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
For more than 20 years, the good folks at Southern Living have inspired us with their annual Idea House. With an ensemble of talented architects and designers descending upon a new location each year, a showcase home is born chock full of color, texture, and creativity. Back in 2011, the team, including San Antonio architect Michael G. Imber, traveled to the central Texas Hill Country to create a rambling European style home that utilized native building materials in a nod to its southern landscape.Read More
Spring is lurking just around the corner and you’re getting the itch. Not the allergy kind. It’s more of the itch to give your home a fresh look. And two of the most powerful options at your disposal, even if you’re not an avid DIYer, are color and lighting. So let’s breathe some new life into one of the most used rooms in the house — the kitchen.
Perhaps you’ve grown tired of builder beige on the walls. Bring home some of those sample bottles of paint and splash it around. Be bold! Try something new! Live with it for a week and see how the colors look at different times of the day. With minimal investment, you might just find the perfect shade!Read More
From pristine to panache, vintage industrial accents make period design accessible to all. We’ve seen a fair share of unique takes on industrial lighting (remember the dolly light?) but in order to make your rustic redesigns truly inspired it’s important to keep some design guidelines in mind. Here to help explain these guidelines are some of BarnLightElectric’s frequently pinned industrial farmhouse design images.
1. White Washed Wonders
There’s nothing wrong with keeping your canvas clean when you are working with rustic accents. This pristine white kitchen is packed with charm with a cluster of vintage-inspired angle shades and beautiful wood flooring.
2. Show your pastoral roots
Evoking a strong sense of nostalgia is key to carrying industrial farmhouse style throughout the home. Photo-galleries with mismatched frames are wonderful for sharing photos old and new.
3. Bring the outdoors, in.
Don’t be afraid to hang your herbs to dry. The industry and utility of barn spaces were ideal for large scale crops and preparing for the harvest. It’s so healthy to revive those practices, even on if it is on a smaller scale.
4. Use new trends to recapture old elements.
Perhaps you think aged wood paneling is a dust trap, but you love the rustic story it tells… Fortunately for you there are a plethora of wall paper companies to have taken on the task of creating wallpaper that imitates the likeness of painted, raw, or finished wood planks!
5. Timeless Mediums are Always in Style
There’s a reason porcelain rlm lighting has been a prevalent go-to choice for illuminating barns, farm and horse stables. The porcelain enamel finish is durable, easy to clean, and keeps its vibrant hues for decades. It also is the finish of choice for these enamelware nesting bowls–a staple, in our opinion, to a barn style kitchen!
6. No-fuss surroundings makes for easy relaxation.
After a hard day’s work, the last thing you need to do is worry about mucking up your carpets or taking a white glove to every surface in your home. Industrial farmhouse interior design frees you from rigid restraint, allowing you to release the expectation that clean and shiny is perfect. Take some time and enjoy the patina in your life.Read More