Special Guest Alex Newell Joins Boston Gay Men’s Chorus at the Can’t Stop the Beat Concert June 7 at Lynn Auditorium

Lucia Lighting & Design and Eastern Bank Sponsor Event to Benefit North Shore Charities

Special guest Alex Newell of Fox TV’s hit show Glee joins The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus to present Can’t Stop the Beat at Lynn Auditorium at 3 City Square in Lynn on Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. The event, presented by lead sponsors Lucia Lighting & Design and Eastern Bank, will benefit thirteen North Shore charities.

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Special Guest Alex Newell Joins Boston Gay Mens Chorus at the Can’t Stop the Beat Concert June 7 at Lynn Auditorium

The public is invited to attend The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus celebration of gay pride with song, dance and video in their biggest production ever. The progress of triumphs of the LGBT movement can’t be stopped – and will be heard in toe tapping songs from Hairspray and music from Josh Groban, Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick. Special guest Alex Newell returns to his hometown of Lynn to light up the stage with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. The community celebration is creating an air of excitement as the North Shore prepares to welcome hometown actor Alex Newell and the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses. Now in its 29th season, the 175-voice ensemble is celebrated for its outstanding musicianship, creative programming, and groundbreaking community outreach.

In anticipation of record crowds to enjoy the concert, Lucia Lighting & Design secured the Lynn Auditorium that seats over 2,000 and boasts ample and convenient parking.

“The Lynn Auditorium is thrilled to host the Boston Gay Mens Chorus’s concert for the second time.  We are excited and hope to sell out our 2122 seat house while galvanizing Lynn and surrounding communities in an effort to raise funds for local charities,” James Marsh, General Manager, Lynn Auditorium.

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Boston Gay Mens Chorus

North Shore United Way sponsored charities benefiting from the event include: AIDS Action Committee, Children’s Law Center of MA, Boys and Girls Club of Lynn, Cerebral Palsy of Eastern MA, Family & Children’s Services , Girls, Inc., YMCA of Metro North, Gregg Neighborhood House, Straight Ahead Ministries, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, RAW ArtworksCatholic Charities North  and Camp Fire of the North Shore.

Eastern Bank, a corporate leader in supporting LGBT organizations and equality initiatives through generous financial assistance and progressive corporate practices, joins Lucia Lighting & Design as lead sponsors of this event. Sponsors to date include Honda North, All Care VNA & Hospice, Boston Spirit Magazine, Daily Evening Item, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 47 Central Pub and Wayne Alarm.

“Lucia Lighting & Design is delighted to bring the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus to the community to showcase the talent of the Chorus and raise money for North Shore charities,” says Lucy Dearborn of Lucia Lighting & Design .Tickets are $20-70 each. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 781-599-SHOW (7469) or  visit www.lynnauditorium.com

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Lucy’s Innovative Lighting Tips

 Lucys Innovative Lighting TipsLucy Dearborn of Lucia Lighting & Design advises on how to personalize spaces using innovative lighting design.

New homeowners sometimes overlook an obvious step towards creating a home that reflects their character. When developing a footprint for a new nest, understand how to integrate personal style using customized lighting.

Think of lighting like jewelry. The ideal accessory not only makes an outfit fashionable, it also makes a personal statement. Lighting is such an important part of home design. It is seen every day, so why not have some fun and infuse personality into selected pieces?

Here are a few ideas to light up your life:

Make a Plan

Create a master lighting plan. Work with an expert—your “GPS” for navigating through your lighting vision. The plan will provide critical guidance for your timeline and budget. You may want to focus on function first, then fashion.

Create a Signature Piece

There are endless options for creating a lighting piece that reflects your personal style. You can design anything from a custom-blown glass chandelier to a table lamp topped with your favorite fabric.

Modify a Family Heirloom

It may be the lamp that lit up your nursery or your grandmother’s treasured dining room chandelier. Add a new lampshade or crystal jewels and jazz up a piece of your family history.

Add a Splash of Color

Whether adding a pop of color to wall coverings, floor decor, countertops, or a lighting pendant, homeowners are coloring their lives. You can celebrate the color trend by creating a custom piece in your favorite hue or adding color in details like switch plates or dimmers.

