Outdoor Lighting + Creating Curb Appeal

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Outdoor lighting is one of the first things I address when we move into a new house.  My feeling is that lighting indoors and out is one of the most important features you can add to your home.  Are you are getting your house ready for the Spring real estate market or just updating your nest?  Here are my favorite outdoor light fixtures from Barn Light Electric.  I’ve talked about them before in this post.  What I love about Barn Light Electric is their commitment to quality.  There are a lot of similar products on the market, but there is no comparison in my opinion.  We used the Atomic Industrial Guard Sconce on the side of our garage.  As I mentioned in the previous post, our detached garage is in our backyard.  We added a portico and the sconce to give it more of a guest cottage look.


Barn Light Electric

1.Goodrich® Marathon Shade Gooseneck Wall Light  2.Goodrich® Wilcox Porcelain Deep Bowl Gooseneck  3. Atomic Industrial Guard Wall Sconce 4. Bowie Wall Sconce, Mini Barn Light Shade 5.Goodrich® Esso Porcelain Gooseneck Wall Light

Lighting creates a “feeling” about your home.  There’s a reason they call it “mood” lighting. I can’t say what that means exactly, but I do know I want to create a warm and cozy feeling about our home.

The Atomic Industrial Sconce from Barn Light Electric

Lanterns from Barn Light Electric

1. The Andover Lantern  2.  Charleston Barn Lantern  3.  Old Town Barn Lantern  4.  Gables Barn Lantern

When we purchased our home it already had copper lanterns.  It’s maybe the first home that came with porch lights we love.  Our home was built in 1900 and the lanterns are very old.  Had we not been fortunate to have existing lanterns, I would have been happy with Old Town Barn Lantern or the Andover Lnatern.  Depending on the architecture of your home, all of these are so beautiful.  And they can be ordered in different sizes and finishes.

Front Porch for Winter

For me curb appeal starts with lighting.  No matter what time of year it is, I want our porch to look and feel inviting.  We added Edison style bulbs in our lanterns on the front porch and on the garage.  I keep it clean by using a battery operated leaf blower.  Keeping the porch clean helps keep the house clean.  I use a mat from Home Depot that I cut to size.  I only use it in the winter months when the porch gets slippery.  I keep a bucket of ice-melt right outside the front and back doors.  We found our house numbers here, but I’m loving these from Barn Light Electric and will be using them on our next house!  I can hardly wait to get started on our next project!








  • Garden, Home and Party

    Your entry is one of my all time favorites. I especially love the door and the lanterns. Some of these lights are wonderful too.
    Happy Saturday.

    • annie

      Thank you Karen! You always show and find the best of everything, so that’s quite a compliment! Hope you are enjoying the long weekend!

  • Jana

    I have discovered you blog just recently, read it from the firs post and I am so inspired by all your ideas! With this last post it seems to me that you are ready to make some changes 🙂
    I don´t know why I have not thought about this earlier. I love painted bricks, I love coffe rooms with some texture, charm, so why not to use it in my own home? We are in a proces of building our house so I am sure I will use many great ideas from your blog. Thanks to you, I have now clear idea what to do firstly with my kitchen and living room…
    Happy and healthy New Year to you and to your family.

    • annie

      Thank you so much for your kind words and taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment. I wish you the best in your home building project. Such an exciting time with so many decisions to make! Keep me posted!
      Happy New Year!

  • Stephanie

    Your next project??!!

    • annie

      Stephanie, Yep–we bought a little beach house. We found the right house at not the best time so we are leasing it out until we are ready to move. But that just gives me time to plan and dream a little. Hope you are having a great weekend!

  • classic•casual•home

    What a great post! Your home came with those lanterns!! You have made your home into a wonderful haven while respecting the architecture.

    Any plans to come out this way…as I don’t think I will be there until Fall.
    Mary Ann

  • Betty Lynne

    You have one of the most beautiful garages we’ve seen! The addition of the portico and the rugged atomic sconce make such a difference in the overall look and feel. So stylish!

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