The arts and crafts look is a time-honored design filled with warm woods and rich earth tones. In the mountains of western North Carolina, the arts and crafts style has found a home nestled in an area rich in ecological diversity and a passion for superior craftsmanship.
Driving through the Asheville area, you’re likely to spot whole neighborhoods of arts-and-crafts style homes. Some are filled with 4,000-square-foot luxury models while others offer more modest homes. Though smaller, these structures still have all of the highlights of the craftsman style with plenty of artistic flair thrown in for good measure.
In one neighborhood, we found not only a... Read More
When Lisa and Greg bought their home in 2010, it was only four years old, but they were already thinking about renovations, an addition, and updating the lighting.
“The original house is post-and-beam, a rustic-lux style,” Lisa says. “With the addition and renovations, we added huge windows to improve our view and bring in more nature. With polished concrete floors and rustic lighting, the addition is more industrial chic.”
The couple’s home is located smack in the middle of Lake Champlain in North Hero, Vermont, where winter days can be short and cloudy. Having plenty of light options inside brightens the space and allows the family to... Read More
With the latest blast of frigid air to roar into the United States, it’s officially time to turn our attention inside where it’s warm and cozy. For the next six weeks in particular, many of us will be focusing on our living and dining rooms in anticipation of the arrival of family and guests for the holiday festivities.
There are many touches you can add to your home to make it feel warm and inviting. A wood accent wall, soft throws or pillows in deep colors tossed on the couch, and rustic lighting are all great choices for giving your space a comfortable and stylish look.
Our collection of rustic lighting, which includes pendants, wall sconces, and... Read More
When Hurricane Sandy roared ashore back in October 2012, it made the history books as the second costliest hurricane in US history. Heather, who lives in Suffolk County on Long Island, New York didn’t need a historian to tell her it was a record-breaking storm.
“We are located four houses from the Great South Bay and there was eight feet of water rolling down our street,” Heather relates. Her home suffered major structural damage along with interior and exterior damage and had to be totally demolished.
Unlike some residents who left the coast, Heather chose to stay and began designing her new home.
“We definitely wanted a coastal beach... Read More
No matter what part of the world you live in, the environment will play a role in the exterior lighting you choose. For our Canadian neighbors, brutal winters with snow and ice can wreak havoc on outdoor lighting.
In this country, ferocious winds in the Plains and oppressive humidity in the South are tough, but in coastal communities, that salt air we all love can rust out a cheap, imported fixture in no time flat.
Down in Galveston, Texas, Scott Merrell knows first-hand the effects of salt air on metal. When he took on an extensive remodeling project at his vacation home located on Galveston West Bay and just four blocks from the Gulf of Mexico, Scott researched... Read More