See the light

Thumb through magazines, visit your favorite design sites and Pinterest boards, check out your neighbors’ lights, or walk through your favorite lighting showroom. It’s even helpful to create an online vision board or make notes in a journal of ideas and inspirations.

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Lucy Dearborn the Leader in Retail Lighting!

Lucy Sign 300x199 Lucy Dearborn the Leader in Retail Lighting!The results are in! Readers of enLIGHTenment Magazine voted for members of our industry who have made a positive impact on the residential side of the business. Our own Lucy Dearborn has been awarded the Leader in Retailers for Lighting in the 2014 enLIGHTenment Legends, Leaders & Luminaries. Please read the Q & A with Linda Longo of enLIGHTenment Magazine.

How did you get started in the industry?

Lighting was my first job out of college. I worked in a local lighting store and fell in love with the creativity, constant change, and technical challenges that lighting offers. Clients really appreciate special guidance and are looking for an expert to help them with their home.

What are the biggest changes you’ve seen?

Not much changed in residential lighting from a technology standpoint for most of my career in lighting. Sure, new trends in decorative lighting would pop up, but they were simply new or recycled looks.

The emergence of LED and what it offers in architectural lighting makes lighting design almost limitless now! I also love the use of recycled products and very much appreciate that there are still some manufacturers here in the States that create beautiful glass and metal fixtures.

What do you think is the greatest challenge?

Mixing the technology of LED sources with the category of lighting controls comes to mind immediately. For instance, we love that LEDs are dimmable, but when we’re designing lighting and then introducing a lighting control system, there must be expertise, team efforts, and testing.

Team Lucia will keep pushing the envelope in design and technology ― that’s what our clients expect. We overcome challenges by paying attention to the details, doing lots of research, and partnering with manufacturers who understand our needs. Big challenges bring big solutions ― and we’re really in the solutions business!

What has been the key to your success?

I think it’s the people who surround us. Lucia is eight years old and most of my co-workers have been with us the entire time. We’ve added enthusiastic and experienced people along the way, so we have a very strong core group of people. As Confucius said: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I knew how hard it would be to be good at everything. You don’t know what you don’t know until it’s sitting in your lap, but you figure it out and do your best.

What do you think the future holds?

Lighting showrooms will have to continue to offer a level of expert service and experience. Technology will continue to play a larger part in our lives. We have to be ready to serve the next generation with that technology and work hard to get people away from their computers and into our stores. What will no longer exist is waiting for customers to come to us ― we’ll have to go and get them. Potential customers have lots of choices, so we’ll have to work hard to give them good reasons to choose us. And we will!

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Pantone Colors of 2014

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Pantone announces the hot colors for 2014

Lucia Lighting and Design celebrates Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, in a vibrant collection of fixtures and fabrics. Officials at Pantone describe the captivating color as “reaching across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination” and give sage instruction on how to use it in your interiors.

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Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014

“Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows. Likewise, the vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid re-energizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.”

Looking for a bright idea in Radiant Orchid?  Here are some lighting ideas to consider…

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A few ways to incorporate Radiant Orchid into your home with lighting!

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Lucia collaborated with Boston’s Spirit magazine to showcase more ways to incorporate the hottest colors into your home!

 

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The Granary Gallery at the Red Barn, Martha’s Vineyard

by Lisa Amore

Lucia owner Lucy Dearborn and I visited Martha’s Vineyard recently to assist with a home renovation project. On our to-do list was a stop at the Granary Gallery in West Tisbury. The homeowner’s renovation started primarily because they needed to light a beautiful painting newly purchased at the Gallery (along with other artwork in their home), so we wanted to do a little research before visiting their home.

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The Granary Gallery at the Red Barn, West Tisbury

The Granary Gallery at the Red Barn is the oldest and largest gallery on the island, opening in 1954. They represent a variety of artists, including painters, sculptors, photographers, craftsmen and jewelers. They display fine art paintings and drawings of landscape, still life compositions and photorealism by well-known national and local artists, exhibited alongside emerging artists.

