Out With Fluorescents, In With Nautical Sconces
Have you heard about the latest design craze? Introducing West Coast brunch-by-the-beach meets Midwest farm-to-table.
I must admit, this look hadn’t crossed my radar until last week, but now that I’ve seen it, I’m a big fan! Today we’re talking with Jessie Kelley, founder of The Garden Table and creator of this casual blended look. The restaurant, located on Massachusetts Avenue in the thriving arts district of downtown Indianapolis, opened in January in a former pharmacy.
“The building was built in 1906 and we were able to preserve the original tin ceilings and pine wood floors,” Jessie says. “We completely gutted the space and built out the kitchen, bathrooms, and dining area. All of the lighting was fluorescent so we completely redid the lighting plan — that’s where Barn Light Electric came in!”
Jessie’s design is crisp and bright with plenty of natural light, white shiplap walls, and pops of green and copper. A live moss wall adds color and texture while large copper pendants bring metallic warmth to the space. Green plants add another natural element to tie it all together.
For the bar, Jessie knew she needed a rugged light that could handle the high-traffic area. The bar canopy is crafted from salvaged barn wood and stores the liquor inventory. Jessie chose the nautical look of the Flush Mount Guard Sconce to run the length of the bar.
“I love the nautical feel of the Flush Mount Guard Sconce and, at the same time, I needed a flush mount pendant that could stand a lot of wear and tear. That is why I chose to add the wire guard to these lights,” she explains. “I don’t have to worry about the bartenders hitting the lights while pulling extra bottles from the canopy. The wire guard is the perfect protection! This light has both the look and functionality I wanted for bar lighting.”
Jessie customized these snug-fitting pendants with a Jadite finish color from our paint-to-match palette. This offers the same creamy mint color from our porcelain enamel collection in a durable powder coat finish.
In the main dining area, Jessie chose the Downtown Minimalist Sconce for the walls. She customized these with the same Jadite finish as the Bullet Cast Guard fixtures.
“The Downtown Minimalist Sconces look fantastic against both the brick and the shiplap,” Jessie notes. “They’re simple, but still add that little pop of color without taking away from the clean look we were going for. They are also a great price and worked well with our budget.”
To highlight the banquette seating in the bar, Jessie chose a complementary wall sconce with the Industrial Guard Sconce. With similar nautical roots to the Bullet Cast Guard, these American-made wall sconces are also customized with a Jadite finish, wire guard, and clear glass.
“I wanted to separate the bar and main dining room areas by changing the look of the wall lighting while still keeping the Jadite,” Jessie says. “So it’s not jarring to the eye when you look at the brick wall from across the room. I thought this variation of the Flush Mount Guard in sconce form was perfect. It separates the dining area from the bar area while keeping the color and industrial look consistent.” The end result is an inviting space with a casual coastal vibe right in the heart of the Midwest.
“I have been obsessed with Barn Light Electric products since the second I came across the company online,” Jessie says. “The simplicity, durability, craftsmanship and timeless, yet modern, look makes it an ideal choice for any design project.”
Photos courtesy of The Garden Table