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Apartment Lighting

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The concealed ceiling lighting as you come into the apartment.  As you can see, it's pretty harsh.

1 The concealed ceiling lighting as you come into the apartment. As you can see, it's pretty harsh.

I'm thinking about maybe installing some sconces here in place of the overhead lighting.  I also want to install dimmers on all the wall switches to really control the light levels in every room.

2 I'm thinking about maybe installing some sconces here in place of the overhead lighting. I also want to install dimmers on all the wall switches to really control the light levels in every room.

A close up view of the concealed ceiling lighting in the entry hall.  The living room also has this style of lighting.  I think it will really distract from the nighttime views.

3 A close up view of the concealed ceiling lighting in the entry hall. The living room also has this style of lighting. I think it will really distract from the nighttime views.

The living room is equipped with floor outlets for lamps although I'm not sure I want lamps in the living room because you will see their reflections in the windows at night.

4 The living room is equipped with floor outlets for lamps although I'm not sure I want lamps in the living room because you will see their reflections in the windows at night.

The wall switch in the dining room has both motorized shade and light controls for the dining room and living room. Lutron (www.lutron.com) makes a great selection of dimmer switches.  I know I will definitely be adding some here.

5 The wall switch in the dining room has both motorized shade and light controls for the dining room and living room. Lutron (www.lutron.com) makes a great selection of dimmer switches. I know I will definitely be adding some here.

This is the current lighting situation in my dining room.  I love the industrial look but this may be too literal.

6 This is the current lighting situation in my dining room. I love the industrial look but this may be too literal.

The kitchen has under cabinet lighting as well as some recessed lighting overhead.

7 The kitchen has under cabinet lighting as well as some recessed lighting overhead.

I do like how it illuminates the work areas nicely.

8 I do like how it illuminates the work areas nicely.

My cooktop.  It's easy to see what's cooking.

9 My cooktop. It's easy to see what's cooking.

Although right now, it's mostly take out.

10 Although right now, it's mostly take out.

The powder room has built in lighting behind the medicine cabinet mirror.

11 The powder room has built in lighting behind the medicine cabinet mirror.

The front door has a strip of lighting in the glass panel next to it.  I like the effect it gives and often use it as night light.

12 The front door has a strip of lighting in the glass panel next to it. I like the effect it gives and often use it as night light.

The hallway leading to the master bedroom.  It contains two walk in closets, the master bathroom and a reach in closet.

13 The hallway leading to the master bedroom. It contains two walk in closets, the master bathroom and a reach in closet.

Again, the same lighting situation as the entry hall and living room areas.

14 Again, the same lighting situation as the entry hall and living room areas.

The closet lighting is so minimal.  I'm sure once it's filled with clothes, it would be difficult to see in here.

15 The closet lighting is so minimal. I'm sure once it's filled with clothes, it would be difficult to see in here.

The lighting in the reach in closet.  Not really what I had in mind.

16 The lighting in the reach in closet. Not really what I had in mind.

The master bathroom lighting.  Built in lighting behind the mirror and also recessed overhead lighting.

17 The master bathroom lighting. Built in lighting behind the mirror and also recessed overhead lighting.

I actually like the lighting in the bathrooms.

18 I actually like the lighting in the bathrooms.

It's nice to just turn these on and leave the overhead lighting off, especially on trips to the bathroom during the night.  A lot less squinting.

19 It's nice to just turn these on and leave the overhead lighting off, especially on trips to the bathroom during the night. A lot less squinting.

An accent light in my bathtub.  Do you hear a fog horn in the distance?

20 An accent light in my bathtub. Do you hear a fog horn in the distance?

Bob Tobin, my contractor, talks me down from an intense discussion on lighting.

21 Bob Tobin, my contractor, talks me down from an intense discussion on lighting.

The bedroom has no installed lighting at the moment.  I really want to have sconces in here though for reading when I move my bed.

22 The bedroom has no installed lighting at the moment. I really want to have sconces in here though for reading when I move my bed.

Since my post a few weeks ago on bedside lighting, I have been considering the existing lighting in my own apartment. Although the apartment has walls of windows and gets amazing light throughout the day, I need to start thinking about the types of lighting I want to have in each room. I don't want the lighting or fixtures to become intrusive or distract from the views in any way, especially at night. Right now the existing lighting is pretty minimal, as you will see in the photos. I set up a meeting with my contractor, Bob Tobin of BC Interiors , to talk about some of my options. Together, I'm sure we will  come up with some great lighting solutions for my apartment.

Bedside Lighting

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Image via http://designfragment.blogspot.com/

1 Image via http://designfragment.blogspot.com/

I love how these Architect's lamps are tucked into this room dividing headboard.

2 I love how these Architect's lamps are tucked into this room dividing headboard.

The BL 1 Table Lamp.  Available at www.suiteny.com

3 The BL 1 Table Lamp. Available at www.suiteny.com

Jielde lamps come in wonderful colors.  A great selection is available at www.roomonline.com

4 Jielde lamps come in wonderful colors. A great selection is available at www.roomonline.com

The 1-Light French Task Collection from Martha Stewart Signature.  Available at marthastewart.com

5 The 1-Light French Task Collection from Martha Stewart Signature. Available at marthastewart.com

Serge Mouille Licensed Edition Standing Lamp.  Available at www.gueridon.com

6 Serge Mouille Licensed Edition Standing Lamp. Available at www.gueridon.com

One solution to bedside lighting is using adjustable arm lamps placed on either side of the bed.  They come in both table and floor sizes. If you are reluctant to hard-wire a sconce, this can be a great option for you. These lamps allow you to direct the light where you need it and are great for reading or working in bed. They will definitely add a modern feel to your room. If you find a pair you like a tag sale, I suggest painting them in a wonderful enamel color to brighten up the space.  Have fun!

Putting It Together

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A collection of items from around the office.

1 A collection of items from around the office.

Some fabric swatches in blues.

2 Some fabric swatches in blues.

Some green swatches and trim.

3 Some green swatches and trim.

I grabbed some leftover paint from our Design and Fabrication Department to use in the composition.

4 I grabbed some leftover paint from our Design and Fabrication Department to use in the composition.

I think these colors look great together. I used some chopsticks to mix the paints since I couldn't find any stir sticks.

5 I think these colors look great together. I used some chopsticks to mix the paints since I couldn't find any stir sticks.

I love this shot.  It's inspiring me to create something really beautiful.

6 I love this shot. It's inspiring me to create something really beautiful.

I begin to put the pieces down on the white paper.

7 I begin to put the pieces down on the white paper.

Moving from left to right, I try to make everything fit together and flow.

8 Moving from left to right, I try to make everything fit together and flow.

Everything looks good from this side.

9 Everything looks good from this side.

This side is pretty good, too.

10 This side is pretty good, too.

When it's all done, this will become the 9

11 When it's all done, this will become the 9" x 2" header for my blog.

The set up with the camera overhead.

12 The set up with the camera overhead.

I think it's finally ready.

13 I think it's finally ready.

I can preview the images on the monitor and then tweak and make changes until I'm happy with the final result.

14 I can preview the images on the monitor and then tweak and make changes until I'm happy with the final result.

I love the way my blog header looks.  I wanted it to contain many of the elements used in the design process.  I raided the office for tools, fabric swatches, paint, fixtures, etc. -- anything that I could find to create the composition.  Working with our in-house photographer, Ray, I rolled out some white, seamless paper on the studio floor as a background and began to compose my header.  Here are some behind-the-scenes shots of how it came together.