I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Atlanta where I attended the Design Bloggers Conference along with more than 400 bloggers, interior designers, and suppliers from around the country. The experience was invigorating and not just because one of the free gifts was a German-made shower head with a massaging whirl spray!
The lineup of speakers included the lovely and always entertaining Candice Olson, host of HGTV’s Divine Design and Candice Tells All. She dished about her background, her inspirations, and her thoughts on lighting.Read More
“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
Sometimes a garage just isn’t big enough for all the stuff of life. From gardening tools to bikes to various holiday decorations, the items that can’t stay stashed in the living room need to find a home somewhere. In an effort to actually park the car in the garage, some homeowners opt to build a shed. These outbuildings run the gamut from simple to stunning, but classic gooseneck lighting is a must have!Read More
So now that you are familiar with all the wonderful characteristics of porcelain enamel lighting, you’ve decided to take the plunge! As one of the hardest and longest lasting finishes you can buy, porcelain enamel is the best choice for exterior lighting, but that oh-so-shiny surface makes it stylish enough for indoor applications too. But how do you decide which fixture is right for your space? Look no further than Barn Light Electric’s Pinterest boards for inspiration!
There you can find all sorts of lights collected on boards categorized by color, room, and design. For example, if your garage could use some task lighting, check out our Home Exteriors and Garage Design board. This beautiful red Ivanhoe™ Avalon Warehouse Porcelain Pendant adds the perfect splash of color to this utilitarian space.
Or if sprucing up your kids’ room is on the chore list for this fall, consider our Bunk and Bedroom Decor board where you’ll find loads of inspiration like this delightful yellow and gray nursery topped off with a Benjamin™ Dino Porcelain Stem Mount Light. That porcelain finish will be much easier to keep clean than a two-year-old!
We also have Pinterest boards classified by color so if you know what color you’re looking for, browse our color boards for the perfect fixture. The I Dream of Jadite board is quite popular as the creamy mint color is one of the hottest design colors of the year. Aren’t these Jadite Benjamin™ Bomber Pendants just gorgeous?
And if you just like to browse design boards, don’t miss the Utilitarian Chic board which features a pin of our adorable Porcelain Enamel Cups. These handy vessels are perfect for ice cream and juice or as decorative vases for all your fall flowers! Be inspired!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
When Wes Prince first saw his future home in Merida, a 500-year-old city on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, no one would have blamed him if he had completely leveled the place and built something new. But Wes saw the character of what he lovingly calls “the ruin” and transformed it into a stylish, functional, and inviting space with a definitive nod to its history. Wes chronicled the 59-week process on a Facebook page where friends and family could watch as the workers raised beams, poured concrete, installed new colorful tiling, and added a pool and rooftop patio.Read More