When Gustav Stickley published The Craftsman in the early 1900s, he gave a jump start to the Arts and Crafts movement and the Craftsman style home. These homes often feature low pitched gable roofs, exposed beams and rafters, wood or stone siding, and generous porches. In an up-and-coming neighborhood in Seattle, Mira recently did an extensive exterior renovation of her 1927 Craftsman home where she restored the original trim, replaced the siding, added two large bay windows, and replaced the existing gutters and lights with new copper ones.Read More
Spring is lurking just around the corner and you’re getting the itch. Not the allergy kind. It’s more of the itch to give your home a fresh look. And two of the most powerful options at your disposal, even if you’re not an avid DIYer, are color and lighting. So let’s breathe some new life into one of the most used rooms in the house — the kitchen.
Perhaps you’ve grown tired of builder beige on the walls. Bring home some of those sample bottles of paint and splash it around. Be bold! Try something new! Live with it for a week and see how the colors look at different times of the day. With minimal investment, you might just find the perfect shade!Read More
I have a longstanding love affair with barns. I grew up in the south where we had a big old barn that was better than any playhouse my parents could have built us. My sisters and I spent countless hours there holding club meetings amongst the hay bales and watching barn swallows tend their nests in the eaves. On a rainy day, there was nothing better than a picnic lunch in the hayloft listening to the rain patter on the tin roof.Read More
Have you ever purchased a piece of dècor for your home — whether a new sofa, a painting from a local artist, or perhaps upgraded flooring in the kitchen only to find that it doesn’t look quite right?
The problem may lie, not with your taste in tile or art, but in the kind of lighting you’re using. Many people focus on paint, texture, and color when designing a room with lighting nothing more than an afterthought. But in reality, the type of lighting you choose can make or break a space.Read More
As the owner of the wildly successful LuLu’s Sunset Grill, Lucy Buffett — an exceptional cook, thoughtful philanthropist, savvy business woman, and Crazy Sista to Jimmy – turned her sights on creating a new establishment that offers a twist on typical Gulf Coast cuisine. The rustic yet refined Lucy B Goode Coastal Café, which overlooks Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores, Alabama, opened last August to rave reviews.Read More
One of the best parts about our business is the interaction we have with so many talented professionals such as interior designer Lisa Gilmore of Lisa Gilmore Design in St. Petersburg, Florida. Offering her services to clients in Florida, Atlanta, Chicago, L.A., and New York, Lisa believes in “liveable glamour” — creating spaces that merge a variety of elements for functional, everyday living. Lisa recently turned her talents to the KELP Sushi Joint in nearby Tampa which opened up in a space previously occupied by a yogurt shop.Read More