Design Inspiration

2018: Year of the Smart Home, Part 2

Light + Building's “Smart Living in an E-House” exhibit was a mockup of an intelligent house, equipped throughout with cutting-edge smart products that provide greater comfort, safety and efficiency…
Vault Bath Light with four bulbs covered in caged mesh with brass accents from Quoizel
Quoizel Vault Bath Light

Vault Bath Light

Bathroom lighting need not be boring. The Vault bath light from Quoizel mixes industrial design with a little glamour. Steel mesh surrounds the Edison bulbs, and the brass accents add a touch of…
Outdoor kitchen and dining space with fireplace designed by Tres Jolie Maison
Designers Sue-Jolie Rioux and Timothy Boylan of Tres Jolie Maison design outdoor living spaces like this Florida outdoor kitchen to be an extension of in the indoors.

In the Outdoor Kitchen with Tres Jolie Maison

Part of the outdoor living trend, al fresco kitchens are having their moment in the sun — or shade as the case may be. As more consumers choose to stay home and entertain rather than go out on the…

Bath Lighting Beauties

Just ask the woman who realizes she’s wearing way too much bronzer at brunch or the man who missed a large swath of stumble on his chin — good bathroom lighting is pretty darn important. Of course,…
Tux three-light vanity light with glass surrounding the three bulbs and black accents on the metal from Capital lighting Fixture Co.
Capital Lighting Fixture Co. Tux Three-Light Vanity Light

Tux Three-Light Vanity

The Tux three-light vanity light from Capital Lighting Fixture Co. features three bulbs surrounded by clear glass. The metal bars and backplate are wrapped in a Black Tie finish.

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…
pexels kitchen island with stools
(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…
Light dining room in open floor plan
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.