Luminous Ideas for LED Lighting

We love LED lighting because it is easy to install and more energy efficient than traditional lighting. We often see it tucked under handrails in staircases or hidden underneath cabinets to provide directional lighting. But LEDs are extremely versatile and the opportunities to use them are virtually endless. See below for some of our favorite unique ways to use LED lighting in your next project.

Light up the Garden: As the warm July sun continues to heat up, there is nothing better than sitting in the backyard in evening and feeling a cool breeze. Attaching LED lighting strips behind bricks or under steps not only helps to guide one's way as night sets, but also gives a magical garden feel and is perfect for outdoor parties.

Light up the Garden:

As the warm July sun continues to heat up, there is nothing better than sitting in the backyard in evening and feeling a cool breeze. Attaching LED lighting strips behind bricks or under steps not only helps to guide one's way as night sets, but also gives a magical garden feel and is perfect for outdoor parties.

Illusions with Light: Have you ever wished your first floor bath could have a little more natural light? CorLux, a European company, has developed a lighting system using LED that mimics the look and feel of natural light. Genius!  

Illusions with Light:

Have you ever wished your first floor bath could have a little more natural light? CorLux, a European company, has developed a lighting system using LED that mimics the look and feel of natural light. Genius!  

Illuminate the Walls: This innovative wallpaper by Meystyle integrates LED lighting into its fabric. It is the same thickness as conventional wallpaper and can be installed in the same way (with the addition of an electrical socket.) The sophisticated designs can turn any wall into an luminescent work of art.

Illuminate the Walls:

This innovative wallpaper by Meystyle integrates LED lighting into its fabric. It is the same thickness as conventional wallpaper and can be installed in the same way (with the addition of an electrical socket.) The sophisticated designs can turn any wall into an luminescent work of art.

A Splash of Inspiration

When it comes to backsplashes, we love subway tile for it’s versatility, charm, and-if selected properly-unbeatable cost.  But if you are looking for inspiration for something unique and different to adorn the walls of your dream kitchen, keep reading!

This beautiful hexagonal tile is an eye-catching shape in layers of deep and serene blue.   It would work wonderfully as a backsplash to walnut kitchen cabinets or hold it’s own on an accent wall.

This beautiful hexagonal tile is an eye-catching shape in layers of deep and serene blue.   It would work wonderfully as a backsplash to walnut kitchen cabinets or hold it’s own on an accent wall.

The antiqued mirror of this backsplash is a timeless style that is simple and easy to clean.  It also has an added benefit of a reflection, which tricks the eye into adding depth to the space.

The antiqued mirror of this backsplash is a timeless style that is simple and easy to clean.  It also has an added benefit of a reflection, which tricks the eye into adding depth to the space.

Marble has made a strong come-back in the design industry recently for a good reason-it captures the essence of upscale modern with it’s clean edges and luscious vein designs.  We love this marble backsplash because the material is opulent but also comfortable-it would provide the perfect backdrop to a fancy dinner party, but also an afternoon of cooking with the family.

Marble has made a strong come-back in the design industry recently for a good reason-it captures the essence of upscale modern with it’s clean edges and luscious vein designs.  We love this marble backsplash because the material is opulent but also comfortable-it would provide the perfect backdrop to a fancy dinner party, but also an afternoon of cooking with the family.

Summer Solace

As summer is quickly approaching and the heat is setting in, we are dreaming of outdoor living spaces.  There is no better way to relax from a long day of work than to enjoy a cool summer evening outside.  Check out some of our favorite spaces below!

This covered patio creates a comfortable outdoor dining room and kitchen, and would be a dynamite space for a family or friend gathering.  We love the hanging pendants and chandeliers, which give the space a “magic garden” feel, and the rugged wooden beams above.  On the practical side, the fan and space heaters help to make the space comfortable from winter through summer.

This space captures that special “je ne sais quoi” of the French countryside, where time moves slowly and good friends and wine are always close by.  The low wooden chairs and white sectional with haphazardly thrown pillows invite us to sit down, relax, and take our time.  The grapevines that wind around the columns and through the overhang connect the space to the lush garden, just a step away.  C’est la bonne vie!

