Schoolhouse lighting was a staple in public buildings in the mid 20th century when bare light bulbs on cords were first covered by opaque glass shades. At the new Cooperstown Distillery, located in historic Cooperstown, New York, the owners remodeled an old warehouse and chose schoolhouse lights to give the space a distinctive mid century look.
“The building has served as a warehouse for carriage building, a Rotary meeting house, and most recently a grain storage building,” says Gene Marra, owner and distiller. “It took six months to prepare the space but the actual distillery business was five years in the making.”Read More
Designers love to push the envelope sometimes and take risks with interior decorating. For this kitchen renovation in Decatur, Georgia, the client couldn’t be happier with the creative work of Julie Holloway and Anisa Darnell of Milk and Honey Home. In a bold move, the duo chose some classic angle shades for over the kitchen sink. “We know they are typically used for outdoor sign lighting, but we just love the old vintage feel they give,” explains Anisa. “We needed a sconce that would have a long enough arm to stick out past the shelf over the window and reflect back onto the collection of dishes. And the angle shade did just that! It was a risk worth taking!”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 more.Read More
In just a few short hours, Hurricane Sandy did $68 billion worth of damage to the New York/New Jersey shoreline. In the nine months since the disaster, residents have been slowly picking up the pieces. Today’s Featured Customer owns a vacation home in Ship Bottom, New Jersey, on Long Beach Island which saw 16″ of water in the interior during the height of the storm.
“Everything had to go after the storm because the water went throughout the entire downstairs ruining everything in its path,” Erica explains. “Appliances, carpets, walls, sheet rock, electronics, furniture, and mattresses all had to go.” Erica and her husband Justin, co-owners of The Whiskey Brooklyn, decided to change the style of their decor with the clean slate they now had.Read More
It’s finally Friday and we’re ready to celebrate! For a change of pace, let’s head back to the Roaring 20s, an era when the economy was thriving, arts and culture were exploring new ideas, and spirits were high even if the distilled kind were outlawed under Prohibition. In a nod to this distinctive time period, the Prohibition Distillery opened its doors last April in Roscoe, New York. The owners recreated a period feel for this new venture by using used industrial lighting to transform the old Roscoe Fire Department into a modern day distillery.
“We took a colorful approach that pays romantic reverence to the Prohibition era of the 1920s and 30s,” says Brian Facquet, founder and president of sales and distribution. ” A complete renovation of a 1929, Prohibition-era firehouse located on Union Street became the new home for Bootlegger 21, an “elegantly crafted vodka” named for the 21st amendment that ended the ban on booze in 1933. The building now houses the distillery and tasting room which has become a local favorite and a destination for those New Yorkers in the city which lies just two hours southeast.
Brian and his design team selected two Atomic Topless Industrial Guard Sconces to flank the front door. These rugged, American made sconces feature a Black finish, ribbed glass, and a heavy duty cast guard, a wise option for commercial lighting plans. For additional exterior lighting, Brian chose the complementary Industrial Loft Double Pendant to highlight the newly crafted carriage-style doors. With two jelly jar glasses and the heavy duty cast guard, this fixture provides light above for the sign and onto the doorways below.
Inside, a classic light from this time period graces the hallway leading to the tasting room. The Hillsboro Schoolhouse Pendant Light is an authentic reproduction of the milky shades first used in government buildings, libraries, and school rooms of the early 20th century when bare bulbs were first covered up.
“I thought the fixture spoke to the period and delivers a true 1920s feel,” Brian says. Finding lights that deliver both excellent quality and appropriate style may seem daunting, yet the final reveal of this project shows that the Prohibition Distillery hit the nail on the head — we’ll toast to that!
Photos courtesy of Prohibition DistilleryRead More