Here comes the sun. We’re gaining daylight. I love putting the kids to bed in the twilight, and then heading out on the deck for a glass of wine and a catch-up from our day. I know my husband has not forgotten his promise to me: I want more light outside. That long winter was dark, icy, cold.
Funny the things you notice. On the set of the hit TV show Empire, the character Jamal has this incredible loft. The kitchen is earthy and sleek, with a Carrera marble-topped island, high-gloss cabinets, and appliances from Sub-Zero and Wolf. But it was the kitchen’s copper pendants that caught my eye.
Outdoor and Landscape Lighting creates effects in your landscape and welcomes people to your home. We’ve gathered together some of our favorite techniques with illustrations to help you on your way to lighting the exterior of your home as beautifully as the interior. A couple of tips? 1. A little light goes a long way outdoors.
While Dan blogged about an “ah ha” moment he had in a customer’s landscape, we began scoping out HOUZZ and Pinterest, Garden Design magazine and Fine Gardening magazine. We wanted to learn more about the magic of outdoor lighting so we, too, could make an enchanting space outside at night. Up-lighting small trees.
Low voltage lighting is a simple way to guide family and friends to your door. How can you create a welcoming path? Here’s my step by step with tips nobody tells you.
Growing up we didn’t have central AC. Mom and Dad had a room air conditioner in their bedroom, but there were fans everywhere else. And most nights we ate dinner on the porch because the breeze cooled us. We dined out there in the dog days, too, when the air didn’t move. That porch got our family “away” each evening, if just for a little while.
When steps are used to access the home, a wonderful technique called step lighting can be used. First and foremost step lighting is used for safety, especially in our climate when ice can be lurking on every tread.
Who came up with the idea of outdoor rooms and blurring the line between indoors and out? Genius. Here in south central Wisconsin we spend a lot of time outdoors in winter tramping in snowshoes, cross country skiing through parks and skating on local ponds like Tenney Park in Madison. But there are long stretches of darkness, and inclement weather, and well, you get the picture.
Do you have exterior lighting on the house? Carriage lights at the door, and perhaps on the garage? What about the front yard? Walk up to your front door in the dark and what do you see? Probably not much. Silhouetting is a great technique to bring a beautiful tree into view at night.