Relationships are tough. Initial euphoria coupled with high expectations often lead to misunderstandings and drama. We’re talking here, of course, about the delicate dance between client and contractor — a short-term relationship that can be particularly fraught with personality clashes and simple differences in taste.
When professional photographer Kellie Warren, of Sanford, Florida, recently gutted her ranch-style home down to the studs, she chose her partner carefully and, after much research, chose to dance with Blair Sligar, designer and owner of Hog Eat Hog. This Winter Park custom furniture design studio is filled with personalities who happen to be... Read More
I have a longstanding love affair with barns. I grew up in the south where we had a big old barn that was better than any playhouse my parents could have built us. My sisters and I spent countless hours there holding club meetings amongst the hay bales and watching barn swallows tend their nests in the eaves. On a rainy day, there was nothing better than a picnic lunch in the hayloft listening to the rain patter on the tin roof.
It’s no wonder so many people are converting barns to homes these days. With the popularity of reclaiming and recycling everything under the sun, an old barn can find new life as a home for two-legged creatures instead of four-legged... Read More
My husband’s woodworking hobby is taking over the garage. In addition to the router table, multiple saws, drill press, and various tools trying to find a home amongst the kids’ bikes and Christmas decorations, everything in the space receives a shower of sawdust every weekend! We are working with a builder to create a dedicated workshop space for him which is why this beautiful barn caught my eye! Today’s Featured Customer Jennifer lives just west of St. Louis and needed space for her own husband’s workshop. Although the outbuilding is brand new construction, the couple wanted the barn to have enough character to complement their historic log... Read More
Tucked away in the picturesque hills of Marin County just north of San Francisco, today’s Featured Customer built a craftsman-style home designed not to stand out from this lovely place, but to assimilate with it peacefully.
“We tried to contour the home to the land and make it blend into the surroundings,” David says. Farm land surrounds the new home and the homeowners incorporated elements of corrugated metal into the structure to “keep it classic” as David says. This includes galvanized gooseneck barn lights and a cord-hung barn pendant on the exterior. Like many California homeowners, David and his wife Allison focused on energy... Read More
We follow many blogs here at Barn Light Electric. We call it work but it’s actually loads of fun and a wonderful way to spot trends not only in lighting but in all sorts of home design. When we spotted some of our galvanized Universal Stem Mount lights in the Brown Eyed Fox blog, we knew we’d found a kindred spirit. Here we talk with Carissa about how she created a laundry room that she actually enjoys being in every day!
Q: Was this a new space or were you remodeling?
A: This was a new home we had the privilege of designing from the ground up. We’ve been in the home a year and a half now.
Q: Where is your home located?
A: In the suburbs of... Read More