The school bell has rung, theme parks are quiet, and the Labor Day picnic is a fading memory. The autumnal equinox must be right around the corner. Fall is a great time to think about your exterior lighting. Nightfall may come earlier but the weather is still great for outdoor activities and meals. There’s no reason to retreat to the dining room when the back porch is still so inviting. Plus there are still fireflies out there waiting to be chased!Read More
Following a dream sounds so idyllic and satisfying. In reality, it can be nerve wracking! Back in 2010, Bobbi and Jeff Noe, of Granville, Ohio, decided to take the plunge leaving behind 30 years of corporate sales, marketing and customer service experience to follow their dream of owning a bed and breakfast. In four short years, the Welsh Hills Inn has developed a loyal following receiving TripAdvisor’s coveted Traveler’s Choice Award for the past two years and is included in the Top 10 B&Bs/Inns in the World. Sounds pretty idyllic and satisfying!Read More
With sales promos clogging up my inbox and Christmas carols blasting in every store, that can only mean one thing. Well, OK, maybe more than one thing.
What it does mean is that winter is just around the corner! And after all the merriment and mayhem of the holidays are over, in less than three weeks mind you, we will have to contend with all that Mother Nature dishes out with the coming of the season.Read More
Steve and his wife Debbie knew they had found something special when they were interviewing potential contractors to build their new home.
“One of them stood on the site and said, ‘I’ve been driving by this field for 20 years and always wanted to build a house right here,’” Steve relates. The coveted spot in Freeport, Maine, is close to downtown and is the site of their now almost-complete modern farmhouse home. The building process is fraught with constant decision making, but for Steve and Debbie, the choice for lighting was an easy one. They had discovered Barn Light Electric when they worked on a previous home and knew they wanted more.Read More
A thought crossed my mind this summer as I was relaxing in a lovely vacation home on Tybee Island, Georgia. I could live here. Really I could. That happens when you find a spot where you can truly unwind and enjoy your surroundings both inside and out. And so it is for Washington residents Meg and Rick who are renovating their lakefront vacation home in order to move in permanently. Let’s hear it for a vacation that never ends!Read More
As long as man has been building shelters for himself, stone has been a material of choice. Not only is stone durable, fire proof, and an excellent insulator, it won’t decompose over time like other materials and is virtually maintenance free. When the creative minds at Sullivan Building and Design Group in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, had the opportunity to renovate an early 1800s stone house, they didn’t try to upgrade the design but instead renovated back to its original state complete with handmade lathe and horsehair plaster. An old storefront attached to the stone house was also renovated.Read More