Working from home has its perks. Absolutely. If you’re a blogger or a consultant or anyone who works from a home office, you probably have people tell you all the time how lucky you are. In reality, no matter what you do, the job has its downsides. You can never really escape the office because it’s always right there.
Our good friend Sommer Collier, food and travel blogger on A Spicy Perspective, worked out of her home for more than four years, mostly in the kitchen but also from a small office just off the busiest room in the house. Last fall, Sommer decided a change was in order.
“I loved having my office so close to the kitchen, however the... Read More
When Lisa purchased a small, older home on Cape Cod, she hoped to simply expand the space to suit her needs. But, on the advice of her builder, Lisa started from scratch and rebuilt.
“Since the house is on the Cape, I definitely wanted it to be beachy and casual,” Lisa says. “I wanted an all-white palette with pops of color coming out in the lighting and accessories.” The new, open floor plan includes a kitchen space that is the hub of activity. Although she initially chose some chrome-and-glass pendants for the island, Lisa started seeing barn lighting on Houzz and was intrigued. She dug into the Barn Light Electric website and, upon... Read More
The bleak midwinter is upon us. With the polar vortex bearing down and wind chills plummeting even in the southeast, we’re looking for anything warm and bright to liven up our day. Out in Austin, Texas, Carrie need look no further than her lovely kitchen to see a bright pop of happy yellow thanks to the industrial pendant lighting she recently purchased for her new home.
“Everything else in our house is white so we wanted fun, bright pops of color with our lights,” she says. Carrie chose the classic shape of an RLM warehouse shade for over the island with the Old Dixie Stem Mount Pendant. She customized these hand crafted, American-made ceiling lights... Read More
When you find something you like, the tendency is to keep coming back. To a favorite hiking trail, a favorite restaurant, or to your favorite industrial lighting fixture. Such is the case with The Hummus & Pita Company, a New York-based eatery that just opened its newest location on Times Square. Owner David Pesso, along with his mom Janice and brother Steve, chose both ceiling pendants and wall lighting from Barn Light Electric to help set the mood in each of their restaurants. They have created a warm and comfortable atmosphere where the only ethnic part of the restaurant is the food.
“We feel that hummus and pita have become so much a part of the... Read More
Commercial lighting is the true workhorse of the lighting industry. Commercial lights must be energy efficient, rugged enough to stand up to high-traffic areas, and fully illuminate signs, architecture, hostess stands, kitchens, display spaces, and doorways. They not only provide safety to customers but must be stylish enough to capture attention and entice those customers through the door.
Some business owners gravitate to run-of-the-mill sign lighting or fluorescent lighting to handle these tasks. We’d like to offer commercial business owners something better — highly efficient, durable lighting that is easy to customize, will complement any brand, and... Read More
Some people actually park their car in the garage. Not in my garage, of course, which currently holds countless storage bins, five bikes, two kayaks, assorted sports equipment, and 1,000 board feet of red oak that’s drying out.
Today’s Featured Customer, who has chosen to remain anonymous in this post, has a garage that actually houses cars. As an empty nester in northern New Jersey whose kids flew the coop more than 10 years ago, he decided to install pavers in the driveway and remove the old basketball backboard attached to the front of the garage. He also took the opportunity to add electricity to the space and added a garage door opener. The finishing... Read More