No one has ever labeled New Orleans as bland. With its gritty edge and profusion of exuberance and culture, the city has made great strides since Mother Nature dealt her Katrina blow 10 years ago. Neighborhoods and business districts are rising up, though many struggle with the challenge of building smarter while still retaining the historic charm and essence that define this unique city.
When Andress Blackwell, President and CEO of Swerve, moved her company into a former manufacturing facility in the Mid-City neighborhood near the heart of the city, her goal was to retain the character of the space first built in the 1950s. The building was home for a time to the... Read More
Emily and her husband Matthew have been searching for the perfect house since they moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2009. He wanted a yard and quiet street while Emily wanted to walk and bike to downtown and be in the center of everything. After seven moves — yes, seven — they finally found the perfect house to make a home.
“This little bungalow checked every item on both of our lists,” Emily says. “I love its character and though it’s completely renovated, the builders did a great job of preserving some of the aspects from its original construction in 1935.” The home is cozy but features tall ceilings and original wood... Read More
What’s better than digging into a plate full of sticky BBQ ribs, crispy fries, and tangy cole slaw? Digging in at Woody’s Bar-B-Q under the warm glow of rustic industrial lighting! Woody’s Cocoa location opened last November and has been serving up amazing pulled pork, beef brisket, and even some mesquite grilled chicken to a steady stream of devoted customers. Fred and Samantha Gumieny, the husband-and-wife team behind this local favorite, wanted to create an atmosphere as inviting as the food they create.
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While we are definitely still in the throes of winter no matter what that pesky groundhog predicted, our minds are wandering ahead to spring when flip flops and tank tops will reign supreme. This is a great time to clean out and spruce up your boat house or dock area so you’ll be ready for that first warm day. Perhaps your nautical lighting needs an upgrade? Wall sconces and pendants for wet locations need to be rugged enough to withstand the environment but who says they can’t be ultra stylish too?
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