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, Richele also knows the restaurant has undergone numerous design changes over the years and at one time the town’s opera house was located upstairs. While wanting to bring the space back to its former glory, Richele didn’t want this to be strictly a period restoration.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.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. When it came to lighting, Dave wanted something to fit with the look.Read More
From time to time, we do see an example of classic, American inspired lighting seen in a foreign country. It usually brings the question to mind whether the place in question is owned by natives to the aforementioned land, or designed by an American transplant; somebody looking forward to an overseas escape. Well, in regards to this home, we have a clear answer. Formulated by a husband and wife design team from the Maine area, they took their talents to a small town in Provence to expand their already successful Bed and Breakfast concept: The Marston House.Read More
You’re surely familiar with the popular magazine, Southern Living, right? It’s chock full of anything a homeowner could want: design ideas, sweet treat recipes and home and garden tips. The September 2011 issue of Southern Living isn’t lacking any of the above items, in fact, gracing the front cover is an apple Bundt cake that draws you in from page one.
It may be that delicious dessert that initially draws you in, but once you dig deeper into the September issue, the 2011 Texas Idea House in the Escondido community of Horseshoe Bay might also catch your eye. The home looks like it was taken straight from the Mediterranean – with the timeless European architecture paired with multiple courtyards and terraces. The Texas Idea House definitely makes the most out of elegant indoor and outdoor living!Read More