I’m a little behind the 8-ball when it comes to classic television. As much as I enjoy curling up on the couch with a bag of popcorn for a night of per-recorded fun, I’m about a decade behind this band of buddies. I started the first season this week and was surprised about how much I recognized the show’s creative set design. In case you’re like me, pre-Friends, the show originates in the mid-90s and revolves around the lives of six friends. It’s wacky, endearing, and quite colorful.
Perhaps I’ve been exposed to the set design through commercials and clips, but the more I spend time watching life unfold in fictional locations like Central Perk and Monica’s apartment, the more I want to incorporate the bright and textured sensibilities of the Friend’s set design in my own apartment.
While I don’t think I could pull off purple walls and an over-sized rug in my living room, I think these ideas could easily translate from TV set to everyday space.
1. Every “friendly” space needs a cozy couch. This tufted sofa from Leathercraft has such a warm and welcoming texture and would make a perfect keeper-couch for those who are just starting out in life.
2. When you think of ’90s interior design, I’m sure the first thing that pops into your mind is a bright colored space or quirky textile. I love the idea of such free-spirited interiors, but to modernize it, it’s important to reel it in. Add a pop of neon with a neon accent, like this vintage Fenton Satin Glass Planter.
3. Knock knock. Who’s there? Oh wait, you don’t have a door knocker? It’s easy to remedy that solution with this brass hardware decor staple.
4. One of the best things about Monica’s abode is her unique taste in art. While her housekeeping style is neat and tidy, she isn’t afraid to get adventurous with her wall decor. Incorporate the look of her curated taste with a vintage poster like this vintage circus poster!
5. In the ’90s, brass finish was everywhere. Door knobs, kitchen faucets, chandeliers… It was an accessible way to add a little glimmer. Since it’s come back, we’ve loved surrounding ourselves with this metallic accent, especially in period style lighting like the Sinclair Stem & Loop!
6. While I can’t say I am a die-hard Friends fan (yet!), I wouldn’t mind adorning a bright yellow Peephole Door Frame to my door’s interior. This replica door frame would be such a great stocking stuffer!
7. Want to serve your friends a little iced coffee? Be sure to pour your brew in an enamelware cup.
8. Soften up your space with cozy textiles. If quilted blankets and checker-patterned are not your friend, you might like a little more understated style like this linen pillow from Nate Berkus. Mix and match your pillows for an extra eclectic look!
9. Give your guests a something yellow to brighten their entrance with the porcelain enamel Dino Wall Sconce.Read More
No matter what your age or design style, we all like a little bling in our lives. That special something that turns a head and starts a conversation. Or those little extras that pull a room together and make it pop. Often times, this home dècor bling has a history; a vintage piece that isn’t seen on every store shelf or website.
You can incorporate some history into your own home with Barn Light Electric’s collection of Vintage Accessories that include salvaged and decorative accent pieces. These items are a great way to add some new life to a room without the time, hassle, and expense of a major remodel. If you’ve always wanted to try out a new look, but didn’t want to commit to a complete overhaul of your dècor, adding accessories is an instant fix.
This Countertop Mirror in polished brass adds an elegant touch to a guest bath or entryway table. This fixture is an original manufactured by UrbanArchaeology.com and is currently listed at 50 percent off the list price. Or perhaps an Antique Door Knocker, also from UrbanArchaeology.com would make a lovely utilitarian addition to your front door. This American made knocker has a polished brass finish and is also available at half off the list price.
Salvaged Hardware is a great collection to browse for pieces you can install easily and quickly to pep up your dècor. A set of Polished Chrome Hooks in the kitchen to hold towels or tools would be useful or how about dressing up those tired cabinets with some Vintage Crystal Drawer Pulls?
And of course, switching up your lighting is always a favorite way to brighten up a room! A beautifully crafted floor lamp offers a dose of Victorian charm and could be used as an accent in any room. With a detailed shaft, claw feet, and two satin glass shades, the Antique Victorian Double Lamp has been attentively preserved for modern use.
