Farmhouse Fresh Lighting

Did I tell you I decided to repaint the ceiling in our little one’s room?

Barnlight Electric bedroom ceiling light fixture


We had some leftover Gray Lake paint, and after the planked walls went Simply White, that ceiling was just begging to be barely-blue! πŸ˜€

Farmhouse lighting | Barnlight Electric | Gray Owl ceiling | Simply White walls

The folks at Barnlight Electric sent us the pretty white light fixture, and we’re so excited to be able to flip on the light switch in there after looking at wires sticking out the ceiling for the past year! πŸ˜€

The fixture is called theΒ Original Semi Flush Mount LightΒ and we love the farmhouse freshness it adds to the room!

Barnlight Electric Industrial White Bedroom Ceiling Light

We used an $11 fixture out in the hallway (again, please pardon our still orange-y stairs!), and it’s nice to have a light up out there again, too.

Hallway Light Fixture from Lowes

The globe is white glass (reminds me of milk glass!), and the collar matches the oil-rubbed bronze barn door hardware to a T.

Eleven dollar hall light fixture from Lowes

But here’s my favorite thing: seeing it transports me straight across time and conjures up such fun memories!Β We had a light almost exactly like it at the top of the steps in the farmhouse I grew up in. I think ours was clear glass, and had a shiny brass collar (is that right, Mom?), but I remember the style of it looking just the same.

Bringing in pieces that stir up smiles and that feel familiar to our souls is my favorite part of the design process. How about you? Are there design elements in your current home that remind you of the one you grew up in?

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  1. JuliP says

    LOVE the Gray Lake ceiling, that room is so perfect for a little boy! I love the light fixture as well. I confess, I think that I have several of the original ones that you’re speaking of….the fixture at the top of my stairs is almost that same thing, with clear glass but a silver ring. My husband wanted a different one, but I love the vintage feel of that light!

  2. says

    Our grandparents had the coolest 2-story house, + I have so many fantastic memories of it. Our Dutch colonial project is 2-story, as well, + it’s so cool that we get to be the grandparents with the neat, old house. I envision our 8-year-old grandlad having his own wonderful memories. xo Group hug!

  3. Shelley says

    Hi Layla and Kevin :)
    I so look forward to opening up each new blog post ☺️.
    Great new light fixtures! Was wondering if you are able to put a globe style light bulb into the bedroom fixture, so when your little one is looking up the bare bulb isn’t glaring down into his eyes?
    The excitement and anticipation of the arrival of your ‘Special little Gift’ is almost overwhelming

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Shelley! πŸ˜€
      Truth be told, we will probably use more accent lighting than overhead lighting (for the most part) to light the room while it’s Sweet P’s room. That said, we will check into globe style bulbs because this room will become my office in a couple of years, and I will definitely use more overhead lighting at that point. Thanks so much for the heads up about those!

  4. Kari says

    Love it! Is Gray Lake the color name, and if so, what is the brand? Fabulous idea to paint the ceiling that color, the whole room looks wonderful for your little one. The ceiling fixture couldn’t be more perfect.

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Kari! It’s a Benjamin Moore color. We used it downstairs in our sunroom, too. :-)

      • Kari says

        Thanks Layla! I’ve been on the hunt for a color for our bedroom and have been wanting to paint the walls a variation of white but not wanting an all white room. I hadn’t thought about the ceiling and bringing in a bit of color that way. Thanks for the idea! :)

  5. Kirsty says

    Would you be so kind to post the direct link to both lights on this post :-) we are slowing fixing up our old house and currently light shopping. I love both of these :-) Gorgeous! Thanks so much

    • Layla says

      Hi Kirsty! Just click on the words “$11 fixture” to be redirected to the one in the hallway, and “Original Semi Flush Mount Light” to be redirected to the barn light fixture! :-)

  6. Jude - mom says

    Yes! I think we did have a similar light in the farmhouse. Who knew you would use these tiny detailed memories for your career/livelihood as an adult??!! Love ya’!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Mom! πŸ˜€ I daydream about that house ALL the time and am so thankful for all the hard work, creativity, and LOVE you put into it for us! XO

  7. Janet Price says

    I love both light fixtures and the barn door…can’t wait to see the finished room!

  8. Ann Gray says

    I love everything you do – I wait patiently for all your postings! Wish I could get copes of the lettered cottage magazine – I live in Ontario Canada so am not sure if I can find one. I have that very small light you are talking about at my cottage up north . We replaced others but I kept them just because they seemed nostalgic. Keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes well with your adoption! Ann

  9. Karen says

    Layla, it’s been so fun watching the transformation of your beautiful home. You have such a gift for using just the right everything. I would love to turn my modge podge home into something a little more farmhouse like.

  10. Heidi says

    I have the same little $11 light fixture over my kitchen sink… that is the size I needed to fit there and I love it. Sometimes it looks like a little pumpkin to me……I might consider your Barn Light one to replace the white ceiling fan in the kitchen too. (It came with the house!) Honestly….who puts a ceiling fan in the kitchen!
    What ever happened with the firemans living room redo? Did I miss the completion of that?

