If you follow the Barn Light Electric Facebook page, you may have noticed a photo yesterday from one of our favorite north-of-the-border designers — Alykhan Velji of Calgary, Canada. We featured Aly’s special touch in a previous blog post when he created a nursery using a sophisticated palette of grey and white then highlighted the space with brilliant yellow accents. Aly has worked his magic again in a child’s space, this time a bathroom, where the color yellow makes another splash.Read More
Steve and his wife Debbie knew they had found something special when they were interviewing potential contractors to build their new home.
“One of them stood on the site and said, ‘I’ve been driving by this field for 20 years and always wanted to build a house right here,’” Steve relates. The coveted spot in Freeport, Maine, is close to downtown and is the site of their now almost-complete modern farmhouse home. The building process is fraught with constant decision making, but for Steve and Debbie, the choice for lighting was an easy one. They had discovered Barn Light Electric when they worked on a previous home and knew they wanted more.Read More
Sometimes a remodeling job just needs a man’s touch. When a customer approached Kathy and Tony Wallace of Store With Style about remodeling a bathroom with a garage-type look, Tony climbed into the driver’s seat and took off. With a showroom in Mentor, Ohio, this family-owned business focuses on total home organization with custom solutions and hand crafted cabinetry to meet a variety of customer needs. For this bath remodel, Kathy notes that they chose colors, fixtures, and lighting to create a garage-style space.Read More
Ah, the poor powder room. It’s one of the smallest rooms in the house and often ignored when it comes to lighting. In creating or renovating a powder room, most people focus on stylish tile or fancy faucets rather than the lighting that will help guests navigate the space. Even if you don’t have a constant stream of guests, the powder room probably gets used every single day by family members making a quick pit stop instead of heading off to the big bathroom upstairs.Read More
If you’re a wordsmith like me, combination words provide ways to describe something in an interesting, and often entertaining, manner. Spork, for example, aptly describes a combination fork and spoon plus it’s just fun to say. And who didn’t laugh out loud the first time you heard Brangelina or Bennifer? But one of my favs right now is barndominium. This word describes a wonderful combination of a barn and condominium — think of a large, open space with living areas added on. From the outside, the building often resembles your typical barn, but the inside can be designed and decorated with plenty of up-town style!
Today’s Featured Customer lives in East Texas where the barndominium craze is booming. Barns are big in Texas anyway, and folks looking for a wide open floor plan for their home or vacation place are turning more to this style of building. John built a weekend home and outfitted the new building with plenty of barn style lighting.
“The barn lights were consistent with the barndominium cabin style I was aiming for,” John says. “They each fit my vision and were consistent with the ceiling heights and architectural detailing.” In the main living area which includes the kitchen, living room and loft, John selected the 14″ Original™ Warehouse Gooseneck Light in a Textured Black finish. These fixtures feature the G11 gooseneck arm.
He also installed matching Original™ Stem Mount Pendants in a 16″ shade size with a 24″ stem from the vaulted ceilings. These pendants, also finished in Textured Black, provide plenty of down light towards the living space and provide a sleek contrast against the shiny metal ceiling and light wood.
In a nearby bath, John stayed within the barn family and chose the compact Austin Wall Sconce in an 8″ shade size. Perfect for over the vanity, the Austin is a popular choice for tight spots like half baths, hallways, and entry spaces.
On the porches outside, John used the Original™ Warehouse Flush Mount Pendant but, in this space, chose a Galvanized finish to complement the metal ceiling. He also chose the wire guard option to provide protection to the bulb and add a rugged look.
“I chose these fixtures because they were consistent with the look and feel I was trying to achieve,” John says. “I think they look classic and give the cabin a timeless appearance.”
Photos courtesy of the homeowner
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.” Upstairs in the attic, Lea installed a mini-split heat and AC unit, an insulated knee wall for storage, and a classic barn pendant light to brighten up this cozy spot. The Original™ Warehouse Pendant is one of our most popular RLM-inspired warehouse shades thanks to the dozens of ways you can customize this fixture to fit almost any décor, both residential and commercial.Read More