When building a new space, you can look at all the drawings, plans, and photos you want, but you just never know until the dust has settled how it will all come together. When Traci of Pawcatuck, Connecticut, began working with Country Carpenters, Inc. on a new barn for her property, the structure was meant to be a simple two-car garage with storage space upstairs. But when all was said and done, she decided it was too beautiful for storage.
“It has exceeded my expectations! The upstairs is so lovely that I have opted to keep that space open for parties,” Traci says. “We are having our first event Thanksgiving Day!”
The Pawcatuck area... Read More
The wall sconce has come a long way since the medieval days of glowing torches lining long, dark hallways in the castle. No other light is more versatile in helping create the proper mood in a room by offering a spot of light just where you need it.
Wall sconces are often a critical piece of the puzzle when interior designers layer light in a room. Achieving the proper balance among different types of lights helps create the mood — too much light makes a room feel sterile while too little light makes a space less inviting and less safe to maneuver in.
And while some light fixtures serve specific needs and spaces, the utilitarian wall sconce resides quite... Read More
Although September is half over and the autumnal equinox will occur in less than a week, there’s still time to enjoy our outdoor spaces just a bit longer. Unless you live in Colorado where it snowed last Friday!
When our staff photographers visited Tybee Island, Georgia, last week, the weather was warm but rainy. And while you might think the inclement weather put a damper on their outdoor activities, the ladies made good use of this beautiful wrap-around porch at the Sea Star Cottage, one of more than two dozen cottages managed by Mermaid Cottages.
This particular cottage was built in the 1930s and the deep porch is perfect for rocking away the hours while... Read More
Something about being at the beach makes everything more relaxed. Even commercial businesses that set up shop near the sand and salt air have a laid-back vibe whether they’re selling t-shirts or tires. The recently opened Yellow Dog Eats Kitchen & Bar in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, offers just such a casual place to enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine and a signature sandwich. And since it’s right up the coast, our photographer took advantage and traveled up to Yellow Dog to check out their new digs.
The owner, Fish Morgan, trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and while he knows his way around the kitchen, he turned to his mom... Read More
Brew pubs are popping up all over the country with some serious concentrations in places like Bend, Oregon, and Asheville, North Carolina. And while many of these breweries are all about beer, there’s a special place in Virginia that belongs on your beer app.
Starr Hill Brewery, located in Crozet, about 15 miles west of Charlottesville, serves up a variety of craft beer and seasonal brews with a hefty side of music.
“Starr Hill is a brewery with a heavy focus of music in our DNA,” says Business Manager Josh Cromwell. The craft beer, live entertainment, and a stunning music wall filled with posters from local concerts and artist tours bring people... Read More
Even with summer in full swing I find myself looking at the calendar and realizing how fast the season is going by. After the 4th of July, I tend to grab every opportunity to get outside, take advantage of the weather, and socialize more. Informal gatherings on the back porch or spread on the lawn are perfect for the summer, and while these parties are meant to be low stress, you still want your home to look its best for friends and neighbors.
Start off by simply keeping the area around your entryway uncluttered so visitors have clear access to the front door. Our Round Vintage Utilitarian Wire Baskets do a great job of corralling stray shoes, umbrellas, or... Read More