When Keith Pyontek purchased some flower bulbs from a UK company three years ago, little did he know that he was sowing the seeds for a new venture. As CEO of Re|Structure Design-Build, a central New Jersey remodeling firm, Keith was hired by the bulb company to design an exhibit for the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show, the largest indoor flower show in the world. This collaboration helped launch Keith’s newest baby — Teracottage, a company that creates limited-edition artisan sheds.
The theme for this year’s Flower Show was British Gardens, so Keith and his design team created a proper English garden shed as a central element for the exhibit complete with a few American touches.
“I wanted to capture that Old World feeling and for the shed to have a warm and gracefully worn character,” Keith says. “I also wanted to blend the Old World English with traditional American style.” Keith used a hand-made English clay tile roof that he imported from Europe on the exterior and selected a traditional American-made barn light for the interior ceiling.
“Two opposite sides of the pond, but they work beautifully with each other!” he says. Keith chose the Outback Pendant with an 18″ shade, Galvanized finish, and a Red cast guard and ribbed glass.
“The vibe, the look, the feel of this unit is absolutely perfect for this design,” Keith explains. “This light makes quite a statement, yet it compliments the surrounding environment and harmonizes with all of the shed’s finishes, especially the reclaimed barn wood we used on the interior floor and walls.” The result is a great mix of the old and the new with the barn pendant representing classic, rural American design.
“The new materials and the crisp shape of the light bring yesterday into our today,” Keith notes. “A dash of spice is added with the vivid red guard, and it’s that pinch of contemporary that makes this light a new classic.” The red color used on the door, trims, and legs of the potting bench has a certain British feel and coordinates perfectly with the red cast guard.
“I am very demanding with my design work, and I will go to the ends of the world to get the right pieces for my projects,” Keith says. “I research a lot and Barn Light Electric just nailed it with me.”
Photos courtesy of Den Sweeney Photography