“Were you raised in a barn?!” I can still hear my mom yelling at me whenever I’d fly out the front door of our house racing to be outside and forgetting to close the door behind me. For Rebecca and Tom of Chester, Vermont, they are indeed raising their child in a barn — a 100-year-old converted dairy barn. The building has served many purposes in the last century but it became the campestral homestead for this couple in 2009 who fell in love with the location and charm of the space. Like most old buildings, this one was in serious need of renovations.Read More
As you cruise scenic Highway 29 that runs through the heart of Napa Valley, California, lush vineyards beckon you to visit the birthplace of America’s wine making industry. The vast majority of Napa Valley vineyards are family owned and operated, and all offer tours and tastings. If you go to Napa, plan on watching the movie Bottle Shock before your trip for a little history of how Napa burst onto the world stage in wine making.Read More
In Western Australia on the scenic shores of the Indian Ocean, the city of Perth has long been influenced by the shipping industry. When Mike Darvill & his team at SMA Design began to create a new eatery located in this historic city, they called on the influences of the sea.
“We wanted to create a shipping dock setting crossed with old factory styling,” says Mike Darvill, associate director with SMA Design. “We wanted patrons to feel like they could be waiting for a ship to dock, ready to unload cargo.” The Cutting Board is located in a new, mixed-use building and features slow-cooked meats, burgers, breakfast, and coffees. To highlight this new restaurant, the SMA team, along with their builder - Pinnacle Commercial Interiors, chose a variety of lighting fixtures.Read More
Sometimes a remodeling job just needs a man’s touch. When a customer approached Kathy and Tony Wallace of Store With Style about remodeling a bathroom with a garage-type look, Tony climbed into the driver’s seat and took off. With a showroom in Mentor, Ohio, this family-owned business focuses on total home organization with custom solutions and hand crafted cabinetry to meet a variety of customer needs. For this bath remodel, Kathy notes that they chose colors, fixtures, and lighting to create a garage-style space.Read More
Much like Barn Light Electric, the Patagonia company had humble beginnings. It was in a shed in his parent’s back yard that founder Yvon Chouinard began crafting climbing tools to use on weekend forays into wilderness areas in Yosemite, Wyoming, and Canada. At one of the newest Patagonia stores in Hong Kong, designer Pater Wong wanted to bring the Patagonia story into the interior design of the new space.Read More