The main purpose of our visit was to offer suggestions for lighting a beautiful ocean painting by artist Heather Neill. Ms. Neill created a collection of painting inspired by the purchase of the old Marine Hospital on the Vineyard by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Reclamation: An exploration of a hidden island treasure beautifully details the architecture and history of the building.

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Reclamation, by Heather Neill

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Vineyard Porcelain, by Heather Neill

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Memorial Day, by Heather Neill

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James Pond, by Heather Neill

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Manchester Gothic, by Heather Neill

The Granary Gallery is also proud to be one of the few art galleries in the country to exhibit an important collection of early American photojournalism, and the first to have limited edition prints for sale by noted Life photographer, Alfred Eisenstaedt, known as the father of photojournalism. We saw Eisenstaedt’s VJ Day in Times Square among several more of his prints. My favorite was the Puppet Theater Triptych, taken in Paris in 1963.

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Puppet Theater Triptych, by Alfred Eisenstaedt

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VJ Day in Times Square, by Alfred Eisenstaedt

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Future Ballerinas of the American Ballet, NYC 1937, by Alfred Eisenstaedt

 

With several indoor galleries, an outdoor sculpture lawn, and beautiful art-filled courtyard, The Granary has something for everyone. It is the primary destination for the Vineyard art scene! Owners Sheila and Chris Morse, along with their friendly staff, always make a visit to The Granary Gallery a memorable experience. When you’re on the island, make a point to stop in there, as well as their sister galleries, The Field Gallery “up-island,” and the North Water Gallery in Historic Edgartown.

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LEDs As Accent Lighting – The Fun Stuff!

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We have had a great time sharing with you (almost) everything you need to know about current LED lighting technology.

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Now that we’ve discussed different types of LED lighting, how to choose recessed lighting, and ways to use LED in your kitchen, it’s time for for a little fun!

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Lighting art with LED

One of the great things about LED lighting is you can safely put it almost anywhere to highlight anything you want, from an architectural feature to a special molding or just to set a different mood with color.

Going forward, the #1 use for LEDs as accent lighting might well be to display artwork.

“There are no ultraviolet rays in LED, so it’s great for art,” Lucy Dearborn said.

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LEDs are perfect for lighting art.

In the bathroom, LEDs are lovely for soft lighting around the mirror…

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LEDs built right into your mirror!

Lighting with color is now easy with LED technology, whether you are looking for a specific hue to complement your scheme …

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A mirror outlined with LED lights can complement your color scheme.

… or the ability to change colors according to your mood.

 

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Color changing LED can change your life!

LEDs have, of course, many practical uses. A great example is how they can be used to light up a stairway for safety (while still looking snazzy!):

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Light up stair rails with LED strips

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Use LED strips along steps for safety

And it’s always a pleasure to add lighting just because you can:

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Show off your cove with LED in color!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the latest in lighting. We’ll be back with more as the technology evolves.

 

 

 

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Choosing the Right LED Recessed Lights for Your Project

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For the first time, we recently incorporated high-tech, energy-saving LED lighting into an entire kitchen project.

There are no incandescent, halogen or fluorescent bulbs to be found – not even in the dramatic drum pendants we specified for the island.

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Fabric drum pendant in polished nickel ~ stunning!

The results are beautiful, the clients love it (photos coming soon!) and in the process we became LED converts.

We give full credit to Lucía Lighting and Design in Lynn for helping us through the process. So we asked Lucía owner Lucy Dearborn to talk to us more about how to choose the right LED lighting.

After giving us an overview of LED, Lucy focused on recessed fixtures.

