Kids usually have that one friend they love to visit. There’s something about other people’s spaces that is attractive, intriguing, and way more fun than home. Maybe it’s a cool playroom. Or a pool in the back yard. Or simply different Xbox games on the shelf.
For Michelle in Wichita, Kansas, she wanted to have “that” home, so she set about renovating her finished basement to be more inviting. Here’s a before pic of Michelle’s space.
“We wanted to create a place where our friends and our children’s friends could hang out in the safety and supervision of our home,” Michelle says. She started on... Read More
Spring is a busy time here at Barn Light Electric as people emerge from the winter doldrums and get motivated to work on home renovation projects. In our business, spring also means it’s time for the annual LIGHTFAIR International Conference which brings together the industry’s leading manufacturers to talk lights, announce new products, and showcase the latest technologies.
The hot topic this year is LED lighting according to our crack team of barn light experts who descended upon the Javits Center in New York City for this year’s show.
“We had a steady flow of traffic on Day 1,” says Melanie, East Coast Commercial Sales Manager... Read More
One of our favorite West Coast destinations is Bend, Oregon — land of amazing scenery, low humidity thanks to the high elevation, and year-round recreational opportunities including elbow bends at the 14 breweries we found there!
On last summer’s trip out west, we also discovered Cottage Bend Vacation Rentals designed by Sarah Phipps of Sarah Phipps Design. We fell in love with Sarah’s comfortable and colorful style so we asked her to get comfy in the blogger’s chair today to talk about one of the trickier lighting tasks in the home — bathroom lighting.
Sarah: In my experience, the bathroom can be one of the most difficult rooms to... Read More
Happy May Day! With the early days of spring behind us and the promise of summer right around the corner, it’s a great time to turn attention to outdoor living spaces. Many of us take advantage of the improved weather to revitalize our homes for the upswing in activity that’s sure to come. Backyard wiffle ball games, impromptu happy hour on the porch, or maybe an evening dip in the pool if you’re lucky enough to have one!
Exterior lighting can help make your outdoor spaces not only safer and more functional, but they add personality to your home and, in many instances, become a focal point of your décor on the front porch or... Read More
We love people with a passion. And just like our fervent devotion to vintage-inspired lighting, the people at Rafterhouse are dedicated to the careful renovation and preservation of post-war era ranch homes. Austin King and business partner Chris Liles have focused their Phoenix, Arizona, business on transforming these spaces into modern-day dream homes.
“We hate seeing ranch homes lose their charm,” Austin says. “We strive to build, enhance, and upgrade these homes while staying true to their historical roots and the character and integrity of the neighborhoods they reside in.”
A recent project, located in the Arcadia neighborhood of... Read More
Let’s face it — Monday mornings are hard to face no matter where you work. The weekend is a fast-fading memory and Friday afternoon is too far away to even dream about.
So when the pros at Homepolish, a comprehensive interior design service, were called in to create a new office for Path Interactive in New York City, they wanted the space to be inviting not only for clientele, but also for the employees facing every Monday morning.
“This was a complete gut renovation,” says Shelly Lynch-Sparks, head of commercial design at Homepolish. “I wanted the space to feel welcoming and fun. When you walk into Path Interactive, you feel the... Read More
The name says it all. What would you expect to find at the newly opened Orange Anchor restaurant located in the Washington Harbour at the Georgetown waterfront? A nautically inspired space filled with playful pops of brilliant orange to complement the wide variety of fresh seafood, steaks, burgers, and craft beer.
Reese Gardner, owner of the Wooden Nickel Bar Company which created the Orange Anchor, embraced the location and carefully chose colors, decor and nautical lighting to support the name and concept of the venue.
“We wanted it to resemble a yacht,” Reese says. “We wanted a chic look with clean lines and pops of orange and... Read More