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
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
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