In business for more than 50 years, the Friendly Bake Shop of Frankfort, New York, was struggling. Too few options in the display case, a dingy, dated space, and three generations of family members with differing ideas on how to move the family business into the future. Enter Buddy Valastro, better known as the Cake Boss from the hit TLC series. The story of how Buddy helped rally the Viti family and transformed the Friendly Bake Shop was featured in the premiere episode of “The Bakery Boss,” a new TLC offering. Barn Light Electric was proud to support this family business with some porcelain enamel barn lighting to light up their new look!Read More
School is out, time to shop! If you’re a business owner, it’s time to consider your store or restaurant’s presentation. Will your shop window draw a crowd, or do guests simply walk on by?
This Style Me Sunday we’re offering some tips that will add curb appeal that is sure to attract consumers. From spot lighting to product display, we want to help you spruce up that space to create an eye-catching window showcase!
If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of a movement gaining steam. Whereas for many years, the price of goods reigned supreme, consumers are beginning to realize that it’s often better to pay for quality and service rather than simply buy cheap and get what you pay for. Barn Light Electric certainly understands this approach and so does the Red Oxx Manufacturing company in Billings, Montana. Their success story is a classic one wherein they care deeply about old world craftsmanship, not simply churning out products. If their name sounds familiar, we first visited Red Oxx last fall in a post where we described a remodeling project in one of their facilities.
Today, we take a look on the exterior of their building which is located in a part of town that once was blighted but is experiencing a revitalization thanks in part to this growing company. The project manager chose American-made, black angle shades to light up the doorways. These lights are very similar to our Gooseneck Angle Shade Light, part of our collection of Commercial Sign Lighting.
Our Gooseneck Angle Shade is a classic light crafted right here in America. It is available in four shade sizes and a rainbow of 30 different powder coat finish colors. One is sure to complement your commercial brand. A variety of gooseneck arm sizes are also available to give your new light just the right angle and projection away from the wall. These lights are wet rated for outdoor locations and can highlight awnings, signage, logos, doorways, and sidewalks with ease. Indoors, angle shade lights are often found on menu display boards, hostess stands, and to highlight artwork on the walls.
For a similar look with the added benefit of a long-lasting porcelain enamel finish, don’t miss the Fire Chief Porcelain Sign Light manufactured exclusively by Barn Light Electric and available in 11 of our signature porcelain enamel colors!
Top photo courtesy of Red Oxx Manufacturing, Inc.Read More
We were thrilled when Pantone announced that Emerald green was the 2013 Color of the Year. This hue is not only a seasonal favorite, but will stay fresh in the coming year. For this Style Me Sunday, our muse was one of our lovely Green with Envy pins. It’s time to add some vigor and life to your kitchen with pops of Emerald!
Emerald green subway tile have been en vogue for quite some time. Adding color to your back-splash creates dynamic visuals and clean surfaces. American-made kitchen furniture like The Urbanization Factory Utility Cart and the Industrial Factory Backless Stool is a great way to add to the industrialized flair in your kitchen. With their compact sizes, these pieces can travel with you as you move about your kitchen.
Pendant lighting with green finishes like porcelain Vintage Green and Patina help incorporate more of the hue into your Emerald kitchen. Pairing RLM style pendants like the Ivanhoe™ Sky Chief Warehouse Porcelain Pendants ensure that your workspace will have ample lighting! For a more diffused, softer look, try Barn Light Electric’s new Schoolhouse Patina Copper Stem Lights.
We were inspired by the kitchen’s retro accessories like the enamelware cups and pitcher. For a similar look, try some Enamelware Cups. For a hip, earthy look we included some French-style, striped Linen Hand Towels and a Canvas Basket with Handles.
While emerald green may assume the spotlight for the next year, the color has been a staple in lighting finishes for years. Here are some of our favorite shades—some modern, some vintage!Read More
When you think of the ideal bedroom, what elements do you come up with? Comfy sheets? Wicker dressers? Ceramic cat collections? Hey, there’s no shame in having personal style. Bedrooms are the ideal place to show off decorations that enable you to unwind and be yourself.
This mood board is all about the “Effortlessly Chic Bedroom”—a space that exemplifies how chic doesn’t always have to be fussy and structured.
The muted St. Barts Stripe Duvet Cover begs to be snuggled in with its simple, graphic lines that give a slight nod to the nautical. Pairing it with retro industrial accents like the The Restoration Vintage Industrial Wood Side Table, Industrial Metal Round Standing Mirror and Dolomite Alarm Clock makes this room gender neutral. We love how these minimalist prints from inhauspress’s etsy remind us to dream—and they make a great replacement for a headboard! Spotlighting this collection of artwork are two Fire Chief Porcelain Sign Lights. The pop of yellow hues is perfect for creating a focal point in this otherwise subdued space and it’s a great way to show off the duality what are normally thought of outdoor lights!
If that look intimidates you, you can always consider the Barn Light Indy Industrial Pendant for your lighting. While the exposed bulb and simple turnkey makes them neutral enough to fit in both casual and formal spaces, they can be customized with bulbs like the Plumen or Nostalgic Edison Bulbs to add a little flair!
1- Barn Light Indy Industrial Pendant by Barn Light Electric
2- Fire Chief Porcelain Sign Lights by Barn Light Electric
4- Dolomite Alarm Clock by Barn Light Electric
5-The Restoration Vintage Industrial Wood Side Table by Barn Light Electric
6- Industrial Metal Round Standing Mirror by Barn Light Electric
7- St. Barts Stripe Duvet Cover by Rough Linnen
When Roy Underhill, host of the long-running PBS series “The Woodwright’s Shop,” went back to his North Carolina roots to open a woodworking school, he wanted to give his students the full vintage experience. His school, located in charming Pittsboro, has a few rules. Only hand tools in operation here; no power allowed. Tape measures are a big no-no, and as Underhill unequivocally states, “Any tools with plastic handles must be hidden when I walk by.”
Underhill designed his storefront school with an eye to the late 1930s when hand tools reigned supreme. The vintage atmosphere is carried through in the lighting scheme which is classic barn style lighting inside and out.
Welcoming students on the sidewalk are gooseneck angle shades in a vintage green while a matching rustic pendant highlights the doorway. Inside, individual work tables are illuminated by a classic light fixture — an RLM-inspired warehouse shade. These pendants are just like the Original Warehouse Shade which comes in five sizes and a range of finish colors that can take your light from 1930s traditional to 1960s retro to 21st century modern. Choose a standard cord or add a cotton twist cord for visual interest. Cast guard and glass or a wire cage will also add to the vintage look of this fixture.
The doorway pendant is much like our Barn Light Atomic CGU Pendant. This rustic fixture can be cord or stem mounted, and you can choose from a rainbow of finish colors. The Angle Shades are also a traditional gooseneck sign light from the period. The gooseneck arm allows the light to shine directly onto the historic building without spilling into the street.
Oh, and if you plan to attend one of Underhill’s classes, leave that logoed tee at home and opt for jeans and a simple work shirt instead. As Underhill says, “When you enter this vintage environment, you become a part of it.
Top two photos courtesy The Woodwright’s SchoolRead More