With sales promos clogging up my inbox and Christmas carols blasting in every store, that can only mean one thing. Well, OK, maybe more than one thing.
What it does mean is that winter is just around the corner! And after all the merriment and mayhem of the holidays are over, in less than three weeks mind you, we will have to contend with all that Mother Nature dishes out with the coming of the season.Read More
I’m a little behind the 8-ball when it comes to classic television. As much as I enjoy curling up on the couch with a bag of popcorn for a night of per-recorded fun, I’m about a decade behind this band of buddies. I started the first season this week and was surprised about how much I recognized the show’s creative set design. In case you’re like me, pre-Friends, the show originates in the mid-90s and revolves around the lives of six friends. It’s wacky, endearing, and quite colorful.Read More
The problem with adding on to your existing home is that the new structure often looks like an after thought. Even if you’re putting up a separate building from the main home, you want the new structure to tie in with either architectural elements, color, or both! Today, we take a look at a charming potting shed created by our Featured Customer Lois who lives in the wine country north of San Francisco. Her new shed is not only functional but ties in beautifully with her Mediterranean-style home.Read More
With fall trend forecasts spreading like wildfire, we can’t help but ponder the history behind them. Words like “rustic” and “utilitarian” are commonplace influences on the list — but why?
The utilitarian lifestyle emphasizes the pursuit of function and happiness. It makes sense that surrounding ourselves with purpose-filled objects inspire us to be more industrious. As much as we love baubles and bookends, nothing beats a beautifully crafted product that reminds us of our hard-working roots.
They say the devil is in the details. David simply wanted to update his exterior lighting. But a persistent leak in his 12-year-old home in Argyle, Texas, turned a simple lighting change into major reconstruction.
“We wanted to change the location of the lights,” David explains. “But first we had to remove all of the upstairs brick, correctly wrapping and flashing the upstairs, and then re-brick.” Finally, a solid facade for new lights! While the old lights faced upwards, David decided to mount lights at the top of the windows to provide stylish down lighting. He chose four 13″ Wheeler™ Bomber Wall Sconces with a Black finish.
“We love the rustic look. We’ve always had a passion for log cabins, lodges, and the outdoors, and this look went along with the theme,” David says. “Plus my mom grew up in northern Wisconsin and had a barn on her property, so we are bringing that look to our home as well.” While some people know exactly what they want when they start looking for lighting, David took his time before landing on the Wheeler™ Bombers.
“This was a very tough decision and took me a long time,” he says. “We went with these because we like the depth of the bowl and the black color brings out the black in some of our brick. Since it can get quite hot here in Texas during the summer months, I wanted a finish that would hold up to the extreme heat and sun rays.” David’s American made wall sconces will have no trouble keeping their glossy look for years to come thanks to the porcelain enamel finish that was baked onto the hand-spun shade. Porcelain enamel is one finish that will never fade or corrode — even in the Texas sun!
“They really pop on our brick wall and add a special look to our home. It’s not a look you tend to see everywhere and they make our home unique in its own special way,” David says. “We love our lights and they look incredible at night. It was quite an ordeal, but now we have a non-leaking house and awesome lights.”
Photos courtesy of the homeowner
Life at the beach, no matter which coast it’s on, tends to be laid back and casual. Beach house design often reflects this carefree and breezy style with an emphasis on easy-care fabrics, open floor plans conducive to gatherings, and plenty of windows to bring the salt air and gorgeous views inside. Taylynn Michel, of Taylynn Michel Interior Design in Newport Beach, California, helps homeowners create beach homes that exude comfort but with a strong sense of sophistication. In a recent project in Newport Beach, Taylynn lent her talents to a new custom construction project.Read More