Trinity Lighted Mirror by Electric Mirror

Emerging Trends – New LED Light Fixture Designs


New LED light fixtures create unique styles and add dramatic accent effects. Some of our favorites include lighted bathroom vanity mirrors which provide soft illumination for make-up applications – shown below from Electric Mirror with optional upgrades for TV Choices, Defogger, and Night Lights.

Trinity Lighted Mirror by Electric Mirror

Bathroom Vanity Mirror with natural even lighting

Providing natural even lighting to illuminate the user. Trinity™ comes in four standard sizes and custom sizes.

Lighted Vanity Mirrors

Integrity Lighted Mirror by Electric Mirror

The Integrity Lighted Mirror by Electric Mirror is a polished edge mirror and an inner frame of frosted light available in six standard sizes or custom sizing.

LED Wall Wash Lighting Fixture

LED Wall Wash Lighting Fixture

We use Wall Wash lighting for dramatic effect and it’s ability to provide highlighting of walls while accenting artwork and adding glare free lighting to a room.  Sure to be an emerging hit among homeowners and one of our favorites is Edge Lightings Reveal Wall Wash dimmable LED system that mounts flush in a 5/8″ drywall ceiling. Units may be mounted continuously and even wrap corners for a uniform wall wash effect. Sold in 1 foot increments and can be cut to any length. LED fixtures are available in 5, 7, or 10 watts per ft. with a separate power feed every 100 watts – lamps available to 95+ CRI.

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Kitchen Storage that Hides at Floor Level, Toe Kick Drawers


Great ideas for adding more kitchen storage and clever use of toe kick drawers. All manufacturers standard toe kick is 4″ in height. Toe kick drawers in a standard 4″ base will allow for items that are 2 1/2″ in height or less to be stored. If you wish to store pet bowls or larger items then you need to ask for a higher toe kick.

The many Shades of Modern Light Fixtures


Modern wall sconce with shade

Wall sconce in French Gold finish with linen shade

Adding a beautiful light fixture is a favorite way to quickly change any space.  We love the new modern selections with shades that soften the glare of the fixture’s  lamps.  Here are few design selections that are classic and timeless.  Although the metal finish of choice for several years now has been silver or satin nickel look for a move to warmer finishes like Champagne Silver and French Gold.

modern wall sconce with shade

Elegant wall sconce with a crystal column in a warm silver finish

Modern wall sconce with shade

Wall sconce in French Gold finish with linen shade

Modern Glass shade chandelier

Single tier chandelier in Champagne Silver Finish with cutout metalwork design over etched cream glass

Modern chandelier, metal and linen shade

Single tier chandelier in Silver Finish with detailed metalwork design over linen shade

Modern wall sconce, glass shade

Modern Wall Sconce in Satin Nickel finish with Matte Opal glass shade

Designing with White Kitchen Cabinets , Fairfax, VA


White Kitchen design with custom wood cabinets

White Kitchen design with custom wood cabinets

Kitchen design for 2014 highlights White Kitchen cabinets as the top finish with many homeowners. One of our favorite kitchens showcases contemporary white wood kitchen cabinets without the antique glazed finish that retail cabinet manufacturers promote for an additional surcharge. Wood cabinet doors expand and contract creating a separation at the mitered or box cut corners and cabinet manufacturers only offer a glazed finish for white wood cabinetry knowing that the corners will create a gap and unsightly condition – this is the reason glazing became so popular, the added glazed finish detail hides the corner conditions that will in time become apparent however the design is hardly contemporary or modern. This is the reason why most cabinet manufacturers offer white cabinetry as Thermofoil construction only. Thermofoil is MDF construction with a melamine paper cover and while a cheaper alternative feels inferior to wood cabinetry and is apparent in the feel and look.

Contemporary White Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Contemporary White Kitchen design for timeless appeal

In this Kitchen Alder Wood Door panels were ordered to size and our local contractor built and finished all wood cabinets to our specifications, creating a timeless white wood cabinet.

