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.
After seeing some familiar-looking schoolhouse lights in Kate’s photos, I contacted Karen to find out the details behind this beautiful space. The cottage was built in 2013 and designed to... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More