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... Read More
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.
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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... 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... 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.
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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... Read More