If you’re addicted to HGTV like we are, you no doubt have seen the wildly popular Cousins Undercover show starring Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri. The show just wrapped up its second season which features surprise renovation makeovers for local heroes in neighborhoods across the country.
In addition to his television commitment, John has spent the last six years working in the family business — Brunelleschi Construction — and looking for a place to put down his own roots. While driving to work one day, John’s wife spotted a For Sale sign. She insisted that John come take a look at the property.
“It was very deceiving because the... Read More
Ah, a day at the spa. Lounging in fluffy white robes, enjoying a relaxing facial, and maybe even getting a warm cream massage to get those nails looking fine.
Oh wait. Reality check. Who has time for that?!
Well, if you’re lucky enough to live in Bellevue, Washington, there’s a new spa called Recoop that caters to busy people who still want to enjoy the benefits of personal pampering. Grace Lo Hackerman, founder and owner, wanted to create a spa with exceptional treatments and products in a modern environment yet conceptually different from the spas she visited through the years.
She even offers day care. Back to the ahhh…
“Unlike a lot of spas... Read More
Call me nostalgic, but I miss the days when the biggest decision you faced in the light bulb aisle was whether to buy 60 or 100 watts. Have you looked at light bulbs lately? There are literally hundreds to choose from with differences not only in wattage but in color, brightness, life expectancy, efficiency, and, of course, cost.
You can find plenty of information online about what all of these differences mean, but the one thing experts agree on is that LED lighting is, by far, the most efficient and longest-lasting option on the market.
But LEDs are expensive, you say. Actually, the price of LED lights has dropped dramatically in recent years, and the technology... Read More
While I definitely enjoy this season’s more relaxed schedule and inviting weather, summer is a dream come true for kids. With no school bus waiting on the corner, middle-of-the-week sleepovers, and evening firefly-catching sessions, kids have countless reasons to relish the summer.
And what kid wouldn’t love having this magical tree house in the back yard? Today’s featured customer is David, from Portland, Oregon, who designed this beautiful play space at his weekend home.
“I designed the tree house myself with a friend to match the Craftsman features of our 1927 Craftsman-era home,” says David, owner of the design website Visible... 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.
One suggestion jumped out at me — maintain and repair durable products instead of buying new ones. Maybe the tide is turning and... Read More
When it came to designing and building his new home, our Featured Customer Charlie turned to the quintessential Vermont barn for inspiration.
“The design was based off a classic barn structure,” says Charlie. “Simple lines, but bold.” When he began his search for exterior lighting, he asked a friend, a timber framer in Massachusetts, for suggestions.
“When I described what I was looking for, he recommended Barn Light Electric without missing a beat.” Charlie chose four of our 16″ Original™ Warehouse Gooseneck Lights in a Black finish for the exterior of his new home. He chose a G2 gooseneck arm to provide plenty of height and projection, and he... Read More