Back-to-Nature Basics: A New Lighting and Hardware Line, Handmade in LA

News of a just-launched lighting and hardware line, handmade in Los Angeles, recently landed in our inbox. Preston Alba, the studio coordinator at Commune, one of our favorite design studios, wrote to tell us of his new venture. “Lakes is an ongoing project, beginning with this small initial release [of lighting and hardware], with objects […]

News of a just-launched lighting and hardware line, handmade in Los Angeles, recently landed in our inbox. Preston Alba, the studio coordinator at Commune, one of our favorite design studios, wrote to tell us of his new venture.

Lakes is an ongoing project, beginning with this small initial release [of lighting and hardware], with objects and furniture currently in development,” he tells us. “Everything is designed in-house and produced here in Los Angeles via a network of incredible artisans and manufacturers.”

It’s, indeed, a small collection—just six items in all—but it’s good. “These first products are intentionally quite simple and primitive, and new releases will work their way to the more complex and modern,” he explains.

Here’s a peek.

Photography courtesy of Lakes.

The glass and brass Boulder Pendant mimics the organic form of its namesake; $975.
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Stone Sconces and their inspiration.
The line also includes hardware, including this oxidized stainless steel Double Hook; $.
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Our First 2020 Feel Good Makeover Could Be You – Let’s Make Your Life Much Brighter

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Today we are announcing our first Feel Good makeover of 2020, and guess what? It’s a contest – the Brighten Up Any Room Design Giveaway – in partnership with Velux Skylights that YOU can win. We do these Feel Good Makeovers throughout the year for a variety of families (some with partnerships, some not), and… Read More …

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photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: reveal: how we brightened up a room (and some deserving lives) with velux skylights

Today we are announcing our first Feel Good makeover of 2020, and guess what? It’s a contest – the Brighten Up Any Room Design Giveaway – in partnership with Velux Skylights that YOU can win. We do these Feel Good Makeovers throughout the year for a variety of families (some with partnerships, some not), and I’m not sure I want to be doing anything else in my career other than these. Our goal is to find someone (one of you) who could use some brightening up, both in your physical space as well as emotionally/mentally. 

It’s no surprise that I LOVE my natural light and fresh air, so I’ll be transforming one room in one of your homes with a custom design refresh from me, including the installation of up to two VELUX No Leak Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylights with solar-powered blinds. So maybe your bathroom needs some love, or your living room is in need of some new furniture (and natural light). Have a dark, dreary room in your home that you avoid? If you win, YOU CAN STOP IGNORING IT. 

I’ll be here (along with my wonderful team) to help realize the potential of one of your spaces… and whatever we come up with will be awash in sweet, sweet sunlight from overhead. If you’re already chomping at the bit to win your own set of skylights and a flash makeover, you can enter here. (And then come back and read on for some design inspiration.) 

Last year, my team brightened up the bedroom of our winners, Kristen and Raeann. Kristen was battling a rare form of genetic cancer and was spending a lot of time in bed, recovering from aggressive chemo. They were both long-time readers and the entire design and installation process with them was so touching and fulfilling. This was their space before and after. It was a transformation, to say the least.

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reveal photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: reveal: how we brightened up a room (and some deserving lives) with velux skylights

Myself and the design team, led by Julie and assisted by Emily B., transformed their bedroom by bringing in natural light and sky views, which made it the most comfortable bedroom for healing. (You can see the full reveal here.) Helping another family no matter what they need is the next goal, and we can’t wait to do it again.

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Now for my thoughts and feelings on skylights in general, why I am a fan and where the heck you can put them. (There are more options than you’d think!)

I learned very early in my career as a prop stylist that for photography, natural light is truly the #1 element you need for a room (or shot) to look alive. But what happens if your house has a huge overhang that blocks sunlight? What if your window opens straight into another building? What if your windows only face north and you are in dire need of bringing some sweet, sweet sunlight inside? What if you’re in an interior room that doesn’t even have a window to begin with? Skylights to the rescue…

Skylights in a Bathroom

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photos by sara ligorria-tramp |from: portland reveal: creating the dreamiest of master bathrooms

One of the most ideal places to use a skylight is in the bathroom. I love that you can put them in places where traditional windows can’t (or shouldn’t) go, like in showers. Showering with a skylight overhead is MAGIC. Velux’s skylights can also be opened via remote control to let out warm air (it rises, remember?), which prevents lingering humidity and brings in clean, fresh air. Plus, it’s great to have even more light throughout the day if you’re the type of person who applies makeup in your bathroom.

