“Were you raised in a barn?!” I can still hear my mom yelling at me whenever I’d fly out the front door of our house racing to be outside and forgetting to close the door behind me. For Rebecca and Tom of Chester, Vermont, they are indeed raising their child in a barn — a 100-year-old converted dairy barn. The building has served many purposes in the last century but it became the campestral homestead for this couple in 2009 who fell in love with the location and charm of the space. Like most old buildings, this one was in serious need of renovations.Read More
As you cruise scenic Highway 29 that runs through the heart of Napa Valley, California, lush vineyards beckon you to visit the birthplace of America’s wine making industry. The vast majority of Napa Valley vineyards are family owned and operated, and all offer tours and tastings. If you go to Napa, plan on watching the movie Bottle Shock before your trip for a little history of how Napa burst onto the world stage in wine making.Read More
Sometimes a remodeling job just needs a man’s touch. When a customer approached Kathy and Tony Wallace of Store With Style about remodeling a bathroom with a garage-type look, Tony climbed into the driver’s seat and took off. With a showroom in Mentor, Ohio, this family-owned business focuses on total home organization with custom solutions and hand crafted cabinetry to meet a variety of customer needs. For this bath remodel, Kathy notes that they chose colors, fixtures, and lighting to create a garage-style space.Read More
Much like Barn Light Electric, the Patagonia company had humble beginnings. It was in a shed in his parent’s back yard that founder Yvon Chouinard began crafting climbing tools to use on weekend forays into wilderness areas in Yosemite, Wyoming, and Canada. At one of the newest Patagonia stores in Hong Kong, designer Pater Wong wanted to bring the Patagonia story into the interior design of the new space.Read More
I hate to even utter the words but with store aisles clogged with sad-looking kids and eager moms picking out binders and book covers, it can only mean one thing. Change is in the air. Fall, and a new school year, are lurking just around the corner. While those words may bring a chorus of groans from some, many of us see the changing of the seasons as a great time to change things up around the house.Read More
For a business that serves military enthusiasts, vintage lighting brings the perfect touch of history and style to a space. Brady Miller, owner of Monkey Depot in Mesa, Arizona, searched high and low for vintage lighting for his brick-and-mortar showroom but quickly became frustrated.
“The challenges of finding the right ones, finding enough of them, and then the hassle of re-wiring and bringing them up to current code and specs were wearing me down,” Brady explains. In his search for some of the vintage maker names such as Benjamin™ and Ivanhoe™, Brady stumbled upon Barn Light Electric and realized he could get the vintage quality and look without the hassle.
“We really wanted to go for a cross between a vintage factory and a noir era private eye office,” Brady says of his showroom. His business features military themed action figures and die cast models, while a second business called Monkey Edge focuses on high-end custom knives and gear. Brady chose four Atomic Topless Streamline Industrial Guard Sconces for a hallway that connects the showroom to the warehouse. These rugged, American made fixtures are finished with a heavy duty cast guard, frosted glass, and a Jadite finish.
“We chose the chandelier because it was so cool, we had to have one,” Brady says. “And it ended up working in the stairwell going to the loft offices. It appears a bit foreboding.” This Factory Overhead 6-Light Chandelier features thick cast guard units with a Galvanized finish and frosted glass. The heavy stems lend a distinct industrial appearance.
In the showroom, Brady chose three 20″ Ivanhoe™ Sky Chief Warehouse Porcelain Pendants in Vintage Green with Black cotton cords.
“The warehouse pendants were chosen for their vintage flair as well as for the amount of light they provide,” Brady notes. “Their size also separates the showroom a bit visually from the loft.” When he received the lights, Brady was impressed by the quality and feel of his new vintage style fixtures.
“They were not like the cheap ‘retro’ knock offs. We get tons of compliments on the place in general,” he says. “To me, good lighting should be invisible to people in the sense that they do not walk in and say ‘Hey, cool lights!’ But rather, people walk in and say ‘Hey, amazing place!” and then start picking out the cool individual elements. This is a major factor in giving an overall feel and vibe to the place.”
Photos courtesy of Monkey Depot