When visitors come to your home, the first thing they notice is the lighting in your stairway, right?
This oft-overlooked space may seem the perfect place to save on the lighting budget, but why not create passages that play an integral part of your home’s overall design?
That new Barn Chandelier over your dining room table is a show-stopper! Continue the look and the quality of the lighting into the adjacent stairway for a seamless transition from one space to the next.
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With a long history dating back to the civil war, Summerfield Farms has seen its share of crops raised, cows milked, and families come and go. Today, grass-fed cattle still roam the hillsides and acres of crops thrive in the temperate climate of North Carolina’s Piedmont region. But the farm has undergone a renaissance of sorts under the guidance of Barbour Spangle Design out of High Point, NC.
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With the turkey carcass simmering on the stove and strings of lights waiting to be hung, it can only mean one thing. The annual hunt for the perfect gift is on. I know those overachievers out there are snickering as they wrap gifts bought back in July, but hey, for most of us, shopping starts in earnest with Black Friday.
In case you missed it, our marketing team created three gift guides recently for those searching for the perfect gift. One guide offers suggestions in the $50 and under category, while another ups the ante to the $100 range. And finally, for those on your Very Very Good List, our staffers offered up their favorites in the no-limit-on-the-love... 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