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Design Trends 2017


THE WAIT IS OVER- our brand new ELEMENT- Reflections line is up and on display!


There’s a new kid on the block.  We have been patiently awaiting the arrival and installation of the beautiful new ELEMENT product line from Tech Lighting, and we are thrilled that we can finally share it with all of you.  Why the hype?  These award winning, patent-pending recessed lighting fixtures feature hidden rings of LED light reflectors within their structures, producing glare-free illumination while highlighting beautiful detailing of intricately designed interior surfaces.  This fusion of interior design and LED technology has redefined the use of recessed lighting at a fundamental level, and breathed new life into the recessed lighting market.  Better yet, these fixtures are fully dimmable- providing perfectly controlled, indirect illumination suitable for any residential or commercial application.  This recessed lighting makeover has created quite the industry buzz, and we are happy to be on board!

The ELEMENT Reflections units come in three different sizes: 5″, 8″ and 12″ diameters, as well as five different design styles: Torus, Bloom, Dune, Fleur, and Skye.  There are also two different ceiling appearance options: FLANGED, for a more traditional appearance, and FLANGELESS, for a more contemporary and seamless finish.  Check out the video below for an up close and personal peek.

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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.


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.



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.



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.


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 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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