Is it getting more spring-like in your neck of the woods? It certainly is here although some parts of the country are still seeing white stuff flying around. And that’s not pollen! Seriously, winter be gone already!
One thing I love about spring is the reemergence of color, especially outside my window. Bright yellow daffodils and lime green buds on the trees all signal the start of something new. It’s a great time to reconsider the color inside your house as well. The experts all have an opinion on the hot new colors each year, so we’ve been poking around to see what trends are out there and how you can consider these when choosing your lighting.Read More
A seaside home can take on a number of different personalities from your basic beachy style to a high-end yacht look. Common themes, however, that run through many beach homes include plenty of windows, a color palette of crisp white mixed with blues and greens, and nautical style lighting.
This gorgeous home, located in Narrangansett, Rhode Island, is a bit further up the scale from “basic” but, with some interesting lighting choices both inside and out, takes on a style that gives a nod to its waterfront roots plus a hint of industrial style too. The home was renovated under the careful eyes of Ronald F. DiMauro Architects and Pastore Builders.
In one of the living areas, the team chose the Amidships Bulkhead Wall Mount Light to flank the television cabinet and windows.
“The bulkhead lights contribute to the nautical style,” says Laurie Keene. “Having the industrial look of these fixtures inside the home makes the nautical feeling more beachy.” These bulkhead fixtures were customized with a Black finish and a frost ribbed lens which provide a nice contrast against the white walls.
The master bedroom features an octagonal design with a vaulted ceiling to take every possible advantage of the stunning view.
“We didn’t want one large fixture hanging from the center, so the bullet lighting was a way to have interesting fixtures on the vaulted ceiling,” Laurie explains. The Bullet Cast Guard is a compact sconce that provides plenty of light through its rugged cast guard design. The glass can be customized with frosted, ribbed, or colored options. For a sleeker look, the Bullet Wire Guard offers the same compact style with slender wire guards.
“Goosenecks are long, thin and protrude off the wall,” Laurie says. “We liked that the barn sconces are stout. They fit better with the exterior massing.” The team chose an oil rubbed bronze finish for the wall sconces.
“The finish looks great against the white paint and gave a slightly higher scale cottage feel,” Laurie adds. With so many lighting choices to make when building or renovating, Laurie offers this advice to homeowners.
“Size up! We choose larger sizes than you would think in order to make any space, interior or exterior, human scale,” she says. “Our exterior fixtures are usually at least 16″. We feel that oversized and appropriate lighting fixtures can really add to the detailing of the building.”
I have a longstanding love affair with barns. I grew up in the south where we had a big old barn that was better than any playhouse my parents could have built us. My sisters and I spent countless hours there holding club meetings amongst the hay bales and watching barn swallows tend their nests in the eaves. On a rainy day, there was nothing better than a picnic lunch in the hayloft listening to the rain patter on the tin roof.Read More
Some marriages are made in heaven. Red wine and dark chocolate. Cal Ripken and the Orioles. Gladys and her Pips. Then there’s Mark and Kelley Ash. The architect-husband and artist-wife pair utilized their blend of talent and creativity to design and build Fox Heart Farm, their Alabama homestead. Recently featured on Houzz, the three-bedroom, 1,700-square-foot home sits on nine pastoral acres and showcases Kelley’s eclectic taste with a cacophony of texture and color in every room.Read More
Many stout-hearted homeowners tackle major renovations with big dreams. But sometimes, even with the deep pockets that big dreams require, some renovations are doomed from the start. When Jeff and his wife Stephanie, of Columbus, Ohio, purchased a cottage at Indian Lake, they initially planned a major remodel of the structure. But when they discovered the foundation was severely deteriorated, they decided to tear it down and start over.Read More
There have been many exciting days in our history as Barn Light Electric has grown from a backyard workshop to more than 100 employees hand crafting our signature lighting for customers all over the world. Reviving the lost art of porcelain enamel lighting in America and celebrating the grand opening of our new manufacturing facility last fall were both major milestones.
Today we celebrate the launch of a new collection of bold industrial lighting with the help of our good friend Veronica Valencia, a Los Angeles-based designer, known for her fresh and innovative approaches to design.Read More