As a certified building contractor and owner of Little Yellow House, Inc., Don Gelsinger spends a lot of time thinking about other people’s spaces. Last year, however, he and his wife, Andrea, took a hard look at their own space and realized they needed to separate their home-based business from their personal space.
“We built a new detached garage/office suite last year,” Andrea says, noting that “it was the best idea we ever had!” Since their neighborhood is on the shores of Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida, the couple live a “salty life” where they boat, fish, and take advantage of the chamber-of-commerce weather year... Read More
When Lisa purchased a small, older home on Cape Cod, she hoped to simply expand the space to suit her needs. But, on the advice of her builder, Lisa started from scratch and rebuilt.
“Since the house is on the Cape, I definitely wanted it to be beachy and casual,” Lisa says. “I wanted an all-white palette with pops of color coming out in the lighting and accessories.” The new, open floor plan includes a kitchen space that is the hub of activity. Although she initially chose some chrome-and-glass pendants for the island, Lisa started seeing barn lighting on Houzz and was intrigued. She dug into the Barn Light Electric website and, upon... Read More
For more than 20 years, the good folks at Southern Living have inspired us with their annual Idea House. With an ensemble of talented architects and designers descending upon a new location each year, a showcase home is born chock full of color, texture, and creativity. Back in 2011, the team, including San Antonio architect Michael G. Imber, traveled to the central Texas Hill Country to create a rambling European style home that utilized native building materials in a nod to its southern landscape.
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California is undeniably the country’s most environmentally conscious state where everyone from the governor’s office to small local businesses aim to reduce their carbon footprint through energy-efficient building design and renewable energy options. One of the state’s many green builders is Boa Constructor Green Building & Design which has been specializing in natural and sustainable building practices since 1980. Located in the Santa Cruz area, their design team recently tackled a “modern barn” addition that features wood elements in fir, a corrugated metal wall, and porcelain enamel barn lighting.
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When Diane and her husband moved into their home on the Jersey Shore two years ago, they felt that the dated kitchen needed a lot of work. Diane found, however, that with a few key upgrades, what the couple thought would be a complete gutting of the space turned into a mini makeover instead. “We replaced the Formica countertop with soapstone, added a tumbled slate backsplash, and changed the light fixtures,” Diane says. “With a professional steam cleaning of the floor, it looks like a complete remodel!” Diane chose the flirty and fun Ivanhoe® Seaside Radial Wave Porcelain Pendant Light for the new look.
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