Did you know that last Friday was John James Audubon’s birthday? This historic birder has inspired many with his iconic illustrations of birds and their surroundings for centuries, bringing the wonders of nature into the most urbanized settings.
While the industrial décor trend is currently en vogue, it can be a little harsh without the right accents to balance the look. If you like the look of rustic interiors, but industrial isn’t for you, explore the pastoral side of design.
Audubon Folio Prints are essential in every nature lover’s home. He certainly captured these birds’ vibrant hues.
Let natural elements like bird’s nests and crochet lace stone be your guide to table dècor. There is something so playful about displaying found art. The juxtaposition of hard stone with soft, pastel yarn sparks curiosity and makes a one-of-a-kind paper weight!
Some of our favorite outdoor memories are of weekend camping trips. We’ve recaptured that cozy feeling with ambient rustic and lantern lighting in fixtures like the Charleston Barn Lantern and The Universal Wall Sconce. Doesn’t this Vintage Woven Pink and Green Striped Wool Blanket make you want to snuggle up with a cup of cocoa and watch the stars? And this Wire Hand Basket would be the perfect storage container for your throws and books.
Wooden furniture like The Hudson Loft Sofa Table adds utilitarian style to your living room without a lot of bulk. The beautiful hardwood service is actually kind to the environment as it is crafted from reclaimed Merritt Island Hard Pine.
Let nature influence your aesthetic and you will experience the great indoors!
Audubon Folio Prints from MonardaVintage | Crochet Lace Stones from TableTopJewels | Charleston Barn Lantern from BarnLightElectric | The Universal Wall Sconce from BarnLightElectric | Vintage Woven Pink and Green Striped Wool Blanket from drowsySwords | Wire Hand Basket from BarnLightElectric | The Hudson Loft Sofa Table from BarnLightElectric
We were excited when Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year. Winter would end early and this little group of Floridians could finally enjoy the sunshine and temperatures of spring. Strangely, it seems like the opposite is happening…There’s nothing like slipping on a pair of flip flops and shorts only to discover cold winds nipping at your toes!
We’re eagerly anticipating a climate shift and to walk outside to suddenly spring!Read More
On a recent trip through the funky little coastal town of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, we enjoyed a fabulous fried grouper sandwich and some sweet tea at Creek Ratz, a local joint that specializes in fresh seafood, cold beer, and some wonderful industrial lighting. We showed you in a previous blog how galvanized industrial warehouse pendants complete with a red wire cage are used to highlight the bar area with rustic style.
And outside on the patio, we discovered some old gas station lights that had been refurbished and refinished in the Creek Ratz trademark red that provide just the right touch of color and downward-directed light to the deck. To get this look for your restaurant or commercial lighting plan, check out our expanded selection of Post Mount Lighting which includes a variety of both single and double warehouse shades plus post mount lanterns.
The Gold Rush Single Post Mount Exterior Light offers a similar classic look with either a 20″ or 26″ inch shade and can be customized with one of 17 different finish colors. Add a cast guard and glass, in a variety of colors and textures, to give this light even more vintage appeal. Several options are also available for the pole itself including a direct burial or aluminum fluted cast pole.
If you’re looking for something a little more modern and fun, don’t miss the Seaside Radial Wave Single Post Mount Decorative Exterior Light. This wavy, American-made reflector shade will draw lots of attention and is perfect for walkways, outdoor patios, and parking lots. These fixtures, like all of our porcelain enamel barn lights, are hand spun from commercial grade steel then coated with porcelain enamel glass. The shades are baked at extremely high temperatures to seal the glass for a high gloss finish that will never fade or corrode. Even with the South’s abundant sunshine, porcelain enamel will provide a lifetime of use!Read More
When creating your plan for commercial lighting, it’s easy to get caught up in the details of how many lights you need, where they will be placed, what kind of bulbs are best, and what it will cost not only for installation but for the long-term maintenance. While we agree those details are pretty important, don’t overlook the question of style! How are these lights going to enhance your business or cityscape during the daylight hours when people actually see the entire fixture, not just the light they project at night? These beautiful dark green post mount lights not only provide security after dark on this college campus, but during the day, the decorative post and flared shade add a dash of distinguished style to the walkways.Read More
Before you bedeck your porch with pumpkins, scarecrows and spooky cobwebs make sure your curb appeal is up to par! FengShui Design Corp shows us how to style exteriors with clean lines and classic American details like wood side paneling and white trim. With a paint palette featuring vibrant blue, buttery yellow and soft white, your home will look fresh year round! Accessorizing with lighting is essential to show off your beautiful home—and the Trick-Or-Treaters will thank you as well! Highlight your stylishly paved lawn with a porcelain post-mount light. This Bomber Single Post Mount Exterior Light’s yellow finish makes a lovely complement to the door! And don’t forget that pendant lighting, like the Cape Hatteras Pendant, is an excellent way to highlight your industrial House Numbers.
Rustic metal baskets like the Round Vintage Utilitarian Wire Basket are a great way to combine function and style on your front porch. If you wanted to incorporate a little bit of the season in this space, white pumpkins would look lovely clustered along the stairway!
1- Front Porch Entryway photo from FengShui Design Corp
5- Behr Paint – Artesian Water/ Citrus / Powdered Snow
7- Square Garden Pavers photo from Pam Penick’s Digging
When considering whether to buy an existing home or build a new one, many considerations come into play. Building a new home allows you to choose the most energy efficient systems and environmentally friendly materials on the market. And seeking out professional advice from architects and interior designers allows you to create the exact space you want with the perfect decor. But newer homes often lack the character that is so appealing in an older home — smooth, well worn floors, intricate woodwork, vintage hardware.
One of the easiest and affordable ways to add instant character to a newer home is through lighting. This screened porch is a great example with its bright clean design accented by details that lend a certain character that belies the home’s true age. The rough-split wood shakes siding, the beadboard ceiling, and the nautical style lanterns all add style and charm to this inviting space.
The lanterns are much like our Portsmouth Barn Lantern, part of our collection of Outdoor Lanterns that are perfect for screened porches like this, pergolas, front entryways, or other damp or wet locations. This distinctive fixture comes in three sizes and is finished in a traditional Boston Bronze with rust accents. This rugged lantern features a solid backplate and a slender gooseneck arm to cradle the globe.
And just like the matching pendant in this photo, the Portsmouth Barn Lantern can be complemented by the Portsmouth Exterior Pendant. Crafted from hand forged iron, this rustic pendant brings loads of nautical styling to damp locations like porches and breezeways, but would be just as beautiful in an interior setting like an entrance hall, bathroom, or to accent a carriage house. Available in both medium and large sizes, the Portsmouth Exterior Pendant features clear seeded glass and a four foot chain for hanging.Read More