We love it when customers share photos of their lighting renovations with us, and when Becki Anderson of Liberty, Missouri, recently posted photos to our Facebook page, it was big news indeed! Becki’s home was featured on the cover of the Summer issue of VintageKC magazine! The feature showcased the six-month remodeling that Becki and husband Steve tackled when they bought the 115-year-old home.Read More
With the US economy still struggling six years after the recession took hold, more consumers than ever are focusing on American made products. From locally grown foods and craft beer to clothing and yes, even barn lighting, consumers are realizing that the American-made label translates not only to jobs but to an amazing range of quality products. There is even a growing movement, reported today by CNBC, among American manufacturers to create and export their products as part of a strategic growth plan.Read More
Some people look at an old building and see nothing but a future demolition site. Architects often see much more.
When Andrew Van Leeuwen, partner and lead architect with BUILD in Seattle, Washington, first spied the future home of Creative LIVE in San Francisco, he could tell the building had undergone a series of unfortunate remodels. But the building’s original “grit and texture” survived, and the BUILD team worked painstakingly to revive the historical charm of this 1920s-era industrial brick building.Read More
Schoolhouse lighting was a staple in public buildings in the mid 20th century when bare light bulbs on cords were first covered by opaque glass shades. At the new Cooperstown Distillery, located in historic Cooperstown, New York, the owners remodeled an old warehouse and chose schoolhouse lights to give the space a distinctive mid century look.
“The building has served as a warehouse for carriage building, a Rotary meeting house, and most recently a grain storage building,” says Gene Marra, owner and distiller. “It took six months to prepare the space but the actual distillery business was five years in the making.”
A fully operational distillery producing the finest varietals of bourbon, gin and vodka, Cooperstown Distillery celebrates the history and culture of Cooperstown and America’s favorite pastime.
Gene chose the Primary Schoolhouse Stem Mount Pendant to highlight the main room which is used for special events such as weddings, dinners, fundraisers, private parties and even film fest screenings.
“We needed to light the warehouse-type space but wanted to add some nostalgic charm,” Gene says. “The schoolhouse pendants perfectly filled the void in the ‘air space’ and the black bands add a little pop. People notice and admire them more.” The large size ceiling pendants are customized with a galvanized stem and opaque painted bands of Black.
The American made Primary Schoolhouse Light features hand spun glass and a rugged stem mount that is suitable for damp locations.
Behind the bar, Gene chose 10″ Angle Shade Gooseneck Sign Lights to bring attention to their signage and logo.
“We chose the black goosenecks because they are very striking against our wood and stainless logo,” Gene says. “And since they’re mounted close to the ceiling, they cast plenty of light downward.” Inspired by vintage sign lights, these angled shades can handle up to a 200 watt bulb so they offer plenty of light for signs, landscaping, and other facade details.
“What we like most about our lights is that they are functional, reliable, attractive, and are of good quality,” Gene says. “They allowed us to add some character and nostalgia to our space without losing functionality.”
Photos courtesy of Cooperstown Distillery and Richard Walker PhotoRead More
A seaside home can take on a number of different personalities from your basic beachy style to a high-end yacht look. Common themes, however, that run through many beach homes include plenty of windows, a color palette of crisp white mixed with blues and greens, and nautical style lighting.
This gorgeous home, located in Narrangansett, Rhode Island, is a bit further up the scale from “basic” but, with some interesting lighting choices both inside and out, takes on a style that gives a nod to its waterfront roots plus a hint of industrial style too. The home was renovated under the careful eyes of Ronald F. DiMauro Architects and Pastore Builders.
In one of the living areas, the team chose the Amidships Bulkhead Wall Mount Light to flank the television cabinet and windows.
“The bulkhead lights contribute to the nautical style,” says Laurie Keene. “Having the industrial look of these fixtures inside the home makes the nautical feeling more beachy.” These bulkhead fixtures were customized with a Black finish and a frost ribbed lens which provide a nice contrast against the white walls.
The master bedroom features an octagonal design with a vaulted ceiling to take every possible advantage of the stunning view.
“We didn’t want one large fixture hanging from the center, so the bullet lighting was a way to have interesting fixtures on the vaulted ceiling,” Laurie explains. The Bullet Cast Guard is a compact sconce that provides plenty of light through its rugged cast guard design. The glass can be customized with frosted, ribbed, or colored options. For a sleeker look, the Bullet Wire Guard offers the same compact style with slender wire guards.
“Goosenecks are long, thin and protrude off the wall,” Laurie says. “We liked that the barn sconces are stout. They fit better with the exterior massing.” The team chose an oil rubbed bronze finish for the wall sconces.
“The finish looks great against the white paint and gave a slightly higher scale cottage feel,” Laurie adds. With so many lighting choices to make when building or renovating, Laurie offers this advice to homeowners.
“Size up! We choose larger sizes than you would think in order to make any space, interior or exterior, human scale,” she says. “Our exterior fixtures are usually at least 16″. We feel that oversized and appropriate lighting fixtures can really add to the detailing of the building.”
Accessories in the home are like frosting on a cake — an extra something that can either be bland and basic or distinct and dramatic. A vintage clock, for example, can simply tell you the time or it can add its own dynamic punch to a room.
When Sarah and her husband Matt built a new home on their 1,000-acre ranch in Oklahoma last year, she wanted to display a special canvas wrap of one of their engagement photos.
“It was taken by my cousin, Sarah Adams with Yellow Chair Photography, at my parent’s ranch where I grew up and where they still live,” Sarah explains. “I’m not a fan of traditional artwork lighting, and when I was browsing the Barn Light Electric website one day, I got this idea.” The idea was to use one of our gooseneck sign lights to highlight the photo where it would be installed over the fireplace mantel.
Sarah chose the 10″ Emblem Shade Gooseneck Sign Light with a Bronze finish. She customized this replica gas station light with a 15″ gooseneck arm to give just the right projection away from the rock fireplace.
“Our style throughout the house is comfortable, and to me, this light is rustic, charming and purposeful,” Sarah explains. “I chose the bronze because my husband wouldn’t let me do red!” Sarah and Matt served as general contractors for their building project. They installed a light box before the mason laid the rock, and though they had to enlarge the hole somewhat, it worked out well during installation.
“To be honest, I love the way it all came together. When you pick out every little thing, you start to wonder if it will all look good together,” Sarah says. “It’s one thing to purchase a cool light. It’s an entirely different thing to buy a light that will look good with the rock that you haven’t picked out yet, with paint colors that you’ve only seen on a swatch, and with flooring that’s still stacked in boxes.” Sarah and Matt’s vision came together beautifully, and they love how the Emblem Shade highlights their special photo.
“We purchased a lot of lighting and we unpacked and installed every piece of it,” Sarah says. “Your lights are of high quality materials, very sturdy, well packed, and made in the USA. I appreciate the workmanship. It was worth every penny.”
Photos courtesy of the homeowner and Yellow Chair PhotographyRead More