Surrounded by palm trees and the warm salt air of the nearby Intracoastal Waterway, Doug of Lighthouse Point, Florida, has no trouble feeling like he lives in the Sunshine State. His home, however, lacked the old Florida feel he wanted, so he started remodeling to bring some Key West character and charm to the late 1960s-era home.
“I tried to make the house look like an old Florida home with lap board siding and tongue-and-groove accents,” Doug says. When he started looking for exterior lighting, he wanted something that would last.Read More
Today we consider the humble garden shed. This utilitarian structure takes on many forms — from a simple lean-to to one of those two-story, metal monstrosities dropped on your lawn by the local big-box store.
Every now and then we find a customer who raises the bar on garden shed design, and today we feature Susan in Pennsylvania who did just that. A horticulturist and botanical illustrator, Susan owns a fair amount of garden equipment.Read More
Even with summer in full swing I find myself looking at the calendar and realizing how fast the season is going by. After the 4th of July, I tend to grab every opportunity to get outside, take advantage of the weather, and socialize more. Informal gatherings on the back porch or spread on the lawn are perfect for the summer, and while these parties are meant to be low stress, you still want your home to look its best for friends and neighbors.Read More
If you’re a reader of design blogs, you’ve probably seen lots of photos of industrial farmhouse settings with cozy kitchens full of reclaimed wood, exposed beams, and maybe even some brickwork in a loft setting. Lighting in these spaces can run from vintage industrial lights to more modern steel shades customized with colorful cords or interesting studio mounts.
To bring this hot industrial look to your exterior lighting, take a cue from early 20th century outdoor barn lighting.Read More
When Hurricane Sandy roared ashore back in October 2012, it made the history books as the second costliest hurricane in US history. Heather, who lives in Suffolk County on Long Island, New York didn’t need a historian to tell her it was a record-breaking storm.
“We are located four houses from the Great South Bay and there was eight feet of water rolling down our street,” Heather relates. Her home suffered major structural damage along with interior and exterior damage and had to be totally demolished.Read More
No matter what part of the world you live in, the environment will play a role in the exterior lighting you choose. For our Canadian neighbors, brutal winters with snow and ice can wreak havoc on outdoor lighting.
In this country, ferocious winds in the Plains and oppressive humidity in the South are tough, but in coastal communities, that salt air we all love can rust out a cheap, imported fixture in no time flat.Read More