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RECAP: JANUARY DALLAS MARKET

Our time at the January retail lighting market was simply incredible! Encompassing over 1 million square feet of space and thousands of product lines from major lighting manufacturers, the Dallas International Lighting Market is the...
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LIGHTING IT BEST TO LOOK YOUR BEST – WHAT MAKES GOOD BATHROOM TASK LIGHTING?

Of course, the rules for task lighting may vary from bathroom to bathroom. A lot depends on how large your mirrors are, as well as your bathroom’s interior décor – bright colors enhance lighting, while dark colors subdue them. AccordinGood task lighting can make the difference between a bright and a dark (literally!) start to your morning. Since bathrooms function as our main grooming centers, it’s important to make sure your task lighting evenly illuminates key areas,...
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LIGHT UP YOUR ENTRYWAY FOR A WARM WELCOMING

Since so many homes today have casual side entrances, it is easy to overlook your formal entryway décor. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the entry is the first area guests see when they visit your home, so overall design and...
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SHOP TALK: PACKAGING PROWESS

  – We design and engineer every fixture to ship securely, assemble seamlessly and install easily on-site – We ship each fixture in a crate that is custom-built onsite to accommodate the unique requirements of that fixtuAt Hammerton, meticulous attention to quality and detail extends well beyond the production facility. We also take several extra steps to ensure our light fixtures look as good coming out of the shipping crate as they do going in. For examp...
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ADD DRAMA TO THE KITCHEN WITH AN IMPRESSIVE CHANDELIER

Dressing up the ceiling with an eye-catching chandelier is an easy way to dial up the aesthetic appeal in any kitchen. A chandelier transforms what’s traditionally viewed as formal lighting into a functional fixture for the kitchen, and Brilliant chandeliers are often relegated to our home’s more formal areas, while in the kitchen —  “the most utilitarian room in the house” — we usually settle with predictable pendants or function-focused ceiling lights. But in ...
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MATERIALS WE LOVE: MICA

Indeed, no material diffuses light quite as beautifully as mica. The sparkling effect of mica’s crystalline structure, combined with the subtle variations in color and opacity that naturally occur in the material, lends an ethereal softneMica is a remarkably versatile mineral that is widely used in literally thousands of industrial and consumer products. The roof, drywall and paint in your home, the fenders and motor starter of your car, your microwave oven, computer, home ...
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LENSES CAN MAKE THE LIGHT

Take lens materials, for example. Lenses are often incorporated into fixture designs solely to assume the functional role of light diffusion, with little concern for aesthetics. But a lens can also be deployed as a “mood maker” that crWhen it comes to good interior design, more often than not, less is more. This rule applies to every aspect — including decorative lighting. Often the most interesting fixtures are those that showcase one particular design element — for...
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BEYOND LIGHTING – FURNITURE BY HAMMERTON

Hammerton is more than beautiful American-made light fixtures. Our selection of furniture, artisan crafted with sustainable woods and eco-friendly finishes like our lighting, makes it possible for clients to achieve consistent...
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IN GOOD MEASURE: SELECTING LIGHTS THAT FIT YOUR DINING TABLE

  [caption id="attachment_51457" align="aligncenter" width="780"] This dining light from the Hammerton Contemporary collection is hung high enough to accommodate the centerpiece and allow an unobstructe...
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WORKING WITH CUSTOMER-SPECIFIED MATERIALS

Often, clients will ask us to incorporate a specific fabric, lens material or finish color into a fixture in order to extend certain interior design elements into the decorative lighting. However, many custom designs require more creatiDesigners looking to extend a particular aesthetic through light fixtures often turn to Hammerton to work with customer-specified materials. We can build ceiling lights with just about any type of material required, from the simple and stra...
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DINING LIGHTS: THE ART OF SCALE

That’s why we offer Hammerton customers the ability to modify the size and scale of virtually all of our catalog fixtures – so lights can always fit their intended space and purpose. That means we do a lot more than simply alter the rodEver notice a light fixture that just doesn’t fit the space it’s in? This is a common mistake, perhaps most frequently made in the dining area. A significant sum will be spent on an oversized custom dining table, and then an off-the-she...
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ADDING STYLE TO THE BATHROOM? START WITH THE CEILING!

Distinctive ceiling fixtures – from eye-catching  flush mounts to dramatic chandeliers – are great features to incorporate in master baths. These days, it’s easy to let jetted tubs or steam showers take center stage in a bathroom d...
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PERFECTING AMBIENT LIGHTING

Ambient lighting provides a room with overall illumination. As the American Lighting Association explains, every room needs a central source of ambient light — but that’s just the beginning of perfecting a room’s ambient lighting. A b...
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WHAT YOU DON’T SEE COUNTS

How a light fixture looks in the pages of a catalog or displayed in a showroom can be very deceiving. What appears to be “the perfect light” may end up being a source of frustration and disappointment once you bring it home. It’...
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CUSTOM FIXTURES HONOR A CLIENT’S IRISH HERITAGE

A few more designs for this client’s custom Celtic series are still in production. Stay tuned for an entire feature on this project in 2014. Are you aware that a number of beautiful motifs are offered as standard options on many Hamm A large project currently in progress for an Irish family offers a wonderful example of the custom motifs we are frequently asked to create. The clients, who are building a part-time home in the United States, turned to Hamme...
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A BEAUTIFUL ADIRONDACK STYLE BOATHOUSE

This is not your average boathouse. This Adirondack-style boathouse nestled on Minnesota’s Nisswa Lake just north of Brainerd is simply spectacular. Designed by Marie Meko of Gabberts Design Studio, the boathouse design was insp...
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THINKING OUTSIDE THE DRUM

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ARTISAN SPOTLIGHT: DALE

As head of our prefabrication team, Dale truly embodies our company’s commitment to continuous improvement and innovation. Dale has been loyally committed to Hammerton, our employees and customers for over 15 years. Originally from...
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UPDATING THE TRADITIONAL MOUNTAIN HOUSE

The old and the new can coexist harmoniously when woven together just right. But we believe the past and present can even boldly enhance one another. This design approach is particularly intriguing when updating a traditional mountain...
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