Something about being at the beach makes everything more relaxed. Even commercial businesses that set up shop near the sand and salt air have a laid-back vibe whether they’re selling t-shirts or tires. The recently opened Yellow Dog Eats Kitchen & Bar in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, offers just such a casual place to enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine and a signature sandwich. And since it’s right up the coast, our photographer took advantage and traveled up to Yellow Dog to check out their new digs.Read More
Relationships are tough. Initial euphoria coupled with high expectations often lead to misunderstandings and drama. We’re talking here, of course, about the delicate dance between client and contractor — a short-term relationship that can be particularly fraught with personality clashes and simple differences in taste.
When professional photographer Kellie Warren, of Sanford, Florida, recently gutted her ranch-style home down to the studs, she chose her partner carefully and, after much research, chose to dance with Blair Sligar, designer and owner of Hog Eat Hog. This Winter Park custom furniture design studio is filled with personalities who happen to be incredibly talented with wood. The relationship was a match made in heaven.Read More
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.
She may have been lost in the woods, but Goldilocks certainly knew what she liked when it came to the comforts of home. She shied away from anything extreme and simply went for “just right” at every turn.
You can take a tip from this beloved literary character when choosing a light that’s “just right” for your space. One RLM-inspired warehouse shade to consider is the Drake. This mid-sized shade is incredibly versatile with many options for customizing and mounting so it’s a great choice for many spaces.Read More
The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays thanks to warm weather, plenty of good food, and no presents to wrap. It’s a great day to celebrate our nation’s birthday with family and friends, and maybe take advantage of a sale or two. The annual Barn Light Electric Fourth of July Sale is in full swing and you can save 10% storewide*. We have launched so many new products this spring, you are sure to find the perfect pendant, wall sconce, or table lamp for your home or office. One of our most popular deep bowl pendant lights, the Wesco, got a new look with an uplighting feature. The Wesco Uplight Cord Hung Pendant comes in four shade sizes including a bountiful 18″ size that would make a dynamic statement over the dining room table. The Wesco Uplight is also available in a chain hung mount, a stem mount and as a gooseneck light. So how did the Father’s Day gifts go over last month? It’s not too late to surprise the man in your life with some rugged industrial lighting for the garage, workshop, or home office. The Brewster Pendant exudes manliness with its clean cut, streamline style straight from the Atomic Age. American made from commercial grade materials, this modern ring pendant can be customized with one of more than two dozen finish colors plus cording and glass options. It’s also available as an LED pendant! And if you’re looking for the very latest in LED lighting, you’ve found it in our Rustic LED collection. Utilizing compact LED technology from Cree, a leader in creative LED technology, these fixtures feature an LED light source that is guaranteed to provide a minimum of 50,000 hours of light. Save time and money on energy and maintenance costs and no more bulbs to change! This Brisbane LED Cord Hung Pendant can be customized to your specifications with finish, guard, glass, and cording options to create a look to complement your kitchen, porch, or living space. American made, hand crafted to last for years, and easy on the environment. Learn more about our new rustic LED collection here and have a safe and happy 4th of July! LED Cast Guard Fixtures by Barn Light Electric from Barn Light Electric on Vimeo.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