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.
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 love the rustic look. We’ve always had a passion for log cabins, lodges, and the outdoors, and this look went along with the theme,” David says. “Plus my mom grew up in northern Wisconsin and had a barn on her property, so we are bringing that look to our home as well.” While some people know exactly what they want when they start looking for lighting, David took his time before landing on the Wheeler™ Bombers.
“This was a very tough decision and took me a long time,” he says. “We went with these because we like the depth of the bowl and the black color brings out the black in some of our brick. Since it can get quite hot here in Texas during the summer months, I wanted a finish that would hold up to the extreme heat and sun rays.” David’s American made wall sconces will have no trouble keeping their glossy look for years to come thanks to the porcelain enamel finish that was baked onto the hand-spun shade. Porcelain enamel is one finish that will never fade or corrode — even in the Texas sun!
“They really pop on our brick wall and add a special look to our home. It’s not a look you tend to see everywhere and they make our home unique in its own special way,” David says. “We love our lights and they look incredible at night. It was quite an ordeal, but now we have a non-leaking house and awesome lights.”
Photos courtesy of the homeowner
The old saying that the kitchen is the heart of the home was surely coined in Jana’s house. Our Featured Customer built her home on a cattle ranch and hay farm in Eastern Oregon 22 years ago. At the time, she had three children and her kitchen seemed huge.
“Then our family grew to seven children, four of which are married now, and we will soon have eight grandchildren,” Jana says. “We outgrew the kitchen years ago, but it took us awhile to decide to remodel.” The family spends many hours every day in the kitchen. Winters are long in Oregon and there is a cozy fireplace at one end of the room. And summers are busy with haying seven days a week.Read More
We were in for a treat when Lauren, our photographer, stumbled across one of our new favorite vacation locations—the Mermaid Cottages. Their charming interiors full of vibrant walls, rustic accents, and shabby chic décor captivated us–of course we had to be their friends! We were inspired by their many rental cottages located on Tybee Island, so today’s Style Me Sunday is all about the “cottage charm, coastal calm” of their Inlet Breeze master bedroom.Read More
Family heirlooms can take many forms. Grandma’s favorite brooch is nice; Uncle Eddie’s collection of 1940s Popular Mechanic, not so much. Today’s Featured Customers, Diane and Jim of Washington, Vermont, hit the jackpot when it comes to family heirlooms. They recently took ownership of the family farmhouse which was built in 1850. Like most old homes, this treasure needed some updating.
“We just completed the kitchen renovation,” Diane says. “The old kitchen dated back to the 1940s or 50s.” Diane and Jim chose American-made Porcelain Barn Lighting to complete the look of their new kitchen. They chose a classic light in the Ivanhoe™ Sinclair Graniteware Porcelain Pendant. Two 10″ pendants, in Cobalt Blue with White and customized with a polished nickel socket and knob switch, were hung over the sink area with black cotton twist cords. Then a 12″ pendant in the same finish color and options was placed over the island.Read More