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One Of Our Characters,

Niki Chiles

Follow Her On Instagram: @meet.the.chiles

Our Characters is our opportunity to feature the most valuable people in our business…you! While we take great pride in the product we make, it is nothing without the spaces that Our Characters are creating.

Tell us a bit about yourself!

Hey there! We are the Chiles family. Chris, Niki, Cameron, Christian, and Lilly. Over the last decade, we have dedicated ourselves to serving others in need. Chris currently works in a ministry called: God’s Pit Crew and goes into areas devastated by natural disasters to help our “neighbors” at no charge to them. The ministry’s goal is to show and share hope at a time people have lost nearly everything!

Chris and I have built or rebuilt most of our homes. This is our third home we have designed and built with the help of friends. Prior to entering ministry, Chris worked full time in custom home construction. As for myself, I am just a Pinterest junkie, always looking for inspiration while running through neighborhoods, checking out cool designs on-line, etc.

Where were you raised?

Both of us were born and raised in Virginia. For the past six years, we lived in Mississippi. We recently built this new home, as we returned to our home state, but a new area for both of us; a county outside of Danville.

Do you prefer the old-fashioned farmhouse layout, or more of a modern layout and why?

Can we say both, lol?! So our favorite thing to do is create a home that appears to be “old” on the outside – so more old-fashioned type, but “new” on the inside. Our home is really a clash, well maybe marriage, between old and new. We enjoy a few modern twists, but mostly stick to the more old-fashioned look and feel.

El Segundo - Farmhouse Kitchen Lights Construction

What’s your biggest driving force for inspiration?

This may be a little bit of a different answer than you would expect, but we like to build homes that produce the least amount of waste possible. When designing a home, we have very little to no empty spaces in between walls. We want to use all the space the home affords so we design it that way. When Chris picks out the dimensions of our home, we are striving to build homes that use the wood to its maximum potential without having to cut and waste a lot of it. Our homes are built on good breaking points to allow for that, not only in our wood, but also in how we stack our rooms together so it uses less distance on how our homes are wired and plumbed.

Black Porch Sconce - The Hawthorne

What made you choose Steel Lighting Co.?

Several reasons why we chose Steel Lighting Co. First, thank Pinterest for showcasing the product so well. Second, the driving force is we wanted American made as much as possible. We wanted to support industries within our country. Lastly, the design is perfect for our home. Not only does it give off this perfect and clean look that we are hoping for, but it reminds me of the days visiting my grandparents on the farm and reminiscing about the lighting I would see on their barns and around their home. Simple and elegant.

