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.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 efficient fixtures that give the home a green certification.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!Read More
With spring in full swing now, you may have succumbed to a case of remodeling fever. It’s quite easy to catch once you throw open the windows to a warm breeze and dust off the patio furniture in anticipation of backyard cookouts to come.
But perhaps your budget has other ideas. An easy way to add new life to your home decor without breaking the bank is to consider the details in your home. A simple thing like switching up your hardware is one way to change the look of your space and it doesn’t require professional help! Adding new drawer pulls in the kitchen or a new toiletry shelf in the guest bath might be just the thing to satisfy your need for a new look.
Today’s Featured Customer from California took the step of updating the exterior lighting on his porch. Robin was looking for something more industrial for his home but still classic. He found the perfect blend of both in our Drake Stem Mount Pendant. The Drake has the look of larger warehouse shades but in a more compact form. Robin chose a 12″ shade and selected the Galvanized finish.
“We like the galvanized finish for its appearance and for protection from exterior exposure,” Robin explains. He customized his American made fixture with a 6″ stem and a heavy duty canopy which is a wise choice in areas susceptible to high winds.
“We like the sturdy appearance of the fixture, the warm light source, and the interesting dispersion shape,” Robin notes.
The Drake is hand spun from commercial grade materials by our own artisans and will provide years of satisfaction in both exterior and interior locations. Choosing a finish color is like browsing the garden center on a spring morning with 15 brilliant colors to tempt you! Other customizing options include a cast guard and glass or a wire cage for a vintage look.
Photos courtesy of the homeowner
Earlier this week, we visited with designer Cheryl Sottile in a post featuring a kitchen renovation in the Florida Keys. Cheryl infused tropical hues into the space with our Ivanhoe™ Dino Porcelain Pendant Lights in a creamy Jadite finish. Today, we cross the Sunshine State to visit another one of Cheryl’s project sites, this time in Sarasota where she tackled transforming a former oyster bar into a Mexican restaurant.Read More