The Barn at Rooster Ridge

Spring is arriving at The Cottage at Rooster Ridge! We are getting busy with the traditional Springtime chores and clean-up! The center for this kind of activity centers around The Barn at Rooster Ridge! Although the trees have not yet grown their leaves—we have pink and white blossoms on many of them!

In the evening the front of The Barn is softly illuminated with two Classic Reproduction Carriage Lights and our Vintage 1930’s Mobilgas gravity fed gas pump.

Wherever the work is being done at Rooster Ridge you can be certain that our ever-present foreman, Lucas, is nearby overseeing our tasks! He is dutifully in charge of quality control!

The sides and back of The Barn are enhanced with the charming detail of four Copper Radial Wave Barn Lights from our friends at http://www.barnlightelectric.com/

We selected frosted glass and a metal cage to complete the industrial barn appearance. In the evening these lights cast a warm glow while serving to illuminate the walkway along the side of The Barn. When Summer comes the hydrangea vine which grows up and along the side of The Barn will be in majestic bloom—we will be certain to share some evening photographs of The Barn in its illuminated glory!

A barn would not be complete without a “manure door” it seems only fitting that a plain white door should be transformed into a canvas for a painting of—what else? A Rooster!

We believe the mixing of materials creates the wonderful details that enrich design and create visual interest. This photograph demonstrates the commitment to our attention to detail that has become the signature look at Rooster Ridge. The four sliding barn doors were handcrafted in mahogany and have seeded glass windows.

Last year we added Vintage Bricks to the lower portion of The Barn—carefully placing some of the various names facing outward for all to enjoy! The original ship-lap board still remains—while the introduction of the Vintage bricks added new structural security to this over 100-year-old building. As a cap to the bricks blue stone was cut and the exposed end torched to add the hand chiseled look. The final detail is a strip of copper weather-guard which was bent and installed between the blue stone and the wood.

As of this writing there are two decorative stars on The Barn—a weathered white star made from Vintage Tin on the side of The Barn—and on the front of the barn a copper star is hung.

Rumors have been circulating regarding a plan to create a tribute to Old Glory on the back of the barn…hmm…I believe that there are some red metal stars that are just waiting to be painted blue! Memorial Day sounds like an appropriate premiere! Do we have any blue paint?

The Barn at Rooster Ridge is an excellent example of taking the opportunity to bring enjoyment and fun to the discovery of the simple joys of life!

Happy Spring!

Joy Surrounds!


Sometimes…it’s about the drama!

This is one of those times I absolutely wish I had an incredibly talented and professional photographer available to me—bringing with them their artistry, knowledge, experience—and, all of those great lights and cool lenses… to fully demonstrate—sometimes…it’s about the drama!

Exposing the peaked roof on the second floor of The House at Rooster Ridge created an architecturally dramatic essence from the naturally stunning angles, pitch and height of the space. The drama, in this case, was a good thing and we did what we could to embrace it, enhance it and build upon it.

The first item to be addressed were the two support beams which ran across the pitched ceiling. We relied upon the artistry of our wood craftsman who created panel insets on the beams and finished them with classic crown molding. The talented craftsmanship was further elaborated with the richness of Mahogany, our favorite wood.

To intensify the impact of the height of the ceiling, lighting was added along the top (inside) of the beams creating a glowing illumination.

In the same finishing style we built a mahogany triangle base, to suspend the majestic Americana Fan. We discovered this from one of our favorite resources, Barn Light Electric. As luck would have it, the blades were available in mahogany and we selected an Antique Brass finish. The impressive scale of this fan usually results in a sigh, as the span is an impressive six feet!

Another one of the beautifully dramatic elements is the 1930’s Antique Art Deco glass lamp which is gracefully suspended from the ceiling on long brass chains. The soft lavender—blue glass emits a sultry lilac light while simultaneously displaying a lovely contrast created from the etched white flowers when illuminated.

The acquisition of what we consider to be a piece of art is the pre-1900’s stained glass window. The glass brings continuous joy as we observe the variances of colors—depending on the light from outside.

