In the early 1900’s, southern cities often sprouted up around local mills. In the area just north of Charlotte, North Carolina, the thriving mill district included the Highland Park Mill and the Mecklenburg Mill along with small local groceries, a barbershop and a dry goods store. When the mills shut down in the late ’60s, the area fell on hard times, but the creation of the Historic North Charlotte Neighborhood Association in 1986 began a revival that transformed the area, now known as NoDa, into a vibrant arts district full of galleries, restaurants, boutique shops, and award-winning breweries.
It is here that Mark and Danielle began a painstaking,... Read More
Decorating your home should be a fun form of creative, uninhibited self-expression. But if there’s one thing that can quickly kill those good vibes and strike fear in the hearts of even the most daring home decorators, it’s the mere mention of pastels.
What’s so intimidating about these springtime shades? It comes down to the thin line between sensational and saccharine and the dread of crossing it looms large over anyone who remembers the ‘90s.
But fear not! These sunny hues are popping up everywhere in the world of interiors and, with a few simple steps, can become a part of your world, too. Better get your sugar fix elsewhere because the new pastels are... Read More
In last Friday’s blog post, we showcased a gorgeous kitchen remodel completed by Nar Bustamante of Nar Fine Carpentry in California. Nar selected three of our Ivanhoe® Wilcox Deep Bowl Porcelain LED Pendants to serve as a focal point and offer a splash of color in the space. These Cobalt Blue fixtures feature energy-saving LEDs that will save the homeowner on energy bills and maintenance costs for years to come.
In our chat with Nar, he noted that he has used nothing but LED lighting for the past five years. With the price of LEDs continuing to be competitive, especially in light of the financial and environmental benefits, more and more home owners and... Read More
Back in the day, it was all about the quality. That’s the number one reason why the founders of Barn Light Electric used to scour estate sales and old buildings looking for vintage lighting. The companies that created lighting back in the early 20th century did not scrimp on materials or use cheap labor to save a buck. Companies like Pass & Seymour that created classic Alabax Lighting Fixtures, porcelain ceramic lights crafted to be attractive, simple, easy to clean, and, above all, long lasting.
We celebrate the beauty and simple lines of Alabax lighting with the launch of our own Kao Collection. Inspired by the ceramic lighting fixtures and canopies... Read More
You’ve come a long way baby. When schoolhouse lighting first came onto the scene back in the early 20th century, these hand-blown, glass globes were crafted to conceal bare bulbs that were the norm for lighting fixtures. These simple opaque globes instantly transformed a basic necessity into a design element that not only added a certain style to a space, but cut down on the harsh glare of a bare bulb. Schoolhouse lights were quite popular in public spaces such as government buildings, libraries, and yes, even schoolhouses.
If you follow this blog, you know that Barn Light Electric has a passion for vintage lighting, and we strive to pay homage to the... Read More
Jael’s blood runs deep brown. Chocolate brown in fact.
Along with husband Dan, Jael’s passion is everything chocolate. As owners of the French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Asheville, North Carolina, the couple have created a dessert restaurant that’s not only a local favorite but also a destination for tourists eager to find out why a line forms on the sidewalk outside the door every day. Their success came not without growing pains. After repeated visits from the fire marshall concerned about the crowds packing the lounge, Dan and Jael sought out new space.
And while Jael may know chocolate, choosing the right lighting for the new location was... Read More