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
Remodeling projects often start out small. Maybe a new paint color in the kitchen would be nice. Or new hardware. How about a new light?! And sometimes these projects snowball and take on a life of their own. Anne in Kansas City, Missouri, liked her kitchen, yet after much deliberation, she decided to jump in with both feet for a full-scale renovation.
“We live in a 1940 Tudor Revival home,” Anne explains. “We gutted the original kitchen and reworked the entire space.” The changes included removing a wall between the breakfast nook and the kitchen, moving an interior doorway, and moving and expanding the exterior doorway. Through it all, Anne strived to protect the integrity of the home’s period architecture within the new design all while staying within her budget.Read More
Gut remodel. The very words conjure up images of chaos, exposed studs, electrical boxes hanging, and lots of dust on bare floors. And when the target is the kitchen, take-out containers are definitely in the mix. Along with the headaches, a gut remodel also presents an opportunity to create a new space, save good bones, and right the wrongs from previous remodels.
For Maura in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the gut remodel of her kitchen offered the chance to open up a dark space and create a bright, inviting area that pays homage to the character of the late 1800s-era building where her condo is located. Maura chronicled the Great Kitchen Renovation of 2014 for her blog The Projectory.Read More
Every house I’ve ever lived in had at least one room where the ceiling height was an issue. The basement in Maine was described as “cozy” by the realtor. And in Tennessee, we yelled “duck!” to anyone over 5’10″ who walked into the house or they would bump their head on the knotty pine ceiling.
Cozy is not all bad, but low ceilings can make it difficult to choose lighting. And if your tight space has no natural light coming in, such as in an interior laundry room, it’s even more important to choose appropriate lighting.Read More
Day One of LightFair International 2014 is in the books and the word that keeps coming up is WOW!
Of course, we love lighting and are immersed in it each and every day. But it’s an incredible experience to be surrounded by thousands of other people who love lighting as much as we do! Not only love the classic styles but also the new trends and discovering new ways to customize fixtures and make them even more durable, beautiful, and energy efficient.Read More
Designers often talk about an “anchor” as they summon their creative muses. That one piece in a space where your eye is drawn, that other elements play off of, and becomes a focal point in a room.
Stephanie of Virginia Beach, Virginia, found the anchor for her new home before she ever signed the closing papers.
“I fell in love with this light at first glance and never looked back,” Stephanie says. “In fact, our entire downstairs color scheme was chosen around these lights.” Stephanie is a wife, mother of two, and the author of Simply Swider, a DIY blog. She discovered Barn Light Electric when reading a design blog and fell in love with the Primary Schoolhouse Stem Mount Light. Although she had no need for lighting at the time, she knew that one day, she would design her kitchen around that light.Read More