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What’s Hot in Lighting This Year?


Maxim Pendant Separator Kit

Our designer, Emma Kechter, traveled to Dallas to find out!  Cardboard, wood and concrete are the three hot materials in lighting this year.  While they are stylish, environmentally responsible, and a fabulous fit for the right space, here are some more amazing finds

Hive Pendant

Vermont Modern Hive Pendant

One of Emma’s favorite finds was the 3-Light Pendant Separator Kit from Maxim Lighting.  Using only one junction box, three pendant lights can now be installed and grouped tastefully together!  Another more abstract concept she found was this build it yourself Hive Pendant by Vermont Modern.  Interlocking metal pieces can be assembled easily to create stunning sculpture that also acts as an art piece.

Cheryl’s pick this year are the Reflections Decorative Recessed Downlights, from Tech Lighting. These carefully crafted domes reflect the hidden ring of LEDs to deliver perfectly controlled indirect illumination.  The play of light and shadow highlights the range of stylized dome designs while reducing the overall glare.  They are available with or without a flange for traditional look or a smooth mudded-in look for a more contemporary style.


Reflections Decorative Recessed Downlights

Maxim Norwood Series

Maxim Norwood Series

Nuevo Liam Black with wood inlay pendant

Nuevo Liam Black with wood inlay pendant

With so many options out there, selecting the right lighting can be a daunting task, yet critical in your overall design.  That’s where we can help.  Our designers specialize in lighting and are available to help you select the perfect fixtures!

Ancient Technique Made New …Encaustic Art Work

“When art is in your soul, you simply cannot breathe unless you are painting.”

When Mary Farmer visited our office  we had the pleasure of viewing several examples of her art.  Encaustic is an ancient technique that produces some incredibly original and beautiful works of art. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Farmer’s raw talent combined with her continuing dedication to creating new and impressive works is reflected in her rising status in the encaustic community. Her work has been featured in such publications as: American Art Collector, Novato Advance, Embracing Encaustic, The Peoria Star Journal, and the Marin Independent Journal. Farmer constantly strives to grow as an artist, seeing new images in her mind that she deems transferable to her canvas.

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Rain Chains

Rain Chains

Rain Chains are a beautiful and functional alternative to traditional closed metal or plastic downspouts. They break the fall of the water, guiding it visibly downward to the ground, into a basin or even a rain barrel for storage. Rain chains sound great! Copper rain chains that guide runoff rainwater to a large basin or underground holding tank provide a decorative accent and soothing sound quality to the exterior of your home.  By collecting this “grey water,” you’ll reduce water costs, and you’ll reduce stormwater runoff, which helps to prevent erosion. Rain chains make a terrific and unique gift – every home benefits from these elegant outdoor accessories, and they are easy to install!

High Point Market 2013 – What’s Trending

What’s Trending Market 2013

Lighitng Idea Board

Lighting Idea Board

Lighting Idea Board

Tuscan Residence Idea Board

Tuscan Residence Ideas

Tuscan Residence Ideas

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Dynamic Space, Space Corner Drawers


Cheryl and Jaime visited Dynamic Space, Blum’s ideas for practical kitchens, at KBIS New Orleans. One of the interesting products they saw was the “SPACE CORNER” drawers. These drawers bring items in your cabinets out to you – even the items in the very back corner.  Small items such as flatware, knives and cooking utensils can be kept in these drawers for easy access.

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Knitted Lighting Fixtures

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Tel Aviv-based designer Ariel Zuckerman created a series of light fixtures that combine technology with tradition. Born from a collaboration with Oded Sapir, and partnering with designer Adva Bruner, knit and crocheted wool threads in fixed patterns create a three-dimensional sheet of fabric which serves as a lighting fixture. Made from a combination of industrial knitting with manual crochet. Fitting the fabric onto a rigid skeletal structure creates a light fixture with an organic feel and a rich colorfulness.

What’s Trending? Classics with a Fresh Twist