Lighting is Key, Layer it! A quick guide to lighting your home.

Lexi Sadler   |   In Design News, Interior Design Trends   |   7 March 2019, 15.30   |   comments: 0

Lighting is the foundation for great design. This is a sentiment near and dear to my heart! As a certified lighting designer, I know that lighting is one of the most important elements in any room, but it’s also frequently overlooked. The right lighting can make you feel relaxed or help you to be more productive.

When thinking about designing your lighting for your space, try to create a flexible scheme that can take you from dawn to dusk.

To make sure your home’s lighting works for you, first consider how you’re going to use each room. The best lighting designs have multiple layers of light that can be used together or separately, to create different moods. Typically, lighting design is separated into three main categories: ambient, task, and accent. When used properly, it can make you the hit of the party!

1-Ambient lighting (General lighting)

Ambient lighting is the foundation of your lighting.  It starts with, for example, recessed lighting or ceiling lights that illuminate the room from overhead. Examples of Ambient lighting are chandeliers, pendant lights, track lighting or wall sconces. These are the lights that wash the whole room in a glow that allows you to move through your space with ease. While this lighting is essential to your comfort in your home, this lighting is not suitable for tasks that require detail work.

Tips of the trade: If your room does not allow for an overhead light, you can add a torchiere lamp to create a similar effect. Most rooms without an overhead light will have an upside-down outlet which, upon entering a room, indicates it is controlled by a switch.


2-Task lighting

Task lighting is arguably the most important lighting you can put into your home. This is the lighting you need when you have to do detail work or focus for long hours. This is a smaller and more concentrated light. Task lighting would be, for example, a desk or table lamp, swing arm lamps, and or bathroom vanity lights. Detail lighting allows you to do paperwork or sew on a button.

Another key area for Task lighting is in the kitchen. Undercabinet lighting is a great way to not strain your eyes while reading a cookbook or washing the dishes. This lighting is the most important because it protects your eyesight for the years to come. Did you know that at age forty, you need twice as much light as you did when you were twenty, and doubles again by age 60? Good lighting can make all the difference between seeing and not seeing, now and in the future to come.


3- Accent lighting (Decorative lighting)

Accent lighting is where you can have a bit of fun!  This is a place to show your personality or the flare of the architecture in your home. This is a very specific light with the intention of drawing the eye to one area. Accent lighting is a way of adding high style and drama to your home. The perfect use for accent lighting is to wash a wall, artwork, bookcase displays, pieces of furniture, collections, and architectural details of your home. Accent lighting is one of the types of lighting that creates dimension and drama.

Tips of the trade: Use dimmers whenever possible. This allows you to change the mood of your lighting to match your activities.


By combining and layering all these lighting types, your home will be more attractive, exciting, and inviting!

Lawrance is excited to share these and many more design ideas with you, our extended family. We believe everyone deserves to be comfortable in style. If you need a partner or guide in this endeavor, please call or visit one of our two locations in San Diego. We have a talented team of design experts ready and waiting to help you Love The Home You Live In!

Lexi Sadler is a well respected interior designer, with 12 years of experience. Her focus has always been on creating a space that her clients will love for years to come. She believes everyone works hard and deserves to come home to their own personalized sanctuary. With her knowledge and unique sense of style, she remains an invaluable asset to her clients, both new and old.

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Bring The Outdoors In

Lexi Sadler   |   In Contemporary Design Techniques, Decorating Tips and Tricks   |   24 October 2017, 09.25   |   comments: 0

Bring The Outdoors In

By Lexi Sadler

Inspiration can come from anywhere.  It can be found in something as small as a flower and as large as an ocean.  You can expand your space by looking outdoors and bringing those elements into your home.  It’s always a good idea to take inspiration from your surroundings.  The Earth is naturally decorated with color palettes that you can incorporate by just looking out the window.  Let nature play a part in your home!

I really love the beach but I never seem to be able to go as much as I’d like to.   And I don’t think I’m alone wishing I had more time to spend enjoying the best of what San Diego has to offer.  But you can!  You can make the beach an everyday part of your life by incorporating it into your interior design.  Start by finding your inspiration.  Then it is just as simple as pulling rich color tones out to lay the foundation for the rest of your interior space.  For example, I chose five different paint colors that I pulled directly from this gorgeous beach scene shown below.  Once you have a “color story”, it’ll be more convenient to go out shopping with colors in hand to make sure that everything is cohesive in your interior design.

