Pro's Corner | Copper Schoolhouse Lighting Offers Upscale Touch in NYC Apartment
When two households combine into one, the decor in the new place can be tricky. Blending two distinct styles into one cohesive whole was the challenge when Shelly and Anna moved to a new apartment in South Williamsburg, just over the bridge from downtown Manhattan. Shelly, an interior designer who recently launched Hyphen, created a soothing space that is both light and airy yet dotted with dark woods and floral finishes.
“Our space is full of blacks and grays, but also a soft color palette,” Shelly says. “We love mixing masculines and feminines.”
The couple spend a good deal of time in the kitchen located in the center of the 700-square-foot apartment. Large windows offer plenty of light, but Shelly wanted to add color and warmth with materials and finishes. She had her eye on some copper lighting from Barn Light that would provide the perfect touch to the space.
“Our existing fixtures were so dated,” Shelly explains. “We were looking for an element that was custom and fun but also elevated with a vintage look.” Shelly found the perfect mix in the Elementary Schoolhouse Pendant. Shelly customized these cord-hung ceiling lights with small globes, a Raw Copper finish, triple painted black stripes, and a black-and-white cotton twist cord.
Shelly purchased much of their furniture in vintage stores, but claims, “I would spend my life’s savings on lighting. We love vintage pieces. These fixtures are a nod to the past but are also modern with the touch of copper and the cloth cording.”
The copper pendants, like all of Barn Light’s copper lighting, are handcrafted and are easy to customize with globe size, optional painted bands of color, a variety of cording styles plus other mounting options like stem mounts, goosenecks, and flush mounts. All are available in energy-saving LED.
“We love to mix metals and finishes, and these fixtures accomplish exactly that,” Shelly says. “They completely elevate and change the look of what once was a boring kitchen.” To see more of this beautiful apartment, check out this feature on Domino.
Photos by Claire Esparros