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Barn Light Electric

I think we all know I have a thing for industrial décor.  We’re incorporating it into the new house, which is coming along.  Here is a quick snapshot from our Tour page of showing where we are at with decorating the new house.



Whatcha think?

Hopefully even though it’s half finished (the main rooms at least), you can see what we are going for…  the color scheme is blue, gray, white, with a touch of green.   The look is a little rustic chic with a hint of sophistication and industrial.

We’re still working on it and need several more elements – from an area rug in the family room to garden stools to more pillows to a light over the breakfast room table.

And, then, there is the rest of my house.  The guest room is just about finished and so is the craft room, but we have yet to do the office, master, dining, and so on.  So, lots of opportunity for adding lighting which brings me to today’s post.

I ran across an exciting opportunity from Barn Light Electric.

Barn Light Electric’s Giveaway is easy. They are giving bloggers a chance to win (1) $1,000.00 or (1) $500.00 Barn Light Electric Gift Certificate!  All you have to do is some on-line shopping and share your picks. So, here goes!

I REALLY like the barn light Arlington Sconce.  It’d be great over nightstands – in the master or guest room.  Since the guest room is mostly done, let’s say that room. It’s $94.  And, there are a variety of finishes, but I like the bronze finish for that room.


This Industrial 6-Light Chandelier would be super fun in our laundry room, which is a blank slate.  It’s a room I have not yet touched.  So, that means it could be designed around an item like this.


Two of these Industrial Factory Backless stools would look fabulous in my almost done craft room, which I hope to share with you all soon.  I reused most items from my previous craft room, so it’s a very similar feel.  The stool would add a little more industrial to the mix.  In fact, those sconces up above wouldn’t look too bad in there either!


That’s right – they have other things besides just lighting!

Would you like to partake in this fun giveaway?


  1. Look around online at Barn Light Electric and pick lights you’d love to own
  2. Feature your lighting picks on your personal blog, and link to the lights if you can!
  3. Copy/Paste these rules at the bottom of your blog article
  4. Once your personal post is up, you must email your blog link to: marketing@barnlightelectric.com to be qualified to win – the contest ends July 2nd, 2012
  5. Don’t have a blog? Find out how you can enter by visiting our website or read these Official Rules

What are your favorites? What’s your decorating style?   Any other great picks for my home?


Arcadian Lighting Review

I purchased three of these Landmark Lighting Chadwick Transitional Pendant Light in polished nickel for our kitchen.


How did I decide on these particular lights?  We are doing an industrial meets rustic meets sophication feel to the main areas of our home.  We needed something industrial, yet chic.  These particular lights seemed to meet that description the best with their polished nickel, interesting, almost naval lines and finished look.  The color adds such a great contemporary element as well as a pop of brightness to the space.

They arrived in a timely manner and I got right to work hanging them.  It was pretty much like installing any ceiling light.  You remove the old one, put up a new plate, attach the ground wire, then attach the live an neutral wires as well.  Screw in the mount and you’re done!  If that sounds confusing, just look it up online – I’m no expert!

Here is a quick before shot of the kitchen.


That was the lighting that the builder had installed.  I wish I had a photo of it turned off, but this is all I have!

And, after we installed the new lights from Arcadian.



A little closer up?

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The new ones are much wider at 13 inches and therefore, make more of a statement.  The original builder grade fixtures were just 8 inches across.

The one thing I was a little disappointed in is if I had higher ceilings than 10 ft in the kitchen, they wouldn’t have had extension poles long enough in the kit that came with them.  Thank goodness my ceilings are just 10 feet.

Okay, maybe there are two things.  One of the lights had some maybe finger marks or something on it, but it will not wipe off.  It’s on the dome area, so I’m not overly worried, but for the money, that shouldn’t have been the case.  Had I complained, I’m sure Arcadian would have worked with me on it.

Other than those two minor things, I love them.  We’re already getting compliments on them!  I think they make the kitchen.

I highly recommend Arcadian as a company and this light fixture specifically.  Hope you’ll check them out!


Our New Home So Far – Kitchen

It has been three weeks since we purchased and moved into our new home in Austin.  I’ve been working non-stop on unpacking, selling old furniture, getting new furniture and decorating.  There is still a lot to do, but here is where we are so far!

Remember this image that I posted while deciding on lighting?  Things are all pasted in this photo (below) to see how it may look.

In the end, we decided on these in nickel satin.


The barstools were also pasted in here as I decided on overall design direction.


That direction has changed a bit since, but the general idea is still firmly intact.

