The Kansas City home of noted lamp designer Barbara Cosgrove is about keeping things light—in every sense of the word.
A casual woven tray holds fine crystal decanters in the kitchen’s open bar area where natural light comes in from a window. Barbara has a thing about not keeping windows shut up tight. “I just feel more alive in rooms that are filled with light and have views through the windows,” she says. Lucky for her, the couple’s house is oriented to the light. All she had to do was keep the window coverings unfussy, which she does with sheer fabric and simple drapery styles. “The strength of this house is its fabulous light quality,” she says. “Because of all the windows, every room in the house has three exposures. As long as the sun is out, you can walk into every room without turning a light on.”