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
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m ready for spring. Ready to throw open the windows and let fresh air in, ready to wear flip flops every day, and ready to clean my garage from top to bottom. Nothing makes me happier than making our garage a space that we can actually use.
If you’re looking for a little garage inspiration, Ron from Mims, Florida, sent us some photos of his garage after he recently upgraded the lighting.Read More
When the city of Portland approved the consumption of beer on brewery premises back in the 1980s, the floodgates, or perhaps the taps, were opened in this Oregon city. Portland currently holds the title for having the most breweries of any city in the world, but there’s a new taproom on the block that may just give die hard beer drinkers a new taste to savor.
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cidery & Taproom opened last summer and is everything we’d expect from a Portland business — focused on local products with an eye towards green production processes. The cidery and taproom were created in an old book bindery in Northeast Portland that had been vacant for years.Read More