Here is how the actual room is looking now that we have the new lights from Arcadian Lighting in and the barstools in place.


Aren’t those lights awesome?!  It’s so fun to see things come to life.


I thought this kitchen was smaller than our last, but we haven’t filled any of the very top shelves yet, so it may be a hair larger as it pertains to cabinet space.  The pantry is definitely larger.


Features of our new kitchen include a pot filler, stone backsplash, chiseled granite countertops, custom stove hood, oil rubbed bronze fixtures, and GE Monogram appliances.

I wish I could capture the size of the kitchen more accurately in these images, but it’s as large as our last one.  The island alone is 10.5 ft long.  The wall of cabinets behind it is 15 ft, then 6.5 ft of cabinets by the fridge.

What all do we have left to do?   Well, mostly just adding the wheat grass that is in the drawing.  I have a tiny little container of it on the counter now, but we plan to add some as shown in the original design.

To see what our last kitchen looked like, go to the tour page.

What about the family room that I showed a glimpse of yesterday?  We’ll show more of it tomorrow!

What do you think of the lighting?  Of the barstools?  Of the kitchen at the new house?   These are not final photos, but photos of work in progress so far… after just a few weeks.


Kitchen Lighting

Help me figure out what to get for the kitchen lighting.  Here are the choices.

1) Mercury Glass.  It’s large at 12 inches across.  Has a barn look, but is glass.

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2) Shiny chrome and large at 13 inches across.  Our existing fixtures are 8 inches across.

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3) Small spotlight style.

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Or, something different all together?  I’m up for ideas!  Existing lights can be seen in the new house tour.

Your vote?


Industrial Lighting

Though I live in the suburbs, I sometimes dream of a downtown loft.  In fact, my ideal would be a converted factory or school house.  I love the idea of the exposed brick walls, worn paint and large windows.  If you share this dream, why not add this style into your current home.


Don’t go over the top or theme-y, but just a hint of industrial can add some urban attitude to a space.  A little industrial can go a long way.

You can check out stores like West Elm or you can even take a look at your local salvage yard or on Craigslist for industrial elements.

Industrial, as a style, can be tricky to implement.  Let’s look at some examples of how they can be used.


Here the industrial lights give an otherwise country kitchen an urban feel.



These bare fixtures add warmth and interest to an otherwise traditional space.


These frame fixtures add whimsy to a serious space.


In a bathroom?



Here are some various lights that I’d consider at least somewhat industrial in style.

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It’s all the rage right now.   Do you like it?  Have you included it in your home?

A little off topic, but, I wanted to acknowledge what amazing readers I have.  Through the move, they have not only been in touch on a personal level, but have offered up contractor referrals should I need them, doctor referrals, real estate agent referrals, have given house negotiation advice and I’ve already gone out to lunch with a few in Austin.  Thank you all!  It really means a lot.

I may have more news on the home front this next week!


Guest Post – DIY Lighting

I featured Amanda’s diy sunburst mirror recently.  She also has a fabulous tutorial on diy lighting on her blog, Our Humble A Bowed.  So, take it away Amanda!
My name is Amanda and I write the blog Our Humble A{Bowe}d where we’re sharing how we have, and still are, transforming our 1960′s rancher into our home. We’ve tackled nearly every room in our 2500 square foot home, and now we’re putting on the finishing touches.

Over the past few months, we’ve been making some changes to our boys’ bedroom. So far, we have painted the bed sun yellow, painted a chevron pattern on a jute rug, created free magazine art, refinished and decorated a bookshelf, and made more DIY origami art. Heck, we even reorganized the closet! The bedroom redesign we started last summer is nearly complete. The finishing touch is a wood veneer version of the Moooi Random pendant I made using iron on veneer edging.

I fell hard for the Moooi Random pendant, but not the price.

I searched the internet to try to find a cheaper version and stumbled across a few home made versions using yarn, glue and an inflatable ball. Too messy for my situation. Then, we bought a roll of iron on wood veneer for cabinet faces, but we didn’t like it. I decided to put it to good use to make a Moooi Random-esque light. I gathered my supplies:

To start, I looped a piece of veneer to the circumference of fixture I wanted. After cutting about 20 strips, I used a hot glue gun to join the ends, creating circles.

Next, overlap the circles and glue at touch points.

Continue gluing the strips in a random pattern. You can bend the circles to fit inside the cage, too.

Once you’ve filled created a design you like, find an opening to fit a socket kit into. Then, install in the room and admire your new, thrifty, but oh so modern light.

Because of the design, the shade casts really fun shadows, too.

It’s that simple. Thank you so much for having me today, Kristy!

