Remodeling projects often start out small. Maybe a new paint color in the kitchen would be nice. Or new hardware. How about a new light?! And sometimes these projects snowball and take on a life of their own. Anne in Kansas City, Missouri, liked her kitchen, yet after much deliberation, she decided to jump in with both feet for a full-scale renovation.
“We live in a 1940 Tudor Revival home,” Anne explains. “We gutted the original kitchen and reworked the entire space.” The changes included removing a wall between the breakfast nook and the kitchen, moving an interior doorway, and moving and expanding the exterior doorway. Through it all, Anne strived to protect the integrity of the home’s period architecture within the new design all while staying within her budget.Read More
We love it when customers share photos of their lighting renovations with us, and when Becki Anderson of Liberty, Missouri, recently posted photos to our Facebook page, it was big news indeed! Becki’s home was featured on the cover of the Summer issue of VintageKC magazine! The feature showcased the six-month remodeling that Becki and husband Steve tackled when they bought the 115-year-old home.Read More
Gut remodel. The very words conjure up images of chaos, exposed studs, electrical boxes hanging, and lots of dust on bare floors. And when the target is the kitchen, take-out containers are definitely in the mix. Along with the headaches, a gut remodel also presents an opportunity to create a new space, save good bones, and right the wrongs from previous remodels.
For Maura in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the gut remodel of her kitchen offered the chance to open up a dark space and create a bright, inviting area that pays homage to the character of the late 1800s-era building where her condo is located. Maura chronicled the Great Kitchen Renovation of 2014 for her blog The Projectory.Read More
One of the best things about summer, as far as I’m concerned anyway, are the casual get-togethers that just seem to fall into place. With kids out of school and a more relaxed routine in place, summer fun includes friends popping over for a bite and a chat while the kids play outdoors till dusk. If you’re looking to spruce up your gathering places for these informal festivities, consider switching out your pendant lighting to bring a fresh look without spending a lot of time and money on extensive remodeling.Read More
When Chris, of Penn Valley, California, started looking for new lighting for his home remodeling project, he wanted something completely different from the light fixtures he kept finding on the Web.
“I wanted the style to have a country feel, a touch of chic, with a soft industrial feel too,” Chris says. “Barn Light Electric really pulls that off.” Chris started ordering lights and the more he looked, the more he liked. He was attracted to many of our rustic industrial lighting fixtures including the multi-light pendants in our Rustic Chandelier collection.Read More
When you want more space you can either move or knock down some walls. Lori, of Newton, North Carolina, chose the latter when she tackled a home renovation project.
“I knocked out most of the wall between the kitchen and the family room,” Lori says. “I had to leave the center column because apparently my house would fall down if I didn’t.”
The result is a more open floor plan that connects her busy kitchen and family room in her ranch-style home. Lori was going for a rustic farmhouse look which can take some effort in a newer home like hers.Read More