Meet Our Talented Team
Do you know the Legend Lighting sales staff? Our lighting experts are ready to help you solve all of your lighting challenges and answer all of your lighting questions! Call our showroom today to set up appointment with one of our BRILLIANT sales associates!
In her role at Legend Lighting as Outside Sales Associate, Cathy Shockey considers herself a “lighting therapist”, working with custom homebuilders and interior designers to find the perfect solutions for their need. Cathy has been in the lighting industry for ten years after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Texas and holds her Lighting Specialist certification from the American Lighting Association. Cathy enjoys seeing the whole lighting process come together from the lighting design to selections to installation. The most rewarding part of Cathy’s job is hearing from her clients that they love their lighting and about the compliments they receive from their friends and family. Cathy’s favorite lighting category is exterior lighting. She wants all of her homeowners and their guests to be “wowed’ every time they walk through the front door.
Resa Russell is an Outside Sales Associate focusing on sales to custom homebuilders and the interior design trade. Resa has two years of experience in residential lighting and over two decades of experience in and around interior design, from decorating celebrities’ homes for the Christmas holidays to providing interior design for the humblest of spaces. With a background in floral design, Resa brings an artistic flair to her job. Resa loves making a personal connection with each of her clients and considers it an honor each time she has an opportunity to help a homeowner illuminate their space. Resa enjoys working with lighting that makes a statement and goes beyond just a fixture that lights a space.
Kathryn Karkella is an Inside Sales Associate with responsibility for builder accounts and retail sales. Kathryn has been in the residential lighting industry for eleven years after graduating from Stephen F. Austin University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and holds her Lighting Specialist certification from the American Lighting Association. Kathryn enjoys helping homeowners select the perfect light fixture for their home. Her favorite lighting category is kitchen island lighting since there are so many creative lighting options, which allow a homeowner’s personality to shine in the most important room of their home, the kitchen!
Michelle Palma is a Custom Accounts Coordinator, providing sales support and customer service to custom homebuilders and interior designers. Michelle has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Austin and has been in the interior design industry for three years and in the lighting industry for one year. Michelle enjoys seeing a house become a home and the impact that lighting makes on the process. Her favorite lighting products are anything with clean lines and contemporary/modern style in addition to unique pieces and working with color.
Alissa Fischer is an Inside Sales Associate with responsibility for retail sales and showroom merchandising. Alissa spent eight years in early childhood development prior to beginning her education in interior design. Alissa has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design (CIDA accredited) from the Art Institute of Austin and now has almost a year of experience in lighting. Alissa enjoys creating beautiful vignettes in the Legend Lighting showroom and making appointments with homeowners in their homes to provide lighting consultation. Alissa is drawn to lighting that is artistic in style and lighting fixtures that create an artistic focal point in a space.
As Legend Lighting’s “Showroom Ambassador”, Sherry Thompson provides a warm reception to all of our customers, both on the telephone and in our showroom. Sherry also helps retail customers with lighting selections and quotes in addition to assisting with displays and pricing. Sherry has over fifteen years of experience in the lighting industry and is our resident expert on light bulbs of all types. Sherry enjoys working with customers and coming up with the perfect solution to lighting problems and challenges.
Please join us for a Holiday Happy Hour featuring a
CEU presentation by Hubbardton Forge
Wednesday, December 10, 5:00PM – 8:00PM
CEU Presentation begins at 6:00PM
Be sure to bring your Christmas tree ornament made out of a light bulb for your chance to win table lamp from Hubbardton Forge!
IDCEC-accredited CEU presented by Hubbardton Forge
“The Art of Lighting: Historical Precedents for a Modern World”
The year has flown by and the holidays are almost upon us! It’s time to get your home ready for holiday entertaining. As you consider your holiday decor, be sure to think about your lighting! The right lighting creates a warm and hospitable welcome for your guests.
Outdoor lighting becomes even more important with the shorter days in the fall and winter. Make sure your guests have the proper lighting as they approach your home at your main entrance. The facade of your home should have general illumination to highlight your home’s exterior and light up any dark areas that guests may need to pass through. Landscape lighting in and around trees, shrubs and walkways creates a welcoming effect. If possible, add path lighting to guide your guests to your front door.
