If you grew up watching The Brady Bunch in the early 70s, you probably remember the Jack-and-Jill bathroom shared by the kids in that famous family. While having three boys and three girls share a bathroom is hardly reality TV, the shared layout of a Jack-and-Jill space is one that architects and interior designers often recommend to families with multiple children.
For Mike in Lebanon, Indiana, a shared bathroom with two doors works well for his son and daughter. The siblings share the sink and vanity area while the shower and toilet are in a separate space. Interior designer Michele Boggs of MB Designs, worked with Mike to personalize the shared space with paint... Read More
Like many new technologies, LED lighting was expensive and slow to catch on at first. But oh, how things have changed. LED lights, once known for their cold, harsh glare, are now more affordable, offer warmer light, and are available in a wide variety of fixtures including pendants, gooseneck lights, and even schoolhouse lighting.
For Nar Bustamante, owner and principle designer of Nar Fine Carpentry, a design/build remodeling company in California, LED lighting is the only way to go.
“For the last five years, I only use LED on all our projects,” he says. One of his recent projects was a complete remodel of a home in Sacramento including the laundry... Read More
When you envision your attic, do you see cobwebs and lofty piles of insulation? Bare light bulbs hanging from the ceiling? Boxes filled with forgotten treasures?
An attic in Indianapolis dispels all of those images thanks to the talented hand of Kelley Ross who describes herself as more of an artist than a designer. She was hired to turn the unused attic space into something warm, cozy, and inviting for the homeowners.
“This was an unfinished attic and all new construction by Randy Walker Construction,” Kelley says. “The clients wanted an old warehouse/factory/industrial feel. Something that looked aged and worn.”
The clients wanted a bar,... Read More
When you’ve been in the interior design business for almost 20 years, you’ve seen just about everything. For Kristina Rinaldi, of Rinaldi Interior Design in New York, the demand from a contractor to come up with seven wall sconces in a day was not exactly unusual.
“Things were kind of sprung on me during this project,” Kristina says, “but fortunately my brain is conditioned and full of so many resources because it does happen often.” For this “I need it yesterday” situation, Kristina turned to Barn Light Electric for a fast delivery of seven Wheeler™ Wilcox Wall Sconces. The project was a complete rebuild of a home in... Read More
West Texas makes me think of wide open spaces, friendly people, and places to hang out where, as Sam Malone would say, everybody knows your name. And when the design team from MWM Architects in Lubbock, Texas, sat down to create a brand new space for the Twisted Root Burger Company, that’s exactly the feel they were shooting for.
“Every Twisted Root is a little different and each has its own theme,” explains Sara Bradshaw, project manager with MWM. “Our theme was West Texas Dance Hall and we wanted a very eclectic, been-there-for-awhile feel with lots of personality.”
Along with Principle Architect Jason Moore, Sara searched for lighting... Read More
We love checking in with our design friends to see what’s new on their project list. One of our favs is Joel Snayd’s crew at Rethink Design Studio in Savannah. Joel has been featured on the blog in the past for several of his projects in and around Savannah. Today, we follow Sarah, project manager for the Rethink team, to the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, where she led a major remodeling effort in the opening of Rhubarb, a New American restaurant located in the heart of the city’s funky downtown Pack Square.
“We really wanted the design to stay grounded, a little bit rustic, but most of all comfortable,” Sarah says.... Read More