    • Layla says

      Looking forward to finishing up Keith the Fireman’s living room next month, Heidi! πŸ˜€

  11. Sarah says

    Layla, I love these lights too! However, I wanted to pass on that we used the little globe lights in a few places in our new-build home. I loved that they were cute and inexpensive for things like the hallways and walk-in closets. In 2 years we’ve had at least 3 of the covers fall and shatter on the floor (one hit someone’s head). :( I really don’t know if it was a builder-installation issue, new house settling, or manufacturing defect. So I love these lights, but please please check that the screws are well-tightened!! :) (now I’m off to check out that barn light ….)

  12. Shannon Fox says

    I love them both so much. I forget how much lighting can change up a space. That light in the stairwell is adorable, and the one in little one’s room is the PERFECT combo of farmhouse and modern.

  13. Pamela says

    Looking great!!!! Love the ceiling change and this light, but I think you did exceptional on the closet/cabinet. I really like that touch.

  14. Skittle says

    I love the “milk glass” light. We almost went with that one in our very small foyer, but wound up going with something a little larger. I loved the shape of the globe, so I may try to find some other place we can use it. :)

  15. Leigh in Dallas says

    Good morning E-Friend! Your new fixtures look great! Cheers to getting that much character in the hall for $11 btw. πŸ˜‰

    I was wondering what you had in mind for your stairs… My husband and I moved into a new (to us) home this summer and replaced nearly all the flooring throughout. We installed a dark engineered wood floor throughout the downstairs. The bottom two treads of the stairs are wood and we have a wood and wrought iron banister. For the time being, we went ahead and carpeted the stairs the rest of the way up…eventually we’d like to do dark stained treads, white risers, and a sisal runner. Anyway, the stairs are the first thing you see when you walk into our house and the bottom steps and banister are a couple of shades lighter than the new floors. I’ve been toying with the idea of trying to do a gel stain over them to try to match the flooring. Have you had any luck with gel stain? If so, is there a particular product you’d recommend? Or should I paint the risers white to match our baseboards and just focus on staining the treads and wood parts of the banister so the two stain colors don’t butt up to each other? Admittedly, I think whatever I do will be an improvement, but there’s a little part of me that’s a bit intimidated, and scared to mess up the whole front entry of our home! Any advice?

  16. says

    I love the simplicity of this fixture. It allows more light into the room, too. Very sweet. Love the paint color. I painted my porch ceiling a pretty sky blue and just adore it. I thing every ceiling should be a pretty color and not just white! :)

  17. tracy says

    Layla, I have to say that one of the reasons I REALLY love your blog is because you are a person who gets excited about lights! I do too! It’s the little things in life that matter :) I try to make my house look like it could’ve been my grandma’s with all the little touches.

  18. Dyan Current says

    We have lilacs that bloom just outside our bedroom window that bring me back to my childhood home every year! LOVE IT.

  19. shar y says

    The new bedroom light is just perfect. Totally in keeping with the barn door! Love it! I was wondering about the removal of the ceiling fan? Do you not need it? Will you use another sort of fan in the room? I don’t know how young your little guy is but sometimes a fan can provide a great “white noise”. All 5 of my grandkids have had fans in their rooms from day 1. Just curious since I live in a warm climate, too!

    • Layla says

      Thank you! :-) Yeah, Kevin and I are not ceiling fan people (they also trigger my vertigo), but we do keep a small fan next to our bed for white noise at night. I guess we’ll put another one in this room if our little guy likes it too! πŸ˜€

  20. Diane says

    We put in dimmer switches in all our bedrooms and bathrooms. If you have to sneak a peek (or a pee) in the middle of the night, or get something. It is not so glaring and makes a wonderful nightlight if the little one is scared of the dark. (My kids always liked to monkey with nightlights during the day when they were little.) Inexpensive and easy to install. Just a thought. :)

    • Layla says

      Great idea, Diane! We’re actually looking into a new type of “night light” right now. Stay tuned! πŸ˜€

  21. says

    That light is awesome! I am also in love with that barely blue ceiling! Very crisp and keeps things interesting. Can’t wait to see the rest!

  22. Ashley Olsen says

    I love the light choice! Its perfect and I am sure your sweet boy will love it as well! :) I wanted to find out. I am trying to find a post of the planked walls in this room. Did you do a blog post? Along with that. What colors did you paint the room? Did you use Gray Owl? I know you used simply white (planked walls) and Gray Lake (ceiling). let me know what you used, I am very curious! Great color choice! Looks beautiful as always! You guys are my inspiration! :) LOVE IT!

  23. Ashley Olsen says

    What size light fixture did you purchase for this room? I am purchasing one for a similar size bedroom, but I am not sure what size to do, as it come in 12″,14″,16″, etc. Can you help?!? :) Thank you!!