Jeri Cerutti describes herself as “a one-woman shop focusing on world design domination one room at a time.” Working out of the Greater Boston area, Jeri offers interior consulting and one-day redecorating services through Simply Sophisticated Spaces to a variety of clients. Occasionally, a larger project comes her way which was the case when she met Reuben and Cynde Smith.
“Reuben had his eye on a former truck maintenance facility to become the home for his Tumblehome Boatshop,” Jeri says. Reuben grew up in the boatbuilding business, working alongside his father and uncle, learning the time-honored craft of building and restoring wooden boats. In addition to having more room for plying his trade, Reuben wanted space for a lobby, office, galley/break room, restrooms, and a conference room/library. Jeri called on Jim Kelly, of JPK Construction in Albany, New York, to lend a hand.Read More
Installing a cheap, imported light from a big-box store is akin to hanging a paint-by-number landscape over the fireplace mantel. Anybody can do it and it all looks the same.
“Lighting makes a statement like art on the wall,” says Tyler O’Brien, president and owner of Agave Custom Homes in central Texas. We couldn’t agree more.
On a recent project in Wimberly, Texas, just southwest of Austin, Tyler used some Barn Light Originals to make a Texas-sized statement on a new home he designed along with Felicia Foster of Barron Custom Design.Read More
A seaside home can take on a number of different personalities from your basic beachy style to a high-end yacht look. Common themes, however, that run through many beach homes include plenty of windows, a color palette of crisp white mixed with blues and greens, and nautical style lighting.
This gorgeous home, located in Narrangansett, Rhode Island, is a bit further up the scale from “basic” but, with some interesting lighting choices both inside and out, takes on a style that gives a nod to its waterfront roots plus a hint of industrial style too. The home was renovated under the careful eyes of Ronald F. DiMauro Architects and Pastore Builders.
In one of the living areas, the team chose the Amidships Bulkhead Wall Mount Light to flank the television cabinet and windows.
“The bulkhead lights contribute to the nautical style,” says Laurie Keene. “Having the industrial look of these fixtures inside the home makes the nautical feeling more beachy.” These bulkhead fixtures were customized with a Black finish and a frost ribbed lens which provide a nice contrast against the white walls.
The master bedroom features an octagonal design with a vaulted ceiling to take every possible advantage of the stunning view.
“We didn’t want one large fixture hanging from the center, so the bullet lighting was a way to have interesting fixtures on the vaulted ceiling,” Laurie explains. The Bullet Cast Guard is a compact sconce that provides plenty of light through its rugged cast guard design. The glass can be customized with frosted, ribbed, or colored options. For a sleeker look, the Bullet Wire Guard offers the same compact style with slender wire guards.
“Goosenecks are long, thin and protrude off the wall,” Laurie says. “We liked that the barn sconces are stout. They fit better with the exterior massing.” The team chose an oil rubbed bronze finish for the wall sconces.
“The finish looks great against the white paint and gave a slightly higher scale cottage feel,” Laurie adds. With so many lighting choices to make when building or renovating, Laurie offers this advice to homeowners.
“Size up! We choose larger sizes than you would think in order to make any space, interior or exterior, human scale,” she says. “Our exterior fixtures are usually at least 16″. We feel that oversized and appropriate lighting fixtures can really add to the detailing of the building.”
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
Creating a child’s space must be one of the most fun design jobs out there. What’s not to love about a room where you can be creative and colorful and try things that just won’t fly in the formal living room!
Tamara Hubinsky of Tamara H Design in New York turned her thoughtful eye to a child’s room in a Manhattan apartment during a remodeling project. The building dates back to the 19th century and this particular space had not been remodeled in close to 20 years.Read More
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That old saying would certainly seem to apply to most business owners who are expanding on a successful brand. But when the owners of Dakota’s Roadhouse looked to open its sixth location in Oxford, Ohio, home to Miami University, they felt the brand needed a different look.
Located in a mixed-use development called Stewart Square designed by architect Scott Webb, the restaurant would be part of a mix of retail businesses, student housing, and a hotel.Read More