This sweet little garden corner is a great space to chat with a friend, read a book, or just enjoy the sun.  We love that the space is both contemporary and comfortable, with the sleek concrete coffee table, rugged wooden couch base, and plush white pillows.  The lush and colorful garden beyond is the perfect backdrop to the scene-no need for artwork or wallpaper!

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Light it up! Sonoma Farmhouse Lighting Guide

For the Sonoma Farmhouse, we have assembled a collage of sconces, pendants, and chandeliers to adorn each room. The pieces are rustic, subtly lustrous, and are sure to add brilliance to any room.

The Vintage Candelabra (#8) hangs in the living room as the centerpiece to the ensemble. Inspired from antique mid-20th century industrial fixtures, the piece is rugged with a hint of grandeur. It will hang in the family room, encircling family life and gatherings in the home. We can't wait to see it fit in with the other elements of the modern farmhouse.

Ranging from rustic chic to mid century modern, each luminous piece is distinctive but fits well with in the collection. As the Sonoma Farmhouse comes to completion, we will be posting more photos and updates. Stay tuned, as it the final product is sure to be brilliant!

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Counter-Intuitive Countertops

Marble and granite are what we immediately think of when we think of high-end countertops. And while they are both beautiful materials, today we are going to highlight some less often used materials to adorn your dream kitchen countertops.

Concrete: effortless and sleek, concrete can be a great option for kitchen countertops. The concrete countertops in this kitchen add softness to the space and fit with the kitchen's industrial feel. Concrete can be stained, polished, and molded into virtually any form.

Wood: highly heat resistant and ideal for food prep when sealed properly, wood countertops are a welcoming and friendly option for kitchen countertops. The wood countertops in this kitchen are warm and beautifully textured.

Soap Stone: a material that hails back to our middle school chem lab, soapstone is making a come-back in kitchen counterops for a good reason. A natural stone material, soapstone is heat and stain resistant, and doesn't need to be sealed. The dark, matte surface of the soapstone in this kitchen is both modern and sophisticated.

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Not all that glitters is gold

Switch up metal finishes in fixtures, tables, and hardware to create a subtle contrast.  Here's how we used different metal finishes in our staging project at Hillegass.

The brushed nickel floor lamps and mirror, polished brass sconces, bronze tone table legs and aged brass side table provide contrast to keep the space interesting and playfully eclectic.

The brushed nickel floor lamps and mirror, polished brass sconces, bronze tone table legs and aged brass side table provide contrast to keep the space interesting and playfully eclectic.

This whimsical polished brass pendant shines next to the dark, powder coated steel table legs, and the polished nickel used in the kitchen contrasts with the dining room and sets the space at a less formal tone.

This whimsical polished brass pendant shines next to the dark, powder coated steel table legs, and the polished nickel used in the kitchen contrasts with the dining room and sets the space at a less formal tone.

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Opposites Attract

Define the array of different elements that come together to make a functioning kitchen. Without contrast, all of the pieces can blur together and loose their distinction.

color moves our eyes upward, how things are intend in nature with our source of light above us.

Reverse a color scheme by using black tiled wall backsplash with the light marble countertops. Another beautiful way to demonstrate how opposites attract!

Reverse a color scheme by using black tiled wall backsplash with the light marble countertops. Another beautiful way to demonstrate how opposites attract!

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study in contrast

Let's focus on contrast.  While contrast by definition is a juxtaposition of unlike things, including contrast in an interior space doesn’t have to be jarring or uncomfortable.  When used correctly, it can draw out elements of a space and create interest and intrigue. 

The black tiles of this sleek, bachelor pad bathroom provide beautiful contrast with the bright white walls and cabinet.  The antique brass showerhead and grab bar add another layer of contrast and warmth to the space.

The dark-stained wood cabinets in this lustrous kitchen contrast strongly with the white marble back splash wall and counter tops.  The sharp angles of the cut marble contrast with the soft, flowing veins in the material, and the wood and metal materials add warmth and softness to the space.

This inviting bathroom is a contrast of whimsy and sophistication.  The colorful artwork and the connection to the outdoors give a feel of ease and playfulness, while the intricate tiles and black and white color scheme give an air of elegant sophistication. 

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