The light in your foyer is also an important one for setting a warm and inviting mood. As your guests enter from a dark exterior, it is best not to have the foyer light too bright and intense, but to use a dimmer to control the light intensity. This will reduce glare and discomfort and will help make the transition from the darkness outside to the interior light of your home.
The color temperature of your lighting is also important to creating a warm and cozy feeling in your home. The most popular is the 2700 color temperature since it is the closest to outside lighting from the sun. Choosing light bulbs can be tricky, so let our lighting experts at Legend Lighting share our knowledge with you and assist you in selecting the best light bulbs for your lighting needs.
There is still plenty of time to spiff up your lighting for the holidays! We can help you with the best lighting solutions to get your home ready for holiday guests and entertaining. Call us today at 512-251-0000 or come by our showroom at 15342 N. IH 35.
Look What’s New at Legend Lighting!
Legend Lighting is excited to announce the addition of several new lighting lines over the last few months! When we visit the International Lighting Market each January and June we search high and low for lighting that we think will fit with Austin’s unique style and attitude. We are very happy to begin new partnerships with Fine Art Lamps, Nuevo Living, Light and Living, Van Teal and Surya. Items from all of these manufacturers are now on display in the Legend Lighting showroom.
Fine Art Lamps
Since 1940 Fine Art Lamps has been handcrafting original lighting designs that are made in America and specified worldwide. They create designs from beautifully handcrafted metal, hand-blown glass and other unique materials with exquisite hand applied finishes. There is no match for their high quality and unique designs. Their name reflects their commitment to lighting design as an art.
The following lighting fixtures from Fine Art Lamps are on display in the Legend Lighting showroom.
Nuevo Living has become one of the premier manufacturers of high quality modern furniture, lighting and decor. Starting in the early 2000’s, they now offer stylish products that are at home in both residential and commercial spaces. Their clean, contemporary designs, high quality along with excellent price points drew us to this line.
Light and Living
Light and Living got their start thirty-five years ago in the Netherlands and have provided beautiful lighting and home accessories to European retailers for years until expanding into the North American market in January of 2013. On-trend designs and excellent price points are the hallmark of this line.
The Van Teal family has been creating imaginative designs, innovative shade treatments and colorful acrylics that are equally works of art and functional lighting fixtures. Specializing in residential lighting and accessories in addition to hospitality lighting, if you want something truly unique, take a look at Van Teal.
Initially attracted to Surya because of their wide selection of lamps, we were also quickly taken by the rest of their product line, including rugs, poufs, throws and pillows. Surya is a huge line with something for everyone, in every style and budget.
We look forward to our partnership with all of these fine companies and can’t wait to show these great products to our homeowners, designers and builders! Come by our showroom at 15342 N. IH 35 to take a look and see all of our new displays!
Legend Lighting is proud to celebrate our fifth year in business in 2014! Five years ago we opened the doors with a couple of employees, a few lighting lines and a limited amount of lighting on display. In 2014 we have grown to a staff of 16 valued employees, we offer over 100 lighting lines and our showroom has an abundant display of beautiful decorative lighting, ceiling fans, outdoor lighting and includes a recessed lighting lab.
We would like to sincerely thank all of the customers and friends that have been a part of our growth and success so far. The future is bright and we look forward to illuminating Austin’s homes for many years to come!
Tyson Neal is the Associate Vice President of Legend Lighting and our showroom manager. We asked Tyson to reflect back on these first five years:
Tyson, as Legend Lighting celebrates its five year anniversary, how is the business different today than it was five years ago when we opened the doors in May of 2009?
There are many differences. We started with 8 lighting lines and now offer over 100 lines. We now have a professionally merchandised showroom that has our personal touch, making sure what we offer is right for Austin. And our strong growth has allowed us to build an outstanding team of lighting experts with design backgrounds.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Employee training-Lighting experts are not a dime-a-dozen, and we’ve worked hard to put together a training curriculum that incorporates resources provided by the American Lighting Association, along with our own experience.
What has been your most celebrated success?
Surviving the Great Recession as a new business and emerging as a thriving and vibrant business is something that both our family and our employees are extremely proud to have been a part. It gives us confidence going forward that great things are still to come.
What makes Legend Lighting special and why should builders, interior designers and homeowners come here to make lighting selections?
