Modern Antiquity

A blog by Lisa McDaniel

To Match or Not To Match – Plumbing Fixtures, Decorative Lighting , and Other Ornamental Metals

The Questions: “Do my plumbing fixtures need to be the same color as my lighting fixtures?” “Should my cabinet hardware match my stainless refrigerator or my champagne colored island lights?” “Is there a rule about mixing gold and silver metals?”   The Answers: No, nope, and absolutely not. To quote the wisdom of my precious [...]

By | 2018-02-12T19:10:18+00:00 February 12th, 2018|

A Little Bling Never Hurt a Thing

Cheesy, I know. But I’ve been waiting months to write that! This blog post is a love letter to anyone with a fear of shiny things that sparkle and glimmer. I’ve heard it all. “That chandelier is too…much.” “Nope. That light is too old-fashioned.” “I like rustic metals. And chandeliers are just .”too…girly.” “No way. [...]

By | 2018-02-06T00:52:23+00:00 February 6th, 2018|

The House Whisperer-A Lake House Renovation

This project was an unfamiliar experience for a number of reasons. First, it was a hardcore renovation, a switch from the shiney new construction we’re typically asked to build. And perhaps even more unusually, it was a project jointly undertaken with friends. We loved both of these new notions--fun all the way around. But after [...]

By | 2018-01-30T01:30:12+00:00 January 18th, 2018|

The Restoration Business-it’s not what you think

The Restoration Business—it’s not what you think. I bet you’re thinking this is another post about construction, huh? Nope, it’s not. Not today. It’s about restoration of a different sort altogether. Confession time—life has been a bit too busy for me lately. The long lists of to do’s, the hectic pace of my day, the [...]

By | 2018-02-10T21:26:20+00:00 October 10th, 2017|

How to Choose A Wall Color

I'm not entirely certain when or how it happened, but color is one of my emotional sweet spots. The right wall color evokes strong reactions from me.  I see a bright yellow flower, and I'm immediately happy.  Scarlet lipstick conjures mental images of my beautiful mother and her feminine stilettos.  A soft blue sky soothes [...]

By | 2018-01-30T01:30:12+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|

Lisa McDaniel

Lisa and her husband, Beau, are co-owners of C.Mac Construction and Antiquity. Through individualized collaboration with clients, Lisa helps design houses specific to the form and function of each particular family. Her mission is inspiring families to use creativity and originality when bringing to life the spaces they will soon call home.

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