The world of design, whether interior, architectural, clothing, or even lighting design, is often influenced by major historical events. In the 1930s, when America was still deep in the Depression, the reigning Art Deco movement gave way to what became known as Streamline Moderne. The extreme styles of Art Deco were seen as excessive in this time of want and were replaced with simpler, cleaner styles that focused on curves, horizontal lines, and nautical elements. Think rounded, aerodynamic shapes such as the Hindenburg, Airstream trailers, and the 1934 Chrysler Airflow, the first streamlined car design.Read More
Anyone who has survived a major home renovation knows full well the hassles, headaches, and sometimes heartaches it can bring. For Beth and Brian of Salem, Oregon, adding a garage/entertainment space and remodeling eight rooms in their 1952 ranch home was a huge undertaking. It took three times longer than expected and they lived without a kitchen for five months.
But the constant mayhem outside their door has finally ended and the couple has put their contractor woes aside to start enjoying their renovated space just in time for spring.Read More
When Aimee Daniels, owner of the Salvage Room in Oklahoma City, turned her creative eye to the entryway of her retail space, she had two goals — to illuminate the facade and to find a unique light that would beckon customers inside to explore her eclectic collection of hand-picked vintage items, handcrafted pieces, plus new and vintage apparel, dècor, and accessories.
“We were remodeling and had the front of the store painted from a brick red to a dark grey,” Aimee says. “We wanted a light fixture that was both industrial and unique, and could give off a considerable amount of light.”
When Tom and Susan replaced their wooden decking and added a porch on their Palm Coast, Florida home, they knew the fading exterior light fixtures would also have to go.
“The plastic fixtures were getting really old looking and the plastic was eroded from the combination of wind, sun, salt, and age,” Tom explains. “They were about eight years old and whatever we put up had to be beach-friendly because we don’t want to replace fixtures year after year.” The couple’s home is just south of St. Augustine, Florida, and is subject to the wear and tear that accompanies our famous Florida sunshine. Susan spotted an ad for Barn Light Electric in Coastal Living magazine and knew she’d found the look she wanted for their new outdoor living area.Read More
“Were you raised in a barn?!” I can still hear my mom yelling at me whenever I’d fly out the front door of our house racing to be outside and forgetting to close the door behind me. For Rebecca and Tom of Chester, Vermont, they are indeed raising their child in a barn — a 100-year-old converted dairy barn. The building has served many purposes in the last century but it became the campestral homestead for this couple in 2009 who fell in love with the location and charm of the space. Like most old buildings, this one was in serious need of renovations.Read More
As you cruise scenic Highway 29 that runs through the heart of Napa Valley, California, lush vineyards beckon you to visit the birthplace of America’s wine making industry. The vast majority of Napa Valley vineyards are family owned and operated, and all offer tours and tastings. If you go to Napa, plan on watching the movie Bottle Shock before your trip for a little history of how Napa burst onto the world stage in wine making.Read More