So what do you do when your dream house is a 1920s Craftsman style home but you live in an 80s-era Colonial?
You renovate! And then you start a blog to share your successes, and stumbles, with the world. That’s what Teresa of Life and Renovations did when she and her husband purchased a home almost two years ago in the suburbs of Pittsburgh.
“I love Craftsman homes with big mouldings, built-ins, and lots of character. This house is a basic Colonial which is about as far from a Craftsman as you can get!” Teresa says. “My biggest goal has been to add character to the house.” Teresa chose a mostly white, grey, and wood color scheme and, as the... Read More
Angle shade lights have come a long way baby. With humble beginnings at roadside gas stations in the early 20th century, sign lights were simple fixtures that guided motorists off the dark roadway into the service area where men in white uniforms scurried to tend to your car’s every need. Hard to imagine, right?
Today, angle shade lights offer not only directional lighting to signs and parking lots in commercial spaces, but have become a go-to fixture for homeowners as well and can be found in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, and laundry rooms. Easy to customize to fit almost any space, angle shade lights can become an integral and fashionable piece of your home... Read More
Many people begin the monumental task of building a new home with a vision. They see the architecture, the landscaping, and maybe even the finer details as they plan, pin, and purchase. For Kerry and her husband, the vision of their new home in Saluda, North Carolina, began as a barn retreat with a farmhouse feel. Yet after saving hundreds of photos of architectural features and décor, Kerry decided to embrace a more industrial barn look in her new home.
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Storage space is a huge plus in any home, but if you find yourself in need of more, why add a closet or extra cabinet when you can build yourself a gorgeous new barn! That exactly what Kelly did out on Martha’s Vineyard. Kelly needed more storage and work space so, with the help of a Vermont builder, she created a beautiful, new post-and-beam barn on the property.
“The timbers came from Canada,” Kelly says, “and the finished space has a half bath, outdoor shower, and cupola.” The two-story barn measures 24 X 30 offering plenty of room for bikes, lawn equipment, and even overnight guests if need be. Kelly wanted the design to have a... Read More
One of the hottest shows on the DIY network is Lake Life which features brothers Nate and Justin Herman designing one-of-a-kind waterfront creations for their clients. Think double decker docks with slides, hammocks over the water, outdoor kitchens, and even a 10,000-pound volcano man cave. It’s creativity kicked up a notch!
One of our favorite designers, Jowill Leano, who once made magic happen on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, is helping this wild duo with some creative tricks of her own. She pitched in on the Lakeside Hideaway located in Hanna City, Illinois.
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Earlier this week, I shared my favorite places to use pendant lighting beyond the kitchen island. Feeling inspired to give one or two of them a try? Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when installing versatile ceiling lights in your home:
1. A good rule of thumb for choosing a pendant size is to add up the dimensions of the room in feet and find a fixture diameter of the same number, but in inches (ex: an 11’ by 15’ room could handle a pendant with a 26” diameter).
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With endless mounting options, shade shapes, and styles, pendant lighting complements any design aesthetic and can be used virtually anywhere. However, the pendant light is most often associated with the kitchen island – and understandably so. It provides the ideal lighting for the task-oriented space and adds interest without interrupting the eye line. But the pendant can do so much more. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use pendant lights beyond the kitchen island:
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