Boyd Lighting: Statement Makers and Advice from Elle Decor

Several months back Elle Décor ran an article on how to balance a room and when and where to make a statement.  I loved the article and realized that it might be fun to look at our fixtures in the context this advice. Here is the article excerpted with Boyd commentary (in bold) and visuals added for clarity:


“If you’ve got your eye on a piece of furniture you absolutely love but it’s a bit of a statement-maker, don’t be afraid to buy it. There’s always a way to make even the most eye-catching pieces work in your home, and as the great Bunny Williams said: ‘If you love something it will work, that is the only real rule.’


1). Let It Stand Out. Reagan Hayes, furniture and interior designer, makes an important point. “If everything is special, then nothing is special,” says Hayes. “If you’re trying to let one piece be a statement, keep other things smaller or less ornate.”  You can’t fill a room with statement makers; it will feel like the room is shouting at you.


The most beautiful, quiet, non-“statement” piece we have in the Boyd line is Doyle Crosby’s Crisscross Pendant.  It’s truly architectural and so refined it doesn’t need to shout…the painting in this room is doing plenty of shouting:


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2). Mix It Up. Figure out what type of piece it is and try combining it with its opposite, says Cecilie Starin of Cecilie Starin Design. “Get it clear in your mind what type of furniture it is, old, new, painted, or wooden. Simple or complicated? Then try to juxtapose things,” says Starin. “Organic with geometric. Dark with light. Busy with simple. I think that is what makes a room interesting. Try to do something that is not like a piece that’s already in the room.”


The most literal example of “mixing it up” in our line is the Topanga series from Jamie Drake.  These fixtures combine gleaming nickel with nubby shagreen, or blackened brass with natural maple, or polished brass with cerused grey oak…or…

The walnut on the Topanga I Sconces in this sexy bathroom are the perfect counterpoint to all that smooth soothe…




3) Go Back to Basics.It’s time to get reacquainted with your color wheel. “You’re going to want to stick with accent colors that are a complement,” says Hayes. “Whenever I get really stuck with color pairings, I pull out a color wheel and start playing with it. Maybe you won’t be using the same tone, but if they can complement or stay in an analogous color scheme it will create balance.”


When a designer brings up “color scheme” we automatically recommend the Grasse Sconce.  The fiery orange, cool turquoise-blue, pristine white and sensuous grey were specifically meant to pull from opposite sides of the color wheel.  The color range was chosen deliberately by the master of color himself, Jamie Drake.

I defy you to design a room where some version of the Grasse Sconce would not be the perfect complement.




4) Stick to the Rule of Three.When incorporating a piece of furniture, forget about matching everything. “We’re in a time now where there isn’t a lot of matching,” says Starin. “Instead, when adding color to a room, it’s good to pick it up in three different accent areas. You don’t have to use that much color to make it feel like there is color in the room. When you start using a lot of different colors, it can be hard to make it all work without looking too busy.”


The pop of color inside this Regent Pendant by Roger Thomas – used here in the Greystone Mansion – is totally customizable.  We’ve done it in Kelly Green and Fuchsia.  It’s dramatic and subtle at the same time and can be used as an unexpected place to reprise your accent color (any color) in any room….indoors or out.




5) Play with Pattern.If your statement making piece has a pattern on it, don’t be afraid to combine it with other patterned accents says Hayes. “For pattern, it’s generally best to not mix a lot of pattern that all has the same scale,” explains Hayes. “Instead a large pattern like a bold stripe pairs best with a smaller print; again it helps to create balance, where two or three large patterns thrown together could look garish.”


We LOVE to play with pattern at Boyd! Lately our patterns have played in the solid brass cage of the Marlowe (shown here close up in Blackened Brass and Imperial Red), and in the curlicues on the creamy base of the Alhambra and in the rigid geometry of the stacked plates of the Solas.  But look further!  We have bubbles on the Prosecco, swirls on the Catacaos, stripes on the Topanga II, a whole collection of pattern possibilities on the Emanation…etc.etc…. There are many ways to look at pattern…but we don’t do “garish.”