What’s the first thing you see when you stumble through the door after a long week? A stack of bills on that hand-me-down side table? An old coat rack overwhelmed with clutter? Or is it just too dark to see anything because you haven’t replaced that outdated flush mount fixed to the ceiling? Foyers and entryways are high traffic spaces that often go overlooked. Who says utilitarian rooms can’t make you smile?Read More
When a kitchen was first built in the 1920s and hasn’t been remodeled in more than 40 years, the word “update” takes on loads of meaning! But with all things vintage taking center stage in the design world, you don’t want to lose the touches that make a space unique and give it the kind of character you don’t often find in a brand new, builder basic home. This kitchen certainly needed remodeling — stained and scuffed dark wood cabinets and crowded formica countertops were replaced with bright white cabinetry with vintage hardware, a bold blue tiled wall, and an apron front sink. The designer was going for a “classic English scullery” look with a clean design to maximize functionality in the modest space.
Vintage pendants give a nod to the room’s past with glass shade pendants lighting up the counter and a schoolhouse shade taking center stage in the work triangle. To get the look of the glass pendants, check out our collection of Milk Glass Pendants which includes the Flared Milk Glass Shade with a cotton twist cord. This pendant can be customized with a polished nickel or brass socket and your choice of colored cotton twist cord available in a variety of lengths. An array of nostalgic Edison Style Light Bulbs can give this pendant true vintage flavor!
The schoolhouse shade, which came into popular use in the 1920s when this kitchen was brand new, looks very much like our 19″ Schoolhouse Flush Mount fixture. This light has a satin nickel finish and projects less than a foot from the surface making it a great choice for rooms with low ceilings. This light was originally manufactured by Urban Archaeology and is currently listed at half off the Urban Archaeology price. With its 100-watt light bulb and opal glass, this light will give off a warm glow to kitchens, dining rooms, work spaces, and bathrooms.
Top photo courtesy of RemodelistaRead More
Sugar and spice…Makes a great combination for snicker doodles, ciders, and holiday potpourri. But what about living rooms designs? This is the perfect time of year to play around with warm hues and sprinkling white accents keeps the design fresh and relevant.
For this styleboard, neutral basics like the Toss the Bouquet metallic wallpaper, the Florence Style Sofa in Chocolate Brown Wool sofa and the Vintage Curved Leg Table in polished brass create the ideal foundation.Read More
If you’re one for constantly entertaining overnight visitors, then creating a stylish yet functional guest bathroom is probably a top priority for you. After all, you want them to be comfortable during their stay, right? By now you’re well aware that our blog is meant to guide you with your lighting and design choices, so today we’re willing to help you create a great guest bathroom.
First off, storage. No one can ever have too much storage, especially in this room. A bathroom is filled with tiny odds and ends that we all need throughout the day, so having a place to put them all is a must. The bathroom featured above from Southern Living is small in size, but big on storage. Open shelving provides easy access for items in the basket, while the cabinet underneath is perfect for hiding larger items like fluffy towels and bathroom tissue.
A cute, polished chrome vintage soap dish was a much better choice than store bought dispensers – we can even provide you with one (we’ve got a great line of vintage items in addition to lighting). This little piece keeps things simple, light and elegant don’t you think? Originally from Urban Archaeology, our select vintage bathroom hardware will last for years and will be appreciated by your visitors. You can also find other kinds of vintage brass hardware here too – like cabinet pulls and door knobs if you wish to accessorize your entire room.
The final touch to any room is its lighting, and the photo above is definitely a great example. The focus of light comes from the picturesque oval window, surrounded by walls of mirrors for bouncing around sun’s natural rays. Once the sun sets, the wall lighting kicks in. Vintage wall sconces like our Whitemarsh Bath Light blend with the bathroom’s traditional design scheme. Projecting its light upwards with a frosted glass shade, it truly is ideal for a small space like this as opposed to above the window where others are generally placed.
Top Photo Courtesy of Southern Living