It’s Time for a New Switch

Attention, attention! You need to check out this collection available at Atlantic Lighting Studio! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skCpYrqonwA

Adorne is a new collection from Legrande of innovative swtiches, dimmers, outlets, wall plates and also wireless systems for the home. The Adorne collection shows off its incredible and efficient technology that makes you feel like you jumped into the future. With just a tap of a finger, a wave of a hand, or even your presence in the room can control the lighting of your entire home.

Have you ever imagined an outlet that could do more than just be plugged into? From an outlet that hides until you need it, to convenient in-wall smart device connections, Adorne has taken the ordinary to an extraordinary level.

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Adorne also has 32 beautiful wall plate options for you to choose from. No matter what decor your room has, Adorne has a switch for you so you can add a little fun to your home. Check out the Product Visualizer on Adorne’s website allows you to make sure your wall plate suits your look:

http://www.legrand.ca/adorne/plan/product-visualizer.aspx#.VE_pkiLF-So

Nightlights come in all shapes and sizes – but finding a sophisticated nightlight that hides itself proves to be a difficult task. Adorne took the standard nightlight and converted it to pure brilliance. With a simple touch, the nightlight appears. With a simple push, the nightlight detaches from the wall and can be used as a portable flashlight.

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Enjoy the living space of the future without rewiring the entire house. Adorne’s Wireless Home Systems feature devices that “talk” to each other and you can control wirelessly. Now, you can create lighting scenes that put your home in the very best light. Take a look at Adorne’s “Tricks of Light”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSHr2mniL8U

Want more fun? MeeIntercomDoorbell_Webt the revolutionized peephole. The Adorne Wireless Video Intercom Kit includes one exterior video doorbell camera and one interior intercom unit to receive camera images, so you can see who’s at the front door from multiple locations in your home.

 

 

 

The best part about the Adorne collection is that you can order everything from Atlantic Lighting Studio and you can also check out the beautiful display in our studio!

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Lighting Styles

Is your home in desperate need of something unique? It’s hard to keep up to date with the modern trends of lighting in today’s society, but thinking “outside-the-box” can definitely give you an edge with style. Hanging just one fixture in a room is no longer the most popular style. Nancy McCoy (a lighting designer from San Francisco, USA) has shown a couple ways to make your home “pop” by using two different techniques of lighting.

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By having a cluster of lighting fixtures, it provides freedom to move furniture around in many areas of the room, but also adds a bold sophistication.

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Rail lighting is another designer trend. It is a unique way to pull electricity around the room, but it also stands out as a sculptural design.

Goode Fun

Creating a lighting plan and helping select lighting for Kerri and Jeff Goode was a blast! They walked into the showroom with open minds and good humour and it wasn’t long before I discovered their new home would be touched here and there with whimsy and imagination.  The lighting programme for their new ultra energy efficient home called for energy efficiency, uniqueness that reflected their taste and sense of fun, and as low budget as we could manage.

To meet the objectives of their programme, I focused on selecting fixtures and locations that would provide the maximum amount of light in the best possible locations.  I specified omnidirectional fixtures that would reflect additional light off the ceilings and used energy efficient LED and CFL bulbs throughout.   I made certain not to over light, but did ensure that the lighting plan provided a generous amount of light for tasks, accent and ambiance.

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Once we were all clear on the plan and the types of fixtures required at each location, we were free to have some fun, selecting from a mad array of lighting options.  We met in person, emailed and made full use of Pinterest to assemble all ideas.

Here’s a photo the Goodes presented early on which speaks volumes on how they envisioned the lighting for their new home.  It wasn’t necessarily to be taken literally, but it told me a great deal about the look and feel they were seeking.

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These curvy pendants were the catalyst that led the way to the choices of dining room chandelier, living room pendant, hall, bedroom and bathroom vanity lights.

LivingRoomThis gorgeous green pendant, nicknamed “Race Day Hat” by Kerri and Jeff, graces the coffered ceiling of their living room in the open plan.  The curved form works splendidly with the kitchen island that’s in full view and a few feet away.

