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Marsha Cook

Marsha Cook is a Lighting Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting in Boston. Marsha is ALA certified and has over 25 years of experience in the Lighting industry. Marsha is passionate about all aspects of lighting design. In her spare time she enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.

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Best Kate Spade Lighting (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Marsha Cook

Kate Brosnahan Spade and is the namesake and co-founder of Kate Spade New York. The whole story started in 1993 when as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle, Kate set out to design the perfect handbag. The designer combined sleek, utilitarian shapes and colorful palettes in an entirely new way. That was the first step into the beginning of her brand. 

Nowadays the lifestyle brand encompasses a broad collection of home furnishings with sophisticated design details and luxurious fabrications. Lighting fixtures, furniture and carpets have recently made its debut.

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Topics: Lighting

Best American Craftsman Style Lighting (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Marsha Cook

The American Craftsman Style, or the American Arts and Crafts movement is an applied arts and decorative lifestyle philosophy that begin in the last years of the 19th century and remained popular into the 1930’s. After World War I, the ‘Bungalow’ became the popular style to distinguish the Arts and Crafts Movement.

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Topics: Lighting, Dining Room, Craftsman, American

Beach Style Bathroom Lighting (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Marsha Cook

When you think about a beach inspired bathroom, you think of a calming retreat, something almost spa-like, with colors and elements that give a nod to the coastal landscape.

Sand tones, soft blues and greens, distressed woods, and nautical elements to me can all be incorporated into a beach style bathroom, whether you live on the coast or not.

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Topics: Bathroom Lighting, Lighting, Beach

Contemporary Kitchen Lighting Design

by Marsha Cook

Many people confuse or interchange contemporary with modern. Contemporary design is heavily influenced by Modern design, but they are not the same.

Contemporary design is a work-in-progress, a response to the ideas and spirit of the time, a reflection of the decor and architectural developments that preceded it, a look that you know when you see it. Following is a brief explanation of the two.  

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Topics: Lighting, Kitchen, Contemporary

Murano Glass Lighting Pendants (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Marsha Cook

You are probably dizzy with the amount of fixtures now available in stores or online. You may look at two similar white pendants and see dramatic differences in prices.

The difference is often the glass. When you look more closely, you will have an affinity for a more colorful, eye catching fixture. That light will without question have Murano glass.

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Topics: Pendant Lighting, Lighting

How To Dim A LED Light

by Marsha Cook

LED is the most efficient type of light bulb on the market. A 6 watt LED is now similar to a 60 watt incandescent with 13 times the life, but without the heat output of the incandescent.

That’s actually a small problem. Older dimmers “read” wattage rather than lumen output. As such, most dimmers cannot dim a low wattage bulb.

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Topics: LED Light Bulbs, Legrand Adorne

Colorful Glass Chandeliers For Dining Rooms/Foyers

by Marsha Cook

Want to see something incredibly cool? Seriously. These glass pieces...

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Topics: Foyer Lighting, Viz Art, Chandeliers, Dining Room

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