Jeff and Kalie were tired of renting and wanted to live in a green home that was not only energy efficient but beautiful too and equipped with as many American made products they could find. With some savings in the bank and Jeff being a jack-of-all-trades, the couple started researching sustainable designs then jumped right in and built their own green home in northern New York.
“We wanted every inch of our home to be useful,” Kalie says. “We finalized our plans last June and have worked 14 hours a day, 7 days a week since then.” The results are stunning.
“Our house is rustic with modern and contemporary touches,” Kalie explains. “Due to the lack of a traditional ceiling in the kitchen, we needed lights that would accentuate the beams while keeping a simple, clean look.” While looking for USA-made fixtures online, Jeff remembered a porcelain barn light from the 1930s in his family’s old camp on Lake Bonaparte. The couple was thrilled to find that Barn Light Electric had revived the process of porcelain enamel manufacturing with many styles and options available right here in America.
“With our kitchen barely framed, we bought 5 porcelain lights for our kitchen,” Kalie says. “We fell in love with the rustic look immediately and felt they fit our design concept perfectly.” The couple chose two 12″ Ivanhoe™ Dino Porcelain Cord Pendant Lights in Green with a standard black cord for over the island and three 10″ Ivanhoe™ Esso Warehouse Porcelain Pendants in Cobalt Blue with a standard black cord for over the sink and counters.
“It was tough to decide on a color but we are glad we got both the Cobalt Blue and the Green because the blue lights complement the slate backsplash and contrast the green walls whereas the green lights plainly remind my husband of his old camp,” Kalie says.
While many people build a home and vow never to do it again, this couple had so much fun they started their own business — Bear Creek Builders — specializing in sustainable building of smaller homes. They already have potential customers calling to get on their schedule.
“It’s nice to know we will always have a place to go for lighting that will catch the eye of a future buyer!” Kalie adds.
Photos courtesy of the homeowner
Granite countertops by Rocky Mountain Granite, Webster, NY
Custom hickory cabinets by Barker Cabinets of Oregon
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Due to the dark colors and heavy use of steel and metal, today’s industrial chic designs tend to be pretty masculine. Up until the 1950′s or 60′s, the majority of household items were constructed using solid metal materials – from appliances and toys, to fans and lawn chairs and everything in between. It wasn’t until around the 1970′s when plastic began to gain popularity. Plastic allowed for faster production and overall lower costs of goods.
It was a hobby of our owner Bryan, that started the vintage kick at Barn Light Electric. Bryan collected and restored vintage porcelain lights from the 1930′s, 40′s, and 50′s. Quality tends to get lost during today’s mass production in overseas factories, but because these lights were from an era where products were hand crafted and American-made, they have withstood the test of time and remain usable today.
That leads us into 2010 where designers are paying top dollar to have vintage finds. Because of their durability and quality construction, most items from years past have withstood years of use and are extremely sought after. You don’t have to have an eye for design or a big wallet to bring this style into your home. After mere minutes of shopping on Etsy, we found our inspiration for today’s Style Guide – what’s not to love about an original General Electric desk fan and a retro stool complete with dings and chipped paint? Splurging a little on our desk, we chose a higher counter top style work space. Similar styles or reproductions can be found today for a must lower cost. We accessorized with vintage globe book ends, colorful books, and a simplistic clock similar to those found in 1950′s classrooms.
No room is complete without lighting! Naturally we chose one of our vintage fixtures – an authentic 1930′s Ivanhoe Porcelain Shade. This 12″ shade comes with 5 feet of adjustable black cord and comes ready to be installed. For now, these shades are available in limited quantities and styles. For additional task lighting, we chose the Alburndale Swingarm Adjustable Wall Sconce. Since the arm is movable in several directions, this wall sconce will act as most table lamps do, without taking up valuable work space. Depending on the look you are wanting, the Alburndale is available in several finish choices – our choice was Old Bronze.
1.) Barn Light Electric Vintage Porcelain 12″ Warehouse Shade: $139.00
2.) Target Room Essentials Oversized Plastic Wall Clock: $69.99
3.) Etsy Indusrial Chair: Various Prices
4.) Barn Light Electric Alburndale Swingarm Adjustable Sconce: $444.00
5.) Etsy Industrial Black GE Mid Century Fan: $42.00
6.) Etsy Vintage As The World Turns Bookends: $24.00
7.) Modern 50 Industrial Factory Slab Wood Desk/Table: $1,385