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.
While the entire home is stunning, we were thrilled that Michael chose our Ivanhoe® Sinclair Porcelain Pendant for the laundry/flower room.
“I actually started the... 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.
“We had sliding barn doors made from reclaimed wood as an entrance to... Read More
In a remodeling project, it takes a special eye to look beyond a tired and dated space and let your mind imagine what could be. When Featured Customers Oleg & Richele Baburin and partners Walter & Michele Jahncke took over the Northside Café in Winterset, Iowa, last March, the space had drop ceilings, burgundy wallpaper, and dark ’70s-style paneling.
“The building has held a restaurant since its construction in 1876, and we know it’s been called the Northside Café since at least 1926,” Richele explains.
“That was when business names were first recorded at the town hall.” Through old photographs and customers’ stories,... Read More
With so many people dreading their visit to the dentist’s office, Dr. Janice Stewart of the Southport Dental Clinic wanted her reception area to be pleasant and inviting. She was faced, however, with a small and unattractive space in her office located in Stratford, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Knowing when to call in an expert, Dr. Janice contacted Carol Fisher of Carol Fisher Display and Design.
“The reception area was very small, dark and closed in, explains Carol. “It lacked a focal point with only a small hole in the wall to see the receptionist!” So Carol got to work opening up the space, changing the wall color, and highlighting the new... Read More
Hmm, let’s see… what goes well with recycled wooden ammunition boxes? Porcelain barn lights of course! These 1950s-era ammo boxes played a starring role in the remodel of an existing space that has become the popular Brat Haüs Restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. Leading the design charge was Featured Customer and owner Dave Andrea and designer Kimberly Harris from Studio K in Phoenix.
“Brat Haüs is an urban European beer garden,” explains Dave, “specializing in artisan sausage, craft beer, and Belgian fries.” The structure was originally built in the 50s so the wooden boxes were a perfect fit to redesign the walls of the restaurant.... Read More