When Karen and her husband set out to build a vacation home in Hawaii, they wanted all the amenities of new construction but with the character and charm of “a beach cottage that had been in the same family for decades with each generation making updates, changes, and adding their own touches,” Karen says. The result is a plantation-style home that caught my eye when I spotted a review on a blog called Centsational Girl written by Kate from northern California.
After seeing some familiar-looking schoolhouse lights in Kate’s photos, I contacted Karen to find out the details behind this beautiful space. The cottage was built in 2013 and designed to... Read More
It’s been a busy and exciting year here at Barn Light Electric and while we’re closing in fast on the holidays, we’re not sitting by the fire roasting chestnuts and watching for Santa. Not just yet anyway. Our metal spinners are busy crafting new light fixtures and the R&D crew is exploring the latest lighting technology in an effort to bring you the very latest designs and components for your residential or commercial lighting needs.
Two of the latest additions are in our fast growing Schoolhouse Lights collection. Schoolhouse shades first popped up in the early 20th century when bare bulb, industrial style pendants were commonly used. These... Read More
We love hearing from our customers about their home improvement and construction projects. One comment we hear quite often these days is that when building or buying a brand new home, homeowners strive to create a house with the character that is more often found in older homes. That effortless, lived-in look of a house that just belongs on a piece of land and has been graced with thoughtful touches from the past. Such is this shotgun-style home in an historic neighborhood in south Austin, Texas. Though new construction, the kitchen gives a definite nod to history in a space filled with vintage details.
From the beadboard walls and subway tile backsplash to the... Read More
For many homebuyers, the first thing on the agenda after the closing papers are signed is to change things up, make the space your own, and put your personal style within the walls. This buyer, however, felt an immediate connection with the original owner and her sense of style. Built in 1935, the home was designed with inspiration from the 1917 Panama California Exposition which featured Mission-Revival architecture. The second owner has kept many of the original touches including all of the original ceiling lighting.
In the kitchen, which underwent some remodeling to capture space from a large butler’s pantry, a 1920s-era schoolhouse shade reigns over the... Read More
Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy
For about 50 years, School House style lights could be found not only in residential areas, but schools, galleries, and libraries as well. These shades were popular choices for homeowners and architects alike, therefore, they were produced in hundreds of styles and sizes to accommodate all spaces. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that styles changed, and the majority of School House shades stopped being produced.
Today, as homeowners are snatching up historic properties, restoring every last detail is of high importance. Most of the time, original cabinets and flooring can be easily restored with a little elbow grease, but... Read More