The not-so-secret recipe for the amazing food you’ll find at any Bareburger restaurant in New York is listed right on their website. Organic, grass-fed, all natural, and sustainable are just a few of the words they use to describe the fare they create every day with the help of local farmers. And the founders take just as much care when it comes to designing their restaurant spaces using recycled, reclaimed, and sustainable materials. Two new locations feature one of our favorite upcycled lighting fixtures — The Mig Retro Steel Industrial Pendant.Read More
When he purchased a piece of property last year with a nice home but no garage, today’s Featured Customer realized he was finally going to have his dream space. We talk with Mark in Arkansas about the creation of his combined garage and man cave that was designed with some serious inspiration from his favorite NFL team — the Seattle Seahawks. The perfect lighting? Our Mig Retro Steel Industrial Pendants — in blue and green of course!Read More
The Irish playwright Oscar Wilde once said, “The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.” He could very well have been standing in front of a dilapidated old barn when he uttered this famous quote. Upon seeing a run down, rotting structure, most people would dial the closest demolition crew and simply start over. But luckily there are people in the world who have a special eye for potential. Our good friend Pete Cooper of Spring Creek Design in Pennsylvania is one of these people. When his firm was hired to save a dilapidated old barn and turn it into a finished living space, he jumped right into the project.Read More
In September 2011, a fire broke out in a 150-year-old building that housed a hotel, bar, and Frank M. Booth, Inc. Water damage was significant for this 100-year-old company so the owners decided to remodel. As the structure was torn apart, they noticed large, hand-hewn columns that were part of the original building — a carriage-making shop built in the 1860s. Some of the columns still had large metal rings where horses would be tied in the shop.
“With all this history popping up, we knew had to incorporate that into the new design with an industrial warehouse feel,” explains Mary Langsdorf, who spearheaded the remodeling efforts. Those efforts were extensive and included the removal and repouring of 8,000 square feet of concrete flooring and rebuilding two 50-foot brick walls. When it came to lighting, Mary spent countless hours searching for the perfect fixtures. She found them in The Mig Retro Steel Industrial Pendant.
“I ordered all kinds of lights and returned them all because of size and color issues,” she says. “Since we are a metal and pipe shop, we do a great deal of welding, so when I saw Barn Light Electric’s acetylene caps, I fell in love!” Mary wanted the lights to reflect the history of the company which is now run by Frank M. Booth’s great grandchildren. The Mig Pendants are crafted from repurposed acetylene tank tops that come with a standard cord or a colored cotton or cotton twist cord. Each fixture and finish is unique.
“Since we are so involved with welding in both our shops, I knew I had to pick these lights,” Mary adds. “Our color is the same yellow as the finish on the lights so I had to give these a try. I love that they are such a novelty piece. The guys go down that hallway and get a big smile on their faces because hanging from the ceiling are actual items we use in the shop. It definitely adds more character to our building!”
Photo courtesy of Frank M. Booth, Inc.
How do you convert a 1970′s design nightmare into a classic, up to date home? With industrial style lights, it’s not an impossible task. Just ask Amy (the homeowner) who maintains Bradford Avenue, a blog that chronicles the journey of a homeowner and her contractor as they bring a water damaged house back to life.
In the picture above, you’ll see a side by side comparison of her bathroom renovation project. The first time Amy opened the door to this bathroom, she was reminded of the Guns and Roses song, “Welcome to the Jungle!” With help from two white Mini Artesia Shades, the jungle (complete with a mix of retro 70′s wallpaper and green tile), was replaced with white hex tile flooring and soon to be stylish modern wall paper. The Mini Artesia Shades were installed over the sink and vanity area and are anything but your ordinary bathroom wall sconce!
The Mini Artesia’s compact shade design makes it a popular barn light for narrow bathrooms, above bedside tables, or within compact closets. Amy’s new black and white color scheme have has gone from tacky and cluttered to classy and streamlined!
In her main hallway, you’ll also find three of most unique ceiling lights – the Mig Retro Steel Industrial Pendants. Found in the Vintage Industrial Lights section online, these re-purposed steel pendants were originally used as lids on steel acetylene tanks. These days, they’re spending their second life as a stylish addition to eclectic vintage homes. Next to the red sliding barn door and reclaimed hardwood floors below, the Mig Pendants were the perfect addition to complete the industrial farmhouse entryway.
“We are most excited to see the lighting dangling from the ceiling—three Barn Light Electric pendants, all of which will be pay-attention-to-me yellow. They are an above and beyond sort of company. I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with their sales team—both Donna and Chris have both helped me with different issues/orders. I have issues. They make my issues right. I like the company. I like the people.” – Amy