Top 10 Remodeling Trends

Top 10 Remodeling Trends For 2014

Top Ten Remodeling Trends For 2014: Consumers are expected to gravitate toward bolder colors, upgrade their wall sockets, say no to boring cabinet design, and prefer showers over tubs.  Neil Kelly Company – an award-winning design-build remodeling firm in Portland renowned for innovative design, craftsmanship, and sustainable building practices – predicts the following design trends […]

Residential Lighting Laser-vs-LED

Beyond LED: The Laser vs. LED

Laser vs. LED: New research studies are exploring the effectiveness of laser diodes in producing white light that could be used in ambient lighting.   Laser-based white light is created by University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) researchers.  Blue or UV laser diodes are directed at a phosphor target to produce white light.  (Photo:  Kristin Denault) While […]

Home Automation: State of the Art Home

In Full Control: Home Automation Systems

 This luxury home in Jackson Hole combines custom architecture with hidden home control systems that pleases both the homeowners and vacation renters.  Designing a home automation system that homeowners love typically comes down to one thing: usability. If the system is easy to use, delivers all of the functions the owners desire, plus makes the […]

Lighting On King

Living Lighting on King: Retail Spotlight

How does one store stand out from 26 others in the same franchise? Jodie Orange’s unique perspective, quirky creativity, and savvy buying decisions make her showroom truly one of a kind.  Many of the world’s most influential people march to the beat of their own drum.  Toronto-based lighting showroom owner Jodie Orange, however, would be […]

How-Home-Builders-Allocate-Home-Spaces

How Home Builders Allocate Home Spaces

Home Destination, a Minneapolis residential Realtor with RE/MAX Results, analyzes a recently released special report from the NAHB.  Trends in new construction reveal how home builders allocate home spaces in typically residential single-family homes, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The go-to-place for data on characteristics of new homes, the Census Bureau’s […]

GrandHyatt_3

Grand Design: Hirsch Bedner Associates Help Rebrand Hyatt

The first Hyatt-branded hotel in Northeast China pays tribute to history while offering a modern twist. Global hospitality interior design company Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) combined ancient culture with vibrant modernity when establishing the aesthetics for Grand Hyatt Shenyang, the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Northeast China which opened several months ago. The hotel is comprised […]

Best In Residential Lighting 2013

2013 Best of Residential Lighting

Every year there are new products that sell-through incredibly well because they either have the “right” look, are offered at a great value, or feature breakthrough technology. Our editorial staff has selected a sampling of the Best Residential Lighting products introduced this year.   Emerson: The 62-inch diameter Laclede Eco ceiling fan makes a grand […]

Hong Kong Lighting Fair 2013

Brisk Business at Hong Kong Lighting Fair October 2013

There was a high percentage of North Americans and Europeans visiting the show to see the latest developments in LED technology.   When it comes to LED and lighting technology these days, breakthroughs and improvements are occurring at such an incredible pace that many distributors and manufacturers who are importing and utilizing these products, respectively, […]

Micheal Jordan Nissan

Michael Jordan Nissan: Nissan’s First LED Showroom

Michael Jordan Nissan has become one of the first Nissan dealerships to use LED lighting almost exclusively inside and out.  When Michael Jordan Nissan opened in 1990, the Durham, N.C. car dealership was state-of-the-art. More than one decade of success later, the dealership’s management team partnered with Eddie Gontram, principal of Gontram Architecture in nearby […]

Pantone Colors For 2014

Feelin’ Blue: Top 5 Color Trends

Trend forecasters point to shades of blue as a key color in 2014.  The Color Marketing Group CMG), a leading international association of color design professionals, predicts that Blue will dominate the color palette for the next few years – and they’re not alone. Pantone® has named its top fashion hue for women in spring […]