Saluda, North Carolina, may be home to only 600 year-round residents, but thanks to summer tourists and seasonal residents, the city’s Main Street is alive with shoppers in June, July, and August, and the nearby Green River teems with kayakers and other water adventurers. Local businesses cater to these crowds and the Green River BBQ does a booming business. Today’s Featured Customer, Melanie, started Green River BBQ in 1984 and has been serving up authentic southern barbeque ribs, chicken, turkey, and beef to hungry customers ever since. Melanie has been slowly adding to her restaurant and recently upgraded her lighting to include some classic RLM-inspired barn pendant lights.Read More
When you own a home on the beach, you have lots of friends. And your kids will have friends too who want to spend time in the sun and the sand. So, instead of facing years of sleeping bags lying in every room and hallway, why not plan for the sleepovers that are bound to happen? This adorable bunk room, in a home on Cape Ann in Massachusetts, was designed by our friends Andra Birkerts of Andra Birkerts Design and Charles Myer & Partners. Not only is there plenty of space for snoozing teens and late-night pillow fights, the room features some playful barn pendants and an unusual vintage ceiling fan.Read More
If you’ve never been to Maine, try to imagine a state with hundreds of thousands of acres of forested land just ripe for fishing, skiing, hiking, and bird watching as far as your eye can see. Deep in a remote location of this beautiful state, architect Ellen Albrecht of ENS Associates, found herself remodeling a 100-year-old historic log building nestled amongst other aging log buildings. When it came to the exterior lighting, Ellen chose some classic barn pendants to highlight two porches — one open and one screened.Read More
In the midst of this great recession, few American manufacturing companies would consider expanding their operations, gutting a dilapidated factory, then rebuilding it with sustainable and domestically sourced materials. Even fewer would install tapas bar tables for their employees’ break room or have their meeting space double as a yoga studio with instructor-led workshops. But the recently opened 12,500-square-foot Red Oxx Manufacturing facility in Billings, Montana brims with bold, unconventional ideas.
The building is primarily used for production of their world-famous, soft-sided luggage although there are offices, a full kitchen, and a photo studio. The owners wanted American made lighting that would match the industrial style design of the rebuilt facility. The barn pendants they chose are just like our Original Stem Mount Pendant. These pendants blend nicely with the exposed ductwork and the steel platforms which provide a place for employees to stand during meetings. Standing meetings tend to be more productive, plus it leaves the floor open for yoga class!
The owners chose a galvanized finish to complement the industrial vibe along with a cast guard and glass for a vintage touch. The Original comes in five shade sizes ranging from a mid-sized 12″ version to a very generous 20″ size. A dozen beautiful powdercoat finish colors are available including an Industrial Grey, a classic Bronze, or a cheerful Buttery Yellow.
A variety of stem lengths and diameters are available or choose a flush mount if you have low ceilings or a tight space to illuminate. The Original can be customized with a cast guard and glass like these pendants or choose a simple wire cage for an industrial look. Thanks to the stem mounting that keeps the wires securely covered, this classic light can be hung indoors or out. It’s terrific for commercial lighting needs such as this manufacturing plant or consider it for your dining room, kitchen, porch or breezeway.
Top photo courtesy Red Oxx Manufacturing, Inc.Read More
More than 60 years ago, a San Francisco businessman-turned-importer opened the first Cost Plus World Market where a very receptive public eagerly snapped up his treasures gathered from around the globe. Textiles, pottery, baskets, international food and wine, and more give each World Market store a unique inventory and atmosphere. At this location in North Carolina, we spotted some classic lights that add American-style flavor to the space.
These pendants are just like The Original Warehouse Pendant, the workhorse of our Barn Pendant collection. American made by our own craftsmen from commercial grade materials, the Original Pendant is a classic RLM design that is almost 100 years old. Available in five shade sizes, this light is an excellent choice for commercial lighting because of the dozens of ways you customize it to match your space. This shade can take on any number of looks from traditional to retro to modern. After you decide which size of shade best fits your needs, browse the color chart featuring 12 vibrant and durable powdercoat finish colors. The Galvanized finish chosen by this store offers a rugged look while Bronze or Black would be more conventional. Want something a bit flashier? Check out the Barn Red, Buttery Yellow, or Royal Blue!
Once you’ve settled on a shade color, you have several options for the cording. A standard black or white cord is available but we also offer an array of colored cotton and cotton twist cords that add even more texture and interest to your fixture. If your business produces high traffic, you may want to consider adding a wire cage or cast guard and glass to the light. These options help protect your bulb and offer a hint of vintage style as well.Read More