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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…

What's Your Design Business Mindset?

    In the basics of business mindset you’ll either have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset. The exciting part about this is that because of something called neuroplasticity, you can retrain your…
The Lighting Doctor, Neon Lighting, Randall Whitehead
The Light Inside by James Turrell, Houston Museum of Modern Art. Photo by Randall Whitehead

Neon: Visual Lighted Icons in the Night

 There is something about neon that just enthralling. It is amazing to me that something so rigid can look so fluid. I like to think of neon as the art of signage. And certainly artists have used…
The Lighting Doctor, Landscape Lighting
Randall Whitehead discusses how exterior lighting can elevate a space.

Lighting Up a Garden of Earthly Delights

I think that with all of this sheltering-in-place is making us re-access our outdoor spaces, at least those of us have a little patch of green. Consider adding some exterior lighting, it has a lot of…
Adjustable downlights, Randall Whitehead, The Lighting Doctor; Interior Design by Turner Martin Design
Flexbility in downlights provide options for home decor. Photo: Randall Whitehead.

Flexible Downlights Key to Accentuating the Positive

As you have heard me explain before, lighting falls into four functions: task, accent, ambient and decorative. This time, I want to talk about accent lighting specifically, and here’s why: Something…
Air Quality in the Home, Laurence Carr
Air Quality can impact home wellness, especially in this year of coronavirus.

How Air Quality Can Enhance the Home Environment and How to Attain It

It has been a unique year that has reshaped how important things are that we used to take for granted. As the Holiday season is here, I wanted to touch on the topic of indoor air quality to optimize…