Art, Inspiration and General Musings

September 24, 2010

Light Up :: Win a $25 Gift Card to Lumens

{Ken Plumlee, owner of Lumens Light + Living}
I've lived in Sacramento for many years and Lumens Light + Living has always been one of my favorite local shops. Aside from all the gorgeous lighting options, the showroom also features a drool-worthy selection of home goods by the likes of Alessi, Angela Adams, Missoni Home, Blu Dot, Littala and Jonathan Adler. Whenever it's time to pick out a gift for one of my design-savvy friends, Lumens is one of my first stops. Even when I'm broke, I still like to peruse all the stylish design goodies and lighting fixtures for inspiration.

Well, after starting a virtual relationship with the shop on Twitter, I decided to see if Lumens' owner Ken Plumlee would be interested in doing an interview for my little blog. Thankfully, he was happy to oblige, even offering up a $25 gift card to one lucky reader. Oh, and since Lumens has an even larger selection online and ships internationally, this baby is open to readers around the globe. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what lamp you're currently coveting and remember to include a way to contact you. The deadline to enter is Thursday, September 30th. As for my interview with Ken, read on.

{Louvre Light and Torch Light by Established & Sons}

Bows & Sparrows: How long has Lumens Light + Living been open?

Ken: We're just about 6 years old.

{Torch Light by Established & Sons}
B&S: Can you tell us a little about Lumens?
Ken: Lumens is really focused on design-oriented lighting and home accessories. We tried to build a retail concept that was life-style driven. There's are certainly a lot of design stores around the country, but we wanted to be broader than that so we look for products that have a good, clean design aesthetic but across a much broader range of manufactures. Lighting is really the nuts and bolts of what we do, but because we appeal to a customer who appreciates design we try to bring in the furniture, accessories and gift items that compliment the lifestyle that our customers appreciate.

{Buttercup Swivel Chair by Blu Dot}
B&S: How about the lighting style?

Ken: We look for well-designed lighting across many styles. A lot of people think that Lumens is only contemporary lighting, but that is not the case. No matter what kind of style your interested in, we have those resources. You may drive by the place it may look all sparkly and modern, but when we sit down with you to work on your project we have access to hundreds of styles.

{wooden toy cars by Playsam}
B&S: Is Sacramento the only brick-and-mortar store?
Ken: Yes, but we are primarily an online retailer, that is by far the biggest part of our business. The Sacramento showroom is an important part because it gives us hands-on experience with our products, let's us be part of the community. It's where we started from.
{Bubble Pendants by George Nelson}
B&S: Lumens has been offering lighting seminars, can you tell us a little more about that?
Ken: We've been doing it for about 8 months, and it's usually a once a month thing. It's to give people who may be planning a remodel an opportunity to start thinking about lighting early in the process. Lighting is often the last thing people think about during a remodel and it usually happens when the contractor says, "oh, by the way, you need to pick out your lights." By that time, all the wiring has probably done and it's too late to start thinking about all the controls and where to place things. Most contractors tend to plop one outlet in the middle of the room and assume that will do the trick. If you think about it in advance you can design your lighting in a thoughtful way and it can make a huge impact on that space.
{Caboche Pendant lights by Foscarini}
B&S: How important is lighting to a space?
Ken: I think lighting is huge. Think about being in a restaurant and how you feel when the lighting is well done. If you've ever been in a restaurant at like 8 p.m. when the bring all the lighting down and all of the sudden you go "oh, wow." It's like it becomes an entirely different place. The ability to layer light is important - you want light at different levels of the room, at different heights, you want to be able to backlight and use accent lights. Bringing that all together has a huge impact on a space.
{various art glass pendants}
{A gaggle of Anna G. Corkscrews by Alessi Design}
Find Lumens Light + Living at 2028 K Street in Sacramento, CA or online here, here and here. Oh, and you can give the shop a ring at 877.445.4486.


Stephanie @Femmena Mala said...

I am loving those "various glass pendents" lights! So pretty.


Kimberly said...

Oh, Lumens. I've been drooling over their storefront since they opened. So many beautiful lamps. Right now, I'm loving Devon Accent Lamp by Robert Abbey. I think it and my nightstand could have a romance for the ages.

Katrina said...

Current obsession: Arc Lamps. I would love to get my hands on this guy:


Anonymous said...

My husband and I have been debating light fixtures for our kitchen for MONTHS now. We literally have a hanging bulb from our ceiling at this point, so a GC would be really helpful! Plus, we're local!

katies.towers at gmail dot com

Ally said...

The Sabana Floor Lamp, it's gorgeous!

Born of the Sea said...

Oohhh how I love the glass art pendants. So pretty. Thanks for sharing!

-Morgan (Blackbird Fly)
Blackbird Fly

Jamie said...

I adoreeee this circus lamp. It's awesome.

Catlin said...

I found your blog through Jenni Adores. I spent so much time looking through the fun gifts and accessories section of the Lumens website - so many fun things! Thanks for the giveaway!

cmgedge at hotmail dot com

Liz said...

I love that store! And I need a new desk lamp so I wanna win :)

Unknown said...

I seriously need new lighting in my bedroom. The floor lamp has got to go.

Anonymous said...

Where do I start!!!! My husband and I were on a rare outing one night and we fell in love with many items in the store!!!!

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