Vintage Style, Modern Options Create Perfect Lighting for New Pottery Studio
Barn Light Electric’s talented team of craftsmen are the hands and hearts behind our motto Where Vintage and Modern Collide. By combining design details from vintage lighting styles with modern upgrades in color, mounting, and efficiency, customers can create the perfect fixture for every space.
For Denise, lighting was a key factor when building a new garage studio next to her home in central Vermont. A long-time customer, Denise’s home is filled not only with Barn Light fixtures but with lights crafted from reclaimed wine barrels from California.
“The mix of new barn lights with the eclectic nature of the reclaimed lights works surprisingly well,” Denise says. “I was searching for lights designed and manufactured locally in the U.S., that have a unique character, and can be customized with the color, style, and size that best suit the space.”
For her new studio, Denise needed pendant lights that would provide task lighting to the space where she does pottery work. After looking at dozens of lights, she fell in love with the Aero Studio Light.
“There is something about the industrial nature of the suspension cable and flexible black cording that hit just right,” she explains. “It looks like a factory light without being too obvious.” Denise customized her new pendants with 16″ shades, a porcelain enamel White finish, standard black cords, and a 48″ cable.
“I wanted a shade that was large enough but without dominating the space. If the shade was too large, it would take away from the view of the trees through the skylights above,” she adds. “They are perfect, and I love that they can take a 100-watt bulb.”
For the exterior of the studio, Denise decided that the black siding and natural wood trim needed a pop of color. She selected the Union Wall Sconce in a porcelain Yellow finish for that eye-catching pop. The 12″ shade provides plenty of downlighting on the entryway without a lot of glare.
“The tighter nature of the Union with the 12″ shade was the right choice to fit between the window and studio door,” Denise notes. “And that warm yellow…I really love it against the black wood.”
Denise loved the high-gloss finish of the light so much that she decided to add one to her nearby house in the same color. When she built the home in 2015, she chose budget-friendly lighting but planned to upgrade when she could. Denise chose the Wilcox Deep Bowl Gooseneck Light and customized it with a 14″ shade, the same Yellow porcelain finish, and a G64 chain-supported arm in a contrasting Galvanized finish.
“Our front entry is rather simple and subdued, so I needed a fixture that was a little bit dramatic,” she says. “The deep bowl and chain hardware really add interest to the front door.”
Denise also wanted to switch out the lighting in her kitchen. She chose two Dominion Pendant Lights to highlight her island. These handspun pendants feature 16″ shades with a Delphite Blue finish and black-and-white cloth cords.
“I like the pendants because I wanted the light bulb to be a bit recessed within the fixture so the focus is on the shade and the beautiful soft blue color,” Denise explains. “And I really love the old-school nature of the cloth cording which fits well with many of our salvaged hardware pieces.”
Near the stove, Denise chose a matching Dominion Gooseneck Light in the same Delphite Blue finish. This American-made gooseneck light sports a 12″ shade and a G17 straight gooseneck arm in a Galvanized finish.
“I love the quality, finish, and unique nature of our barn lights,” Denise says. “The electrician who installed all of our lights commented on how impressed he was with them. They feel and look substantial. I’m looking forward to years of functional beauty in the house and studio.”
Photos courtesy of the homeowner