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
Steve and his wife Debbie knew they had found something special when they were interviewing potential contractors to build their new home.
“One of them stood on the site and said, ‘I’ve been driving by this field for 20 years and always wanted to build a house right here,’” Steve relates. The coveted spot in Freeport, Maine, is close to downtown and is the site of their now almost-complete modern farmhouse home. The building process is fraught with constant decision making, but for Steve and Debbie, the choice for lighting was an easy one. They had discovered Barn Light Electric when they worked on a previous home and knew they wanted more.Read More
In just a few short hours, Hurricane Sandy did $68 billion worth of damage to the New York/New Jersey shoreline. In the nine months since the disaster, residents have been slowly picking up the pieces. Today’s Featured Customer owns a vacation home in Ship Bottom, New Jersey, on Long Beach Island which saw 16″ of water in the interior during the height of the storm.
“Everything had to go after the storm because the water went throughout the entire downstairs ruining everything in its path,” Erica explains. “Appliances, carpets, walls, sheet rock, electronics, furniture, and mattresses all had to go.” Erica and her husband Justin, co-owners of The Whiskey Brooklyn, decided to change the style of their decor with the clean slate they now had.Read More
It’s finally Friday and we’re ready to celebrate! For a change of pace, let’s head back to the Roaring 20s, an era when the economy was thriving, arts and culture were exploring new ideas, and spirits were high even if the distilled kind were outlawed under Prohibition. In a nod to this distinctive time period, the Prohibition Distillery opened its doors last April in Roscoe, New York. The owners recreated a period feel for this new venture by using used industrial lighting to transform the old Roscoe Fire Department into a modern day distillery.
“We took a colorful approach that pays romantic reverence to the Prohibition era of the 1920s and 30s,” says Brian Facquet, founder and president of sales and distribution. ” A complete renovation of a 1929, Prohibition-era firehouse located on Union Street became the new home for Bootlegger 21, an “elegantly crafted vodka” named for the 21st amendment that ended the ban on booze in 1933. The building now houses the distillery and tasting room which has become a local favorite and a destination for those New Yorkers in the city which lies just two hours southeast.
Brian and his design team selected two Atomic Topless Industrial Guard Sconces to flank the front door. These rugged, American made sconces feature a Black finish, ribbed glass, and a heavy duty cast guard, a wise option for commercial lighting plans. For additional exterior lighting, Brian chose the complementary Industrial Loft Double Pendant to highlight the newly crafted carriage-style doors. With two jelly jar glasses and the heavy duty cast guard, this fixture provides light above for the sign and onto the doorways below.
Inside, a classic light from this time period graces the hallway leading to the tasting room. The Hillsboro Schoolhouse Pendant Light is an authentic reproduction of the milky shades first used in government buildings, libraries, and school rooms of the early 20th century when bare bulbs were first covered up.
“I thought the fixture spoke to the period and delivers a true 1920s feel,” Brian says. Finding lights that deliver both excellent quality and appropriate style may seem daunting, yet the final reveal of this project shows that the Prohibition Distillery hit the nail on the head — we’ll toast to that!
Photos courtesy of Prohibition DistilleryRead More