For followers of our Facebook page, we teased you a bit yesterday with a gorgeous photo dubbed “eye candy for architects” by a fan. Today, we chat with Larry Evans, a creative director in California who recently remodeled his studio space and shared his stunning photos with us.
Q: Where is your studio located?
A: We live on a seven-acre ranch-like setting near the top of a mountain and the design studio is located on the same property near our house. It’s nestled amongst the trees we planted many years ago on this old avocado farm here in Escondido. The barn-like building is mostly steel and luckily withstood an intense wildfire that voraciously burned through our property destroying most of our landscaping, a redwood hot tub, and deck.
Anyone who has survived a major home renovation knows full well the hassles, headaches, and sometimes heartaches it can bring. For Beth and Brian of Salem, Oregon, adding a garage/entertainment space and remodeling eight rooms in their 1952 ranch home was a huge undertaking. It took three times longer than expected and they lived without a kitchen for five months.
But the constant mayhem outside their door has finally ended and the couple has put their contractor woes aside to start enjoying their renovated space just in time for spring.Read More
Is it getting more spring-like in your neck of the woods? It certainly is here although some parts of the country are still seeing white stuff flying around. And that’s not pollen! Seriously, winter be gone already!
One thing I love about spring is the reemergence of color, especially outside my window. Bright yellow daffodils and lime green buds on the trees all signal the start of something new. It’s a great time to reconsider the color inside your house as well. The experts all have an opinion on the hot new colors each year, so we’ve been poking around to see what trends are out there and how you can consider these when choosing your lighting.Read More
Owning a successful business means putting your merchandise or services in the best possible light. That does not translate into simply flooding your space with as much wattage as you can afford.
Whether you own a retail boutique, a casual eatery, or an office supply store, your commercial lighting plan should help customers maneuver safely through your establishment while easily taking in all you have to offer in an inviting atmosphere.Read More
One of the best things about this blogging gig is that I get to meet and work with other bloggers. I’ve met some incredibly talented people, both in person and online, who share their spaces, their ideas, their inspirations, and even their failures online every day for the world to see.
One of my newest friends is Amy Johnson of She Wears Many Hats. I love the blog name and I’m sure many of us can certainly relate to it! One of Amy’s most recent projects is the renovation of a vacation home she and her husband found nestled in the gorgeous mountains of western North Carolina. They have been slowly but surely remodeling the home doing much of the work themselves.Read More
When a friend was looking for a place to hold a wedding, Mary and Randy of Titusville, Florida, came to the rescue. They opened up their home and tropical garden setting to the happy couple for both photos and vows. In the months leading up to the wedding, Randy busied himself running electricity to the garden area so that lights could help brighten the evening event. Mary and Randy were very familiar with Barn Light Electric, their hometown lighting store, so they started purchasing lights to spruce up their garden and porch.Read More