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
When you’re trying to envision how new lights will look in your home, it helps to look at other people’s spaces. Today’s Featured Customer visited a friend who purchased lights from Barn Light Electric and loved how they looked.
“My friend Arianna renovated the first floor of her beach house a few years ago,” says Tiffany. “She bought all of her fixtures from Barn Light Electric and I thought her place was gorgeous!” When Tiffany started renovating an existing bathroom in her own home in Tacoma, Washington, that dated to 1960, she borrowed space from a bedroom closet to turn one bathroom into two.Read More
Gina and her growing family have been living in their Fort Collins, Colorado, home for seven years. Built in 1907, the 1300-square-foot home was beginning to feel cramped so Gina decided to reinvent her historic home to give it a more modern feel while still retaining its vintage charm.
“We decided to add a second story for kids’ rooms and a bathroom, and gut the entire first floor so we could have more living space,” Gina says. “We wanted more open space instead of the many small rooms of our modest Victorian.” With the help of the design/build team from High Craft Builders, the couple added three bedrooms and a bath, changed the first floor bath to a powder room, and redid the kitchen, family room, and dining room. For the kids’ bath upstairs, Gina wanted something retro yet clean and modern looking.Read More
“Our house is 100 years old and I would guess the kitchen hadn’t been remodeled since the mid 1980s,” says Melissa, today’s Featured Customer in St. Cloud, Minnesota. “We have lived here for 15 years and the kitchen needed remodeling when we moved in.” When considering her design direction for the long-awaited remodel, Melissa wanted the kitchen to match the period of the rest of the house — a classic feel but with modern touches. Initially, she chose the 3-Light Wire Cage Pendant in a Rubbed Bronze finish but she realized pretty quickly that the fixture didn’t work in her space.Read More
Saluda, North Carolina, may be home to only 600 year-round residents, but thanks to summer tourists and seasonal residents, the city’s Main Street is alive with shoppers in June, July, and August, and the nearby Green River teems with kayakers and other water adventurers. Local businesses cater to these crowds and the Green River BBQ does a booming business. Today’s Featured Customer, Melanie, started Green River BBQ in 1984 and has been serving up authentic southern barbeque ribs, chicken, turkey, and beef to hungry customers ever since. Melanie has been slowly adding to her restaurant and recently upgraded her lighting to include some classic RLM-inspired barn pendant lights.Read More
A serious love of all things vintage drives Meg and Trevor’s home design in Ontario, Canada. As they considered improvements to their main living space, Meg knew the cheesy, big-box-store lights would have to go.
“We wanted to add some interest to the ceiling as it is quite high and we had plain flush mount lights with no real interest,” Meg explains. “We spend most of our time in this room so comfort was a definite feel requirement.” The couple have an eclectic mix of items in their home including a lot of ethnographic African art mixed in with rustic industrial touches.Read More