We spent much of the 1970s and ’80s being bombarded with the message that new is better than old. Lease a new car then turn it in and get another new one. Use a new plastic bottle each day instead of filling up a glass. Luckily, there’s been a significant shift of late towards preserving the past. Upcycling, reusing, and repurposing are no longer fringe concepts but words to live by!
Like many people, we love finding old treasures like vintage barn lights. Ones that have been in use for decades and, with a little TLC, can be made like new again for many more years of service. Barn Light Electric grew from the excitement of finding old lighting fixtures made... 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
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
For more than 20 years, the good folks at Southern Living have inspired us with their annual Idea House. With an ensemble of talented architects and designers descending upon a new location each year, a showcase home is born chock full of color, texture, and creativity. Back in 2011, the team, including San Antonio architect Michael G. Imber, traveled to the central Texas Hill Country to create a rambling European style home that utilized native building materials in a nod to its southern landscape.
While the entire home is stunning, we were thrilled that Michael chose our Ivanhoe® Sinclair Porcelain Pendant for the laundry/flower room.
“I actually started the... Read More
In the past, industrial style was something only found in factories. Nobody really cared to invest in a property that had concrete floors and discolored, brick walls. If you also had faded woodwork and exposed duct work, you would have a hard time finding a potential buyer. Today, you might be kicking yourself for not seeing the possibility in these rugged atmospheres, right? As you know, these factory inspired rooms are all the rage. People are paying big bucks for vintage industrial furniture along with explosion proof factory lamps. Can you blame them though?
Porcelain enamel lamps from nearly 100 years ago were built with top of the line materials and their... Read More
So you love them, but why should you choose a porcelain enamel light over any other fixture? In a day and age where we’re all trying to get the best deals, some items aren’t always worth skimping on. While all of our American made lights are built from the best materials, the handcrafted enameled fixtures are absolutely the best of the best.
But what makes them so amazing? For starters, they are easy to clean, weather resistant and they are definitely durable. Lesser quality lights can sometimes fade or lose their original finish, whether it’s through sun exposure or merely age. Porcelain lighting though, can be easily revitalized with a little bit of mild... Read More