We love seeing your work. From our place to yours, seeing our hand-crafted barn lights illuminating your homes and decorative interiors fuels our passion for what we do. On occasion, you have welcomed us into your spaces for special photoshoots, but we can’t always make the trek into your homes. Fortunately, our talented design team has divulged some of their favorite shooting techniques for capturing well-styled interiors to help you best capture your humble abodes.
Now’s your time to share your pictures for a chance to win $500 for Barn Light Electric products plus a spot in a national print magazine! Our Illuminating Space Photo Contest runs through August 19th. Prizes will also be awarded to Second and Third place winners. Click below for the Official Rules!
We get excited about seeing your projects — really excited. Last week we received an email from a creative customer whose vintage-inspired bathroom had me itching to take a trip to the nearest antique store to re-do my own front bath. You might remember our featured customer from Friday, Khanh Morales. Khanh was more than helpful with detailing how she took a blank canvas of a studio bath and turned it into a showroom for her antiquing addiction.Read More
School is out, time to shop! If you’re a business owner, it’s time to consider your store or restaurant’s presentation. Will your shop window draw a crowd, or do guests simply walk on by?
This Style Me Sunday we’re offering some tips that will add curb appeal that is sure to attract consumers. From spot lighting to product display, we want to help you spruce up that space to create an eye-catching window showcase!
While there is a bounty of tips we can offer about creating a strong store window display, it’s important to consider your consumer, products, and the mood.
Knowing your audience and their relationship to your brand is essential to visual merchandising. Understanding which of your products appeal to your customers allows you to showcase items that will draw them in. For example, if succulent plants are en vogue, why not place them in a sunny location where they will be seen and adored? Try arranging them on something unique like a step stool or stack of books. Placing hot items up front and center is like placing a bowl of candy in front of a child. Must. Have. Please!
Be sure your display window is bright and your products are easy to see. Spot lighting is a must. By illuminating your products, you create visual hierarchy that helps your customers know what’s important. Down lighting pendants like the Ivanhoe™ Wilcox Deep Bowl Pendants are great for casting ample lighting, while it’s neutral bronze finish isn’t distracting. Eclectic lighting like these apartment lights add texture and character to your window display.
Another fun retail tip: This is your opportunity to take something unusual and style it to be irresistible! Customers may never consider using a skeleton in their home decor, but when paired with a Primitive Wood and Leather stool and other exotic items it becomes fascinating. Caught your attention, didn’t it? If you have one product or dish you can’t quite move off the shelves, why not spruce up its surroundings to add to its appeal?
While products and lighting may appeal to your customers’ tastes, it’s important to appeal to their sensibilities. Friendly signage like this Porcelain Enamel WELCOME Sign literally states your intentions. Your retail display window is your way of expressing that your shop is the place where they want to be — and are wanted! Beautiful address numbers will help your happy customers find their way back to repeat their experience.
What is a beautiful work of art without a proper frame? Likewise, your shop or restaurant’s window needs to be surrounded by attractive signage and lighting that spotlights all its stylish glory. Gooseneck light fixtures with angle or RLM shades are classic lighting for commercial spaces. If you’re looking for a twist on the traditional, why not go copper? The Drake Copper Gooseneck Light takes the cake for beautiful and functional lighting fixtures. Its solid copper construction adds a touch of opulence!
Need more styling tips? Check our of Customer Gallery full of creative commercial displays and interiors!
1. House Numbers from Barn Light Electric | 2. Drake Copper Gooseneck Light from Barn Light Electric | 3. Primitive Wood and Leather from Ethanollie | 4. Wilcox Deep Bowl Pendant from Barn Light Electric | 5. Succulent Wedding Favors from DiamondFloral | 6. Porcelain Enamel WELCOME Sign from Barn Light ElectricRead More
We were in for a treat when Lauren, our photographer, stumbled across one of our new favorite vacation locations—the Mermaid Cottages. Their charming interiors full of vibrant walls, rustic accents, and shabby chic décor captivated us–of course we had to be their friends! We were inspired by their many rental cottages located on Tybee Island, so today’s Style Me Sunday is all about the “cottage charm, coastal calm” of their Inlet Breeze master bedroom.Read More
Posted by on Jun 23, 2010 | 1 comment
Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy
Long before the government’s First Time Home Buyer’s Tax Credit, the real estate market often meant that first time home buyers had to settle with a “fixer upper” home. Today, the market has fallen and even the newly constructed, multiple bedroom homes can be attained at a reasonable price. That’s where we found Apartment Therapy’s ‘Home Tour’ today.
These first timers pride themselves on character, DIY projects, and not settling for your typical cookie cutter home. With an eye for turning junk into displayable treasures, we stumbled across a photo of this kitchen – an earthy, colorful, and not your ordinary breakfast nook.
Fully covered with a retro yellow fabric, these provide a focal point for this room. The use of yellow creates a warm and inviting environment, while providing a contrasting color to the multiple tones of the reclaimed wood that lines the outside wall. This creative touch is by far the owner’s boldest creation in this DIY project allowing the 3/4 wood wall made from salvaged fence boards to stir up some rustic charm amidst the retro chic. Stay tuned for a similar project taking place in our new Barn Light Electric showroom!
Keeping with the non-traditional look, the couple chose to hang not one, but two unique pendants above the dining table. Where most people would hang one large fixture or a chandelier, their choices mirror the fun, relaxing environment carried throughout their home. Similar to our Retro CGU Pendant, this drop cord fixture assists in bouncing around natural light let in by nearby windows and light gray walls. The Retro CGU Pendant takes its design from the early 1950′s. The sleek aluminum finish keeps the look modern, but also plays into its existing industrial and mid century surroundings.
Depending on the selected size and finish, the Retro CGU Pendant starts at a mere $217.00. To match the homeowner’s style above, select a 12″ Retro CGU Pendant in a Polished Aluminum finish; the standard clear glass jars and adjustable length black cord will be included in the price. Special Acorn Glass can be custom ordered from Barn Light Electric to substitute the standard cast guard and glass feature.
As shown above: 12″ Barn Light Retro CGU Pendant, 91-Black Finish, Frosted Glass, Black Cord Hung, $217.00Read More