Lighting changes everything— warming walls, setting the mood, and inviting guests to lower

their guard. For Sophia Cok, it’s one of many considerations when creating an ambience that makes her clients feel at home.

“All successful lighting packages need general, ambient, and task lighting,” says Cok, principal designer, owner, and founder of Sanctuary Interior Design, a full-service residential and commercial interior design firm. “Together, they create the feel of the space, whether it’s dramatic and warm or light and bright.”

As with all design choices, Cok echoes the character of home and homeowner through exquisite lighting. For the Churn Creek Residence, she transformed a dark, rustic interior into something bright and airy with several showstopping fixtures that balance the home’s architecture.

“We had fun playing with the scale of the home’s 22-foot-high ceiling,” she says. “For the kitchen, we lowered 24-inch pendant lights down to a usable level
for task lighting and added sconces for evening ambience that warm the room with a soft glow.”

In the great room, Cok selected a 72-inch chandelier with simple, clean- lined metals that harmonize with the design goals of the rest of the home—a timeless response to the homeowner’s visions for a modern sanctuary.

“I love creating the spaces where clients will live their lives,” explains
Cok. “We don’t push our own design preferences on clients but use our skills to bring to life their vision of home.”

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