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ButSwitch to Which? – this EASY primer helped me considerably on the Pros/ Cons and cost $$$ of the new light bulbs.  Hallelujah! you do NOT have to live with those icky light bulb colors any more!!!   AND, if you happen to own beautiful silk lampshades – these new bulbs will extend its life!    Hard finding the right bulb? Go to:  www.bulborama.com or www.lightingandbulbsunlimited.com for the best advice!

This info from May 2011 Traditional Home Magazine article “Switch to Which?” and “Green Light, Go!” Mar 24, 2012 The Wall Street Journal and updates from Charlotte Observer, 2.16.13, “Making the switch”.

Ready or not, it’s time to make the switch.  Beginning in 2012 the industry will start phasing out incandescent bulbs.  They will start with the 100-watt bulb, and each year another wattage will be eliminated.

The low-down on the bulbs:  CFLs take a while to reach their full brightness and don’t dim reliably, and many consumers complain that the light quality isn’t as kind to eyes (or faces) as the good old incandescent.  But new advances are coming fast and furious.  CFLs now work with new dimmer switches and are being made to fit recessed light fixtures with dimming systems.  There are “soft white,” “cool white,” and “daylight” CFLs that minic the light quality of incandescent bulbs. One of the longer lasting, more efficient bulbs can save up to $40 in electric cost over its lifetime!! (That pays for itself!)


Best to Use 

Long-lasting and low-wattage, LEDs are versatile, don’t run hot, and are great for illuminating artwork or work spaces (think kitchens).  LEDs cost more but last longer and have greater potential for use inside the home than even CFLs, say experts.  Plus, they’re mercury-free, making them the greenest choice. Best Brands: for Recessed CansSylvania Ultra Professional Series LED.  For Lamps The Phillips L Prize LED (appears yellow but glows pure white).


Here is where the “rubber meets the road”! LED bulbs can last up to 45,000 hours or more than 20 years, depending on use.  That means it could last as long as from the birth of your child to when they go to college!!  The equivalent of a 40-watt bulb costs approx $30.


Best to Use

CFLs can replace incandescent bulbs in most household fixtures, including lamps, ceiling, and recessed lights.  Each uses approximately 75 percent less energy, throws off less heat, and last 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb.  CFLs contain trace amounts of mercury so handle with care and dispose at a designated recycling facility. (www.search.earth911.com for listings)

Best Brand: GE Reveal Spiral CFL (cast some of the most pleasing light of any CFL on the market)


CFLs should last a minimum of 10,000 hours but cost two to three times that of an incandescent. They use 2/3 less energy than incandescents.  Aprox cost: $1.50 – $3.50


Best to Use

Halogen lights are an older, more familiar illumination source but are being outshone by newer technologies.  Halogen bulbs last three times as long as incandescents but throw off a lot of heat.  They are largely used in outdoor floodlights and small spotlights, such as under cabinets.  Halogen lights last up to 3,000 hours. Best Brand: The GE Energy Efficient Reveal Clear Halogen (it is best used for creating a warm ambiance.)


A compact 40-watt halogen bulb will cost approx $5 – and up to $40 for a floodlight.


Manufacturers are combining technologies to address the slow brightening problem of CFLs.  GE’s new Reveal hybrid bulb is both CFL and halogen for combining energy savings and instant light! Best Brand: GE Reveal Hybrid CFL (has a halogen bulb that turns off once the CFL has warmed up.)


  • *Decorative bulbs – Candelabra-base LED and Halogen bulbs create glittering effects in chandeliers.
  • *Save Money –  choose bulbs that give you more lumens per watt, even if they cost more.
  • *Setting the Mood – makers Lutron and Leviton are introducing dimmer switches that work better with CFLs and LED bulbs. **If one of these new bulbs “blows” in your fixture, look for another brand. That means it is not compatible. This “weirdness” will ultimately works itself out in the industry.


Brightness – The amount of light a bulb emits, expressed in lumens

Energy Costs – The average cost to run a bulb for one year

Life – The average life of a bulb, expressed in years

Light Appearance – How warm (yellowish white) or cool (bluish white) the light appears

Energy Used – The amount of electrical power the bulb uses, expressed in watts

Mercury – The bulb contains a small amount of mercury.  Recycling is recommended.

