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Tuesday
Jul052016

Eye on Design With Sandra Drews Lucas and Sarah Brooks Eilers of Lucas/Eilers Design Associates

Eye on Design With Sandra Drews Lucas and Sarah Brooks Eilers of Lucas/Eilers Design Associates Luca/Eilers Designs Associates L.L.P, Houston, Texas. www.lucaseilers.com

(1) What UECo light do you like to use the most and why?

We love the Venetian Lantern. It can be used in a variety of settings and can feel very custom by simply changing the interior color. Blackened Pewter is our all-time favorite UECo finish; the sample can be found on every designer’s desk in our office. Their many great finish selections set Urban Electric in a league all their own.

(2) Your six picks of favorite UECo lights?

 

 1. Parker Mirrored Wall sconce is so wonderfully sculptural, 2. Mrs. Potter Sconces are fabulous recessed into sheetrock walls, 3. Maxine Sconce, both sizes are great, 4. Urban Smokebell is mysterious and eclectic, 5. Virginia Lantern is a great scale, and 6. Shoreham Fixture is a much needed flush mount.

(3) What is your design philosophy?

To seek direction from our clients and combine their vision with our experience to tailor impeccable interiors that implement the principles and elements of design.

(4) What is something people may not know about your firm?

We just celebrated our 20th business anniversary by designing a Habitat for Humanity house for a wonderful family.

(5) What is your favorite part of a home to design and why?

The space that our client and their family will spend the most time is our favorite to design. This room differs from house to house. Thinking of how the space will be used and enjoyed is great inspiration for us. Some clients adore the dining room and look forward to all of the celebrations they know will occur there over the years. Others live in their kitchens, cooking and casually entertaining friends and family. Still others relish gathering around the fireplace in the family room with their feet propped up listening to music. In the end, they are all our favorites.

(6) Three design resources you can’t live without?

Matt Camron Rugs, Segreto Fine Finishes, and it goes without saying – Urban Electric!

(7) Best design tips you have learned from experience?

Never underestimate the importance of lighting. It effects the mood, color, and feeling of every interior space. Incorporate at least one piece of furniture or an accessory that has a story in every room. Remember that ceilings provide additional opportunities for design. Design around things that you love, you will never tire of them.

(8) What do you collect?

Sandy: 19th century iron building banks; Sarah: Tramp Art, Blue and White Porcelain

(9) What are your favorite paint colors to use?

Sherwin Williams Canvas tan (SW 7531), Farrow and Ball Hague Blue (No. 30), Martin Senour Pelham Gray Medium Light, Benjamin Moore Hazy Skies (OC-48).

(10) What are your favorite design books?

Rhonda Carmen’s Designer’s at Home; Leslie Sinclair’s two books: Segreto: The Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors and Segreto Style; Linens by Jane Scott Hodges.

 

Tuesday
Jun282016

New Finishes

We are pleased to introduce three new finishes to our repertoire.

AGED LACQUER: reminiscent of a worn gilt frame, this antiqued finish adds depth and interest.  The finish is applied meticulously by the hands of a Master Artisan to ensure that each fixture is unique.  See Aged Lacquer featured on the Jennifer sconce and as an inset on the Pop.

CHALKY WHITE & CHALKY BLACK: inspired by plaster, this softly textured, super matte finish is hand-applied, layer by layer, and lends the fixture added depth and dimension.  See Chalky Black and Chalky White featured on the Oliver. Chalky White is also featured on the Kensignton and Folie.

Friday
May272016

Elle Decor A-List

The Urban Electric Co. was thrilled to co-sponsor the ELLE Decor A-List luncheon in New York City on May 19th. The luncheon was held on the stunning rooftop of Carnegie Hall on a perfectly beautiful spring day.  In attendance were all of the A-List designers, most of whom are loyal UECo. supporters (lucky us!).  We were also happy to support four of the newest inductees; Jason & Katie Maine, Beth Martin and Ken Fulk which have all been great friends of UECo. for several years.  Congratulations to all of these talented designers for being included in such a prestigious list!  And thank you to Michael Boodro and the rest of the ELLE Decor staff for such a lovely afternoon! 

 

 

Monday
May162016

Eye On Design with Elizabeth Martin

Eye on Design with Elizabeth Martin
San Francisco, CA  www.martingroupsf.com

 

(1) What UECo light do you like to use the most and why?

I love the Urban SmokeBell hanging fixture. This light sums up what I love about lighting and design. The antique mirrored glass has a patina and gives this light “an other worldly” feel. The lines of this fixture are simple yet tip its hat to antique lanterns of the past, however UECo’s version is most definitely modern. This fixture can go in a classically traditional setting or very modern space and work equally well, love it!

(2) Your six picks of favorite UECo lights?

 

Olga, Altamont Wall, Factory, Jackson, Savvy, Marin

(3) What is your design philosophy?

Oh my, simplicity I suppose…and letting materials speak for themselves. There is perfection in imperfection…perfection is actually boring and so not interesting to view.

(4) What is something people may not know about your firm?

We love to help and uplift our clients in their knowledge and education of design and process…and that we love to laugh and bring that sense of fun to our projects!

(5) What is your favorite part of a home to design and why?

Honestly I like it all. Each room in a home has distinct requirements and feeling and so that is what is interesting with design. I also love the collaboration with our clients, helping them create an environment that is theirs- is everything and very rewarding.

(6) Three design resources you can’t live without?

I love 1st dibs, they are a great outlet to view antiques from around the world. Flea markets anywhere… (I love picking up what others discard and reimagine that which is found.) And Pinterest is a great source for describing something and of course for inspiration.

(7) Best design tips you have learned from experience?

Design is a process and needs to evolve. You can change your mind. Simplicity speaks louder than “louder”.

(8) What do you collect?

It’s funny as I get older I have become less of a collector – I try to let things pass through me… rather than to “collect” or to “hold on”. I suppose the few things I will always collect are art and books. I bought a Richard Diebenkorn drawing recently…it makes me happy every time I look at it.

(9) What are your favorite paint colors to use?

I tend to go in extremes. I love dark moody colors or clean crisp colors. For example, I love the color seen in the bathroom of our Showcase House that the Marin light fixture is shown. The color in this room is called Andromeda by C2… it is a dark black/green.

(10) What are your favorite design books?

The books I look at for inspiration are more in the art and architecture realm. I was recently in Houston on a project and visited the Rothko Chapel, I bought every book I could on his work.

Monday
Apr252016

FIG

We are proud to share images of the newly renovated FIG restaurant located right here in our hometown of Charleston, SC. Head Chef, Mike Lata, has been a friend of The Urban Electric Co. for many years now so when it came time to refresh his James Beard Award winning restaurant we were incredibly honored to be brought in by local architect/designer David Thompson. Every fixture in the newly designed space was sourced from UECo. and we could not be more pleased with how the space turned out. The next time you are in Charleston, do yourself a favor and EAT AT FIG.

Featured fixtures: West Wycombe, Eddystone, Metro, Lucien, Symon (Customized)