Although September is half over and the autumnal equinox will occur in less than a week, there’s still time to enjoy our outdoor spaces just a bit longer. Unless you live in Colorado where it snowed last Friday!
When our staff photographers visited Tybee Island, Georgia, last week, the weather was warm but rainy. And while you might think the inclement weather put a damper on their outdoor activities, the ladies made good use of this beautiful wrap-around porch at the Sea Star Cottage, one of more than two dozen cottages managed by Mermaid Cottages.
This particular cottage was built in the 1930s and the deep porch is perfect for rocking away the hours while... Read More
Home renovations sometimes resemble one of those domino tricks where you touch one then all of the others fall in line. You may start out with a simple plan to add a new chair rail in the dining room, but then you realize the dining room table needs refinishing. And the wall could use a fresh coat of paint. And so go the dominoes!
When Rhonda and Peter, of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, repainted the exterior of their home recently, they realized that their outdoor lighting needed updating.
“The style we were going for was traditional, Cape Cod New England, but with a modern, fresh feeling,” Rhonda says. “We chose porcelain enamel lighting because... Read More
When we revived the art of creating porcelain enamel lighting just a few years back, it was the first time in more than 50 years that porcelain enamel lights were once again being crafted in America. And while we often talk about the brilliant, high-gloss finish that the steel shades have when they roll out of our porcelain enamel oven, we don’t focus as much on the interior of the shade which is most often coated in bright white.
The look of a white interior goes back to the very roots of warehouse lighting. In the early 20th century, warehouse shades were suspended over factory tables and work stations to provide a wide span of light to workers. The white... Read More
I know it’s July and the school bell will remain silent for six more weeks, but there’s no time like the present for a little education.
No groaning please. Education is information and information is key when you’re looking to invest in lighting. Let’s face it. You can go to your local big-box store and spend $20 on a look-alike wall sconce that came from China. But considering it only costs you $20 and it had to be shipped overseas, how much money do you think actually went into the materials? Not much. Which is why most “inexpensive” lights rust almost immediately or fall apart at the first hint of use.
So a little history... Read More
We follow a lot of blogs here at Barn Light Electric and one of our favs is Design Sponge. In yesterday’s D*S post on pendant lighting, Grace Bonney wrote, “When it comes to making your house feel like a home, the best investment you can make is in pieces that will remain timeless.”
We couldn’t agree more! Some of the most timeless styles of lighting can be found in our Porcelain Enamel Collection of barn lights. We have taken many of the classic designs from companies like Goodrich®, Ivanhoe®, and Benjamin®, and updated them with a wide range of finish colors and options like cotton cords, wire cages, and cast guards to provide customers... Read More
Spring is lurking just around the corner and you’re getting the itch. Not the allergy kind. It’s more of the itch to give your home a fresh look. And two of the most powerful options at your disposal, even if you’re not an avid DIYer, are color and lighting. So let’s breathe some new life into one of the most used rooms in the house — the kitchen.
Perhaps you’ve grown tired of builder beige on the walls. Bring home some of those sample bottles of paint and splash it around. Be bold! Try something new! Live with it for a week and see how the colors look at different times of the day. With minimal investment, you might just find the... Read More