Creating a lighting plan and helping select lighting for Kerri and Jeff Goode was a blast! They walked into the showroom with open minds and good humour and it wasn’t long before I discovered their new home would be touched here and there with whimsy and imagination. The lighting programme for their new ultra energy efficient home called for energy efficiency, uniqueness that reflected their taste and sense of fun, and as low budget as we could manage.
To meet the objectives of their programme, I focused on selecting fixtures and locations that would provide the maximum amount of light in the best possible locations. I specified omnidirectional fixtures that would reflect additional light off the ceilings and used energy efficient LED and CFL bulbs throughout. I made certain not to over light, but did ensure that the lighting plan provided a generous amount of light for tasks, accent and ambiance.
Once we were all clear on the plan and the types of fixtures required at each location, we were free to have some fun, selecting from a mad array of lighting options. We met in person, emailed and made full use of Pinterest to assemble all ideas.
Here’s a photo the Goodes presented early on which speaks volumes on how they envisioned the lighting for their new home. It wasn’t necessarily to be taken literally, but it told me a great deal about the look and feel they were seeking.
These curvy pendants were the catalyst that led the way to the choices of dining room chandelier, living room pendant, hall, bedroom and bathroom vanity lights.
This gorgeous green pendant, nicknamed “Race Day Hat” by Kerri and Jeff, graces the coffered ceiling of their living room in the open plan. The curved form works splendidly with the kitchen island that’s in full view and a few feet away.
The dining room, also in full view of the kitchen, livingroom and front entry, has windows on the south and east and Jeff really wanted the sunlight, streaming in, to dazzle and play off surfaces. What better way to create movement and colour and sparkle than to add some crystal bling!
This puffy, donutty shape was little pricy for the budget, but it did inspire the hall and bedroom lights.
A row of these fun little ceiling lights, at $53 and only 5.75″ diameter, light up the galley kitchen as well as halls and doorways.
This bathroom vanity light (one for either side of the mirror) picks up on the shapes of the lighting throughtout the home and provides just the right amount of sparkle to compliment the mini crystal chandelier over the tub. Best of all, the frosted inside of the glass diffuses the light for good grooming.
Here are a few photos of the finshed results.
Two small and one larger pendant provide ample task light over the island, while ceiling-mounted lights illuminate the cabinet faces and ceiling. These were a more budget-conscious option compared to recessed lighting in this insulated ceiling. There is undercabinet task lighting and a receptacle in place so Kerri and Jeff can add over-cabinet lighting when the budget allows.
Notice how the curves in the chandelier over the bathtub mirror the curves of the faucet and even the tub! Oh my! and the bathroom scales, as well!
Wall-mounted, puffy, cloud-like fixtures light the way in the short bedroom hall, rather than the usual ceiling lights.I feel a deep gratitude toward Kerri and Jeff who were delightfully fun to work with, but more importantly, invited me to share my lighting knowledge and considered all ideas. I’m honoured to have had the privilege of getting to know them and seeing their dream home come to life. Here are Jeff and Kerri’s thoughts on their experience which they so generously and thoughtfully recorded for me:
“We first went to Atlantic Lighting Studio in Wolfville to ‘have a look’. At the time we were just in the early stages of building our new home and we went in thinking we would look at some lights.
Well, we had no idea that look was the start of something wonderful! Deborah introduced herself and, from the beginning, was professional, knowledgeable, kind, courteous, interested, positive, fun and excited to hear of the plans for our new home. Her expertise opened a whole new world to us when it comes to lighting – interior, exterior, warm, cool, ambient, task, placement, height, up lights, down lights, LEDs, CFLs, to dim or not to dim, oh my!!!!
In talking with her, we could tell that we had stumbled onto something much more than ‘let’s have a look’ at some lights! We ended up working with Deborah for all the lighting in our home. Her talent, skill and creativity were focused on creating a lighting plan for us that still continues to wow us and make us smile every day!
On top of looking at lights, browsing through catalogues, and surfing the internet for ideas, Deborah created for us a board on Pinterest which we were able to add images to and comment on from anywhere (a very valuable tool when working together over a distance)!
She absorbed our house design, photos of our furniture, paint colors, flooring selections, and any other detail she could use to get a sense of our tastes and styles. Deborah was able to help us with the daunting task of finding fixtures we liked, and then narrowing down all our likes into actual fixture selections.
Deborah was able to create a plan that allows our personalities to come through yet the lighting flows seamlessly in and around our home. With her guidance, we were able to make selections that we LOVE, that meet our lighting needs, and kept us on track with our budget. Her sense of design and style is impeccable and she also took the time to suggest ideas and items in addition to lighting that we appreciate every day.
The lighting in our home is a source of pleasure for us each and every day and we cannot begin to express our gratitude to Deborah and all the staff at Atlantic Lighting Studio. We are now your biggest fans and cannot recommend or speak highly enough of you! Thank you so much for all your help Deborah!”
Kerri and Jeff Goode
A thousand thank you’s, Kerri and Jeff! … Hmmmmm….. there’s this simply gorgeous white feather chandelier, lit from within by LED chroma lights which undulate all the colours of the rainbow…. I feel this would be perfect for your master bedroom…. :*)
Until next time,