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Dramatic Modern Lighting Fixtures: Made in the USA

A modern lifestyle calls for modern lighting. A bold lamp or suspended fixture can be the show-stopper in any room. Today, we’d like to introduce you to a company that, like so many other American success stories, started out with two young guys in a garage,

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post. Please do!Hammerton Studio started small in 1995, selling lighting to the vacation homeowners near their Park City, Utah location.  The company built a following with their unusual practice of using traditional metalworking techniques to create beautiful, modern lighting. Check out some of the dramatic designs below. They are on-sale now at Lumens.
Gem Round Multi-Light Pendant

Tempest Drum Pendant

Skyline Linear Suspension Lighting

More than 150 styles are currently on sale.

Regards, Kathy



Wes Dalgo’s “Urban Rustic” Custom Furniture: Made in Indiana

For me, one of the perks of traveling on business is that sometimes, after hours, I can fit in a visit to an American manufacturer in the area. Recently, I was in Indianapolis and had the opportunity to meet Wes Dalgo and Josh Ford, partners in Wes Dalgo Custom Furniture and Decor.A piece of Machine Age history becomes a unique kitchen island.

Wes used to be a hobby furniture maker with a day job in marketing. When he was downsized and looking for a new job, he decided to make a few pieces of furniture to see if he could sell them. Not only did his furniture sell, but people started coming to him with requests for custom work.
Teaberry Blossom Red and Golden Oak Bakers Cabinet.

When, in 2010, the time came to make a decision on returning to work, Wes realized he had a solid enough base to launch a business instead.Industrial Machine Age Farmhouse Coffee Table

The first pieces were sold on Craigslist, then on Etsy, then eBay. With the addition of Josh (who also had a Marketing background) the Wes Dalgo web site was launched in 2012.  They called their style “rustic urban,” an imaginative style that’s far more authentic and artistic than the cookie cutter “American industrial” furniture coming out of China.

Above is an Industrial Farmhouse Solid wood Kitchen Island Finished in Antique White and Aged Nickel.

What is so nice about the pieces are that they are made from 100% real wood (pine, oak, poplar and reclaimed) and designed to be passed on to the next generation.

Today, there are three other employees building furniture and an office manager that keeps the rest of the business moving forward.  The business is expanding to a new showroom in the June/July timeframe in Clermont. One of the goals is to bring in other artists making handmade goods that will complement the furniture.
Farmhouse style sliding barn door sideboard media cabinet.

What really impressed me was that Wes and Josh really want their custom designs to be heavily influenced by the customer.  All preliminary sketches are done in pencil in anticipation of customer changes. Some might think you need to have a CAD (Computer Aided Design) program but, by the looks of the pieces I saw, both in-person and on the website,  pencil and paper work just fine.




From Barnwood to Beautiful Media Cabinets and Consoles: Made in USA

The industrial look is still going strong as is the demand for recycled materials. Here’s a product line that combines both:

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post. Please do!Wood that once stood as barn walls on the prairies of America has been combined with industrial accents and made into beautiful sets of media cabinets and consoles at the Sundance Catalog . The Sliding Door Media Cabinet has multiple storage shelves and sliding panels that resemble barn doors.The console, too, shares the industrial look combined with a rustic weathered feel.To see more USA-made items, including additional barnwood designs, go here.

Regards, Kathy


Makers of the Famed “Floyd Leg” Expand Product Line

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post. Please do!With the popularity of tiny houses and small-space living, an invention that allows you to make a table disappear was sure to be a hit. That’s what the folks from Floyd accomplished several years ago with the introduction of the Floyd Leg.
We bought a set of coffee table height legs at the time, rounded up some teakwood from a crumbling bench and Voila! A lovely modern piece.   Depending on the top you use, you can stow it away, use it as a piece of wall art, etc., so it allows your creative side to shine through.
So what’s new from Floyd?  Well, check out the Floyd Platform Bed. It’s a similar concept to the table, but results in a minimalist sleeping environment.The new Floyd Coat Rack is capable of holding up to 25 lbs of stuff. Use your imagination – this is a utility piece and you can hang a lamp on it if you are so inclined.We’ve also purchased the taller table legs and stored them away until our planned down-sizing. We love the fact that the items are made in America, are minimalist and super functional.



New Space Age Wall Art: Made in USA

Retro space images are back in style! Brighten up your walls with the once-futuristic artwork of mid-Century America.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post. Please do!The collection of retro Space Age wall art shown here is, well…out of this world! No need to frame these beauties – they are already printed on stretched canvas with fade-resistant inks. Design inspirations range from the 1930s through the 1960s.Check out the full collection here..