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11.02.11 / Industrial Fixtures


The Underdog’s electric has been upgraded to meet code requirements and the requirements of our family.  Thank goodness! From what we could tell {along with our home inspector and electrician}, all of the electrical work was original to the 1950’s house – even the archaic fuse box.

Yikes!  But now our Underdog is properly wired for new fixtures, so we’ve started selecting certain ones.  At the recommendation of our electrician, we scoped out Barn Light Electric Co. for the rustic, modern, industrial finishing touches we’re drawn to.  And we were not disappointed!  From colorful retro pendants to minimal commercial ceiling fans {and everything in between}, Barn Light carries it all.

Here are the fixtures we decided to incorporate into the Underdog.  In case you didn’t know it already, simple industrial fixtures are our thing.

Barn Light Electric Co.

1 – I’ve mentioned this galvanized sconce a few times already {here and here}.  This warehouse sconce will go above each of the bathroom vanities:  one in the kid/guest bathroom and one in the master bathroom.  I had several readers contact me after I featured this light in mood boards letting me know that a less expensive alternative was available at Lowe’s.  However, the Lowe’s light was only approved for 60W while the Barn Light Electric Co. version allows for a 100W bulb.  We thought we’d need the extra wattage in our small, dark bathrooms.

2 – This range sconce was a favorite of Handy Hubby’s from the get-go.  He liked the modern lines and I liked the barn light resemblance. It will be going above the kitchen sink in the galvanized finish to keep things cohesive with the bathroom fixtures.  {see #1}  If you’ll remember, we’re hanging a trio of these West Elm globe pendants {now on sale!} above the kitchen island.  The rounded glass globes will be a nice contrast to the metal barn light above the sink.  Everything need not match in our imperfectly perfect home!

3 – Since we’ve vaulted the former 8′ ceilings to the rafters in our future great room, HH calculated that we’ll need two ceilings fans to circulate air throughout the space properly.  My only stipulation was that they be simple in design and white  – since the vaulted ceiling will be painted white.  I felt that adding fans anything other than the color white would draw your eye down below the new ceiling’s height.  And since the space is modest in size for a great room {~25’x25′}, drawing the eye down is exactly the opposite of what we’re trying to do.  We found these crazy affordable commercial ceiling fans in white.  I love the steel construction and 3-blade design…almost propeller-like.  HH likes the fact that they have reversible motors for summer cooling and winter destratification.  A great feature for our midwestern home.

With a lot of the BIG demo and reno stuff out of the way, we’re finding ourselves excited to get right down to the nitty gritty details of ‘finishing’ the Underdog.  We still have a ways to go in search of more fixtures {for the dining room, bedrooms, etc.} but at least this is a start!  And HH and I seem to agree that infusing industrial elements into the overall design is the way to go.  Agreeing is always a good thing.  Makes things a lot easier.

FYI – This post was sponsored in part by Barn Light Electric Co. but the content and opinions written here are all my own.  I love sharing great products and companies whether they sponsor H*T or not.  Of course, I’m always grateful when a company does decide to sponsor H*T.

images:  1) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking  2) Polyvore collage by Dana Miller, images linked within



Ahh pressed “checkout” last night the minute I saw the price drop on the globe pendants from $129, to $103, to $79! It was already in my cart since I saw the promotion and the additional sale sealed the deal! Your choices all look fantastic!!



I usually have a hard time deciding on things like sconces, but I love the range sconce — I wish I had somewhere in my house to use it.


Nice! – I like the industrial touches.

Also, can I ask what font you used? It looks really familiar.

Loving your choices! Can’t wait to see it all finished…but enjoying following along!
Thanks for sharing.
Happy Wednesday!


I love all your choices. We have the west elm pendant in our hallway and it gives off lots of light. You will love them. One thing you might want to consider on the bathroom lights (#1) is that overhead lights at the mirror create down shadows on the face especially if there is not a lot of additional light in the room. Side sconces are the most flattering. Just a fyi, you think about these things more when you get older and can’t handle seeing any extra lines or dark circles :)


R8chel – I used the Honey Script font available on Polyvore.com when making a mood board. Love Polyvore!


AWESOME choices……….I can’t wait to see the continued progress on the Underdog…..you have excellent style!


You may not want to be too concerned with the whole 100W thing. 100W incandescent bulbs will no longer in sold in US stores beginning in Jan. 2012 in compliance with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Just an FYI – love the fixtures though!


What do you have in mind for the dining room light?


LIsa – Oooh, that’s a tough one. I keep envisioning a dressier metal pendant in the mudroom/dining room. Since the mudroom will sometimes function as dining space, I’d like a light that won’t feel too utilitarian. Haven’t even started looking for that though!