Fred Cohen lighting and furniture designer

Fred Cohen: Looking Back to Move Forward

enLIGHTenment Magazine talks to lighting and furniture design veteran Fred Cohen about his inspirations and the new lighting collections he is debuting in 2013. Enlightenment Magazine: How do you bring something fresh to market? Fred Cohen: In creating new ideas for lighting and furniture, sometimes a look back in time allows me to free my […]

Carolyn Kinder My Big Sister

Reflections on My Big Sister: Carolyn Kinder

By Coni Houghtling One of our most endearing family stories is how Carolyn (pictured left) received her nickname “Nunnie.”  When she was born, the nurses said she was as pretty as a petunia, and Petunia was what everyone called her until she came home.  Young brother Dick struggled to say Petunia, and it came out […]

Carolyn Kinder

Carolyn Kinder: ARTS Award Recipient for Lifetime Achievement

Already a recipient of the ARTS Award for Lifetime Achievement, Carolyn Kinder is not one to kick back. Just named a finalist in the Product Designer category, she reflects on how she got to where she is today. She may have been nicknamed “Petunia” (Nunnie for short) since birth, but Carolyn Kinder is no fragile […]

enLightenment Home Style: Wallcoverings

Climbing the Walls: The Art of Wallcoverings

Don’t be a wallflower when offering complementary categories. Go vertical to showcase the latest in home décor.   Wallcoverings are receiving renewed attention among consumers, thanks to a myriad of new treatments and techniques that make them rise above the memory of your grandma’s chintz overload. Today, walls feature shimmering metallic treatments, life-size murals, and […]

enLightenment Residential Lighting Features Design House Stockholm

Design House Stockholm: Swedish Style Design

Swedish design has become increasingly popular over the past decade, and Design House Stockholm – which just celebrated its 20th anniversary – has played a major role in sharing it with the U.S. and all over the world. Founded by Anders Färdig, Design House Stockholm (DHS) started as a creative product development company in 1992, […]

2012 WithIt Scholarship Recipients Have been Announced

WithIt Announces Scholarship Recipients

WithIt Announces Scholarship Recipients: Greensboro, N.C.-based WithIt has named the recipients of the 2012 Jena & Stephen Hall Scholarship: full-time students Liz Moore of Kendall College of Art & Design and Kimberly Small of Winthrop University. Each earned $2,500 to cover tuition expense. In addition, WithIt hosted 20 Student Scholars at its recent annual conference, […]

Julie Neill Retail Spotlight

A Peek Inside Julie Neill Designs’ Retail Showroom

A Peek Inside Julie Neill Designs’ Retail Showroom In the heart of Antiques Row on Magazine Street sits this expansive home accents store in a historic building is sought out by local interior designers and discerning homeowners.  It is owned and operated by Julie Neill of Julie Neill Designs, a custom lighting manufacturer whose studio […]

Designer Spotlight Julie Neill: The Bayou Contessa

Julie Neill: The Bayou Contessa

All of the lighting fixtures that Julie Neill makes are produced completely in her hometown of New Orleans. Julie Neill turns the sphere of blown glass over in her hands and says aloud, “Tell me what you’re going to be.”  Tapping into her intuition for creating innovative lighting pieces from scratch, she “listens” intently – […]


A conversation with Interior Designer Elaine Williamson

“Designing in color has always been a passion of mine,” explains Elaine Williamson of the eponymous Dallas-based design firm that specializes in custom, high-end homes as well as retail, hospitality, and other commercial projects. Lighting has also become an influential factor in her 20+ years as an interior designer. “You don’t want someone to walk […]

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