While I definitely enjoy this season’s more relaxed schedule and inviting weather, summer is a dream come true for kids. With no school bus waiting on the corner, middle-of-the-week sleepovers, and evening firefly-catching sessions, kids have countless reasons to relish the summer.
And what kid wouldn’t love having this magical tree house in the back yard? Today’s featured customer is David, from Portland, Oregon, who designed this beautiful play space at his weekend home.Read More
So after browsing every website in cyberspace, reading your favorite designer’s blog, and wandering the aisles of your local stores, you finally found the perfect gooseneck light. Perhaps it’s a deep bowl gooseneck barn light, like our Wesco Gooseneck Light, that will bring a touch of modern styling to your space with a hint of the classic gas station lights of old. Or maybe a wide, shallow bowl shade that spreads the light evenly over a doorway.Read More
The words “location, location, location” may bring to mind a home perched on a mountaintop with a stunning view. Or a beer-and-brat stand right outside the gates of a university. Location is everything, especially in commercial operations, and the recent opening of Shiloh’s Steak and Seafood right here in our hometown of Titusville, Florida, bears witness to that.
Located on the scenic Indian River, the owners of Shiloh’s recently remodeled a former restaurant and focused on bringing the idyllic view front and center so patrons could enjoy not only wonderful fare, but also the fresh breezes, boat traffic, and wildlife cruising by outside.Read More
If you’re a reader of design blogs, you’ve probably seen lots of photos of industrial farmhouse settings with cozy kitchens full of reclaimed wood, exposed beams, and maybe even some brickwork in a loft setting. Lighting in these spaces can run from vintage industrial lights to more modern steel shades customized with colorful cords or interesting studio mounts.
To bring this hot industrial look to your exterior lighting, take a cue from early 20th century outdoor barn lighting.Read More
The zoo is one place you never outgrow. No matter if you’re three or 83, there’s a special joy that comes from watching wild creatures in their natural habitats doing what they do. And here in Brevard County, Florida, we are blessed with a wonderful community zoo that enjoys support from many including Barn Light Electric.
Rated by Trip Advisor as the eighth highest consumer-rated zoo in the country, the Brevard Zoo entertains more than 400,000 visitors each year. In celebration of their 20th birthday, the zoo recently opened their newest exhibit — Meerkat Hamlet.
The meerkat exhibit gives visitors an up close look at these precocious and highly social mammals and Barn Light Electric was proud to support this exhibit with some new barn lighting to help guide visitors along their way.
“The theme of this area of the zoo is Expedition Africa and the new lighting follows the rustic look of your African journey,” says Deputy Director Jon Brangan. “Our goal was to select fixtures that best fit the look and feel of the new meerkat exhibit while also connecting the rest of the Expedition Africa area of the zoo. Each fixture and finish were chosen to complement the surrounding features and landscape.”
Jon worked with local landscape architect, Susan Hall, to select the barn lights for each area. On this walkway, the Universal Gooseneck Light was chosen for its classic shape and rustic, mid-century look. These American made gooseneck barn lights were customized wtih a 10″ shade, Bronze finish, and a cast guard with clear crackle glass. The shades are mounted to a G1 straight gooseneck arm.
In this space, the Universal Gooseneck Lights are a bit bigger with a 16″ shade and sport a Galvanized finish with guard and clear crackle glass. Since Brevard County does get severe weather on occasion — we’re famous for afternoon thunderstorms in the summer — these larger gooseneck lights are installed with a G36 Adjustable 2-Arm Heavy Duty Gooseneck Arm.
The zoo hosts nighttime events and this new lighting, with its wide spread of downward focused light, will help improve safety when visitors wander the paths after dark.
For this animal viewing area, the Blue Collar Stem Mount Pendant provides plenty of light and even more style with its industrial style cage and guard design. This sturdy stem mount pendant features a 14″ shade in a Galvanized finish, clear crackle glass, and a six-inch stem. American made from commercial grade materials, this ceiling pendant is wet rated for both indoor and outdoor locations.
“We have really enjoyed working with Barn Light Electric and the quality of the fixtures is outstanding,” Jon says. “The best part is just how good they look and seeing the finishes come together. It’s so nice to have high quality lighting in an area that has never had lighting before.”
Back in the early days of Barn Light Electric, owners Bryan and Donna Scott did it all. Like most small business owners, the couple created their web site design, developed new products, packed boxes for shipping, and even answered the phone as they enjoyed a hands-on approach to their growing business.
The couple recently heard from one of their very first customers – Michelle Pattee who purchased barn lights more than six years ago for her early 1900′s farmhouse located in Sebastopol, California.
“I purchased many lights at Barn Light Electric,” Michelle says. “I remember chatting on the phone with the owner.” Michelle is an event photographer and founder/creative director of Archival Decor. The lovely farmhouse that she shares with her husband Bill Albright and their two children was recently featured on Houzz. A builder by trade, Bill handled the extensive renovations the couple envisioned for their home.
In the kitchen, Bill removed walls to open the space and used reclaimed wood for the support beams, ceiling, and floor. A minimalist at heart, Michelle loves the open look. To illuminate the space, Michelle chose our Barn Light Original™ Warehouse Flush Mount Pendant which provides plenty of lighting with a mounting that hugs the exposed beams.
“I was looking for sturdy, well made lights that did not look flimsy,” Michelle explains. “I wanted a light with some visual weight.”
In the hallway, which has higher ceilings, Michelle stayed with the Original™ Warehouse Shade but chose a longer stem. She also customized this ceiling pendant with a cast guard and glass which adds a vintage touch to her industrial farmhouse look.
Outside, the family enjoys a pastoral setting which includes this stately walnut tree. In the background, a deep bowl barn light provides light over the doors and deck. Although we don’t sell this particular fixture any longer, you can get a similar look with the Wesco Gooseneck Light, an American made wall light that is hand spun by our own craftsmen.
“I’m still very happy with my lights. They have definitely held up,” Michelle says. “I still love all my BLE products!”
Photos courtesy of Michelle Pattee