Meet the Future

During this year’s edition of Light+Building in Germany, a special exhibit sponsored by Messe Frankfurt highlighted a crop of up-and-coming young designers. For 28 years, products from exhibitors and young designers in the fields of lighting and building automation have competed for the Design Plus award. This year, 128 companies from 26 countries took part, […]


Remodelers report a growing trend for bathroom designs that pair calming simplicity with modern convenience

Asian-style interiors evoke serenity, and in today’s hectic world, it’s easy to see how having an ambiance of calm has become one of the leading choices in residential bathroom design. Contemporary styles with an Asian flair – especially in bathrooms – accomplish this by blending colors found in nature with clean, contemporary lines that create […]


2014 Spring Residential Wall Sconce Collection

 Most successful interior designers believe wall sconces are under-utilized in a home. Not only do these wall-mounted fixtures maintain a room’s uncluttered look by not taking up valuable floor space, but there is now an incredibly diverse amount of styles. In the past, sconces weren’t necessarily meant to be noticed. Today, decorative sconces can elevate […]

Coty Awards

CotY Awards: Grace Under Pressure

CotY Awards: This award-winning bath renovation was completed from start to finish in record time.  Photography ©Brian Krebs/Fred Forbes Photogroupe  Having worked in the high-pressure accounting field for years, interior designer Pamela Kofsky of Elegant Interior Designs in Ambler, Pa., knows a thing or two about delivering results on a tight deadline. Therefore she was game […]

International Builders Show - The New American Home

There’s No Place Like The New American Home

The crown jewel of the International Builders’ Show – The New American Home – demonstrates the latest innovations in residential new construction by showcasing  cutting-edge floor plans, the newest appliances, and high-tech control systems plus trend-setting flooring, cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, and lighting.   Photography Courtesy of Trent Bell Since 1984, The New American Home program has […]

Feng Shui Inq Retail Lighting

Feng Shui: Successful Synergy

Partnering with a local Feng Shui master boosted Statewide Lighting’s customer base and provided a new resource for Sandy Sue Rector’s clients.   There is a statistic floating out there in the lighting retail world that people buy a lighting fixture once every 10 years or more. Partnering with builders has always been a sure […]

Residential Design Trends 2014

Spring 2014 Interior Design Trends – Unexpected

Today’s designs may be pared down, but they offer a unique twist in either the materials finish, or trim detail.  Phillips Collection: This inspirational vignette blends several hot trends: a pop of color on the Seatbelt chairs, the unlikely pairing of resin and wood on the Glitz stools (which also serve as accent tables), and […]

Interior Design Trends 2014

Spring 2014 Interior Design Trends – Glitz

 Metallic silver and gold finishes bring sophistication to a room, while the subdued sheen keeps the look approachably casual. Regina Andrew: This metal sea fan in a Nickel finish brings a delicate aesthetic to any room. It measures 16” high x 16” wide.     Najarian: The Obsessions bedroom collection is accomplished in a […]

Interior Design Trends French Heritage

Spring 2014 Interior Design Trends – Color

 With a new year comes optimism. Consumers are ready to banish the dark, Recession “safe” tones  and are embracing pops of color for a breath of fresh air.  Wesley Hall: The Aurora settee is shown here in the company’s exclusive Parisian/Multi fabric.     Norwalk Furniture: With its six-sided clover shaping, the Kate ottoman […]

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 […]