Classic white kitchen cabinets custom designed and built by local cabinet-maker optimize every inch of space with custom cutlery inserts, base drawers, tray storage, spice rack, appliance garage and toe kick drawers.  Center island finished with an industrial spray paint by ScrubbMaster in a soft teal gray color is maintenance free. The color is also used as accents for the light rail and appliques to continue the design theme throughout the space.

Custom white wood kitchen cabinets

White Kitchen cabinets, custom designed with Greek Revival Crown molding

Accent shelves add drama with glare free lighting and break up the look of all cabinet walls. Double height wall cabinets add the illusion of a taller than standard 8′-0″ ceiling height for this 1980’s home remodel. Coastal colors and Greek revival crown molding add a Mediterranean flair for a classic timeless Kitchen design.

Upholstered Bench Seat

Custom Bench Seat adds storage to dining area

White Kitchen design, wood cabinets

Two tone cabinets add character to this white kitchen design

Kitchen Center Island

Custom Center Island design finished with an industrial spray paint in soft teal gray color

Kitchen toe kick drawers

Toe kick drawers for added storage of placements and grill accessories

White Kitchen design with custom wood cabinets

White Kitchen design with custom wood cabinets

Great Room open plan dining area

Great Room Dining area with custom bench seat off remodeled Kitchen

Home Remodeling and Design – ASID


Contemporary Kitchen Design & Planning

Kitchen Design and Remodeling, Fairfax VA

Home Remodeling – ASID.

We just added a new Designer Album on our ASID profile – remodeling an older 1980’s home with a Great Room addition and enlarged contemporary Kitchen with Green Kitchen Cabinet construction.

Lighting Ideas, LED Lamps and Decorative Chandeliers


Contemporary Chandelier

Stunning Contemporary Chandelier from Hummbardton Forge

This week we attended a Lamping Seminar at Annapolis Lighting in Rockville, MD.  We were able to see the new lamp selections for Compact Fluorescents and LED lamps and fixtures.  Both lamps have seen tremendous improvements in color Rendering Index (CRI) with most lamps rating above 85 and some as much as 95.  The CRI rating scale is based on 100 being true color rendition.  The color temperature or “Kelvin range” is a description of the warmth or coolness of the light source.  A Kelvin range closest to 2700 is the closest equivalent to an incandescent A lamp bulb.  Most homeowners will be happiest with a Kelvin range between 2700 and 3000.  The price tags for these new bulbs that will screw into any normal incandescent A lamp location is significantly higher than the typical A lamp yet offer reduced wattage and energy savings.  The new LED was quoted at $ 28-32.00 per bulb!  Compact Fluorescents are more reasonable.

Colorful Chandeliers

Dramatic colors and drum shapes add drama for dining rooms and foyers

Contemporary chandelier from George Kovacs

Playful twist using a round glass bowl shape set inside of an oval metal frame from George Kovacs

LED lighting fixture styles

New LED lighting styles and shapes from Sonneman add beautiful light quality, great for Bathroom vanity areas

Water display, feng shui

Accent water and light display adds peaceful calm with water running down the decorative glass panel and hitting rocks in base of unit

Bathroom Remodeling, Elegant Powder Room Transformed; Fairfax, VA


Transformed in just under 1 month’s time – Blue and White Powder Room with custom marble vanity, floor tiles, beadboard wainscoting, crown molding, glass tile backsplash, new wall sconces and mirror.  Elegant Blue Glass Vessel Sink started the design scheme.  Marble floor tile pattern is detailed with satin nickel 2″ x 2″ accent tiles adding more character for this small room – the flooring pattern helps make the space feel bigger.

Custom Marble Vanity  Detail

Custom Marble Vanity and floor with nickel finish accent tiles

White Marble Vanity, Blue Glass vessel sink and backsplash

White Marble Vanity, Blue Glass vessel sink and backsplash

Blue Glass Sink, Glass Tiles Backsplash

Blue Glass Sink, Glass Tiles Backsplash

Before Powder room Vanity and sink

Before Powder room Vanity and sink

Powder Room Before hallway view

Powder Room Before hallway view