Many earlier recessed lights featured light that was too white and cold for many people, but warmer-toned LED lighting is now readily available, Lucy said. Here’s what to look for:

  • A color temperature rating of between 2700 and 3000 kelvins (or K), ensuring a warmer cast to the light. 2700K is generally preferable because it is equivalent to the temperature of the light emitted by a standard incandescent light, but the slightly whiter 3000K also may work in your space. “2700K is not the ‘best’ light, but it’s like a hug,” Lucy said. “It gets low and romantic.”
  • A Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 80 to 100. The CRI measures the ability of the light source to reproduce the colors you might see if an object were placed in daylight. Typical incandescent bulbs have a CRI of 100, or the maximum. The higher the CRI, the happier you are likely to be with your light.
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LED recessed lighting

Other important things to know:

There is a high initial cost … but dramatic cost savings over time: A top quality LED replacement bulb (with lensing that diffuses the “Lite-Brite effect” of the LED light cluster within) can cost $75 for one fixture at 2700K and 80-plus CRI.

That seems like a lot, but with 75-90 percent energy savings and a lifespan of 50,000-plus hours, the investment does pay off.

The new LED recessed fixtures that we specified for our recent kitchen project were about $135 apiece. That’s about double the standard cost for all-new recessed incandescent lighting, but in the scope of a major project, it was an easy call.

LEDs are dimmable with the proper dimmer. We used CFL-LED dimmers from Lutron, which also work with fluorescent lights. They were slightly more expensive than standard dimmers, but the cost was not significant.

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Choosing the Right LED Recessed Lights for Your Project

For the first time, we recently incorporated high-tech, energy-saving LED lighting into an entire kitchen project.

There are no incandescent, halogen or fluorescent bulbs to be found – not even in the dramatic Visual Comfort drum pendants we specified for the island.

 Choosing the Right LED Recessed Lights for Your Project

The results are beautiful, the clients love it (photos coming soon!) and in the process we became LED converts.

We give full credit to Lucía Lighting and Design in Lynn for helping us through the process. So we asked Lucía owner Lucy Dearborn to talk to us more about how to choose the right LED lighting.

After giving us an overview of LED, Lucy focused on recessed fixtures.

Many earlier recessed lights featured light that was too white and cold for many people, but warmer-toned LED lighting is now readily available, Lucy said. Here’s what to look for:

  • A color temperature rating of between 2700 and 3000 kelvins (or K), ensuring a warmer cast to the light. 2700K is generally preferable because it is equivalent to the temperature of the light emitted by a standard incandescent light, but the slightly whiter 3000K also may work in your space. “2700K is not the ‘best’ light, but it’s like a hug,” Lucy said. “It gets low and romantic.”
  • A Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 80 to 100. The CRI measures the ability of the light source to reproduce the colors you might see if an object were placed in daylight. Typical incandescent bulbs have a CRI of 100, or the maximum. The higher the CRI, the happier you are likely to be with your light.

 Choosing the Right LED Recessed Lights for Your Project

Photo courtesy of Lucía Lighting and Design

Other important things to know:

There is a high initial cost … but dramatic cost savings over time: A top quality LED replacement bulb (with lensing that diffuses the “Lite-Brite effect” of the LED light cluster within) can cost $75 for one fixture at 2700K and 80-plus CRI.

That seems like a lot, but with 75-90 percent energy savings and a lifespan of 50,000-plus hours, the investment does pay off.

The new LED recessed fixtures that we specified for our recent kitchen project were about $135 apiece. That’s about double the standard cost for all-new recessed incandescent lighting, but in the scope of a major project, it was an easy call.

LEDs are dimmable with the proper dimmer. We used CFL-LED dimmers from Lutron, which also work with fluorescent lights. They were slightly more expensive than standard dimmers, but the cost was not significant.

 Choosing the Right LED Recessed Lights for Your Project

Photo courtesy of Lucía Lighting and Design

LEDs don’t dim exactly like an incandescent light … but the technology is coming. In her Lucía showroom, Lucy Dearborn demonstrated that dimmed LEDs can’t quite mimic the orangey tones produced when you dim an incandescent light. But such products are in development, she said, so consider waiting a bit if that is really important to you.

See it in person first. Be sure to visit Lucía’s showroom to test any recessed lighting you are buying … and ask the lighting specialists lots of questions. “Pleasant light is so subjective,” Lucy said. “(For example) whiter light for the aging eye is phenomenal.”

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It’s Time to Consider LED Lighting For Your Home

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If you’ve tried to buy a light bulb lately, you know it’s no longer as simple as running down to the hardware store for a couple of 60-watt or candelabra-style bulbs.

