Whitney describes the last 14 years of her life as living in a sea of beige. When she moved to Austin, Texas, from Arizona, she wanted her new home to have color and texture with more of a barn/farm/rustic look.
“It’s Texas Hill Country with a little bit of lodge and farmhouse thrown in for good measure,” Whitney says. “I like to call it ‘farmhouse chic.'” When she and her husband began the building process, she turned to Pinterest for lighting inspiration.
“I found Barn Light Electric on Pinterest and fell in love. At that point, I knew I wanted barn lighting for the exterior,” she notes. For the front door, Whitney... Read More
In Monday’s blog, we visited with Brian in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where his stunning new Craftsman-style home sits on eight rolling acres of land complete with hay fields, deep woods, and bubbling creeks. For much of the home’s exterior, Brian chose classic, American-made gooseneck lighting. Today we take a peek inside to see how Brian and his wife chose to light up the interior of their home.
“We were going for a vintage farmhouse feel with basic Craftsman elements to mimic the simple style of a North Carolina farm house,” Brian explains. “One of the best compliments we have received was when our landscape designer came in and... Read More
When Brian’s dad built a home back in the late 1970s, he incorporated many reclaimed materials such as stained glass windows from an English church, porcelain gas station lights for the garage, and a Texaco Sky chief gas pump from the 1920s.
“There was no manufacturer of reproduction lights in those days so he had to use original lighting and craft his own goosenecks using galvanized plumbing pipe,” Brian says. When Brian started building his own home in Wake Forest, North Carolina last year, he followed his father’s lead to include reclaimed materials to give the home the feel of an original farmhouse but with modern... Read More
When Claire and her husband Ken purchased a 1930s-era mud adobe home last summer in Patagonia, Arizona, they got a partially finished casita, or cottage, adjacent to the main home. The couple decided it would be the perfect getaway for people looking to enjoy the history, culture, shopping, and birding in this artsy and eclectic town.
“We just needed to do the finishing touches, such as paint, window treatments, furnishings and landscaping,” Claire says. “The former owner had installed very basic contractor-grade lighting and plumbing fixtures so we changed out all the faucets, four light fixtures, and two ceiling fans.” Claire wanted to create... Read More
Do you describe the industrial style as crisp, clean, and hard working? Or does it seem more cold, raw, and unfinished to you? No matter what your take, the industrial trend has taken the design world by storm and can be seen not only in big-city lofts but in beach-side cottages, midwestern farm homes, and in retail stores and restaurants across the country.
Industrial style has a humble feel showcasing the perfect fusion of form and function. But if you’re on the cold and unfinished side of the debate, we have good news for you. You can get the rugged, unassuming look of an industrial pendant with enough color and style to win you over in no time!
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I have not adjusted to the time change apparently. I seem to forget, or perhaps I’m in denial, that it will be pitch black by the time I get home some days. I have yet to remember to turn on the outdoor lights when I leave.
And while late fall is a great time to wrap up outdoor chores for the year, it’s also a great time to think about your outdoor lighting which gets a workout during these months. If you remember to turn it on.
Start at the street and try to think like your Uncle Howard who will be navigating his way to your door for Thanksgiving in the dark. Is your driveway easy to see? Is your parking area well lit so Aunt Virginia doesn’t... Read More