Street of Dreams inspired lighting ideas: where to buy trendy chandeliers, floor lamps for less

Whether you’re doing a complete remodel or just updating a light fixture in your home, the 2021 NW Natural Street of Dreams tour of new homes at two Happy Valley developments through August 22 has rooms full of ideas.

With a $20 ticket, Street of Dreams tour attendees will see projects by the area’s top builders and interior designers at the private Heritage Crest custom home community at 12500 SE Mount Scott Blvd. and Pleasant Valley Villages, a Master-planned community with new Holt Homes production homes at 11878 SE Bridal Veil Falls Place.

In every home, designers use chandeliers and chandeliers, table and floor lamps, and recessed lights to brighten spaces and create ambience.

Tiffany Thompson of Duett Interiors selected a sculptural pendant light created and handcrafted by Wood Lighting Design in Bend for the great room of Anlon Custom Homes’ Scandinavian-inspired farmhouse at Heritage Crest.Mark Graves/The Oregonian

A sculptural pendant light created and handcrafted by Wood Lighting Design in Bend ($348-$1,254) was selected by Tiffany Thompson of Duett Interiors for the great room of Anlon Custom Homes’ Scandinavian-inspired farmhouse at Heritage Crest.

Yet designer fixtures once reserved for lighting showrooms are now widely available at a variety of price points, says Whitney Hicks, interior designer and project manager for Holt Homes. She and her team selected finishes and furnishings for the three different model homes staged for Street of Dreams at Pleasant Valley Villages.

As the Street of Dreams home tour shows, industrial-style fixtures with visible filament Edison bulbs remain popular, as does a mix of modern, vintage, rustic and traditional styles.

Hicks cautions against going overboard on style. “An exposed Edison bulb works best when it’s in a ceiling light, but not as well if it’s at eye level or lower than in a table lamp behind clear glass where the bright bulb still draws attention” , He says.

In model homes, Hicks showcases a variety of lighting styles, but adheres to these guidelines:

Shine a light on dark walls and corners: Look around a room at night with the current lighting plan on to notice where light is needed. Then decide how best to provide that lighting based on the needs of the space.

Lighting works best in layers to allow for flexibility and room coverage. Complement functional overhead lighting with lamps to create a cozy room atmosphere. “I love adding bright light sources, like crystal selenite lamps or flameless candles, to add a warm feeling to darker areas that don’t require a lot of light,” says Hicks.

Balance the light for better screen viewing: Much of people’s entertainment is centered on screens. For the best viewing experience, balance the blue light emitted by screens with warm ambient light. Install dimmers so light levels can be adjusted to reduce eye strain.

Homes on display during the NW Natural Street of Dreams show

In the Pacific Peak model, Holt Homes interior designer and project manager Whitney Hicks and her team installed two black pendant lights above the kitchen island adjacent to the dining nook.

Consider how a lamp interacts with nearby lamps: In the Pacific Peak model home, Hicks and his team installed two black pendant barn lights above the kitchen island adjacent to the dining nook.

“In this case, the island pendants are boldly sized and give a sense of mass because they’re black, but they work because they’re anchored to the generously sized island,” with a white countertop atop stained black cabinets, he said. He says. “This same scale of lighting would have felt overwhelming in the dining room nook, so the chandelier is smaller, but it’s still in harmony with the kitchen pendants in color and shape.”

mix and match Illumination artifacts: A room should not look like a showroom vignette of furniture from a single brand’s collection. Choose lights that express your taste. “Trust your gut. Light fixtures are one of the most sculptural elements we have in our homes. I like to view lighting selection through the same lens as art selection,” says Hicks.

Prices allow you to experience: Unlike built-in cabinets and large surfaces, lamps can be changed quickly and cheaply, giving a room a new look. “Floor lamps are a great way to add height and character to a space. With designer-inspired fixtures and lamps that are more accessible, it’s never been easier to let lighting make design impact in a space without breaking the budget,” says Hicks.

Design Within Reach has light fixtures and other furniture that people know by name:

Ylighting offers mid-century modern masterpieces and modern and contemporary accessories and is up to 40% off during its summer sale. Highlights include:

Build with Ferguson is offering up to 80% off select lighting products, including:

The Lumens End of Summer Sale has prices reduced by up to 40% on pendant lights, chandeliers, wall lights and outdoor lighting. offers clearance prices plus an additional 15% with code SAVEMORE. 944 different ceiling lights, 533 wall lights, 152 lamps and 292 outdoor luminaires are for sale.

Other light sources include All Modern, Birch Lane, Frontgate, Joss & Main, 2Modern, Walmart, and Wayfair.

—Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

[email protected] | @janeteastman

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