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6) Look at the Big Picture.“Take a step back. Sometimes you need to squint and see what is standing out,” says Starin. “You won’t even read the really recessive colors or features. Make sure what you are seeing is what you want to stand out.” Figure out what colors and shapes are visible so you don’t lose perspective. If you’re overthinking the nitty-gritty details the whole room can feel wrong.


Well…you won’t have to squint to see an Icicle Ceiling fixture…not matter what the size…and frankly if you’ve got this fixture hanging from your ceiling no one will even notice the nitty gritty details…and that could be a good thing right?


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7) Don’t Be Afraid to Play.At the end of the day it’s your own personal style. “Just play with rooms and areas and don’t be so stuck on a plan,” says Hayes. “Sometimes you have to shuffle and sometimes the smallest tweaks can make a really big difference and balance everything else out.”


I think we already demonstrated that we here at Boyd like to “play” – see #5 above – and there is something so playful in this lovely “girly” hallway that features the very masculine (Biedermeier? Deco?) sideboard and our stalwart Abacus table lamp.  Unexpected? Yes! Fabulous? Yes!


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8) Choose a Focal Point for Your Statement Piece.There are certain pieces that are more secondary like an end table, mirror, or nightstand and it’s a supporting element says Starin. If you’re looking for your statement piece to really up the wow factor make sure it’s a main part of the room i.e. a sofa, bed, etc.


Or light fixture? Right?  This Topanga Chandelier really ups the “wow” factor in the lobby of this residential tower…right? WOW!!! Nuf said.


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9) Keep Scale in Mind.You want to make sure that you’re really paying attention to scale. “You’re not going to want to combine a very large piece with something that is very small,” says Starin. “Not only does it look out of place in the room, it will throw off the balance and makes day-to-day living harder. You won’t be able to use things like a coffee table, end table, or lamp the way you need to if it’s too tall or too short.”


Scale is all relative…so we don’t judge…we mostly ignore rules about scale and let you choose.  We have a full range of fixtures from plus size to petit.  The limelight with its 15 ½” diameter is enormous by most designers’ standards, (yet in this huge kitchen the Limelight makes perfect sense), in fact it’s 3x the size of the 5” diameter optic pendant…but as we all know, size has nothing to do with performance….just look how beautifully the optic (below) handles that bar space!


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That’s a lot of advice for one blog post…now go make a statement!

The Design is in the Details

If you don’t look closely, you might miss the authentic craftsmanship of Boyd’s singular line of lighting fixtures. We’re here to celebrate those details that make the design – finishes, metalwork, lamping, diffusers, back plates – all those industrial nouns you see written in specifications are the parts that make the sum of the whole glorious! Take our Steampunk Sconce for example. The lines of the bracket as it leads into the back plate speaks to the intricacy of old-time steam technology. Replete with the Edison bulb’s 19th century feel, but twisted by designer Doyle Crosby, it evokes a post-modern era.


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Now, take another Crosby design, the Optic Pendant. Shot from afar we see smooth lines; the fixture has a minimalist presence, and a somewhat optical aesthetic to the concave lens. Move closer, and you can see the wondrous cut of the glass, the classic geometry of the pendant’s lower casing mirroring the human eye.


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In the last few years, Boyd has introduced some truly spectacular wood finishes. The variety of textures and shades in wood can do wonders for a light fixture.  While wood evokes an organic, natural sensibility, the many methods of sanding, embossing, polishing, and cerusing in various finishes allows for application in surprising spaces. Take our Gold Cerused Oak, shown here on the Abacus Table Lamp. The espresso back note shimmers with understated gold veins and when combined with the Satin Brass plates, a setting is given a certain modern serenity.


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Another new wood finish that is all the rage right now is Boyd’s Imperial Red, shown below on the Marlowe Table Lamp. We get an early 20th century Chinoiserie effect from the design of the metal cage, and the echoes of crimson beneath underline that vibe. The wood is a distressed pine, with the vibrant red stain illuminating the various textures of the wood.


