Archive for November, 2009

Why is it that we increasingly find that making a choice about lighting is far more visceral than intellectual?  Is it the connection of seeing a vision completed with the right fixture making the whole picture fall into place? Is it the  intuitive “knowing” that the last piece of the design puzzle has been achieved? We believe its a combination of factors. Head and heart working together. To choose a piece without taking into consideration the scale would be short sighted. Harmony of the aesthetic and the practical should be the desired goal.  But ultimately there is nothing like that moment you experience every time you view your decision, “yes, that’s it, that’s just what I wanted”.

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A customer of ours, sent us photos of his new project in Ireland. This is his story:

“The project started about 5 years ago. I purchased 5 acres of land, while on holiday, in a small village called Kinlough, County Leitrim. This is the Northwest part Ireland. I can see the Northern Ireland border. I can also see the ocean, Donegal Bay. The house is on an unpaved road that goes over a mountain range and was used by the IRA for smuggling guns into the North many tears ago… The house sits pretty high up and overlooks Lough Melvin. Lough Melvin is known as the best Salmon fishing in all of Europe. My idea was to design a traditional looking Irish house from the outside, but give it an Alpine look inside. The home is about 2500 sq ft, but only has a kitchen/dining area, a grand living room, master bedroom with master bath and an upstairs loft to be used as a 2nd bedroom, with bath. Ceilings are about 30 ft high in kitchen/dining and grand room. This house has a very open feel. The house was constructed as a “Post and Beam” home. Beams are all together with wooden dowels, such as an Amish barn would be constructed. This is very unusual for Ireland.

Ireland Dining Area

[continued from letter]…The wall [in the photo] is my “Famine” wall. I based its looks on old, falling down famine cottages Ireland’s Great Famine 1845-1852) that are throughout the country side in Ireland. It is the full length of the house. It rises and then falls several times to meet the fireplace, and then falls again. It allows you to see all the crisscrossed beams between both rooms. There are 6 famine cottages, in the woods and around our property. There is a small fire-place on the kitchen side, and a large 8′ fireplace directly on the other side. I used wood or peat burning stoves in both fireplaces. Farmers still cut peat, for fuel, behind our house. All stone is reclaimed from old cottages and sheds, some over 200 years old. The roof is a natural “Heavy” slate. The exterior of the house is all the same reclaimed stone. Kitchen/dinning floors are chipped travertine. All other floors are reclaimed timbers from France. The kitchen was hand-made and hand painted by a small family company in Northern Ireland. The entire home is heated by Geo-Thermo. There are streams on both sides of the property and many many sheep! By the way, I’m not Irish, I just love it there. Almost forgot, there are many Foxglove plants surrounding the property, so we have named our Irish home the ‘Foxglove House’.”

He used our Mission Style lighting in the interior and our European Country Lantern for the Exterior Lighting.  You can see our previous post for more pictures. This Foxglove House is not quite done. We’re excited to see the finished home and will be sure to post more photos!

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Autumn.  Leaves turn bright hues, air becomes crisp, and daylight becomes a rare commodity.  Funny, you didn’t realize during the dog days of summer how gloomy that corner of the living room got or how you can no longer do paperwork at that desk by the window.  It’s usually at this time of year we see an increase in calls for lamps. This time last year we were in the midst of setting up our new showroom and restored lamps were in short supply. But, fear not, we have a selection of  unique vintage floor, table and desk  lamps that will bring warmth and illumination to any room. Go to our vintage site to view a remarkable assembly of one of a kind vintage/antique lamps.

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