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Incandescent, CFL, LED

We all pretty much know how bright a 100W bulb is.
We have also grown more familiar with the compact fluorescent lamps, even though there seems to be some confusion as to “translating” the brightness of the two.
“What is 15W fluorescent comparable to?”  We often hear that question in our showroom.
And then there is the LED. And all the packages now talk about is lumens. Why can’t they just give us the measurement in watts?

Well, watts are actually a measurement of energy use, not brightness.  A compact fluorescent bulb might produce the same amount of brightness as your traditional incandescent bulb, but will use a lot  less energy, or watts. Lumens tell you how much light you are getting from a bulb.

The back of each package of light bulbs now have a “Lighting Facts” label modeled after the “Nutrition Facts” label on food packages. The Lighting Facts label will provide information about:

  • brightness;
  • energy cost;
  • the bulb’s life expectancy;
  • light appearance (for example, if the bulb provides “warm” or “cool” light);
  • wattage (the amount of energy the bulb uses); and
  • whether the bulb contains mercury.

New Back Label for Bulbs Containing Mercury


Artemide IN-EI-Mendori

I love it how the lighted IN-EI sculpures by Issey Miyake enhance the windows of our showroom.
Yesterday I enjoyed a beautiful sunset on the mountains across the street while the IN-EI sculptures were glowing in the fadng light.
They are all so stunning!
This is my favorite: the Mendori. It looks different from every angle.


Artemide IN-EI Mendori designed by Issey Miyake


Oh, I love that light!!

5W LED, how bright is that, like in Watt?

In our showroom we constantly get questions like that about the new LED lamping. Understandably so, since it’s a totally new concept for all of us.

Here are some watts-to-lumens equivalents for light bulbs:

  • To replace a 100-watt incandescent bulb, look for a bulb that gives you about 1600 lumens.
  • To replace a 75-watt incandescent bulb, look for a bulb that gives you about 1100 lumens.
  • To replace a 60-watt incandescent bulb, look for a bulb that gives you about 800 lumens.
  • To replace a 40-watt incandescent bulb, look for a bulb that gives you about 450 lumens.
  • (Courtesy of American Lighting Association)

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DIY Galvanized Pipe Curtain Rod

Last year we put up a partition in our showroom with a galvanized pipe and a huge canvas drop cloth. It looked awesome -and even better, it was inexpensive!
A lot of you, who stopped by the showroom asked how we did it.

Today I stumbled across these instructions that I can share with everyone.













On that note I have to show you the Michael McHale chandeliers: We have had them in our showroom for several years and love their whimsical blend of galvanized pipe and crystals.

Michael McHale Banqueting Chandelier


Mango Avocado Crab Salad

Mango Avocado Lobster Salad

Avocado, Mango, Crab salad
(the recipe I have been asked the most to send to people this summer.
Since I never cook religiously with recipes the amounts are all approximate.)

1 cup cubed avocado
1 cup cubed mango
1 cup cubed cucumber
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
fresh greens
a few cherry tomatoes
1/2 chopped jalapeno
1 cup shrimp, lump crab meat or lobster tail
1T fresh lime juice
1T apple cider vinegar
2T olive oil
salt, pepper


Kichler Moxie Collection

Moxie by Kichler

The Kichler Lighting Moxie collection presents a warm, smooth contemporary statement.
This updated retro design gives a warm touch to a very geometric silhouette. Horizontal bars curve in and out, balancing each other in a yin and yang. A rectangular linen fabric shade and white etched glass diffuser soften the look.


Tech Lighting Melt Pendant

Tech Lighting Melt pendant

The Melt pendant from Tech Lighting is a great fit for this transitional kitchen.

Its teardrop shape it is closed on the bottom. It therefore spreads more ambient light than direct down light.

In my experience this pendant has a several pros and one con:
Pros: great design, heavy duty glass, Shade can be removed and washed in the sink (!)
Con: Here in the Southwest it does fill up with moths in the fall. Major yuck! – then again- shade removes easily.


Tech Lighting Boreal Pendant

Tech Lighting Boreal Pendant

The Boreal pendant lights from Tech Lighting feature natural hemp fabric shades with recycled paper backing topped with recycled sand-cast bronze metal work.
They go beautifully with this kitchen in neutral, warm wood tones – and they are far enough away from the cooktop and other heavy-duty work areas where splatters and grease could be a problem.


Tech Lighting Zenith

Tech Lighting Zenith pendant

The Zenith pendant from Tech Lighting has a slender, organic-shaped glass with vertical stringers to add depth and dimension.

It fits beautifully in this crisp, white kitchen.




Tech Lighting Oak Park Pendant

Tech Lighting Oak Park pendants

Tech Lighting Oak Park pendants

The Tech Lighting Oak Park pendant takes center stage in this great kitchen by Drury Design Kitchen and Bath Studio.
The stunning counters and backsplash are lit with recessed lights.
Over the island the Oak Park low voltage fixtures make the gorgeous surface material sparkle.
The right light can bring out the nuances of your counter tops and really let them stand out.