Decor Books: Lighten Up Your Home

Light Up Your Home: The Most Inspiring

Sweet Tommy Edison

on a waffle cone,

there is just nothing like

learning about interior design

from blogs and picture books.

Lighting, for example.

I thought I understood plenty

about lighting interiors.


Did you know there happens

to be more to illuminating a home

(to create atmosphere, mama)

than the glow of candles,

maximizing natural light,

or placing every switch on a dimmer?

Oh wow.

Let’s dish.

Eva De Geyter

and photography team Verne

illustrate in a beautiful way the

practical applications of light in

Light Up Your Home: The Most Inspiring

(Lannoo Publishers).

Those short on time,

may L.O.V.E.

this one as it instructs

with images–VISUALS–in lieu of

bunches of fancy words.

Not that there’s anything wrong with

lovely lovely bunches and bunches

of fancy schmancy words and the

insane people preoccupied with them.

A couple of illuminating examples

gleaned from the book:


Windows do not have to be large

to create an atmospheric effect.


Remember light needs shadow to shine fully.


There are many forms of light

beyond just direct and indirect…

fairytale light, for example can be

achieved with high placed windows.


“Small table lights can work

like magic lanterns in a room.”

(HOLY amazingly magical art behind the bed.)

Light Up Your Home: The Most Inspiring

Windows can function not only
as sources of light but as
“living paintings of
the outside world.”

this good book provides
fresh perspective.


Peace to you right where you are.




  1. September 21, 2011 / 10:40 am

    I always need more light in my home and not just from windows heaven knows we have a ton of those. I need lamps for at night but since I'm picky I don't have enough. I need to check out this book.

  2. September 21, 2011 / 12:56 pm

    Oh how I need to lighten up!! 😉 I wish I had more natural light in my home, I just love the feeling of the sun pouring through. These are beautiful images.

  3. September 21, 2011 / 1:10 pm

    what i learned from the book is that there is more to lighting rooms than simply maximizing natural light. working with what you've got, you can create atmosphere using shadow, placement of lamps, etc.

    i thought i understood this topic, and i realized i'm clueless!


  4. September 21, 2011 / 2:14 pm

    This is very, very interesting, Michelle.

    Enjoyed this post and learning with you!

    Have a wonderful day!


    Luciane at

  5. September 21, 2011 / 9:38 pm

    I'm enlightened! And you probably know this, but morning light is more blue, and afternoon light is more yellow.
    Thanks for sharing, it's always fun to learn more about light, and the way it and bounces and reflects and plays with our energy.


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