With the explosion of craft breweries all over the country, more and more people are enjoying the never-ending menus of full-flavored brews and are seeking out new venues where they can enjoy them. When Brian Smith, partner at Studio Tack, a design firm in Brooklyn, heard that master brewer Sam Calagione wanted to open a beer-themed getaway, he jumped at the opportunity to be part of its creation. We talked with Brian about the recent opening of the Dogfish Inn located just off Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.
Q: This was a complete overhaul of an old motel. What was it like before the renovation?
A: It had that old, nostalgic American motel vibe. Maybe too much... Read More
If you follow the Barn Light Electric Facebook page, you may have noticed a photo yesterday from one of our favorite north-of-the-border designers — Alykhan Velji of Calgary, Canada. We featured Aly’s special touch in a previous blog post when he created a nursery using a sophisticated palette of grey and white then highlighted the space with brilliant yellow accents. Aly has worked his magic again in a child’s space, this time a bathroom, where the color yellow makes another splash.
Q: Was this a new space or a remodel?
A: This bath, located in a Calgary home, was a renovation, a reconfiguration of sorts.
Q: What were some of the considerations or... Read More
Studies have shown that a well-designed office space is one of the most cost-effective ways to increase worker productivity. When the good folks at Hattery, an ideas and innovation lab in San Francisco, decided their space needed more flexibility for their fast-paced environment, they turned to Celsa Dockstader, their Studio Design Coordinator to spearhead the changes. We spoke with Celsa about how her choice of barn pendant lighting played into the overall design.
Q: Was this a new space or a remodel?
A: Before this was a workspace for the Hattery team, it was a crossfit gym — dark and uninviting, painted concrete everywhere, and signatures of accomplished... Read More
Though they live on the eastern seaboard, these homeowners cherish their frequent trips to the Sonoma County wine country. When it came time to replace their dilapidated deck, they turned to Pete Cooper of Spring Creek Design to create a California mission-style design for their new outdoor kitchen and patio. We recently caught up with Pete to talk about the project which includes some post mount lights to create a cafè-type atmosphere.
Q: What type of project was this and where is it located?
A: We were replacing an old deck with a new patio in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Q: What were the particular goals that the homeowners outlined for the design of the space?
A: The... Read More
Most people have trouble finding room in the garage for two cars much less 12. When this car enthusiast’s collection in upstate New York kept growing, he tapped the same architect who built his home to create a unique space for his cars. The home was built in 2000 by Dan Contelmo Architects who wanted the new structure, crafted in a barn style, to complement the home but feel as though it could have been there even longer. Dan chose our Laramie Gooseneck to highlight both the interior and exterior.
Q: What was your design direction for this space?
A: We wanted to provide a space that would generously house 12 cars. There is room for 18 cars, but the space is laid... Read More
Drink. Well. Two words — plain, simple, and direct — and the name of one of the newest pubs to spring up in Austin, Texas. We talk with architect Cindy Black, who worked on the project with husband and fellow architect Rick Black, about the new space which features some beautiful vintage industrial lighting.
Q: Was this a new building or a remodel?
A: This was a renovation of an existing 1960 commercial building located on 53rd Street which is known for its eclectic mix of vintage shops, alternative retail venues, and great local restaurants.
Q: What was the design direction the owners wanted to take for this space?
A: The overall goal was to create a... Read More