Farmhouse Lighting Adds Vintage Charm with Modern Options
In Wednesday’s post, we visited with Chuck and Jane who recently moved into their new mountain home in western North Carolina. Jane, an interior designer by trade, used her keen eye to create a rustic home with loads of character but also a sense of elegance. The 3,000-square-foot home is filled with light from windows on all sides. Jane used sign lighting in the living area to illuminate the stunning vaulted ceiling and exposed rafters.
Today, we wander the exterior of this beautiful spot to see how Jane used porcelain enamel farmhouse lighting to bring a vintage touch to the home.
“We love the work of architects Lake Flato out of Austin, Texas, and Bobby McAlpine out of Montgomery, Alabama,” Jane says. “Our master bedroom wing with the red barn siding is a nod to Lake Flato and our entry is a nod to McAlpine. Our local architect, Shamburger Architectural Group, helped us pull both of these influences together in a cohesive design.”
While the the mild seasons drew the couple to Fairview, they needed exterior lighting that could stand up to summer sun without fading and winter winds without blowing away. Jane spent a good deal of time browsing the Porcelain Enamel Collection where she discovered the durability of our vintage-style farmhouse lighting.
She chose the Original™ Warehouse Gooseneck Light to brighten the doorway leading from the garage to the back yard. This American-made barn light features a 16″ shade, Cherry Red finish, and G15 gooseneck arm in Brushed Aluminum.
“We chose Barn Light Electric based solely on their designs and color selections,” Jane explains. “The scale is very important and they have so much to offer when deciding on the exact fixture you want.”
Since Chuck walks between the house and his workshop, which sits about 100 yards behind the home, Jane also opted for the dusk-to-dawn photocell on this gooseneck light. The photocell, incorporated into the backing plate, turns the light on at dusk and off again at dawn.
Chuck liked this porcelain gooseneck light so much, he installed another one exactly like it on his workshop. When the time changes this weekend, he won’t be left in the dark walking from the shop to the house at the end of the day!
Over the garage, Jane chose a complementary style of farmhouse lighting in the Double Market Industrial Guard Sconce. This rustic wall sconce has a hint of nautical styling with its cast-guard-and-glass design. The Barn Red finish ties in perfectly with the rest of the home’s red accents.
“We wanted to pick up the red from our windows in the light fixtures above the garage doors,” Jane notes. “They fit nicely in the space above each door and the cage adds protection from ladders and other hazards!”
Made in the USA, these double wall sconces feature a heavy duty cast guard and ribbed glass to slightly diffuse the light.
“Now that are lights are up, we love them!” Jane says. “They are so well made and such statement pieces that speak to a more traditional farmhouse from the past. It’s a nice mix and counter balance to some of our more modern touches.”
Photos courtesy of the homeowner who converted the original farmhouse on the property into a rental.