TV shows mentioned in the Barn Light Electric Blog.
In last Friday’s post, we introduced you to John Colaneri, who just wrapped up his second season of Cousins Undercover on HGTV along with his cousin Anthony Carrino. John and his wife recently purchased a piece of land in northern New Jersey where John has put his years of construction expertise to work on his first ground-up building project. The couple are putting down roots in their new home that mixes old elements with new to create a contemporary design with a sense of history and timeless style.Read More
If you’re addicted to HGTV like we are, you no doubt have seen the wildly popular Cousins Undercover show starring Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri. The show just wrapped up its second season which features surprise renovation makeovers for local heroes in neighborhoods across the country.
In addition to his television commitment, John has spent the last six years working in the family business — Brunelleschi Construction – and looking for a place to put down his own roots. While driving to work one day, John’s wife spotted a For Sale sign. She insisted that John come take a look at the property.
“It was very deceiving because the sign was on the main road and I didn’t want to build our home on a main road,” John explains. “But the property is actually more than two acres and surrounded by wetlands, so our home would be nestled in the woods with lots of privacy.” John finally got the chance to turn his construction expertise closer to home. This project marked his first-ever, ground-up construction.
“I figured since it was my personal home, it was a good place to start,” he says laughing.
Although this was new construction, John and his wife both wanted a mix of old and new. In addition to new materials, the couple sourced some 200-year-old barn wood from a barn that was salvaged from Ohio which is now spread throughout the house.
“My wife and I love barns, but we knew contemporary design would be a must when designing the house,” John explains. “We love bringing the new and old together since it creates rich stories and unique elements to the home.” For lighting, they wanted to stay traditional yet find barn lighting that would also give a contemporary edge.
“It’s a delicate balance when choosing lighting, and I made sure that I did not step over that line and do anything that looked out of place,” he adds. They found the perfect blend for their exterior lighting with the Barn Light Electric collection of LED Barn Lights.
“This was a no-brainer to use LED and it’s something every homeowner should transition to,” John says. “The LED bulbs will last for so long, I will never have to change the bulbs out in my lifetime.” On the side of the house, John chose the Drake LED Gooseneck Barn Light, a classic gooseneck light customized with a 12″ shade, traditional Black finish, and a G34 gooseneck arm in Brushed Aluminum.
“I wanted to have the traditional gooseneck for the exterior of the home to give the illusion that this was an original barn,” John notes.
On the patio, the couple opted for another classic light — the Original™ Stem Mount LED Pendant in a generous 24″ shade. These six American-made pendants were hand crafted and customized with a Black finish and 6″ stem. The LED options include 1250 lumen LED and domed lens.
“These are beautiful here! I have two 15-foot openings of LaCantina bi-fold doors that open onto the back patio,” John explains. “I wanted a light that made a statement and also would illuminate the area with beautiful light.”
When it came to making a statement by the front door, John jumped into our Porcelain Enamel LED Collection and found the Wheeler™ Dino LED Wall Sconce. This RLM-inspired warehouse shade has roots in early 20th century lighting and is crafted from commercial grade steel. Three coats of porcelain enamel glass are hand applied then baked on to a high-gloss finish that will never fade or corrode. Add the energy-efficient and environmentally friendly LED element and you have an outdoor wall sconce that will truly last for generations.
“There is no reason to use incandescent bulbs anymore, and I want to save as much energy as possible,” John says. He customized this LED wall sconce with a 14″ shade, Black finish, 1250 lumen LED, and a domed lens.
“I love the uniqueness of the lights. Everyone that comes over always asks about the lights and wants to know where I got them,” John says. “Of course I tell them, but deep down I want to keep it a secret!”
Be sure to come back Monday where we’ll continue our tour of John’s new home with a peek inside, and let me tell you, the kitchen is incredible! Check out even more photos of the construction by following John on Instagram and Twitter. And don’t miss the Cousins on Facebook and Twitter!
We are fortunate to work with many talented designers who always seem to come up with fresh ideas no matter what design dilemma they face. We met one of our all-time favs, Kim Lewis of Kim Lewis Designs, when she was the lead designer on the ABC hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In her six-year stint with EM:HE, Kim designed more than 120 homes in 43 states. She is the original vagabond designer!
