This is not a metaphor, it is the color of my right hip right now.
I fell down a full flight of stairs at a friend’s house two weeks ago. It was twilight, just getting dark and the lights were not on yet. I looked carefully but could not tell where the pale hallway carpet ended and the staircase started. I am grateful the staircase is carpeted. Carpeting on a staircase softens a fall and absorbs sound.
Good staircase lighting would have prevented this accident. I was lucky, no broken bones or head injury. I dodged a bullet. This is an accident I would like to prevent in your house.
It is so simple, light your staircase!
There are so many inventive and attractive ways great lighting can add style to your home. Lighting can easily be put on a timer, so that you and your guests can always see where the stairs start, without any effort on your part. A smart home connected to your smart phone is safer place to live and much more convenient. This can also be done with a $10.00 timer from your hardware store.
LEDs have revolutionized lighting design. These images show just two of the ways that well-designed lighting can prevent falls, scrapes or a permanent trip to dependence. Good lighting also greatly adds to beautiful interior design.
I am a third generation lighting designer. Please contact:
Linda at www.InnerVisionsInteriors.com to light your life.
Is it time for you to move into a home that fits your stage of life like a fine glove fits your warm hand? Savor this new stage with its freedom from carpools and school tuition while you stay safe and stylish.
This is a great time to lighten your load by giving away or selling furniture and family heirlooms that no longer defines your taste, or perhaps never did. Keep all your favorite lamps and tables but give a hard look at sagging furniture or tattered area rugs which are bad for your back or dangerous tripping hazards.
Moving into a smaller home lets you collect on your home’s equity giving you more freedom to expand your new lifestyle.
First and easiest for me was to donate hundreds of books to my local library. Giving to a good cause while emptying your bookcases is a double win.
Gather around the hearth in comfort and style. Upgrade your old brick fireplace, with a stone facade that reaches up to the sky.
The key is to keep what works for you and toss what is holding you back. Well used space is certain freedom that creates relaxed living.
After years of perfecting the colors in my master bedroom I used the same carpet, walls and ceiling colors in my new home. This was also economical because all the bedding still matched. There is no need to change what you love.
If you have the option of owning before you take residency, do as many renovations prior to moving in as possible. Yes, I am talking about making an enormous amount of decisions. The guidance of a skilled interior designer for coordination and stream-lined project management can make the difference between a stressful transition or confident convenience.
Safe and smooth transitions Notice the level thresholds between the rooms? Nothing to catch your toes on which prevents falls. Rugs are taped down on all edges.
I had my new home for a month, which gave me the opportunity to paint and carpet the bedrooms and upgrade the lighting. Moving my furniture and art work directly into place in my new bedroom, provided me with a clear and clean oasis of calm while unpacking.
If you are about to move or your new place does not yet feel like “home”, please give me a call to help you settle in with verve, safety and satisfying style.
Bedford Ma, recently sent out these little lifesaving booklets that highlight how Seniors can “Stay Independent”, by making their homes safer.
A few highlights. Since falls are a major factor of fractures and injuries do these simple things.
1. Keep floors and stairwells clutter free
2. Remove small throw rugs. If you love your larger rugs, do what the pros do. Cut back the pad 6” from each side, so the rug slopes down Tape down the corners. Or tape down all the edges if they are not flush to the floor.
3. Be aware of thresholds between rooms. If possible make them flush to the floor , or remove them entirely.
4. Add additional lighting. We humans need a one Lumen more per year after age 40. Do you ever wonder why your kids or grandkids sit in the dark? It is not dark for them.
5. Add handrails and lighting to all staircases. Keep clutter off the stairs. Think about doing a carpet runner. Carpet absorbs sounds and if you do fall, carpet is softer.
6. Add grab bars next to the toilet, and where you get into the tub.
7. Add a non skid rug on the floor of your shower, especially in a slippery bath tub. Cut back the pad 6”.
Call Linda 339-927-6137 to get a personalized safety assessment for your home. Update for now with the goal of the getting the highest resale price for later.
One of the most important elements in a home is good lighting. It’s also the element that is most misunderstood by both homeowners and builders. We can turn unused portions of your home into welcoming spaces by adding a layered lighting plan.
What is a layered lighting plan?
The Chandelier provides overall light and the pendants are special to a sloped ceiling for art lighting in a Winchester living room. The sculptural corner floor lamp adds to the room’s ambiance.
A plan should provide overall illumination, task lighting, and mood lighting. A layered lighting plan combines:
pendants & chandeliers
flush mounted fixtures
Table and floor
For accent lights, think spotlighting artwork with wall washers or brightening glass shelves. Adding a dimmer to all switches is one of the easiest ways to create ambiance and multiple moods.
Starting with ceiling lights – you have a choice of pendants, chandeliers or flush-mount fixtures. Flush-mount fixtures create height in a room and preserve views out of windows and in the space.
A pendant fixture is like a piece of jewelry in the room that provides task lighting in a specific area – over a table or over an island. Here we added a pendant over a living room game table. There is also cove lighting in the shelf soffit, providing additional ambient, mood light.
LED tulip pendant fixture illuminating game table. There are thousands of fixture styles from which to choose so matching your decor is never an issue. In this Shingle style dining room, we chose a Tiffany style drum pendant. Note the coordinating sconce on the wall.
Tiffany style drum pendant over a dining room in a Shingle style home
Balancing natural light with artificial light makes spaces larger and more welcoming. Windows, skylights, sliding and French doors are now common elements in new homes and renovations.
Alabaster Chandelier over dining room table
Table and Floor Lamps
To create ambiance in a room, use table and floor lamps. These are the fixtures to use while watching television, reading a book or gathering with friends for conversation. Here are some beautiful and functional examples. The handblown, stained-glass torchiere in the room below adds glowing light and color to the space.
Here are different styles of floor and table lamps. To save energy and our planet, I specify LED bulbs and a dimmer for every switch. In summary, expand the usable spaces in your home with good lighting.
Wallpaper is one of many choices in interior design and decor. In this blog post, I’ll show you that wallpaper is back in stunning and amazing new designs. It can create a great effect in your home, and it doesn’t have to be old-fashioned or dull; this is not your grandmother’s wallpaper!
These designs are eye-catching and contemporary; they really complete a room. Some papers have images that are larger than life. Some include 3D materials. And the old stand-by – string paper – has returned refined. Let’s have a look at some designs.