For more than 20 years, the good folks at Southern Living have inspired us with their annual Idea House. With an ensemble of talented architects and designers descending upon a new location each year, a showcase home is born chock full of color, texture, and creativity. Back in 2011, the team, including San Antonio architect Michael G. Imber, traveled to the central Texas Hill Country to create a rambling European style home that utilized native building materials in a nod to its southern landscape.Read More
When Cindy decided to build her new home in Almond, Wisconsin, with a rustic theme, she went all out. Today’s Featured Customer created a warm, inviting home filled with rustic touches like reclaimed beams, sliding barn doors, and one of the most interesting applications of porcelain enamel barn lighting that we’ve ever seen!
“We were looking for a light for over the pool table that would fit the rustic theme we were going with,” Cindy explains. The room is located in the lower level of the home and features a bar on one end and a pool table with hand hewn detailing.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.Read More
With so many people dreading their visit to the dentist’s office, Dr. Janice Stewart of the Southport Dental Clinic wanted her reception area to be pleasant and inviting. She was faced, however, with a small and unattractive space in her office located in Stratford, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Knowing when to call in an expert, Dr. Janice contacted Carol Fisher of Carol Fisher Display and Design.
“The reception area was very small, dark and closed in, explains Carol. “It lacked a focal point with only a small hole in the wall to see the receptionist!” So Carol got to work opening up the space, changing the wall color, and highlighting the new area with porcelain barn lighting.
“We opened up most of that wall, adding in a stainless steel counter top,” Carol says, “and we had the existing filing cabinets resurfaced in a glossy white laminate.” After an online search, Carol discovered Barn Light Electric and fell in love with the Ivanhoe™ Sinclair Industrial Porcelain Pendant in a White finish with a black cotton twist cord.
“I was searching for something different that fit my client’s modern rustic-country style,” Carol explains. “And the pendants were the perfect addition. They’re the stars in this focal point and we just love them! The quality is amazing!”
Like all of our porcelain enamel lighting, the Ivanhoe™ pendants are handcrafted right here in America by our very own craftsmen who hand spin the shades from commercial grade steel. Two coats of porcelain enamel glass are also hand applied then the shade is baked in a 1600-degree oven to produce the signature glossy, long-lasting shine. This finish will never fade or corrode and requires only a soap-and-water cleanup.
And this weekend you can take 10% off qualifying items during our annual Thanksgiving Sale including all of our porcelain enamel lighting such as our Goodrich™ goosenecks, Benjamin™ stem mount pendants, and Wheeler™ wall sconces. Just enter “GIVETHANKS12” into the discount coupon field located on either the checkout or cart page.
Photos courtesy Carol Fisher of Carol Fisher Display and DesignRead More
Hmm, let’s see… what goes well with recycled wooden ammunition boxes? Porcelain barn lights of course! These 1950s-era ammo boxes played a starring role in the remodel of an existing space that has become the popular Brat Haüs Restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. Leading the design charge was Featured Customer and owner Dave Andrea and designer Kimberly Harris from Studio K in Phoenix.
“Brat Haüs is an urban European beer garden,” explains Dave, “specializing in artisan sausage, craft beer, and Belgian fries.” The structure was originally built in the 50s so the wooden boxes were a perfect fit to redesign the walls of the restaurant. When it came to lighting, Dave wanted something to fit with the look.Read More