In just a few years – thanks to advances in technology, environmental concerns and federal regulations on incandescent bulbs – the choices in the lighting aisles have exploded, leaving many consumers confused and annoyed, especially when they learn that those 60-watt standard incandescents are due to be phased out in 2014.

Lucy Dearborn is here to help. The owner of the award-winning Lucía Lighting and Design showroom in Lynn is one of our go-to sources for interesting and beautiful fixtures. And she’s always got a smart take on the latest technology.

In the lighting world, there’s nothing more state-of-the art than money- and energy-saving LED. Lucy’s design associate Lisa Proulx helped us choose LED fixtures for a gut renovation kitchen project in Andover that is nearly complete.

Lucy herself spent time with us last month so we could share with you some of the best ways to incorporate LED technology into your projects. In future posts, we’ll discuss what’s new and next in recessed, undercabinet and accent LED lighting.

But first, the basics.

LED stands for “light-emitting diode,” and it’s a completely different method of distributing light than your typical incandescent (or even fluorescent) bulb.  Each “diode” creates highly directed and intense light. They are powered by standard household electricity combined with a transformer or driver that is either built into the unit (as in with LED screw-in replacement bulbs) or installed in a convenient spot near the fixture.

LED lights offer an energy savings of up to 90 percent over the standard bulb. And since LEDs last for tens of thousands of hours – up to 100,000 hours in some applications – you likely will never have to change them out.

The technology looks as high tech as it is. Grouped together, Lucy Dearborn said, the diodes look a little like Lite-Brites – especially when they come in colors!

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Red, green and blue (RGB) LED diodes

But more importantly, those clusters or strips of diodes, when packaged properly, increasingly can provide comfortable and useful task and general lighting throughout the home. Take a look at this beautiful transitional kitchen featuring recessed LED fixtures and accent lighting provided by Lucía:

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Recessed LED lighting in a kitchen

 

A lighting design, Lucy said, should be like a “7-layer-cake” that satisfies every lighting need in a room.

“People use their rooms in so many different ways,” she said. “In a kitchen, for example, it’s not uncommon for someone to be cooking, someone to be on their laptop, someone to be reading a newspaper …”

Until very recently, LED lighting was either impractical, too expensive or simply too cold and sterile for the average homeowner.

Early LED residential lighting was a very cool, harsh white. Today’s new fixtures and LED replacement bulbs have color temperature ratings of 2700 to 3000 kelvins (or K), giving them a warmer cast.

A rating of 2700K is equivalent to the temperature of the light emitted by a standard incandescent bulb, and is the number to look for when bringing LED lighting into your home, Lucy said.

More – and much improved – LED lighting in this color temperature range is hitting the market, dropping prices and making it more accessible to the typical homeowner.

But how to bring it into your home? In our next installment, Lucy will tell us all about designing with LED recessed lighting.

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Design Home 2013

Design Home 2013, Boston magazine’s ninth Design Home project, is a true retreat by the sea. The Concordia is an ocean-front, luxury condominium situated on a beautiful stretch of ocean.
The partners of the project, Paradise Construction, The Concordia, Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston magazine, have come to appreciate all that a project like this can do for a community.
Visitors get the chance to grab ideas, pull inspiration, and touch and feel the many products that are available in home design.This exceptional viewing experience provides you with an inside look at exquisite design and cutting-edge technology and products for your home.
Bring family, friends and co-workers to help make a difference by supporting Boston Children’s Hospital.
The Design Team of Jerry Rippetoe and Tony Sienicki have been living and working together for more than four decades in such diverse ventures as retailing and operating a country inn. These prior endeavors were instrumental in exposing the public to their design aesthetic and innate talent for interior design, which ultimately led to their first design clients.
Currently the two operate a retail design center on Route One in Cape Neddick, Maine, providing their discerning clients with everything from statuary and unusual accessories to custom furniture and wall treatments. Gathering inspiration from the U.S. and abroad, tj’s specializes in channeling their aesthetic to specific individuals’ taste with, as Rippetoe states, “simple, understated elegance.” This refined approach combined with their signature transitional, classic style has led them to be recognized as luminaries in the design community.
Design Philosophy for Design Home 2013
tj’s designs are not characterized by a particular style or era, but reflect tradition with modern flair. Their transitional approach favors richly, handsome materials and finishes, whereby luxury becomes comfortable and welcoming.
The Palette: Rich jewels tones (aqua, teal and sapphire) sparkle and compliment the water views.
The Style: Transitional classic, combining timeless pieces with unexpected accents.
The Lifestyle: Relaxed luxury, perfect for empty nesters that live along the waterfront.
Buy your tickets today to support this wonderful cause: https://giving.childrenshospital.org/events/design-home/purchase-tickets

