My husband’s woodworking hobby is taking over the garage. In addition to the router table, multiple saws, drill press, and various tools trying to find a home amongst the kids’ bikes and Christmas decorations, everything in the space receives a shower of sawdust every weekend! We are working with a builder to create a dedicated workshop space for him which is why this beautiful barn caught my eye! Today’s Featured Customer Jennifer lives just west of St. Louis and needed space for her own husband’s workshop. Although the outbuilding is brand new construction, the couple wanted the barn to have enough character to complement their historic log home.
“My husband’s workshop is on the first floor,” Jennifer explains, “and since the front of the barn faces the fruit orchard and garden, the yard tools are stored in there too.” And while the upstairs was originally planned for storage, Jennifer now thinks the space is too nice just for boxes of decorations and off-season clothes. Plus her kids have other ideas.
“Our teenage sons envision a cool game room, and they’ve already had large sleepovers out there so maybe a bunkhouse,” Jennifer muses. To light up the flexible upstairs space, Jennifer chose the Farm & Barn All Weather Warehouse Ceiling Light from our collection of Discount Barn Lighting. This rugged barn pendant is crafted from commercial grade metal so it will stand up to almost anything a group of boys might dish out during a festive get together. And with the ability to accept a 300-watt bulb, this cord hung pendant offers plenty of light.
Outside under the porch, Jennifer chose four Sydney Stem Mount Pendants with a 14″ shade, Galvanized finish, and a Barn Red guard.
“The lights under the lean-to roof are my favorite,” Jennifer notes. “The red guard stands out and looks amazing with the green metal roof and rich wood tone of the rough cedar siding. No other color would have had the same appeal.” Jennifer added some antique style filament bulbs so the lights aren’t too bright at night.
“The lighting had to be the icing on the cake,” Jennifer says. “The feel of a space is very important and I didn’t want a giant shed. I think they feel like authentic early 20th century utility lights but with a modern twist.”
Photos courtesy of the homeowner