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And the Winner Is … A Gorgeous Victorian Kitchen Renovation!

Here at Barn Light Electric, we love browsing through photos of design projects. It’s even more fun when these photos showcase our lights, so we had a wonderful time during our recent photo contest looking through all of the amazing images our customers sent in. We thank each and every one of you who submitted photos for consideration!

Today we announce our Grand Prize Winner — Emily Coleman of Columbus, Ohio! Emily lives in a fairly new home in an historic Victorian village near the Ohio State University. The mixed neighborhood of students, professors, young professionals, and retirees enjoy the close proximity to shops, galleries, and restaurants all within walking distance. While Emily’s Victorian-style home is solidly built, she knew right away the kitchen would not be functional for her family’s needs.


“We love to cook and entertain and there was a small island with the cook top built in,” Emily explains. “Plus, when we moved out of our old house, I wasn’t about to leave my Wolf range behind so I had to find a way to work it into a new design.” And oh, did she work it in! While Emily’s last kitchen was more industrial, she wanted to take this kitchen in a slightly different direction.


“I really wanted it to have the look and feel of an old confectionary,” she says, adding that “I prefer a pale palette of minty retro greens, soft blues, and creams.” Emily chose three Ivanhoe® Union Warehouse Porcelain Pendants for her new island. She customized these American made pendants with a 14″ shade in our creamy Jadite finish, a matching Jadite canopy, and a standard black cord.


“I really love cobbling a space together and having it be unique to most of what’s out there. I think the Jadite pendants accomplished that,” Emily says. “They are industrial in design but the color imparts a sweetness to them that I really like.” Emily collects jadite so the porcelain enamel pendants help tie the whole space together.

Emily’s entry earned the Grand Prize of a $500 Barn Light Electric gift card, plus a photo of her kitchen will appear in our advertisement in the November issue of Coastal Living magazine.


“I couldn’t be more pleased with the fixtures. When you’re designing a space and ordering things from an online retailer, you cross your fingers and hope that it all comes together in a way that accomplishes the mood you set out to create,” Emily notes. “The barn light pendants are absolutely just what I was looking for.”

Photos courtesy of Emily Coleman



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    George Kentris

    What a beautiful kitchen and home. Ms. Coleman has exquisite taste.

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    R.A. Swanson

    Really nice! Who was the builder? He/she should also be applauded.

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    Yes George, Emily did an amazing job with color, layout, and accessories in this space. And stay tuned because we’ll have more photos from her home coming soon!

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    Thanks for stopping by Mr. Swanson! And you’re right — the builder definitely gets a round of applause from Barn Light Electric!

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    Jodi Jenkins

    Emily Coleman has amazing style and grace, her kitchen is a perfect representation of the beautiful person she is inside and out! The creative mix, great appliances, attention to detail and unique lighting earns her the “Coastal Living” ad spot. Well deserved, Emily!

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    Thanks Jodi for your comment! We were immediately taken with Emily’s photos that she submitted, and you are right on target when you credit her creative mix. Her whole home is just stunning!

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    Builder, Tim Beachy, of clintonville, did a fantastic job of bringing my vision to life! He is a true artisan and was a joy to work with! He can be reached at (614) 207-9914.

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    Karen Altermatt

    Mr. Kentris is a good judge of character. The personality of the homeowner couldn’t be more evident in this makeover. Beautifully done. Definitely a winner.

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    I’m so glad I found more pictures! I saw Emily’s winning picture in Coastal Living while at the dentist and immediately fell in love and had to google Emily’s name to see if I could find out more!!! This is my style to a T!! She deserves a full spread on her home!! Does Emily have a blog???

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    No, Alexandra, Emily does not have a blog but she’s already hard at work renovating another home so you can be sure we’ll be visiting with her again soon. Stay tuned!

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    Thomas Roach

    I have had the pleasure of seeing many of Emily’s promethean designs over the years. It is always exciting to see her visions come to fruition…Congratulations Emily!

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    Thanks for stopping by Thomas! We were all so taken with Emily’s design of this kitchen and her use of color throughout. We’re anxiously awaiting her next reveal!

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    I LOVE…LOVE…LOVE this kitchen! The color palette…lighting fixtures…appliances…and ESPECIALLY the scalloped open shelves. Were these shelves custom made by the builder? Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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    Hi Monique,
    Thanks for checking out the blog. Yes, we still love, love, love this space as well! I have contacted Emily to ask about the shelves so you should be hearing from her soon.

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    Delightfully happy kitchen! So charming and refreshing and to find out she lives here in Columbus near the OSU campus. Wish I could see it in person. Does she have a blog that I could visit? It’s always nice to follow along with your local bloggers.

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    Hi Cindy,
    I’m sorry to say that Emily does not have a blog, but she’s working her magic on yet another home so stay tuned for more project photos!

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    Would you mind sharing the paint brand and colors you used on your walls? Beautiful!

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    Thank u! It’s benjamin Moore, crystal blue.

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    This kitchen is just Beautiful !
    But I was wondering about the slip covers for the couches ???

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    Emily Music

    Hi, Caroline, thank you! The slipcovers were custom made by a local seamstress.

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