Like many new inventions, the automobile was, at first, an expensive novelty accessible only to the wealthy. When production techniques improved, the automobile became more affordable for the masses in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The ability to travel, day or night, opened up a whole new era of freedom. As automobile sales increased, as did the subsequent demand for fuel, roadside filling stations began popping up offering not only fuel but service for those with a flat tire or mechanical difficulties.
Standard Oil of California was the first to open a chain of service stations on the West Coast. They probably looked something like this illustration from an... Read More
Whitney describes the last 14 years of her life as living in a sea of beige. When she moved to Austin, Texas, from Arizona, she wanted her new home to have color and texture with more of a barn/farm/rustic look.
“It’s Texas Hill Country with a little bit of lodge and farmhouse thrown in for good measure,” Whitney says. “I like to call it ‘farmhouse chic.'” When she and her husband began the building process, she turned to Pinterest for lighting inspiration.
“I found Barn Light Electric on Pinterest and fell in love. At that point, I knew I wanted barn lighting for the exterior,” she notes. For the front door, Whitney... Read More
We all fell in love with silver, didn’t we? When those sleek, high-tech-looking finishes took over the design world, they pervaded every room of our house from stainless steel refrigerators and nickel plumbing fixtures to chrome chandeliers. In recent years, however, another shiny metal has been sneaking back into our lives. And we’re happy to say that the bold, and warmer, look of brass is back!
This centuries-old metal, known for its gold-like appearance, is actually a copper and zinc alloy. It conveys a sense of luxury and timelessness that many people desire for their home. Warmer than its silver cousins, brass harkens back to a simpler time when... Read More
Working from home has its perks. Absolutely. If you’re a blogger or a consultant or anyone who works from a home office, you probably have people tell you all the time how lucky you are. In reality, no matter what you do, the job has its downsides. You can never really escape the office because it’s always right there.
Our good friend Sommer Collier, food and travel blogger on A Spicy Perspective, worked out of her home for more than four years, mostly in the kitchen but also from a small office just off the busiest room in the house. Last fall, Sommer decided a change was in order.
“I loved having my office so close to the kitchen, however the... Read More
We love checking in with our design friends to see what’s new on their project list. One of our favs is Joel Snayd’s crew at Rethink Design Studio in Savannah. Joel has been featured on the blog in the past for several of his projects in and around Savannah. Today, we follow Sarah, project manager for the Rethink team, to the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, where she led a major remodeling effort in the opening of Rhubarb, a New American restaurant located in the heart of the city’s funky downtown Pack Square.
“We really wanted the design to stay grounded, a little bit rustic, but most of all comfortable,” Sarah says.... Read More