Articles by Danielle
And in a single day, our late afternoon autumn light is gone. Daylight savings time ended, and we were plunged into darkness. Sounds a bit dramatic doesn’t it? It’s just that big of a shock to my system every single November. The toughest part seems to be not seeing my home in daylight. I get the boys lunches made and load my tote bag for the workday in the dark. I arrive home long after sunset, again with the drama but it’s pitch dark at 4:30 in the afternoon!
It’s on every blog, every beauty website, and even in the newest issue of House Beautiful where Sophie Donelson, Editor in Chief of House Beautiful says: With sleep, self-care, meditation and mindfulness headlining the news, the time is right to slow down and reinvent even the most mundane facets of your life. Think small…” I think she’s referring to the bath. It’s a ritual so many have gone back to in an effort to quiet the mind. How many messages do we get in a single day?
Pantone’s colors for 2018 are called “TECH-nique,” a palette that pays homage to technology. Colors include bright blue, green, fuchsia, and purple, which are complemented by iridescent tones of turquoise and hot pink, white, and frosted almond. At the center of the palette is Ultraviolet their 2018 color of the year.
Gathering family together? It’s what we do. Family suppers, in the kitchen on a weeknight, after soccer and before homework, we talk about our day. Sometimes the kids are bubbling with chatter and sometimes I wonder if they’ll conk out before we clear the dishes. But one thing is constant; even the littlest family member looks forward to our family suppers. I think it’s because we are all equal at that table- an old farm table that came from Grandma’s house.
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. I worried about family and guests arriving for one of our Sunday night family suppers, our driveway is too dark.
It’s not actually, not new at all. It’s the same beautiful kitchen we photographed several weeks ago when we grabbed a “before” shot of the kitchen fixture Lanette had come to despise. She called it “the blaster” because of the blinding light it cast. OK, truth, it really was ugly. Hey, we’ve all been there.
Our interpretation of Daylight Saving is pretty different from most people. You may think that darkness is part of winter in Wisconsin. We think not! Darkness is part of a poorly lit house and we can fix that!
It’s fun for us to get together because Lanette works fulltime at Magic 98, is raising two boys with her husband Mark, has home projects, family gatherings, charities, and, well you get the picture. So, the other day in she comes with her phone, loaded with photos, and full of ideas. In less than 1 hour we had caught up on the boys, her mom, and the project at hand. The kitchen “blaster” has to go.
The other day our friend Lanette Hansen called to talk about lighting for her kitchen. The house is pretty new but the lighting (or lack there of) took her by surprise. What did she and Mark inherit when they bought the house? Inexpensive lighting (“it’s got great style but it NEVER hangs straight it’s so cheaply made!”) or outdated (“How can it look so old?
One Of 5 Lighting Trends To Watch
Got a coastal spirit? Clean sophistication with a relaxed attitude. Inspired by the ocean… and we’ve got plenty of water right here. Never that overblown nautical look, Coastal Inspired is a trend for a fresh breezy style like a dream beach house. With it’s blurred lines of indoors and out it feels a little spa-like. Serene but never dull! We love the organic beach materials and bright diffused light and flowing fabrics. The color palette?
Labor Day is in the rearview mirror and now we’re speeding into fall. There’s something about it that has me organizing closets, shifting into a new color palette, and needing just the right home accent to pull it all together. Forgive the screen grab, here; it’s a little washed out. But it expresses my mood perfectly. Vermilion. Call it Chinese Red.
Casual style with timeless appeal. I just read that in a cool guide to style by one of our vendors. And it’s the best definition, isn’t it? We all have touches of styles that move us: a contemporary fixture in a farmhouse filled with vintage finds. Craftsmen bronze fixtures in a 1960’s ranch.
Recently a customer invited us in to see what she’s been doing with some of our lighting in her Middleton Hills, Middleton WI home. Wendy has the most enviable eclectic way of combining vintage, tribal, Asian and Mission pieces gathered from travels with her husband as well as “secret shopping sources” into this warm cocoon of a house. She infuses their daily life with beauty and art, and together they enjoy the simplest pleasures of a life well lived.
Ever wonder how to get that mix of contemporary and traditional just right? I see it in magazines all the time, perfectly executed. A wonderful vintage leather sofa straight out of a Ralph Lauren ad with a chunk of glass for a coffee table piled with art books, a piece of pottery and a bowl holding white peonies in all their blowsy confection… and it all works somehow. One thing that really pulls it all together? The lighting.
Get That Air Moving
Screen porches are a pleasure in Wisconsin. The only thing better is a screen porch with a ceiling fan. Moving the summer air makes porch living a breeze, literally! Not sure where to start? Here are a few things to consider. We recommend ceiling fans for damp or wet locations when installing on a porch.
Professionally designed lighting will enhance the beauty, comfort and security of your home. It can make a small room seem open and airy, or a large room feel warm and cozy. It is the quickest and most cost-effective way to change the mood in your home from quiet relaxation, to casual entertainment, or to intimate romance. Here are just a few tips we recommend:
Illuminating Every Step
Sometimes a contemporary or modern stairway can be especially difficult to navigate. Ebony treads, curved steps, unusually wide treads, they may be an art form but they can also be a bit scary for some people. Layering the light makes that art form of a stairway look beautiful and be comfortable to use. Consider lighting every step with LED lights that differentiate each step. In Wisconsin we have embraced LED bulbs as cost effective and long lasting light bulbs in many applications.