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The design is in the details, and what would Boyd’s continually evolving line be without a little preview of some new details, sure to highlight the fall season?


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Is Quick-Ship Killing American Made-to-Order Manufacturing?

There is no doubt about it…Restoration Hardware is doing a good job of pretending to be luxury and delivering it at made-in-China prices.  They are the kings of the imitation game.  Parisian peer mirrors, Portobello Road “finds”, African throw pillows, Persian Soumaks, Venetian crystals, Belgian Ironwork, deer heads and elk horns…all hot interiors elements intended to create the illusion of a well-traveled, sophisticated home owner with an eye for design.  But the mirrors aren’t from Paris, the Elk horns are cast in aluminum and the “Venetian” crystals are made in Taiwan.


It’s disturbing how well they are doing.  When you work for company that has been genuinely hand- crafting luxury lighting in America for almost 100 years it’s hard to keep your chin up.   If we compare our fixtures side-by-side to the RH lighting, we have, hands-down, the superior product.  We’ve often used this exact exercise to explain the BOYD price point when training our reps and the effect is stunning.  The sloppy welds, mismatched joints, flimsy gage and glary lamping of the RH fixtures are all readily apparent when viewed in opposition to BOYD quality.  Jaws drop.


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But herein lies the problem.  The consumer has to care about quality; has to want an everlasting fixture in a throw-away society.  When you buy made-to-order-to-your-specifications BOYD, with our price points and our lead times you make a considered decision; you choose quality over expedience and disposability.


I found a pair of stunning bronze table lamps in my mother’s garage last weekend.  They weigh a ton, are beautifully made and have beige, double-lined silk shades which are exquisite, albeit a little funereal.  I’m going to toss the shades and change them up for rawhide with dark lacing – update! – but the bases will last another 50 years…easy…


Don’t get me wrong…I’m not an anti-RH warrior by any means.  On a whim I can be as “Parisian” or “Venetian” as the next guy (gal?).  But maybe that’s my point: RH is a whim factory. Their pieces are intended to be viewed at a distance, like the illusion of stage dressing.


On the other hand, I could see someone changing the shades on our beautiful new table lamps 50 years from now…because the stylish sexiness and quality of the Marlowe and the Solas will still be apparent when that made-in-China “Parisian” table lamp has been tossed in the dumpster.


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Summer Jams Illuminated

You want the sound waves crashing inside your head, but you don’t know where to find that right mix of swerve, unreality, and the dusky wilderness of the soul. It’s ok, I do too, along with everyone else watching the summer fade past us beneath the light of Boyd’s illustrious designs.


When we see great creative works, we are necessarily inspired. Music and design underscore and inform each other. What would avant-garde décor be without future-seeking ambient sounds, or traditionalism without a blues scale, or mid-century modern without funkadelic grooves? Give me all please. Meanwhile, if you are looking for visual and audial inspiration for your summer adventures, here is the most current codex.


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Miguel, Wildheart


Top Tracks – Waves, FLESH, Coffee (dude, all of them!)


If you haven’t heard Miguel’s new album, Wildheart, stop reading this and get on Spotify or download it on iTunes. If you need to dip a toe in first, wrap your ears around the track “Waves.” Sensuality, experimentation, surreality, a cacophony of otherworldy sounds sifting through funk, classic rock, R & B, and hip hop, this is future-soul at its weirdest and naughtiest. Think “Let’s Get it On” circa 2015. I thought that would sound blasphemous, but now that the words are out, it doesn’t read so.


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Top Styles – Table Lamp in Satin Brass (spin it 180 degrees and you’ve got a new design kids, ‘nuff said)


To cast light on the seductiveness of Wildheart, you’ll need Boyd Lighting’s latest, sultriest designs. The Alhambra Series mirrors Miguel’s latest with its kaleidoscope of influences: Islamic and Central Asian Architecture, post-modern materials, a design infused with classic, lacy, feminine delicacy. Fiyel Levent, the artist behind the Alhambra fixtures is herself a virtuoso across many media, paper goods, architectural screens, and of course, visionary lighting.  Turn your table lamp on, lose yourself in the myriad shapes of the Alhambra’s polymer plates, turn up this record, and let the glowsounds fall all around you.


