With three miles of uninterrupted public beaches, salt marshes teeming with birds, diverse cuisine, and plenty of casual nightlife, our recent foray onto Tybee Island, just over the bridge from Savannah, Georgia, held plenty of distractions for our photographer Lauren, and her able assistant Julie. The pair were focused, however, on capturing images of some of our newest wall sconces, nautical style chandeliers, and other items for our upcoming Summer catalog.Read More
The Irish playwright Oscar Wilde once said, “The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.” He could very well have been standing in front of a dilapidated old barn when he uttered this famous quote. Upon seeing a run down, rotting structure, most people would dial the closest demolition crew and simply start over. But luckily there are people in the world who have a special eye for potential. Our good friend Pete Cooper of Spring Creek Design in Pennsylvania is one of these people. When his firm was hired to save a dilapidated old barn and turn it into a finished living space, he jumped right into the project.Read More
In September 2011, a fire broke out in a 150-year-old building that housed a hotel, bar, and Frank M. Booth, Inc. Water damage was significant for this 100-year-old company so the owners decided to remodel. As the structure was torn apart, they noticed large, hand-hewn columns that were part of the original building — a carriage-making shop built in the 1860s. Some of the columns still had large metal rings where horses would be tied in the shop.
“With all this history popping up, we knew had to incorporate that into the new design with an industrial warehouse feel,” explains Mary Langsdorf, who spearheaded the remodeling efforts. Those efforts were extensive and included the removal and repouring of 8,000 square feet of concrete flooring and rebuilding two 50-foot brick walls. When it came to lighting, Mary spent countless hours searching for the perfect fixtures. She found them in The Mig Retro Steel Industrial Pendant.
“I ordered all kinds of lights and returned them all because of size and color issues,” she says. “Since we are a metal and pipe shop, we do a great deal of welding, so when I saw Barn Light Electric’s acetylene caps, I fell in love!” Mary wanted the lights to reflect the history of the company which is now run by Frank M. Booth’s great grandchildren. The Mig Pendants are crafted from repurposed acetylene tank tops that come with a standard cord or a colored cotton or cotton twist cord. Each fixture and finish is unique.
“Since we are so involved with welding in both our shops, I knew I had to pick these lights,” Mary adds. “Our color is the same yellow as the finish on the lights so I had to give these a try. I love that they are such a novelty piece. The guys go down that hallway and get a big smile on their faces because hanging from the ceiling are actual items we use in the shop. It definitely adds more character to our building!”
Photo courtesy of Frank M. Booth, Inc.
Discovered on a recent Southern Living feature titled: “80 Tasty Kitchens,” two kitchen pendants caught our eye. Quietly dropping down from the ceiling are two lights resembling a Barn Light Chestnut Pendant and The Mig Retro Steel Pendant.
It’s easy to see why this spicy mix of color and decor was added to the list. Southern Living highlighted these rooms for their creative and inspirational designs. Bold colors and clean, crisp cabinetry combine with country styling to produce a space worthy of entertaining.
As you can see in the picture above, each pendant serves its own functional purpose. During the day, light easily bounces around the room and little additional lighting is needed. By night, the person lucky enough to be doing dishes may need some help seeing if everything has been cleaned up – that is where The Mig comes in. It has a cylindrical cap-like shape that stems from its original background – use as an original steel acetylene tank lid. That’s right, these re-purposed pieces have been collected and made into light fixtures! Their colorful finish is worn and will tie in well with cottage decor. We feature yellow and jadite green today, but other options like blue, orange and red are also be available.
The pendant placed over the kitchen island bears a stark resemblance to one of our barn pendants. The stainless steel Chestnut Pendant complements the modern kitchen appliances that are commonly used today. The Chestnutâ€™s decorative, spooled neck and extending arms give the shade both a rustic and contemporary style that is sure to get noticed. The photograph above features only one of these pendants, but should your counter or prep area need additional lights or larger shade sizes, The Chestnut is available in sizes ranging from 12-24 inches.
For more kitchen lighting ideas take a look at our list of the Top 5 Kitchen Pendants for your home. These pendants will help you achieve the best balance between trendy and practical accessories!
Top Photo Courtesy of Southern LivingRead More