When Karen and her husband set out to build a vacation home in Hawaii, they wanted all the amenities of new construction but with the character and charm of “a beach cottage that had been in the same family for decades with each generation making updates, changes, and adding their own touches,” Karen says. The result is a plantation-style home that caught my eye when I spotted a review on a blog called Centsational Girl written by Kate from northern California.Read More
Remodeling projects often start out small. Maybe a new paint color in the kitchen would be nice. Or new hardware. How about a new light?! And sometimes these projects snowball and take on a life of their own. Anne in Kansas City, Missouri, liked her kitchen, yet after much deliberation, she decided to jump in with both feet for a full-scale renovation.
“We live in a 1940 Tudor Revival home,” Anne explains. “We gutted the original kitchen and reworked the entire space.” The changes included removing a wall between the breakfast nook and the kitchen, moving an interior doorway, and moving and expanding the exterior doorway. Through it all, Anne strived to protect the integrity of the home’s period architecture within the new design all while staying within her budget.Read More
Gut remodel. The very words conjure up images of chaos, exposed studs, electrical boxes hanging, and lots of dust on bare floors. And when the target is the kitchen, take-out containers are definitely in the mix. Along with the headaches, a gut remodel also presents an opportunity to create a new space, save good bones, and right the wrongs from previous remodels.
For Maura in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the gut remodel of her kitchen offered the chance to open up a dark space and create a bright, inviting area that pays homage to the character of the late 1800s-era building where her condo is located. Maura chronicled the Great Kitchen Renovation of 2014 for her blog The Projectory.Read More
Designers often talk about an “anchor” as they summon their creative muses. That one piece in a space where your eye is drawn, that other elements play off of, and becomes a focal point in a room.
Stephanie of Virginia Beach, Virginia, found the anchor for her new home before she ever signed the closing papers.
“I fell in love with this light at first glance and never looked back,” Stephanie says. “In fact, our entire downstairs color scheme was chosen around these lights.” Stephanie is a wife, mother of two, and the author of Simply Swider, a DIY blog. She discovered Barn Light Electric when reading a design blog and fell in love with the Primary Schoolhouse Stem Mount Light. Although she had no need for lighting at the time, she knew that one day, she would design her kitchen around that light.Read More
Schoolhouse lighting was a staple in public buildings in the mid 20th century when bare light bulbs on cords were first covered by opaque glass shades. At the new Cooperstown Distillery, located in historic Cooperstown, New York, the owners remodeled an old warehouse and chose schoolhouse lights to give the space a distinctive mid century look.
“The building has served as a warehouse for carriage building, a Rotary meeting house, and most recently a grain storage building,” says Gene Marra, owner and distiller. “It took six months to prepare the space but the actual distillery business was five years in the making.”
A fully operational distillery producing the finest varietals of bourbon, gin and vodka, Cooperstown Distillery celebrates the history and culture of Cooperstown and America’s favorite pastime.
Gene chose the Primary Schoolhouse Stem Mount Pendant to highlight the main room which is used for special events such as weddings, dinners, fundraisers, private parties and even film fest screenings.
“We needed to light the warehouse-type space but wanted to add some nostalgic charm,” Gene says. “The schoolhouse pendants perfectly filled the void in the ‘air space’ and the black bands add a little pop. People notice and admire them more.” The large size ceiling pendants are customized with a galvanized stem and opaque painted bands of Black.
The American made Primary Schoolhouse Light features hand spun glass and a rugged stem mount that is suitable for damp locations.
Behind the bar, Gene chose 10″ Angle Shade Gooseneck Sign Lights to bring attention to their signage and logo.
“We chose the black goosenecks because they are very striking against our wood and stainless logo,” Gene says. “And since they’re mounted close to the ceiling, they cast plenty of light downward.” Inspired by vintage sign lights, these angled shades can handle up to a 200 watt bulb so they offer plenty of light for signs, landscaping, and other facade details.
“What we like most about our lights is that they are functional, reliable, attractive, and are of good quality,” Gene says. “They allowed us to add some character and nostalgia to our space without losing functionality.”
Photos courtesy of Cooperstown Distillery and Richard Walker PhotoRead More