5 Lights That Will Wow You

1. The Chandelier Made from Pens:

At first glance, this may look like a standard chandelier.  Look closer.  It’s actually constructed from 347 recycled Bic Cristal pens and 347 paper clips.  Talk about what you wouldn’t expect a light to be made of!  This one has got to be in the same category as the chandelier made from 3000 ping pong balls.

2. Better Defined as “Sculpture”:

This piece of light art was designed by Marcus Tremonto.  Its super-thin structure cascades from the ceiling to create a truly stunning effect.  Check out more of Tremonto’s work, you won’t be disappointed.  He blends style and function in a captivating way that makes you think twice about convention.

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5 Lighting Trends That Will Never Go Out of Style

1. Under Cabinet Lighting:

Often cited as a top remodeling project in terms of high return on investment, installing under cabinet lights is always a great decision.  It provides task lighting to make cooking and cleaning easier and accent lighting to highlight a beautiful backsplash or countertop.  At night, the glow from an under cabinet light is particularly alluring.  Check out our post on How to Choose Under Cabinet Lighting.

2. Energy Efficient Lighting:

Everyone loves lowering their monthly energy bill.  Whether you’re switching out those old incandescent bulbs for CFLs, trying super-efficient LED cabinet lighting, or using fluorescent light fixtures for a closet or display case, energy efficiency is the way to go.  Besides, today’s incandescent bulbs will no longer be available for sale in the US by 2014 due to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.  Go green! Read More

How to Make Your Home Seller-Ready

1. De-personalize

You want buyers to be able to picture themselves in their home, and that’s not going to happen if your family photos are prominently displayed in the living room.  Remove any personal items or unusual decorations.  It’s impossible to predict a potential buyer’s taste, so try to make your home neutral, yet inviting.

2. Create open space

Buyers don’t need to see every single room in the house filled with furniture.  Rent a storage space and reevaluate what you’re showing.  It’s best to leave a few functional pieces in each room and leave the rest for potential buyers to imagine.  Remove bookshelves, unnecessary chairs/couches, extra leaves in your dining room table, and out-of-season clothing in your closet.  Your home will seem larger and will be more likely to attract buyers. Read More

Top iPhone Apps for Home Improvement Professionals

We have received great feedback about our Lighting Library iPhone App, which was released in April.  (If you haven’t already checked it out, you can download it here).  Since so many people found the Lighting Library app helpful, we decided to compile a list of the most useful, intuitive, and cost-effective iPhone apps for home improvement professionals.

There’s something for everyone: the interior designer whose client needs help selecting a paint color, the contractor who is trying to keep track of projects while on-the-go, or even the handyman who could use a lighter toolbox.  Screenshots for each app are at the bottom of the post.  Happy reading!  Leave a comment if you think of any we missed. Read More

Small Kitchens, Be Gone!

Homeowners approach kitchen designers all the time with those three familiar words: “it’s too small.”  Since it’s not always in the budget to knock out the walls, cut the living room square footage in half, and create a massive dream kitchen from scratch, designers usually have to come up with a few other ideas.

Listed below are solutions for tackling that too-small kitchen.  Let me know if I missed any in the comments!

Paint Lightly: Rooms painted with a lighter color will feel more open.  Try to gravitate toward colors like light blue, white, yellow, or beige.  This applies not only to walls but also to cabinets, countertops, and appliances.  Dark colors have a way of visually closing in your space. Read More

The Designer Behind It All

Moritz Waldemeyer is a famous designer who incorporates innovative applications of LED and laser lighting to fashion, furniture, music, and performance.  He has created some truly captivating pieces – Imogen Heap’s “Twitter Dress” at the Grammys in January, Bono’s laser jacket during the U2 360 tour, a ‘Wall Flower’ exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, an interactive LED chandelier in the JFK New York airport… the list goes on and on.

He recently designed an innovative light installation for Audi at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan.  It featured a cascade of 2,000 lights that formed abstract patterns and revealed an interactive text display.  Here’s a video about the event and Moritz Waldemeyer’s design: