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Henriette Rieu

Henriette Rieu has been a lighting designer and home builder for over 25 years and has been with Yale for almost 15. Henriette enjoys the creative aspect of lighting design and help clients with remarkable projects.

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How Many Pendants Do You Hang Over a Kitchen Island?

by Henriette Rieu

Lighting a kitchen island with pendants can be tricky. How many you need depends on the island, the size of the light, the height of the ceiling and your personal preference.

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Topics: Lighting

Best Unique Transitional Kitchen Pendants (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Henriette Rieu

The transitional style between modern and classic and is known as “New Classic.” Some elements of both can include clean lines and a quieter classic style. It marries simple and elegant elements. Transitional designs take the traditional and make it feel soft and warm.

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Topics: Pendant Lighting, Kitchen Lighting, Transitional

Best Southwestern Style Lighting (Reviews / Prices)

by Henriette Rieu

The southwestern style starts with color, color and more color. This style is fun and lively as if a fiesta will break out at any time. 

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Topics: Lighting, Kitchen Lighting, Southwestern Style

How Do I Light the Outside of the House and Garden?

by Henriette Rieu

Editor's note: Outdoor lighting is part of an overall lighting plan. Like indoor lighting, you want to layer your lighting for the proper effect. There are many ways to accomplish this.

There are two ideas you want to consider. First is LED which will last 20 plus times longer than incandescent. It will not melt the snow, however, because it does not emit heat.

For tough New England winters, you need a solid cast brass light to stand up to the snow, wind and freezing rain.

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Topics: Outdoor Lighting

Best Mediterranean Dining Room Lighting (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Henriette Rieu

Editor's Note: I love Mediterranean style. My grade school was Spanish inspired. I always associated this style with Spain, but it can be Moroccan, Italian even Turkish. It can be colorful or darker with scrollwork as these pictures suggest.

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Best Scandinavian Style Kitchen Lighting (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Henriette Rieu

The Scandinavian lighting design lends a feeling of clean, fresh air with a Zen-like simplicity.

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Topics: Lighting, Kitchen Lighting, Scandinavian

Neoclassical Style Lighting for the Kitchen (Reviews/Ratings)

by Henriette Rieu

Neoclassical isn’t a design term that’s used around the Boston area quite as often as other, more current design terms, like Arts & Crafts, Shabby Chic, or Mid-Century Modern.

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Topics: Lighting, Kitchen Lighting, Neoclassical

How to Light a Foyer (Reviews/Ratings)

by Henriette Rieu

The foyer, or formal entrance to the home, is one of the most important areas of the house. This space should really set the tone and style of the formal or main rooms of the house. The foyer should be the space that say’s “LOOK AT ME!!!!”.

Just like all rooms there are no specific shapes or size to any foyer. They may be one, two or 3 stories, flat ceiling or vaulted ceilings. So unfortunately there is no standard way to light the space. 

If you have a single story foyer, I like to use a decorative ceiling fixture along with some recessed lights for accent lighting or possibly add some wall sconces as well. The sconces will really add character especially if you have a LOW ceiling. 

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Topics: Foyer Lighting, Lighting

Best Paddle Fans Under $349 for Homes (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Henriette Rieu

You don't have to spend a fortune to buy a really decent fan. In the 1980's and 1990's, Casablanca owned the fan business but their designer fans were often $500 and higher. However their fans stayed the same and have been outsold significantly by other brands and more specifically Minka Aire.

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Topics: Ceiling Fans, Lighting

5 Things You Should Consider Before Choosing Modern Lighting

by Henriette Rieu

When choosing a style of lighting, there are some things you should look at before committing to a particular design.

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Topics: Lighting, Modern

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