Be The Light 💡⠀
Photo by @stacey.athome⠀
Lights: The Venice
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Does your caffeine intake go up or down during the holidays? Definitely up for me 😁 Oh and this coffee bar design is by the wonderful, @thecozyfarmhouse!⠀
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#design #home #USA #mood #lifestyle #work #handmade #instapic #picoftheday #DIYdecor #diyhome #deco #decor #room #cozyhome #renovation #interiordesign #architecture #doityourself #diyproject #farmhouse #farmhousedecor #rustic #countryliving #homedecor #vintage #antique #americanfarmhouse #decorinspo
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What a welcoming design by @thecozyfarmhouse! So exciting to see how people will use our lights and we're continually blown away by the designs that Michelle implements in her home 🙂 Anyone else working on their porch decorations??
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#steellightingco #lighting #lightingdesign #diy #oldfashioned #rugged #americanmade #farmhouse #barnhouse #gooseneck #instapic #picoftheday #DIYdecor #diyhome #deco #decor #room #cozyhome #holidays
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Right around the corner 🎄 Are you decorating yet??
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It's about that time of year 🦃 ⠀
📸 @livingskyfarm⠀
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#farmhouse #farmhousedecor #homedecor #farmhousestyle #vintage #modernfarmhouse #interiordesign #rustic #farm #countryliving #farmlife #rusticdecor #diy #decor #handmade #home #homesweethome #farmhousekitchen #shabbychic #farmhouseinspired #shoplocal #antiques #cottagestyle #country #farmhouseliving #antique #fixerupper #interior #nature
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Sometimes it's all vanity... especially when it's designed this well 😍 How do you like this half-bath by @jesstuckeredits? ⠀
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One of our favorite locations that our lights have been installed at! How would you like to have this setup by @farmhousefor8?⠀
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#home #homedesign #farmhouse #barnhouse #decor #decoration #barn #deco #decorinspo #inspiration #designsponge #farm #farmlife #antique #antiques #steellightingco #barnlights #olden #oldfashioned
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When in doubt, get it galvanized. ⠀
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#design #home #USA #mood #lifestyle #work #handmade #instapic #picoftheday #DIYdecor #diyhome #deco #decor #room #cozyhome #renovation #interiordesign #architecture #doityourself #diyproject #farmhouse #farmhousedecor #rustic #countryliving #homedecor #vintage #antique #americanfarmhouse #decorinspo
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Love this farmhouse kitchen by @brandonlacey.wilkie! Our Inglewood lights are used to illuminate kitchen islands and peninsulas or as the perfect addition to your modern farmhouse style.⠀
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#design #home #USA #mood #lifestyle #work #handmade #instapic #picoftheday #DIYdecor #diyhome #deco #decor #room #cozyhome #renovation #interiordesign #architecture #doityourself #diyproject #farmhouse #farmhousedecor #rustic #countryliving #homedecor #vintage #antique #americanfarmhouse #decorinspo
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LOVE this porch! @thecozyfarmhouse does such an incredible job on interior and exterior decoration 🙂 Thankful that our lights have a place in her story.⠀
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#design #home #USA #mood #lifestyle #work #handmade #instapic #picoftheday #DIYdecor #diyhome #deco #decor #room #cozyhome #renovation #interiordesign #architecture #doityourself #diyproject #farmhouse #farmhousedecor #rustic #countryliving #homedecor #vintage #antique #americanfarmhouse #decorinspo
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Spooky season 🎃 @thehawkins.onthehill go ALL OUT on their porch decorating, regardless of the season and I'm impressed by their Fall decor! What do you think?⠀
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#design #home #USA #mood #lifestyle #work #handmade #instapic #picoftheday #DIYdecor #diyhome #deco #decor #room #cozyhome #renovation #interiordesign #architecture #doityourself #diyproject #farmhouse #farmhousedecor #rustic #countryliving #homedecor #vintage #antique #americanfarmhouse #decorinspo
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Season changes are always so sentimental! Excited for the holidays around the corner and the quality family time that they bring. What are you excited for?⠀
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#design #home #USA #mood #lifestyle #work #handmade #instapic #picoftheday #DIYdecor #diyhome #deco #decor #room #cozyhome #renovation #interiordesign #architecture #doityourself #diyproject #farmhouse #farmhousedecor #rustic #countryliving #homedecor #vintage #antique #americanfarmhouse #decorinspo
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The Hawthorne, our 8″ dome, is comparable to the size of a barn lighting sconce or hallway light which can be used to illuminate walkways, bathrooms, accent walls or as the perfect addition to your modern farmhouse style! ⠀
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#design #home #USA #mood #lifestyle #work #handmade #instapic #picoftheday #DIYdecor #diyhome #deco #decor #room #cozyhome #renovation #interiordesign #architecture #doityourself #diyproject #farmhouse #farmhousedecor #rustic #countryliving #homedecor #vintage #antique #americanfarmhouse #decorinspo
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"These days are soon leaving us, but we’re enjoying them to the fullest right now nonetheless. Keeping the outdoor fires going strong. We are waiting until at least November to light our indoor fires." -@peasleehomestead⠀
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Love hearing the stories of our customers! This spot looked too nice and welcoming not to share 😉 ⠀
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#design #home #USA #mood #lifestyle #work #handmade #instapic #picoftheday #DIYdecor #diyhome #deco #decor #room #cozyhome #renovation #interiordesign #architecture #doityourself #diyproject #farmhouse #farmhousedecor #rustic #countryliving #homedecor #vintage #antique #americanfarmhouse #decorinspo
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Fall is such a great season! Time to enjoy pumpkin spice lattes, decor, the weather changing, the leaves turning all sorts of colors and the sentimental side of all of the holidays on the horizon 🙂 Hope you're all enjoying it!⠀
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#design #home #USA #mood #lifestyle #work #handmade #instapic #picoftheday #DIYdecor #diyhome #deco #decor #room #cozyhome #renovation #interiordesign #architecture #doityourself #diyproject #farmhouse #farmhousedecor #rustic #countryliving #homedecor #vintage #antique #americanfarmhouse #decorinspo
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Had the privilege of being chosen by Jamey from @jagcagdesign for the lighting on her chicken coop and flower shed and it looks SO GOOD! Check out her spotlight in our blog this week. Link in bio!⠀
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#design #home #USA #mood #lifestyle #work #handmade #instapic #picoftheday #DIYdecor #diyhome #deco #decor #room #cozyhome #renovation #interiordesign #architecture #doityourself #diyproject #farmhouse #farmhousedecor #rustic #countryliving #homedecor #vintage #antique #americanfarmhouse #decorinspo
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This is one of our favorite laundry rooms, and we're thrilled to have a place in the design that @stacey.athome has put together! Are you working on updating any rooms in your house? We'd love to hear about it!⠀
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#design #home #USA #mood #lifestyle #work #handmade #instapic #picoftheday #DIYdecor #diyhome #deco #decor #room #cozyhome #renovation #interiordesign #architecture #doityourself #diyproject #farmhouse #farmhousedecor #rustic #countryliving #homedecor #vintage #antique #americanfarmhouse #decorinspo
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