When does a renovation take on a life of its own and become a full-gut, strip-to-the-bones remodel? For Cynthia, the moment came when her contractor found previously undetected termite damage in her Ocean Springs, Mississippi, cottage. The cottage was run down, having sat empty for years. But had she known the true extent of the damage, Cynthia admits the structure would likely have been torn down.
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In Monday’s blog post, we visited with Mary Ann of Will County, Illinois, as she shared pics of the interior of her new home filled with porcelain enamel lights and copper pendants. Today, we take a walk outside where Mary Ann chose classic wall lights to highlight the exterior. Buying quality, American-made lighting was high on Mary Ann’s list as she searched for new lights.
“While not the least expensive option, buying Barn Light Electric fixtures has been an investment worth making,” she says. “You cannot find lights of this quality anywhere else. I cannot tell you how many websites I searched and how many products got... Read More
Dawn is a farm girl at heart.
“I grew up around lots of grain bins and working on the farm so I enjoy old tin and anything with a bit of an industrial or rustic feel,” she says. It’s no surprise that the remodel of her kitchen and dining room features a back splash made from roof flashing, a bar covered in upcycled corrugated tin, and some retro schoolhouse lighting.
Combining the kitchen and dining room meant tearing out a wall in the mid-century home. Dawn rents the home from her parents so she was conscious of the budget as she looked for lighting.
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We’re always on the lookout for new and interesting design blogs, and our latest discovery — House 214 Design — is a visual delight. Writer Melinda McCoy uses her background in teaching and love of design to inspire readers to look at every design decision, no matter how small, as an opportunity to make an impression.
“For me, design isn’t about a look, but a feeling,” Melinda says. “A feeling that is about emotion and, simply put, feels right to you and your home. It is that ‘something’ when you walk into a space that just feels right.”
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A room’s design often starts with a single element. A favorite fixture perhaps. A must-have piece of furniture. Or, in Debbie’s case, a favorite color. While “dancing around” Pinterest, Debbie found her dream space — a log home kitchen complete with red cabinets.
“I really wanted the red-and-white color scheme,” Debbie says. “I bought a set of vintage red salt-and-pepper shakers, then a friend gave me a sugar-and-creamer set in red milk glass from her mom’s old kitchen.” Working with Hearthstone Log Homes, Debbie and her husband created their new log home in Ohio where Debbie’s dream kitchen turned into a... Read More