How do you transform a traditional Florida-style home into a chic urban loft loaded with rustic industrial style? Jim and Nobel could write a primer on how they took their 1960s-era home in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea to the studs and started from scratch.
“We wanted to do a New York-style loft with wide plank flooring, brick walls, cement counters, rustic barn doors, and barn style lighting,” Jim says. “Some call it a refined industrial look.”
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The words “rustic industrial” can be scary to some customers. They imagine big, bulky, factory lights that seem out of place in a home or retail setting. We’re here to show you that rustic industrial lighting can be absolutely gorgeous! Look no further than Rancho Santana, a five-star resort located on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. Rancho Santana recently added a surf shop to their 2,700-acre community which includes American-made lighting from Barn Light Electric.
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In last Friday’s post, we visited Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, where a vintage ceiling fan is turning heads at the Main Lake Market. When Alice Szigethy and her husband purchased the property in 2014, it was in dire need of help.
“This site has a rich history beginning in the 1880s when there was a dance hall, restaurant, picnic grounds, and hotel,” Alice explains.” Although closed during the Depression, the site was reopened and, at different times, featured an amusement part, roller rink, and later, a tavern. In the 1960s, a luncheonette called the Windlass opened which grew into a full-service Italian restaurant.
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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