It’s the biggest birthday party of the year and everyone is invited! The 4th of July is one birthday that’s celebrated from coast to coast with picnics, parades, concerts, and fireworks exploding from Boston to the Big Island. It’s a day to celebrate our country’s struggle for independence, its colorful patchwork of peoples, and the resurgence of quality, American made products to the worldwide marketplace.Read More
Springtime got us in the mood to revive our gardens and summer has us wanting to play. From playing in the sprinklers in the back yard, frisbee in the front, or waxing the car in the driveway, this is the time of year to engage with the outdoors. If you’re like me, the garage is the ultimate hangout. Many fond summer memories were created while sipping on a glass of lemonade as I watched my dad grilling just outside.Read More
As the seasons change and the fall chill beckons us to spend a little more time enjoying the outdoors, that means we also spend a little more time prepping our mudrooms for the extra use! If you don’t have the luxury of an extra entry-way mudroom, you can always incorporate these pieces into your foyer or living room to transition them into functional, stylish spaces!
Organization is key in these types of rooms. The Alaterra Shaker Cottage Bench and Coat Rack Set’s clean design is the perfect foundation for a light color palette. Just because it’s a mudroom doesn’t mean it has to look dirty!Read More
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
The calendar has flipped again and suddenly it’s October. Still not quite sure what happened to September, but fall is definitely upon us now and with it, the move towards more indoor activities and entertaining. After you’ve mowed the grass one last time, consider sprucing up your front entryway in advance of the Thanksgiving guests who will beat a path to your pumpkin pie and also for those neighborhood ghosts and goblins who will be knocking at your door soon.
Big pots of mums add a splash of color for the season as does a scarecrow perched on a bale of hay. Fill an industrial container, like our Rolling Metal Dolly, with pumpkins to add a rustic feel to your display. After the season, it will come in handy in a variety of places such as the garage or laundry room.
And switching up your outdoor lighting is an easy DIY task that will give your entry a whole new look. These striking outdoor lanterns are much like our Portsmouthe Barn Lantern, a classic light that will make a lasting impression on your guests. Available in small, medium, and large sizes, the Portsmouthe Barn Lantern has a distinctive style featuring a Boston Bronze finish with rust accents for an authentic colonial or nautical look. A nostalgic Edison Style Light Bulb would bring a hint of vintage flavor to this lantern too!
But what if you don’t have appropriate wiring in your exterior walls? Never fear, Barn Light Electric also offers the matching Portsmouthe Exterior Pendant! This chain-hung pendant offers the same colonial and nautical detailing of the lantern and the rustic Boston Bronze finish. Constructed from rugged, hand forged iron, this pendant comes in both medium and large sizes and would be a beautiful addition to entryways, carriage houses, or hallways.
Top photo courtesy of GlassCraft Door Company via HouzzRead More
One can just imagine standing inside this home and peeking through the porthole window to gaze at a rocky shoreline and crashing waves beyond. This entryway just screams New England — from the shingle siding with its soft gray tones to the bright white accents and, of course, the perfect touch of an outdoor lantern providing a warm welcome to those crossing the threshold. The lantern has been a quintessential element of New England culture for hundreds of years. From the tales of Paul Revere’s famous use of the fixture to simple coastal cottages that left a light burning for fishermen coming home after dark, the lantern has a lasting legacy within colonial America. Today, the lantern provides accent and ambient lighting proving itself to be both functional and decorative in a variety of home styles.Read More