If you’re leaf peeping this fall and enjoying a drive through the countryside, you may find more than nature’s brilliant display of gold and crimson. Depending on where you live, you may very well find an old barn or two still providing shelter for cows and crops. Many of these old structures have classic gooseneck barn lighting that was popular back in the early 20th century. These American-made fixtures typically had wide, warehouse-style shades that directed the light downward onto the ground and over doorways making it easier for farmers to see without a lot of glare.
These sturdy gooseneck lights are popular once again thanks to the resurgence... Read More
The wall sconce has come a long way since the medieval days of glowing torches lining long, dark hallways in the castle. No other light is more versatile in helping create the proper mood in a room by offering a spot of light just where you need it.
Wall sconces are often a critical piece of the puzzle when interior designers layer light in a room. Achieving the proper balance among different types of lights helps create the mood — too much light makes a room feel sterile while too little light makes a space less inviting and less safe to maneuver in.
And while some light fixtures serve specific needs and spaces, the utilitarian wall sconce resides quite... Read More
Following a dream sounds so idyllic and satisfying. In reality, it can be nerve wracking! Back in 2010, Bobbi and Jeff Noe, of Granville, Ohio, decided to take the plunge leaving behind 30 years of corporate sales, marketing and customer service experience to follow their dream of owning a bed and breakfast. In four short years, the Welsh Hills Inn has developed a loyal following receiving TripAdvisor’s coveted Traveler’s Choice Award for the past two years and is included in the Top 10 B&Bs/Inns in the World. Sounds pretty idyllic and satisfying!
“It truly has been a joy and a terrific experience for us,” says Jeff. “Oh, the... 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