Like many new technologies, LED lighting was expensive and slow to catch on at first. But oh, how things have changed. LED lights, once known for their cold, harsh glare, are now more affordable, offer warmer light, and are available in a wide variety of fixtures including pendants, gooseneck lights, and even schoolhouse lighting.
For Nar Bustamante, owner and principle designer of Nar Fine Carpentry, a design/build remodeling company in California, LED lighting is the only way to go.
“For the last five years, I only use LED on all our projects,” he says. One of his recent projects was a complete remodel of a home in Sacramento including the laundry... Read More
In the seaside town of Sag Harbor, decorator Natasha Esch and her husband, Matthew Coffin, have painstakingly restored and renovated an historic 19th-century storefront building. Using a mix of rustic wood and industrial metal decor, the pair created a stunning environment for Esch’s penchant toward European midcentury design. A variety of midcentury chairs dot the open floor plan featuring refinished oak flooring and, in the soaring space above, rustic posts and beams recycled from an old barn add warmth and a sense of strength.
Hanging from those beams and focusing light directly below are hefty, deep bowl pendants much like our Ivanhoe® Wilcox Deep Bowl... Read More
Whether you’re working on a small laundry room remodel or a multi-million dollar commercial build, an inspiration board is often the birthplace of great design. Many architects, interior designers, and even homeowners start with simple sketches, color swatches, and pins from Pinterest that inspire them as they plan out their new space.
An inspiration board created by Jacobs Global Building Design in Philadelphia led to the new look of Saxbys, a coffee house located in Peddlers Village, a 42-acre development in Buckingham, Pennsylvania.
“Louis Chang and Devyn O’Neill of Jacobs started with an inspiration board which basically looked at the space and... Read More
We spent much of the 1970s and ’80s being bombarded with the message that new is better than old. Lease a new car then turn it in and get another new one. Use a new plastic bottle each day instead of filling up a glass. Luckily, there’s been a significant shift of late towards preserving the past. Upcycling, reusing, and repurposing are no longer fringe concepts but words to live by!
Like many people, we love finding old treasures like vintage barn lights. Ones that have been in use for decades and, with a little TLC, can be made like new again for many more years of service. Barn Light Electric grew from the excitement of finding old lighting fixtures made... 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
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