Lumens trade partner Danielle Colding is an NYC-based interior designer and the season 7 winner of HGTV’s Design Star. Having worked on projects from revamping residential spaces to custom event planning, Danielle has mastered the art of mixing sophisticated style with eclectic interiors. We’re enamored with her approachable-elegance aesthetic but she’s also very sweet and was kind enough to share one of her recent projects with Lumens.
Danielle and her team recently participated in Project Design 2013, an effort to revamp the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, which provides a home for seriously ill and injured children and their families while receiving treatment. For the project, Danielle and 25 other leading interior designers took on the home’s original 18 bedrooms, plus the kitchen, breakfast room, 5 common areas, first-floor restrooms and 3 laundry rooms. The designers donated their time and resources to turning their respective spaces into ones to promote comfort, healing and happiness for the 1,000+ families it serves each year.
Danielle recently caught up with us to tell us more about the Ronald McDonald House and her work in NYC.
What role does design play in a project like the Ronald McDonald house?
Design is the motivating force for the renovation of the house as a whole. In particular, it is about creating soothing and inspiring spaces that promote healing. Design is all about creating a sense of comfort and well-being and nowhere is that more important than at a place like The Ronald McDonald House.
What’s was important for you to consider as you planned the spaces you worked on in the house?
For me the most important thing to think about was making sure to marry the functional requirements with great, classic design. Also, the real goal was to make something kid-friendly yet sophisticated. Color, pattern, and texture were key in all of my designs in the space.
What aesthetic were you going for? Any inspirations?
Unlike the other designers, I had seven common spaces to design—all of which were very functional common rooms. I tackled three bathrooms, three laundry rooms, and a telephone room, a cozy throwback to the days before cell phones, where parents could communicate directly with the hospital staff. In doing so many rooms it was my goal to show versatility above everything. I wanted to show the varied ways spaces could be approached and still fit into the landscape of the overall house. I am not usually a theme girl but I will say one of my laundry rooms was based around water… it was the real influence behind the design.
What is memorable about this project?
The most memorable part of the project was the real camaraderie among the designers. It is not often you work in tandem with other designers in the way we did for this project. It was such a bonding experience, and we were all motivated by doing it all for such a good cause.
We’re big fans of your design work. Do you have any go-to inspiration resources?
Oh yes! I am a huge Pinterest girl! It is such a great resource and quite addictive. I also, try to stay up on what’s going on in the fashion and art worlds. Style.com and trendland.com are favorites. Also, remodelista.com is my daily source for cool design.
Any design trends you’re seeing/loving?
The jewel tones continue to be everywhere—still love emerald and deep teal. Various shades of pink and purple has also emerged as winning colors. We are also seeing a ton of industrial style light fixtures—It is not a new trend but one I love and think can be the basis of a great space. Lastly, I have seen a return to many traditional fabrics but used in new combinations and in inventive ways. Mixing patterns has allowed some of these old standbys to find their ways into modern palettes. Chintzes and more delicate floral patterns have really come back in full effect. But now it’s all about how you mix them in to the design.
Any design “mistakes” that make you cringe?
The one I cannot abide by is matching too well. I am not a fan of furniture sets or coordinating too well. I have learned that one the hard way, as I am a reformed matcher myself. But spaces are much more interesting when there are some things that are off a bit.
What does your own home look like?
My home is super eclectic. I have inherited a ton from my mother’s home so it is a real mix of modern and antiques. I am definitely not a minimalist! There are books, art, and photographs everywhere. It has a really lived in and cozy feel.
Here’s a look at the additional laundry rooms and baths that Danielle took on for Project Design 2013. For more from the Ronald McDonald House in Long Island, click here.
Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Flos’ new Aim LED Suspension sort of defies what we commonly think of in a hanging ceiling lamp. Instead of being tucked away, the cables for each light become the main decorative element, able to be gathered, looped, swagged in any number of sculptural forms. The cables work to control the height and position of each LED light, since the fixture hangs naturally, much like a plant. The idea behind the lamp was to offer an infinite variety of adjustments to meet any number of adjustments with a single fixture.
