House flippers are a special breed. Real estate risk takers have a special eye for potential and when they spot a home they think can be refurbished, remodeled, and resold for a profit, they jump on it. In Bend, Oregon, Sarah Phipps has been designing and flipping houses for a long time and is currently venturing into design consultation. On a recent project, she transformed two small mill cottages into modern, updated spaces complete with gooseneck barn lighting.Read More
“We live in a 200-year-old farmhouse,” explains Ralph, our Featured Customer from Millgrove Ontario. “The old garden shed on our property had lived well past it’s ‘best before date’ and needed to come down.” Ralph wanted to build something in keeping with the old board and batten Ontario barn style.
“I wanted it to look like it had always been there,” Ralph says, “and, of course, it had to be a functional garden shed.” With that in mind, he designed a 10′ x 16′ shed with a 9′ ceiling inside complete with a loft. He also added a loft door and lift post which are traditional elements on this classic style of barn. One end has large, drive-in doors, below the loft, for the lawn tractor, and a second door on the side has a gable to add even more character.Read More
Though many of us are cozying in for the fall and thinking more about sweaters and soup than lounging by the pool, we were intrigued by this Victorian Pool House recently featured on Houzz. With a fireplace, wide screen tv, a pool table, and comfy reading chairs, you need not even get your toes wet to fully enjoy this warm and inviting space. We blogged about the kitchen recently which features some distinctive schoolhouse shades but today, the radial wave shade hanging in the foyer alongside this twisting iron spiral staircase caught our eye. This fixture adds yet another delicate detail to this thoughtfully planned space.
This light is very much like our Starfire Radial Wave Reflector Pendant Light, part of our ever growing collection of Barn Pendant Lighting. This fun, wavy shade brings a light touch to any space be it an entryway, over a dining room table, or in the kitchen to light up work areas and countertops. This American made light is spun from commercial grade steel by our very own craftsmen who finish this light in your choice of finish colors. Choose from a dozen brilliant shades including Textured Black, Barn Red, Buttery Yellow, or Bronze. There’s a color to complement every décor!
To hang your new light, you can stick with the standard black or white cord which are suitable for indoor or even damp locations like a covered porch, or customize your fixture with a cotton cord to add more color and texture to the overall look. The cotton cords, which come in more than half a dozen colors, should only be used in dry locations. If you want to add some vintage style to the Starfire pendant, add a cast guard and glass with your choice of clear, frosted, or ribbed glass.
Top photo courtesy of John Malick & Associates and Photographer Jeannie O’Connor
We love the idea of reusing existing structures to create new homes and certainly appreciate the person who had enough vision when he or she laid eyes on a concrete silo to think “Home Sweet Home.” After the silo and barn were transformed into a stunning residence, the homeowners wished to add a small building to provide an exercise space and adjoining spa so they turned to the creative minds at GMK Architecture in Madison, Wisconsin. The result is a space, on the left above, that would lure even the most ardent couch potato into an exercise routine simply to spend time in this room each day.Read More
With the rise of blogging over the past decade, it’s no wonder the television industry has also decided to get in on the action. You’ve probably heard of HGTV’s Dream Home, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, and even Southern Living’s Idea Home – all of which are designed by top interior designers from across the country. They feature the best of the best when it comes to furnishings, textiles and especially light fixtures. The icing on the cake is when many of the homes are given away to one lucky winner!Read More