Sometimes, it’s best not to “Save the drama for your Mama” and relish the drama created in the magnificence of design, color and varying elements!

Art Lives!


Recycling ~ A New Purpose

Recycling can be far more than placing cardboard, cans and plastic bottles into the appropriate bins!

At Rooster Ridge we believe the original form of recycling was the age-old tradition of passing items down from one generation to another. To assist in acquiring the commodities to work with we enjoy discovering antique pieces that have interesting design and form. When we cannot utilize a piece in the original purpose we attempt to create a new use. We always try to stay within the integrity of the original use of the piece—a good place to begin is to maintain the character by using the positioning it was originally designed for. The Vintage Hay Trolley was designed from a utilitarian perspective to be suspended from above and we feel it is best appreciated in that venue.

As we did not have bales of hay that required moving from one end of a barn to the other—this unique light was created to hang above the farm sink in the kitchen of The House at Rooster Ridge. The interest of the mechanical iron pulley is maintained and now has a new purpose!

With a little ingenuity and creative thinking the light was created by adding two pendant lights and lacing them through the pulleys. The pendant lights were selected for their authentic green porcelain shades and industrial design. One of our favorite sources—Barn Light Electric supplied the pendants.

http://www.barnlightelectric.com/porcelain-lights-goosenecks-pendants/ivanhoe-pendant-lighting/goodrich-industrial-porcelain-pendant

With the fastidious vintage details of twisted cotton electrical cord and the use of the retro Edison Bulbs the authenticity of the complete design works beautifully.

As an added bit of whimsy the pulley is suspended on black cotton rope and supported by two mermaid hooks.

Mermaid Hooks: http://www.charlestonhardwareco.com/cgi-bin/agoracart55/picserve.cgi?picserve=/395050.jpg

A note from our engineering department…As extra support would be required to hold the weight of the 20 pound pulley, prior to installation, a small wood support beam was placed into the ceiling behind the sheet rock.

The process of creative recycling is continuously evolving at Rooster Ridge and one of our favorite pastimes! There is so much more to show you! Look around your cottage for items waiting for A New Purpose!


The Sign Says…

We love signs, all kinds of signs…homemade, neon, vintage and new retro signs. Signs can say so much, evoke a mood, make a statement, add humor and in doing so add to the personality of a home or a place of business.

At a casual party or a get-together with friends, quick and easy signs create a theme and serve a function.

Often when the host and/or hostess are busy tending to guests a well placed sign can answer a simple question regarding what is being served or the kind of ingredients used, in that way, always tending to their guests.

“How do you like your coffee?” signs.

This vintage Kendall Motor Oil sign hangs in the kitchen of the House at Rooster Ridge.

The new retro Washroom sign points guests to the right direction when required!

We love the sentiment of the Gather sign (Sundance Catalog) while the subtle color-on-color positioning of the Eat subliminally makes a suggestion to those who enter the kitchen. (Wall color: Benjamin Moore-Raisin Torte)

This antique glass Exit sign was spotted lying on a shelf in a NYC store, purchased years ago—finally our vision of having it lit and installed has come to fruition with the renovation. A brass ring was forged to hold the glass to enable mounting to the wall. A small light fixture was in-wall mounted to create an authentic exit sign! Perhaps this should be illuminated as a cue for guests to depart…it’s late and so many dishes to do…

Guests in The Cottage at Rooster Ridge are greeted by a welcoming sign— Hotel.

The “boys” bathroom in The House at Rooster Ridge has an appropriate race theme in honor of our resident race car driver!

The pendant which serves as general lighting to the bathroom has a wonderful vintage look! (Magnolia Pendant in Historic Nickel – Barn Light Electric)

When in doubt at Rooster Ridge, we encourage you to Read the Signs! Add some signage to your own cottage and let the reading begin!


Renovation…Completion!

The renovation of The House at Rooster Ridge is complete! The exterior lighting serves as a welcome beacon to all!

The copper barn lights are featured in various forms to utilize the most advantageous function for each area.

Wall sconces, ceiling pendants and goose-necks all create warm illumination as they announce the mood as well as highlight the beauty of Rooster Ridge.