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Featured Customer | Ceiling Fans, Wall Sconces Update 1950s Fixer-Upper

In yesterday’s blog, we visited with Dana of House Tweaking fame where she and her handy husband are tackling the major renovation of a 1950s brick rancher. Downsizing from a McMansion, as Dana calls her former home, the couple are making the most of their smaller space which helps them satisfy financial goals plus cuts the commute time for Dad so he can spend more time with their three kids.

Yesterday we saw the stunning renovation of the master bath which featured the Austin Wall Sconce over the vanity. The bath wasn’t the only room that needed new lighting.

“We didn’t keep any of the original lights so every space needed special attention,” Dana says. “In particular, though, it was important to me to have adequate light over the kitchen sink. A basic can light would have been functional, but I really wanted something that looked great too.” Dana chose a range sconce that we no longer carry, but if you want to get the same look, consider the Monarch Gooseneck which can be mounted on a straight arm much like Dana’s. The Monarch features a similar tall neck and a flared shade that has a plenty of modern industrial styling.

“The galvanized metal has an industrial look that I’m drawn to,” Dana explains. “The sconce projects far enough from the wall to light the sink and countertop but doesn’t compete with the trio of glass globe pendants hanging above the island.” Dana is lucky enough to have an electrician in the family who helped craft the overall lighting plan.

“I had heard of Barn Light Electric, but it was our electrician who recommended using BLE,” Dana says. “He said the store offered the style of lighting we wanted and the quality and craftsmanship he looks for.”

Along with the new light fixture, Dana chose our 48″ Commercial Grade Ceiling Fan in a white finish to round out the industrial vibe. This very affordable fan features painted steel blades with curved ends to deliver maximum airflow over wide areas — a great choice for this high ceiling. And while Dana still has a never-ending list of projects to complete, she is quite happy with the lighting progress thus far.

“They’re high quality, simple pieces that really modernize our ‘new’ old home,” she says. “We love them all!”

Photos courtesy of the homeowner

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