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.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.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?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 soap and water.Read More
Warehouse pendant lighting can be used virtually anywhere – commercial or residential. Once used to light factories and barns, these pendant lamps had wide bowls that reflected light over a large areas. This was crucial, especially where heavy machinery met hard labor. Not only did these warehouse pendants need to provide adequate light, they also need to be durable and long lasting. Manufacturers of these quality American lights sought out only the finest materials to construct their light fixtures out of.Read More
For decades, the Tampa Bay area was known as the cigar capital of the United States. Vicente Martinez Ybor, a prominent Spanish-born cigar manufacturer moved his business from Cuba, to Key West and finally to a plot of land in Tampa Bay. Through the years, additional cigar-making companies sprouted up throughout the Tampa Bay area and many of their warehouses were lit with industrial porcelain pendant lights. As you can see in the photo above, these pendants were strategically placed to provide a directional beam of light over the tables occupied with workers rolling cigars. Toward the end of the 20th century and into the early 2000′s, increased taxes on tobacco products forced many of Tampa’s cigar factories to permanently close their doors.Read More