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August 28, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Farewell Summer: Fall 2014 Lighting Trends

Well, we’re finally here. This weekend marks Labor Day, and the end of the summer as we all know it. For many, this can be a someone trying time, as it means back to full-time work days and juggling school, kids, and after school activities. But, we feel it marks a great opportunity to start fresh, and make some changes for the better! This fall, upgrade your home lighting with some of these beautiful modern lighting trends:

Modern Sconces:

A sconce is a great alternative to ceiling lighting. Not only does it serve as a great point of attention on the wall, but the unique light they cast up to the ceilings make for a stunning home addition. Take a look at one of our favorites, the Anthony Sconce, below:

modern sconces

Simple Modern Floor Lamps:

Sometimes, less is more. That’s why we are such big fans of our beautifully designed, clean, simple floor lamps. They add dimension to a room and provide sectional lighting when desired. Take a look at our standing lamp below. It features a long, slender arm supported by an elegant triangular base.

modern floor lamps

This season, transform your home with some beautiful lighting from Serge Mouille! To view our entire selection, visit http://www.sergemouilleusa.com.

August 20, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Rotating Sconces: Transformational Elegance

The rotating sconce is one of our most sought out pieces of modern lighting. It’s sleek design along with extreme functionality sets it apart from similar pieces and create a high demand. There are many uses for the rotating sconce. Above a long couch and table allows it to serve as a reading light which can be re-located to where one is sitting. It’s long, sleek arms allow it to be a beautiful point of focus in any home’s entrance way. It’s beautiful brass fittings and color options allow it to serve any space, and meet many tastes. Let’s take a stroll through the many rotating sconces which we offer. Please click on the photos to be taken to the product page and learn more:

modern sconces

modern sconces

modern sconces

modern sconces

modern sconces

 

August 10, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Going Green: 4 Easy Steps

Most people understand the importance of respecting the environment to some extent, but many can’t grasp the concept that if we all take little steps towards a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, we can actually make a difference. Green initiatives often times receive little traction as you can’t specifically gauge one individuals actions and see results from such minute changes. What we must keep in mind is that every step taken towards a more energy efficient lifestyle will help prolong our earth’s life span in the long run. Below are some small changes you can make for a greener tomorrow:

modern lighting

1. Turn off your lights when you’re not in the room – This may be tough to get used to, but even the nice new modern lighting you bought for the living room needs a rest sometimes.

2. If you drive, plan out your day before you leave the house – If you have multiple places to be in one day, try to arrange your plans as to make minimal trips with your car. This will save gas and reduce carbon emissions.

3. Buy local – Support local economy and local farmers. Produce will generally have less insecticides, taste better, and your spent money will go a much longer way than buying from the bigger stores.

4. Don’t waste water – Try and be sparing with your water. When brushing your teeth, try to shut off the faucet when brushing, and then turn it back on for rinsing. When showering, try and be timely.

While these minuscule changes may seem like they won’t do much, if everyone tried a little bit the results would be astonishing!

 

August 2, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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3 Quick Room Upgrades

Many people struggle when trying to rearrange a space or create that perfect energy in a room in their home. While an entire renovation would be ideal, many people don’t have the time to be considering a project that size, especially if you are quickly approaching an important date.

Let’s say you plan on having company a week from today, but your living room is not quite up to par with your personal taste. What can you do to turn the room around in such little time? Below are some life saving suggestions:

1. Purchase some beautfiful modern lighting: Since you only have one week, purchasing a modern sconce or ceiling fixture is not the idea choice, but you can find some gorgeous floor lamps, such as those offered by Serge Mouille if you look in the right places. Take a look at this beautiful piece below:

modern lighting

2. Try a new rug: Some people don’t understand the power of a good rug. It really has the power to pull together, or pull apart a room. Survey the colors in your living space. Make sure you chose a rug that compliments the overall decor of the room without drawing too (too) much attention.

3. De-clutter: If it can go, get rid of it. Open up the flow of your room and trash anything you feel may not be necessary.

Those looking to transform their living space can view a variety of beautiful lighting online at http://www.sergemouilleusa.com.

July 11, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Recessed Lighting Tips

You know that feeling when you walk into a room and it just looks perfect even without any inhabitants in it. It is bright enough and casts the perfect shadows. This is because of recessed lighting techniques used in the room. By carefully placing lamps and lights in the right places and mixing their lights, you too can create a warm glow in your room. Here are some tips:

  • There are lots of small lamps in the room, but they should not be the most important sources of light. In fact, they should be on dimmers.

  • Add a few light fixtures just below the eye level, such a well-placed modern floor lamp or table lamp.

  • If you have a high ceiling, you can have a central pendant.

