A carriage house attached to a new home in Galveston, Texas, has turned into a sanctuary for today’s Featured Customer. The carriage house has a living room, kitchenette, and bathroom plus a 15 x 15-foot space upstairs that has been transformed into a workshop. Recently retired, this gentleman is delving into his past interest in vintage radios, ham radio operation, electronics, and natural history. He turned to the vintage experts at Barn Light Electric when it came to lighting his new space.
“My primary requirement was for good lighting for the work benches and the drafting table,” he says. “A vintage look was equally important to me... Read More
If you grew up watching The Brady Bunch in the early 70s, you probably remember the Jack-and-Jill bathroom shared by the kids in that famous family. While having three boys and three girls share a bathroom is hardly reality TV, the shared layout of a Jack-and-Jill space is one that architects and interior designers often recommend to families with multiple children.
For Mike in Lebanon, Indiana, a shared bathroom with two doors works well for his son and daughter. The siblings share the sink and vanity area while the shower and toilet are in a separate space. Interior designer Michele Boggs of MB Designs, worked with Mike to personalize the shared space with paint... Read More
Like many new technologies, LED lighting was expensive and slow to catch on at first. But oh, how things have changed. LED lights, once known for their cold, harsh glare, are now more affordable, offer warmer light, and are available in a wide variety of fixtures including pendants, gooseneck lights, and even schoolhouse lighting.
For Nar Bustamante, owner and principle designer of Nar Fine Carpentry, a design/build remodeling company in California, LED lighting is the only way to go.
“For the last five years, I only use LED on all our projects,” he says. One of his recent projects was a complete remodel of a home in Sacramento including the laundry... Read More
When you envision your attic, do you see cobwebs and lofty piles of insulation? Bare light bulbs hanging from the ceiling? Boxes filled with forgotten treasures?
An attic in Indianapolis dispels all of those images thanks to the talented hand of Kelley Ross who describes herself as more of an artist than a designer. She was hired to turn the unused attic space into something warm, cozy, and inviting for the homeowners.
“This was an unfinished attic and all new construction by Randy Walker Construction,” Kelley says. “The clients wanted an old warehouse/factory/industrial feel. Something that looked aged and worn.”
The clients wanted a bar,... Read More
Most renovation projects start with a vision. When Debbie and her husband purchased a 1960s-era factory and warehouse building in Plainfield, Illinois, they rehabbed and rented out space to a brewery, a distillery, an agility dog training academy, and a large workout gym.
The couple decided to keep the last unit for themselves envisioning a place to store their collection of antique motorcycles and cars. Their oldest daughter, Corinne, is an architect and was planning her wedding at the time and decided the space would be perfect for the reception.
“Our first intention was to create a space for my dad’s collection,” Corinne says. “But we also... Read More
Laundry rooms aren’t usually the space you consider for having a good time. The living room, yes. The porch, sure. Even the kitchen. But the laundry room — not so much.
When Anne, a resident of Baton Rouge, decided to remodel her laundry room, she wanted to add something fun and stylish to liven up the space.
“Many designers here recommend the same furniture, the same lighting,” Anne says, “and I wanted something that is not common in Baton Rouge.” During a visit to a friend’s house, Anne spotted The Original™ Flush Mount Pendant. She knew she’d found her something different. Anne chose a 14″ shade and... Read More