In the northern most corner of New Jersey, Cynthia and her family enjoy a rural lifestyle full of hiking, fishing, camping, and all that the great outdoors offers. Their comfortable farmhouse was brand new when they moved in 19 years ago but has undergone some much-needed renovations recently.
“We have taken our colonial out of the 1990s and updated our bathrooms, kitchen, and living spaces,” Cynthia says. Although Cynthia, who is married and the mother of six children, has a background in biochemistry, she follows her passion for home design and building and has handled much of the renovation work herself. When it came time to update the lighting in her... Read More
The last few weeks of any building project take on a frenetic pace. When Chuck and Jane built their new home in Fairview, North Carolina, last year, the process took longer than expected and, as the weeks wore on, Jane was anxious to get it all done so they could move in. Their gorgeous home was profiled on the blog late last fall here and here.
In the flurry of last-minute details, Jane realized one exterior light didn’t get ordered (to the right of the sliding glass door above). With the building inspector’s visit looming and the Certificate of Occupancy hanging in the balance, Jane had the electrician install a builder-basic fixture in the space.... Read More
Back in September, we met Renee out in Texas who had just completed building both a house and a new barn on her working ranch. Renee’s lighting needs varied from the house to the barn, but she wanted a cohesive look to the spaces since they are close in proximity. She chose Barn Light Electric’s handcrafted barn lights that complement the old-fashioned farmhouse feel to the buildings but with a modern twist of styles and colors.
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In Monday’s post, we met Amanda and Christopher who recently purchased their first home. The initial step for the couple was to repaint the multicolored rooms with a neutral gray to make the house look bigger and provide a softer palette on which to layer furniture and accessories. Along with painting and refinishing wood floors, they paid attention to the smaller details such as updating door knobs and cabinet hardware and replacing run-of-the-mill light fixtures.
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No matter how many houses you call home through the years, the first one is pretty special. For Amanda and her husband, Christopher, the move from a New York apartment to a Cape Cod-style modern farmhouse in Dutchess County was exciting as they started incorporating their own style into the space.
“The first remodel consisted of a new master bathroom, refinishing the hardwood floors, and replacing dated mudroom tiles with wood floors,” Amanda says. “We also replaced all of the light fixtures in the house.” Although she didn’t like the existing lights which were wood and iron with candles, Amanda couldn’t put her finger on exactly what... Read More
Building a new home brings on a host of decisions once the bones are in place. What type of floors, countertops, cabinetry, and yes, what type of lighting will go in each space? When Aaron set about building his dream home in the community of Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms in South Carolina, he had plenty of lighting decisions to make.
“Having American made, locally sourced lighting with LED were all important aspects to this build,” Aaron says. “The ability to customize colors, castings, and illumination were highly appreciated too!” Aaron works for Realty Holding Group who provided extensive design build services for his new... Read More