and easy care pieces while adding a little punch with paint color on the walls – and ceiling! Kids love the color and the adults love the fact that the room is easy but comfortable.

–  The shower and bathtub areas are also overlooked. These spaces are often suited for dedicated recessed lighting fixtures that provide adequate coverage. Sometimes people make the mistake of putting in a single light that doesn’t provide enough of the right kind of light, so keep the desired area of illumination in mind when selecting shower and bathtub lighting.

Posted on June 19, 2013 June 19, 2013Rules of Thumb for Interior Lighting: Part 3 – Bathroom Lighting

A good lighting plan means thinking about your lighting in layers, and strategically placing lighting where you need it – showers, shaving, makeup application, etc.

–  After thinking about your task lighting, it’s time to fill in the rest of the space with warm and pleasing ambient lighting.  A centrally mounted ceiling fixture is the most common solution for this. Remember, chandeliers and pendant lights aren’t just for kitchens and living rooms, and can be practical yet elegant fixtures for a bathroom.

Where do you look for design inspiration? I look for design inspiration basically everywhere – from outside elements such as gardens, buildings and architecture to places like the beach and coastal areas. Of course, thumbing through magazines and scanning gives me inspiration and ideas too!

Posted on March 12, 2014 April 1, 2014How to Light Your Artwork

Okay, so by now you know that we’re mildly obsessed with lamps, shades and all-things lighting. But as of late, we’ve been gushing over the extravagant ceiling designs we’ve seen in some of our favorite interior design magazines. It’s true – sometimes the ceiling is neglected and left rather blasé. A beautiful, ornate chandelier or pendant can indeed bring the ceiling to life, but instead of having only the cool light, go for the decadent ceiling AND out-of-this-world lamp. Below are some of our favorite ceiling designs we’ve seen from around the world!

Lampshades made with a gallery are not for every lamp; but the gallery can add a unique touch to a special lamp of yours!

Patricia Haley of May Interiors is a beloved client and a extremely talented interior designer based in Winchester, Massachusetts. She can help transform any interior or exterior space into something that is uniquely you, and oftentimes you’ll find our lamps adorning her rooms!

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We’ve been featuring several whimsical, organic lighting fixtures as of late, but today we’re mixing things up. Hubbardton Forge is a local New England lighting manufacturer who crafts the upmost chic and sturdy lighting fixtures. A recent favorite is the Cityscape Pendant, featured above (with the skyline of Boston!).

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