Skylights in a Kitchen

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photos by sara ligorria-tramp | from: the reveal of the mountain house kitchen

Guys, you don’t have to sacrifice cabinet space for windows. Skylights are a no brainer for spaces where you desperately need wall space for functionality but don’t want to give up natural light. And just like in a bathroom, smells and moisture need to go somewhere, so a quick open of the skylight is ideal for releasing odors, steam, and sometimes, accidental smoke 🙂

Skylights in Interior Rooms

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photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: portland project: the entry & staircase reveal

Those rooms that don’t share a wall with the outside are desperate for light and can feel dead (think laundry rooms, offices, hallways, stairways, entryways, etc.). Truthfully, I’d even forego an attic space if you have it in favor of vaulting a ceiling to bring in more light from overhead, like we did in the Mountain House. Your eyes are drawn upward, which makes a room feel so much taller and bigger overall. Plus, it’s a great way to amplify brightness while keeping things private. And if you *don’t* want to vault your ceiling, skylights can still be installed in flat ceilings. Your Velux consultant can help you figure out how to configure the light shafts (the drywall between the skylight and the ceiling) around the skylights to help that natural light spill further into the space (like we did in the stairwell of the Portland house).

Emily Henderson Velux Giveaway Bedroom
photos by sara ligorria-tramp | from: mountain house reveal: our calm scandinavian master bedroom

And of course, we’re obviously HUGE fans of skylights in a bedroom. With traditional windows, you might get full sun or full shade depending on the time of day. Sure, you will get direct light when the sun lines up with the placement of your skylight, but that’s what remote control shades are for – light control that still gives a lot of soft, diffused light. And if you need total darkness, room darkening shades are available to make sure your precious ZZZs are protected. These skylights and blinds can even be programmed to have the blinds close and open at certain times. We just had ours programmed at the mountain house and I don’t even have to think about it.

So, It’s Entry Time

Are you excited about skylights yet? After both Portland and the Mountain House, I’ll probably never design another home without them and I constantly look around our LA home and wonder where we could install a few (I will always regret not putting it in the kid’s bathroom).

We are so excited to partner with Velux on another “Brighten Up Any Room giveaway” — please, please enter here. Tell us your story, and why you need some brightening up (OR feel free to nominate someone). 
Thanks to Velux again for partnering with us on another Feel Good Makeover, so again please enter to have our team come over and transform your space (for free!).

I’m not totally sure how to say it, but I can’t just not mention this. Kristen passed away a few months ago after a far-too-short battle with cholangiocarcinoma. It was more rapid than anyone thought possible and not exactly expected because she was so young and vibrant. It’s pretty damn shocking. I’m so sorry for Raeann and Kristen’s family for their loss. We are so grateful that we could be part of that special person’s life, be in her light, and help make her last few months more comfortable (not to mention provide a fun distraction). We hope that what we did with the bedroom now helps Raeann in her healing. Let’s all send Raeann a big hug, and Kristen, if you’re somehow reading, know that you are so missed and thought about often. We’d like to invite anyone reading to make a donation to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation here.