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Universal Bath Design: Light Your Bathroom for All Ages and Abilities

Learn about uplighting, downlighting, visual cueing and avoiding glare for a bathroom that’s safe and works for all.

By Anne-Marie Brunet, CKD, CBD and Houzz Contributor

Bathroom remodels have been taking off in the past few years — today the bathroom’s design is just as important as the kitchen’s, making bathrooms with a universal appeal in design and aesthetics more in demand than ever. And that includes lighting. Younger homeowners might like the vibe and ambiance of colored LEDs in the shower and tub, while aging homeowners might need more light to make their space work.

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A white on white bathroom

While so many of us love the crisp bathrooms with endless slabs of white or cream stone, the lack of material contrast makes visual cueing and distance perception difficult — no matter what your age. Even the average person can get lost in a sea of white.

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Add touch of LED color in a cove or soffit

Creating a universal lighting scheme for your bathroom doesn’t mean it has to be dull. Here are some examples of lighting techniques and material selections that can make your bathroom sparkle, without the glare.

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Add some sparkle!

Designing your bathroom to increase light levels and avoid shadows and glare is always tricky. The first line of defense is usually at the vanity. Always consider wall sconces at the appropriate height as a first option. Place these lights on either side of the mirror so as to evenly reflect light toward you. This eliminates any shadows that will occur with only pot lights or downlighting. Ideally, opt for LED lighting for maximum light output.

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Side sconces can fill in shadows that downlights (or recessed lights) create.

If you have a family of individuals with varying heights, opt for longer light bars so that everyone can get the right light in the right place. Some manufacturers’ lights can be placed horizontally or vertically.

BK222 IS Universal Bath Design: Light Your Bathroom for All Ages and Abilities

Linear lighting can ensure everyone can see well in the mirror, no matter their height!

If you’re using decorative lights with shades on them, make sure the lights are not placed too high, where the bulb can be seen, since this can cause eye fatigue from the bulb’s glare. Instead place the bottom of the shade just about at eye level. Someone in a wheelchair will need to have the lights at a lower level for optimum performance.

Side lighting doesn’t have to be traditional wall sconces to work successfully. Consider decorative pendants like these.

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Side lighting isn’t limited to sconces ~ why not try pendants!

Lighting in the shower shouldn’t be just an afterthought when you’re considering new construction or a remodel. Shower lighting is imperative, especially if you don’t have any natural light coming into the room.

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Try a mini chandelier in your bathroom!

Lighting your shower elevates your showering experience to more than just the basic scrub and ensures safety in a wet environment. You should include at least one light (or more depending on the size of your shower) and include a fixture that is appropriate for wet locations, for obvious safety reasons.

Shower Monorail Universal Bath Design: Light Your Bathroom for All Ages and Abilities

A monorail track in your bathroom can offer lots of lighting options.

Visual cueing in a bathroom is important for safety, but it becomes even more important for those with vision problems. The lighting at the base of the tub skirt, the detail on the front of the cabinetry and the contrasting colors between cabinetry, countertop and floor all help an individual detect edges and perimeters in the bathroom shown here, allowing for greater confidence in navigating it.

MRRD28LEDRGB IS Universal Bath Design: Light Your Bathroom for All Ages and Abilities

A mirror outlined with LED lights can be left on as a nightlight ~ soft lighting and low wattage!

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