Inspiration in the Studio

Bringing Vision to Life :: Sconce Lighting

The recent time change has us exploring all the additional lighting needed to really illuminate a home! Sconces and picture lighting over bookshelves are two examples of accent lighting that are best incorporated into a home during the construction design phase of a project.

Planning for the proper placement oftentimes requires a multitude of decisions.  For example, determining the placement of sconces in a bathroom, require the exact dimensions of the fixture along with the mirror and vanity selection.

Getting the dimensions just right can make all the difference in the overall design (and, of course, we believe the results are well worth the effort).

In the case of bedside sconces, consider the dimensions of the entire wall, add the furniture dimensions, and then select the appropriate height for the hardwired fixtures!

Designer tip: the sconce height should always fall below the top of the mirror or headboard for optimum function.

Like so many design decisions, early planning during a project always produces the best results.  It’s these details that make all the difference!

Simplified :: Our team's best picks in lighting

Lighting selections are an essential piece of the design puzzle in every project. The lighting in a space affects the overall color palette, the mood of the room, and it can be a focal point for making a statement!

Natural light is always preferrable but isn’t necessarily a given in every home or room. You can overcome lighting challenges just by knowing what type of fixture to select for your space. Most rooms rely on a combination of ambient, accent and task lighting for optimal design aesthetic.

Designer tip: for bedside table lamps the shades should not align directly with the headboard height. So take your measurements and plan accordingly!

This week we are simplifying ambient and task lighting: better known as table lamps and floor lamps! These help light dark corners, reading nooks and provide ample light for nightime reading. They can also serve as an added design element with color, pattern or a artistic base!

Designer tip: for greater flexibility in bedroom seating areas combine a floor lamp and small table to reduce your lighting footprint.

Most bedrooms benefit from ambient lighting. A central overhead fixture is often accentuated by bedside lamps and reading nook floor lamps to set a more restful mood.

Shop our designer’s top selections for table and floor lamps and light it up!

 

Photography: Dustin Peck and Michael Blevins

Artisan Spotlight :: Louise Gaskill

This week on our Artisan Spotlight we are pleased to introduce you to Louise Gaskill of Louise Gaskill Company! We admire Louise’s work and even have one of her chandelier’s hanging in our studio. Her one-of-a-kind lamps and pendants are true works of art. As we head to furniture market in High Point this weekend, a stop at Louise’s showroom will certainly be a source of inspiration.

When did you first realize you wanted to pursue your artistic dream?

I spent many years in a software sales position with a weekend interest in refinishing furniture. The refinishing interest introduced me to gold gilding techniques which eventually morphed in light design and construction.  When the software company I worked for consolidated offices back to its Toronto headquarters, I took my hobby full time.

Who are your biggest influences?

I am always inspired by beautiful glass, particularly the vibrant shapes and colors from Mid century Italian designers like Seguso and Barovier.

Describe your creative process.

Glass selection is almost always the starting point for my designs which in turn dictates the style and scale of other components.

What is your favorite medium/material to work with and why?

Without doubt, gold and silver leaf.  I spent a lot of time “perfecting” the application and tone of my finishes.   I think it is one of the most important design elements in my pieces.

What is your proudest accomplishment as an artisan?

Traditional Home did a feature article on me several years ago. Even though it has been several years since the article, I continue to be absolutely thrilled.

Thank you Louise for sharing your beautiful talents with the world!

Project Reveal Part II :: Charlotte Charm

Today we’re revealing Part II of our Charlotte Charm Project!  This project was another collaboration with New Old Custom Homes in The Bramble, a Southern Living Inspired Home community.

Upon walking through the arched front door, the foyer makes a grand first impression.  The trim detail on the walls and herringbone hardwood flooring are architectural elements that incorporate visual interest into the space.

The open floor plan allows for a flow between the kitchen, dining, and family rooms.  Creating a cohesive look between the three while giving each room it’s individual personality is an opportunity for our creativity to soar.  We love the mixture of fabrics and patterns in the combination of the area rug, custom window panels, blue velvet chairs, and textured weave sofas.

Natural wood in the flooring, sofa console table (notice the live-edge detail), and mantle wall bring warmth to this family room.  These tones, along with brass and gold lighting and accessories, contrast the cool blues and grays of the color scheme.  And check out those windows – bright sunlight is the best accessory!

A powder room with personality!  The patterned wallpaper with a bamboo-framed mirror give this powder room a natural, organic vibe.  The mirrored bamboo sconces round out the look, and the vanity drawers provide a lot of necessary storage.

This round dining table is the perfect place to gather and have great conversation over a family meal.  The dining chairs have a remarkable level of detail thanks to the brass nailhead trim, patterned fabric, and cutout back.

 

In the kitchen, both the island and the ventilation hood are covered with an unrefined wood paneling (amazing craftsmanship from the New Old team).  Visual interest is achieved through the contrast between the rustic element of wood and the polished look of cabinetry, lighting, and hardware.

An apron-front sink under an oversized window is the ideal place to do the dishes.  There is even a built-in espresso machine for coffee in the morning.  Stay tuned for Part II of the Charlotte Charm Project Reveal!

Builder : New Old

Photography : Dustin Peck Photography

Project Reveal Part I :: Charlotte Charm

It’s time to reveal Part I of our Charlotte Charm project!  Take a look as we unveil more spaces in this warm, cheerful home we designed with New Old Custom Homes. Collaboration with talented architects, builders, trades, and clients is what makes our job rewarding!

This mudroom is the perfect landing pad as you walk in the door.  Custom cabinetry design by the talented New Old boasts lots of storage space to minimize clutter, and charcoal tile flooring will hide dirt that may get tracked inside.

This office space is formal without feeling too stiff.  Large windows let in lots of light, and the standout driftwood chandelier is a main focal point.

Another bathroom, another statement wallpaper!  This feather pattern is a charismatic addition to this guest bathroom.

A clean, modern master bedroom is an excellent place to rest and recharge. Sometimes less really is more!

Last but certainly not least – the master bathroom!  Luxurious brushed gold hardware, plumbing, mirrors, and sconce are a glamorous accent to the white shiplap walls.

And that perfect freestanding tub to soak away the stress of a long day.

Although this home is simple and fresh, it’s character still shines through in all the details.  This is what we do best – creating a haven for special families.

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