Something about being at the beach makes everything more relaxed. Even commercial businesses that set up shop near the sand and salt air have a laid-back vibe whether they’re selling t-shirts or tires. The recently opened Yellow Dog Eats Kitchen & Bar in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, offers just such a casual place to enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine and a signature sandwich. And since it’s right up the coast, our photographer took advantage and traveled up to Yellow Dog to check out their new digs.Read More
We are fortunate to work with many talented designers who always seem to come up with fresh ideas no matter what design dilemma they face. We met one of our all-time favs, Kim Lewis of Kim Lewis Designs, when she was the lead designer on the ABC hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In her six-year stint with EM:HE, Kim designed more than 120 homes in 43 states. She is the original vagabond designer!
One of Kim’s latest expeditions was to Bedford, Massachusetts, where she teamed up with TLC’s Buddy Valastro, better known as the Cake Boss, to revive and renew the Prince Street Café & Bakery. In this episode of Buddy’s Bakery Rescue, owner Dana Strayton struggled with the bakery side of her business. The space not only needed renovating, but the cherished recipes that Dana’s grandfather has passed down to her were in need of updating.
Cue the design team!
“My design for the Prince Street Café & Bakery was truly inspired by the streets of Boston, Massachusetts,” Kim says. “In design, I love trying to bring something back to its roots. Dana’s grandfather’s original bakery was on Prince Street in Boston, so why not bring the streets of this great city right inside the bakery!” And if you didn’t see the episode, that’s exactly what Kim and the design team did!
Using siding, brick, and dentil mouldings, the team transformed each wall of the bakery to look like a different building façade. An old gas lantern stands in one corner and a bureau by the front door holds photos of Dana’s grandfather on Prince Street. To highlight the new bakery cases, which are chock full of traditional Italian goodies, Kim chose the Sydney Industrial Cord Hung Pendant.
These 16″ shades are American made and hand crafted by our metal spinners here in Florida. Kim chose a classic Bronze finish for the shade, a matching Bronze cast guard, and clear glass for maximum light.
Brew pubs are popping up all over the country with some serious concentrations in places like Bend, Oregon, and Asheville, North Carolina. And while many of these breweries are all about beer, there’s a special place in Virginia that belongs on your beer app.
Starr Hill Brewery, located in Crozet, about 15 miles west of Charlottesville, serves up a variety of craft beer and seasonal brews with a hefty side of music.Read More
The finishing touch to any space can take many forms — a perfect throw pillow on a new couch, hand-crafted drawer pulls on kitchen cabinets, a stunning sign light over a piece of artwork. The finishing touch is what takes a project from simply finished to simply fantastic.
For a commercial business owner, functional and aesthetic sign lighting is often the finishing touch that brings together the many details on a façade — name, logo, awnings, landscaping – to create a cohesive look and offer a safe, inviting atmosphere to draw customers inside.Read More
The words “location, location, location” may bring to mind a home perched on a mountaintop with a stunning view. Or a beer-and-brat stand right outside the gates of a university. Location is everything, especially in commercial operations, and the recent opening of Shiloh’s Steak and Seafood right here in our hometown of Titusville, Florida, bears witness to that.
Located on the scenic Indian River, the owners of Shiloh’s recently remodeled a former restaurant and focused on bringing the idyllic view front and center so patrons could enjoy not only wonderful fare, but also the fresh breezes, boat traffic, and wildlife cruising by outside.Read More
Earth Day is less than two weeks away and already the celebrations, demonstrations, and speeches are being finalized to promote support for protecting the environment we all share. But what happens the other 364 days a year is even more critical to preserving our natural resources.
I was looking online to see what types of things we could do as a family to help good old Mother Earth and found dozens of suggestions. Simple things like using cloth grocery bags or making your own cleaning supplies from natural ingredients are easy choices.Read More