The lively city of Antwerp, located on the eastern banks of the river Scheldt in Belgium, is rich in art, architecture, and culture. Though famous for its diamond trade and the fifth largest port in the world, there are centuries worth of nooks and crannies to explore along its cobblestone streets. One of these hidden gems is the Boulevard Leopold, a quaint bed-and-breakfast located in a 19th century home that features a mix of vintage and modern. Here in the kitchen, we find floor-to-ceiling tile including a decorative blue pattern along the top of the walls that flows onto the ceiling. This treatment draws the eye upward, expanding the narrow space. And taking center stage – a delicate glass shade pendant that adds another vintage touch.
This shade would be right at home in our Glass Shade Pendant collection where we offer a variety of Milk Glass, Holophane Glass, and Cased Glass vintage fixtures. This light in particular looks much like our Flared Milk Glass Shade with Cotton Twist Cord. This 9 1/2″ wide shade offers a nice spread of light with its shallow, flared design and can be paired with either an unfinished brass or polished nickel socket. What gives this light a truly unique look is the colored cotton twist cord which comes in your choice of Putty, Brown, Black, or Red and in a range of lengths to fit any space.
Another easy addition that really boosts the character of this light is a nostalgic Edison Style Light Bulb. These bulbs are offered in a variety of shapes and styles and produce a warm, soft light. The Victorian 40-Watt Light Bulb features a quad loop filament while the 1910-Era 60-Watt Light Bulb has a squirrel cage filament. These authentic, replica bulbs put the perfect finishing touch on any vintage and industrial fixtures!
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You never know what you’ll find when you visit a second-hand store or junk yard. If you have a keen eye for potential, you might spot an old, discarded pendant that only needs cleaning, rewiring, and a new shade to become a spiffed-up version of its former self.
Or perhaps a vintage sink, like the one in this photo, which the homeowners found at a local salvage yard and is now settled into its new soapstone counter. The home is located in the historic Park Slope district of Brooklyn so the homeowners wanted to honor the vernacular with thoughtful details such as the sink and the large pocket doors at the far end of the room which were also salvaged.
We also love the addition of the vintage glass shade pendant which complements the sink with its simple and not-too-fussy cord-hung mounting. This shade looks much like our vintage Glass Shade Pendants which are some of the most popular styles on our Vintage Barn Lighting site.
To get this look, consider the 10″ Vintage Cased Cone Shade Pendant which comes in a classic green finish. This fixture can be paired with either a nickel or brass socket and an authentic-style colored cotton twist cord. The cord comes in a wide variety of lengths to fit almost any space. Add to the vintage flavor of this light with a nostalgic Edison style light bulb which is available in several different shapes and styles.
You can get a bit of a different look with the slightly smaller 6″ Vintage Holophane Shade Pendant which can be customized with an unfinished brass socket and turn key or a polished nickel socket and knob. Colored, cotton twist cords add an authentic look to this vintage pendant and come in putty, black, brown, or red. This shade would work very well in pairs over a kitchen island or as a delicate touch in a reading nook.
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The first person to place a glass shade around a bare bulb changed the course of lighting history. While bare bulbs were certainly an improvement over an open flame, the addition of a glass shade helped throw the light further reflecting it up, down, and all around to help light up a space. Our collection of Glass Shade Pendants on Vintage Barn Lighting features some beautiful examples of antique glass shades that can add the perfect touch of timeless style to almost any room.
Milk glass had its origins in the 1500s but exploded in popularity in France in the late 19th century. Milk glass was also popular among America’s wealthy in the early 20th century. Milk glass shades, such as our 6″ Vintage Clambroth Bowl Shade, offer a delicate spot of light to kitchen islands, side tables, or desk spaces. You can play up the vintage theme by adding a colored cotton twist cord or a nostalgic Edison style light bulb which is available in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Holophane glass pendants are another iconic style of vintage lighting characterized by the ribbed glass shade that is often copied throughout the lighting industry. Our collection of Holophane Glass Pendants includes some fine examples of Holophane glass and many have the Holophane markings. The Vintage Holophane Ruffled Bell Pendant is a classic fixture that would serve beautifully in a kitchen setting or perhaps over a hall table in an entryway. Its flirty and feminine edge plays with the light and adds distinctive character to the fixture. Choose an unfinished brass or polished nickel socket for this light and add a colored cotton twist cord available in a variety of lengths. Like all of the lights on our this site, each fixture has been cleaned and rewired with new components so it comes to you ready to hang.Read More
We realize that the retro design trend is huge these days — one can’t click on too many links before landing on something from the good old days — but this sign and these gooseneck lights made us do a U-turn and come back for a second look. The Retro Lube operation has taken the retro theme to the oil-stained bays of the car maintenance business. The covered portico keeps customers out of any bad weather and sets the tone for this retro experience. Remember the days when you pulled up to the pump and someone came to your door to take care of you? It happens every day at Retro Lube which sports some classic gas pumps and beautiful vintage gooseneck lights right up front.
