Tucked away in the picturesque hills of Marin County just north of San Francisco, today’s Featured Customer built a craftsman-style home designed not to stand out from this lovely place, but to assimilate with it peacefully.
“We tried to contour the home to the land and make it blend into the surroundings,” David says. Farm land surrounds the new home and the homeowners incorporated elements of corrugated metal into the structure to “keep it classic” as David says. This includes galvanized gooseneck barn lights and a cord-hung barn pendant on the exterior. Like many California homeowners, David and his wife Allison focused on energy efficient fixtures that give the home a green certification.Read More
Tucked into a quiet hillside in the small town of Fairview, North Carolina, lies a beautiful contemporary home full of warm, earth tones and a cozy mountain feel. Sandie, an editor and designer, lives here with her musician husband and Whitney, a sweet, grey-faced golden retriever. Sandie spends many hours in her home office creating the Fairview Town Crier, a local paper, and working for other local organizations including the Fairview Business Association. The lighting in her office was adequate but put off too much heat in the small, 12 x 12 room.Read More
Confused by all of the light bulbs and wattage options out there? Whether you’re trying to decide on going green with LED lights, or you’re working on a budget and need something long lasting, we may be able to help out. Before you make any hard-pressed decisions, check out this quick and easy breakdown of some of the most popular light bulbs out there!
Standard Incandescent – These are more than likely what’s found throughout your home today. They have already been completely phased out in Australia and a few other countries, and are slowly but surely on their way out the United States. Standard incandescent bulbs produce light by heating a filament wire to an extremely high temperature until it glows. Since the wire heats up to as high as 5,000˚ Fahrenheit, the exterior glass can get as hot as 500˚ F. Their temperatures aren’t exactly safe when there are young children around, but with their low upfront costs, thousands of homes still use them today.Read More