Additions can be tricky. These necessary spaces we add to our homes when we have another baby, bring in an aging parent , or need dedicated room for a hobby. It takes some effort to make the addition look like part of the original and not like a sore thumb that sticks out.
In Greenville, South Carolina, Paul wanted to add a garage to his property but wanted the new building to complement his 1920s-era home.
“I wanted a historical look,” Paul says. While the garage is a new build, Paul added some historic, Craftsmen-style detailing to the building such as overhanging eaves, decorative braces under the gables, and a mix of materials used on the façade.... 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
The world of design, whether interior, architectural, clothing, or even lighting design, is often influenced by major historical events. In the 1930s, when America was still deep in the Depression, the reigning Art Deco movement gave way to what became known as Streamline Moderne. The extreme styles of Art Deco were seen as excessive in this time of want and were replaced with simpler, cleaner styles that focused on curves, horizontal lines, and nautical elements. Think rounded, aerodynamic shapes such as the Hindenburg, Airstream trailers, and the 1934 Chrysler Airflow, the first streamlined car design.
We’ve captured some of the best lighting designs of this... Read More
When Aimee Daniels, owner of the Salvage Room in Oklahoma City, turned her creative eye to the entryway of her retail space, she had two goals — to illuminate the facade and to find a unique light that would beckon customers inside to explore her eclectic collection of hand-picked vintage items, handcrafted pieces, plus new and vintage apparel, dècor, and accessories.
“We were remodeling and had the front of the store painted from a brick red to a dark grey,” Aimee says. “We wanted a light fixture that was both industrial and unique, and could give off a considerable amount of light.”
Aimee chose the Double Market Wire Guard Sconce, part... Read More
When Tom and Susan replaced their wooden decking and added a porch on their Palm Coast, Florida home, they knew the fading exterior light fixtures would also have to go.
“The plastic fixtures were getting really old looking and the plastic was eroded from the combination of wind, sun, salt, and age,” Tom explains. “They were about eight years old and whatever we put up had to be beach-friendly because we don’t want to replace fixtures year after year.” The couple’s home is just south of St. Augustine, Florida, and is subject to the wear and tear that accompanies our famous Florida sunshine. Susan spotted an ad for Barn Light Electric... Read More