In the early 1900’s, southern cities often sprouted up around local mills. In the area just north of Charlotte, North Carolina, the thriving mill district included the Highland Park Mill and the Mecklenburg Mill along with small local groceries, a barbershop and a dry goods store. When the mills shut down in the late ’60s, the area fell on hard times, but the creation of the Historic North Charlotte Neighborhood Association in 1986 began a revival that transformed the area, now known as NoDa, into a vibrant arts district full of galleries, restaurants, boutique shops, and award-winning breweries.
It is here that Mark and Danielle began a painstaking,... Read More
One of the best parts about being a blogger for Barn Light Electric is that I hear about all sorts of great projects — new home builds, office overhauls, restaurant remodels, and renovation projects that take on a life of their own. Customers generously share their photos with us so that we, in turn, can share them with you to use as inspiration for your own projects!
Today we visit with Elizabeth who, along with her husband David, tackled the renovation of a 1949 bungalow in Ojai, California, a tiny rural town near Santa Barbara. They fell in love with the location and timeless charm of the cottage and set about modernizing yet protecting the roots of this... Read More
We love people with a passion. And just like our fervent devotion to vintage-inspired lighting, the people at Rafterhouse are dedicated to the careful renovation and preservation of post-war era ranch homes. Austin King and business partner Chris Liles have focused their Phoenix, Arizona, business on transforming these spaces into modern-day dream homes.
“We hate seeing ranch homes lose their charm,” Austin says. “We strive to build, enhance, and upgrade these homes while staying true to their historical roots and the character and integrity of the neighborhoods they reside in.”
A recent project, located in the Arcadia neighborhood of... Read More
In Monday’s blog, we visited with Brian in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where his stunning new Craftsman-style home sits on eight rolling acres of land complete with hay fields, deep woods, and bubbling creeks. For much of the home’s exterior, Brian chose classic, American-made gooseneck lighting. Today we take a peek inside to see how Brian and his wife chose to light up the interior of their home.
“We were going for a vintage farmhouse feel with basic Craftsman elements to mimic the simple style of a North Carolina farm house,” Brian explains. “One of the best compliments we have received was when our landscape designer came in and... Read More
When Brian’s dad built a home back in the late 1970s, he incorporated many reclaimed materials such as stained glass windows from an English church, porcelain gas station lights for the garage, and a Texaco Sky chief gas pump from the 1920s.
“There was no manufacturer of reproduction lights in those days so he had to use original lighting and craft his own goosenecks using galvanized plumbing pipe,” Brian says. When Brian started building his own home in Wake Forest, North Carolina last year, he followed his father’s lead to include reclaimed materials to give the home the feel of an original farmhouse but with modern... Read More
When I was a kid, my favorite cereal was Lucky Charms. I would eat all of the oat pieces out of my bowl then savor every sweet spoonful of pastel-colored marshmallows.
Remodeling projects are like my bowl of Lucky Charms. You have to get through the mundane, albeit necessary, details before you get to the good stuff.
Kristine lives in the historic district of Nampa, Idaho, and tackled a kitchen remodel in her 1920s-era bungalow. Finding the perfect vintage schoolhouse lights were the icing on the cake for her.
“The lights were the last thing I ordered when the kitchen was just about finished,” Kristine says. “I knew that would be my favorite part... Read More