When you own a home on the beach, you have lots of friends. And your kids will have friends too who want to spend time in the sun and the sand. So, instead of facing years of sleeping bags lying in every room and hallway, why not plan for the sleepovers that are bound to happen? This adorable bunk room, in a home on Cape Ann in Massachusetts, was designed by our friends Andra Birkerts of Andra Birkerts Design and Charles Myer & Partners. Not only is there plenty of space for snoozing teens and late-night pillow fights, the room features some playful barn pendants and an unusual vintage ceiling fan.Read More
Nestled into a slope on the southern shore of Lake Simcoe just north of Toronto, a one-room sleeping cabin offers a peaceful respite from the rest of the world. The homeowners desired a retreat from their main cottage, located just up the hill, where they could enjoy the waterfront views. The award-winning design is a glass cabin surrounded on three sides by cedar slats. Inside the 275-square-foot space, the bare essentials include a bed with built-in drawers, storage cabinets, and a wood-burning stove. Above the bed, a modern ceiling fan helps stir the summer breezes and, in the winter, circulate the warm air provided by the wood stove.Read More
In yesterday’s blog, we visited with Dana of House Tweaking fame where she and her handy husband are tackling the major renovation of a 1950s brick rancher. Downsizing from a McMansion, as Dana calls her former home, the couple are making the most of their smaller space which helps them satisfy financial goals plus cuts the commute time for Dad so he can spend more time with their three kids.
Yesterday we saw the stunning renovation of the master bath which featured the Austin Wall Sconce over the vanity. The bath wasn’t the only room that needed new lighting.Read More
This Labor Day, Barn Light Electric wants to recognize the hard work and craftsmanship that goes into each of our American-made shades. That’s why–in honor of our craftsmen and Labor Day–we are offering a 15% discount to our customers. Just enter the code HANDSPUN12 at checkout to receive your savings!Read More
Our outdoor living spaces help stretch our square footage whether it’s a front porch, screened room, or covered deck complete with outdoor kitchen for that Labor Day barbeque you’re planning. If you live in an area with a mild climate, these outdoor living areas can be used most months out of the year and are the perfect spot for entertaining or just relaxing with the family. Studies have shown that homes with porches sell better and often entice those driving through the neighborhood or browsing the internet to take a second look.Read More
In this master bedroom, the classic tropical feel is evident. As soon as you walk in, you’re embraced by the light and breezy colors and the palm tree ornamentations throughout. While most seasoned design veterans cringe at the thought of the standard tropical beach bedroom, you know, palm tree pillows, wallpaper, upholstery, the list goes on, this master suite was done right!
Only the slightest hints at the equatorial decor helped to land this master bedroom on Coastal Living’s gallery of their favorite rooms to rest in – can you blame them? No bright colors to disrupt your REM cycle, but a light and airy feel for those afternoon naps following a day in the sun. Sometimes, those humid temperatures can get you all hot and bothered, which is why a simple ceiling fan was a necessity here.Read More