Every house I’ve ever lived in had at least one room where the ceiling height was an issue. The basement in Maine was described as “cozy” by the realtor. And in Tennessee, we yelled “duck!” to anyone over 5’10″ who walked into the house or they would bump their head on the knotty pine ceiling.
Cozy is not all bad, but low ceilings can make it difficult to choose lighting. And if your tight space has no natural light coming in, such as in an interior laundry room, it’s even more important to choose appropriate lighting.Read More
Back in the early days of Barn Light Electric, owners Bryan and Donna Scott did it all. Like most small business owners, the couple created their web site design, developed new products, packed boxes for shipping, and even answered the phone as they enjoyed a hands-on approach to their growing business.
The couple recently heard from one of their very first customers – Michelle Pattee who purchased barn lights more than six years ago for her early 1900′s farmhouse located in Sebastopol, California.
“I purchased many lights at Barn Light Electric,” Michelle says. “I remember chatting on the phone with the owner.” Michelle is an event photographer and founder/creative director of Archival Decor. The lovely farmhouse that she shares with her husband Bill Albright and their two children was recently featured on Houzz. A builder by trade, Bill handled the extensive renovations the couple envisioned for their home.
In the kitchen, Bill removed walls to open the space and used reclaimed wood for the support beams, ceiling, and floor. A minimalist at heart, Michelle loves the open look. To illuminate the space, Michelle chose our Barn Light Original™ Warehouse Flush Mount Pendant which provides plenty of lighting with a mounting that hugs the exposed beams.
“I was looking for sturdy, well made lights that did not look flimsy,” Michelle explains. “I wanted a light with some visual weight.”
In the hallway, which has higher ceilings, Michelle stayed with the Original™ Warehouse Shade but chose a longer stem. She also customized this ceiling pendant with a cast guard and glass which adds a vintage touch to her industrial farmhouse look.
Outside, the family enjoys a pastoral setting which includes this stately walnut tree. In the background, a deep bowl barn light provides light over the doors and deck. Although we don’t sell this particular fixture any longer, you can get a similar look with the Wesco Gooseneck Light, an American made wall light that is hand spun by our own craftsmen.
“I’m still very happy with my lights. They have definitely held up,” Michelle says. “I still love all my BLE products!”
Photos courtesy of Michelle Pattee
Sometimes a remodeling job just needs a man’s touch. When a customer approached Kathy and Tony Wallace of Store With Style about remodeling a bathroom with a garage-type look, Tony climbed into the driver’s seat and took off. With a showroom in Mentor, Ohio, this family-owned business focuses on total home organization with custom solutions and hand crafted cabinetry to meet a variety of customer needs. For this bath remodel, Kathy notes that they chose colors, fixtures, and lighting to create a garage-style space.Read More
If you’re a wordsmith like me, combination words provide ways to describe something in an interesting, and often entertaining, manner. Spork, for example, aptly describes a combination fork and spoon plus it’s just fun to say. And who didn’t laugh out loud the first time you heard Brangelina or Bennifer? But one of my favs right now is barndominium. This word describes a wonderful combination of a barn and condominium — think of a large, open space with living areas added on. From the outside, the building often resembles your typical barn, but the inside can be designed and decorated with plenty of up-town style!Read More
With a self-professed addiction to flea markets, antique shops, and Craigslist, Santa Ana resident Khanh has accumulated all sorts of vintage treasures throughout the years. Not surprisingly, her home is a 1931 English Tudor. A studio was added in 2004 that matches the home’s style and included a half bath that was never completed by the original owner. Khanh recently tackled the completion of this space to include some vintage schoolhouse lighting.Read More
The classic styling of an RLM warehouse shade has long been a popular choice for both residential and commercial lighting venues where a downward focus of light is desirable. Think restaurant tables and retail store displays on the commercial side and kitchen islands and front porches on the residential side. The bowl shape of the warehouse shade keeps the light directed down, not splashing onto the next table or into the neighbor’s front yard. But sometimes you a bit of uplighting add visual interest to a fixture and provides more light to a space.Read More