The image above I stumbled upon on Pinterest, and I think it might be my favorite look for Aim that I’ve seen so far. It’s perfect task lighting for an island/food prep area without being too…tasky (not a word). I love that they bring a statement to this clean space without being distracting. The cabinets are actually what’s being promoted in this picture (from Swedish cabinet manufacturer Ballingslöv) but my eye went right for the lights.
For more lighting we love found around the web, follow our Spotted board on Pinterest.
We’re excited to welcome EcoSmart Fire to our offerings at Lumens, just in time for enjoying cooler evenings with one of the beauties by your side. These high-end, freestanding fireplaces work indoors and out, ideal for modern homes not fitted with a built-in or to warm up outdoor residential and commercial spaces. The collection ranges from camp-like fire pits to barely-there glass fixtures and portable pieces that can move around the house—all designed with modern taste in mind. These fireplaces are made to use bioethanol fuel, which means no chimney, flue, or outlet is necessary, and the fuel burns cleanly without leaving behind smoke, soot or carbon monoxide.
And for a few more days, EcoSmart is offering special pricing (up to 80% off!) on a Lighthouse Fireplace with a FireRange purchase of $990. The Lighthouse Fireplace comes in 3 sizes and is ultra-portable, so you can (safely!) bring the flame indoors and out. Click here for more details and to take advantage of this great pricing before October 31.
This weekend is the Portland Fall Home & Garden Show, which will include a showcase we were lucky to collaborate with one of our trade partners on: Serving up Style, a showcase of Portland-area designers who each create a fantastic dining space in the name of Lupus Awareness. Proceeds go to Molly’s Fund, an organization focused on educating the public and the medical community about lupus, to push for earlier, life-saving diagnoses for those afflicted, and to spur governments and foundations to fund research toward a cure.
So when our friends at Pangaea Interior Design asked if we’d like to work with them on this incredible fundraiser, we jumped at the chance. Pangaea’s team will be one of 24 design teams competing to win over the judges’ panel, which includes HGTV Design Star winner Danielle Colding. Pangaea gave us a rundown of the event and her space, “The Fine Art of Dining”:
Why did you get involved with Molly’s Fund and the Serving Up Style event?
I saw the very first Serving Up Style 5 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed seeing designers creating dining rooms that were creative, engaging and sometimes more art than functional space. It looked like enormous fun and it was my first exposure to Molly’s Fund. Prior to that I don’t think I had ever heard of Lupus. If I could do something good for a worthy charity and have some fun in the process, it sounded like a win-win proposition to me! Molly’s Fund raises money which goes directly to give much needed assistance to people suffering from Lupus. For more information on what the organization does or just to find out more about Lupus, go to http://www.mollysfund.org
What’s your favorite part about designing a room like this? What was especially important for this project?
I love that I get to design absolutely anything I want— that is, as long as I can beg, borrow or steal the items needed for the display. It lets me flex my creative muscle and show what I can do when left to my own devices. Don’t get me wrong— I love designing for my clients and making their vision become reality. But every once in awhile, it’s fun to have a completely blank canvas and let the vision be all mine.
This year I wanted to have some architectural interest in my display that would create a dramatic backdrop for the art. My display is titled: “The Fine Art of Dining”, so finding a way to display and highlight art was important. Everything in my display is given plenty of space around it so that each element feels like art, from the sculpture and painting to the lighting elements, and even the accessories.
Sounds perfect! So why should your space win over the judges panel?
Well, my space has all that gold in it, and I think that a gold medal would be perfectly color coordinated. That’s what counts, right?
What’s the importance of a dining room when it comes to home design?
This is the place where families gather for holiday meals and where people entertain in a more formal way. A dining room should be comfortable so that people want to linger over conversation and great food. It should be a memorable space with ambience to rival the best restaurants making dining in this room feel like a truly special occasion.
What are the rewards of a project like this?
Knowing that I am part of an awareness raising event that translates into real and concrete dollars which help people with Lupus is very rewarding. The show receives over 10,000 attendees and it is a great opportunity to help people become aware of what a debilitating disease Lupus is. The show draws people to a Gala evening which is Molly’s Fund’s annual fund raiser. It is also an enjoyable opportunity to meet the public and talk about design and how designers can help clients create a home that lifts their spirit and supports their lifestyle.
Where do you start when designing a room like this, that’s a completely blank slate? Any inspirations?