(CFL labels only)          Go online to www.epa.gov/cfl for information.

From the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (lightbulboptions.com)


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Food Shapes for Health!

But…..what do the shapes of food tell you?  Know your shape patterns!!  This is your clue to a healthier diet and God had this all planned out…..now that is DESIGN MAGIC!  This article was a viral email. I don’t know where from but is makes sense to me!

 “It’s been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish….All before making a human.  He made and provided what we’d need before we were born…These are best & more powerful when eaten raw.  We’re such slow learners!

God left us a great clue as to what foods heal what part of our body!  God’s Pharmacy! Amazing!  (He was our first architect!!)


A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye.  The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye.  And YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.


A Tomato has four chambers and is red.  The heart has four chambers and is red.  All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.  

                                                                                                                                                               Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart.  Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food. 


A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums.  Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex.  We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function. 


Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

                                                                                                                                                     Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones.  These foods specifically target bone strength.  Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium.  If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak.  These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body. 

                                                                                                    Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs.  Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers.  And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit.  There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them). 

                                                                                                            Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow.  Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.


Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.


Olives look like the ovaries and assist the health and function of the ovaries.

                                                                                                                                                      Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts. 


Onions look like the body’s cells.  Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells.  They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.  A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

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Where Did This Style Come From? Palladio!!

Thank You Palladio! On the left is an American home style imitating Palladio's designs on the right-circa 1580's Italy!

“In 2008 a multi-year celebration of the 500th anniversary of Andrea Palladio’s birth commenced. Although Palladio’s name is unfamiliar to most Americans, this 16th-century Italian has had an immeasurable impact on our county’s architectural image. His descriptions of the classical orders have served as a textbook for generations of American architects. His designs for villas have influenced the appearance of countless American houses from the colonial period to the present. Thomas Jefferson, Palladio’s premier American champion, declared Palladio’s treatise I Quattro Libri to be the “Bible” for architecture. Jefferson provided the nation with precedent-setting models based on Palladian principles in Monticello, at the University of Virginia, and the Virginia State Capitol. Finally, Palladio’s restoration drawings of ancient Roman monuments became a primary source of inspiration for some of the most ambitious works of the “American Renaissance” of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Palladio continues to offer us lessons for a civil and timeless architecture.”

Written by Calder Loth, a Senior Architectural Historian of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, member of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s Advisory Council, and a curator of the exhibition, Palladio and His Legacy, a Transatlantic Journey. He lectures on Palladio’s impact on the American architectural image, tracing the hand of Palladio on two and a half centuries of American building.  Copied from an ICA&CA lecture series pamphlet.  http://www.classicist.org/ 

For a humorous look at Palladian Window BLOOPERS go to:  http://www.lindsaydaniel.com/library/dos-and-donts/palladianwindows.html

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Animal Patterns

DIY wallpaper or fabric!

Can you tell I love dogs?   I would just love a custom fabric/ wallpaper design with my “precious Riley” humorously commemorated like this! For you discriminating clients out there – your wish is technology’s command! I found this in a Sherwin-Williams Stir magazine.  Go to www.Spoonflower.com , a digital textile printing company in Durham, NC.   They have 105 greyhound fabrics!!  If you don’t find one you like, then design your own!   This opens up whole new options for interior designers and their clients.  Also check out www.fabricondemand.com in Los Angeles for the same type of DIY creations for your home.

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Collage Architecture

Here is what NOT to do with an architect!

Great Art - But - Architectural Mistake on this interior!

Look closer at this engaging room to see what I call “COLLAGE ARCHITECTURE”.  It might look nice if you squint your eyes up tight!!  But in real life it is a disaster! It doesn’t truly work, it is a collage of interior room “pieces”.

I can’t begin to tell you how many clients bring their architects a file full of magazine pages of desired details for their new house (or addition/renovation).      I want “this window, this door, floor, shelves, bathroom, kitchen…..”   These mag photo images keep on appearing through out the design process for months!  But doing that will get you…..a “near miss” collage!

But then, how do you approach the design process with an architect?

