Mary Eaton: Custom Hallway Table
Part of the fun of custom projects here at Conant is the creative and unique customers with which we work. Each is as varied as the projects we undertake—some people like delving into design details, others provide a general concept and let us work out the rest. Every now and then, someone gives us creative carte blanche. Mary had only two expectations:
1. It could be no wider than 15″
2. It had to make her laugh/smile each time she passed it by.
The table Tyler created complimented Mary’s friendly, fun personality.
Thank you so much for sharing your experience Mary, we hope to see you soon!
I’ve always enjoyed browsing around the Conant store on Pine Street in Burlington, because Conant collections are filled with quality work,
beauty, and humor. Recently, on the off chance that the designers/artists at Conant might be willing to create a custom hallway table for me,
I sent off an email inquiry. Bryn Appe responded immediately with some great ideas for a project that fit within my budget and matched my
sense of humor.
Using wood from an old bowling alley, pipes, and some large old casters, she and Tyler Vendituoli collaborated to design
and create the perfect table (with functional wheels!) for my very narrow hallway space. Bryn and Tyler brought together
their creative talents and expert craftsmanship to produce a very unique, fun piece.
Thank you very much, Conant, Bryn, and Tyler.
I’ll be back!
When a local restaurateur asked us to help light his new establishment, repurposed lighting was not what he had in mind. In fact, the interior is far from funky. So when Steve said “Are you sure you have nothing around from the old building that speaks of its past… something that will help tell its story?” He pondered a moment and said “ I do have two recessed lights I pulled from the dumpster back when the space was an eye glass shop”. Steve said “ Perfect, I’m sure we can work with them.” The only problem was that he needed three fixtures not two. Pawing through our stock, we found the perfect thing to complete the trio, an “eyeball spittoon” . Poof, three relics become three great pendants, UL labeled and ready for a new life. Stay tuned to see where they make their debut.
Lighting the Bathroom
They say we visit the bathroom 6-10 times a day. That’s not to mention how long some people spend in there. Got teenagers? The bathroom is one of the busiest and most coveted rooms in the house. We use it to bathe, brush teeth, shave, apply makeup, take selfies, read, sip champagne…Yeah, it’s a busy little room. But the restroom is also a haven, a place to take a moment alone, exhale. The right lighting is crucial to achieving a balance of function and atmosphere.
The first step is always assessing your intention for a space. In a powder or guest bathroom, for instance, decorative elements or whimsical design trends might take precedence over function. Not as much light is required in rooms that are infrequently used. For high traffic areas like the master bath, however, the right amount and proper placement of light is the priority. See below for some tips on how to light each of these key task areas.
- The ostensible goal of sconces in the vanity area is providing enough illumination for applying makeup, shaving, etc. The underlying goal is to avoid a life crisis every time you look in the mirror. Trust me, you look good. But no amount of makeup is going to cover up the shadows and bags that appear under your eyes as a result of overhead lighting at the mirror. It’s not flattering to anyone.
- Ideally, sconces are placed on either side of the mirror to evenly illuminate both sides of the face. In order to achieve this, they should be at least 28” apart. Place the center of the sconces at eye level, approximately 60” above the floor.
- If side sconces are not an option or if the mirror is very long, choose an over the mirror sconce that is at least 24” long—enough to illuminate both sides of the face. Place the sconce approximately 78” above the floor.
- Some people require more light than others—2200 lumens is a good target amount for each sink or mirror (equivalent to two 75 watt incandescents). Installing a dimmer switch helps you monitor light levels from morning prep to midnight bathroom runs.
- Remember though, most CFLs do not dim! If you are looking for an energy efficient solution, there are many dimmable LED bulbs on the market.
- Yes, the bare bulb look is in; it’s pretty. So is the sun but you don’t stare directly into it. While this look works in pendants, chandeliers, and hall sconces, it might cause glare when it is right in your line of vision. Either opt for retro filament bulbs at 40 watts or less (though they cast less light) or cover up that bulb with a shade.
- For a touch of the unexpected, consider hanging pendants instead at eye level on either side of the mirror.
- A bit of loosely related advice: Don’t. Paint. Your. Bathroom. Green. Especially not if you are about to turn thirty (I speak from experience). Stick with warm or neutral colors so that the light that reflects off the walls is flattering to your skin. Paint it hot pink or coral and you’ll be a movie star (I speak from experience).
- Either a central flush mount or a series of recessed cans can be used to create general or ambient light. Be careful not to place overhead lighting directly over the vanity (see above).
- If the ceilings are high, consider pendants instead of recessed or flush lighting. This insures enough illumination in task areas and brings the light down to a human level.
Shower & Tub
- Recessed cans and flush mount light fixtures are an easy solution for over showers and tubs, just make sure they are either UL or ETL rated for wet locations.
- If there aren’t any nearby, I recommend installing ledges or placing furniture so that you have surfaces for candles and a glass of wine.
- The toilet is a task area? Sure. Some of us like to “multi-task.” I’m talking about reading. While an overhead light or a nearby vanity light might do the trick, placing a sconce by the toilet is less straining and more pleasing to the eye.
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