For more than 20 years, the good folks at Southern Living have inspired us with their annual Idea House. With an ensemble of talented architects and designers descending upon a new location each year, a showcase home is born chock full of color, texture, and creativity. Back in 2011, the team, including San Antonio architect Michael G. Imber, traveled to the central Texas Hill Country to create a rambling European style home that utilized native building materials in a nod to its southern landscape.Read More
California is undeniably the country’s most environmentally conscious state where everyone from the governor’s office to small local businesses aim to reduce their carbon footprint through energy-efficient building design and renewable energy options. One of the state’s many green builders is Boa Constructor Green Building & Design which has been specializing in natural and sustainable building practices since 1980. Located in the Santa Cruz area, their design team recently tackled a “modern barn” addition that features wood elements in fir, a corrugated metal wall, and porcelain enamel barn lighting.Read More
When Diane and her husband moved into their home on the Jersey Shore two years ago, they felt that the dated kitchen needed a lot of work. Diane found, however, that with a few key upgrades, what the couple thought would be a complete gutting of the space turned into a mini makeover instead. “We replaced the Formica countertop with soapstone, added a tumbled slate backsplash, and changed the light fixtures,” Diane says. “With a professional steam cleaning of the floor, it looks like a complete remodel!” Diane chose the flirty and fun Ivanhoe® Seaside Radial Wave Porcelain Pendant Light for the new look.Read More
First homes are special. They’re not always the biggest home you’ll ever own or the best decorated, but first homes will hold a place in your heart forever. For Danielle and Brett, buying their first home meant combining her love of mid-century style and his love of beautiful wood. Together they created a warm, inviting dining room space that is highlighted by a classic, American made Ivanhoe® porcelain pendant.Read More
When Cindy decided to build her new home in Almond, Wisconsin, with a rustic theme, she went all out. Today’s Featured Customer created a warm, inviting home filled with rustic touches like reclaimed beams, sliding barn doors, and one of the most interesting applications of porcelain enamel barn lighting that we’ve ever seen!
“We were looking for a light for over the pool table that would fit the rustic theme we were going with,” Cindy explains. The room is located in the lower level of the home and features a bar on one end and a pool table with hand hewn detailing.Read More