Like many new inventions, the automobile was, at first, an expensive novelty accessible only to the wealthy. When production techniques improved, the automobile became more affordable for the masses in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The ability to travel, day or night, opened up a whole new era of freedom. As automobile sales increased, as did the subsequent demand for fuel, roadside filling stations began popping up offering not only fuel but service for those with a flat tire or mechanical difficulties.
Standard Oil of California was the first to open a chain of service stations on the West Coast. They probably looked something like this illustration from an... Read More
Mid October is peak foliage season in Chittenden, Vermont, which means The Mountain Top Inn & Resort is hopping these days with leaf peepers. This four-season resort recently underwent a major remodel which included re-siding the main building and updating the lighting.
“We were going for a rustic feel,” says front desk manager Eryn Rowe, “and we just love your products!” Welcoming guests at the front door is a Pioneer 4-Light Chandelier which brings an industrial farmhouse vibe to the setting. This rustic chandelier combines guard-and-glass fixtures topped with mini RLM-style warehouse shades to provide plenty of light.
“I wanted... Read More
The school bell has rung, theme parks are quiet, and the Labor Day picnic is a fading memory. The autumnal equinox must be right around the corner. Fall is a great time to think about your exterior lighting. Nightfall may come earlier but the weather is still great for outdoor activities and meals. There’s no reason to retreat to the dining room when the back porch is still so inviting. Plus there are still fireflies out there waiting to be chased!
When considering your exterior lighting, you quickly realize that your outdoor lights must perform several functions. Safety is a major concern of course. Well-placed lights not only deter those with malfeasance on... Read More
Steve and his wife Debbie knew they had found something special when they were interviewing potential contractors to build their new home.
“One of them stood on the site and said, ‘I’ve been driving by this field for 20 years and always wanted to build a house right here,'” Steve relates. The coveted spot in Freeport, Maine, is close to downtown and is the site of their now almost-complete modern farmhouse home. The building process is fraught with constant decision making, but for Steve and Debbie, the choice for lighting was an easy one. They had discovered Barn Light Electric when they worked on a previous home and knew they wanted... Read More
A thought crossed my mind this summer as I was relaxing in a lovely vacation home on Tybee Island, Georgia. I could live here. Really I could. That happens when you find a spot where you can truly unwind and enjoy your surroundings both inside and out. And so it is for Washington residents Meg and Rick who are renovating their lakefront vacation home in order to move in permanently. Let’s hear it for a vacation that never ends!
“We are creating an addition to our existing vacation cabin where we will be living full time,” Meg explains. “We have different lighting needs for different portions of the property, but we are ordering all of them in... Read More