When you hear the words LEED-certified, a brand new, modern structure filled with the latest green technology probably pops into your mind. One of the certification categories, however, is for existing buildings — those that are restored in an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient manner. The struggle comes in finding a balance between using modern technology while still honoring the vernacular of an older, and often historically significant, building.
When the good people behind the preservation of the Felt Estate in western Michigan made it their goal to have the Felt Mansion LEED certified, they knew LED lighting would be required.
“We are... Read More
The school bell has rung, theme parks are quiet, and the Labor Day picnic is a fading memory. The autumnal equinox must be right around the corner. Fall is a great time to think about your exterior lighting. Nightfall may come earlier but the weather is still great for outdoor activities and meals. There’s no reason to retreat to the dining room when the back porch is still so inviting. Plus there are still fireflies out there waiting to be chased!
When considering your exterior lighting, you quickly realize that your outdoor lights must perform several functions. Safety is a major concern of course. Well-placed lights not only deter those with malfeasance on... Read More
Company slogans say a lot about a brand. Everyone knows that Wheaties is the Breakfast of Champions. That Visa is Everywhere You Want to Be. And who could forget the challenge, Betcha Can’t Eat Just One, from the Lays corporation.
Here at Barn Light Electric we take our slogan — Where Vintage and Modern Collide — to heart. While our business was born from our love of vintage fixtures, we have grown to become one of America’s leading manufacturers of easy-to-customize industrial and barn-style lighting. We have created a wide range of options so that both residential and commercial customers can easily create a light fixture that perfectly... Read More
When you have six kids and two adults living in the same house, the kitchen is truly the heart of the home. For Ruthie, who writes the blog Fairy Wings and Dinosaurs from her Washington home near the border of Idaho, her kitchen buzzes with family activity.
“We spend a lot of time making these little humans of ours snacks and meals, and we also organize our mail there, go through school papers, you name it,” Ruthie says. “Our kitchen was very dark and very much not us so it was in desperate need of an update!”
Ruthie wanted to keep the layout of the kitchen which includes a huge island with a range in the center. Working with designer... Read More
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