Thanks for sharing, Amanda!  Check out the full tutorial on her blog.

DIY Chandelier from Freshly Picked

West Elm has an awesome capiz shell chandelier right now for $269.  I’ve admired it, but like Freshly Picked, it is out of my price range. After seeing Design Sponge make a similar chandelier, Freshly Picked tried one herself.  The results are amazing.  See below.

She used the frame of an old lampshade.  Inverted it, added wire to the middle, and started creating the circles that will hang on it.  The circles are made from wax paper.

They took the old glass piece off the existing light, added hooks, and hung their new creation.

Here it is lit.

Amazing, right?

And, get this – the total cost of their chandelier was $9. 

I think this may be a future project for me.  What about you?   Only problem is, I can’t cut circles…  I do need a Silhouette.  Can they cut wax paper?   Or, I could just use a “circle cutter!”  I’m sure they are cheaper.

Also don’t forget to enter the e-design plan giveaway!  The drawing is tomorrow night.


Tutorial–Turning a Hard Wired Light into a Swag Light

My first tutorial!

This tutorial is about the new silver chandeliers that I gave you a sneak peek of in Thursday’s post.

If you are like me and purchased a chandelier (or other light) that is supposed to be hard wired into the ceiling, but you don’t have a ceiling outlet box, there is a solution.


This whimsical skateboard fixture shows the ceiling mount and how a hard wired light would look.

However, as long as you have an electrical outlet on the wall nearby and can plug things in, you can turn your meant to be hard wired light into a swag fixture.

I purchased two of these chandeliers.  They are meant to be hard wired.


However, as mentioned, I did not have a ceiling outlet box over our night stands, which is where these two puppies found their home.

Here are the steps I took to turn them into swag lights that are able to just be plugged in.

Material needed:
Light fixture
Swag kit
Shrink tubing
Wire nuts
Blow dryer or heat gun

1.  If your light fixture is new, open the packaging.  Unwrap everything.

2.  Buy a swag kit at a store like Lowes.   The swag kit is usually located near the ceiling fans and includes a chain, wires, and switch.

3.  See diagram to get a feel for the anatomy of your supposed-to-be hard wired light.

Your light fixture should look something like this at the top.  It has a ceiling canopy, retaining collar, and a fixture mounting bar, all with chain and wires coming out and down to the actual fixture.

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4.  Unscrew the canopy and mounting bar.  Pull them off of the wires.

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Then, un-hook the retaining collar from the chain and remove it from the chain and wires.  It should look like this.

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Feed the three wires through the last chain link like this:

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5.  Open the swag kit.

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Only remove the wiring.  It will have a plug on one end and two wires on the other.  Like this:

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6.  You will notice that the light fixture has three wires.  Two that are coated and one that is not.

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The one that is not is the ground wire.  You will ignore it during most of this process.

The swag kit wires includes only two wires, both of which are coated (see above).  The two coated wires on the light fixture will match up with the two on the swag kit wire.

7.  Slide the shrink tubing onto the swag wiring, over the two coated wires.

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7. Add more chain from the swag kit if needed at this time.  Attach the swag kit chain to the light chain and the swag wires.  I did not need this for my light.  There was enoug chain on the fixture itself.

8.  Put the swag wiring and lighting wiring side by side.  Match the two wires from each strand together.   If you have wires with colors on them (red, white, black, blue, or green), match those colors up.  Red goes to red, etc.  Mine do not have colors as I’m just closing a circuit.

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9.  Twist them just a little like this:

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10.  Time to use your wire nuts.

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Screw it onto the end of the wires.   Cover the wires.

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11.  Make each wire nut face opposite directions so that the shrink tubing can fit over them.

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12.  Wrap them with electrical tape.

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13.  Slide the shrink tubing over the electrical tape.

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14.  Time to shrink it!  Use a heat gun if you have one.  Or, if you are like me and do not have one, use a hair dryer.

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15.  Pull the ground wire over the tubing and use electrical tape to secure it to the tubing.  This will hold it in place.

16.  Once the shrink tubing has shrunk to half the size, you are ready to hang the light!!

Attach hooks to the ceiling and hang the chain on the hooks.

Note: You will have left over pieces from the light fixture and from the swag kit.

17.  Here it is hung and plugged in.  Attach a switch to it if you would like to turn it on and off that way.

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Congrats!  You just converted a hard wired light into a swag light!

P.S.  I’m not an electrician.  Please do this at your own risk.  :) And, I did learn to take such photos on a contrasting background.  I apologize if any are difficult to decipher.