The Naked Crepe Re-Design – Phase One

Five years ago, Nicole and Tom, came up with an awesome concept – to prepare and serve healthy, affordable, delicious crepes.  Their bistro, called The Naked Crepe, was such a success from the moment they opened their doors, they’ve barely had time to catch their breath. With their start-up budget quickly eaten up by necessities like equipment and electrical wiring, most of the restaurant was built hands-on, by Nicole, Tom and friends and family.  After five years of being filled to capacity most days, the restaurant was looking rather worn. Since the day The Naked Crepe opened, I’ve been imagining how I would decorate…

I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth

Just been flat out busy – a house renovation and interior design, a restaurant re-design, two residential lighting designs, landscaping our own home and making sure I squeeze in time for family and friends….whew! What an amazing summer! But, I simply had to take a moment to share this elegant chandelier with a floral bent from Hudson Valley, which is influenced by early 20th century Danish design.  Love!  

An Ad in The Grapevine

It’s been many years since I’ve paid for advertising in print form.  Back in my dog training days in Toronto, I used to advertise in doggie print media.  But once the internet came along, I didn’t see much need for it. Now I do.  I’m not sure if it’s just me having my own personal reality shift or whether people really are reaching out for little snippets of “doing things the old way”.   I love reading The Grapevine and see it as a shining example of how 1, then 2, then 3, then 5, then 10 people can create a…

hair salon lighting by deborah nicholson lighting and interiors

Lights, Scissors, Shampoo!

In a hair salon, perfect lighting is CRITICAL.  From the stylist’s perspective, every angle of their client’s head and face must be evenly lit with a quality of light that renders the client’s hair colour exactly as it will be seen in out in the real world.  From the client’s point of view, they must be lit in a flattering manner for all the obvious reasons. Most women have had to sit in a stylist’s chair, mortified by her reflection in the mirror.  Age-inducing cross lighting and nasty overhead light reeking havoc on her self esteem.   Many of us have…

Well Done! Contemporary Lighting

If you were to ask me to summarize what makes me so passionate about lighting design, I would have to say, “It’s the satisfaction of creating beauty, harmony and functionality that positively affects the lives of my clients each and every day.” Here is a selection of images that recent lighting clients (let’s call them C and S) graciously agreed to let me photograph and showcase here.  This lovely couple knew they liked clean and modern lighting but beyond that, they didn’t know how to pull it together.  I’m honoured that they trusted me to determine placement and selections to…

Building Small on North Avenue.35

Many months ago, a new lighting rep entered our lives at Atlantic Lighting Studio.  Mark MacDonald of Innovative Electrical Sales introduced us to Adorne by Legrand.  We were excited, inspired and enthusiastic beyond words. (We were actually jumping up and down and clapping.)  Silly, yes, but you may do the same when you explore Adorne on their website or in person at Atlantic Lighting Studio.  Adorne has offered us a world of beautiful – a departure from the same old boring lighting controls and receptacles that have dulled down our home designs for decades. Shown above, is the colour way and style…

Building Small on North Avenue.24 – Lighting Plan

Our lighting orders have been placed and here is our selection of fixtures and our lighting plan for our little home at the edge of the orchard.  If you’d like to look more closely at this plan, click on it for the larger version.My main objective for this lighting project was to strike a balance between custom, full-function lighting and a small budget, while expressing my lighting design skills.  I believe it is more challenging to design for yourself, as maintaining objectivity is no easy feat! All ceilings are sloped in our home so the lighting needs to be ceiling…

Inspired Ways to Light Stairs

For safety reasons, stairs need to be lit properly in all buildings, including your home.  Often, in renovations and new builds, I see that little to no thought is directed toward how this could be done.  Here are some brilliant ideas to light your stairs in creative and beautiful, yet functional ways. LED Tape Light on the underside of a handrail.  An elegant solution.       Install directional lights above the stairs.  This can be a tricky solution.  It works best if the wall is textured, as the lighting will accentuate the wall.  Angles and placement need to be…

Recessed Lighting for Kitchens

Recessed lights, like all directional lights, make for excellent task lighting.  They’re designed to direct light onto surfaces.   Sadly, sometimes we see recessed lights laid out in even, tidy rows on the ceiling in an effort to achieve ambient lighting.  This grid approach certainly does light things up, but the effect is flat and the ceiling becomes a swiss cheese distraction.   We’ve all found ourselves, at a social gathering, sitting or standing under one of those lights, having a hard time looking through the veiled glare from above and feeling very much like we’re about to be interrogated.  Conversely,…

Building Small on North Avenue.10

My lighting plan is complete and not likely to change very much from now until the end of construction.  Deciding what to light and how to light it was, for me, the easy part.  Deciding which light fixtures to use, proves to be not quite so easy. In my everyday role as a Lighting Designer, I’m on the outside, not emotionally attached and can objectively assist clients with their lighting projects.  I am decisive with my clients. I can see the big picture, focus on the details and pull together a selection of lights that flow elegantly throughout their built spaces.  For our project, it’s not…