How To Light A Living Room

Proper lighting of the living room is a part of being a homeowner. Given the importance of the living room, as it’s where most of the time is typically spent with friends and family, properly lighting it will allow your family and guests to get the most enjoyment possible out of your home. With proper […]

How To Light A Wine Cellar

Wine cellars by design are meant to be cool and dark places. With this in mind, many homeowners overlook the lighting in their wine cellar entirely and just pick whatever works. But, there are some considerations you should make when deciding upon lighting to choose for your wine cellar. In this post from the Illuminaries […]

Choosing the best foyer light for your home

How to choose the best foyer lighting The foyer is both one of the most important and one of the most overlooked areas in a home. It’s not hard to see how this space might escape notice in smaller homes where the foyer is barely noticeable. But even in homes with a grand entryway, this […]


LIGHTING OUTDOOR ROOMS Highlight your favorite structural aspects and impress your guests with customized colors and styles. Make your outdoor space the feature of parties at night as well as during the day. Let’s take a look at some of the ways to improve safety, comfort, and ambiance in the outdoor areas you spend the […]


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Layered Lighting Basics

How to Layer lighting Lighting a home may not be as simple as you’d think—but it doesn’t have to be complicated, either. Comfort, utility and beauty can be achieved using layered lighting: Ambient light to provide general illumination and comfort, task lighting for utilitarian jobs and accent lighting to dress up any room. Layering your […]

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How to use different types of lighting fixtures

THE BASICS of Choosing Lighting Fixtures Different types of lighting fixtures and how to use them Many options exist for providing light in a home, from integrated architectural solutions that require contractors and tradesmen, to decorative lamps that need only be placed on a table and plugged in to the nearest outlet. Although some types […]

Mediterranean vs Spanish Style Homes

Differences Between Mediterranean Style and Spanish Style Homes The Mediterranean Sea wraps around the lower part of Europe and it includes several countries, including Spain. This area is known for its warm weather, beautiful beaches and vineyards, delightful villages and gorgeous mountain views. The architecture throughout the area shares many of the same features including […]

Essential Outdoor Lighting Tips

5 Essential Outdoor Lighting Basics It’s easy to recognize good outdoor lighting when you see it. When the sun goes down, the house looks welcoming – there are no dark shadows, and entrances and the driveway are well-lit, secure and beautiful. You can create the same welcoming ambiance for your home with a good outdoor […]

Spanish Style Lighting – Tips for Designers

SPANISH IRON LIGHTING FOR THE DESIGNER Spanish Iron Lighting has a rich history that can be beautifully incorporated into your client’s interior and exterior overall Spanish design. Wrought iron lighting is more than capable of carrying its own weight in your decor. See these ideas on how to use wrought iron lighting to elevate the […]

Defining Elements of Spanish Style Design

Inspiring Influences – Spanish Style Spanish-style interior & exterior designs are always very flavorful and vibrant and it’s no wonder we want to replicate the look in our homes. In order to do that you need to know the basics. It’s important to be familiar with the style and its defining characteristics so you get […]


SPANISH COLONIAL ARCHITECTURAL INFLUENCE If you remember any of your American history, the British had enormous political and cultural impact on the new world. British-inspired homes, for example, are so prevalent in the United States they’re just called Colonial. But another nation’s influence will be noticed throughout the country. Spanish Colonial homes were first built […]