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 […]

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 […]

Assisted living Trends

Assisted Senior Living: Eying the Future New Market

 Catering to assisted senior living and active adult communities in your area is a mutually beneficial proposition. The old saying “You can’t fool Mother Nature” certainly applies to the aging process. While modern medicine has allowed us to minimize the visible signs of aging with creams and procedures, our organs are another matter. When it […]

Upcycling Lighting

Going “Up”: Upcycling

One of the hottest trends in home décor these days is upcycling – repurposing mundane objects into newly functional things of beauty (including lighting). Belalia’s workshop and some of the wire she uses to bind metal scrubbing sponges together into ethereal illuminated objects. Orange enamel enlivens elements from a kitchen steamer that have been riveted […]


Small Living Spaces: Compact Lamps and Lighting Fixtures

Scaled-down lamps and lighting fixtures are gaining in popularity.    The economy is heating up, building permits are being issued more freely, and consumers are still intent on finding their dream homes – even though those residences are less McMansion and more humble in square footage. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), […]

Michael Mendoza 2013 Fashion Trends

Michael Mendoza: TREND WATCH

ON THE FASHION RADAR: SPRING 2014   By Michael Mendoza   Design inspiration comes from everywhere. Therefore, designers must be sensitive to environment, forms, textures, finishes, and materials that give us inspiration to create new products. For me, inspiration especially comes from the areas that influence furniture and lighting design the most. In my previous […]

2013 March Portable Lighting

The Power of Portable Lamps

Lamps are taking center stage in home décor – and many are attention-getters in their own right. Available in a variety of sizes, colors, patterns, and styles, lamps are perfect for combining form with function.   Luminance: Part of the Kurve series, the Ami lamp from the company’s Krush line has a custom ceramic glaze […]

How to Light a home art Gallery

How to Light Artwork in the Home

The increasing respect for fine art as an investment means a responsibility for creating an environment in which art is beautifully illuminated without damage by light.  Retailers, remodelers, and interior designers who are often asked to retrofit interiors may be inspired by two architectural firms – Jones Studio and Olson Kundig – that are recognized […]

Top 10 Home Design and Remodeling Trends for 2013

Top 10 Home Design & Remodeling Trends for 2013

The experts at award-winning design-build and remodeling firm Neil Kelly Company reveal their predictions for the top interior design trends for 2013. Headquartered in Portland, Ore., Neil Kelly Company’s team of 20 highly experienced design professionals have remodeled more than 30,000 homes. Here, they share their collective knowledge based on working with material suppliers and […]

Multi-Generational Living

Multi-Generational Living: A New Home Design Is Gaining Ground

One of the fastest-growing categories in home building is multi-generational living.    A record number of Americans live in multi-generational households today, according to Generations United™ (GU), a national organization focused on improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies. Although the trend began before the economic […]