We spent much of the 1970s and ’80s being bombarded with the message that new is better than old. Lease a new car then turn it in and get another new one. Use a new plastic bottle each day instead of filling up a glass. Luckily, there’s been a significant shift of late towards preserving the past. Upcycling, reusing, and repurposing are no longer fringe concepts but words to live by!
Like many people, we love finding old treasures like vintage barn lights. Ones that have been in use for decades and, with a little TLC, can be made like new again for many more years of service. Barn Light Electric grew from the excitement of finding old lighting fixtures made... Read More
Whitney describes the last 14 years of her life as living in a sea of beige. When she moved to Austin, Texas, from Arizona, she wanted her new home to have color and texture with more of a barn/farm/rustic look.
“It’s Texas Hill Country with a little bit of lodge and farmhouse thrown in for good measure,” Whitney says. “I like to call it ‘farmhouse chic.'” When she and her husband began the building process, she turned to Pinterest for lighting inspiration.
“I found Barn Light Electric on Pinterest and fell in love. At that point, I knew I wanted barn lighting for the exterior,” she notes. For the front door, Whitney... 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
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
When Brian’s dad built a home back in the late 1970s, he incorporated many reclaimed materials such as stained glass windows from an English church, porcelain gas station lights for the garage, and a Texaco Sky chief gas pump from the 1920s.
“There was no manufacturer of reproduction lights in those days so he had to use original lighting and craft his own goosenecks using galvanized plumbing pipe,” Brian says. When Brian started building his own home in Wake Forest, North Carolina last year, he followed his father’s lead to include reclaimed materials to give the home the feel of an original farmhouse but with modern... Read More
When Alisha Newman meets with a client, her job is to listen. As the owner and design director of IBD Studio in Scottsdale, Arizona, Alisha wants to hear more than what paint colors or fabrics a person likes. She wants to know about their lifestyle, what they like to do, where they travel, and how they use the spaces in their home.
“It’s my job as a designer to understand who my client really is and interpret that into a design,” Alisha says. “I’m not there to just sell items to fill a room.” One of Alisha’s most recent clients wanted a parent-friendly playroom and, in her initial conversations, Alisha discovered that they are... Read More