Each year, Barn Light Electric holds a B.L.O.G. contest — that’s Barn Light Online Giveaway — where we ask bloggers to browse our website, pick out their favorite lights, then tell their readers why they would love them in their own home. Our 2012 first place winner was Rachel who blogs at Maybe Matilda. She and her husband are updating a mid-90s home and infusing it with their own style. Rachel is aiming for the inviting and comfortable look of a country farmhouse so barn lighting fits her style perfectly. And as it turned out, Rachel won our B.L.O.G. contest — on her birthday!Read More
Chandeliers have come a long way since they were first used in the Middle Ages and consisted of little more than candles secured to a wooden platform hoisted above the dining table. Once associated only with the wealthy who could afford to light their spaces at night, chandeliers became popular among the common folk with the advent of gas and eventually electricity. The wooden platform gave way to more circular designs crafted from metal, then advances in glass making led to the very popular and often intricate crystal chandelier designs.Read More
We love the look of this modern kitchen with its creamy tile backsplash and the handsome dark wood cabinetry that gives us just a peek through textured glass of what’s inside. The sleek lines of the cabinet doors are uninterrupted by pulls of any sort, and the deep color of the wood is offset by the lighter counters and shiny stainless stove. A fashionable space such as this cries out for a sophisticated lighting plan over the island where guests have a front row seat to what the chef is creating. A Chandelier tends to have a more formal look than pendant lighting and are a natural choice for a modern space.
This chandelier definitely sparked our interest, however, because it has a great rustic vibe and closely resembles our Warehouse 3-Light Chandelier The Thunder, a beautiful offering in our collection of Barn Chandeliers. This classic line of fixtures is influenced by the nostalgic Railroad Era and mixes warehouse shades with distinctive western characteristics. The Thunder comes in four finish options — satin steel, galvanized, rosewood, or polished brass — each offering a slightly different look.
Need something a bit larger for the dining room table? Check out the Warehouse 5-Light Chandelier The Thunder 2. This light features five shades to provide a wider span of light and comes in the same finish colors as the three-light version plus a polished brass/copper option. You’ll never miss a trick if you hang one of these over the poker table in the game room!
All of our commercial-grade chandeliers can be chain hung or stem mounted for wet locations. In addition to the Barn Chandeliers, we offer rustic, vintage, and modern styles. If you have something special in mind, give our sales staff a call, and they’ll help you create a light that’s perfect for your space. No matter which style you choose, your new chandelier will add a great designer touch!
Top photo courtesy of Olin RedmonRead More
When planning for an open kitchen and dining room, coordinating your main elements is key. The two spaces must flow harmoniously and utilize similar colors and textures. You may recall our featured customer Jocelyn from a few weeks ago. We presented you with the beautiful exterior of her home that was highlighted by our gooseneck lights and outdoor sconces near the front door.
Judging by the face of her home, Jocelyn has great taste in design – no doubt about it. So when she later sent us photos of her kitchen and dining room, it was a must that we share it with you. Her Lake Geneva, Michigan home was a new build, allowing her to control every detail – from the flooring all the way to the indoor lights.Read More
For our featured customer this week, we’re in a New York state of mind as we take a look at Maple Run Emporium, a kitchenware and gourmet food store in Potsdam, New York. It’s not often that we see so many of our lights all in one location, but we were amazed with the photos showcasing a variety of gooseneck lights, country chandeliers and pendant lights.
Founder Mary Hilton was in search of a combination of barn light styles to complete the historic, somewhat-country look of her store. The resulting effect of copper lighting against golden wood floors and furniture has a subtle yet high end feel for her customers. This turn of the century building leaves a lasting impression on guests – it is even currently listed on the Register of Historic Places!
Let’s take a quick tour through the shop, starting at the front door. Snagging a quick glance above, the red and gold logo have been highlighted by four angle shade gooseneck sign lights. Day or night, the shop remains stylish and welcoming – it’s a unique, can’t miss stop on anyone’s route.
Inside, overhead and on opposite sides of the windows, are two rustic chandeliers – the Boxwood 5 Light and the Beechwood 3 Light. Pairing a darker Rosewood and Raw Copper Finish together is a nice, visual contrast to the lighter tones throughout. Both the 5 light and the 3 light are elegantly grouped together to provide a large amount of lighting to showcased item below.
Glancing back to the rear of the store, you’ll see that Mary chose Schoolhouse Ceiling Fans with 42″ maple blades. Schoolhouse shade designs have a timeless, historic look to match the building’s exterior and will come in handy during the warm Summer months.
Over the two main aisles, she selected Raw Copper Farmhouse Pendants with 12 inch shades. Doesn’t her overall arrangement resemble the style of an old fashioned country store? Who wouldn’t want to stop in to see all this? But wait, that’s not all of the lighting Mary installed! On the right hand wall, a little something extra was needed to showcase the assortment of syrups. Three Shallow Bowl Shades with B-2 gooseneck arms, also in a Raw Copper finish.
Like other featured customers, Maple Run shares many of Barn Light’s guiding principles for providing the best products and service! With our lights, we believe they accomplished their mission of presenting a “tranquil ambiance that transforms shopping to a delight for the senses and imagination.”
“We’ll provide a space where employees, vendors, and professional chefs and decorators can demonstrate products and techniques…We will fill the market gap between super stores and small convenience stores with a distinctive shopping experience.” – Mary Hilton, Maple Run Emporium