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Home Sweet Home

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In addition to reading my daily blog, I hope you are all following the progress of my apartment renovation in my bi-monthly column in Martha Stewart Living, as well.  In my September column, I explained the process of lightening my floors and in November, Martha and I organize and set up my kitchen. From time to time, I will also appear with Martha on The Martha Stewart Show to talk about what's happening with my renovation and also share some information about what I have learned along the way. In case you missed it, here's a recent clip from the show that gives you an overview of what's to come.

Weekly Radio Segment

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Every Thursday afternoon I walk to the radio production room in our offices at Starrett-Lehigh, put on my headphones, and begin my half-hour radio segment on Martha Stewart Living Radio with host, Mario Bosquez. Our most recent shows have been about flooring (care and maintenance, refinishing, alternative options, etc.), lighting, my favorite design and book stores, outdoor fabrics, painted furniture and finishes and seasonal flower arrangements, among others.

MSL radio, like the company itself, covers everything from entertaining, home and food, to pet care and healthy living. A long roster of experts host daily and weekly segments, but two of my personal favorites are Martha's daily segment, "Ask Martha," and the always hilarious "Whatever with Alexis and Jennifer."

Here's a clip from one of my segments a couple of Thursday's ago. I hope to post rebroadcasts more regularly for those of my readers without Sirius Satellite radio. Click HERE for a free 3 day trial in the meantime!

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Listen in every Thursday at 3:30 on Sirius 112 or XM 157.

http://www.marthastewart.com/radio

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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.