One of Kim’s latest expeditions was to Bedford, Massachusetts, where she teamed up with TLC’s Buddy Valastro, better known as the Cake Boss, to revive and renew the Prince Street Café & Bakery. In this episode of Buddy’s Bakery Rescue, owner Dana Strayton struggled with the bakery side of her business. The space not only needed renovating, but the cherished recipes that Dana’s grandfather has passed down to her were in need of updating.
Cue the design team!
“My design for the Prince Street Café & Bakery was truly inspired by the streets of Boston, Massachusetts,” Kim says. “In design, I love trying to bring something back to its roots. Dana’s grandfather’s original bakery was on Prince Street in Boston, so why not bring the streets of this great city right inside the bakery!” And if you didn’t see the episode, that’s exactly what Kim and the design team did!
Using siding, brick, and dentil mouldings, the team transformed each wall of the bakery to look like a different building façade. An old gas lantern stands in one corner and a bureau by the front door holds photos of Dana’s grandfather on Prince Street. To highlight the new bakery cases, which are chock full of traditional Italian goodies, Kim chose the Sydney Industrial Cord Hung Pendant.
These 16″ shades are American made and hand crafted by our metal spinners here in Florida. Kim chose a classic Bronze finish for the shade, a matching Bronze cast guard, and clear glass for maximum light.
I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Atlanta where I attended the Design Bloggers Conference along with more than 400 bloggers, interior designers, and suppliers from around the country. The experience was invigorating and not just because one of the free gifts was a German-made shower head with a massaging whirl spray!
The lineup of speakers included the lovely and always entertaining Candice Olson, host of HGTV’s Divine Design and Candice Tells All. She dished about her background, her inspirations, and her thoughts on lighting.Read More
I’m a little behind the 8-ball when it comes to classic television. As much as I enjoy curling up on the couch with a bag of popcorn for a night of per-recorded fun, I’m about a decade behind this band of buddies. I started the first season this week and was surprised about how much I recognized the show’s creative set design. In case you’re like me, pre-Friends, the show originates in the mid-90s and revolves around the lives of six friends. It’s wacky, endearing, and quite colorful.
Perhaps I’ve been exposed to the set design through commercials and clips, but the more I spend time watching life unfold in fictional locations like Central Perk and Monica’s apartment, the more I want to incorporate the bright and textured sensibilities of the Friend’s set design in my own apartment.
While I don’t think I could pull off purple walls and an over-sized rug in my living room, I think these ideas could easily translate from TV set to everyday space.
1. Every “friendly” space needs a cozy couch. This tufted sofa from Leathercraft has such a warm and welcoming texture and would make a perfect keeper-couch for those who are just starting out in life.
2. When you think of ’90s interior design, I’m sure the first thing that pops into your mind is a bright colored space or quirky textile. I love the idea of such free-spirited interiors, but to modernize it, it’s important to reel it in. Add a pop of neon with a neon accent, like this vintage Fenton Satin Glass Planter.
3. Knock knock. Who’s there? Oh wait, you don’t have a door knocker? It’s easy to remedy that solution with this brass hardware decor staple.
4. One of the best things about Monica’s abode is her unique taste in art. While her housekeeping style is neat and tidy, she isn’t afraid to get adventurous with her wall decor. Incorporate the look of her curated taste with a vintage poster like this vintage circus poster!
5. In the ’90s, brass finish was everywhere. Door knobs, kitchen faucets, chandeliers… It was an accessible way to add a little glimmer. Since it’s come back, we’ve loved surrounding ourselves with this metallic accent, especially in period style lighting like the Sinclair Stem & Loop!
6. While I can’t say I am a die-hard Friends fan (yet!), I wouldn’t mind adorning a bright yellow Peephole Door Frame to my door’s interior. This replica door frame would be such a great stocking stuffer!
7. Want to serve your friends a little iced coffee? Be sure to pour your brew in an enamelware cup.
8. Soften up your space with cozy textiles. If quilted blankets and checker-patterned are not your friend, you might like a little more understated style like this linen pillow from Nate Berkus. Mix and match your pillows for an extra eclectic look!
9. Give your guests a something yellow to brighten their entrance with the porcelain enamel Dino Wall Sconce.Read More
With the clip of a gigantic pair of scissors, we officially opened the Barn Light Electric Manufacturing Division in Titusville, Florida last Saturday. Well, in reality, it was the small and very sharp pair of scissors hidden behind the giant pair that did the snipping, but we had a grand time with fabulous food, a sidewalk sale, and the Barn Light Electric Super Late Model stock car in the parking lot!Read More