What happens when a group of designers from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition no longer have the wildly popular show to work on? They find a new outlet for their creativity! With huge hearts and tremendous talent, our friends Veronica Valencia and Kim Lewis unleashed their design skills on a new target — Ghana, West Africa.
“On one of our last EMHE episodes, we met some people from Art Feeds, a nonprofit organization in Missouri,” explains Kim. “They told us the story of children in Ghana who had been sold by their parents into slavery to the fishing industry on Lake Volta. The children are forced to fish every day in terrible conditions and many kids drown.”Read More
When Hélène of Pointe-Claire, Quebec began remodeling her kitchen, she wanted the various new elements, fixtures, and pendant lighting to respect the history of her centennial home.
“I wanted all of the new features to be in unity with the rest of the house,” Hélène says. “It is quite old. When I dig deep enough in the garden, I find horseshoes!” Hélène was striving for a country chic look but also the unpretentious, warm feel of a French farm. Hélène chose Barn Light Electric’s 12″ Ivanhoe™ Sinclair Porcelain Pendant in a Graphite finish with a white canopy and polished nickel socket with a knob switch. Based on original 1930s designs, the Sinclair Pendant follows a simple industrial style with timeless appeal. Like all of our porcelain enamel lights, the Sinclair is American made with a baked-on porcelain enamel finish meant for a lifetime of use. Hélène also chose the black cotton twist cord for her new pendants for even more vintage flair.Read More
If you’ve been out and about this week, you probably noticed the store shelves are looking pretty bare. The hordes of post-holiday shoppers have ravaged the wrapping paper leftovers, and Valentine’s candy is quickly filling up the empty shelf space. But if you think your chances of getting a great holiday deal went over the fiscal cliff, think again. You still have time to save during the last hours of our Holiday Sale! You have until 11:59pm PST tonight to save 10% on any member of our Porcelain Enamel Lighting family and get Free Shipping on any item on our site.
Is there a kitchen remodel in your future? Check out this lovely renovation which took a builder-basic look with oak cabinetry and standard can lights to a stunning white space with open shelving accented by three 12″ Ivanhoe™ Aero Shallow Bowl Porcelain Pendants in creamy Jadite. The Aero has a fun, modern look with a hint of industrial edginess and the soothing jadite finish really pops in this bright space. That porcelain enamel finish is one of the most durable you can buy and is a great choice for kitchens which see a lot of heat, steam, and occasional food fights if toddlers are nearby.
Our porcelain enamel fixtures are hand spun from commercial grade steel by our own craftsmen who spin the metal from a flat disc to the desired shape. Two coats of porcelain enamel glass are then hand-applied giving each shade its own unique character. The shades are baked in our porcelain enamel oven which seals the glass and gives the fixture its signature shiny finish designed for a lifetime of use.
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Here on the Space Coast of Florida, Barn Light Electric owners Bryan and Donna Scott grew up in the shadow of the Kennedy Space Center in a time when American ingenuity meant everything to their small community. The couple learned early on what hard work and imagination can do. When their back-yard hobby of finding and restoring vintage lights started to grow into a small business, the couple threw themselves into the industry and began planning to revive the art of crafting porcelain enamel lighting the way it used to be made back in the 30s.
This Labor Day, Barn Light Electric is proud to recognize the hard work and skill that our craftsmen put into our American-made porcelain enamel barn lights. As the only lighting company in America with its own porcelain oven, we have revived this art form that was once an integral part of American manufacturing but faded away when less expensive and less durable painting techniques came into fashion.
Each of our porcelain shades is hand-spun by skilled artisans, coated with two layers of porcelain enamel glass, and baked in our 1600-degree porcelain oven. This process produces the signature, high-gloss finish that will never fade or corrode and is fit for a lifetime of use.
Our line of porcelain enamel lighting continues to grow with Ivanhoe™ Cord Hung Pendants, Benjamin™ Stem Mount Pendants, the classic Goodrich™ Gooseneck Lights, and our newest additions in the Wheeler™ Wall Sconce collection. All are crafted with the finest materials and include many sizes and customizing options.
In honor of our craftsmen and those Americans who labored before us, we are offering a 15% discount for our customers during our Labor Day Sale. Just enter the code HANDSPUN12 at checkout to receive your savings. See complete details here and take advantage of our special pricing between August 30 and September 3rd. No matter how you choose to celebrate this Labor Day weekend, join us in saluting the American worker!Read More
In the seaside town of Sag Harbor, decorator Natasha Esch and her husband, Matthew Coffin, have painstakingly restored and renovated an historic 19th-century storefront building. Using a mix of rustic wood and industrial metal decor, the pair created a stunning environment for Esch’s predilection toward European midcentury design. In this photo, a variety of midcentury chairs dot the open floor plan, and in the soaring space above, rustic posts and beams recycled from an old barn add warmth along with the refinished oak flooring. Hanging from those beams and shooting light directly below are deep bowl pendants much like our new Wilcox Studio Light. Part of our Ivanhoe™ collection of cord-hung pendants, this fixture features a unique mount that combines a suspension cable with a cord to give a visual hint of movement to the fixture.Read More