We spent much of the 1970s and ’80s being bombarded with the message that new is better than old. Lease a new car then turn it in and get another new one. Use a new plastic bottle each day instead of filling up a glass. Luckily, there’s been a significant shift of late towards preserving the past. Upcycling, reusing, and repurposing are no longer fringe concepts but words to live by!
Like many people, we love finding old treasures like vintage barn lights. Ones that have been in use for decades and, with a little TLC, can be made like new again for many more years of service. Barn Light Electric grew from the excitement of finding old lighting fixtures made... Read More
The school bell has rung, theme parks are quiet, and the Labor Day picnic is a fading memory. The autumnal equinox must be right around the corner. Fall is a great time to think about your exterior lighting. Nightfall may come earlier but the weather is still great for outdoor activities and meals. There’s no reason to retreat to the dining room when the back porch is still so inviting. Plus there are still fireflies out there waiting to be chased!
When considering your exterior lighting, you quickly realize that your outdoor lights must perform several functions. Safety is a major concern of course. Well-placed lights not only deter those with malfeasance on... Read More
My husband’s woodworking hobby is taking over the garage. In addition to the router table, multiple saws, drill press, and various tools trying to find a home amongst the kids’ bikes and Christmas decorations, everything in the space receives a shower of sawdust every weekend! We are working with a builder to create a dedicated workshop space for him which is why this beautiful barn caught my eye! Today’s Featured Customer Jennifer lives just west of St. Louis and needed space for her own husband’s workshop. Although the outbuilding is brand new construction, the couple wanted the barn to have enough character to complement their historic log... Read More
Back in September we introduced you to Emily Coleman, the grand prize winner of our Photo Contest. Emily’s pictures of her charming kitchen with pink and jadite accents captivated us and a fair number of our blog readers too. Today, we take a peek around the exterior of Emily’s home in Columbus, Ohio, to see how she has used classic RLM warehouse shades to give her home distinctive character.
Emily started remodeling her home which, although fairly new, is located in an historic Victorian village near The Ohio State University.
“One of the first things I did was to have the exterior lights all replaced with fixtures from Barn Light Electric, ”... Read More
Much like Barn Light Electric, the Patagonia company had humble beginnings. It was in a shed in his parent’s back yard that founder Yvon Chouinard began crafting climbing tools to use on weekend forays into wilderness areas in Yosemite, Wyoming, and Canada. At one of the newest Patagonia stores in Hong Kong, designer Pater Wong wanted to bring the Patagonia story into the interior design of the new space.
“Pater selected steel, rocks, and wood as the main materials for the store,” says Jeff Chan, General Manager of Patagonia Hong Kong. “He wanted to create an industrial feel.” The store, once home to a Japanese restaurant, was completely... Read More
When Lea purchased a home last summer on Cape Cod, she didn’t simply buy a vacation place — it was a major remodeling project. Thus far, the family has removed two layers of carpet and refinished the original fir flooring, removed a layer of linoleum in the kitchen, replaced damaged ceilings throughout the home, painted every room, and converted the attic into a bedroom for the boys. Whew!
“We have attempted to retain the charm and character of the house and have resisted the urge to knock down walls or otherwise modernize our 1913 bungalow,” Lea says. “That creates some challenges but I think it will all be worth it in the end.”... Read More