I always tell my clients to find an inspiration piece and that’s what I do when starting from scratch. You have to start somewhere and that can be just about anything. This past year I found a French line of wall covering by Elitis that I absolutely loved! Believe it or not, my point of inspiration was the metallic gold wall covering in an eel skin leather texture. It is actually a vinyl wall covering and super affordable even though it looks very upscale. From there, I had to have some pretty interesting walls to put it on and I decided to create panels that wrapped the room in overlapping ceilings — all covered in gold. Once I had the backdrop, I brought in the soft blue & metallic gold rug, designed original chairs with gold upholstery and then found art that was just as bold as the room. The lighting needed to feel like fine art too so I chose pieces that are clearly hand-blown glass.
If you could give one piece of advice in design, it would be _________?
Be brave with scale. A few larger objects placed with plenty of breathing space around them will always give you a stronger and more serene look than lots of small objects, which tend to make spaces feel busy.
Stay tuned for an event recap and the reveal of Pangaea’s finished space after this weekend’s event!
We’ve been working on something that we’re so thrilled to finally share: A revamped, retooled, renewed Lumens.com. Check it out:
Our new site has been designed to bring you a better shopping experience from browsing to checkout, with new tools and features that make it easier than ever to discover and buy the things you love.
A new look: Bigger, better images to showcase our favorite designs and help you navigate between categories, brands and designers.
Better browsing: Enjoy a better shopping experience with multiple product views and a quick snapshot of colors/finishes, what’s in stock, customer reviews, dimensions and more.
Easier navigation: Find what you’re looking for faster with improved ways to narrow down products among categories, brands and designers.
Account profile: Find everything you need in one place. Securely store addresses, payment information, wish lists, gift registries and more so you can easily revisit them any time.
Order history & status: Visit your account profile to quickly get a snapshot of your previous purchases and check the status of your outstanding orders.
Lots to watch: Find videos on many of our brand, product and designer pages covering interviews, behind-the-scenes looks, how-tos, new introductions and more.:
More things to discover: Find new favorite brands, meet designers and get an up-close look at some of our favorite new products with more articles, Q&As, profiles and more.
I could keep going, but we can’t wait for you to check it out for yourself, so head on over and meet the new Lumens.com.
Today we’re sharing a project from Zack, one of our very own lighting designers! Zack has worked in our showroom for many years, lending his expert senses to everything from residential projects to working with interior designers to overhauling a brand new lighting scheme for a commercial space–which is just what he’s done here, at Wasabi Restaurant. The local eatery just opened their 3rd location in Roseville, CA.
The restaurant is now fitted with fitting subtle references: water, food, nature, the sea–it’s actually pretty amazing the fixtures Zack chose to fit right in with the theme and menu. ”I pulled inspiration from the elements of sushi,” Zack says. ”In terms of a look, I just wanted it to be fun and different.”
These statement-making fixtures from LZF, for example, are evocative of sushi rolls (Mmm, sushi roll…):
While the center of the restaurant beautifully displays Ingo Maurer’s Lacrime Del Pescatore Ceiling Light, named “Tears of the Fisherman,” and inspired by a fishermen’s net glistening in the sun:
And Ross Lovegrove’s Cosmic Leaf Pendant by Artemide graces the entry like a modern slab of fish skin. Behind it are a few Urchin Pendants by Varaluz.:
So what are the just-right ingredients for a fresh, modern sushi joint? Check out all of Zack’s picks below. Which one makes you want to take a trip under the sea, or at least head to Wasabi?
1. Urchin Pendant by Varaluz 2. Sioux Suspension by LZF 3. Kapow! Pendant by Innermost 4. Cosmic Leaf Pendant by Artemide 5. Mini Mikado Pendant by LZF 6. A110 Pendant by Artek 7. Hanging Wok Pendant by Tech Lighting 8. Lacrime Del Pescatore Ceiling Light by Ingo Maurer
1. Bernie Series Double-Arm Wall Sconce No. 8913-8915 by Holtkoetter 2. Bash Vessel by Tom Dixon 3. A330 Pendant by Artek 4. 5220/1 & 5221/1 4. Semi-Flushmount by Holtkoetter 5. Amy Table Lamp by DelightFULL 6. Tripod Clock by George Nelson 7. Jana Desk Table Lamp by Arteriors 8. Halo Wall Sconce by Robert Abbey 9. Model 2097/30 Chandelier by Flos 10. Tenda Pharmacy Floor Task Lamp by Sonneman
This ain’t your grandma’s metal–brass is back, and we’re quite liking the look of this timeless finish in modern interiors. Paired with modern silhouettes, brass lighting is refined for today’s taste, rather than the hyper-floral, pink carpeted image that’s often evoked by the mention of brass fixtures.
