The principals at Dirt, a commercial and high-end residential interior design firm, have no problem getting their hands dirty. After all, dirt is nature’s signature, and nature is where they draw much of their inspiration. On a recent renovation project in Amagansett, Long Island, it was less about dirt and more about water as the sea became the muse for Scott Murphy and Lucas Lai.
“This is a beach house located a block from the ocean, and we re-clad the entire exterior with new cedar and changed all the lights,” Lucas explains. For the lighting, the pair wanted something nautical but also modern. They found the Industrial Static Topless Sconce in... Read More
Nestled among the hubub of West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and the Santa Monica Freeway lies an oasis for travelers who want to be in the thick of things yet a world away. The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel, owned by the Picataggio family since 1997, offers a welcoming residential ambiance in country-inspired rooms. The boutique hotel recently underwent a face lift to give the space a fresh, updated look.
“It had been more than a decade since our last remodel and we wanted a more sophisticated and nuanced interpretation of the ‘farm’ theme,” says Ellen Picataggio, brand officer and hotel curator for Farmer’s Daughter Hotel. “The... Read More
Austin, Texas is a wild and wacky town full of great food and amazing music. It’s also a wonderful place to sightsee if you love neighborhoods with interesting architecture. Our friends at Hatch Works recently designed and built a new home in Austin and today we chat with owner Adam Talianchich on how he created a modern farmhouse complete with dark sky-friendly barn lighting for his client.
Q: Where is this home located?
A: The home is in Central East Austin and has a view of the Capitol from the master bedroom and the second story porch. Before we started design work, we set up scaffolding on the property and moved it around to find the best viewing corridor... 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
The arts and crafts look is a time-honored design filled with warm woods and rich earth tones. In the mountains of western North Carolina, the arts and crafts style has found a home nestled in an area rich in ecological diversity and a passion for superior craftsmanship.
Driving through the Asheville area, you’re likely to spot whole neighborhoods of arts-and-crafts style homes. Some are filled with 4,000-square-foot luxury models while others offer more modest homes. Though smaller, these structures still have all of the highlights of the craftsman style with plenty of artistic flair thrown in for good measure.
In one neighborhood, we found not only a... Read More
When you’ve been in the interior design business for almost 20 years, you’ve seen just about everything. For Kristina Rinaldi, of Rinaldi Interior Design in New York, the demand from a contractor to come up with seven wall sconces in a day was not exactly unusual.
“Things were kind of sprung on me during this project,” Kristina says, “but fortunately my brain is conditioned and full of so many resources because it does happen often.” For this “I need it yesterday” situation, Kristina turned to Barn Light Electric for a fast delivery of seven Wheeler™ Wilcox Wall Sconces. The project was a complete rebuild of a home in... Read More