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Jamie xx, In Colour


Top Tracks – Loud Places, I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times), (again, all of them!)


If you’ve listened to the xx, you’ve had a taste of Britain’s best indiepop group. Distinctive production layered with emotive lyrics, the group’s quasi-producer preeminent soundmaker/spindoctor Jamie Smith has also ventured into the solo realm, and In Colour spares no corner of the auditory cortex.  Dancehall, electronica, house, soul, trip hop sounds, this has it all in spades of every color. If you are new to the Jamie xx experience, get yourself started with “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”, “Loud Places”, or “Far Nearer.” Whether gigging on the beach or watching landscapes float by, this is your soundtrack.


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Windsor Smith, Solas Table Lamp


Top Styles – Blackened Brass, Base-Lit Only (we call this the neutron star…or I do at least)


Have you ever wondered what a table lamp would look like in the abodes of design aficionados in the year 3000? Go ahead and stop wondering, Windsor Smith’s vision beat you to it. Geometry meets ingenuity, lumens shine off of hexagonal brass plates, and components of the imagination take on their shape while considering the Solas Table Lamp’s place in the grand portrait of post-modern interior design. Speaking of the year 3000, Boyd Lighting’s top of the industry engineering makes millennia-old Table Lamps kind of plausible. The top draw here is Blackened Brass, top diffuser turned off, base lit only. New Year’s Eve 2999 kids, we’ll see you there.


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Traditional Americana through the Handcrafted Looking Glass


Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear


Top Tracks –  Chateau Lobby #4, Bored in the USA (say it with me folks, all  of ‘em!)




Father John Misty has toured with Damien Jurado and drummed for Fleet Foxes, but he takes psychedelic folk music to a gnarly, cynical, and sweetly-sung land we haven’t seen since maybe Gene Clark (again we’re nearing the border of blasphemy but not crossing it). The sounds on Honeybear hearken back to traditional American folk, but look forward to modern American malaise. You can’t listen to this album without singing soulfully along, and then later wondering at the now-lovely now-disturbing lyrics. Josh Tillman (nom de actual of Father John Misty) has a pure, lilting voice, and his songwriting accompanies it well. If Chateau Lobby #4 doesn’t twang your heart, I don’t know what to tell you!


Alicia Cort, Marlowe Table Lamp


Top Styles – You want me to pick just one? Stop it. Okay, well I’ll narrow it down to two: Imperial Red, Satin Nickel, Jet Black with Gold Interior Shade, and give me that Dark Walnut, Satin Nickel and Warm White Silk Shade too, gotta have your morning and evening lighting.


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Has any design ever brought to mind the combination of 1940’s Hollywood, Asian-Americana, high-luxury, and various Ancient Alien theories? Not a chance, and I’ll put money on it (just email me). The design of the metal cage itself is exceedingly unique, sharp angles, closed mazes and sections of a circle that echo Paleolithic creation myths. Beneath the breathtaking latticework you can select strikingly different wood finishes, Imperial Red for the Chinoiserie effect, Grey Cerused Oak for the understated nook overlooking the countryside, and Dark Walnut for sleek, modern interiors. Oooh, child. The many faces of the Marlowe, the dizzying array of Father John Misty’s lyrical adventures, yes, yes, YES!


No Fancy Lines, These Two Simply ROCK


Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit


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Top Tracks – Pedestrian at Best, Kim’s Caravan (…I wouldn’t be recommending these if every track wasn’t awesome!)


If you like Australian people, indie rock, and a musicality that has threads combining quirky, clever, heartwrenching, hilarious, and charming, then you need to be listening to Courtney Barnett. If you didn’t know better, you’d think her lyrics were freestyles. See the following last verse for Pedestrian at Best. “Erroneous, harmonious, I’m hardly sanctimonious/Dirty clothes, I suppose we all outgrow ourselves/I’m a fake, I’m a phoney, I’m awake, I’m alone/I’m homely, I’m a Scorpio.” If you want to try the brooding, beautiful side give Kim’s Caravan a listen, and ride a train.