It’s a personal experience to do business with us, from the products we hand-pick to display for our Austin clientele, to the personalized attention that each of our lighting experts gives to every project they work on. We’re dedicated to not only finding the right solutions for our clients, but opening their eyes to new products and designs that they may not have even been aware of.
What are you most excited about going foward?
The LED lighting revolution that is changing the way we illuminate homes and making new design possibilities a reality.
Austin Interior Designers
One of the most talented designers that Legend Lighting has had the privilege to work with is Chelsea Bandy Kloss of Chelsea+Remy Design. When first meeting Chelsea, you immediately get a feel for her warm personality and her incomparable and unique style. Chelsea has experience in new home construction, remodels, small scale commercial projects and condo developments. By investing in lasting relationships with builders, clients and vendors, Chelsea has earned the reputation as one of the premier designers in the Austin area.
For her formal education, Chelsea attended Texas State Univeristy in San Marcos, where she graduated with Honors with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, majoring in Interior Design and minoring in technology. For three years she worked as a partner at a local design firm before starting Chelsea+Remy Design. Her passion is being involved with a project through the entire construction and furnishings process, from a mere concept to a magazine ready space.
We interviewed Chelsea to get a glimpse into the world of Chelsea+Remy Design:
Where do you find design inspiration?
I find inspiration daily and in unexpected places, however, I specifically seek inspiration through nature and travel. I love to incorporate organic textures and materials into all genres of interior design and find that nature consistently works its way into each and every project I touch. Travel is also a very important source of inspiration in that I enjoy experiencing regional materials used in new applications. My ultimate guilty pleasure is seeking out boutique hotels for any trip and exploring the fixtures and finishes they choose to set themselves apart from the more corporate style hotels.
What is the most memorable design project you have ever worked on?
I was involved in an extensive remodel on Lake Travis where I was fortunate enough to work with clients who trusted my vision and allowed me the freedom to interject quirky elements into their home, such as the use of enormous reclaimed doors from India as their pantry doors. We were also able to resource local artisans for custom details like stained glass and decorative paint while interjecting the client’s collected antiques throughout.
When a project requires lighting, what do you enjoy most about specifying lighting? What do you find most challenging?
I feel that lighting can single handedly make or break a space, so that alone puts a little pressure on you as a designer! Over the years, lighting has become a part of the design process that truly allows you to express your own style while setting moods, defining spaces and filling volumes. I feel that the biggest challenge that people rely on their designers for in regards to lighting, is understanding scale. With extended ceilings and open floor plans it is imperative to use lighting to create a human scale within the home, define activities and areas within the shared plan and ultimately create functional and favorable lighting conditions. Dimmers are an absolute must and allow you to create the feeling once achieved only by table lamps.
What do you find most beneficial about working with a showroom lighting designer?
As designers, we try to know as much as we can about each facet of the design process, however working with a showroom lighting designer gives you the confidence that you are being exposed to all of the latest and greatest products while understanding the newest technology available to share with your clients. The combination of the specialized knowledge of the showroom lighting designer and the overall project vision by the interior designer creates a winning team.
What is your favorite color palette?
Currently my “go to” color palette is a combination of grey, white and walnut tones and then incorporating accent colors such as canary yellow or lime green to get a fabulous finished look.
Legend Lighting worked with Chelsea on a home built by Pillar Custom Homes and the dining room was featured in Austin Home Magazine, as shown below. Chelsea+Remy Design has won numerous design awards and has been published in many additional publications, such as, Urban Home Magazine, Design Guide-Austin/San Antonio and Luxe Magazine, among others.
Contact Chelsea through her website at http://www.chelsearemy.com.
Have you tried the new vintage filament bulbs in any of your light fixtures or lamps yet? These fun light bulbs have become extremely popular and can add a touch of magic to your home decor and even your outdoor areas. Many of the light fixtures recently introduced by lighting manufacturers look especially beautiful with the vintage filament bulbs. Trendy restoration and industrial styles are perfect for this look.
While these bulbs do not produce as many lumens as regular light bulbs, they are most appreciated for the nostalgic, romantic ambiance that they create, in addition to their classic shapes and the beauty of the softly glowing filament. People tend to use them in specific applications, especially in lamps and fixtures designed to show the light bulb. Crystal chandeliers take on a uniquely elegant look when lighted by vintage filament bulbs.
