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Neutral Glow

Neutral Glow

After losing their home and belongings in a house fire the B Family came to Montgomery’s in Watertown with the goal of making their new house feel like a home. Mimicking areas they loved in their previous home but injecting a different look made it comfortable for both the family and guests. It was important to the family to create ample seating and you’ll find obvious areas in the living rooms with sectionals, but also the seating nook off the kitchen and custom stools around the kitchen counter. Our design team also worked with the family to provide custom window fashions, mattresses, art, accessories, and the majority of the furniture. It was our pleasure to help the B family make the house a home.

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With the flip of a switch, you have the power to alter the atmosphere and functionality of your home. The path to creating a properly lit home starts with a lighting plan.

Start your lighting planning by evaluating your space. Ask yourself the following questions to help you identify and set goals. What activities take place in that room? What tasks do you do? Do you have a desired focal point? Where are the electric outlets?

After you’ve evaluated and identified the areas of your home where you need lighting, it’s time to decide on the type for each section. The three types are ambient, task and accent. A good lighting plan utilizes layering of all three types of light.

The fun starts when you start selecting your fixtures. Lamps, chandeliers, pendants, track, architectural, recessed and sconces abound. With fixtures in every variety you can think of, the possibilities are endless.

We’ve included some tips to help you get started.

AMBIENT LIGHT: Overall illumination of a room

The general overall light in your room, typically natural window light, overhead ceiling fixtures, chandeliers and wall lighting.

TIP: Select window fashions that allow you the ability to have more control over the amount of natural ambient light.


TASK LIGHTING: target a workstation function

Designed to provide the proper light to complete tasks. Kitchen meal prep, office work, reading or crafting.

TIP: Task lighting shouldn’t be directly overhead, but strategically placed to light the workspace.

TIP: Table and floor lamps work as task lighting for reading when placed near sofas and chairs. They should be 60” from the floor.

ACCENT LIGHTING: To draw the eye and highlight the area.

Emphasize objects or space in your home such as art, an architectural element or a reading nook through focusing light directly on or in them.

TIP: Think not only about the light drawing the eye but the components of the fixture itself. A juxtapose of color on neutral or metallic on matte can create all the pop you need.

Lakeside Living

Lakeside Living

Shall we go outside or stay in? A dilemma for the owners of this lakeside retreat. The Madison Montgomery’s design team worked with the builder to select the flooring, lighting, and window fashions. The flooring includes carpet in the main living areas and bedrooms, tile in the kitchen and bathrooms, and in the lower level a luxury vinyl plank was selected as it is an easy surface to clean after a day on the lake. Hunter Douglas window fashions were installed throughout the home including soft fabric roman shade with power view controls. The controls allow the resident to raise and lower one or all of the shades with the touch of a button.

Our team enjoyed furnishing the home to complete the look. They selected easy clean fabrics, rich materials, and subtle patterns. The seagrass chairs in the dining room are repeated in the seagrass vase in the living room. An upholstered bed in the master bedroom in a king size was used to scale the oversize room which still had space for a reading corner and multiple dressers. This home is ready for a worthy resident thanks to a great builder. Lee Schelling, thank you for working with us.

Bring the Light Down

Bring the Light Down

Once relegated to above the dining room table, pendants are breaking free. Available in wide variety of styles and options for every space, pendants offer many advantages over other lighting options. From a lack of a floor footprint (leaving ample room for whatever furniture arrangement one desires) to their adjustable height and light direction, to a streamlined approach to unsightly cords, pendant lights help to capitalize a room’s layout and utility.

Beyond function, pendant lights also serve a vital purpose in the overall design of a room. A pendant can draw the eye upward, creating the illusion of vertical height within a space. Pendants can be sleek and understated (like our Menlow Park Pendants, shown left, that feature a clear cord wrap, with modern glass and metal accents), adding subtle sparkle to a room. Or pendants can be showstoppers (as evidenced by our Mingle Pendant, below, with multiple bulbs and a sculptural-like quality), acting as the focal point and commanding design presence in a space.

Whatever your personal pendant style might be, Montgomery’s has the selection to help light the way!

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