Jamie Drake, Topanga Series


Top Styles – I’ll go with the Topanga Floor Lamp, Natural Maple and Satin Brass. Everyday.


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You cannot have too much of a good thing. And the Topanga Series ventures to all genres in lighting, wall sconce, table lamp, chandelier, TWO TIER chandelier, floor lamp, Mothership laser. Okay, well Jamie’s still working on the last one, but forthcoming people! Boyd’s most recent launch, the Topanga Floor Lamp, shines the good light in interior spaces of all shapes and sizes. I personally enjoy the agility of this fixture. Rotate the central hub and move the lamp arm to the desired angle for your quiet reading area, chaotic office space, or secret Moon base operations room. It works in all of them, and did I mention the hub. Guys, you can get this in Peony Shagreen. PEONY! I’ll go ahead and pick up my previously dropped mic, dust it off, spout some Courtney Barnett lyrics, and drop it again. Peace.

The Not-So-Super 8…Getting What You Pay For

We go rounds and rounds here at Boyd rehashing the age old debate of quality vs. affordability.  We know we cost more than the competition, and we know that our quality is superior to the competition, and we think that our customers don’t mind paying the price for perfection.  Boyd is Boyd after all; an age old benchmark of dedication to a craft; pride of product from an American workforce.


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I’ve been thinking about quality a lot lately….


In January we moved out of our beautiful home of 25 years – built by us to house a young family and no longer relevant for just two – into a rental.  It’s cozy and bright and temporary; a place to pause while we renovate our soon to be next home…but it’s “janky” (as my kids say).  The low-flow shower heads dribble, the knobs on the stove work only periodically, the dishwasher leaks, the recycle bin slides open unprovoked, and the refrigerator is a deep and narrow slot where perfectly good vegetables go to turn bad.  When we signed the lease it was only supposed to be for 6 months, but through the vagaries of the building permit approval process it looks like we will be living there for an additional year.


The Twitter, Google, Square, People Soft spillover from San Francisco has driven rental prices through the roof in our town, so I jumped on this place because it was cheap by Mill Valley standards.  Now, in the light of having to be there for what feels like an eternity, I have buyer’s remorse. The lack of a fireplace, the downstairs detached laundry, and the bedroom windows that won’t close – all charming quirks in January – have grown annoying.


More and more these days you get what you pay for…


A dear friend of mine traveled recently for business and decided to save his company some money. Instead of staying at the hardly-lavish Radisson, he decided to stay at the Super 8.  It didn’t take him long to realize that it wasn’t so super.


He texted me some photos that had me in hysterics.  An elementary school-sized desk outfitted with a dial-up internet and a rolling Naugahyde chair in the middle of the linoleum lobby just steps from the swinging front door is Super 8’s idea of a Business Center.   But the classiest part of his stay was the shabby bedside lamp that looked like a prop from Central Casting for the Bates Motel and the corrugated, plastic-wrapped paper cups on the bathroom sink…one towel no hand soap.  My friend decided after a breakfast of Corn Flakes in a Styrofoam bowl that was anything but “continental” that he’d never rest his head on a Super 8 pillow again…he had buyer’s remorse in spades.


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Here at Boyd I’m proud of the quality.  I love that you can’t see our set screws, that our polish is accomplished with jeweler’s rouge, that a warm body picks up the phone when a customer calls for assistance.  Our pricing is not for the faint of heart, but our customers never have buyer’s remorse, because our fixtures are all about value…hang the expense!


The Mirror’s Edge: BOYD Q2 Launch

This summer, Boyd Lighting is the mirror’s edge. On one side is traditionalism: classic interiors with a hint of modernism. On the other, the avant-garde: designs that incorporate the visionary, forward-thinking aspects of creativity.


