The problem with adding on to your existing home is that the new structure often looks like an after thought. Even if you’re putting up a separate building from the main home, you want the new structure to tie in with either architectural elements, color, or both! Today, we take a look at a charming potting shed created by our Featured Customer Lois who lives in the wine country north of San Francisco. Her new shed is not only functional but ties in beautifully with her Mediterranean-style home.Read More
One of the greatest things about a country whose ancestors came from all over the world is the variety of cultures, traditions, and best of all, foods we get to enjoy! In the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, the Italians had their heyday in the 50s and 60s when sandwich shops dotted the corners and residents enjoyed sandwiches piled high with prosciutto, pastrami, and provolone. Many of the old shops disappeared over the years as Park Slope changed with the times and the economy, but the recent opening of Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe on 7th Avenue has brought a healthy dose of Italian flavor back to the neighborhood.Read More
In business for more than 50 years, the Friendly Bake Shop of Frankfort, New York, was struggling. Too few options in the display case, a dingy, dated space, and three generations of family members with differing ideas on how to move the family business into the future. Enter Buddy Valastro, better known as the Cake Boss from the hit TLC series. The story of how Buddy helped rally the Viti family and transformed the Friendly Bake Shop was featured in the premiere episode of “The Bakery Boss,” a new TLC offering. Barn Light Electric was proud to support this family business with some porcelain enamel barn lighting to light up their new look!Read More
School is out, time to shop! If you’re a business owner, it’s time to consider your store or restaurant’s presentation. Will your shop window draw a crowd, or do guests simply walk on by?
This Style Me Sunday we’re offering some tips that will add curb appeal that is sure to attract consumers. From spot lighting to product display, we want to help you spruce up that space to create an eye-catching window showcase!
While there is a bounty of tips we can offer about creating a strong store window display, it’s important to consider your consumer, products, and the mood.
Knowing your audience and their relationship to your brand is essential to visual merchandising. Understanding which of your products appeal to your customers allows you to showcase items that will draw them in. For example, if succulent plants are en vogue, why not place them in a sunny location where they will be seen and adored? Try arranging them on something unique like a step stool or stack of books. Placing hot items up front and center is like placing a bowl of candy in front of a child. Must. Have. Please!
Be sure your display window is bright and your products are easy to see. Spot lighting is a must. By illuminating your products, you create visual hierarchy that helps your customers know what’s important. Down lighting pendants like the Ivanhoe™ Wilcox Deep Bowl Pendants are great for casting ample lighting, while it’s neutral bronze finish isn’t distracting. Eclectic lighting like these apartment lights add texture and character to your window display.
Another fun retail tip: This is your opportunity to take something unusual and style it to be irresistible! Customers may never consider using a skeleton in their home decor, but when paired with a Primitive Wood and Leather stool and other exotic items it becomes fascinating. Caught your attention, didn’t it? If you have one product or dish you can’t quite move off the shelves, why not spruce up its surroundings to add to its appeal?
While products and lighting may appeal to your customers’ tastes, it’s important to appeal to their sensibilities. Friendly signage like this Porcelain Enamel WELCOME Sign literally states your intentions. Your retail display window is your way of expressing that your shop is the place where they want to be — and are wanted! Beautiful address numbers will help your happy customers find their way back to repeat their experience.
What is a beautiful work of art without a proper frame? Likewise, your shop or restaurant’s window needs to be surrounded by attractive signage and lighting that spotlights all its stylish glory. Gooseneck light fixtures with angle or RLM shades are classic lighting for commercial spaces. If you’re looking for a twist on the traditional, why not go copper? The Drake Copper Gooseneck Light takes the cake for beautiful and functional lighting fixtures. Its solid copper construction adds a touch of opulence!
Need more styling tips? Check our of Customer Gallery full of creative commercial displays and interiors!
1. House Numbers from Barn Light Electric | 2. Drake Copper Gooseneck Light from Barn Light Electric | 3. Primitive Wood and Leather from Ethanollie | 4. Wilcox Deep Bowl Pendant from Barn Light Electric | 5. Succulent Wedding Favors from DiamondFloral | 6. Porcelain Enamel WELCOME Sign from Barn Light ElectricRead More
In yesterday’s blog post we visited a brand new, green-built home in northern New York designed by a couple who were unhappy with renting but didn’t have the finances to buy an expensive, energy-efficient home built to their standards. We took a tour of Jeff and Kalie’s new kitchen where five cord-hung porcelain enamel lights take center stage over the island and countertops. Today, we venture out onto the porch where two more RLM warehouse shades add a bright touch to the front of the home.
“We wanted a home that was architecturally appealing and grandiose, yet functional in terms of space and energy,” Kalie says. “We wanted every inch of the home to be useful and it took a lot of design changes and compromises.” For the porch, the couple chose two Ivanhoe™ Sky Chief Porcelain Pendants in Cherry Red with a standard black cord.
“The red finish on these lights just happens to match our windows so that was a pleasant surprise,” Kalie adds. The couple purchased LED bulbs for their new shades because “we like them so much, we leave them on as much as possible.” Out back, two handsome Farm & Barn All Weather Warehouse Wall Mount Lights flank the back door and provide downward directed light onto the deck. The couple chose a Black finish for these wall lights which lend a perfect contrast to their siding. Though the couple had never built a home before, they did their research and educated themselves in sustainable designs.
“Jeff, who is a jack-of-all-trades, began designing the home in CAD paying attention to architecturally interesting design aspects as well as functional details,” Kalie says. “We had a driving aspiration to build a quality green home together and equip it with as many American made products we could find.” The pair now have a new business for all of their creative energies — Bear Creek Builders.
“We had so much fun building our own green home, we have decided to continue the trend and build a few more,” Kalie says. “It’s nice to know we will always have a place to go for lighting that will catch the eye of a future buyer.”
Photos courtesy of Bear Creek BuildersRead More