  • Keep lamps balanced and equidistant from one another.

By keeping these few things in mind, you can have the picture perfect room. Serge Mouille’s versatile standing lamps are perfect for casting the right shadows.

 

June 27, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Full Spectrum Light Bulbs?

Earlier this year, Congress outlawed old fashioned incandescent light bulbs in efforts to reduce our carbon footprints. Now, the biggest question is what will replace our old light bulbs? The government has since been promoting CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Bulbs) and experimenting with LED street lights. However, full spectrum light bulbs are becoming hot topic amongst concerned citizens.

Full spectrum light bulbs are said to emit lighting almost as good as sunlight. Sunlight is essential for every living creatures’ health. So does this mimicking light bulb do justice? Can they replace conventional light bulbs? Let’s weigh the pros and cons:

Pro: Full spectrum bulbs give great natural lighting for the day time. Instead of the old tube lights, this light bulb would be a great replacement for offices and schools–basically any place people reside in during the day time.

Con: The full spectrum isn’t necessarily good for our circadian rhythm. It can distort our sleep cycle. Natural sunlight dims into reds before night and this helps our bodies to know its time to sleep. Full spectrum bulbs will emit light as if it’s day time all the time.

Pro: Full spectrum lighting will give us excellent color perception. Every photographer will say that natural lighting is the best. Because of it’s full spectrum, colors reflect best in day lighting.

Con: Full spectrum will not provide better visual performance compared to other light bulbs.

Pro: Lighting produced by full-spectrum modern lamps may be, however, perceived as providing better architectural spaces than other lamps.

To make the world a greener place, we have to give careful consideration to the kind of light bulbs we use. There are still many problems in the light bulb dilemma, but we are continuing to find new solutions. What kind of light bulb will you be using?

 

June 3, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Chic Home Lighting Ideas

There are many ways to decorate your home. Most of which revolve around the lighting that you choose. Below are some ideas on how to take your mediocre home up a notch. Get inspired by these unique styles.

  • Unexpected Places: Dramatic lighting is key for a chic home. How exactly do you make it dramatic? By placing modern light fixtures or classic lamps in unexpected places.
  • Brilliant Shades: Have fun with lampshades. Since they’re easier, and cheaper, to switch out than an entire light, you can change the style of the room in no time.
  • Make a Statement: Look for unique fixtures that draw attention to a favorite piece of artwork, furnishing or even an area of a room. Serge Mouille modern sconces might just be the perfect fix.
  • Repeat Design: If you like what you see, don’t feel bad about repeating the trend in other places.

Lighting is an essential element to complete any room. Use these fun tip and feel free to send us some of your own.

April 28, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Vintage Furnishing for Your 21st Century Home

V14-10_kSo you’ve updated your home with fabulous mid century modern lights, now what? What comes next is complementing those sconces with Gueridon mid 20th century European furniture.

Below are some decorating secrets that we feel will truly reflect your space.

Pile on the Pillows: Our collection of sofas and daybeds express vintage minimalism. Adding some brightly colored pillows are sure to catch the light from your modern lamps.

Dark Walls: Dark walls do the opposite of what you’d think. They make a small room feel bigger. With a touch of colorful frames and mirrors, this dark room will be illuminated before you know it.

It’s Okay to Skip the Sofa: While we love our sofas, there’s no rule that your living room needs them. Fill up the space with vintage chairs and tables.

Get Rid of That Traditional Coffee Table: The more versatile the better. You can either start with one of our vintage pieces or go as far as placing a tray on top of an ottoman.

Combining the old with the new is sure to leave your home with a stunning look and feel.

April 17, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Five Facts About Serge Mouille That You Didn’t Know

Serge-Mouille-Three-Arm-Spider-Sconce_ASerge Mouille has been the most important French designer of lights since the 1950′s. His lights are considered decorative art classics and modern day works of art. For a designer of his stature, it’s important to know the facts and history of his designs.

  • Serge Mouille started researching and designing light fixtures in 1953. It was during this period that he was also supervising the gold smithing department at l’École des Arts Appliqués. Two years later, he was inducted into the Interior Decorators’ Society.
  • Since the beginning of his career, Serge stressed ease of use, manoeuvrability and quality of lighting in his lights and lamps. Forms and structures were conditioned by practical requirements.
  • Serge Mouille was the only designer, of that period, who put together a complete line of lamps. Whatever the need, Serge always found the answer.
  • Serge Mouille was described as the “Silversmith, specializing in large silver tableware”.
  • The elegance, aptness and originality of Serge Mouille’s forms had a lot to do with the intelligence of Metal.

For years, Serge Mouille’s lights had been a regular feature in magazines and at numerous interior design events. His designs will live for more years to come.