There was once a time when you built a new home, you wanted it to look, well, new! In recent years, however, I hear many customers say their goal for a new build is a classic look; a home with character and time-worn details.
When Nate decided to build a barn on his property in Plympton, Massachusetts, he too wanted a more traditional look and feel to his new building.
“We live in a small town with a rural feel and we were trying to capture that New England barn charm,” Nate says. “Even though it’s new, we wanted the barn to appear as though it could have been here for 100 years.” Nate worked with the design team at The Barn Yard in... Read More
Many renovation projects start with a simple idea. Let’s try a different color paint. How about new wall sconces in the hallway? We need a new dishwasher.
And like a stack of dominoes, perched precariously close together, once one item is knocked off the list, a second one suddenly needs attention.
And so it was for Diane Kaufman, our good friend and head mermaid at Mermaid Cottages. A frequent visitor to Key West, Diane fell in love with a rental cottage there and snapped it up. The cottage was in good shape but once she started freshening the place up, things started to snowball.
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As hard as I try, my nightstand always overflows. This small, but oh-so-functional piece of furniture holds the iHome, my stack of nighttime reading, a notepad and pen, plus a lamp. Then I spotted this blog post by Brooke Christen over on Nesting with Grace. Brass wall sconces not only free up space on the night stand, but they offer an elegant statement in Brooke’s master bedroom.
“Our bedroom is on the smallish side,” Brooke says. “It measures about 11′ x 12′ without much room for night stands.” Brooke has lived in her 1950s-era Connecticut home for almost two years. Although the room was painted almost immediately, it... Read More
Ah, the bathroom. A room in which we all spend a fair amount of time yet is often overlooked when it comes to design and décor. Oh sure, we see those gorgeous spaces on Houzz and Pinterest, but what does your average bathroom really look like? What can you do to give your space a little bling? A little more oomph? Without spending an arm and a leg?
Consider our new Vanity Strip Lighting which offers not only ample light for sinks, mirrors, and vanities but adds a design element that brings its own bit of je ne sais quoi to the space. And who doesn’t need that in a bath?!
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Just a stone’s throw from San Pablo Bay north of San Francisco, lies a beautiful home built in the late 1990s. Like most 20+ year-old homes, some updates were needed when new owners Tom and Krissy took over.
“Let’s just say there was plenty of deferred maintenance,” Tom says. The couple wanted to give the home a good refresh before listing it as a vacation rental — Carneros Barn House — in the popular Sonoma wine country.
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