Kids usually have that one friend they love to visit. There’s something about other people’s spaces that is attractive, intriguing, and way more fun than home. Maybe it’s a cool playroom. Or a pool in the back yard. Or simply different Xbox games on the shelf.
For Michelle in Wichita, Kansas, she wanted to have “that” home, so she set about renovating her finished basement to be more inviting. Here’s a before pic of Michelle’s space.
“We wanted to create a place where our friends and our children’s friends could hang out in the safety and supervision of our home,” Michelle says. She started on... Read More
One of our favorite West Coast destinations is Bend, Oregon — land of amazing scenery, low humidity thanks to the high elevation, and year-round recreational opportunities including elbow bends at the 14 breweries we found there!
On last summer’s trip out west, we also discovered Cottage Bend Vacation Rentals designed by Sarah Phipps of Sarah Phipps Design. We fell in love with Sarah’s comfortable and colorful style so we asked her to get comfy in the blogger’s chair today to talk about one of the trickier lighting tasks in the home — bathroom lighting.
Sarah: In my experience, the bathroom can be one of the most difficult rooms to... Read More
The principals at Dirt, a commercial and high-end residential interior design firm, have no problem getting their hands dirty. After all, dirt is nature’s signature, and nature is where they draw much of their inspiration. On a recent renovation project in Amagansett, Long Island, it was less about dirt and more about water as the sea became the muse for Scott Murphy and Lucas Lai.
“This is a beach house located a block from the ocean, and we re-clad the entire exterior with new cedar and changed all the lights,” Lucas explains. For the lighting, the pair wanted something nautical but also modern. They found the Industrial Static Topless Sconce in... Read More
A carriage house attached to a new home in Galveston, Texas, has turned into a sanctuary for today’s Featured Customer. The carriage house has a living room, kitchenette, and bathroom plus a 15 x 15-foot space upstairs that has been transformed into a workshop. Recently retired, this gentleman is delving into his past interest in vintage radios, ham radio operation, electronics, and natural history. He turned to the vintage experts at Barn Light Electric when it came to lighting his new space.
“My primary requirement was for good lighting for the work benches and the drafting table,” he says. “A vintage look was equally important to me... Read More
If you grew up watching The Brady Bunch in the early 70s, you probably remember the Jack-and-Jill bathroom shared by the kids in that famous family. While having three boys and three girls share a bathroom is hardly reality TV, the shared layout of a Jack-and-Jill space is one that architects and interior designers often recommend to families with multiple children.
For Mike in Lebanon, Indiana, a shared bathroom with two doors works well for his son and daughter. The siblings share the sink and vanity area while the shower and toilet are in a separate space. Interior designer Michele Boggs of MB Designs, worked with Mike to personalize the shared space with paint... Read More