Windsor Smith is the latest addition to Boyd’s murderer’s row of designers. Her prodigious output and visionary flair have made her a force in the design industry. Ms. Smith has designed acclaimed pieces for Century Furniture, Arteriors, as well as her own line Windsor Smith Home. Known for a delicate balance of antique and modern motifs, Ms. Smith embodies an organic elegance in her interior architecture.



Windsor Smith, founder of Windsor Smith Home


The Solas Table Lamp, Ms. Smith’s latest design for Boyd Lighting, walks the line between classic and post-modern. The base of the lamp is comprised of a twisting stack of hexagonal plates that create a perforated light column. A truly singular fixture, the base and shade of the Solas can be lit separately. As seen below, when the base is lit, the light visible through geometric spaces creates a starry effect.


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Light Column a la neutron star…sans cosmic density!


Jamie Drake’s Topanga Series has been redefining versatility and luxury for over two years. The latest iteration, the Topanga Floor Lamp, is elegantly suited for residential and hospitality interiors. The classic Topanga hubs on the central base and lamp arm can be customized in wood or shagreen, adding a flourish to the classic variety of brass and nickel finishes that Boyd offers. Make any space a reading nook, or luxuriate your in-home office with a floor lamp for the ages!

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A fresh face in lighting design has arisen from Boyd Lighting’s own rank and file!  Alicia Cort, the longtime design talent behind Boyd’s advertising, web graphics, catalogs and brochures, has applied her unique vision to lighting design with the Marlowe Table Lamp.


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Alicia Cort


The Marlowe has a square wood base ensconced in a Chinoiserie metal cage, the angular designs of which evoke Far Eastern calligraphy. The pattern wraps around the base and creates a unified but varying design in brass or nickel, with striking or subdued tones of wood beneath.


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Chocolate avec de l’or!

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Sleekly modern

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Organically futuristic

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The Marlowe has many shades, each unique. Three distinct wood options and five distinct metal finishes make for a dazzling lineup of combinations. It can take on a 1940’s Hollywood vibe with Gossamer Gold finish over Imperial Red, or assume a contemporary feel with a sleek Satin Nickel finish over the cool, understated Dark Walnut.


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And it even lights the page you bookmarked!


Boyd’s slate of Q2 fixtures are available now on our homepage, and through your local sales reps across the country! Summertime illuminative décor, engage!




This Summer Boyd Dips a Big Toe into Retail – Have You Looked at Lumens Lately?

The weather is heating up and we at Boyd have decided to try something new…we’re taking an invigorating dip in the retail pool. Our luxury lighting brand has long been available only to the  trade, but over the last 5 years as internet retail has evolved from a Pret-a-Porter supermarket into a front-row-Couture boutique, our customers have become increasingly comfortable buying even the most chic items on-line. And we love our customers…




So it’s time to address the confident homeowner, the impulsive remodeler, the neophyte DIY-er and embrace the internet marketplace!


For the first time ever, Boyd and has made arrangements to sell some of our fixtures direct to the public!  You’ll find us at retail exclusively on the Lumens website.




In the past, the on-line shopper was rarely a part of Boyd’s buying universe, we now believe that the significant added exposure to the Boyd line through Lumens will help drive customer traffic to our reps and designers.  This is going to be hot! Hot! Hot!




About Lumens:

Lumens came to the web in 2006 with a goal in mind: to be the best place to shop for lighting, fans, furniture and accessories for people who love modern design. At Lumens, modern design doesn’t mean limited design. We call our style “open-minded modern.” We know that a modern design aesthetic can apply to everything from stark-white minimalism to an eclectic space that blends old and new styles—not to mention everything in between. Modern design should have perspective. It should be comfortable, and easy on the eyes. But most importantly, it should be about you.

LED Lamps: What Do We Recommend?


You’ve heard it all by now.  LED lighting is the future.  LED lighting uses very little energy.  LED lighting will last for years.  We can go on and on about the merits of this technology, but even more to the point, which LED bulb would look great in your home lighting?


