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Lighting the Way

Author: Roberta Landman
Issue: May, 2007, Page 22
Custom lighting at the Idea House includes Ferro pendants that hang over the kitchen island
What light through yonder window breaks?”

Like William Shakespeare, who penned this famous query, we mulled pretty much the same thing when deciding lighting strategies for the Idea House at Prescott’s Talking Rock. Would we have lighting to set a serene mood, to make tasks in the kitchen easier, to read the latest novel by?  Yes, yes and yes.

We took the question of illumination further and included outdoor lighting in our planning. For safety and a lovely evening glow, we included path lights between the guest cottage, the barnlike garage with sleeping loft, and the Arts & Crafts-inspired main house, with its outdoor Cowboy Kitchen.
Inside the main house, for example, soft lighting is provided by numerous elegant Tiffany lamps. In the kitchen, cooking chores are made more easy with pendant lights over the island and various spot lighting, while lights set within glass-doored cabinets accent pretty dinnerware. Fitted with outlets, shelves in the great room can be illuminated when desired to cast light on accessories.

Providing a vintage Arts & Crafts-era aura in various settings are custom chandeliers designed by interior designer Denise Scott-Weber in collaboration with Iron Factory @ 2nd Ave. Design. While somewhat modified, the mica and iron dining room fixture, for instance, is based largely on one seen in a photograph from the 1920s, Scott-Weber says. “I think it lends an artistic detail to the room.”

Outdoors, in addition to iron lanterns hung on structures, landscaped areas and paths are lit and defined by low-voltage lighting. “These lights are finished in bright copper at the moment, but they will patina over time and dull to the muted metal tones found throughout the property,” says builder Gregory Mortimer.

At most columns, he adds, lights have been recessed into the area where wood posts meet stone bases. “Not only do these lights create a wonderful backlit, shadowing effect for accenting the post-and-beam construction, but they serve to create ambient lighting for general purposes as well,” he comments.

Even the Cowboy Kitchen got the full treatment for its lighting scheme. It’s gussied up with a 5-foot-long fixture above the dining table, accent lighting at the fireplace and above the barbecue, and Arts & Crafts-style lighting affixed to the serving area’s countertop.

Would that Shakespeare had only known the wonders of electricity and super lighting design!

Prairie Mission iron chandelier with mica panels, which is found in the dining room.
Gable Ranch Lanterns light the outdoor stairway to the garage sleeping loft.
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