There’s nothing more quintessentially cozy than a perfectly appointed farmhouse during the holiday season (or any season, for that matter!). This rustic, comforting aesthetic just begs for friends and family to gather, for fireplaces to be lit, and for long nights spent curled up on the couch with a good book. But you don’t have to live on a farm to get the farmhouse look. With a few key elements, you can bring farmhouse style to your home, wherever your home is.
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While many people opt to live near their workplace to cut down on commuting, Courtney and Aristides choose to live where their hearts belong. And that magical place is on the Rockaway Peninsula in the New York City borough of Queens. Avid surfers, the couple wanted a place close to the ocean with easy access to the waves.
“We both may work a little far from where we live, but the natural beauty and solitude on the peninsula coupled with great surf makes it too hard for us to give up,” Courtney says. “It’s a really nice sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.” An independent interior designer, Courtney works in both residential... Read More
As hard as I try, my nightstand always overflows. This small, but oh-so-functional piece of furniture holds the iHome, my stack of nighttime reading, a notepad and pen, plus a lamp. Then I spotted this blog post by Brooke Christen over on Nesting with Grace. Brass wall sconces not only free up space on the night stand, but they offer an elegant statement in Brooke’s master bedroom.
“Our bedroom is on the smallish side,” Brooke says. “It measures about 11′ x 12′ without much room for night stands.” Brooke has lived in her 1950s-era Connecticut home for almost two years. Although the room was painted almost immediately, it... Read More
When does a renovation take on a life of its own and become a full-gut, strip-to-the-bones remodel? For Cynthia, the moment came when her contractor found previously undetected termite damage in her Ocean Springs, Mississippi, cottage. The cottage was run down, having sat empty for years. But had she known the true extent of the damage, Cynthia admits the structure would likely have been torn down.
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Over the years, Barn Light Electric has had the pleasure of working with the designers behind some of TV’s best home improvement shows. These experts have seen it all – from the most outdated kitchens in the country to the smallest homes on the globe. The challenges they regularly face have made them true design ninjas, constantly thinking outside the box to serve up creative yet functional designs for their hungry audiences. Below, some of our favorite lessons learned while watching these pros in action.
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Last week we visited with Kirsten Grove, of the blog Simply Grove, as she revealed the transformation of her living room that included a Downtown Minimalist Brass Adjustable Wall Sconce near the fireplace. Today, Kirsten shares the remodel of her master bedroom where a modern brass chandelier adds interest to the mostly white space.
“When we first walked into this room, it felt dark and lonely,” Kirsten says. “I wanted to make the room come to life so naturally we painted everything white and textured the ceiling to get rid of the popcorn.” The house has strong bones and is a mid-century masterpiece, and Kirsten plans to stay true to the... Read More