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Publication Date: 2013-09-09

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At Home with a Brooklyn Fashionista-Turned-Lighting-Designer

Lighting designer Michelle James' 1890s brownstone in Brooklyn is like the perfect pared-down wardrobe: a little black dress; a crisp white shirt; a touch of velvet; and, of course, a bit of jewelry-like glitz via her own glamorous fixtures (made, surprisingly enough, from parts scavenged on eBay). A former fashion stylist, James has an eye for finding the exact piece that will make an ensemble—or, in this case, a room—special. She spends several hours a day on eBay foraging for vintage glass globes and brass hardware, which she collects and reconfigures in her basement workroom. - Francesca Connolly


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