Whether it blends in with a mid-century modern motif or provides a pop of glam to a more muted space, brass is one sassy addition to a room, and lighting is a great way to bring it in. We love it paired with white for a crisp, modern balance of hard and soft. In an eclectic space, it brings in vintage cues without going overboard. For clean, minimal spaces, brass can warm things up better than a silver/nickel finish. Check out a few of our favorite finds for working brass lighting into contemporary spaces:
A Tom Dixon Etch Pendant punctuates the ceilings of this cozy room:
Gus* Modern is a furniture collection after my own heart, so we’re quite excited here at Lumens HQ to be able to welcome it into our selection. This modern line of sofas, tables and lots more combines a penchant for mid-century design with a modern aesthetic and practical purpose (ya know, form following function and all…). As much as I love the Mad Men scene, there’s a fine line between paying tribute to a timeless style and making something feel dated.
Gus Modern furniture uses the mid-century appeal as a jumping off point to create pieces that are fresh and fit into contemporary interiors. What often looks simple and minimal often has more complex, important details: surprising shapes and angles, upholstery in unexpected color combos, and crisp tailoring that make a piece. Point in case: The Hull Coffee Table has a sexy silhouette that’s part oval, part surfboard, part ship hull—but visually, it looks dang good.
Other favorites from Gus include the Jane Bi-Sectional Sofa (get it?), the new Carmichael Loft Sofa (great for small spaces) and Truss Lounge Chair (a very “now,” cleaned up take on the mid-century chairs often found on craigslist and at estate sales).
Pssst: There’s just a few days left to take advantage of the Gus Modern Summer Sale and save 20% on select upholstery, including some of their best-selling pieces for the living room and more.
Issey Miyake has long been a fixture in the fashion world, having made his mark in women’s clothing, perfume, watches and more. The designer’s signature in haute couture—specialized garment pleating—has now made its way into contemporary lighting design in a new collaboration with Artemide.
Developed in partnership with Reality Lab, the IN-EI by Issey Miyake collection is comprised of nine table, free-standing and suspension lamps designed and folded to play on the interaction and mathematics between light and shadow (IN-EI stands for “shadow, shadiness, nuance” in Japanese). Each fold is calculated to pinpoint the just-right interaction between light and dark, resulting in a stunning line of intricate, delicate designs. The collection also has the environment in mind–each fixture is lit using LEDs, and built from a fabric that’s derived from recycled PET bottles that has a better transparency than paper alone.
The IN-EI by Issey Miyake collection just made its debut in the US and is available by special order only.
Higher temperatures and energy bills aside—there’s a new reason to keep a handy fan nearby. The New York Times reported this week that the gentle breeze from an electric fan could be a “poorly known strategy” for keeping mosquitoes and other bugs at bay during summer get togethers.
Indeed, the Mosquito Control Association endorses the approach: “Mosquitoes are relatively weak fliers, so placing a large fan on your deck can provide a low-tech solution.” The group says mosquitoes fly slowly — from roughly 1 to 1.5 miles per hour, depending on the species, making it quite a feat to take on the wind generated from even a lil’ ol’ fan. We’ll embrace any solution that doesn’t involve strong scents or wrapping yourself in netting.
So, is this common knowledge for all of your summer soirees? Either way, if we’re going to beat the heat (and the bugs!) here are a few of our favorite ways to do it:
(Note: While portable fans can go where you go, it’s important to note that they aren’t necessarily rated for outdoor and shouldn’t have a permanent home in your backyard).
1. Charly Floor Fan by Stadler Form, $150 2. Arden Floor Fan by Fanimation, $329 3. Urbanjet Fan by Fanimation, $149 4. Otto Fan by Stadler Form, $200 5. Cinni Table Fan by Atlas Fan Company, From $323