The arts and crafts look is a time-honored design filled with warm woods and rich earth tones. In the mountains of western North Carolina, the arts and crafts style has found a home nestled in an area rich in ecological diversity and a passion for superior craftsmanship.
Driving through the Asheville area, you’re likely to spot whole neighborhoods of arts-and-crafts style homes. Some are filled with 4,000-square-foot luxury models while others offer more modest homes. Though smaller, these structures still have all of the highlights of the craftsman style with plenty of artistic flair thrown in for good measure.
In one neighborhood, we found not only a... Read More
It’s the little things in life that matter. A spontaneous hug from a toddler. Three green lights in a row. An unexpected letter in the mail from an old friend. (People still do that, right?!)
Sometimes in our growing list of products we offer here at Barn Light Electric, the little things get lost in the shuffle. And one of our newest little things can have a big impact on your gooseneck light, ceiling pendant, or sign lighting.
The Swivel Knuckle allows your fixture to have a greater range of motion and joins the mounting to the shade. This gives you the ability to adjust the angle of the shade, maneuvering and manipulating it exactly where you need the... Read More
When you’ve been in the interior design business for almost 20 years, you’ve seen just about everything. For Kristina Rinaldi, of Rinaldi Interior Design in New York, the demand from a contractor to come up with seven wall sconces in a day was not exactly unusual.
“Things were kind of sprung on me during this project,” Kristina says, “but fortunately my brain is conditioned and full of so many resources because it does happen often.” For this “I need it yesterday” situation, Kristina turned to Barn Light Electric for a fast delivery of seven Wheeler™ Wilcox Wall Sconces. The project was a complete rebuild of a home in... Read More
We spent much of the 1970s and ’80s being bombarded with the message that new is better than old. Lease a new car then turn it in and get another new one. Use a new plastic bottle each day instead of filling up a glass. Luckily, there’s been a significant shift of late towards preserving the past. Upcycling, reusing, and repurposing are no longer fringe concepts but words to live by!
Like many people, we love finding old treasures like vintage barn lights. Ones that have been in use for decades and, with a little TLC, can be made like new again for many more years of service. Barn Light Electric grew from the excitement of finding old lighting fixtures made... Read More
Like many new inventions, the automobile was, at first, an expensive novelty accessible only to the wealthy. When production techniques improved, the automobile became more affordable for the masses in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The ability to travel, day or night, opened up a whole new era of freedom. As automobile sales increased, as did the subsequent demand for fuel, roadside filling stations began popping up offering not only fuel but service for those with a flat tire or mechanical difficulties.
Standard Oil of California was the first to open a chain of service stations on the West Coast. They probably looked something like this illustration from an... Read More