There are literally dozens upon dozens of LED options out there.  At BOYD, we have had the opportunity to test many of these bulbs during our product development process, and while there is not one right bulb for every situation, we recommend the Cree bulb available at your local Home Depot store and online.


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Even though this bulb may look strange to some, the quality and quantity of the light output is nothing short of spectacular.  Available for medium-based applications (think ordinary light bulb), Cree has managed to produce a warm incandescence that until now had been difficult to achieve with LEDs.  They have engineered 40 watt (see photo), 60 watt, 75 watt, and now 100 watt equivalent options, with power consumption ranging from a miniscule 6 watts to 18 watts.  Dimmers can even be used to set that desired mood.  These bulbs cost from $4 up to about $20, depending on output.  Not a bad price for something that should last for many years to come.


Cree is one of the top LED manufacturers in the world, so if you are in the market for replacement lamps for your home lighting needs, feel confident selecting this amazing bulb today.

Decor Veritè: San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015

Full disclosure: everything in this post is from the neophyte-eye view! As a first time attendee of a Decorator Showcase there was a lot to take in, consider, make snarky comments about, and make genuinely amazed comments about. I even got my Silent Auction joke shut down! A quick, verbal re-enactment:


“Would you like to know more about the Silent Auction?”

“Aren’t you breaking the rules of the Silent Auction right now?”

“Yeah, that’s not how Silent Auctions work.”


Even fuller disclosure: there may or may not be a Prince joke somewhere below. Still though, design aesthetics strike deeper than the cornea, and this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase had much for the heart and mind, as well as the eyes, both keen and untrained.


The Showcase has a 38 year history full of gorgeous San Francisco vistas and progressive interior designs. This year’s Showcase house is located in the Pacific Heights neighborhood, with four impressive floors of design flair. We kept an eye out for rad, unorthodox designs in lighting, and were not disappointed.


Phillip Silver’s Living Room on the Main Level showcases a ceiling pendant and a wall installation that shine with an organic sensibility. Evoking icy droplets on tree branches, the ceiling pendant has remarkable light splash, and a soft, cooling ambiance in daylight. The wall installation is composed of dozens of gold leaf clover shapes, with the light source emanating from above.



I call him…Golden Boy!



Major, major props to Cecilie Starin for putting together the edgiest, most stylistically striking room in the entire Showcase house, in my humble opinion. A fantastic, ringed ceiling fixture from NIDO Living illuminates the room. The fixture is composed of four burnished brass rings; the bottom two have LED strips shining on the bottom, while the top two emanate LED light from the top. This creates an impressive cast of light toward the ceiling, as well as the dining table the fixture hangs above. While we were clapping for the lighting, the patterned black and white murals  on the walls and the multi-colored spray paint can installations, both by artist Ian Ross via the Rocha Art gallery, popped the entire room into another stratosphere. The original mural is on 41 Freelon St., San Francisco.


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When I thought these were skateboard wheels, I was like yes! When I found out they were spray paint cans, I was like YES!


The upstairs adds to the variety of aesthetics, and showcases a more futurist flavor in lighting. In the Gentleman’s Private Lounge, we took in a postmodern lounge area, replete with a teal mannequin. Designed by Eche Martinez, who took inspiration for the concept from John Singer Sargent’s portrait of Samuel Jean de Pozzi, the room evokes the sensibilities of a 21st century gentleman. The ceiling pendant by Restoration Hardware gives the space a sturdy, modern-industrial feel, which is echoed by the Bubble Table Lamps by Sylvan and the teal-shaded sconces by The Urban Electric Co., albeit a bit more dreamily.


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Kid A has nothing on me.


The Pent Room, designed by Jeff Schlarb of Green Couch Design, embodies a sultry vision of a game room, accentuated with varying shades of mauve. Imagine if Prince called you up and asked you to design his pool room. I mean, imagine if Prince called you up period, that has to be a weird conversation. But even the Artist currently known as himself would have his eyes drawn above the pool table, littered with pool balls painted intricately with splashes of red, deep purple, black and mauve, where there hangs maybe the most interesting fixture in the house: a somewhat crocodilian skeleton with orange nostalgia lamps and burnished brass strands hanging from the indentations of vertebrae. Simply awesome.



