So what do you do when your dream house is a 1920s Craftsman style home but you live in an 80s-era Colonial?
You renovate! And then you start a blog to share your successes, and stumbles, with the world. That’s what Teresa of Life and Renovations did when she and her husband purchased a home almost two years ago in the suburbs of Pittsburgh.
“I love Craftsman homes with big mouldings, built-ins, and lots of character. This house is a basic Colonial which is about as far from a Craftsman as you can get!” Teresa says. “My biggest goal has been to add character to the house.” Teresa chose a mostly white, grey, and wood color scheme and, as the... Read More
Barn Light Electric was born from a passion for vintage style lighting. Inspired not only by the designs of early 20th century lighting, our owners also appreciated the durability and craftsmanship they saw in pieces found in antique stores, at estate sales, and even when poking around old buildings. They have built their business recreating many of these time-honored styles while offering new materials, finish colors, and customizing options for a fresh twist on old favorites.
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In the early 1900’s, southern cities often sprouted up around local mills. In the area just north of Charlotte, North Carolina, the thriving mill district included the Highland Park Mill and the Mecklenburg Mill along with small local groceries, a barbershop and a dry goods store. When the mills shut down in the late ’60s, the area fell on hard times, but the creation of the Historic North Charlotte Neighborhood Association in 1986 began a revival that transformed the area, now known as NoDa, into a vibrant arts district full of galleries, restaurants, boutique shops, and award-winning breweries.
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One of the best parts about being a blogger for Barn Light Electric is that I hear about all sorts of great projects — new home builds, office overhauls, restaurant remodels, and renovation projects that take on a life of their own. Customers generously share their photos with us so that we, in turn, can share them with you to use as inspiration for your own projects!
Today we visit with Elizabeth who, along with her husband David, tackled the renovation of a 1949 bungalow in Ojai, California, a tiny rural town near Santa Barbara. They fell in love with the location and timeless charm of the cottage and set about modernizing yet protecting the roots of this... Read More
You’ve come a long way baby. When schoolhouse lighting first came onto the scene back in the early 20th century, these hand-blown, glass globes were crafted to conceal bare bulbs that were the norm for lighting fixtures. These simple opaque globes instantly transformed a basic necessity into a design element that not only added a certain style to a space, but cut down on the harsh glare of a bare bulb. Schoolhouse lights were quite popular in public spaces such as government buildings, libraries, and yes, even schoolhouses.
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