Stained Glass and Rope Lighting = Faux Window
Michael Gray, Essex, Mass.
How He Did It: Though architect Michael Gray wanted natural light in his master bathroom, he couldn't cut a window opening in the facade of his historic Second Empire home. So he built a recess between the wall studs, lined the perimeter with low-voltage rope lighting, and fronted it with a stained-glass window he'd bought years earlier and casing he'd salvaged from elsewhere in his house. "The soft glow from the 'window' makes a great night-light," he says.