When you’re in the throes of a remodeling project, there are seemingly a thousand things that can go wrong. But sometimes you just get lucky. When Kara of Illinois recently tackled a kitchen remodel in her 1890s-era farmhouse, she selected three of Barn Light Electric’s Ivanhoe™ Esso Warehouse Porcelain Pendants in a Jadite finish.
“The Jadite is a favorite color of ours,” Kara says. “And lo and behold the pendants totally matched our new glass subway tile back splash. That was kismet! I had no idea if they would match.” The 8″ Esso pendants are ideal for Kara’s kitchen island — not too big and not too small. The small kitchen space had been remodeled in the 90s and was very functional for one person, but Kara, her husband and two daughters needed more practical space for dining, chatting, and doing homework.Read More
What happens when a group of designers from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition no longer have the wildly popular show to work on? They find a new outlet for their creativity! With huge hearts and tremendous talent, our friends Veronica Valencia and Kim Lewis unleashed their design skills on a new target — Ghana, West Africa.
“On one of our last EMHE episodes, we met some people from Art Feeds, a nonprofit organization in Missouri,” explains Kim. “They told us the story of children in Ghana who had been sold by their parents into slavery to the fishing industry on Lake Volta. The children are forced to fish every day in terrible conditions and many kids drown.”Read More
New York and fine food just belong in the same sentence. From food trucks offering overstuffed wraps to passersby to the resplendent spreads offered in the city’s 20,000-plus restaurants, good food isn’t hard to find when you venture into the city. Today’s Featured Customer has her finger on the pulse of the New York food scene as the creative force behind The Jewels of New York, a catering and food consultation service. Diana Yen recently moved into a new studio and was on the hunt for classic pendant lighting for her space.Read More
In a remodeling project, it takes a special eye to look beyond a tired and dated space and let your mind imagine what could be. When Featured Customers Oleg & Richele Baburin and partners Walter & Michele Jahncke took over the Northside Café in Winterset, Iowa, last March, the space had drop ceilings, burgundy wallpaper, and dark ’70s-style paneling.
“The building has held a restaurant since its construction in 1876, and we know it’s been called the Northside Café since at least 1926,” Richele explains. “That was when business names were first recorded at the town hall.” Through old photographs and customers’ stories, Richele also knows the restaurant has undergone numerous design changes over the years and at one time the town’s opera house was located upstairs. While wanting to bring the space back to its former glory, Richele didn’t want this to be strictly a period restoration.Read More
In the midst of renovating her 1930s-era cottage in western Australia, today’s Featured Customer Kathy was faced with a search for lighting. She started on Ebay looking for vintage barn lights, made the leap to Pinterest, and voila — she found Barn Light Electric!
“I was building an extension onto my cottage in Fremantle,” Kathy explains, “so I searched for lights that had the classic feel of the original part of the house but had the clean, modern, and sharp style I wanted to integrate in the new extension.” Kathy’s renovations included a change in the floor plan that transformed the kitchen into two bathrooms and the living area into a bedroom. She then added on a large room which features a new, combination kitchen, dining, and living area.Read More