“Master the mix” could become the interior design mantra for 2014. The art of being able to mix old and new elements for an updated, yet classic design is the goal for many homeowners looking for the latest amenities in their spaces yet longing for vintage character too. In this industrial farmhouse kitchen, the exposed beams and vintage chairs around the farm table speak to years gone by while modern shelving and sleek stainless appliances add a modern touch. The RLM-style warehouse shades also breathe a whisper from the past with their generous span of light focusing on the center work station.Read More
One of the most basic functions of good lighting is to establish a mood within a space. And I’m not talking candles or a dimmer switch on the dining room pendants. The mood is set not only with the illumination but with the fixture itself, and nowhere is this more important than in commercial operations. When customers and employees enter your building, you want the lighting to be functional and to set a tone for the environment that makes customers feel welcome and employees feel happy!Read More
You never know what you’ll find at the flea market! Our friends at the Red Brick Barn, a rustic, two-story retreat in central Victoria, Australia, found some vintage warehouse shades at a local flea market and repurposed them for use in their communal dining room. The shades sported the classic green enamel finish when found at the flea market but were spray painted an off-white color leaving a hint of green showing at the rim as an accent.Read More
This cozy and comfortable farmhouse, located in northwest Washington near the U.S. border with Canada, has plenty of color and texture to provide visual interest and create an inviting atmosphere. From the warm wood beams to the stone surround on the fireplace, this home has plenty of rustic charm. To complement the rustic decor, Robert, our featured homeowner, chose two cord hung barn pendants for over the kitchen sink. These Sydney Cord Hung Pendants lend an industrial look to Robert’s space and have a unique uplight feature that lets light escape over the top of the shade thanks to the cast guard and glass design.This American made pendant comes in four shade sizes and more than a dozen powder coat finish colors that offer a rainbow of choices. Robert chose a Galvanized finish for his 14″ shades that also feature a matching Galvanized guard and clear glass. You may wish to choose a contrasting color for the guard and either frosted or ribbed glass. To top off this rugged fixture, customize it with a standard cord or a cotton cord for even more color.Read More
When you live in a place that saw settlers as early as the 1600s and your own home is more than 100 years old, you feel a sense of responsibility to respect the history and vernacular of the place. Especially when remodeling! Our friends at the design firm of Schappacher White Ltd., in Lower Manhatten, recently undertook the full renovation of a 1904 farmhouse on Shelter Island located at the eastern end of Long Island. The renovation included an addition, swimming pool, and site planning. The goal was to use as many reclaimed materials as possible along with modern pieces that would layer the history of the space with today’s amenities. The kitchen boasts a traditional farmhouse feel with open shelving, white beadboard cabinetry, wood floors, and two delicate barn pendants highlighting the center island.
These pendants look much like our Barn Light Homestead Pendant, a classic, glass shade pendant that will bring a vintage touch to any space. At 10″ wide and 8″ high, the Homestead is a great choice for kitchen islands, over the sink, or perhaps in a reading nook. This fixture comes in five different shade choices including Clear Ribbed Glass, Milk Glass, or a beautiful vintage Green Glass. The cup can be finished in one of more than 12 finish colors so you can keep a traditional look with Black or White or go with something a little jazzier such as Barn Red, Industrial Grey, or Royal Blue. This American-made light can be hung with either a standard black or white cord and it can handle up to a 200 watt bulb.
If you’re opting for a vintage look, be sure to check out our sister website at Vintage Barn Lighting where you will find an extensive collection of Glass Shade Pendants including Milk Glass Shades, Holpohane Glass, and Cased Glass.
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When one of our Featured Customers moved his family of four from Illinois to California a couple of years ago, he knew they would need extra storage space. Their modest, 1,700-square-foot home has no attic or basement — space they’d grown used to having in their old home. So the solution was to build an industrial-style barn on his property in San Luis Obispo.
“It’s a 2,400-square-foot, corrugated steel barn that we use mainly for storage while we plan to build a new house on the property,” Ray says. “Plus it’s a great place for the pool table!” Ray picked up on the edgy look and feel of the corrugated steel when he customized his new barn lighting by selecting a Galvanized finish for the Ivanhoe Pendant Lights over the pool table.
The 16″ shade of the Ivanhoe Pendant Light is perfect for a pool table as its wide span of downward directed light means Ray will never miss a bank shot to the corner pocket. It also works well over kitchen islands and dining room tables. This pendant features a slotted neck design that allows bands of light to fan out across the shade, and the linear lines give it a somewhat Mid Century feel, while the warehouse shade itself offers a timeless look. In addition to the Galvanized finish, there are 20 other finish colors to choose from for the American-made Ivanhoe Pendant including Red, Patina, or Polished Aluminum.
While Ray chose a standard black cord for his lighting, this fixture can also be stem mounted. And the glass can be customized with different colors and textures — Ray went with a frosted glass for his pool table lights. And while Ray’s new barn is filling up fast with all of the stuff of family life, he and his wife are dreaming of their new home. They plan to include more barn style lighting to keep with the utilitarian and classic style of their coastal California environment. Keep us posted, Ray!