If you’re thinking about sprucing up your home this spring but your bank account has little wiggle room for that enameled lava stone counter top you’ve been eyeing on Houzz, consider making a statement with new lighting instead. Switching up your lighting is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to give your space a whole new look.
If you want lighting that is not only functional but becomes a focal point in your room, a deep bowl barn pendant is a great way to go! Drawing on the classic lines of 1930s-style barn lighting, this style of pendant takes the traditional RLM warehouse shade and expands it to a deep shape that funnels light directly below. These ceiling pendants have a clean, modern look to them while still giving a definite nod to early 20th century lighting styles.Read More
Some people look at an old building and see nothing but a future demolition site. Architects often see much more.
When Andrew Van Leeuwen, partner and lead architect with BUILD in Seattle, Washington, first spied the future home of Creative LIVE in San Francisco, he could tell the building had undergone a series of unfortunate remodels. But the building’s original “grit and texture” survived, and the BUILD team worked painstakingly to revive the historical charm of this 1920s-era industrial brick building.Read More
Back in the early days of Barn Light Electric, owners Bryan and Donna Scott did it all. Like most small business owners, the couple created their web site design, developed new products, packed boxes for shipping, and even answered the phone as they enjoyed a hands-on approach to their growing business.
The couple recently heard from one of their very first customers – Michelle Pattee who purchased barn lights more than six years ago for her early 1900′s farmhouse located in Sebastopol, California.
“I purchased many lights at Barn Light Electric,” Michelle says. “I remember chatting on the phone with the owner.” Michelle is an event photographer and founder/creative director of Archival Decor. The lovely farmhouse that she shares with her husband Bill Albright and their two children was recently featured on Houzz. A builder by trade, Bill handled the extensive renovations the couple envisioned for their home.
In the kitchen, Bill removed walls to open the space and used reclaimed wood for the support beams, ceiling, and floor. A minimalist at heart, Michelle loves the open look. To illuminate the space, Michelle chose our Barn Light Original™ Warehouse Flush Mount Pendant which provides plenty of lighting with a mounting that hugs the exposed beams.
“I was looking for sturdy, well made lights that did not look flimsy,” Michelle explains. “I wanted a light with some visual weight.”
In the hallway, which has higher ceilings, Michelle stayed with the Original™ Warehouse Shade but chose a longer stem. She also customized this ceiling pendant with a cast guard and glass which adds a vintage touch to her industrial farmhouse look.
Outside, the family enjoys a pastoral setting which includes this stately walnut tree. In the background, a deep bowl barn light provides light over the doors and deck. Although we don’t sell this particular fixture any longer, you can get a similar look with the Wesco Gooseneck Light, an American made wall light that is hand spun by our own craftsmen.
“I’m still very happy with my lights. They have definitely held up,” Michelle says. “I still love all my BLE products!”
Photos courtesy of Michelle Pattee
Don’t you just love finding the perfect deep bowl pendant on Houzz or Pinterest? You pin it to your lighting board and start dreaming of finish options, colorful cording, and other ways to customize this beauty. At some point, reality sets it and you realize that, while the light looks stunning in those professional photos, that huge bowl would overpower your own space. In Keri’s 1,500-square-foot apartment in Brooklyn, New York, space is at a premium but she didn’t want to sacrifice any style when it came time to remodel. By redesigning the floor plan, Keri opened up her living room to the kitchen where she chose the deep bowl styling of the compact Fargo Pendant to highlight the kitchen island.Read More
The concept of the open floor plan took off in the late 40′s and 1950′s as homeowners sought to make smaller homes feel bigger and brighter. The open concept provides more casual, multi-use spaces that encourage conversation between rooms and simplifies traffic patterns to and from. The downside is that a space can feel cold and cavernous without something to provide a visual break between the areas. Today’s Featured Customer chose porcelain enamel lighting to provide a focal point in his Memphis, Tennessee home.Read More