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Harbour Lighting

By Danielle Raciti 

Most New Englanders will agree that nothing beats the arrival of warm weather after a long, chilly winter. For those lucky enough to have a coastal home, opening it up for a fresh, new season is as exhilarating as a cooling summer breeze.

For homeowners who want to freshen up their summer house for the season, why not start with rethinking the lighting design? Cynthia Lafarier of Harbour Lighting Boutique in Exeter, Rhode Island, is a proponent of entertaining in style. Her selection of fixtures and home accessories can breathe new life into your summer retreat. “This year, it’s all about returning home to our summer cottages,” says Lafarier. “Adding new touches to create a casual yet festive place to share with family and friends.”

To create a vibrant and sea-inspired summer look, Harbour Lighting suggests custom drum lampshades in colorful prints, and glass—clear or translucently colored—with a fun texture that’s frosted, seedy, rippled or faceted. “You can bring contrast and energy to your rooms with organic elements used in new ways,” says Lafarier, who offers these suggestions: “Driftwood wrapped over iron to create a globe fixture with a coastal vibe. Or, dangling, round capiz shells mixed with crystals that capture the light and radiate it around the room.

In addition to the traditional lines of lighting fixtures she carries, Lafarier seeks out unusual finds that reflect a new direction in lighting with an eye for craftsmanship and value. “Inspiring design because boring is overdone,” is something of a mantra for her. “It really describes my store,” she says. “It’s kind of fun. I’m inspired by my customers.”

Selecting proper lighting can be tricky, and Lafarier goes the extra mile to help her clients choose the best product for their needs. Her “Get It Right The First Time Program” offers different levels of service that address any phase of a project, big or small, from updating a fixture or two to creating a complete lighting scheme for a home. Services include on-site visits, fixture placement drawings, coordinating a cohesive lighting design within the home, and delivery to the job site for whole-house customers. No detail is too small.

Whether you’re furnishing a vacation retreat or your primary home, Harbour Lighting Boutique can outfit your space with the lighting you need. “We have the lighting to complement your taste and light up your night as the sun goes down,” says Lafarier. “We offer the newest products to control lighting from the palm of your hand. Never come home in the dark again.”