With the 2013 Kentucky Derby in the books and the Preakness set for this weekend, even casual observers of horse racing are getting excited about the annual Triple Crown hype. Few, however, consider what happens after a thoroughbred finishes a racing career. Luckily, people like today’s Featured Customer make it their life’s work to help these horses find new homes when they are no longer able to race. Allie recently completed the construction of a new barn in the heart of North Carolina’s horse country.
“This is a barn for my own horses as well as those belonging to my non profit CANTER Mid-Atlantic,” Allie explains. “We rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home thoroughbreds so they are not sent to slaughter at the end of their racing careers.” When it came time to choose lighting for the new building, Allie wanted lights reminiscent of the barns of yesteryear.
“I knew I wanted gooseneck lighting and a search on Houzz led me to Barn Light Electric,” she says. “I comparison shopped but returned to BLE again and again because the lights are American made, the website is easy to use and understand, and I felt the prices were great for the quality. My electrician told me they were the best quality lights he’d ever installed!”
“I wanted a pop of color somewhere and I knew just where it was coming from,” Allie says. “My beautiful yard lights! The lights are Barn Red and look fabulous!” Over the Dutch doors, Allie wanted something small, simple, and pretty. She chose seven Arlington Sconces with a compact 8″ shade and a Black finish to light up each doorway.
“These were mounted high enough to be out of reach of interested horses and have a simple beauty about them,” Allie notes. “They sit beautifully against the hardie-board siding and will complement the black metal-framed Dutch doors once they’re installed.” Allie’s one splurge in her shopping was the four Ashland Gooseneck Lights for the interior of the space. They remind her that while she is facing a milestone birthday soon, she still adores silly things regardless of whether they match or not.
“I thought the blue was so beautiful and I knew I would look at them and smile for years to come,” Allie says. “So they are a bit silly, but they have the exact look I wanted. Everybody comes in the barn and that is the first thing they notice — the awesome lights!”
Photos courtesy of CANTER Mid-Atlantic