When it comes to lighting, some people look strictly at style — does this particular light make the statement I want in my kitchen?
Others search for the perfect finish color to complement the new paint in the bedroom.
For Mary, who recently built a new home and barn in Hardee County, Florida, having fixtures made in the USA was most important.
“My number one criteria was American made, and it was a bonus to find fixtures made in Florida as well,” Mary says. “I was searching for fixtures that would complement a farmhouse style but with a modern twist, and Barn Light Electric fixtures are perfect. I love supporting the local economy as... Read More
We have enjoyed watching Christina work on her 1902 Victorian home for almost a year now. We follow her progress, along with a host of other fans, on her blog Christina’s Adventures where she chronicles the ups and downs of living in and renovating an older home.
One of the last spaces she tackled was the first space people would see coming into the home — the entryway and hallway.
“It was our last major piece of our downstairs area, so there was a light at the end of the tunnel,” Christina says. “But it was hard because we couldn’t simply shut a door and have the mess contained in a room. We welcomed guests into a hallway filled... Read More
After Mike and Veronica moved into their Fullerton, California, home last year, they were happy that the home itself didn’t need major attention or repairs. Originally built in the 1940s and renovated in 2000, the 3,000-square-foot, hacienda-style home simply needed an upgrade in the exterior lighting.
“Structurally, we haven’t changed our house,” Veronica says. “All of the work that we have done is aesthetic. We wanted to replace all of the old and outdated existing light fixtures.”
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If you grew up watching The Brady Bunch in the early 70s, you probably remember the Jack-and-Jill bathroom shared by the kids in that famous family. While having three boys and three girls share a bathroom is hardly reality TV, the shared layout of a Jack-and-Jill space is one that architects and interior designers often recommend to families with multiple children.
For Mike in Lebanon, Indiana, a shared bathroom with two doors works well for his son and daughter. The siblings share the sink and vanity area while the shower and toilet are in a separate space. Interior designer Michele Boggs of MB Designs, worked with Mike to personalize the shared space with paint... Read More
Elizabeth admits that living in a quaint, coastal town just north of Boston has its advantages.
“Marblehead is a quintessential New England coastal town with one of the most beautiful harbors,” she says. “In the summer, it is home to more than 2,000 boats.” Her home is lovingly dubbed Cowgirl’s Coastal Cottage, and, with two adults, two kids, and a large chocolate lab named Moses in residence, sees a lot of wet, sandy, muddy feet and paws. Elizabeth, who goes by Eli, found herself spending too much time wiping up dirty paw prints and sweeping the floor, so she knew it was time to turn her rotting back deck into a more usable, enclosed mud... Read More