If you’re like me, that hopeful list of 2014 resolutions you compiled on January 1st is still hanging on your fridge waiting to be started. Fortunately, the resolutions “I resolve to read more” and “I resolve to spend more quality time with friends and family” don’t have expiration dates. However, my goal to “paint my burnt orange guest bath emerald green while it’s still en vogue” is a little more time sensitive.Read More
The new year is swiftly approaching, which means it’s time to make some resolutions for 2014. If you’re simply stumped on what to do, how about making the resolution to purchase quality, American-made lighting! With the help of our staff and friends, we picked 12 of our favorite products to go alone with our 12 Day Holiday Sale!
View our selection of American-made goods after the jump…Read More
With sales promos clogging up my inbox and Christmas carols blasting in every store, that can only mean one thing. Well, OK, maybe more than one thing.
What it does mean is that winter is just around the corner! And after all the merriment and mayhem of the holidays are over, in less than three weeks mind you, we will have to contend with all that Mother Nature dishes out with the coming of the season.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.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.
“When it came time to start our new house, we knew we wanted more BLE lighting,” Steve says. “Great quality and always incredibly nice people on the phone. The product ships when promised and everything is in the box — a feature that is greatly under appreciated by most manufacturers.”
Working with architect Rob Whitten and designer Krista Stokes, the couple began creating their 2,500-square-foot dream home. One of their main goals was to respect the location and build something that would fit into the historic neighborhood and not overwhelm the field. For the lighting, Steve and Debbie would pick out lights they liked then bounce their ideas off of Krista.
“Krista is an amazing designer and she deserves all the credit for the color choices,” Steve says. “While we had a really good sense of how we wanted the house to look and function, color isn’t in our wheelhouse. Krista is truly a color genius.”
In the entryway, they chose an Intermediate Schoolhouse Semi Flush Mount Light. The design of this vintage-inspired fixture harkens back to the early 20th century when schoolhouse shades first came into fashion. But this American made light can be updated with customizing options including bands of color around the globe. Steve and Debbie chose a triple band of Black for their shade.
In one of the bathrooms, a 14″ Original™ Warehouse Gooseneck Light throws plenty of light onto the vintage style trough sink. Customized with a Galvanized finish and a matching Galvanized G15 gooseneck arm, this quality, hand spun light can withstand years of use.
Outside on the porch, a classic barn wall sconce welcomes visitors. This 12″ Universal Wall Sconce is loaded with mid-century style with its stacked neck design and shallow warehouse shade. Krista and the couple chose a Black finish for the wall sconce to provide some contrast with the neutral facade.
Staying within the Universal family, Steve and Debbie chose the Universal Gooseneck Light for the exterior of the garage. These 16″ warehouse shades were customized with a Galvanized finish and a G15 gooseneck arm.
Adding a decorative touch to the driveway with its RLM-inspired shade is the matching Universal Industrial Guard Post Mount Light. This guard-and-glass fixture features a 14″ shade with a Galvanized finish and clear glass.
And while the dust hasn’t quite settled and there are many last-minute details before Steve and Debbie will be relaxing on the porch, they are thrilled with their new lighting.
“They ‘fit’ from a design perspective,” Steve says. “They’re just gorgeous.”
See more of this home on the homeowner’s blog A House in a Field
Photos courtesy of the homeowner
It’s beginning to look a lot like… Autumn, my favorite time of year. I can finally justify my daily cardigans and jeans because at a crisp 74° degrees, why wear anything else? We’ve managed to sample every pumpkin spice themed coffee in the office’s vicinity and confession: I’ve splurged on a pumpkin-themed set of candles that will (hopefully) last the season. Autumn is one of the year’s finest seasons. No wonder everyone is “falling” for it. Here are eight ways autumn has captured our hearts…Read More