As Seen in Nashville Interiors

Layers of Light

Thoughtful Illumination: The Mix Interiors and Circa Lighting Collaborate 

Photography by Jeff Herr Photography 

Bistro Medium Chandelier by Ian K Fowler | Pictured Here: Annie Himmelhaver and Scarlette James of The Mix Interiors | Photography by Allison Elefante, Ruby and Peach

Scarlett James from The Mix Interiors knows you need more than furniture and fine finishes to make a house a home. While we know a home can't be made by design alone, great lighting can deliver a feeling of warmth and visual comfort.


“We definitely look at it like putting a puzzle together,” James says of pairing fixtures throughout the house to create a space you love. “Your home has always been a place to nurture your family and friends, but now with so many people spending most of their time at home, our houses have become so much more. For many of us, it is now our primary place of working and entertaining as well."

Photography Courtesy of West of Main Design

Hicks Small Pendant by Thomas O'Brien | Photography by Allison Elefante, Ruby and Peach

Handling business development in Nashville for Circa Lighting, Gena Dorminey collaborates with designers, builders and architects to make lighting selections just as she did with James on this home.


“Many design and build professionals see us as an extension of thier own staff. We like to become involved in a project as soon as possible because we are able to offer added support and expertise," Dorminey says. “Lighting is all about layering--from architectural to decorative. You really want to have a variety and when you start from the production and planning stage, you are able to optimize the look, feel and function of your space with lighting.”

Chado Large Table Lamp by Barbara Barry | Photography by Allison Elefante, Ruby and Peach

James, who has worked with Dorminey and Circa Lighting on multiple projects, loves to pull a few lighting options for each space of the home to see how the fixtures fit together, what the homeowner is drawn to and how altogether, the lighting can bring together the whole aesthetic.


"For this project, the homeowner wanted her space to feel like a family home – classic, timeless and in keeping with the feel of the neighborhood," says James.

Photography Courtesy of Courtesy of Barta Interiors

Photography by Woodie Williams Photography

Baxley Sconce by Alexa Hampton | Photography by Allison Elefante, Ruby and Peach

“Lighting is my favorite part,” James says, who draws up a lighting plan in tandem with the furniture and architecture plans. “When we're drawing the floor and the reflected ceiling plans, we determine what we need for each space and start putting together options. It's kind of like putting an outfit together, trying different shapes and finishes.”

Photography Courtesy of Timber Trails

“Everything should be on a dimmer,” Dorminey says, “You want your home to be multi-functional and adaptable for how you're using your space at any given time. Lighting should be adjustable to accommodate entertaining friends on weekends, working during the day or decompressing with your family in the evenings.”

A home that allows an easy transition from work to play to rest is more sought-after than ever before as many of us are spending most of our time within the same four walls. And lighting is the one design element that can instantly transform a room into any type of space you need it to be.

Hampton Medium Chandelier by AERIN | Photography by Allison Elefante, Ruby and Peach

Buatta Large Table Lamp by Christopher Spitzmiller | Photography by Allison Elefante, Ruby and Peach

“Lighting is one of the most important pieces to the design puzzle. It has the power to shape how we experience our surroundings” Dorminey says. “When you walk into a space and it has thoughtful lighting, you feel it."

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