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Ready or not, here come the HOLIDAYS!

Rich in family traditions, holiday celebrations are about coming together at full tables with even fuller hearts to rejoice with family over food in the comfort of home.  There is not a busier time of year for our dining rooms- which makes it the perfect time to make sure this space is wonderfully lit and on trend!  Follow our simple style guide for inspiration for your dining room transformation this year.

COASTAL

Can’t get enough of that beachy style?  You don’t need to live near the shore to embrace this look.  Make your home feel like a vacation all year round by incorporating nautical accents and iconic stripes into your decor.  Natural woven materials and tinted glass make the Outer Banks collection from Troy Lighting a perfect coastal choice for your dining room.

Style Tip: Try choosing white-washed wood finishes on your dining room furniture for a more carefree and breezy appearance.  Layer the room with natural fiber rugs and a mixture of nautical stripes and plaids in your fabric choices.

 

ARTISANAL VINTAGE

Vintage inspired style is making a big comeback.  Do you love distressed finishes, chipped paint and soft romantic prints?  If so, then this is the look for you!  The Chateau collection from Capital Lighting combines weathered metal finishes and simple wooden beading to evoke an aged and authentic feel.  This perfectly imperfect look brings nostalgic style and casual elegance to the table…literally.

Style Tip:  Pair with pretty vintage glassware and mixed patterned china for an informal, yet elegant finish.

 

RUSTIC

This look is inspired by nature and has a comfortably casual feel.  Think warm wood tones, earthy color palettes and reclaimed materials.  Rustic does not have to feel lodge-like, however.  The bold, open-work design of the Emilie series, from Hinkley’s Fredrick Ramond line, exudes a relaxed rustic style with a modern edge.  The vintage, edison-style lamping gives this piece a restored vibe- perfect for those who prefer that aged and storied look.

Style Tip: Think terra cotta centerpieces and fall botanicals for your tablescape. Finish off the look with natural woven linens and hammered iron accents.  You will have relaxed and rustic perfection.

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This year’s ASID Showcase Home was one for the books.  Twenty-five interior designers from over twenty different companies had their talented hand in creating this breathtaking Chateau on Lake Minnetonka.  Builder John Kraemer & Sons, and architect Sharratt Design & Company crafted a 13,000 square foot lake home filled with whimsical character and plenty of personality for the young family who get to call it home. It was the first time in the Showcase Home’s twenty year history that the project chosen was new construction- a massive undertaking to execute in only 11 months!  But, execute they did, and the final product will knock your socks off.

Creative Lighting had the great privilege in providing all of the beautiful lighting fixtures for this year’s project.  If you missed getting a chance to take a tour this year, we’ve got your highlight reel!  Take a peek at the stunning results and some of the extraordinary illumination that helped to make this house a home.

THE GREAT ROOM

Every Great Room deserves an even greater chandelier.  The Waterloo chandelier by Currey and Company offered this grand space a graceful and traditional look with a soft, washed-wood finish for a fresh and updated feel.  It was an ideal piece to adorn such a dramatic room.

 

THE DINING ROOM

The Dining Room was a color-filled fantasy boasting vibrant hues of green and blue, that was beautifully accented with the stunning workmanship of the Currey and Company Grand Lotus six -light chandlier.  This gorgeous, sculptural interpretation of a classic bloom, was the perfect luminary accent for such a bold and sophisticated space.

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The leaves have started to fall and Halloween is just around the corner, which means one thing in the lighting world…DARKNESS.  In the excitement this crisp seasonal change brings, it also carries a yearn for more light.  The evenings start a little earlier now, lingering into darker morning rises, often reminding us of our areas of shadow in the home- making it harder to curl up with that book, or finish that work deadline on our computers, or even read the paper before the rest of our house has awoken.  More light is imperative this time of year and we are here to help!  Here’s our quick guide on how to best brighten up your space this season with portable lamps.

MIX IT UP

Use a mix of table and floor lighting!  Floor and table lamps go together like peanut butter and jelly.  We don’t often recommend one without the other.  They provide different layers of illumination and fulfill different needs, but will work harmoniously together to better light your space.  Don’t be intimidated- that large floor lamp will not only add visual interest and definition to your room, but will provide a higher level of lumen output and add an additional layer of ambient lighting that we desperately require this time of year.  These don’t have to “match”, and in fact, we’d prefer they didn’t!  A trendy and structural tripod floor lamp, can pair beautifully with a metal or ceramic table lamp.  A third, and more task-style desk lamp may also be added in a nearby reading area. One suggestion- keep your fabric shade styles similar in shape and color. This will help ease the merge of different pieces into your room for a more seamless and cohesive look.

PLACEMENT MATTERS

Consider exactly where your lighting needs are within your room, and what type of lighting will provide the best solution.  Are you desperately in need of better reading or task lighting?  Where is it that you read the most?  Having a small task lamp near the end of the sofa, or beside your favorite chair is a good place to start.  Which portion of your space seems the darkest overall?  Placing a tall floor lamp near the edge of this area will completely transform the room.  One trick?  Use your wall space.  The more surface area the light source has to reflect off of, the farther your light will travel.  That forgotten corner area is often a missed luminary opportunity!

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