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Current Obsessions: The Home Front

Fan is admiring Nigerian-born fashion designer Duro Olowu’s new collection of graphically patterned furnishing fabrics for Soane Britain, launching March 2nd. World’s most beautiful salad bowl? The new Casa Perfect LA opens this weekend, in conjunction with Frieze Los Angeles, in a Trousdale Estates home designed by Raul F. Garduno in 1971. On view: an […]





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,800-square-foot retail and workshop space this weekend in Williamsburg (address is 45 South 4th Street).
  • Fan is admiring Nigerian-born fashion designer Duro Olowu’s new collection of graphically patterned furnishing fabrics for Soane Britain, launching March 2nd.
  • World’s most beautiful salad bowl?
  • The new Casa Perfect LA opens this weekend, in conjunction with Frieze Los Angeles, in a Trousdale Estates home designed by Raul F. Garduno in 1971. On view: an exhibition of new works from the Wonky collection by artist Matthew Day Jackson.
  •  On Margot’s bookshelf: Phaidon’s newly released Where Architects Sleep: The Most Stylish Hotels in the World. According to Phaidon, it’s “The definitive global hotel guide by the real experts who know—architects.”
  • Whenever architect Vincent Van Duysen makes a move we take notice, so we were interested to see that he’s just unveiled his first ever winery design for Valke Vleug in Puurs, Belgium.

The Link Up: A Soulful Home Tour Emily Loves, Jess’ Perfect $3 Planner & Caitlin’s New Favorite Grocery Delivery

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Sundays are for sleeping in, time to binge a new show and of course, The Link Up. We hope the universe grants you all those things, and great news! You are a third of the way there. Let’s get to it: Today’s home tour has Emily’s (and our) hearts pumping and it’s not just because… Read More …

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Sundays are for sleeping in, time to binge a new show and of course, The Link Up. We hope the universe grants you all those things, and great news! You are a third of the way there. Let’s get to it:

Today’s home tour has Emily’s (and our) hearts pumping and it’s not just because it is dripping with “Eccentric English Grandma” vibes (see that lamp in the corner??). It is also the serene getaway home we all deserve, so if you want to fantasize about living on a farm in the lush English countryside, go check it out.

Recently, Julie had to give up her one cup of coffee for the day so to get her excited about drinking tea only, she has been looking into getting a stovetop kettle. This one from Food52 is not only beautiful and functional but on their site they say, “When your water comes to a boil, its melodic two-tone harmonic whistle is a far cry from the ear-splitting whine of a traditional kettle”. You bet she was sold on a well thought out design.

From Mallory: “I recently read this article and it shook me. Our generation is MUCH more inclusive and men are embracing gender equality a lot more which rocks, but why aren’t we all evenly sharing home tasks? Just some food for thought this Sunday :)”

From Veronica: “I went to a fitness expo over the weekend (I know, super LA), but I found this peanut butter powder that is now my new bff. I use it in my smoothies, or to dip apples in, and I feel healthier because it doesn’t have all the fat and oils that regular peanut butter has, yet it is still made from real peanuts.”

From Ryann: “When it isn’t summer I am in a constant state of wishing it was summer, so I always find myself shopping for clothes that are more appropriate for the warmer months. A few weeks ago I bought these shorts and I am SO happy I did. I never get tired of denim cutoffs (for example, before these I had the same ones for 5 years) so I felt these were a great purchase. They are also on sale (only $40!), made sustainably, and great quality. I cannot recommend them enough.”

From Sara: “I don’t have this, but I WANT THIS. I cook a lot (like almost every day I make dinner), and this thing looks like it could be a one-stop pan shop. It’s next up for fulfillment on my wishlist.”

Anyone else late to the 2020 planner game? Cool, so was Jess. She also finds that she never uses the daily section and just likes the month overview. So this year instead of spending at least $20 on a fancy planner, she went for this simple but cool monthly little fella. Guys, it’s $3!

From Caitlin: “I handle our partnerships here and am totally drinking MY OWN Kool-Aid. I was #EMfluenced (should I make that a thing?) to try out Imperfect Foods after hearing how much Em ACTUALLY liked it and I AM HOOKED. I like getting produce (I got avocados for like, THIRTY-FIVE CENTS EACH, Y’ALL) but I am also newly addicted to their house brand dried pineapple (the pineapples were rejects because they were too dark to sell in stores!) and Love Crunch in Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter flavor. Plus, you can customize your box to fit your own budget AND you can pick a delivery time that works for you. I REALLY REALLY LIKE IT. #notsponsored”

There you have it, folks. Same place and time tomorrow? Great, we’ll see you then xx

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