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
In her search for new kitchen lighting for her northern Virginia home, Lauren Liess wanted an alternative to traditional can lighting.
“Because our house is a Cape Cod, I looked to old colonial kitchens for inspiration,” Lauren says. “I wanted the kitchen to feel light and airy, very accessible, and easy to work in.”
Lauren and her husband David own an interior design firm and textiles company and have been renovating their home for almost a year. Lauren created a clean and modern layout with open cabinetry balanced with rustic touches. She found the perfect alternative to can lighting in the Kao Flush Mount Pendant.
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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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Saavy interior designers know that the work environment affects not only our mood but also our productivity. When the creative minds at Maison Blue Design Group tackled a remodel for Guided Discoveries, Inc. in San Juan Capistrano, California, they used colorful barn lights to create an uplifting and playful space that embodies the spirit of the science and marine biology camp.
“The client’s main goal was to create a fun office environment that encourages collaboration and creativity,” says Emily Turner, interior designer with Maison Blue. “We wanted to bring the spirit of the camp environment into the business office.” The inspiration... Read More