It’s been a wild and wacky winter so far and, technically, it’s not even winter yet! In some parts of the southeast, there was snow on November 1st yet temps reached into the 70s on December 1st. You just never know what winter may bring unless you live in Woodstock, Vermont, like our friend Sophia, where you are pretty much guaranteed to have your fair share of snow and ice this time of year.
And when you have wild winters, you need outdoor lighting that can stand up to Mother Nature. Sophia recently updated some of the exterior lighting on her historic home which was built in 1840. An addition was put on in the 1990s, and Sophia bought the... Read More
Surrounded by palm trees and the warm salt air of the nearby Intracoastal Waterway, Doug of Lighthouse Point, Florida, has no trouble feeling like he lives in the Sunshine State. His home, however, lacked the old Florida feel he wanted, so he started remodeling to bring some Key West character and charm to the late 1960s-era home.
“I tried to make the house look like an old Florida home with lap board siding and tongue-and-groove accents,” Doug says. When he started looking for exterior lighting, he wanted something that would last.
“I had some fixtures that didn’t last a year, so I wanted something durable for our salt air environment,”... Read More
Today we consider the humble garden shed. This utilitarian structure takes on many forms — from a simple lean-to to one of those two-story, metal monstrosities dropped on your lawn by the local big-box store.
Every now and then we find a customer who raises the bar on garden shed design, and today we feature Susan in Pennsylvania who did just that. A horticulturist and botanical illustrator, Susan owns a fair amount of garden equipment.
“I wanted my tools to be readily at hand,” Susan explains. “I wanted them to be housed in a structure that would not only be functional but also add charm to the landscape.” Susan turned to Ken Smith,... Read More
With fall trend forecasts spreading like wildfire, we can’t help but ponder the history behind them. Words like “rustic” and “utilitarian” are commonplace influences on the list — but why?
The utilitarian lifestyle emphasizes the pursuit of function and happiness. It makes sense that surrounding ourselves with purpose-filled objects inspire us to be more industrious. As much as we love baubles and bookends, nothing beats a beautifully crafted product that reminds us of our hard-working roots.
1. No-fuss design draws attention to the Hudson’s sturdy composition. From hearty steel legs to a recycled Merritt... Read More
They say the devil is in the details. David simply wanted to update his exterior lighting. But a persistent leak in his 12-year-old home in Argyle, Texas, turned a simple lighting change into major reconstruction.
“We wanted to change the location of the lights,” David explains. “But first we had to remove all of the upstairs brick, correctly wrapping and flashing the upstairs, and then re-brick.” Finally, a solid facade for new lights! While the old lights faced upwards, David decided to mount lights at the top of the windows to provide stylish down lighting. He chose four 13″ Wheeler™ Bomber Wall Sconces with a Black finish.
“We... Read More