Below are some photos from Kichler Lighting which feature the vintage filament bulbs.
And we have the entire Congress collection from Hinkley Lighting on display and all of them look great with the nostalgic bulbs.
These string lights from Bulbrite are a best seller and look even more festive with the nostalgic bulbs. We have them on display in the outdoor area of our showroom and keep them in stock.
Legend Lighting stocks vintage filament bulbs from both Luminance and Bulbrite and we have many light fixtures on display which feature these bulbs. The warm illlumination and softly glowing filament will also add to the coziness of your home this fall and winter! Come by our showroom at 15342 N. IH 35 or call us today at 512-251-0000 to check out our selection!
Legend Lighting’s Top Five Photos on Houzz
Have you had a chance to take a look at the Legend Lighting professional profile on Houzz? We have over 200 photos in 27 projects for your lighting inspiration!
We think Houzz is a fabulous design inspiration tool. With over 4 million photos that have been uploaded by design professionals, it is the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Homeowners can browse and save photos with ideas to use in their own new construction or remodeling projects. Local design and construction professionals can also be searched and found on Houzz. Homeowners can also connect with others through discussions, stories and questions.
The photos below are our most popular on Houzz and have been added to over 100 idea books each. We were very honored to work with each of the professionals listed below as the lighting supplier for these projects.
Our most popular photo, by far, is the beautiful master bathroom in the photo below and has been added to 360 idea books. This home in Spicewood, Texas was built by Seven Custom Homes and the interior design was done by Jeannie Balsam, LLC. The Crystal Lights chandelier from Currey & Company is a lovely complement to the design.
The bar photo below is in the same home as above, built by Seven Custom Homes and designed by Jeannie Balsam, LLC and has been added to 270 idea books on Houzz. The mini chandeliers are from the Savoy House Boutique collection.
The media room shown below is in a home built by Kerry Martin with Enertech Builders and has been added to 195 idea books. The RGB tape light is a very fun addition to a media room!
This beautiful bar photo in a Lake Austin home built by John Davis with Timeless Construction Services, with interior design by JEI Design has been added to 178 idea books on Houzz. The lighting includes the Martini light from Elk Lighting, the Aris sconce from Hubbardton Forge and tape light in the glass cabinets.
The cozy, rustic living room photo below has been added to 136 idea books and is in the same home as the first two photos above. The home was built by Seven Custom Homes and the interior design was done by Jeannie Balsam, LLC. The Arte de Mexico antler chandelier completes this beautiful space.
We love sharing photos of our lighting projects on Houzz. Please visit our website to sign up for our newsletter by clicking HERE. Also, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. We look forward to connecting with you and helping you with your next project, whether it is a new home, remodel or a simple room re-do! Give us a call today at 512-251-0000 or visit our showroom at 15342 N. IH 35.
As LED technology continues to revolutionize the lighting industry, LED’s are finding their way into increasingly more decorative light fixtures. Designers and manufacturers are creating beautiful light fixtures using LED’s. Thus far, the most widely accepted uses of LED light sources have been recessed lighting, under cabinet lighting, accent lighting, rope and tape light and landscape lighting. Design styles offered by contemporary lighting manufacturers have easily incorporated LED technology. As homeowners continue to look for ways to reduce energy consumption in their homes they are becoming more educated about the return on investment offered by LED technology. Every year at the lighting market we see more decorative interior lighting designed with LED’s. It is an exciting time for the lighting industry since designers are able to create fixtures without the constraint of a bulb. The possibilities are unlimited and we can’t wait to see the progress!
Today we want to highlight some of the decorative LED products from Hinkley Lighting. Hinkley is dedicated to staying at the forefront of technology by utilizing the latest in engineering expertise and cutting edge components.
Hinkley offers a great selection of ceiling mounts with integrated LED’s. These stylish semi-flush and flush mounts are an easy way to incorporate LED technology into your home. All of them offer the following features-
Energy Efficient-consume 85% less energy than incandescent
Fully Dimmable-with any standard dimmer
Long Life-rated at 100,000 hours of usage
80+ Color Rendering Index
Outstanding Light Distribution
Eco-Friendly-free of toxic materials
5 Year Warranty