Mirror, Mirror

Reflections on Good Taste Some of the earliest mirrors were made of obsidian, stone, copper and bronze. Metal-coated glass mirrors are said to have been invented in Sidon (modern-day Lebanon) in the first century AD. Glass mirrors backed with gold leaf are mentioned by the Roman author Pliny in his Natural History, written in about 77 AD. Here are some

Elegant Fortuny Fabric

 A rare vintage find! This fine example of Fortuny textiles, is a one-of-a-kind roll that measures 10+ yards in length. The Mazzarino pattern incorporates urns of flowers, charming monkeys and lions in the design. Mazzarino Pattern .  .  . Fortuny fabric is still produced in the same factory on the island of Giudecca in Venice, on the

Lighting Rhythms

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths / Enwrought with golden and silver light / The blue and the dim and the dark cloths / Of night and light and the half light… If you’re wondering what this Yeats passage has to do with lighting your home, the answer is probably almost nothing. It’s not the poem

Light Switches & Home Automation

The options for light switches are vast, from your standard single-pole switch (this is the simple one you’re used to that flicks on and off), to timers, motion-sensors, dimmers, dimmer combo switches, and full home automation. Home automation is growing in popularity, and gone are the days when controlling everything from one easy to use computer

Soffit Lighting

Soffit is pronounced like “saw fit” with the accent on the first syllable, as in “firstly, she saw fit to keep everyone confident with their pronunciations.” It is a derivative from the Latin suffigere or “fasten under”. That’s all it is, an architectural term for a light fastened under a hanging structure. It is a cousin

Lighting the Foyer

What better place to start a conversation then here, the first place a guest will admire your home, the venue in which you’ll exchange your first few words, and the space of first impressions. The foyer, or the front hall, means a lot of different things to different people depending on the nuances, personalities, and sizes

DESIGN in the Year 2013

COLORS According to the Pantone Fashion Color Reports, the French Roast, Honey Gold, Pink Flambé, Ultramarine Green and other fall colors of the year of Tangerine Tango, will give way to the soft hues of spring 2013: Dusk Blue, Tender Shoots, Lemon Zest, Linen, Poppy Red, Grayed Jade, African Violet, Monaco Blue, Nectarine; it will be