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Next, we descended the stairs to The Gallery, designed by Lizette Marie Interior Design. It is a wonderfully strange setting, atmospheric and decadent. The first thing you notice is the ceiling fixture, entitled “Golden Grip,” which consists of a series of gold-casted forearms gripping the long fixture’s canopy, nostalgia lamps oozing sepia-toned light below. I couldn’t decide whether it looked more like the inhabitants of utopia were holding up the light of discovery, or the citizens of dystopia were desperately reaching for the light of hope. Either way it was jarring, and amazing.


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The Showcase wouldn’t have been complete without a dash of Boyd in the mix. We have been rocking illuminative artistry for 94 years, and 2015 is fast becoming a symposium of design mastery. This is seen wonderfully in our new Alhambra Series, by designer Fiyel Levent. In one of the more affecting and lovely rooms at the Showcase, Tineke Triggs‘ En Vogue Salon, it is all verve. A stark portrait by Danielle Mourning above the luxurious bathtub places you in the sensuous center of the space, while Boyd’s Alhambra Sconces add that indefinable delicacy, glowing above the grand, waving designs of the black and white floor. You left feeling the designer had imbued a truly singular emotion to the space.


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The 2015 San Francisco Decorator’s showcase will be open until May 25th. Please take the time to check out all the work these wonderful artists have put in to this amazing spectacle!

Art Market San Francisco and Ken Fulk’s Battery Lounge

Last week we attended the opening party for Art Market San Francisco as the guests of San Francisco Cottages and Gardens. The event was held at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, the “VIP” line at the entrance was 500 deep, and as the sun was setting over the dramatic water front location I found myself wondering… how often can you cram thousands of people into a venue with limited parking and few windows, add lots of alcohol and precious art, and expect good behavior all around?




Inside the scene was filled with disturbing sculptures of life size humanoids in gas masks, photos of bunnies swimming to stay alive in azure pools, surreal paintings of crumpled paper (that had to be seen from the side of the canvas to be disbelieved), panels of drilled layers of technicolored acrylic, matte board wall sculptures, ceramic dolls hung in rows all with missing arms…and that was just the art.

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The crowd was just as vivid.  The room was jammed to the gills with hipsters, artists, voyeurs and collectors of all ages and the dynamic was fascinating. I watched in amazement as a generously tattooed and pierced young woman in black lipstick admired a $46,000 sketch of some peppermint candies by Wayne Thiebaud.  A caftan clad octogenarian posed for a selfie in front of a cow tryptic.  Two deliberately coifed gentlemen groped each other while waiting at the bar for Negronis.  I could go on but you catch my drift…a very San Francisco crowd.



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We stayed until the room became unbearably warm then we stepped outside to join the intimate group of several hundred others to admire the perfect San Francisco view of Alcatraz Island in the twilight…and moved on.




We were told that the party was supposed to continue at the Ken Fulk designed Battery Lounge, but when we arrived there looking for our hosts we were nearly turned away at the door.  A very reasonable young man (guard?) behind an imposing front desk had no idea what we were talking about, but when we produced an invitation, he consulted with the coat-check dude and reluctantly let us pass.  We went immediately upstairs to admire the room plaques we at Boyd had made to Ken’s specifications, and in situ they were beautiful.  But creeping around hallways and taking pictures of door jambs is discouraged in private clubs, and we began to elicit the cocked eyebrows of the unamused.


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After we found ourselves downstairs in the main bar, and then found ourselves some cocktails, (served with ridiculously P.C. cocktail napkins), we ordered ridiculously expensive smaller-than-a-burger-bigger-than-a-sliders and ridiculously delicious French fries. That’s when I had my second revelation of the evening. Viewing all that art with all those people against the backdrop of a city I love had made me ridiculously hungry.