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
Whether you’re working on a small laundry room remodel or a multi-million dollar commercial build, an inspiration board is often the birthplace of great design. Many architects, interior designers, and even homeowners start with simple sketches, color swatches, and pins from Pinterest that inspire them as they plan out their new space.
An inspiration board created by Jacobs Global Building Design in Philadelphia led to the new look of Saxbys, a coffee house located in Peddlers Village, a 42-acre development in Buckingham, Pennsylvania.
“Louis Chang and Devyn O’Neill of Jacobs started with an inspiration board which basically looked at the space and... Read More
In just a few short hours, Hurricane Sandy did $68 billion worth of damage to the New York/New Jersey shoreline. In the nine months since the disaster, residents have been slowly picking up the pieces. Today’s Featured Customer owns a vacation home in Ship Bottom, New Jersey, on Long Beach Island which saw 16″ of water in the interior during the height of the storm.
“Everything had to go after the storm because the water went throughout the entire downstairs ruining everything in its path,” Erica explains. “Appliances, carpets, walls, sheet rock, electronics, furniture, and mattresses all had to go.” Erica and her husband Justin,... Read More
Each year, Barn Light Electric holds a B.L.O.G. contest — that’s Barn Light Online Giveaway — where we ask bloggers to browse our website, pick out their favorite lights, then tell their readers why they would love them in their own home. Our 2012 first place winner was Rachel who blogs at Maybe Matilda. She and her husband are updating a mid-90s home and infusing it with their own style. Rachel is aiming for the inviting and comfortable look of a country farmhouse so barn lighting fits her style perfectly. And as it turned out, Rachel won our B.L.O.G. contest — on her birthday!
“I entered the contest on a whim,” she says, “and... Read More
Chandeliers have come a long way since they were first used in the Middle Ages and consisted of little more than candles secured to a wooden platform hoisted above the dining table. Once associated only with the wealthy who could afford to light their spaces at night, chandeliers became popular among the common folk with the advent of gas and eventually electricity. The wooden platform gave way to more circular designs crafted from metal, then advances in glass making led to the very popular and often intricate crystal chandelier designs.
This homeowner has chosen a distinctive fixture for the dining room that mimics a crown design often found in 15th and 16th century... Read More