The world of design, whether interior, architectural, clothing, or even lighting design, is often influenced by major historical events. In the 1930s, when America was still deep in the Depression, the reigning Art Deco movement gave way to what became known as Streamline Moderne. The extreme styles of Art Deco were seen as excessive in this time of want and were replaced with simpler, cleaner styles that focused on curves, horizontal lines, and nautical elements. Think rounded, aerodynamic shapes such as the Hindenburg, Airstream trailers, and the 1934 Chrysler Airflow, the first streamlined car design.Read More
A seaside home can take on a number of different personalities from your basic beachy style to a high-end yacht look. Common themes, however, that run through many beach homes include plenty of windows, a color palette of crisp white mixed with blues and greens, and nautical style lighting.
This gorgeous home, located in Narrangansett, Rhode Island, is a bit further up the scale from “basic” but, with some interesting lighting choices both inside and out, takes on a style that gives a nod to its waterfront roots plus a hint of industrial style too. The home was renovated under the careful eyes of Ronald F. DiMauro Architects and Pastore Builders.
In one of the living areas, the team chose the Amidships Bulkhead Wall Mount Light to flank the television cabinet and windows.
“The bulkhead lights contribute to the nautical style,” says Laurie Keene. “Having the industrial look of these fixtures inside the home makes the nautical feeling more beachy.” These bulkhead fixtures were customized with a Black finish and a frost ribbed lens which provide a nice contrast against the white walls.
The master bedroom features an octagonal design with a vaulted ceiling to take every possible advantage of the stunning view.
“We didn’t want one large fixture hanging from the center, so the bullet lighting was a way to have interesting fixtures on the vaulted ceiling,” Laurie explains. The Bullet Cast Guard is a compact sconce that provides plenty of light through its rugged cast guard design. The glass can be customized with frosted, ribbed, or colored options. For a sleeker look, the Bullet Wire Guard offers the same compact style with slender wire guards.
“Goosenecks are long, thin and protrude off the wall,” Laurie says. “We liked that the barn sconces are stout. They fit better with the exterior massing.” The team chose an oil rubbed bronze finish for the wall sconces.
“The finish looks great against the white paint and gave a slightly higher scale cottage feel,” Laurie adds. With so many lighting choices to make when building or renovating, Laurie offers this advice to homeowners.
“Size up! We choose larger sizes than you would think in order to make any space, interior or exterior, human scale,” she says. “Our exterior fixtures are usually at least 16″. We feel that oversized and appropriate lighting fixtures can really add to the detailing of the building.”
When Aimee Daniels, owner of the Salvage Room in Oklahoma City, turned her creative eye to the entryway of her retail space, she had two goals — to illuminate the facade and to find a unique light that would beckon customers inside to explore her eclectic collection of hand-picked vintage items, handcrafted pieces, plus new and vintage apparel, dècor, and accessories.
“We were remodeling and had the front of the store painted from a brick red to a dark grey,” Aimee says. “We wanted a light fixture that was both industrial and unique, and could give off a considerable amount of light.”
When Tom and Susan replaced their wooden decking and added a porch on their Palm Coast, Florida home, they knew the fading exterior light fixtures would also have to go.
“The plastic fixtures were getting really old looking and the plastic was eroded from the combination of wind, sun, salt, and age,” Tom explains. “They were about eight years old and whatever we put up had to be beach-friendly because we don’t want to replace fixtures year after year.” The couple’s home is just south of St. Augustine, Florida, and is subject to the wear and tear that accompanies our famous Florida sunshine. Susan spotted an ad for Barn Light Electric in Coastal Living magazine and knew she’d found the look she wanted for their new outdoor living area.Read More
While we tend to think of our lighting around here as pretty darned perfect, we love it when customers get creative and think outside the traditional mounting options when it comes to installation. Back in a July blog post, we showed you a very creative installation of some porcelain enamel barn pendants in a rustic-themed home in Wisconsin.
Today’s Featured Customer bought a home in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and planned to fully embrace the sea breezes, salt air, and nautical styling of a traditional Florida beach house.Read More