These are very much like our Vintage Green Warehouse Gooseneck Shade which is a 12″ RLM warehouse shade with the classic green exterior and bright white interior. This fixture comes with one of four popular gooseneck arm styles or the shade can be purchased separately with no arm. This rugged shade can handle a 200 watt bulb making it a great choice for bright outdoor lighting such as this with no harsh glare or overlighting. This is a vintage shade in good condition and has been cleaned and rewired and is ready to install.
To keep the retro theme going, don’t miss the coordinating Vintage Green Warehouse Shade Stem Mount Pendant also in a 12″ shade size. This fixture comes with your choice of stem length, from 6″ to 48″ long and features a hang straight canopy. Like the matching gooseneck, this fixture sports the vintage green exterior and the white interior. To add even more vintage flavor, consider adding a nostalgic Edison style light bulb to either, or both, of these lights. They are available in an array of sizes and styles to fit any light!Read More
Whether you’re rehabbing a 150-year-old classic or building a brand new house, you can have many of the vintage touches that give a home the kind of character that often takes years to create. In this kitchen, the wine tone is warm and cozy and well defined against the white, while the lighter shade in the playful checkerboard pattern in the tile floor creates a continuity in the palette. Vintage touches abound in this space from the banquette seating with beadboard accents, to the subway tile behind the counters, and the glassed front cabinetry. Our eyes were especially drawn to the delicate glass shade pendant hanging above the kitchen table.
To get the look of this pendant in your kitchen, check out our 9″ Vintage Ruffled Holophane Pendant, part of our collection of Holophane Glass Pendants. These particular glass shades were designed to bend the rays of light downward and outward. This intriguing form of shade was first created by French physicist & engineer Andre-Eugene Blondel, and the first prototypes were produced by a manufacturing company known as Holophane, thus the name holophane glass.
This particular pendant is the perfect size for a small kitchen table or over a center island for a delicate touch of light. The fixture comes with either a polished nickel socket and knob or an unfinished brass socket with a turn key. Four different cord lengths are available, from 36″ to 72″, and the cotton cord comes in four colors to complement your décor. Like all of the lights offered on our Vintage Barn Lighting site, the shade has been cleaned and the socket and wiring are new. To add the perfect finishing touch for this classic vintage fixture, choose a nostalgic Edison style light bulb in one of several sizes and shapes that are available.
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Surprise, surprise! The calendar has flipped again, October is in the rearview mirror, and you know what that means. The holidays are staring us in the face and demanding we freshen up our décor this year! It’s time to take a critical look at the spaces where you entertain and see what needs a coat of paint, a new piece of furniture, or perhaps a change in lighting to create a different mood.
If you find yourself short on seating when the masses descend, consider some versatile industrial décor such as our Industrial Factory Stools. These stools are straight from the early 20th century and embody a timeless, vintage design. They tuck under kitchen islands, park in a corner until needed, and will be handy to have long after the company heads out the door.
If you want to add a vintage mood to your entertaining space, whether it’s the kitchen, dining room, or family room, take a cue from this cozy German restaurant that hung vintage glass shade pendants over the marble bar to add a soft glow. These pendants are very similar to our Magnolia Pendant, a delicate fixture that adds a touch of elegance. The Magnolia comes in three shade sizes and four traditional finishes. This fixture can be stem mounted for a formal look or choose the cloth cord for a more casual feel. The nostalgic Edison Style Light Bulb and paddle switch add the perfect finishing touches to this lovely pendant.
Perhaps your guest bathroom needs a touch of character that can only come from a vintage light. Check out our Architectural Brass Lighting collection for fixtures such as the Bank Street Light in polished nickel. An original manufactured by Urban Archaeology, this fixture is offered at half off its original price! At that price you can add someone else to your gift list!
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