Design Inspiration

Recessed Fixtures: The Hole Dilemma

Recessed fixtures have become a standard part of home interiors. Since the 1990s, people have been stuck with what I call the "contractor’s special," which is a grid of 6-inch-diameter downlights per…
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(Photo: Pexels)

What’s Hot in Kitchen Renovation Trends

Homeowners these days are obsessed with decluttering their kitchens, Houzz’s latest Kitchen Trends Study found. This is just one takeaway from the annual study which surveyed 1,734 U.S. homeowners…
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With open plan living, dining rooms need to learn how to join in. Photo by Dennis Anderson.

How to Light an Open Concept Dining Room

Rethinking How We Light Dining Rooms When I was growing up, the dining room was reserved strictly for company. As a family, we always ate in the kitchen. We rarely ventured into the dining room — it…
Aura pendants hanging in urban kitchen and above dining room table, pendants from Kichler Lighting
The products that homeowners are spending the most on in their kitchens and bathrooms pay surprise you. (Photo: Aura pendants from Kichler Lighting)

What Products Homeowners Want in Their Kitchens and Baths

Want to know what kitchen and bath products homeowners want? The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) latest research crunches the numbers from 2016, the most recent data available, to find…
Beckett counter stoop in gray with black legs and base from Moe's Home Collections
Moe's Home Collection Beckett Counter Stool

Beckett Counter Stool

Sturdy yet comfortable, the Beckett counter stool from Moe's Home Collection rests on a molded PVC seat frame with steel legs. The upholstery is available in gray or blue.
The inside lobby of the International Builders Show
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The Death of Farmhouse and Other Trends I Saw at KBIS

There is a lot for kitchen and bath designers to see and learn at Lightovation, so if you chose it over this year’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), I don’t blame you. Still, I went to KBIS,…
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This collection of Fiestaware is best illuminated from the front because it is solid. Photo by Randall Whitehead.

Shelf Awareness

  Q. What is the best way to light shelving? A. First off, you have to think about how translucent or opaque the objects are that you’re trying to illuminate. Solid items, like chinaware and books…
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Quoizel Bracer Bath Bar

Bracer Bath Bar

Part of Quoizel's Platinum collection, the Bracer bath bar has a seeded acrylic cylinder with an integrated LED light. Measures 18 inches wide.
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(Photo: Seigle’s Cabinet Center)

Share of Showroom

Rent takes a big bite out of profits, but what if there was a way to cut that expense and generate new business in the process? Opening your showroom up to a complementary business generates a number…
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(Photo: Ron Elkins)

Last Look with Lisa Elkins

For Lisa Elkins of Chicago-based 2 Point Perspective, sustainability happens when all the parts of a design contribute. Here the LEED-accredited architect peels apart this Kenilworth, IL, kitchen to…