November 7, 2011
The grand prizewinner of the 2010 Home Lighting Makeover Sweepstakes, sponsored by the American Lighting Assn. (ALA), recently finished her $5,000 makeover.
Elisa Marra’s name was randomly selected from nearly 28,000 entries at the end of last year after she arrived at Bright Light Design Center in Cape May Court House, NJ. Jennifer Roemhild, the showroom’s Branch Coordinator and Lighting Designer, facilitated Marra choose new lighting for her beach house in Wildwood Crest, NJ.
Roemhild says she and Marra started working together at the beginning of the year to compose a lighting design place.
“Elisa knew where she wanted the light, she just didn’t know what products to use and the new items that were out,” Remhild says. “She knew she wanted an upscale costal look, but she didn’t know about dimmers and LEDs and other new stuff, wo we definitely guided her in the right direction.”
Roemhild says they were able to imbed new lighting into almost every room in the house, including the master bedroom, stairway and kitchen. Roemhild recommended Ambience LED lights from Sea Gull Lighting for the kitchen, and used Lutron dimmers around the house to give Marra more flexibility. But Remhild says the most dramatic transformation was in the home’s living and dining area, where she used a combination of low voltage lighting and pendants to brighten up the open floor plan.
“Together, we decided to eliminate the traditional table lamps in the living room and replace them with two stylish mica-and-iron drum shades by Quoizel,” Roemhild says. “By using the natural materials and introducing textures to the room, it brought in the updated costal look that she wanted.”