If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you no doubt remember meeting John Colaneri, who, along with his cousin Anthony Carrino, star in several HGTV series including Cousins Undercover and Kitchen Cousins. John gave us a tour of his new home last August that he built from the ground up and outfitted with beautiful LED barn lights.
Hosting multiple TV shows and running the family business — Brunelleschi Construction — keeps John on his toes usually with a suitcase in hand, but a recent project gave John and Anthony the opportunity to focus their boundless energy and keen eye for renovations closer to home.
“We bought a building in... Read More
Whether you’re working on a small laundry room remodel or a multi-million dollar commercial build, an inspiration board is often the birthplace of great design. Many architects, interior designers, and even homeowners start with simple sketches, color swatches, and pins from Pinterest that inspire them as they plan out their new space.
An inspiration board created by Jacobs Global Building Design in Philadelphia led to the new look of Saxbys, a coffee house located in Peddlers Village, a 42-acre development in Buckingham, Pennsylvania.
“Louis Chang and Devyn O’Neill of Jacobs started with an inspiration board which basically looked at the space and... Read More
Like many new inventions, the automobile was, at first, an expensive novelty accessible only to the wealthy. When production techniques improved, the automobile became more affordable for the masses in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The ability to travel, day or night, opened up a whole new era of freedom. As automobile sales increased, as did the subsequent demand for fuel, roadside filling stations began popping up offering not only fuel but service for those with a flat tire or mechanical difficulties.
Standard Oil of California was the first to open a chain of service stations on the West Coast. They probably looked something like this illustration from an... Read More
West Texas makes me think of wide open spaces, friendly people, and places to hang out where, as Sam Malone would say, everybody knows your name. And when the design team from MWM Architects in Lubbock, Texas, sat down to create a brand new space for the Twisted Root Burger Company, that’s exactly the feel they were shooting for.
“Every Twisted Root is a little different and each has its own theme,” explains Sara Bradshaw, project manager with MWM. “Our theme was West Texas Dance Hall and we wanted a very eclectic, been-there-for-awhile feel with lots of personality.”
Along with Principle Architect Jason Moore, Sara searched for lighting... Read More
When you find something you like, the tendency is to keep coming back. To a favorite hiking trail, a favorite restaurant, or to your favorite industrial lighting fixture. Such is the case with The Hummus & Pita Company, a New York-based eatery that just opened its newest location on Times Square. Owner David Pesso, along with his mom Janice and brother Steve, chose both ceiling pendants and wall lighting from Barn Light Electric to help set the mood in each of their restaurants. They have created a warm and comfortable atmosphere where the only ethnic part of the restaurant is the food.
“We feel that hummus and pita have become so much a part of the... Read More
We love checking in with our design friends to see what’s new on their project list. One of our favs is Joel Snayd’s crew at Rethink Design Studio in Savannah. Joel has been featured on the blog in the past for several of his projects in and around Savannah. Today, we follow Sarah, project manager for the Rethink team, to the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, where she led a major remodeling effort in the opening of Rhubarb, a New American restaurant located in the heart of the city’s funky downtown Pack Square.
“We really wanted the design to stay grounded, a little bit rustic, but most of all comfortable,” Sarah says.... Read More