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
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.”
If you ever live anywhere near the sea, the salt air gets in your veins and never truly leaves. For Sharon, today’s Featured Customer, growing up on the rocky coast of Maine gave her a love of all things nautical including traditional rustic style lighting.
“I grew up near the ocean and have always been enchanted by nautical lighting, especially caged sconces,” Sharon says. For her newly built home in Felton, Delaware, Sharon wanted caged lights for the hallway that would complement her style.Read More
The problem many people in coastal areas face when they renovate a structure are the myriad regulations regarding how you can rebuild. Architect Tom Hardy, of San Francisco, California, became very familiar with the laws in his state when his firm was selected to renovate a crumbling boat house on Tomales Bay.
“It took five years to get the permits,” Tom says. “It was essentially a shack that needed to be rebuilt before it fell down.” The boat house is located in a sensitive area next to a national park. When the permits came through, Tom and his staff quickly began their work which essentially had to match the footprint of the existing structure. Using beautiful, deep-colored redwood, the new building, dock, and boat lift were installed. For the crowning touch on the new structure, Tom and James Lino, of Lino Construction, chose barn style lighting both inside and out.Read More
Everybody’s dream home differs, not only amongst adults, but also between kids! If you’ve got a scrambling clan of youngins’, did you ever think to ask them what they would like most in their home? Of course, the usual outrageous plans exist, but there’s a way to bring their hopes and wishes to life.
Let’s say they dream of having a pirate ship in their room, full of slides and maybe even a gangplank. Sara of August Fields built the most precious bunk room for her boys, complete with four individual beds, set up in the style of cots aboard a ship. Stairs in the middle provide easy access for the kids to make their way into bed at night. On top of that, individual nautical sconces light each bed. Careful not to disturb the others, the idea of single reading lights isn’t a novel concept in shared bedrooms. However, in this household, lights off means lights off, no questions asked! Of course, choosing period style lights to complement the decor wasn’t easily achieved. With the use of sconces similar to the Anchorage Bulkhead Wall Mount, her three sons each have a practical light source.Read More
Today, we’re on the last leg of the tour in our featured customer’s Orlando, Florida home. Neighboring local theme parks like Universal Studios and Disney World, his home is everything you would expect. Extravagant in it’s own subtle way, the modernized craftsman home incorporates industrial and farmhouse elements throughout. White enamel pendant lights in the hallway complement the over sized dresser turned console table, while galvanized light fixtures illuminate the driveway and garage long after the Florida sun sets.Read More