Climactic world events often influence our culture in many ways. The Bauhaus movement was born as World War I came to an end in 1919 and the world focused on trying to make sense out of five years of struggle, hardship, and loss. With perhaps an overwhelming desire to start fresh, designs took on a clean and sensible approach, and items that could be easily mass produced took hold as people put their lives back together.Read More
Relationships are tough. Initial euphoria coupled with high expectations often lead to misunderstandings and drama. We’re talking here, of course, about the delicate dance between client and contractor — a short-term relationship that can be particularly fraught with personality clashes and simple differences in taste.
When professional photographer Kellie Warren, of Sanford, Florida, recently gutted her ranch-style home down to the studs, she chose her partner carefully and, after much research, chose to dance with Blair Sligar, designer and owner of Hog Eat Hog. This Winter Park custom furniture design studio is filled with personalities who happen to be incredibly talented with wood. The relationship was a match made in heaven.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 Jessica Bean, they removed evidence of a 1970s-era remodel and expanded the storage space with more cabinets and a reconfigured pantry. To bring more of their personality into the space, Ruthie and her husband, who both love skateboarding, selected a recycled skateboard tiled backsplash from Art of Board, a company that recycles skateboards into home goods and apparel.
“Bold and fun is definitely our look and we wanted a statement kitchen,” Ruthie explains. ” The couple searched and searched for the perfect lighting that would provide a balance to the funky modern kitchen. And though she admits to looking at more than a dozen different companies, Ruthie kept coming back to Barn Light Electric’s Ivanhoe® Sky Chief Porcelain Pendant for over the island. She customized the four pendants with 12″ shades, our popular Jadite finish, a matching Jadite canopy, and a standard black cord.
“We wanted something that reminded us of a farmhouse feel to balance out our modern kitchen,” Ruthie explains. “The shape was perfect and we were very comfortable with the price. We pulled the jadite from a color that kept showing up on some of the skateboard tiles and we painted our breakfast nook hutch the same color. It looks incredible.”
The American-made Sky Chief is a classic barn light with an updated porcelain enamel finish that will never fade or corrode. Hand spun from commercial grade steel, this RLM-inspired warehouse shade provides plenty of downlight which makes it a popular choice in kitchens such as Ruthie’s.
“We were drawn to the porcelain because of the finishes that were available. We knew there would be so many options and we’d be able to pick any color we wanted,” she says. “It also feels soft yet sturdy; exactly what we needed.”
Porcelain enamel is the finish of choice for homeowners and business owners who want a light that will last for generations with minimal maintenance. The Sky Chief is also available in LED for those who want to save money on their energy costs without sacrificing any style.
“The bright colors along with the backsplash are the first things people notice and we are always being asked about them,” Ruthie says. “I’m in love with the color — it is unique without being over the top. The lights pull just enough of the colors from the backsplash to work perfectly without being overdone. We could not be more thrilled with how well they balance out the space.”
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In last Friday’s post, we introduced you to John Colaneri, who just wrapped up his second season of Cousins Undercover on HGTV along with his cousin Anthony Carrino. John and his wife recently purchased a piece of land in northern New Jersey where John has put his years of construction expertise to work on his first ground-up building project. The couple are putting down roots in their new home that mixes old elements with new to create a contemporary design with a sense of history and timeless style.Read More
When Karen and her husband set out to build a vacation home in Hawaii, they wanted all the amenities of new construction but with the character and charm of “a beach cottage that had been in the same family for decades with each generation making updates, changes, and adding their own touches,” Karen says. The result is a plantation-style home that caught my eye when I spotted a review on a blog called Centsational Girl written by Kate from northern California.Read More
Remodeling projects often start out small. Maybe a new paint color in the kitchen would be nice. Or new hardware. How about a new light?! And sometimes these projects snowball and take on a life of their own. Anne in Kansas City, Missouri, liked her kitchen, yet after much deliberation, she decided to jump in with both feet for a full-scale renovation.
“We live in a 1940 Tudor Revival home,” Anne explains. “We gutted the original kitchen and reworked the entire space.” The changes included removing a wall between the breakfast nook and the kitchen, moving an interior doorway, and moving and expanding the exterior doorway. Through it all, Anne strived to protect the integrity of the home’s period architecture within the new design all while staying within her budget.Read More