One of our favorite West Coast destinations is Bend, Oregon — land of amazing scenery, low humidity thanks to the high elevation, and year-round recreational opportunities including elbow bends at the 14 breweries we found there!
On last summer’s trip out west, we also discovered Cottage Bend Vacation Rentals designed by Sarah Phipps of Sarah Phipps Design. We fell in love with Sarah’s comfortable and colorful style so we asked her to get comfy in the blogger’s chair today to talk about one of the trickier lighting tasks in the home — bathroom lighting.
Sarah: In my experience, the bathroom can be one of the most difficult rooms to... Read More
It was so exciting last week as we stepped outside the office to watch the latest rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center. It never gets old seeing the sudden billow of smoke and the white contrail bolting skyward.
But today we’re celebrating our own launch right here on the blog! We’re excited to offer Design 101 — a new feature where we present design questions to our friends in the field and get their tips, hear their stories, and learn about what design trends they’re watching.
Today’s question: What rules should I follow, or break, when choosing a chandelier for my dining room table?
And here to answer that... Read More
We’re starting a new feature on the blog today to give our readers an inside peek at what happens behind the doors at Barn Light Manufacturing. When we celebrated the grand opening of our new 50,000-square-foot facility in October 2013, our 100-plus employees were thrilled with the new digs and the expanded space to do their work.
Today, we visit with James, our lead metal spinner, who hails from West Virginia. He traded work in the coal mines for sunny Florida and has been spinning metal for Barn Light Electric for almost three years.
“James knew nothing about spinning when he came to work for the company and after a few short months, he was producing... Read More
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