When we last visited Carrie, author of the blog Hazardous Design, she and her husband were busy pushing their late 1800s-era home into the 21st century one space at a time. That post described the garage makeover which included some fresh paint and one of our All Weather Gooseneck Farm Lights.
Today we return to the home where Carrie has been focusing her latest efforts on the front entryway. As with many renovations in an older home, the first steps included removing dated materials. In Carrie’s case, this meant steaming away a busy vinyl wallpaper and stripping the staircase down to bare wood. With a relatively clean palette, the couple repainted the ceiling and walls, stained the stairs “dark, dark, dark” as Carrie says, and cut picture molding to add interest and texture to walls.
Carrie struggled a bit with the lighting for this long space and, on a return to Barn Light Electric, was surprised to find the perfect modern wall sconces. Yes, we do have modern fixtures! Carrie chose the Vista Sconce in Satin Nickel with a Black Shade and Silver Foil Lining. The Vista comes in two other finishes, Rubbed Bronze and Polished Nickel, and you may choose from a black or white shade and a silver or gold foil lining. The sleek yet timeless design of these sconces looks simply delightful with the bright red mirror!
“I have to admit, I had no idea of Barn Light Electric’s extensive selection outside of the iconic barn light style,” Carrie says. “We’ve used a lot of antiques and classic materials in our decorating but we’re also trying to give everything an updated twist.”
Like Carrie, many homeowners love the character their older homes possess but still want to infuse the look with a modern touch. In addition to our varied selection of modern wall sconces, Barn Light Electric also has a Modern Pendant collection featuring sleek flared shades and simple cylindrical designs.
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As a lighting manufacturer, we pride ourselves on the versatility seen in our selection. Barn Light Electric Company is chock full of a variety of selections; we’re not just what the name suggests — barn lights. While our primary focus is on vintage, reproduction gooseneck and pendant lights, we also offer a number of modern and Victorian lamps. As a fresh start to your weekend, we’re breaking away from the ordinary warehouse shade and putting the spotlight on our favorite modern wall sconces!
As the epitome of space age and futuristic lighting, the Wall Mount Citron Sconce is shown on the left in a bright and funky trans green finish. As a wall sconce that is rated for wet locations, the Citron is the perfect addition to a pool deck. Affix a few around exterior doors, add a couple of bright chaise lounges, and you’ve got an instant South Beach atmosphere.
Next up is a simple yet sleek sconce. The Basin ADA Sconce is comprised of a unique metal grid along with white etched glass for a soft glow. But what does the ADA stand for? That means that this fixture is compatible with American Disability Association’s building standards, with only a four-inch projection from the wall. While this space age sconce would look interesting on a covered patio, we would prefer to see two of them in a half bath, flanking the vanity mirror.
Going back to the Miami flare of the Citron Sconce, we feature the Tabular Square Sconce. If you’ve ever watched an episode of CSI: Miami or even walked around the Art Deco capital, similar geometric designs are practically everywhere! The Tabular Square Sconce has a pale turquoise tint, providing a soothing glow to the surrounding spaces. Be sure to check out the coordinating bath bar to streamline your home lighting options.
Memorial Day is the perfect time to purchase new lights for your space during our annual Memorial Day Sale which runs from May 25-May 28. Use the discount code MEMORIAL12 to take 10% off any applicable fixture. See website for details!Read More
Everyone knows the phrase, “Never judge a book by its cover.” This time of the year, many home’s curb appeal is lacking due to piles of snow and ice. In turn, this is precisely the best time to work on the interior of your home so that you can make a strong impression with visitors rushing in to escape the cold.
Creating an inviting entryway is far from difficult. A console table is a must for dropping keys on and displaying family photos or memories. Here, a few glass candlesticks add a touch of timeless elegance too. The occasional chairs that flank the console table offer a classy place to take off winter boots or to drop off those heavy coats. Don’t forget to add some sort of art as well – this can give your guests a great sense of who you are. From department stores to online art galleries, prints of your favorite work are available everywhere, so if you can’t afford an original just yet, there should always an affordable alternative.Read More
Builder-basic homes – that’s what we like to call them anyway. You know, the string of homes scattered about a new subdivision in town? They’re built quickly and are perfect for young couples or new families wanting that new home feel without breaking their budget or having to undergo major renovations, but there can sometimes be one downfall: the lack of personalization. Sure, some construction companies do let you customize certain elements like hardware and appliances, but in the end, it’s not really a home until you can make it your own.Read More
If a basement isn’t an option where you live, perhaps outdoor rooms are. They’re often an extension of the home, whether made by an overhead awning, a screened in porch or a built in, enclosed area like we show today. Not only are these rooms fully functional for you and your family, but they can also attract potential home buyers should you ever wish to sell. While finished basements do make good man caves for some, you may want to consider a space where the whole family can gather as a whole.
The purpose of a sun room is undeniable in today’s featured photo from Architectural Digest. The room is light, airy and easy on the eyes. The two tables on either end are ideal locations for dining with a view, while the vast amounts of wicker seating throughout allows anyone to kick back and catch up on their reading.
Upon taking a closer look, you’ll notice a few industrial elements working well with the otherwise traditional, coastal elements. Quietly placed amongst the wicker and redwood is corrugated metal and concrete walls. While the natural light is always great, the industrial warehouse lighting takes the stage after the sun sets. The factory pendants that hang from the roof look identical to our galvanized warehouse shade with a cast guard; they’re both coastal and modern. This particular Barn Light Warehouse Pendant has continued as a customer favorite over the years – it could be the accessories available or just because it’s simple and stylish all rolled into one.
Designers also incorporated modern wall sconces nearby – like those found flanking the French doors. While they have a similar metal finish, our Basin ADA Sconce will give you nearly the same look. Available in a satin nickel finish with a metal grid, it coordinates with the clean lines found within the architectural elements around the room, however, be sure to use these in indoor, covered areas only.
Top Photo Courtesy of Architectural Digest