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
Drawing from the nautical and industrial lighting fixtures of the early 20th century, our collection of Rustic Lighting offers a rugged alternative to flimsy, big box store lights.
Vintage nautical lights — think bulkhead lighting — and vapor lights featured a rugged cast guard and glass that offered protection to the bulb in hazardous work environments like factories and warehouses. While these were super functional, they were hardly stylish.
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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
For many people who build a new home, lighting is often one of the last details to tackle. It’s down the home stretch just when you think the contractor will never finish and the work crew has become a permanent part of the family. Steve’s new home, built on the scenic New River in Ashe County near Jefferson, North Carolina, was an exception.
“It was my dream to use white cedar shakes from Maine and coordinate with dark green,” Steve says. To create the perfect look that he had long imagined, Steve purchased the exterior lighting early in the process then had his painter match the trim to the lights.
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When Nancy decided that the bathroom in her mid-century ranch home needed a facelift, she wanted to upgrade the 50-year-old sink and toilet, but she didn’t want to lose all of the detailing that she loves so much.
“The bath is a beautiful 1950s icon,” Nancy says. “I love its pink tile with teal accents that feature a small wavelike pattern around the circumference of the room.” Nancy lightened up the room by painting over the pink walls and ceiling and added bright white porcelain fixtures. With those details done, she went shopping for a vanity light.
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