Although summer is my favorite season with its laid-back schedule and warm, sunny days, I do love college football in the fall. It’s a season for cheering on my favorite team, noshing on nachos, and spending time with family and friends yelling at the TV. We’re funny that way.
Whether you have a dedicated game room, a man cave, or just a comfortable living room to entertain guests this fall, adequate lighting can help set the mood. Perhaps some new pendants over the island will jazz up your space or an industrial-style chandelier over the pool table will not only improve your game but give your room a fresh look.Read More
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
In last Friday’s post, we introduced you to John Colaneri, who just wrapped up his second season of Cousins Undercover on HGTV along with his cousin Anthony Carrino. John and his wife recently purchased a piece of land in northern New Jersey where John has put his years of construction expertise to work on his first ground-up building project. The couple are putting down roots in their new home that mixes old elements with new to create a contemporary design with a sense of history and timeless style.Read More
They say the devil is in the details. Not sure who “they” are, but I tend to agree! The details, like those last few items on your punch list that the contractor just can’t seem to finish, can drive people to distraction when trying to complete any task. The last two percent can be the most difficult.
When your task is selecting new lighting for your home or office, getting the details right can mean the difference between ending up with a basic fixture or one that adds the wow factor you want when you walk into the room.Read More
If you’re a reader of design blogs, you’ve probably seen lots of photos of industrial farmhouse settings with cozy kitchens full of reclaimed wood, exposed beams, and maybe even some brickwork in a loft setting. Lighting in these spaces can run from vintage industrial lights to more modern steel shades customized with colorful cords or interesting studio mounts.
To bring this hot industrial look to your exterior lighting, take a cue from early 20th century outdoor barn lighting.Read More
Do you, like so many other homeowners, love the industrial look? Even if you don’t live in a trendy Manhattan loft or a downtown Seattle condo, you can still get the rugged industrial look with careful dècor choices.
While many major details contribute to the overall industrial look of a place — including an open floor plan, concrete floors or counter tops, wood beams, duct work, or exposed brick — you can add some industrial flair with furniture, lighting, and other accessories that don’t require a major remodel.Read More