  1. Yes, do bring a few images.  But only a few!! You will NEVER find the exact image you need to fit the new design.
  2. We need to see Interior and Exterior elements you like in style, texture, color.  Even the HATES!
  3. Bring in your likes in Exterior materials (roof, siding, window style, terrace surfaces, etc) and Interior  (floors, walls, ceilings, doorways, door styles, kitchen/bath style, etc).
  4. Best Floor plans?  Maybe 3-4 max.
  5. A written Program …..which rooms, max square footage, a budget bracket (you have to have an idea of one that is safe to finance). Major NO-NO…DON’T come up with a budget late in the process!
  6. Now Stop!!   Do not keep bringing in images.  This creates too much “reworking” time on the design.  More time – More fees.
  7. The design has to be created as a “whole” idea.  Not as a collection of pieces cut out and glued together.
  8. Do bring your FEELINGS about how you want to feel in the spaces, light quality, privacy, functionality, efficiency, spirituality.  These are the true elements of beauty! Here is where you have to give of yourself through the process of collaboration. And here are the elements that will define your home.  Read about the Phases of Design at http://www.lindsaydaniel.com/Services.html
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Frank Gehry’s house, designed for living

“Many believe that architects get a bad name by creating ugly buildings in the name of “creative genius.” Read this thought-provoking article written by Robert Campbell and published in the Boston Globe about the recent distinction given to Frank Gehry’s homestead by the AIA. Included in the article is interesting commentary from CORA Founding Counselor Jeremiah Eck.”  ­- Duo Dickinson.

This award has irked  many residential architects!!!  These “Star-chitects” make life hard for the rest of us out here who DO actually see our profession as one that serves the public first and not our own egos!!!  CORA (Congress of Residential Architecture) was created for this very same reason……the AIA (American Institute of Architects) do not really address the issues of nor listen to its professional Residential Architects!!

From Boston Globe/ Site Lines – January 22, 2012|By Robert Campbell

Frank Gehry's home in Santa Monica, Calif., just won the American Institute… (TIM STREET-PORTER/ESTO)

Architects are always giving each other prizes for good design. Unfortunately, the prizes often go to buildings that are liked by nobody but other architects.

The classic case for Boston is surely Boston City Hall. In the bicentennial year of 1976, a national vote among architects and historians named this powerful but sometimes grim structure as one of the 10 greatest works of architecture in American history. The public, rightly or wrongly, doesn’t agree.

OK, so there’s a taste gap between what the general public likes and what’s liked by the subculture of architects. Why does it matter?

It matters because it makes people distrust architects. That’s the view, at least, of Jeremiah Eck, a Boston architect and author.

Eck got in touch a couple of weeks ago, when the national architects’ organization, the American Institute of Architects, announced one of its most coveted awards. This was the Twenty-five Year Award, which is given annually to only one American building that’s at least a quarter of a century old. (Last year’s award went to the John Hancock Tower, designed by Henry Cobb of I.M. Pei and Partners.) The idea is to recognize architecture that has proved its merit over time.

I know you’re holding your breath. The 2012 winner? It’s a modest house in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica, designed in 1978 by Frank Gehry for his own family.

No sooner do I get the AIA’s announcement than I hear from Eck. The Gehry house, he e-mails, is “shabby, vapid and entirely without any true meaning of home.’’

I’ll get back to Eck, who has plenty more to say. But first, a description of the house.

Gehry bought a conventional salmon-pink clapboard bungalow in a quiet residential neighborhood. He gutted the interior to expose the wood framing. Then he wrapped much of the original house with an outer layer of new spaces, built with materials you might find in a highway junkyard: raw plywood, chain-link fencing, asphalt, and corrugated metal.

You can get different explanations of what he was up to. Gehry just said he took a close look at Los Angeles and realized much of it was built of junk, so why not do something creative with that reality? In any case, the house made Gehry famous. It came years before such major works of his as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, or the Ray and Maria Stata Center at MIT.

The AIA is suitably rapturous. The house, it says on its website, is “a Rubicon in the history of contemporary architecture, tearing down inherited stylistic standbys to declare a new design language for the modern suburban architectural condition.’’

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