Barn Wall Sconces, Schoolhouse Lights Provide Accent in Open, Airy Floor Plan
When your home is pushing 50 years old, remodeling projects become a way of life. For Lori-Ann and John, renovations on their 1970 single-level home, located in British Columbia, Canada, have included the kitchen, living and dining areas, bathrooms, and the mud room.
Back in 2013, as they searched for quality lighting made in North America, the couple discovered Barn Light Electric.
“We were so impressed with our purchase of a yellow Ivanhoe® Wilcox Pendant that when we needed new lighting for our most recent projects, we considered nothing other than Barn Light,” Lori-Ann says. “The style, quality of the fixtures, and ease of installation was impressive.”
The couple worked to open up their floor plan by removing interior walls and replacing them with fir timbers. They added timber plates, replaced the original flooring, and removed the upper kitchen cabinets to open the space even more. Lori-Ann has chronicled much of their work on her Instagram feed.
“I was going for an industrial look with a modern vintage flair,” Lori-Ann explains. “We like the industrial feel with the exposed timbers and raw steel timber plates and piping. Lighter colors in the flooring and wall give our small space an open and airy feel.”
To provide contrast in the kitchen, Lori-Ann chose Fargo Wall Sconces as accent lighting. She customized these handspun barn lights with a Black finish and a paddle switch option.
“The kitchen is the focal point of our home. We wanted unique fixtures that would be compatible with the industrial décor,” she notes. “The small size of these sconces works perfectly in the space and the directional lighting is exactly what we were looking for.” Lori-Ann uses Edison bulbs in the sconces which operate on a dimmer switch so she can control the amount of light easily.
“We love the black finish as it provides contrast against the light walls,” she adds. “The paddle switch is a great option too as it gives them a vintage feel.” Just outside the kitchen and down the hall, the couple chose schoolhouse lighting for another vintage touch.
These Primary Schoolhouse Flush Mount Lights are customized with small opaque shades, Black fitters, and a triple painted band of Black.
“The schoolhouse lights continue from the entry down the hallway. Our house is small and you can see the entry, hallway, and kitchen from the living area so it was important that they all work together,” Lori-Ann says. “The triple band is a unique option. We love décor that is unique and stands out.”
Be sure to check back on Monday, April 15 as we continue taking a peek at Lori-Ann’s renovations. Next up, the master bath and mud room!
Photos courtesy of the homeowner