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
One of the best things about summer, as far as I’m concerned anyway, are the casual get-togethers that just seem to fall into place. With kids out of school and a more relaxed routine in place, summer fun includes friends popping over for a bite and a chat while the kids play outdoors till dusk. If you’re looking to spruce up your gathering places for these informal festivities, consider switching out your pendant lighting to bring a fresh look without spending a lot of time and money on extensive remodeling.Read More
Whether your lighting up your home foyer or kitchen island, or trying to illuminate your covered porch, hanging pendant lights are a practical way to brighten a space and add stylish accents. Because our custom collection of pendant lighting showcases light styles ranging from stem mounted to cord hung, many customers inquire:
“What is the difference between stem mount and cord hung lights?”
In a nutshell, cord hung pendants offer flexibility and versatility before, during, and after installation, while stem mounts are better suited for long-term, fixed settings. We also offer our warehouse shades in cable & cord (studio) and chain hung ceiling mount styles. Depending on the spacing and unique needs of your project, you may find using a specific ceiling mount more advantageous.Read More
When you want more space you can either move or knock down some walls. Lori, of Newton, North Carolina, chose the latter when she tackled a home renovation project.
“I knocked out most of the wall between the kitchen and the family room,” Lori says. “I had to leave the center column because apparently my house would fall down if I didn’t.”
The result is a more open floor plan that connects her busy kitchen and family room in her ranch-style home. Lori was going for a rustic farmhouse look which can take some effort in a newer home like hers.Read More
They say the devil is in the details. Not sure who “they” are, but I tend to agree! The details, like those last few items on your punch list that the contractor just can’t seem to finish, can drive people to distraction when trying to complete any task. The last two percent can be the most difficult.
When your task is selecting new lighting for your home or office, getting the details right can mean the difference between ending up with a basic fixture or one that adds the wow factor you want when you walk into the room.Read More