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Letter From The Editor: Bright Lights

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I guess you can say I’ve seen the light during the production of this issue, our first cover story on the topic. Contributing Editor Laurie Yarnell interviewed retailers, interior designers, and outdoor lighting experts on trends, and the consensus is: Traditional is out; modern is in. So what is taking the place of the ubiquitous pendant bell-jar lanterns so popular in the past decade or so? “Some way-out sculptural, almost kinetic, hanging fixtures,” says Mari-Lou Nania of Patdo Light Studio in Port Chester. “They’re like another piece of art—really outside the box.” 

Yarnell also profiled lighting visionary Robert Sonneman of Mamaroneck, the founder, CEO, and creative director of Sonneman—A Way of Light, who says “Design is often evolutionary and only rarely revolutionary, but today technology has excited a revolution.” Well, after looking at his latest creations, all we can say is, “Viva la revolution!

We also take you inside Westchester Magazine’s third Dream Home, a penthouse apartment on the 40th floor of The Residences at The Ritz Carlton, Westchester, in White Plains. With 5,400 square feet of space and floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows with 360-degree views of Westchester, the Manhattan skyline, and the Long Island Sound, it gives new meaning to the expression “living large.” Everyone is invited to visit the home Fridays through Sundays from September 12 through October 19. For details, visit westchestermagazine.com/DreamHome.

Looking for a spa vacation in your very own home? You’ll get lots of ideas after reading our feature on the latest in spa bathrooms, outfitted with family-sized saunas, steam showers, and soaking tubs. Garden writer Tovah Martin shows off a fabulous Briarcliff Manor garden; Jay Muse from Lulu Cake Boutique (the best in Westchester!) offers up some tasty recipes; and, of course, we update you on the newest stores and products available in our favorite county.

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