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The Lighting Doctor, Little Island, Night Lights
Little Island at night is even more magical with landscape lighting.

NYC Little Island Is Even More Magical at Night

There is something new along the water’s edge of the Hudson River.  It is a place called Little Island. No, is not really an island and is not particularly little…but it is something wonderful and…
The Lighting Doctor, Randall Whitehead, Artistic Lighting
The Citizen M hotel in New York is a good example of how lighting creates the ambience of a space.

Lighting's Role in the Perception of a Space

After more than two years I finally got to return to New York City.  Everyone was smiling and acknowledging each other on the street. That may be due to the fact that people were finally able to…
LED Lighting, Randall Whitehead, The Lighting Doctor
LED lighting as decorative elements provide the right light and energy-efficiency.

Can Sexy Home Lighting Design Be Sustainable?

Energy-efficient lighting has a bad rap. The general public thinks that all LEDs are alike. There are huge differences in the quality of the high efficacy lamps on the market. People just need to be…
Melissa Galt consumer home trends 2021
What do consumers want in their homes in 2021? Melissa Galt shares her thoughts.

7 Things Consumers Want at Home in 2021

I’m not talking about trends, those are predictions and prognostications at the end of every year. We’re into second quarter and this is what consumers want at home in 2021. It’s proven, tested, and…
Randall Whitehead, the lighting doctor
The addition of landscape lighting subtly blends interior and exterior spaces.

Using Layered Lighting to Transform Spaces

As you are well aware of by now, the techniques of lighting have greatly evolved beyond simple table lamps and chandeliers. Still many homeowners have not updated their thinking much beyond this…
Lighting Doctor, Randall Whitehead, Lighting Traditional Spaces
Progressive lighting can warm up a space that is otherwise more traditional.

Does Progressive Lighting Work in More Traditional Spaces?

The ultra-trendy design magazines offer up very modern architecture and stark, eye-catching interiors. But futuristic design is not for everyone, especially for people considering a remodel of their…
mark richardson, post covid home renovation
What should we be paying attention to as we move to post-COVID in home renovation best practices?

Post COVID? What Comes Next in the Home Renovation Business?

I am writing about this topic not because we are past COVID but because most of us are so ready to think about and be past COVID. For all the reasons you know, remodeling has been a silver lining…
Randall Whitehead, ambient lighting, the lighting doctor
Ambient lighting sets the tone in this San Francisco space. Photo: Randall Whitehead; Interior Design: John G. Martin, Turner Martin Design

Ambient Lighting Softens a Space and Fills Up the Senses

In the November of 2019, I wrote about a condominium project in San Francisco. It was called ‘Accent the Positive’. I talked about using accent lighting, one of the four functions of light, as a way…
Randall Whitehead, layered lighting, lighting doctor, box lights
Luminous box-shaped pendants descend from the ceiling, creating a festive atmosphere. Photo by Randall Whitehead

Layers of Light Add Ambience to a Restaurant Atmosphere

As things are beginning to open up a little bit, we are venturing back to inside eating at 25 percent capacity. I was quite taken by this dim sum restaurant, called Palette Tea House, which we…
Outdoor Kitchen design, Kerrie Kelly
Kerrie Kelly shares the basics of good outdoor kitchen design.

How to Design the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

There’s just something about the aromas and flavors of al fresco cuisine that has made barbecuing, smoking and firing up that outdoor pizza oven a significant part of our lifestyle. When it comes to…