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
This adorable little breakfast nook has so much going for it, it’s hard to decide which element we like best! With light streaming in on three sides, convenient bench seating, and a classic warehouse shade to cast light in the evenings, this space is loaded with charming details. The vented warehouse shade complements the vintage look of the apron front sink and the white subway tile that helps keep the narrow space bright and open.
These RLM-inspired warehouse shades were popular back in the 1930s and 40s when manufacturers like Benjamin®, Ivanhoe®, and Smoot-Holman used top quality materials and porcelain enamel to craft their rugged lighting. It was made to... Read More
There was a time when warehouse pendant lighting was found, well, in warehouses! And also in factories where the wide bowl of these pendant lamps reflected light over a large area, a critical feature where
heavy machinery and meticulous work was involved. These lights not only had to provide plenty of illumination, but had to be durable in an industrial setting. Manufacturers in the early 20th century would hand craft these light fixtures using only the finest commercial grade materials of the time.
Companies like Crouse-Hinds, Benjamin® and Goodrich® spun shades out of steel, then coated and baked them with a porcelain enamel coating that was resistant to... Read More