By Debbie Burke
Adrienne Lopez managed a local home supply showroom, and kept getting questions about lamps. The establishment did not sell portable lighting, and, as they say, a lightbulb went off.
Between herself and her husband Joe, they have over forty years of customer service and retail experience, and they realized the time was right to open a showroom. “We wanted to get out on our own,” Joe explains. So this past October the couple opened Cardinal Home Décor at the Promenade at Fountain Court in Bartonsville where they employ two staff members, Myrna and Susan.
The showroom’s name has two meanings for the Lopez family. The cardinal was Adrienne’s grandparents’ favorite bird, and there’s also the play on words with the definition being of prime importance. “We want our décor items to be that for our customers,” says Joe.
Cardinal Home Décor offers a large selection of lamps, both in stock and through special order. Besides lighting, they also carry original art, sculptures, vases, small furnishings, mirrors and other home décor items, plus hand-crafted jewelry and books by local authors. Hardwired lighting, including chandeliers, vanity lights and wall sconces, larger furnishings and area rugs are available through their collection of catalogs.
Adrienne brings her design sensibility to the fore armed with an art history degree and specialized studio art classes that emphasized furniture design, and certifications from the American Lighting Association and the National Kitchen and Bath Association. “I know how to put colors together and create focal points. I have brought pieces into the showroom that will fit in many different décor styles. When someone comes in and begins to describe their home, we know what will work with it.”
Interior designers and decorators advise layering your lighting. “Lighting can change the entire mood of a room and should be layered,” notes Adrienne. “Ambient lighting is the first of three layers and is the general lighting in a room, usually ceiling-mounted or recessed. The second layer is accent lighting and highlights artwork, architectural details or other specific areas of a room that deserve attention. The third layer is task lighting, which illuminates an area for specific tasks like reading, writing or cooking.”
Joe Lopez wants people to know that lighting has a new vocabulary now. “It’s not just watts anymore. Now you need to consider lumens, the Kelvin scale and color rendering,” he says. “This will help you get the right lighting with the brightness, color and quality of light that you’re seeking.”
Some hot trends in illumination include natural materials, grays, pops of color, exposed bulbs and lamps that integrate smart features, such as charging stations. As for other décor elements, mirrors can make rooms look larger and brighter, live plants bring the outdoors in and there is a rise of interest in work by local artists and crafters, whose work is one-of-a-kind.
In late November, the showroom hosted an artists’ reception for their first exhibit of local work called Way Off Main, which drew members of the arts community and their patrons. They hope to host future events on a regular basis.
The owners are very community-minded as well, and are active supporters of local causes like Women’s Resources of Monroe County through BW NICE (Business Women Networking LLC) and Flip the Stats, their own start-up nonprofit organization devoted to teens in and aging out of foster care. They also offer fundraising opportunities for other groups through their showroom.
The Lopez couple hopes to attract a broad clientele at Cardinal Home Décor. Says Joe, “Adrienne has a great eye for something different. There is an eclectic mix of styles in the Poconos as we not only have people who were born and raised here, but also people from diverse areas like New York and New Jersey who live and vacation here, as well. Whatever the ‘it’ is that you’re looking for, we can find it for you.”
For more info, visit www.cardinaldecor.com.