The Spring Cure: Light Therapy

The Spring Cure: Light Therapy

Maxwell Ryan
Apr 20, 2009

This is my challenge: replacing this lamp in the next three weeks.

Cure Clock: 2 weeks & 6 days remaining
Assignment: Read Chapter 9: pps. 185-204
   • Overhaul the bathroom
   • Evaluate your lighting

Curees: 896 (and still counting...)

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I can't believe that we're already heading down the final stretch! Now's the time to work very hard and make sure you are doing all you can. There's not much more time left.

This past weekend, Sara Kate and I spent much of the time cleaning out our family house on Long Island in advance of renting it out for the summer season. It feels good to do it. Even though we're planning on handing it all over to others, it motivates us to polish up the house and make it healthier (you can see the whole house here). It's an ongoing task (I still haven't finished painting the staircase), but we'll get there. I also went on the radio this morning...

Brent's living room AFTER and BEFORE

This morning at 10am, I was on Martha Stewart Radio's Whole Living Show (Sirius Radio) talking about The Cure with Terri Trespicio, the host, and Dr. Brent Ridge, who has just completed the renovation of his apartment in New York. You can see what he's done here:

>> Our First Radio Show
>> Dr. Brent's Slideshow

Brent's apartment is totally chic and beautifully done and is just in need of a little living in, like a pair of new jeans, but the lighting is great. He's got tons of fixtures and they're all on special Lutron dimmers, which allow him to easily turn everything up or down or off.

During the show, a woman from Kansas called in and said that she'd actually followed my advice on lighting (always have three points of light in each room) without knowing it yet and been amazed at the difference that it had made. She said she'd simply added a new lamp to the living room and everything had so much more life and color. It makes sense. Colors can't be colorful if they don't have some good light to shine on them and brighten them up.

(If you get Sirius Radio, you should totally check us out next Monday at 10am on Martha Stewart's Whole Living channel.)

For myself, I am working on getting some light into this dining room above. It's got a little ceiling fixture that casts an awful glow, and I've been trying to find a pendant that's simple, not too expensive and not-too-big-not-too-small. This is what I've come up with so far:

Sara and I had originally thought about a Nelson Bubble lamp, but by this spring, we'd nixed it as too expensive and trendy....

This picture became my new inspiration lately and it's from this post.

This pendant at Room & Board by Galbraith & Paul in white....

Or these simple round FADO glass balls from Ikea - two of them.

The answer? I don't know yet, but I'm going to put money on having installed something in the next few weeks, and my next stop is a visit to Ikea, Room & Board and to a local lighting store to see my options in the flesh.


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Week 5 - Intro
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Week 4 - Intro
Week 3 - Show and Tell
Week 3 - Tips & Tricks
Week 3 - Intro
Week 2 - Show and Tell
Week 2 - Tips & Tricks
Week 2 - Intro
Week 1 - Show and Tell
Week 1 - Tips & Tricks
Week 1 - Intro


>> Main Cure Page - Spring 2009
>> About The Book
>> Excerpt from Chapter I


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