After Mike and Veronica moved into their Fullerton, California, home last year, they were happy that the home itself didn’t need major attention or repairs. Originally built in the 1940s and renovated in 2000, the 3,000-square-foot, hacienda-style home simply needed an upgrade in the exterior lighting.
“Structurally, we haven’t changed our house,” Veronica says. “All of the work that we have done is aesthetic. We wanted to replace all of the old and outdated existing light fixtures.”
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Drawing from the nautical and industrial lighting fixtures of the early 20th century, our collection of Rustic Lighting offers a rugged alternative to flimsy, big box store lights.
Vintage nautical lights — think bulkhead lighting — and vapor lights featured a rugged cast guard and glass that offered protection to the bulb in hazardous work environments like factories and warehouses. While these were super functional, they were hardly stylish.
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With a houseful of kids involved in 4H, Sarah’s 31-acre farm in northern Minnesota is bustling with four-legged activity. Chickens, pigs, turkeys, goats, sheep, and alpacas roam the property, along with the requisite dogs and cats. And they all need their space to eat, sleep, and, yes, have babies.
“This winter, we will have a full barn as it will be our first time raising pigs,” Sarah explains. “Our oldest boys are planning to hatch chicks this winter, the sows will farrow in February, and, in the spring, our sheep will have their spring lambs.”
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As a certified building contractor and owner of Little Yellow House, Inc., Don Gelsinger spends a lot of time thinking about other people’s spaces. Last year, however, he and his wife, Andrea, took a hard look at their own space and realized they needed to separate their home-based business from their personal space.
“We built a new detached garage/office suite last year,” Andrea says, noting that “it was the best idea we ever had!” Since their neighborhood is on the shores of Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida, the couple live a “salty life” where they boat, fish, and take advantage of the chamber-of-commerce weather year... Read More
Emily and her husband Matthew have been searching for the perfect house since they moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2009. He wanted a yard and quiet street while Emily wanted to walk and bike to downtown and be in the center of everything. After seven moves — yes, seven — they finally found the perfect house to make a home.
“This little bungalow checked every item on both of our lists,” Emily says. “I love its character and though it’s completely renovated, the builders did a great job of preserving some of the aspects from its original construction in 1935.” The home is cozy but features tall ceilings and original wood... Read More