What is it about waking up in the middle of the night with a perfectly wonderful idea? Is it because we finally turn off our brains to sleep and that nugget of brilliance can finally surface?
For Katy Kindred, her mind was a turmoil of construction, renovation, and opening day details for the new restaurant she and her husband Joe were opening in Davidson, North Carolina, earlier this year. She had fallen in love with our Graniteware Bowl Collection, especially the creamy Jadite dotted with black speckles, but she couldn’t figure out how to use the bowls in their new space.
“I wanted that pop of color on the tables but wasn’t sure how to... Read More
Over the years, we’ve made good friends in the business — from interior designers and architects to home builders and house flippers — all who bring their own special knowledge, experience, and personal style to their profession.
Today, we’re starting a new series authored by some of these friends who are willing to settle into the blogger’s chair for the day and post about what’s on their mind! First up is Melissa Andersen, a writer, editor, blogger, and social media manager/consultant for clients such as And North, Kaufmann Mercantile, and The Cousins from HGTV. Melissa hails from Jersey City, New Jersey, and is here to talk... Read More
When you think of warehouse lighting, what comes to mind? A hanging black or galvanized pendant? Completely functional but lacking in personality or a certain je ne sais quoi?
The professionals at Jennifer Hoey Interior Design know how to turn a completely utilitarian warehouse light into something more. So much more! They recently expanded their office space in Ketchum, Idaho, to include a new conference room and studio space with shelf space for samples and large tables to for working on finishes and fabrics.
“We wanted the space to be functional and maximize the storage space as well as be an aesthetically pleasing, modern studio space,” says Abbey... Read More
The principals at Dirt, a commercial and high-end residential interior design firm, have no problem getting their hands dirty. After all, dirt is nature’s signature, and nature is where they draw much of their inspiration. On a recent renovation project in Amagansett, Long Island, it was less about dirt and more about water as the sea became the muse for Scott Murphy and Lucas Lai.
“This is a beach house located a block from the ocean, and we re-clad the entire exterior with new cedar and changed all the lights,” Lucas explains. For the lighting, the pair wanted something nautical but also modern. They found the Industrial Static Topless Sconce in... Read More
Nestled among the hubub of West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and the Santa Monica Freeway lies an oasis for travelers who want to be in the thick of things yet a world away. The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel, owned by the Picataggio family since 1997, offers a welcoming residential ambiance in country-inspired rooms. The boutique hotel recently underwent a face lift to give the space a fresh, updated look.
“It had been more than a decade since our last remodel and we wanted a more sophisticated and nuanced interpretation of the ‘farm’ theme,” says Ellen Picataggio, brand officer and hotel curator for Farmer’s Daughter Hotel. “The... Read More
It was so exciting last week as we stepped outside the office to watch the latest rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center. It never gets old seeing the sudden billow of smoke and the white contrail bolting skyward.
But today we’re celebrating our own launch right here on the blog! We’re excited to offer Design 101 — a new feature where we present design questions to our friends in the field and get their tips, hear their stories, and learn about what design trends they’re watching.
Today’s question: What rules should I follow, or break, when choosing a chandelier for my dining room table?
And here to answer that... Read More
A carriage house attached to a new home in Galveston, Texas, has turned into a sanctuary for today’s Featured Customer. The carriage house has a living room, kitchenette, and bathroom plus a 15 x 15-foot space upstairs that has been transformed into a workshop. Recently retired, this gentleman is delving into his past interest in vintage radios, ham radio operation, electronics, and natural history. He turned to the vintage experts at Barn Light Electric when it came to lighting his new space.
“My primary requirement was for good lighting for the work benches and the drafting table,” he says. “A vintage look was equally important to me... Read More