I have not adjusted to the time change apparently. I seem to forget, or perhaps I’m in denial, that it will be pitch black by the time I get home some days. I have yet to remember to turn on the outdoor lights when I leave.
And while late fall is a great time to wrap up outdoor chores for the year, it’s also a great time to think about your outdoor lighting which gets a workout during these months. If you remember to turn it on.
Start at the street and try to think like your Uncle Howard who will be navigating his way to your door for Thanksgiving in the dark. Is your driveway easy to see? Is your parking area well lit so Aunt Virginia doesn’t... Read More
When building a new space, you can look at all the drawings, plans, and photos you want, but you just never know until the dust has settled how it will all come together. When Traci of Pawcatuck, Connecticut, began working with Country Carpenters, Inc. on a new barn for her property, the structure was meant to be a simple two-car garage with storage space upstairs. But when all was said and done, she decided it was too beautiful for storage.
“It has exceeded my expectations! The upstairs is so lovely that I have opted to keep that space open for parties,” Traci says. “We are having our first event Thanksgiving Day!”
The Pawcatuck area... Read More
Did you know that last Friday was John James Audubon’s birthday? This historic birder has inspired many with his iconic illustrations of birds and their surroundings for centuries, bringing the wonders of nature into the most urbanized settings.
While the industrial décor trend is currently en vogue, it can be a little harsh without the right accents to balance the look. If you like the look of rustic interiors, but industrial isn’t for you, explore the pastoral side of design.
Audubon Folio Prints are essential in every nature lover’s home. He certainly captured these birds’ vibrant hues.
Let natural elements like bird’s nests and crochet lace... Read More
We were excited when Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year. Winter would end early and this little group of Floridians could finally enjoy the sunshine and temperatures of spring. Strangely, it seems like the opposite is happening…There’s nothing like slipping on a pair of flip flops and shorts only to discover cold winds nipping at your toes!
We’re eagerly anticipating a climate shift and to walk outside to suddenly spring!
The first task many of us will tackle will be garden renovations! Gather up your supplies. If you’re in want of supplies, we’re drooling over these Harmes Gardening Tools. Love the charming silhouettes of this space, trowel and... Read More
On a recent trip through the funky little coastal town of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, we enjoyed a fabulous fried grouper sandwich and some sweet tea at Creek Ratz, a local joint that specializes in fresh seafood, cold beer, and some wonderful industrial lighting. We showed you in a previous blog how galvanized industrial warehouse pendants complete with a red wire cage are used to highlight the bar area with rustic style.
And outside on the patio, we discovered some old gas station lights that had been refurbished and refinished in the Creek Ratz trademark red that provide just the right touch of color and downward-directed light to the deck. To get this look for... Read More
When creating your plan for commercial lighting, it’s easy to get caught up in the details of how many lights you need, where they will be placed, what kind of bulbs are best, and what it will cost not only for installation but for the long-term maintenance. While we agree those details are pretty important, don’t overlook the question of style! How are these lights going to enhance your business or cityscape during the daylight hours when people actually see the entire fixture, not just the light they project at night? These beautiful dark green post mount lights not only provide security after dark on this college campus, but during the day, the decorative... Read More