It’s summertime here in the States and that means living spaces are expanding. Whether you have a porch, patio, veranda, or a lanai, these multi-functional, outdoor living areas get a workout with parties, dinners, lounging, and even sleeping.
Summertime also brings bugs, especially in the South where interior designer Alys Protzman lives. Alys wanted to expand her family’s living space in her Pittsboro, North Carolina, home where the moderate climate means a porch can be used at least half the year and often even longer. Alys worked with BuildSense, a full-service architecture and construction firm in nearby Durham to create her dream space. We talked with... Read More
Decorating your home should be a fun form of creative, uninhibited self-expression. But if there’s one thing that can quickly kill those good vibes and strike fear in the hearts of even the most daring home decorators, it’s the mere mention of pastels.
What’s so intimidating about these springtime shades? It comes down to the thin line between sensational and saccharine and the dread of crossing it looms large over anyone who remembers the ‘90s.
But fear not! These sunny hues are popping up everywhere in the world of interiors and, with a few simple steps, can become a part of your world, too. Better get your sugar fix elsewhere because the new pastels are... Read More
One of our favorite West Coast destinations is Bend, Oregon — land of amazing scenery, low humidity thanks to the high elevation, and year-round recreational opportunities including elbow bends at the 14 breweries we found there!
On last summer’s trip out west, we also discovered Cottage Bend Vacation Rentals designed by Sarah Phipps of Sarah Phipps Design. We fell in love with Sarah’s comfortable and colorful style so we asked her to get comfy in the blogger’s chair today to talk about one of the trickier lighting tasks in the home — bathroom lighting.
Sarah: In my experience, the bathroom can be one of the most difficult rooms to... Read More
We love people with a passion. And just like our fervent devotion to vintage-inspired lighting, the people at Rafterhouse are dedicated to the careful renovation and preservation of post-war era ranch homes. Austin King and business partner Chris Liles have focused their Phoenix, Arizona, business on transforming these spaces into modern-day dream homes.
“We hate seeing ranch homes lose their charm,” Austin says. “We strive to build, enhance, and upgrade these homes while staying true to their historical roots and the character and integrity of the neighborhoods they reside in.”
A recent project, located in the Arcadia neighborhood of... Read More
Let’s face it — Monday mornings are hard to face no matter where you work. The weekend is a fast-fading memory and Friday afternoon is too far away to even dream about.
So when the pros at Homepolish, a comprehensive interior design service, were called in to create a new office for Path Interactive in New York City, they wanted the space to be inviting not only for clientele, but also for the employees facing every Monday morning.
“This was a complete gut renovation,” says Shelly Lynch-Sparks, head of commercial design at Homepolish. “I wanted the space to feel welcoming and fun. When you walk into Path Interactive, you feel the... Read More
Our expert for today’s Design 101: lesson brings a wealth of experience backed by two master’s degrees and study at the Lorenzo de Medici School in Florence. Regan Billingsley, of Regan Billingsley Interiors in Kensington, Maryland, embraces fun, functional design and harbors a deep passion for color. We asked Regan to talk about how to incorporate barn style lighting into mid century modern homes.
Regan: The farmhouse style of lighting originated in the 1920’s when the need for more industrial types of lighting developed out of a post-war economic boom. There was a need for increased lighting in factories, as well as commercial environments... Read More