We love looking through our old lighting catalogs here and often marvel at how things have changed in the lighting industry in the last 100 years. In the early 1900s, workers in factories, warehouses, and production plants often struggled with inadequate lighting offered by the bare bulb pendants of the day. The work was hard, slow, and often dangerous, simply because of the working environment.
Companies such as Benjamin, Goodrich, Crouse-Hinds, and Appleton stepped up and began designing a new style of industrial lighting for these spaces — crafting wide, shallow bowl RLM shades spun from steel then coated with porcelain enamel glass. The companies touted... Read More
When you’ve been in the interior design business for almost 20 years, you’ve seen just about everything. For Kristina Rinaldi, of Rinaldi Interior Design in New York, the demand from a contractor to come up with seven wall sconces in a day was not exactly unusual.
“Things were kind of sprung on me during this project,” Kristina says, “but fortunately my brain is conditioned and full of so many resources because it does happen often.” For this “I need it yesterday” situation, Kristina turned to Barn Light Electric for a fast delivery of seven Wheeler™ Wilcox Wall Sconces. The project was a complete rebuild of a home in... Read More
Christopher Ritchie has been designing furniture for companies such as Neiman Marcus, Horchow, and Ballard Catalogs for 25 years. With a lifelong passion for design and custom woodworking, Christopher has launched Industrial Home, a new concept that focuses on interior design services, home furnishings, and accessories in the quaint western Maryland town of Frederick. One of his recent renovation projects was for a local hair salon that needed an update.
“We wanted to remodel the space to make it look more streamlined and professional,” Christopher says. “We wanted a modern feel with an industrial style look.” This before photo shows the... Read More
What did we do before Pinterest? How did we ever find the perfect Super Bowl snacks, the best wedding reception venue, or a suitable wall sconce for the bathroom? Luckily, we live in an age where an endless parade of photos is at our fingertips for inspiration!
For Josh and his fiancé Marie, Pinterest was their go-to source as they took on the complete remodel of the guest bathroom in their Sparks, Nevada home.
“We decided to go with a modern rustic design,” Josh says. “We found a pin on Pinterest and followed it to Barn Light Electric and started browsing the selection there.” They hit upon the Barn Wall Sconce collection as they... Read More
Whitney describes the last 14 years of her life as living in a sea of beige. When she moved to Austin, Texas, from Arizona, she wanted her new home to have color and texture with more of a barn/farm/rustic look.
“It’s Texas Hill Country with a little bit of lodge and farmhouse thrown in for good measure,” Whitney says. “I like to call it ‘farmhouse chic.'” When she and her husband began the building process, she turned to Pinterest for lighting inspiration.
“I found Barn Light Electric on Pinterest and fell in love. At that point, I knew I wanted barn lighting for the exterior,” she notes. For the front door, Whitney... Read More