Jeri Cerutti describes herself as “a one-woman shop focusing on world design domination one room at a time.” Working out of the Greater Boston area, Jeri offers interior consulting and one-day redecorating services through Simply Sophisticated Spaces to a variety of clients. Occasionally, a larger project comes her way which was the case when she met Reuben and Cynde Smith.
“Reuben had his eye on a former truck maintenance facility to become the home for his Tumblehome Boatshop,” Jeri says. Reuben grew up in the boatbuilding business, working alongside his father and uncle, learning the time-honored craft of building and restoring wooden boats. In addition to having more room for plying his trade, Reuben wanted space for a lobby, office, galley/break room, restrooms, and a conference room/library. Jeri called on Jim Kelly, of JPK Construction in Albany, New York, to lend a hand.Read More
Something about being at the beach makes everything more relaxed. Even commercial businesses that set up shop near the sand and salt air have a laid-back vibe whether they’re selling t-shirts or tires. The recently opened Yellow Dog Eats Kitchen & Bar in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, offers just such a casual place to enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine and a signature sandwich. And since it’s right up the coast, our photographer took advantage and traveled up to Yellow Dog to check out their new digs.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
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
We are fortunate to work with many talented designers who always seem to come up with fresh ideas no matter what design dilemma they face. We met one of our all-time favs, Kim Lewis of Kim Lewis Designs, when she was the lead designer on the ABC hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In her six-year stint with EM:HE, Kim designed more than 120 homes in 43 states. She is the original vagabond designer!
One of Kim’s latest expeditions was to Bedford, Massachusetts, where she teamed up with TLC’s Buddy Valastro, better known as the Cake Boss, to revive and renew the Prince Street Café & Bakery. In this episode of Buddy’s Bakery Rescue, owner Dana Strayton struggled with the bakery side of her business. The space not only needed renovating, but the cherished recipes that Dana’s grandfather has passed down to her were in need of updating.
Cue the design team!
“My design for the Prince Street Café & Bakery was truly inspired by the streets of Boston, Massachusetts,” Kim says. “In design, I love trying to bring something back to its roots. Dana’s grandfather’s original bakery was on Prince Street in Boston, so why not bring the streets of this great city right inside the bakery!” And if you didn’t see the episode, that’s exactly what Kim and the design team did!
Using siding, brick, and dentil mouldings, the team transformed each wall of the bakery to look like a different building façade. An old gas lantern stands in one corner and a bureau by the front door holds photos of Dana’s grandfather on Prince Street. To highlight the new bakery cases, which are chock full of traditional Italian goodies, Kim chose the Sydney Industrial Cord Hung Pendant.
These 16″ shades are American made and hand crafted by our metal spinners here in Florida. Kim chose a classic Bronze finish for the shade, a matching Bronze cast guard, and clear glass for maximum light.