You may remember that I have been following the ban on incandescent (Edison) light bulbs over the past year or so (with an update found here). Congress passed a law in 2007, which raises the standards on energy efficiency for light bulbs manufactured and imported into the US. The new standards effectively banned the manufacture and sale of standard incandescent bulbs, since these do not meet the new standards for energy efficiency.
As a designer, I have been following this story because lighting is a HUGE part of any interior project. Compact fluorescent bulbs just don’t have the warmth or the look of incandescent bulbs, and LED lights just don’t light surfaces effectively enough (yet) for my taste.
I put together a list of 5 gift ideas for folks who LOVE to renovate their homes. Everyone has a hammer; hopefully these ideas will give you inspiration for the people left on your gift list this holiday season!
What DIY tools would you have on your own wish list?
And….the 2012 Pantone Color of the Year is…..
Frank Lloyd Wright is arguably one of the most famous architects in US history. Not only are his homes and commercial spaces still visited regularly by tourists, but his style has inspired home designs in neighborhoods around the country. From Taliesin to Fallingwater to the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Frank Lloyd Wright has his fingerprints imbedded in some of the most recognizable buildings in America.
As an interior designer, I had always heard that Wright had no use for anyone in my profession. While I knew that he designed much of his own furniture, stained glass and other decorative items for the interiors of the homes he designed, I never realized the extent to which he took his design perfectionism.
"Fallingwater" photo courtesy the Library of Congress website
Better Homes and Gardens asked readers what spaces they plan to add to their homes this year. It seems that folks are once again dreaming and planning to improve their homes this year after 2 years of waiting.
Although it didn’t exactly make the list, I have been dreaming of a new mudroom. I live in an older home – built well before the days of organized, spacious mudrooms with built-in storage and closets. Instead, if you walk into the back door of my home you land squarly in the kitchen. I constantly battle with a pile of wet, muddy shoes, baskets of hats and mittens, and coats layered over the bench.
My dream is to add a mudroom on to the back of my house. I have it all planned – in my head, at least. And, I don’t think it would be horribly expensive as far as additions go – no plumbing or basement required. But, oooooohhhhh, would it add to the function of my home and efficiency of my life!
What spaces are on your must-have list this year – or next? Leave a comment here – I enjoy hearing about your dreams, too!
How exciting! For the second time in several weeks, one of my interior design projects was chosen to be featured on the Ava Living website! I’m honored to have been selected from 1,000s of projects worldwide. Click the link to check out the project in more detail.