Below are a few of my favorite ways to use nature to inspire design:

  1. Mirrors are a great way to reflect back things that are beautiful. You can place them opposite windows or artwork to expand on your inspiration. Mirrors are wonderful for a small space because they can add much needed light and make your space feel more open. Whether choosing a wonderful framed mirror, floor length mirror, or a mirrored wall, you will be giving your interior a brightness and sparkle you will be sure to enjoy!


flowers decor 2. Include plants and flowers in your decor to give a touch of life to any area of your home.  Incorporate live or faux plants to give your interior a sense of nature and freshness.  It gives you a feeling of a lush oasis when you are surrounded by plants.


fabrics and patterns 3. Layering different fabrics and patterns adds dimension and creates texture. Using them together can really show off your personal style. Why not try mixing a couple different patterns together?  An easy way to do that is by picking coordinating colors while using various pattern sizes.
    1. 4. Utilize organic materials such as stone, soft leathers, and rich woods to enhance a sense of earthiness in your home.  In interior design, it creates a soothing environment when you have natural material in your space.  It exudes a natural luxury that will last for years!
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pillow 5. Use accents like art, rugs, and pillows to spread colors throughout your space. In interior design, it is smart to spread color from one side of the room to the next.  This creates a color balance and consistency. Color balancing is really important because it tells the story and helps your eye move seamlessly around the room.  Some of the best ways to do that is through accessorizing.

When you touch on nature as your inspiration, the possibilities are endless…


Lawrance is excited to share these and many more design ideas with you, our extended family. We believe everyone deserves to be comfortable in style.  If you need a partner or guide in this endeavor, please call or visit one of our two locations in San Diego.  We have a talented team of design experts ready and waiting to help you  Love The Home You Live In!


lexi Lexi Sadler is a well respected interior designer, with 11 years of experience under her belt.  Her focus has always been on creating a space that her clients will love for years to come.  She believes everyone works hard and deserves to come home to their own personalized sanctuary.  With her experience and unique sense of style, she remains an invaluable asset to her clients, both new and old.

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Bernard   |   In Designer Furniture Collections, Dining Rooms   |   4 October 2016, 11.27   |   comments: 0

Contemporary style table, designed and made in Italy. Board table combines beauty and function, and is created to guarantee long-lasting reliability. It is built with a metal structure and a wooden table top, and it comes available in fixed or extending versions. Beautifully designed metal base finds the perfect partner in a knotted aged-look oak table top designed by irregular-shaped edges.




Alf Group interprets quality based on its woodcraft and the craftsmanship of the Veneto region, renowned internationally as one of the most important furniture making areas in the world. Alf strives to expand its knowledge base and uses cutting-edge technology continuously to reaffirm its position of leadership.

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Il Loft – Italian designs that will amaze you.

Bernard   |   In Designer Furniture Collections, Designer Spotlight, Dining Rooms   |   19 September 2016, 12.52   |   comments: 0

The world as a whole is the marketplace addressed by Il Loft, the company that Giorgio Saporiti created in 1994 after decades spent working as co-owner and Art Director of Saporiti Italia and after 15 years of collaborations with Ottavio Missoni in the development of stages for catwalks and textile-related products such as carpets and tapestries.

The success that this brand has been able to enjoy stems directly from the guarantee of quality that it is able to provide to its audience through the design, development and production of tailored and rigorously made in Italy solutions.
All furniture, complements and decors by Il Loft are first born into Giorgio Saporiti’s creative mind and are developed and produced in his Gallarate factory, West of Milan. Here, a team of specialized craftsmen works wood, steel, plastics. Here, skilled fabric experts weave, color, couple fabrics and cover the polyurethane or Dacron padded seats. And it is again here that, after the Maestro has completed the design phase, teams of engineers and interior designers leave heading for the States, Russia, the Middle East and the many locations in Europe in which enlightened customers have requested that very particular living concept – Il Loft branded – that has made the company well known around the world.

The real passion and love for color that has always characterized Giorgio Saporiti’s work, together with the essential lines of his design and with the guarantee of a 100% Made in Italy craft-based production make Il Loft the perfect herald of Italian design around the world.

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The Quiller collection designed by Uto Balmoral

Bernard   |   In Design News, Interior Design Trends, Living Room Design   |   8 September 2016, 14.38   |   comments: 0

The Quiller collection designed by Uto Balmoral consists of five elements: a bookcase, a console, a mirror, a low-table and a side-table. All furnishings are made of high thickness glass slabs processed with the chamfering technique, which rounds off the corners through a tilted cut. A further detail -typical of Tonelli design tradition- is represented by the hand-bonding of glass, strongly emphasized in this collection to remember the history and the craftsmanship of the company.

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The Quiller collection stand out for its lightness and versatility: the products are designed for both residential and work environments and could be personalized for the customer needs. For example, both the console and the side-table may be complemented with a tray in solid walnut canaletto wood or mat white MDF, the bookcase can be used against a wall or also freestanding and the low-table is available in square or rectangular shape.

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Tonelli design has been designing and manufacturing glass furniture for 25 years and its manual bonding technique has become its distinctive feature. Tonelli has continued to experiment whilst remaining faithful to its origins, resulting in a perfect balance between shape and technique. The in-house glass factory and state of the art machinery have allowed the company to achieve an optimal production capacity, both in terms of turnaround time and of the quality of tailor-made products.

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