In Monday’s blog post, we visited with Mary Ann of Will County, Illinois, as she shared pics of the interior of her new home filled with porcelain enamel lights and copper pendants. Today, we take a walk outside where Mary Ann chose classic wall lights to highlight the exterior. Buying quality, American-made lighting was high on Mary Ann’s list as she searched for new lights.
“While not the least expensive option, buying Barn Light Electric fixtures has been an investment worth making,” she says. “You cannot find lights of this quality anywhere else. I cannot tell you how many websites I searched and how many products got... Read More
Just a stone’s throw from San Pablo Bay north of San Francisco, lies a beautiful home built in the late 1990s. Like most 20+ year-old homes, some updates were needed when new owners Tom and Krissy took over.
“Let’s just say there was plenty of deferred maintenance,” Tom says. The couple wanted to give the home a good refresh before listing it as a vacation rental — Carneros Barn House — in the popular Sonoma wine country.
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When you’re on the hunt for vintage-inspired lighting, antique stores are one place to look. But as Marcel, of central New York, found out rather quickly, old lights can be difficult to work with.
“We realized that being able to scale those lights within the home or to other structures, such as barns, would be quite difficult,” he says. Marcel purchased a farm that had been dormant for a number of years and a top priority was to preserve the history of the place. Focusing on the old homestead, Marcel searched for period-appropriate lighting that he could customize with ease.
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When Nancy decided that the bathroom in her mid-century ranch home needed a facelift, she wanted to upgrade the 50-year-old sink and toilet, but she didn’t want to lose all of the detailing that she loves so much.
“The bath is a beautiful 1950s icon,” Nancy says. “I love its pink tile with teal accents that feature a small wavelike pattern around the circumference of the room.” Nancy lightened up the room by painting over the pink walls and ceiling and added bright white porcelain fixtures. With those details done, she went shopping for a vanity light.
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Storage space is a huge plus in any home, but if you find yourself in need of more, why add a closet or extra cabinet when you can build yourself a gorgeous new barn! That exactly what Kelly did out on Martha’s Vineyard. Kelly needed more storage and work space so, with the help of a Vermont builder, she created a beautiful, new post-and-beam barn on the property.
“The timbers came from Canada,” Kelly says, “and the finished space has a half bath, outdoor shower, and cupola.” The two-story barn measures 24 X 30 offering plenty of room for bikes, lawn equipment, and even overnight guests if need be. Kelly wanted the design to have a... Read More