The dining room, also in full view of the kitchen, livingroom and front entry, has windows on the south and east and Jeff really wanted the sunlight, streaming in, to dazzle and play off surfaces.  What better way to create movement and colour and sparkle than to add some crystal bling!

Dining RoomWe all agreed that this combination of chrome, rows of circles and the decidely modern form would present chandelier sparkle without looking too grown up.

This puffy, donutty shape was little pricy for the budget, but it did inspire the hall and bedroom lights.

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A row of these fun little ceiling lights, at $53 and only 5.75″ diameter, light up the galley kitchen as well as halls and doorways.

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MasterBathThis bathroom vanity light (one for either side of the mirror) picks up on the shapes of the lighting throughtout the home and provides just the right amount of sparkle to compliment the mini crystal chandelier over the tub.  Best of all, the frosted inside of the glass diffuses the light for good grooming.

Here are a few photos of the finshed results.

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Two small and one larger pendant provide ample task light over the island, while ceiling-mounted lights illuminate the cabinet faces and ceiling.  These were a more budget-conscious option compared to recessed lighting in this insulated ceiling.  There is undercabinet task lighting and a receptacle in place so Kerri and Jeff can add over-cabinet lighting when the budget allows.

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Notice how the curves in the chandelier over the bathtub mirror the curves of the faucet and even the tub!  Oh my! and the bathroom scales, as well!P1013466P1013469P1013472
Wall-mounted, puffy, cloud-like fixtures light the way in the short bedroom hall, rather than the usual ceiling lights.P1013478P1013473I feel a deep gratitude toward Kerri and Jeff who were delightfully fun to work with, but more importantly, invited me to share my lighting knowledge and considered all ideas.  I’m honoured to have had the privilege of getting to know them and seeing their dream home come to life.  Here are Jeff and Kerri’s thoughts on their experience which they so generously and thoughtfully recorded for me:

“The lighting in our home is a source of pleasure for us each and every day and we cannot begin to express our gratitude to all the staff at Atlantic Lighting Studio. We are now your biggest fans and cannot recommend or speak highly enough of you!  Thank you so much for all your help!”

Kerri and Jeff Goode

Hubbardton Forge – Modern American Blacksmiths

Looking for hand-crafted, inspired modern lighting classics?  Hubbardton Forge delivers. Here’s their story:

1974…It was the year of the Watergate scandal, The Sting was a box-office hit, and aspiring artists and entrepreneurs George Chandler and Reed Hampton fired up their first blacksmithing forge in a drafty old Vermont barn.

With anvils, swage blocks, trip hammers and other tools from a bygone era, the two set out to revive the nearly forgotten craft of hand-forging raw metal into functional art. Their innovative designs became recognized for their simplicity and integrity. From these humble beginnings, one of the most respected brands in the industry was born.

Today, Hubbardton Forge is the oldest and largest commercial forge in the country with a team of over 200 people creating hand-forged lighting of timeless beauty and artistry…an American wrought-iron renaissance.

Come visit our showroom at 430 Main Street in Wolfville to experience the quality of Hubbardton Forge in person.

The Art of Lighting

Think of a light fixture as an objet d’art for your home.

Lighting is possibly the most powerful tool you have when it comes to interior design. Why invest in beautiful furniture, rugs, paintings and accessories if you are living in the dark? When looking for a light fixture, think of yourself as a curator looking for a perfect piece of art.

Like art, a fabulous fixture can make a strong design statement as well as provide illumination for your space. Don’t be afraid to add interest by using a modern fixture in a traditionally decorated room or vice versa. Find one special piece and build your room around it.
– courtesy of the American Lighting Association
  Bright Ideas, Issue No. 27, March 2012

We have, on our team, two Lighting Specialists, a Certified Lighting Consultant and a Certified Interior Decorator.  We would be delighting to  help you select the perfect objet d’art for your space.