For followers of our Facebook page, we teased you a bit yesterday with a gorgeous photo dubbed “eye candy for architects” by a fan. Today, we chat with Larry Evans, a creative director in California who recently remodeled his studio space and shared his stunning photos with us.
Q: Where is your studio located?
A: We live on a seven-acre ranch-like setting near the top of a mountain and the design studio is located on the same property near our house. It’s nestled amongst the trees we planted many years ago on this old avocado farm here in Escondido. The barn-like building is mostly steel and luckily withstood an intense wildfire that voraciously burned through our property destroying most of our landscaping, a redwood hot tub, and deck.
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
Is it getting more spring-like in your neck of the woods? It certainly is here although some parts of the country are still seeing white stuff flying around. And that’s not pollen! Seriously, winter be gone already!
One thing I love about spring is the reemergence of color, especially outside my window. Bright yellow daffodils and lime green buds on the trees all signal the start of something new. It’s a great time to reconsider the color inside your house as well. The experts all have an opinion on the hot new colors each year, so we’ve been poking around to see what trends are out there and how you can consider these when choosing your lighting.Read More
Installing a cheap, imported light from a big-box store is akin to hanging a paint-by-number landscape over the fireplace mantel. Anybody can do it and it all looks the same.
“Lighting makes a statement like art on the wall,” says Tyler O’Brien, president and owner of Agave Custom Homes in central Texas. We couldn’t agree more.
On a recent project in Wimberly, Texas, just southwest of Austin, Tyler used some Barn Light Originals to make a Texas-sized statement on a new home he designed along with Felicia Foster of Barron Custom Design.Read More