When you have six kids and two adults living in the same house, the kitchen is truly the heart of the home. For Ruthie, who writes the blog Fairy Wings and Dinosaurs from her Washington home near the border of Idaho, her kitchen buzzes with family activity.
“We spend a lot of time making these little humans of ours snacks and meals, and we also organize our mail there, go through school papers, you name it,” Ruthie says. “Our kitchen was very dark and very much not us so it was in desperate need of an update!”
Ruthie wanted to keep the layout of the kitchen which includes a huge island with a range in the center. Working with designer Jessica Bean, they removed evidence of a 1970s-era remodel and expanded the storage space with more cabinets and a reconfigured pantry. To bring more of their personality into the space, Ruthie and her husband, who both love skateboarding, selected a recycled skateboard tiled backsplash from Art of Board, a company that recycles skateboards into home goods and apparel.
“Bold and fun is definitely our look and we wanted a statement kitchen,” Ruthie explains. ” The couple searched and searched for the perfect lighting that would provide a balance to the funky modern kitchen. And though she admits to looking at more than a dozen different companies, Ruthie kept coming back to Barn Light Electric’s Ivanhoe® Sky Chief Porcelain Pendant for over the island. She customized the four pendants with 12″ shades, our popular Jadite finish, a matching Jadite canopy, and a standard black cord.
“We wanted something that reminded us of a farmhouse feel to balance out our modern kitchen,” Ruthie explains. “The shape was perfect and we were very comfortable with the price. We pulled the jadite from a color that kept showing up on some of the skateboard tiles and we painted our breakfast nook hutch the same color. It looks incredible.”
The American-made Sky Chief is a classic barn light with an updated porcelain enamel finish that will never fade or corrode. Hand spun from commercial grade steel, this RLM-inspired warehouse shade provides plenty of downlight which makes it a popular choice in kitchens such as Ruthie’s.
“We were drawn to the porcelain because of the finishes that were available. We knew there would be so many options and we’d be able to pick any color we wanted,” she says. “It also feels soft yet sturdy; exactly what we needed.”
Porcelain enamel is the finish of choice for homeowners and business owners who want a light that will last for generations with minimal maintenance. The Sky Chief is also available in LED for those who want to save money on their energy costs without sacrificing any style.
“The bright colors along with the backsplash are the first things people notice and we are always being asked about them,” Ruthie says. “I’m in love with the color — it is unique without being over the top. The lights pull just enough of the colors from the backsplash to work perfectly without being overdone. We could not be more thrilled with how well they balance out the space.”
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“It was stunning and so much more than I ever expected,” Abbey says. “I was blown away.” Abbey, who writes the blog The Cards We Drew, was working on a remodel of her son’s bathroom and bedroom. The rooms were outdated and need a little flair, so Abbey decided to tackle both rooms at once and give them some character.Read More
We are fortunate to work with many talented designers who always seem to come up with fresh ideas no matter what design dilemma they face. We met one of our all-time favs, Kim Lewis of Kim Lewis Designs, when she was the lead designer on the ABC hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In her six-year stint with EM:HE, Kim designed more than 120 homes in 43 states. She is the original vagabond designer!
One of Kim’s latest expeditions was to Bedford, Massachusetts, where she teamed up with TLC’s Buddy Valastro, better known as the Cake Boss, to revive and renew the Prince Street Café & Bakery. In this episode of Buddy’s Bakery Rescue, owner Dana Strayton struggled with the bakery side of her business. The space not only needed renovating, but the cherished recipes that Dana’s grandfather has passed down to her were in need of updating.
Cue the design team!
“My design for the Prince Street Café & Bakery was truly inspired by the streets of Boston, Massachusetts,” Kim says. “In design, I love trying to bring something back to its roots. Dana’s grandfather’s original bakery was on Prince Street in Boston, so why not bring the streets of this great city right inside the bakery!” And if you didn’t see the episode, that’s exactly what Kim and the design team did!
Using siding, brick, and dentil mouldings, the team transformed each wall of the bakery to look like a different building façade. An old gas lantern stands in one corner and a bureau by the front door holds photos of Dana’s grandfather on Prince Street. To highlight the new bakery cases, which are chock full of traditional Italian goodies, Kim chose the Sydney Industrial Cord Hung Pendant.
These 16″ shades are American made and hand crafted by our metal spinners here in Florida. Kim chose a classic Bronze finish for the shade, a matching Bronze cast guard, and clear glass for maximum light.
Brew pubs are popping up all over the country with some serious concentrations in places like Bend, Oregon, and Asheville, North Carolina. And while many of these breweries are all about beer, there’s a special place in Virginia that belongs on your beer app.
Starr Hill Brewery, located in Crozet, about 15 miles west of Charlottesville, serves up a variety of craft beer and seasonal brews with a hefty side of music.Read More
The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays thanks to warm weather, plenty of good food, and no presents to wrap. It’s a great day to celebrate our nation’s birthday with family and friends, and maybe take advantage of a sale or two. The annual Barn Light Electric Fourth of July Sale is in full swing and you can save 10% storewide*. We have launched so many new products this spring, you are sure to find the perfect pendant, wall sconce, or table lamp for your home or office. One of our most popular deep bowl pendant lights, the Wesco, got a new look with an uplighting feature. The Wesco Uplight Cord Hung Pendant comes in four shade sizes including a bountiful 18″ size that would make a dynamic statement over the dining room table. The Wesco Uplight is also available in a chain hung mount, a stem mount and as a gooseneck light. So how did the Father’s Day gifts go over last month? It’s not too late to surprise the man in your life with some rugged industrial lighting for the garage, workshop, or home office. The Brewster Pendant exudes manliness with its clean cut, streamline style straight from the Atomic Age. American made from commercial grade materials, this modern ring pendant can be customized with one of more than two dozen finish colors plus cording and glass options. It’s also available as an LED pendant! And if you’re looking for the very latest in LED lighting, you’ve found it in our Rustic LED collection. Utilizing compact LED technology from Cree, a leader in creative LED technology, these fixtures feature an LED light source that is guaranteed to provide a minimum of 50,000 hours of light. Save time and money on energy and maintenance costs and no more bulbs to change! This Brisbane LED Cord Hung Pendant can be customized to your specifications with finish, guard, glass, and cording options to create a look to complement your kitchen, porch, or living space. American made, hand crafted to last for years, and easy on the environment. Learn more about our new rustic LED collection here and have a safe and happy 4th of July! LED Cast Guard Fixtures by Barn Light Electric from Barn Light Electric on Vimeo.Read More
Remodeling projects often start out small. Maybe a new paint color in the kitchen would be nice. Or new hardware. How about a new light?! And sometimes these projects snowball and take on a life of their own. Anne in Kansas City, Missouri, liked her kitchen, yet after much deliberation, she decided to jump in with both feet for a full-scale renovation.
“We live in a 1940 Tudor Revival home,” Anne explains. “We gutted the original kitchen and reworked the entire space.” The changes included removing a wall between the breakfast nook and the kitchen, moving an interior doorway, and moving and expanding the exterior doorway. Through it all, Anne strived to protect the integrity of the home’s period architecture within the new design all while staying within her budget.Read More